January 2012 • Vol. 1 • No. 11
Southeast Alaska’s Premier Home, Lifestyle, and Real Estate Guide Q&A WITH BAUER/ CLIFTON INTERIORS
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Letter from the Publisher
Hello Twenty Twelve!
o long twenty life both personal and proeleven, hello twenfessional and birthdays are ty twelve! What a big one. This past year a year it’s been. 2011 has been quite a year in marks the founding all corners of my life. My year of Southeast Living husband and I have owned Magazine. Developing our house for a little over this publication has been a year, and we love being a great continual advenhomeowners. Of course By Anna Hoke ture, and in March the we’ve made mistakes like magazine will turn one year old. drilling one to many holes when Speaking of birthdays, I am turn- installing shelves and not using ing another year older this January tape when painting around trim and I am looking forward to the but we are learning, and besides it gives the house character right? Another memorable part of 2011 was last April when we adopted a kitten from the Ketchikan Humane Society. He has grown into an enormous cat with a pipsqueak meow and has been a joy in our lives everyday. Of course we all struggle with negative occurrences and situations in life, but it’s important to have patience, and learn from all experiences. Again, welcome to 2012, I am excited about this year and what’s in store.
ventures this year will bring. I frequently reflect on milestones in my
Inside This Issue FEATURES
Letter from the Publisher . . . 2 Should I Pre-Qualify for a Home Loan Before Looking. . . . . . . 3
REAL ESTATE SERVICES
Prudential SEAK Real Estate Debbie White. . . . . . . . 11 Real Estate Service, Inc. Julie Burns. . . . . . . . . . . 2 RE/MAX of Juneau Julie Moe . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Marty McKeown . . . . . 6-7 Mimi Rothchild. . . . . . . 8 Scott Wagner . . . . . . . . . 9 Vickie Gartley. . . . . . . . . 5
MORTGAGE & LENDING
Question and Answer with Bauer/ Clifton Interiors . . . . . . . . 4-5
Residential Mortgage Bethany Woods. . . . . . . 11 Vickie Perry . . . . . . . . . . 3 True North FCU. . . . . . . 11
Shedding a Light on Windows: What to know . . . . . . . . . 8-9
CoastAlaska . . . . . . . . . 12 Gourmet Alaska. . . . . . 11 Jim Kelly State Farm. . . 11 Public Radio. . . . . . . 10-11 Shoefly. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Stopher Construction. . 11
People, Events, and Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
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ne short answer: ABSOLUTELY! Getting pre-qualified is the first step to the home buying process. There are sevBy Vickie Perry eral reasons this step should not be overlooked, but reason #1 is to avoid disappointment. The old phrase “champagne wishes on a beer budget” applies. I have had homebuyers come in my office on Monday morning excited about finding the home of their dreams over the weekend only to find out the home is priced a little higher than they can afford. Don’t let this disappointment happen to you. The pre-qualification process is quite easy and informative. Your first step is to call a licensed lender to schedule an appointment. I prefer to meet face to face
with my clients to discuss their goals and desires. Doing so allows us to develop a plan specifically tailored to my client’s needs. We will review current income, as well as the current debt load. Also key is determining how much money has been saved to purchase a new home. A borrower who hasn’t saved any money might still qualify for a home loan, so it doesn’t hurt to make the call. There are several down payment assistance programs available for qualified borrowers. It is important to work with a lender who is knowledgeable about these options. The loan process is all about paperwork. The more thorough you are with providing your paperwork, the more thorough the pre-qualification process can be. For a quick pre-qualification a paycheck stub and credit report is all that is needed, however, to avoid potential roadblocks in the future, I prefer getting everything up-front. This includes pay-
check stubs, tax returns, W-2s, bank statements, credit history, and any additional documentation that might have impact on a successful loan approval. I tell my clients…”When you leave my office you will know what price range you can shop in, how much money you will need up-front, and how much the home will cost you each month thereafter.” Once pre-qualified, you will be armed with the information needed to successfully find a home in your price range. When you find a home that catches your eye, you will be in a much better position to make an offer than someone who hasn’t taken the steps to become pre-qualified. And to the home seller, they won’t have to worry if they are wasting their time considering your offer. You are pre-qualified, what now? I suggest meeting with a reputable real estate agent. One of the main questions they
will ask is if you have met with a lender about pre-qualifying. You can discuss the price range you are comfortable shopping in based on the information obtained from your lender. This will help you and your real estate agent select homes suited for your financial needs. When you find the right home and decide to make an offer, your real estate agent will obtain a Letter of PreQualification from your lender. The letter will be given to the seller along with your offer. To them, working with a prequalified borrower is like working with someone who has a suitcase full of cash. Ok, it might not be quite that feeling, but it does give a sense of relief. Vickie Perry (#AK195996 / #AK167729) is Branch Manager of Residential Mortgage, LLC, in Juneau. She can be reached at (907) 789-2329. Visit her website at www.vickieperry.com.
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Bauer/Clifton Interiors is an interior design firm located in Juneau, Alaska. Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton, the principals of Bauer/ Clifton Interiors, are designers that share a passion for creating stylish, organic, and contemporary spaces.
Tell us a little history about Bauer/Clifton Interiors: When were you founded?
Clifton: Yeah, pretty close to the same: camping, landscaping, traveling, and entertaining friends and family. Of course, a good sale never fails to entertain me either!
We began working together in 2005. That year we completed Jaded/Zen and Sandpiper Cafe. These projects really gave us the attention that expanded our recognition throughout town and led us into really focusing on residential kitchen & bath remodels.
Tell us something about Bauer/ Clifton Interiors that we might not have known before? We have been
co-sponsoring the Wearable Arts event - Juneau Arts and Humanities’ largest fundraiser for the last 8 years. This year the show’s theme is Fusion. The process for this show starts every October with initial planning that lasts until the end of January, when we start building the set for the installation of the show in February.
What do you do? We both have
different skill sets so once we have gathered the necessary information from the client interview, we divide the job into the tasks that best suit our interests and skills. Jeremy works more with the spacial analysis, reworking the floor plan, completing the drawings, specifications of equipment and appliances, cabinetry, and works closely with the contractors on those particular issues. Jason completes all of the product & material selections, while also color analysis, furnishings, window coverings, and then also works with the contractors concerning the installation and specifications of these elements.
What kinds of things is Bauer/Clifton doing to sustain the idea of green living? When possible, we like to incor-
Who can benefit from your services? Our services benefit any-
one interested in reworking an interior by achieving a solution that encompasses factors beyond just replacing the old with the new. Of course, our services can also be utilized for interior consultations regarding furnishings, interior & exterior consultations, and even home staging for those who are wanting to put their best foot forward when placing their home on the market.
Where are each of you from and what brought you to Alaska? Jeremy Bauer: I grew up on a farm in Kansas and moved to Juneau in 1994. I originally came up to work in the Summers during my college years and basically fell in love with Juneau and couldn’t stay away. I first worked at the Jewel Box and managed it for about 8
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years; also becoming my first remodel in Juneau. Jason Clifton: I’m originally from Crawfordsville, Indiana, which is a community similar in size to Juneau. After first visiting Southeast Alaska via a cruise in 2004, it felt like a natural place to move to after school and to start my ‘adult’ life. I figured if Juneau didn’t stick, then I could always make my way down the West Coast, but Juneau obviously stuck on me!
What inspires you?
Bauer: Nature is a huge inspiration. I’m always impressed with nature, how things grow, color combinations, and natural sequences such as the fibinanci numbers...
Clifton: Anything and everything. It really just depends on the project. My clients typically serve as the greatest inspiration, as it’s often their own style and possessions collected over the years that guide me to truly customize a unique design around their needs and aesthetic. Of course, I also like to infuse my own aesthetic into every design that is often inspired by my travels and affinity towards contemporary spaces.
Besides your work, what do you enjoy doing for fun?
Bauer: Camping is probably my favorite Alaskan past-time. Gardening, landscaping, painting, and woodworking are other hobbies that tend to make it into my professional life from time to time.
porate as many products that take much consideration in producing their goods in an eco-responsible way. Showplace Wood Cabinetry, Liebherr, & DuroDesign flooring are just a few of the companies that manufacture sustainable goods in environmentally friendly facilities; in fact, Liebherr is the industry leader in the green manufacturing of their refridgeration appliances. We have also recently started incorporate LED lighting into many of our remodels as well; a great alternative to halogen & incandescent bulbs that uses a fraction of energy and still maintains a warm glow for superior lighting. As far as construction goes, we often source lumber from the Icy Straights Lumber Mill located in Hoonah; as this helps support regional manufacturing and achieve minimal transportation. We also strive to find new homes for the original cabinetry, windows, furniture, & appliances that are removed from each house too. Through advertising these goods on Free Cycle, Craig’s List, and the Problem Corner. Through these measures, along with recycling, we’ve been able to prevent a large amount of these goods
from going to the landfill.
being the Sharp Microwave Drawer that we have installed in our working kitchen located in the front reception area of the space.
What is your favorite Bauer/Clifton achievement?
Completing each project and seeing the absolute joy on our clients’ faces is always rewarding. While everyone involved with each project is aware of what the final outcome will be, their surprise and sense of disbelief that this is “actually my home” ensures us that we did our job well. Of course, we’re also really excited about our new design studio too!
Where do you get your project materials from?
We source our materials from some of the top designers, manufactures, and suppliers from all over the world. Fortunately the majority of these materials are stocked in the Pacific Northwest so that we’re able to maintain quick timelines and low shipping costs. Many of our other goods, such as furnishings and window coverings, are made in the USA which is also something we’re proud to represent as well.
Tell us about your new design studio downtown?
We are located in a historic building at 119A 2nd Street in downtown Juneau. The studio offers several stations for the designers to operate from. It also incorporates a centralized area for meeting with clients and contractors that is constructed of kitchen cabinetry and a beautiful white marble top designed to give it the appearance that it’s a piece of furniture instead. We’ve also incorporated several design styles in the space from modern to traditional and demonstrate how we effectively make them all work together using specific design methods to ensure that everything is cohesive even though it’s fairly eclectic. The remaining cabinetry stores our product sample library of hundreds of
What is the best part of your job? Being able to work with
such a wide variety of different people in our community. From contractors to clients, each one makes every project unique; leaving us to never really know what’s right around that next corner. Photos by Alan Corbett Photography. More information about Bauer/Clifton Interiors can be found on their website at www.bauerclifton.com. tile samples, cabinetry, lighting, fabrics, flooring, Hunter Douglas window coverings, and even fabrics for Kravet &
Norwalk furniture lines. There are even appliances installed for demonstration as well. One of our personal favorites
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3580 GREENWOOD AVE Custom built 4 bedroom home with a view. 2016 sq feet with a 480 sq ft garage. Cathedral ceiling in the great room and bamboo floors. Kitchen features maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances with a 6 burner gas range. Large master bedroom with walk in closet and a Family room on the lower level. Deck off the dining room surrounded by windows. Hardi-plank siding, 50 year roof and 5 star energy rating when built. MLS# 11119 $419,000 9229 EMILY WAY Conveniently located valley ranch. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath in 1555 sq ft of living space, 480 sq ft garage on a 9198 sq ft lot. Open concept with a beautifully remodeled kitchen, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Huge master bedroom, fenced yard and a hot tub. $339,000
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4825 THANE RD 2 bedroom, 1 bath single family home located on 3 acres. Large detached garage/shop with a heated office. 2008 a new septic system was installed, 500 gallon oil tank, new forced air electric furnace in 2009. Seller to pay 3% in Buyer Closing Costs. “As is - where is” sale. MLS # 11145 $274,900
2500 SHERWOOD LANE 5 Acres of Industrial Zoned Land at the end of Sherwood Lane! 3 plus acres have been filled and are ready for use. Plat available upon request as well as list of permittable usage. Sherwood Lane is road that DMV is located on. MLS# 10755 $1,500,000
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SINGLE FAMILY 12590 Glacier Highway
Beautiful single family w/Apt with water views of Auke Bay. Newer home built in 1997, main house has 3 bedroom, 2 bath, large living room plus 2 family rooms. Huge deck, large 2 car garage with over sized doors and high ceiling, paved parking. 550 sq ft apt. has 1 bed and 1 bath w/seperate entrance. Apartment would rent for $1000.00 a month to help with your mortgage on this wonderful Auke Bay Home! MLS: 10677 Asking Price $469,900.
South facing Valley Ranch! This 3 bed, 2 bath single family home sits on a large 10,000 sqr ft lot. Features vaulted ceiling, sunken living room, 2 driveways, 40 foot covered boat/ RV storage, 2 car garage, 3 heat sources and lots of light! MLS# 10983. $289,900
5050 Thane Road
Waterfront Beauty on Thane Road! This charming all cedar single family home boasts the following features and more: 4 beds, 2 1/2 baths, 2065 sqr ft, large 2 car garage (plus 272 sqr ft storage loft AND 445 sqr ft wood working shop), on site parking, private drive, 3 large decks, newer custom kitchen (2004), central vac, newer septic system and VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS! Many more upgrades within recent years. All of this on a huge 35,000 sqr foot lot with a 143 feet of beachfront! Call Marty McKeown today for a showing! Asking price: $589,900
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Two houses on One large lot, North Douglas Highway! This 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath Single Family home shares this 1.27 Acre lot with adjacent house (attached only by a deck) that has 1 bed 1 bath apartment to help with the mortgage, extra also has a 1 bed 1 bath lower unit. Properties feature many upgrades including vinyl siding, metal roof, new kitchen (main house), new flooring, paint etc. Zoned multiple building, zoning to change in 2012 when City Sewer is available. MLS # 11021. $445,000
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Country Style living in the Valley! This beautifully maintained 1508 sqr ft attached home features: 3 bed, 1.5 bath, real hard wood floors, brand new kitchen floor, 2 gas fire places, 1 car heated garage, fenced yard, deck, newer roof, carpet and exterior paint. Inspection is complete and ready to go! MLS # 10997. $268,000
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Beautiful Custom Home in Tenakee Hot Springs! This Single Family home sits on a huge 9375 sqr ft lot, rare for this town. Two building cedar home connected with a coverer wrap around deck. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath with nice open kitchen. Hardwood flooring, 2571-1 Douglas Hwy Watch the cruise ships from your own deck in this Forestedge Condo. 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath in 850 large woodstove for cooking plus another for heat. 2 View Lots sq ft of living space. 2 heat sources with electric baseboard and a monitor. End unit, 2 parking Monitor type stove in 2nd building. Home is approx 2 View Lots being sold together, uphill side of 80% finished with materials on site to help with com- North Douglas Highway. Upper lot is 78,107 sq spots and a VIEW makes this condo a must see. MLS# 10748 $149,900 pletion. Beautiful water views, lot in front is vacant. ft (almost 2 acres) Lower lot is 12,497 sq ft. Access See MLS# 10202 for waterfront lot. $229,900 road to both lots and views of the channel from both building sites. MLS 10843 $199,000
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Light Commercial Lot in prime location along Egan Expressway, on Jordan Ave. Last lot available, saving one of the best for last. High visibility, flat lot, utilities to lot, paved access and ready to build now. Build your business on this large, 1.33 Acre 507 E Tenakee Ave lot today. $14 per sqr ft. Possible subdividing available if smaller lot Single family home, one and a half story with a is desired. Owner financing on ap- view of the inlet. 3 bedroom, 1 bath in 1,035 sq ft of living space. Wraparound porch, deck, shed, proved credit. metal roof, wood stove and monitor are just a few of the many amenities. MLS# 10340. $179,900
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SHEDDING A LIGHT ON
windows R By Greg Stopher
ecently I have been researching a lot of new windows and replacement windows for clients. The options are overwhelming. Where does a homeowner
begin when researching windows? Most windows have a similar look, so one can’t tell by looking at them. Some options that homeowners will have to decide upon include color, material (wood, fiberglass or vinyl, etc.) style (casement, awning, slider, etc.) and grid pattern. Price comes into play also, because it is important to factor in your
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budget. Then a homeowner has to consider whether the windows will hold up to the harsh Southeast Alaska environment. Will the windows let in enough light? Will there be solar heat gain in the winter to help with heating? Will there be too much heat gain in the summer? It raises a lot of questions. Also, a window is not just a pane of glass anymore, it’s a whole system of glazings, coatings, and frame materials. When I look for windows I am looking at performance, ease of installation, and durability. What do all the numbers mean and how can the windows available today help improve our homes, both new and old? How do windows of today work? U-Value: First let’s look at all the thermal values and define these values. The U-value of a window is like the R-value in your wall insulation only the lower the number in a U-value the better. The U-value is the thermal transmission or overall heat transfer coefficient of the window, whereas, R-value is thermal resistance. U-value is the inverse of the R-value. For example a .25 U-value in a window is equal to R-4. The lower the U-value the lower the overall heat transfer of a window, thus keeping the cold outside and the heat in.
VIEWS GALORE! Come to the top of the hill and enjoy the Beautiful views from this well appointed Executive home. This spacious 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home has a marble entry, Vaulted Ceilings, a huge window package to flood the house with natural light, granite countertops, master suite, and so much more! The Covered decks, formal dining room, and 3120 sq. feet of living space make this the perfect house for entertaining. Add a 905 sq. ft garage and it as close to perfection as it gets! Asking $630,000. Call for your private showing today!
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Solar Heat Gain Coefficient or SHGC: Next is a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient or SHGC. This is a rating on how the glazing blocks the heat from the sun. SHGC is usually a number between 0 and 1. The lower the number on a window, the more it blocks heat gain from the sun. Here in Southeast Alaska a higher number SHGC can help in the winter months with heating but in the summer months it can make a house too warm on a sunny 18 hour day.
Transmittance or VT is how the glazing lets light through. VT is usually rated on the number scale from 0 to 1 like the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. However, the greater the ratings number the more natural daylight and natural sunlight is transmitted through the window. AL or Air Leakage: Air Leakage or AL rating or measure of Air Leakage through the window. The lower the AL rating, which can range from .1 to .3 the better. A window that lets a lot of air through the assembly doesn’t help the thermal envelope of the building. CR or Condensation Resistance: Condensation Resistance or CR is a rating of how well the window resists condensation. This rating can range from 1 to 100 and a higher number means more resistance to condensation. Even if a window has a higher rating, condensation can still occur if the home has a moisture issue. The U-value, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, Visible Transmittance, Air Leakage, and Condensation Resistance are the main ratings for windows with the U-value, SHGC, and VT always being available. The AL and CR ratings are not always listed, as they are not required of manufacturers. How can these windows ratings and values help me select windows for my home? First, choose a window with a low Uvalue, the lower the rating the better. Most double-glazed vinyl windows will rate between .33 and .28 and a tripleglazed will rate between .27 to .17 or lower, depending on whether the frame is insulated and the types of coatings on the windows. To have a better understanding for how coatings work, I will
“When I look for windows I am looking at performance, ease of installation, and durability.” explain Low-E coatings. These coatings are thin layer of a metallic substance on the glazing in the gap between the panes that reflects the heat and light back to reduce the heat transfer through the window thus helping increase U-value and solar heat gain. A better U-value window, or a window with a lower rating will improve the entire wall assembly by increasing the R-value or reducing heat loss.
which will increase warming during the morning hours. As the sun gains height in the sky, large overhangs or eves (if you have them or if you are building new) will shade the windows, thus cooling the house. West facing windows should have a lower rating because during the summer months the sun coming in from the west during evening hours can cause a home to overheat and become uncomfortable.
Next in importance when selecting a window is the SHGC rating. Again, the rating can range from 0 to 1. The lower the rating the more the glazing will block solar heat gain. This can go both ways because in the winter, solar heat gain is great, it lowers your heating bill especially if a window is south facing, has a high rating of .5 to 1 in solar heat gain, and allows light coming through the window to warm the space when it hits a hard surface like a tile floor.
In the winter months large overhangs can also be helpful. During this time the sun does not get high enough for the overhangs to shade the windows, which allows for heat gain. Another factor to consider is the orientation of the house on the lot, which can have its benefits as well (this is something to be considered if building new). North facing windows don’t normally see the light of day so the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient rating is not as important and the windows might as well allow for solar heat gain.
However in the summer, too much, solar heat gain can become uncomfortable. This can be remedied by allowing solar heat gain in east facing windows,
Air Leakage is also very important when selecting a window for a new home or replacement. This rating should be very
low because it is a number that represents the amount of air allowed through the assembly of a window. There are also window styles that work better than others. Casement and awning windows can be cranked and latched down to create an air tight seal while horizontal sliding, and sliding single and double hung windows are going to be tightest the first time you open them. Every time a sliding window opens, it is loosened ever so slightly. Not only is the AL rating, and style of the window important, the installation is also very important in the overall Air Leakage category. Proper flashing, weatherization, insulating, and sealing of a window all play a role in the energy efficiency of window. Visible Transmittance can be important in Alaska because every bit of light, especially natural light, is important. The view is also enhanced with a higher rating VT on a window. The mountains are clearer, the ocean crisper and colors are more vivid.
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ome see this beautifully remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 .5 bath attached home in Bonnie Brae! The home features a remodeled kitchen with propane cooktop, remodeled master bath with custom tile work, updated bamboo floors, a woodstove in the living room, and an updated high efficiency boiler . The large corner lot has plenty of parking for vehicles and boats in addition to the attached garage . MLS: 10759 . Price: $269,000
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Greg Stopher has over 16 years of experience in the construction field and earned a degree in Construction Technologies from the University of Alaska – Southeast. His company, Stopher Construction, LLC, is a general contracting company specializing in remodeling, custom finishes, additions and new home construction projects. He can be reached at 907-321-2350.
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tunning Waterfront Home with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and gorgeous water & mountain views . Beautiful remodel has just been completed including updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, bathrooms with custom tile work and fixtures, and updated flooring . The master suite is the entire upper level and features vaulted ceilings, a sitting area, private deck, and huge master closet . Enjoy the outdoors with decks on all 3 levels . The lower level has a kitchenette, large family room, and exercise room . Parking for 4+ cars & boats! MLS: 10826 . Price $529,000
Resources: Builders Guide to Cold Climates by Joseph Lstiberk, National Fenestration Rating Council, www.nfrc.org
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his 2 bedroom 2 bath condo is updated and move-in ready . Newer carpet, interior paint, appliances, and kitchen counters . There is inunit laundry, a large covered deck to enjoy the outdoors, storage unit, and 1 car attached garage . Beautiful mountain views! Evergreen Condos is a solid, well run association and is on the FHA approved condo list! MLS: 10901 . Price $195,000
his Valley Ranch is move-in ready with extensive updating inside and out! The functional floor plan features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a 300 sq . ft . attached garage . Recent updates include a metal roof with snowstops, windows, furnace, oil tank, and exterior paint . On the interior you will find updated flooring including engineered hardwood, carpet, and tile, and updated water heater, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer . Recent energy efficiency work has updated the home to a 4 star rating! MLS: 11106 . Price: $245,000
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People, Events & Business SOCCER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULTS IN JUNEAU You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy running around chasing a soccer ball on the indoor turf field at Dimond Park Field House. The Capital City Soccer League has lots of soccer opportunities for adults who want to get some exercise and have a good time doing it. There is no “typical” adult soccer player in Juneau. Some folks have played since they were kids and have lots of experience, others have played high school and even college level soccer. And for some, CCSL is an opportunity to learn as adults. Players’ ages range from late teens to over 60. Skill levels run the whole range of highly skilled to beginner. What adult soccer players in Juneau have in common is a love of playing “the beautiful game” in a friendly and relaxed environment and in the process players also get a great workout.
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On December 4, 2011 the Juneau Skating Club presented the 2011 Holiday Skating Recital at the Treadwell Ice Arena. Photos by Anna Hoke
Fall and winter schedules include games for several different leagues. Competitive men’s teams and competitive women’s teams have games each week. A new competitive coed league has begun play this fall. Coed Masters (for men over 35 and experienced women players of any age) play for 90 minutes each week in a pickup format game. Intermediate Women’s is for experienced women over 30 in a pickup game format in one of the school gyms each week. Classic Women’s is for women of any age and any skill level, including beginners. They also play a pickup game at Dimond Park Field House each week. CCSL is actively promoting new opportunities for adult soccer players in Juneau. A new indoor season will begin in early January and plans are in the works for a spring invitational tournament. To learn more about CCSL check the website at: Juneausoccer.com or go to the CCSL facebook page.
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