Well, this is where I live:
I rent the middle cabin in the first couple pictures. I'm located in the Knik River Valley in Southcentral Alaska, about 50 miles northeast of Anchorage, and 20 miles southeast of Palmer, the closest actual town. There are a couple hundred people back here, most on 5-20 acres of land. Up until now, I've commuted into Palmer every day - it's on well maintained roads the whole way and is a relatively quick 25 minute drive. I'm very satisfied with my decision to move here (I'm from the Seattle suburbs originally). As the pictures show, the location is incredible; a wide valley with craggy 6-8,000 foot mountains on both sides, with a massive glacier only about 6 miles away, and 10-13,000 foot peaks behind that. It's not just about the scenery though. I'm walking distance from the river and a large creek with excellent fishing, the area is full of moose, and with grizzly bears and wolves lurking around rarely in sight. Most years, the northern lights are a frequent occurrance through fall, winter, and early spring, though this past year was really crappy. If you've never seen snowy mountains lit up by a full moon, you simply must. And it's quiet - so quiet that you can hear the hum of the transformer on the nearby power pole... The winters are long and cold, but the overall climate is mild by Alaska standards, with lots of clear days, pleasant summer temps, and very little precipitation because the mountains form a rain shadow. One mild problem is that there is almost no soil here, so growing food is pretty much out of the question. Palmer is an agricultural community however, and it would be relatively easy to obtain nearly all food from fishing, hunting, and local farmer's markets. I haven't gotten that far yet and I still shop at Fred Meyer...
Oh and here's the best part... Both cabins next to mine are either up for rent or will be soon. So if anybody needs a change, and doesn't have much keeping them where they're at, here's a way out:http://anchorage.craigslist.org/apa/1186621716.html
And check this one out, almost too good to be true for the price. I might call them up myself...http://anchorage.craigslist.org/apa/1188410791.html