2021 Auction: Palmer - Butte


Butte is located south of Palmer between mile 9 and mile 16 of the Old Glenn Highway.  It lies at the foot of Bodenberg Butte, east of a Matanuska River, 42 miles north of Anchorage.  The majority of Butte residents are employed in the Palmer/Wasilla area or Anchorage.  Farming and wholesale distribution of farm products are the main industries.  A few small businesses serve local needs.

Natural gas and electricity are generally available; public water and sewer services are not.  Improved uses require on-site well and septic systems.

The predominant uses are rural residential and agriculture but the area is un-zoned. Random mixed commercial and light-industrial uses are evident along the Old Glenn Highway but the average daily traffic is low (<4,000 vehicles per day).  Surrounding properties include Butte Elementary School to the north, residential to the east and a large (160 AC) parcel to the south and west owned by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.  This parcel is a former landfill currently being used as a transfer station.


Parcel: MHT 9200490

  • 5.0 Acres
  • MTRS: S017N002E25
  • Survey: USRS
  • Section 25: N1/2NE1/4NW1/4SE1/4
  • MHPAR: SM-0044
  • Minimum Bid: $64,000.00
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Parcel: MHT 9200767

  • 10.0 Acres
  • MTRS: S017N004W27
  • Survey: USRS
  • Section 27: E1/2NW1/4NW1/4SW1/4, N1/2SW1/4NW1/4SW1/4
  • MHPAR: SM-0045
  • Minimum Bid: $115,000.00
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The initial segment of S. Misty Circle follows the section line north from E Sullivan Avenue, and prior to reaching the parcel 9200767, deviates in a northeasterly direction across the Butte Airmen’s Association airstrip.

Municipal Authority

The parcels are located within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and are subject to real property taxation. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough does not specifically zone within the borough. The parcels are not located within an incorporated city. General land use guidelines are applicable, but non-restrictive.


An existing overhead electric line serving the adjacent property to 9200490 is located to the east and extends to the northeast corner of the parcel. Natural gas is not immediately available.

Natural gas and electricity service properties adjacent parcel 9200767 along the western border.

There are no public water and sewer services available for either parcels. Water is typically handled by private wells and sewer is typically handled by private septic systems which will have to conform to Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) requirements.


Both parcels are wooded and nearly level with only a slight elevation change. Subject to limitations of natural vegetation, the parcel has good views of the surrounding mountains and Pioneer Peak.  The soils are believed to be suitable for improved uses including on-site well and septic systems as evidenced by improvements on the neighboring lots. The parcel is wooded includes underbrush, alders and willows, spruce trees, birch, and cottonwood.

Maps & Survey

Note: Maps included are for graphic representation only and are intended to be used as a guide. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to review recorded subdivision plats/maps, surveys, and plat notes for specific information on easements, building setbacks, or other restrictions that will affect any individual parcel. Information is made available at the Department of Natural Resources Public Information Centers or on the web at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/landrecords/