Alaskan Bush People: Why did the family move?

Alaskan Bush People Why did the family move

Shortly after viewers met the stars of Discovery’s Alaskan Bush People, Ami and Billy Brown, they moved outside the borders of Alaska with their seven children (Matt Brown, Joshua “Bam Bam” Brown, Solomon “Bear” Brown, Gabriel “Gabe” Brown, Noah Brown, Amora “Birdy” Brown and Merry Christmas “Rainy” Brown) to a complex they called “Browntown”. Creative, huh? And even though the sprawling property – 29.11 acres to be exact – doesn’t have the characteristics of an average town, it’s big enough to include a main house, Matt’s residence, Bam Bam’s house and Bear’s tree house. But as fans of the long series probably already know, the family no longer lives in Alaska, having moved to Washington State in 2018. This means the Brown family’s house is up for grabs, with the property for sale in the fall of 2019.

Even if you don’t scream to live in the wilderness of Alaska, chances are you still want to know how much it costs to buy the Alaska Bush People’s house. Let’s just say the figure is pretty dazzling.

The Alaskan Bush People left behind a compound

Clearly, the Brown family didn’t set up any old shops in “The Last Frontier” – in 2015 they set up their compound on Chichagoff Island, an area 14 miles from Hoonah, AK. One of the advantages of the property is complete tranquillity, as there seem to be no neighbors nearby and it is surrounded by total wilderness. And if you’re the reflective type, there are two docks near the house where you can hang out or fish whenever you want. What else is there? There is the ideal situation of having several houses one on a massive piece of land, which is perfect for large families like the Browns.

So what’s this ginormous trait gonna do to you? You’re looking at a hefty price tag of $795,000, according to the Zillow rating. Given that this is the wilderness we’re talking about, it’s probably not a small amount. But we suppose privacy, endless space to roam, and having a connection to small-scale fame is worth the dough. To each his own, right?

Alaskan Bush People: Why did the family move?

If you’re wondering why Billy and Ami Brown decided to leave their sprawling Alaskan estate, know that the reason is pretty sad – the family matriarch is fighting cancer. After being diagnosed with phase 3 non-small cell lung cancer in April 2017, the family decided that it would be best if they were somewhere closer to civilization, then make it easier to control Ami’s health. Their choice of location? A “435-acre property in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington State” nicknamed “North Star Ranch,” according to People. “We fell in love with the whole area,” Billy explained to the outlet in February 2019.

Now that day-to-day activities are easier (think buying groceries, making a phone call, visiting the doctor), life for the crew is looking up. “Every week there would be more revelations,” Billy explained in reference to the transition from winter to spring. “We’d be like, “Oh my God, it’s ours.” We began to realize what God had really given us. There are still pieces [of the North Star] that we haven’t gone to see yet on purpose, so we can explore it later when Ami feels better.

So to the Brown family enjoying their new home in the bottom 48. And while the clan settles down, why don’t you take a moment to see how the Alaskan Bush people were before the glory.

Written by Tommy Kilmer

TV Writer
Tommy Kilmer has been writing about TV, and celebrities since 2019.


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  1. Ive watched ABP a total of 4 times.what a joke.From the self lmportant billy , to the ridiculous howeling.Are these people an example of inbreeding?.Defrauding the alaskan government.lying about almost everything.And yet ,still on tv?? LOSERS

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