Big Lake is a community of 3,400 about 20 miles from Wasilla, with a heavy emphasis on recreation. Its centerpiece, Big Lake, is definitely “big” – about 4.5 miles at its longest – with boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing, ice-fishing, snow machining, cross-country skiing, and more! In addition to Big Lake, there are a number of smaller, more private lakes to enjoy as well. Add to that stunning views of Mt. Susitna and Denali in places (Big Lake is just far enough around the Talkeetna Mountains to get clear views), and access to endless trails into the wilderness. Big Lake combines incredible Alaskan recreation with easy access to the larger town of Wasilla.
Market Statistics (2016 Averages)
Sold in 2016: 59
Home Sales Price: $190,837
Days on Market: 94
List-to-Sales Price: 97%
In general, homes and property in Big Lake are less expensive than in Wasilla/Palmer, with the obvious exception of lakefront property (although still less expensive than comparable properties closer to Wasilla/Palmer). There is a variety of properties, with the possibility of larger parcel sizes (although this is more rare for waterfront properties). In 2016, 59 homes sold at an average of $190,837, with 94 days on the market, and 97% list-to-sales price.
Parks and Recreation
As mentioned above, Big Lake features lots of recreational opportunities.
There are several boat launches on Big Lake, and during the winter there is a series of maintained ice roads across Big Lake (many properties only have ice/water access).
There are several parks in the area, including Fish Creek Park.
Dining and Shopping
Dining is not extensive, but there are some local options available.
There are two local grocery stores, IGA and a small Three Bears. Several other shopping options and a number of services are available in Big Lake, with much more as you head back to Wasilla, which is where most residents head for their shopping needs.