Tell Us What is Special About the Place You Call Home

Before I was a realtor, I was a writer.  Writing and reading has always been a part of my life.  Perhaps, it was because I had to learn the alphabet at a very young age in order to spell my name—Constance June Yoshimura. Over time, reading became a way of exploration new worlds as I read my way through the children’s section of the Andrew Carnegie Library in Wester City, Iowa. And, then, ultimately writing became a time for personal reflection and way of making sense of the world. 

 As a young woman, the journey from Iowa to Alaska was awe inspiring. After all, Iowa didn’t have mountains, oceans or bears! My first home in Anchorage was an apartment on Barbara Street in Spenard. I’ve also lived on the hillside, east Anchorage, Petersen Towers and Campbell Lake. Each has provided many memories and offered an opportunity for personal reflection. Between everyone’s four walls there are always tears of joy and sadness. 

Today, I’m proud to announce Dwell Realty’s second annual creative writing contest for elementary school children with ‘Tell Us What Is Special About the Place You Call Home.” Last year, over 150 essays (some with hand drawn pictures) were submitted. I read every one. They were both heartwarming and heart breaking. If you know an elementary school student, please encourage them to submit an essay. The written word still remains one of the most influential tools of communication we have in our society.  

Eight winners and their teachers will each receive a $100 cash price presented at the Anchorage School Board meeting on October 22. I look forward to reading them all in the coming weeks.

Author: Connie Yoshimura

Connie Yoshimura, owner/broker of Dwell Realty, has over 30 years of residential real estate experience with an exemplary track record of excellent customer service and extensive community knowledge in Anchorage and Eagle River. Connie has built a solid reputation in the real estate community and she was the number one individual realtor according to MLS in 2015. Connie served as the Chair of Planning and Zoning Commission for the Municipality of Anchorage and she has ample experience on developing communities from the ground up, including such popular neighborhoods in Southport and southeast Anchorage. Her avocation is playwriting and she has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Her plays have received productions and/or staged readings in Los Angeles, New York City, Oklahoma City and her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska where she resides with her husband, Ric Davidge, project manager for CY Investments, LLC and two poodles, Peaches and Hapa. Connie is a popular real estate columnist and her articles appear in Alaska Journal of Commerce, Alaska Dispatch News, and Homes and Land Magazines. She was featured in Anchorage’s Centennial book on Anchorage by Charles Wohlforth. If you’re interested about real estate in Anchorage and Eagle River, you could read her latest blogs at Connie is proud to have helped thousands of buyers and sellers through the challenging process of marketing, negotiating, and closing on their homes. She looks forward to assisting you with your home buying and selling needs. She is also available as a residential land development consultant. You may contact her at or call her at 907-646-3670 (Office) or 907-229-2703 (Cell). My Listings

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