The Huffman-O’Malley neighborhood is a little more developed than most other areas in southern Anchorage, Alaska. Even so, those pockets of suburbia are scattered amidst groves of trees and there is still plenty of open space to go around. Ruth Arcand Park, named after the woman who saved this plot of land from being sold to developers, is home to hiking trails, an equestrian center, golf course, and baseball/softball fields. This treasure runs along O’Malley Road and is partially inside the neighborhood.
A few of the homes date back to the late 1950s but the majority of the development took place during the 1970s and 1980s. Huffman-O’Malley is still growing, mostly on its southern and eastern end. Closer to Highway 1, or the New Seward Highway, the neighborhood is more densely populated with streets laid out more in a suburban grid pattern. This is where the greater numbers of duplexes and small apartment buildings are found. Most of the businesses are located on this end, many at the intersection of East Huffman Road and the New Seward Highway. Traveling that same highway north for approximately one mile leads to the Diamond Center Mall.
Toward the eastern end of the community, the terrain becomes a bit more rugged as the ground starts its slow but steady climb towards the hills and mountains of Chugach State Park. In true Alaskan style, the streets are made to fit the topography, not the other way around. Whispering Spruce Drive, for example, starts out fairly straight, then all of a sudden it’s lost in the curve of a hill. Wilderness Drive makes a near perfect figure eight. Schools and churches are fairly evenly divided throughout Huffman-O’Malley. The Alaska Zoo is north of the neighborhood.