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The University of Alaska is offering a parcel of undeveloped land for sale, consisting primarily of wetlands, located at approximately mile 60 of the Parks Highway in Houston, Alaska.

The Houston Parcel is within the Matanuska Susitna Borough and the city limits of Houston. The Alaska Railroad (“ARR”) right-of-way bisects the northern portion of the Houston Parcel. The portion of the Houston Parcel that lies south of the ARR tracks contains a meandering slough and many small ponds which will prevent foot access or future road access from the south. There is legal access to the northern portion of the Houston Parcel via the Parks Highway and the section line easement that borders the west side of the Houston Parcel. This access is extremely limited by densely populated trees and ground cover and no constructed roads. Access to the Parks Highway will require permitting from the State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (“DOTPF”). There is a narrow gravel trail that can be accessed via the adjacent parcel; however, legal access to the adjacent parcel will need to be obtained from the current owner. Legal access across the ARR right-of-way will need to be secured before travel between the north and south portions of the Houston Parcel can occur.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact Matanuska Electric Association and other utility and service providers to determine costs associated with connecting to these services.

The parcel will be sold at or above fair market value.

This notice is effective until the parcel is sold.

Interested parties should thoroughly inspect this parcel prior to submitting an offer to ensure that the parcel is suitable for the party’s intended use and to determine all permitting requirements related to that intended use. Additional information regarding this parcel may be available from local, state and federal offices, including but not limited to: the city or borough assessor’s office, building permitting office and land planning office; local utility companies; district recorder’s office; the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Fish and Game and Department of Transportation and Public Facilities; and the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, Geological Survey and Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The standard documents that will be used to close the sale in this offering are available for review below. A copy of the master title plat (s18n3w) is available online at the Bureau of Land Management (using the “Master Title Plats” search).

The price listed below is the MINIMUM PRICE.


MS.CP.0003 Houston
T18N R3W
Portion of
Sec. 18:
NE4SW4, and
Lots 3 and 4
109.760 $77,500

PROCESS - Cash Purchase Terms and Conditions
The parcel(s) listed above is being offered for sale by the University of Alaska on a first come, first served basis, at or above the Minimum Price. The terms and conditions of this offering are available below. Offer to Purchase Forms are attached to the terms and conditions. Offers must include a minimum of ten percent (10%) of the offer amount, to be applied towards the purchase price. Cash purchases require that the entire balance of the purchase price be paid in full at the time of closing. Cash sales typically take up to 90 days to close, but earlier closings may be accommodated at the University's discretion. Sample copies of the University's current cash sale closing documents are available for review below.