Wanna buy an 80-foot igloo?
Wanna buy an 80-foot igloo? This igloo is a must-stop for tourists heading for Denali National Park
Wanna buy an 80-foot igloo?
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The embodiment of an Alaska cliche is for sale.

The massive urethane igloo that's a must-stop for summer tourists heading up the Parks Highway en route to Denali National Park and Preserve can be had for $300,000.

The 80-foot high structure was erected more than four decades ago over a shell of plywood and two-by-sixes, and was never completed on a 38-acre site, which is part of the sales package. The igloo, which shows its age, has never been anything more than a magnet for cameras and vandals, who set off firecrackers in its cavernous interior before it was boarded up.

But for someone with lots of money to spare, property owner Brad Fisher sees great possibilities for the picturesque location in Alaska's interior. The site, 20 miles from the nearest community at Cantwell, is prime snowmobiling country in winter and hiking in summer, a land of rolling hills and willows surrounded by mountains and splendid views.

Fisher, 55, envisions the igloo as an eye-catching seasonal restaurant and hotel run on green power.

Here's the catch: Creating a viable business could run a new owner at least a couple million bucks to get it ready and up to code.

For one thing, there is no available electricity around, which demands additional costs. According to an estimate 15 years ago, putting in a utility substation would cost $1.3 million. Fisher thinks powering it with such innovations as solar panels and windmills is the more affordable way to go.

It sure would be a shame to see the igloo go to waste, he said.

"If you had the money to get it going, I have no doubt that you could make money there just because of where it is," he said. "I mean, everybody stops and looks at it."

Critical thinking challenge: Why might the igloo be difficult to sell?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/teen/wanna-buy-80-foot-igloo/

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  • galvinc-
    5/01/2014 - 12:51 p.m.

    This story is about a 80 foot igloo in Alaska it cost $300,000.Dollars it does not have any power or electricity in side the igloo. It's needs money to fix it up. And more power

  • bobbyb-
    5/01/2014 - 12:52 p.m.

    This is a story about the 80-foot igloo is in Alaska. This igloo is worth 300.000. It does not have power. It would cost 1.3 million to put in power. The igloo would be difficult to sale because it need a lot wires and work to get it running.

  • brady.q-
    5/01/2014 - 12:59 p.m.

    I think they should take the igloo to sell it . It has know electricity. They should not destroy the iglo beside they need it to sell it. It took place in Alaska.

  • brittanyp-Sch-Sch
    5/01/2014 - 01:32 p.m.

    I so would buy an igloo. I love igloo's and I think that it would be so much fun to live in an igloo, but I wouldn't want to pay that much for an igloo.

  • morgank-Koc
    5/01/2014 - 05:03 p.m.

    I think it would be really cool to have that as a house or restaurant. If I had the money I would defidently invest in this. It is a great idea.

  • DelilahG-3
    5/01/2014 - 07:42 p.m.

    A massive igloo is now for sale in Alaska. The igloo is a major tourist destination and is being sold for three hundred thousand dollars. It is located in Denali National Park and Preserve. One man, Brad Fisher, thinks that the igloo can be made into a restaurant and make millions of dollars. Although he says that it would take a millliomare to buy it because of the repairs and for electricity to be put in. Fisher says that it would be smarter either to have windmill or solar panel electricity. He would hope for the igloo to have green electricity. I think that it is a smart idea to change the igloo into a restaurant. I also think that it is smart to make the inside all ice and really cold because it matches the setting of the outside.

  • tonecon
    5/02/2014 - 10:44 a.m.

    yes so when I travel to alaska I could not go to a hotel plus with kids. the could have a nice day in the snow to play snow ball fight

  • anibalm-Koc
    5/02/2014 - 02:31 p.m.

    Well in my opinion I think its good but I think its a waste of money. I think he should invest the money in something better. But its his money so atleast he is happy with it.

  • davidd-Orv
    5/02/2014 - 02:47 p.m.

    i would but I have to put a door running water and lights but other than that everything else is fine so yes I would

  • jesseh-Koc
    5/05/2014 - 01:21 a.m.

    I think it would be cool to live in an igloo. Not many people do because they can only survive in cold temperatures. One day I'm going to Alaska and buying an igloo.

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