West Anchorage Neighborhoods
Stretching from Cook Inlet and Lake Hood in the north to Campbell Lake in the south, West Anchorage is a microcosm of everything Anchorage has to offer. From fast casual to upscale dining, boutique shops to established chains, unlimited options for outdoor adventure, and neighborhoods that fit every lifestyle, West Anchorage is the perfect place to find your forever home.
Residents of the Turnagain, Kincaid, and Sand Lake neighborhoods will love the access to Earthquake, Point Woronzof and Kincaid parks, ideal for hiking, biking, and running in the summer, cross-country skiing in the winter, and spectacular year-round views of the inlet, Denali, and Fire Island.
World's Largest Seaplane Base - Lake Hood
Aviation enthusiasts will be drawn to Lake Hood, site of the world’s largest seaplane base, home to the Alaska Aviation Museum, and the perfect spot to watch as airplanes large and small fly in and out of the Ted Stevens-Anchorage International Airport. Further south, residents of the Bayshore and Campbell Lake area can explore the Campbell Creek Greenbelt and Carr-Gottstein Park, a secret gem that opens up to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.
Special Occassion Eateries
Looking to splurge? Jen’s Restaurant has served traditional Danish dishes and fresh Alaskan seafood for more than 30 years. Further south in Sand Lake, Kincaid Grill delivers Alaska regional cuisine from an unassuming strip mall on the corner of Jewel Lake and Raspberry Road
West Anchorage Dining
Some of Anchorage’s most popular restaurants are found in West Anchorage. In the revitalized Spenard neighborhood, enjoy movie, dinner, and a beer at the Beartooth Theatrepub & Café (sister restaurant to Anchorage’s famed Moose’s Tooth), or head to the Spenard Roadhouse, a neighborhood staple for more than a decade, and check out its bacon of the month or famous tots.
Like the rest of Anchorage, the great outdoors are easily accessible from downtown. There are several access points to the paved and highly walkable Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Enjoy views of downtown Anchorage, Denali, Mount Susitna, and Fire Island while watching for Belugas in Cook Inlet. Or make it a day and rent a bike from one of the rental shops for a trip to Kincaid Park.
Stretching from Lake Hood to Midtown, “Keep Spenard Weird” is the rallying cry of this colorful West Anchorage neighborhood. From the iconic windmill in the Chilkoot Charlie’s parking lot to the cozy Writer’s Block Bookstore & Café, the Spenard neighborhood, with its eclectic mix of restaurants and retail shops, is the heart of West Anchorage.
Just west of Minnesota Avenue off Northern Lights, the quiet, predominantly residential Turnagain and Atwood neighborhoods have few commercial or retail businesses (the popular Rustic Goat being a delicious exception), and offers several access points to many of Anchorage’s most popular parks and trails, including the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Earthquake Park and Point Woronzof.
Sand Lake / Kincaid / Sportsman Point
Halfway between Spenard and the Bayshore/Campbell Lake area, just off Raspberry Road, the Sand Lake, Sportsman Point, and Kincaid neighborhoods are a blend of new and established homes, many set off in gently wooded lots. The 1,500-acre Kincaid Park is close by, and with close to 40 miles of trails offers plenty of space to explore.
Bayshore / Southport / Campbell Lake
South on Minnesota just off the Dimond corridor lies the Bayshore, Southport, Campbell Lake subdivisions. These quiet, residential neighborhoods offer a mix of mid-priced and luxury single-family homes and duplexes, plenty of open green space and access to the Campbell Creek Trail system. New construction in the Resolution Pointe neighborhood offers homes with spectacular views of Campbell Lake and the Campbell Creek Estuary.