"Never Say Dark!"
Secluded Hillside Home
(Past Listing, for illustrative purposes only)
"Never Say Dark" is the theme of this sun-catching home on the Anchorage
Hillside. A unique architectural design to exploit the 1.3 acre site, this home has three
sides, eliminating the dark northern exposure. There are 56 windows, triple glazed for
energy-efficiency and five sliding double glass doors.
This is the Martin residence, the home of a retired Alaska Airlines lead mechanic and
his wife, who built the home with care and attention to detail and energy efficiency in
every respect. It is located at the end of a dead-end road that is only a half-mile of
level access from the state-maintained road to downtown Anchorage, a 20 minute commute.
An open floor plan, the entire upper level of this three-level home is the main living
area, a great room concept that ensures the most light to enter from every angle. The
bright pine floors are finished with durable epoxy. The floor-to-ceiling fireplace is the
centerpiece of the room, dividing living and family rooms with different finishes on each
side of it.
The charming pond and natural stream beside the paved driveway houses native whitefin
trout. Moose, birds and other wild creatures abound: a moose calved in the yard last year.
Because of the excellent and varied tree cover and the owners' maintenance of feeders, the
property supports an unusually large avian population and variety of species. Gardening
has been a hobby at this home for many years; the yard sports an abundance of flowers and
landscaped trees, shrubs and lawn.