in Petersburg is relatively inexpensive compared to other
large Southeast Alaska communities. Rental costs range from
approximately $500 to as much as $1,500 per month, depending
on size, type, and location.
number of homes available for sale fluctuates, and a recent
population decline has increased the number of homes on the
market. There continues to be new home construction, and as
new homes are built, older ones become available. There are
building lots available in town and throughout the island,
although residential beachfront property is at a premium.
A buyer should plan to spend at least $140,000 for a small,
three-bedroom home in a residential area, and up to $300,000
or more for a home on the beach. Petersburg has one realtor
and there are also listings in Petersburg Pilot, the
local newspaper (http://www.petersburgpilot.com/).
Bank loans through Alaska Housing Authority, are managed by
the two local banks, will take at least 60 days, if everything
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construction is relatively expensive and usually involves
an extended building period due to unique construction requirements,
such as the use of driven pilings in the muskeg in lieu of
regular foundations, weather, and shipment of materials. Local
building supplies are expensive, limited, and most materials
must be barged up from Seattle. Petersburg has several local
contractors with the expertise needed for building and remodeling
in the Southeast Alaska environment.
has several trailer courts and areas zoned for permanent mobile
home placement. R.V. parks are available for travelers or
those seeking less-permanent living accommodations
rates (electricity, water, sewer, garbage) are quite reasonable
and actually lower than many places Down South. See City of
Most people use some combination of oil, electric, or wood
to heat their homes.
tax base is currently 11.21 mills and sales tax is 6%. Alaska
has no state sales tax or state income tax at this time.