On the Cover: Cliff Point Estates

Beyond the Norm, Above the Cliffs. A Glimpse into Kodiak Island, Alaska, and Cliff Point Estates, A Hidden Destination Where Adventure Meets Luxury
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LAND Summer 2020
Cliff Point Estates is featured on the cover of the Summer 2020 issue of LAND magazine. Click here to find out more.

It’s pretty rare to own a piece of waterfront property on an ocean peninsula. Even more rare that within ten minutes of your home, you can be hunting, fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, golfing, off-roading, wildlife viewing or flying a float plane to wherever you want to explore. But what’s a diamond in the rough is the fact that you can do all this in the majesty and lore of the historic and wild island of Kodiak, Alaska.

Take a private gated community on the West coast, add multiple species of wildlife, some remoteness from the hustle and bustle, a splash of adventure and a desire for something unique, and you’ll find yourself at Cliff Point Estates. 

Our sales manager, John Herrity, met the owners over the Christmas holiday and learned about the emerald island and the town of Kodiak, about an hour flight from Anchorage. Alaska real estate peaked John’s interest as he’s traveled to Bristol Bay for 30 years straight on his “summer break,” commercial fishing for salmon on his 28-foot custom boat. The “Last Frontier” has a special place in his heart, and exploring the chance to sell property in Alaska was too good to be true—especially with how the developers described this coastal treasure. 

You have to see it to really understand what we have to offer. It’s pure beauty.”

Michael Martin
Developer of Cliff Point Estates

“You have to see it to really understand what we have to offer. It’s pure beauty,” said Michael Martin, one of the developers of this coastal community. John and Michael hit it off as Martin also runs multiple commercial salmon and crab boats. John took his suggestion and brought me along to visit this “not-so-far-away” place I’ve read about in hunting and adventure magazines. 

Just over a five-hour flight from the West Coast, I was surprised that Alaska was that close. I had always thought it was just a quick hop over the Bering Sea to Russia. But it was a smooth flight on Alaskan Air that brought us to the much larger than anticipated Kodiak Island, about 3,500 square miles in size. As hub of the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest station, Kodiak Island reminded me of many of the small towns I’ve visited on the Oregon coast. Charming shops, harbor sounds and restaurants serving fresh seafood that line a small wharf and cannery row. Uncommercialized and still raw in nature, Kodiak offers the “real deal,” a life on the water with people that are welcoming and authentic. 

The tour of the property was great, driving through the large timber entry gate, with mini neighborhoods tucked away on the coastline of gorgeous waters and dark rock cliffs. Otters floated by as we hiked the 400-acre property and drove the Polaris up and down the various roads. Sitka blacktail deer recognized the ride we were in and walked off slowly into the green timbered hillsides. King eiders and other sea ducks flew closely to the water, searching for food and a place to float for a bit. It was really magical to say the least.

Kodiak is also known for the famous bruins that roam the hills and hibernate in the winter. We weren’t lucky enough to see any of these bears, but they are surely on the island. . . along with wild bison, elk, foxes, deer and hundreds of other species. It gives you a sense of wild not found many places. 

The parcels that are offered in this new development are situated to all have ocean views, or oceanfront, and all have ocean access. Multiple neighborhoods have their own characteristics, from the level waterfront “Beaches” lots to the rugged “Cliffs” parcels. A new custom home known as the “Olive” is also up for sale as the first home on the development and is a shining example of quality, craftmanship and durability. Alaskan builders make it easy for you to build your home, using weather-resistant materials, exceptional design and custom features found in today’s custom homes. In addition, these two+ acre lots have room for a detached garage or outbuilding, and the association allows for “mother-in-law” quarters to allow for guests to stay when they come visit. All in all, it’s a remarkable community that needs to be visited to experience the pure awesomeness of Alaska.

This summer we will get a chance to visit the annual Crab Festival in August while filming for our Life on the Land TV Show at Cliff Point. Just a few hours from the famous Bering Sea waters that “Deadliest Catch” captains brave, this is a mecca for amazing seafood. I’m a crab lover, so I am sure to enjoy more than my share of these tasty ocean-bottom crustaceans. Plus, maybe we’ll get a chance to hit the ocean for some halibut fishing and see some wildlife on the way. After all, it is Kodiak, island of adventure and hidden wild country that might just have a place in your future. . . but be warned, once you’ve been there, you WILL be back.

John Herrity
(970) 685-0645 • John@HaydenOutdoors.com


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