Trailside Heights | Anchorage’s Newest Affordable Luxury Community

Trailside Heights in Anchorage, AK is a rare affordable gem
in the city’s tough housing market

When developing a new apartment community, reaching the always-exciting lease-up phase brings with it a small element of trepidation. Will the community embrace this new face? Will potential residents see the vision? A new addition to the Guardian Management portfolio in Anchorage, AK answered those questions with a resounding yes. A little over two weeks after Trailside Heights, developed by Volunteers of America (VOA), began moving in their first residents, their waiting list hit an impressive 475 people.

“There is a critical shortage of affordable rental property across our city, and these homes are in a desirable location for schools, work, shopping and other services. We are pleased, but not surprised by the overwhelming response, and look forward to this being a great community for the residents,” said Elaine Dahlgreen, Chief Executive Officer – Alaska, Volunteers of America.

Anchorage is home to a unique housing market, where the cost of living is high and the amount of available affordable housing for families is scarce. Trailside Heights addressed this demand by building larger, townhome style apartments with attached garages. The contemporary design, affordable price, desirable amenities, and fantastic location turned this development into an instant success.

“I have marketed apartments for over 35 years and have never experienced such a great response to a product. VOA is to be congratulated for their efforts in addressing affordable housing needs in Anchorage with such a fine product,” said Bill Rhoten, Regional Vice President, Guardian Management.

Guardian Management began accepting applications earlier this year, finally moving in the first families on April 19, 2013. Leasing and marketing efforts have been primarily conducted online, and families are encouraged to complete online guest cards to be added to the waiting list. This method ensures all inquiries are date and time stamped in the order the guest cards are received.

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About Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing and other assistance services primarily to low-income people throughout the United States. In its 2013 ranking, Affordable Homes Finance Magazine ranked Volunteers of America as the 6th largest affordable housing owner. Their network of affordable housing facilities includes 337 properties in 40 states and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit