Buying Alaska

The WORST episodes of Buying Alaska

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

BUYING ALASKA proves that forgoing basic amenities is a reasonable tradeoff when it comes to breathtaking views and stunning wild surroundings that you can't find anywhere in the lower 48 states. Offering much more than living quarters, these properties are so in tune with the extraordinary landscape that it's often what's beyond the house that proves to be the main attraction - from the ability to hunt and fish from a back deck, to extreme seclusion on your own private island, to self-sustaining features such as smokehouses and greenhouses. However, there are also dangers that come with all the beauty, and living in this rugged and remote terrain can lead to animal attacks and brutal winters that cut you off from society.

Last Updated: 4/7/2022Network: Destination America
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Tiny Homes, Big Mountain
star
6.29
55 votes

#1 - Tiny Homes, Big Mountain

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 11/2/2013

Pete and Martha have lived and worked in some of the wildest locations in the U.S. Now they're in the untamed last frontier of Alaska and want an isolated home with views of the tallest peak in North America - Mount McKinley.

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Dollars or Drains
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6.43
54 votes

#2 - Dollars or Drains

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 11/9/2013

Texas native Colby wants an affordable home, but he’s in for a shock because, in Alaska, that means a dry cabin with no running water. He doesn’t know anything about life without plumbing so he enlists the help of his friend.

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Flip Flops to Snowshoes
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6.50
14 votes

#3 - Flip Flops to Snowshoes

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/6/2014

Florida natives Michael and Miranda have just moved to Alaska. Life in the Last Frontier will be nothing like what they left behind in the Sunshine State and they’ll miss the sunny beach, but they’re up for the adventure.

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Gold Town
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6.88
24 votes

#4 - Gold Town

Season 3 - Episode 28 - Aired 3/9/2015

A couple want to test their adventurous lifestyle by looking for a remote wilderness cabin in Haines, Alaska.

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Guys Getaway
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6.94
50 votes

#5 - Guys Getaway

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 10/19/2013

David Parks and Chris Erickson are best friends. And they’re also professional handymen. They want to buy a weekend getaway house in the wilds of Alaska, but they don’t want to spend a lot of money.

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Big Wheels and Big Deals
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6.95
20 votes

#6 - Big Wheels and Big Deals

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 1/19/2015

A couple with a big truck and a small budget hope to find a home near Big Lake, Alaska.

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Outhouse Life
star
7.00
50 votes

#7 - Outhouse Life

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/14/2013

Sean and Charlotte want a home in Fairbanks, Alaska, that won’t cost them a penny in utility bills. So they’re going off-the-grid. And that means one thing...there’ll be no bathrooms...just an outhouse!

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Rainforest Cabins
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7.03
35 votes

#8 - Rainforest Cabins

Season 3 - Episode 30 - Aired 3/23/2015

A couple with a budget of $350,000 search for a home in Juneau where their toddler can have more space.

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Tundra Town
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7.03
31 votes

#9 - Tundra Town

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 10/25/2014

Arizona natives, Eric and Kendra, are relocating from the desert of Phoenix to the tundra of Delta Junction, Alaska. Will they be able to find a place they can call home in one of the most remote areas of America’s last frontier?

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Moose Mount Cabins
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7.04
24 votes

#10 - Moose Mount Cabins

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/2/2012

A family of hunters want a cabin with running water and electricity in time for moose season.

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Trailblazers
star
7.06
18 votes

#11 - Trailblazers

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 1/26/2015

An ATV mechanic and his girlfriend look for a home with access to Alaska's epic backwoods trails.

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Pilot's Paradise
star
7.07
14 votes

#12 - Pilot's Paradise

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 12/29/2014

Nicole and pilot Bruce have decided to leave the Lower 48 behind and make a new life up north. With their own private plane, they can buy a house anywhere they want. The search is on for a home with a runway.

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The Ultimate Alaskan Island
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7.08
40 votes

#13 - The Ultimate Alaskan Island

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/18/2012

Former Broncos kicker Jason Elam and his wife Tammy search for their own private island in Sitka, Alaska.

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Hooked on a Lake
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7.08
63 votes

#14 - Hooked on a Lake

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/24/2013

The Matanuska-Susitna Valley area is toured by a couple looking for a home on a lake.

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Dangerous Trails
star
7.09
23 votes

#15 - Dangerous Trails

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 11/16/2013

A couple's house hunt on a remote lake in the Alaskan wild, where the only way to and from is off-road trails populated by a variety of animals, and the chances of finding indoor plumbing are slim.

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Winter Wanderland
star
7.09
33 votes

#16 - Winter Wanderland

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/17/2013

A home built to withstand the harsh snows of the mountainous Matanuska-Susitna Valley is sought by a couple, who look at a cabin decorated with animal heads, as well as one that has a moose for a neighbor and a place that doesn't have a roof.

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Hunting Headquarters
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7.10
21 votes

#17 - Hunting Headquarters

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/28/2012

A former merchant marine and his wife want a home in the wilderness, so that he can hunt and fish and enjoy the scenery.

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Snow Machines & Bear Attacks
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7.10
31 votes

#18 - Snow Machines & Bear Attacks

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/3/2013

Newlyweds Garret and Noelle Mischenko want a remote home in the Alaskan wilderness that's so off-the-grid, there's no road leading to it. In the winter, they'll have to travel by snow-machine! And the nearest general story is an hour away. With the wilderness comes bear attacks... which house is bear ready?

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Isolated Village
star
7.13
61 votes

#19 - Isolated Village

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/10/2013

Sean and Jolene want a home in the isolated Alaskan village of Gustavus, where the wildlife runs rampant. It's so remote that bears can walk into your house! There are no roads in or out; the only way to reach the town is by ferry or by plane. One home the list has decorations made from moose bones hanging in every corner of the yard, while another features a rustic hot tub that seems like a luxury... until you see what's floating in the water.

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Kenai Kabins
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7.13
15 votes

#20 - Kenai Kabins

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 12/29/2014

Darien and Delana are looking to buy their first house near the Kenai River. But this musical couple can’t afford to break the bank, so they’ll have to look for a bargain away from the river’s edge.

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Frontier Comfort
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7.14
35 votes

#21 - Frontier Comfort

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/11/2014

Fairbanks natives Dave and Penny want to get out of town and find a home on the river where they can enjoy their favorite outdoor activities like snow machining, fishing, and riding ATVs.

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Dog Mushing Millionaires
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7.16
19 votes

#22 - Dog Mushing Millionaires

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired 2/9/2015

A couple who are entrepreneurs search for a million-dollar property in the Alaskan city.

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Ruff-ing It
star
7.16
55 votes

#23 - Ruff-ing It

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/10/2013

Pete and Anja are dog mushers and want to buy an Alaskan home that's right for them and their 21 dogs. The first property they see, The Pond House, is tucked so far away in the wilderness that there's a guest house on an island of the pond in the yard but is there enough open area for the dogs?

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Frontier City
star
7.18
11 votes

#24 - Frontier City

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 1/5/2015

Roland and Tiffany live in Alaska’s biggest city, Anchorage. But the non-stop, fast-paced lifestyle is getting to be too much for their big family. They want a home within 30 minutes of downtown where they can still escape into the wilderness.

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Glacier City
star
7.19
21 votes

#25 - Glacier City

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired 2/2/2015

After building their relationship, a couple now is on the hunt to find the perfect rustic home.

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