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While the unit is advertised for a number of people, it is great for a couple as well. We bought a two bedroom log cabin in the 60's. In 1974 we built a two story addition to accommodate our six children. At the time we wired and plumbed one bedroom so it could someday be a kitchen. The downstairs of the addition consists of a double garage, sun room and dining room. The upstairs is where guests are welcome. It has four bedrooms, sitting area, kitchen and porch. We have rented it monthly for many years but this time it was vacated we decided to do it as a VRBO. We live in the cabin downstairs. Since we are just starting we may adjust furniture as we see needs. We have a crib and high chair available but so far haven't brought them up.
Also on the property is a cabin that the original owner built for his parents and a barn that we built for our children and converted to a house when they were grown. We did bed and breakfast in them in the 1990's. At the time we registered the name Riverside Retreat. After a few years we decided to rent them on a monthly basis to have more time to play and travel. We can no longer do some of the things we used to do and enjoy meeting people so we think doing a VRBO will be fun. We also enjoy sharing the space we have taken for granted for so many years. It really is a special spot.
In January of 1962 my husband was drafted out of a general practice residency in Sacramento and sent to Ft. Wainwright. At the time we had two small boys and I was teaching half day kindergarten. I had to give notice so we didn't arrive until March. Originally we paid our way up so we wouldn't have to stay longer than 18 months. We then extended so that we could live on post. Meanwhile, my husband fell in love with the hunting and fishing so we extended until they finally told him he had to either get out of the Army or take another assignment. The Army would give us a free move back to Oregon, our original home, within a year. So, we moved to a little one bedroom house on five acres. By then we had three boys so built a triple level, youth size bunk bed for the kids and slept in a hide-a-bed in the living room. The year ended and we're still here.
Bob practiced family medicine until retirement. Early on he learned to fly and had many adventures in his Super Cub. He completed the Yukon 800 boat race 6 times and won once. Now that he can't do these things, he raises bees and we play duplicate bridge. While Bob was busy working and playing I had time to get into trouble on my own. I quit teaching after my first year in Alaska and loved staying home with the kids. A neighbor and I once started a booth at the Fair to sell spaghetti for the swim team. It turned out to be a 15 year commitment, The Farmhouse Cafe, that served everything from hamburgers and Hunters Stew to eggs the chickens laid in their cages. When the last two children were in high school I took a class to become a realtor. This seemed interesting, especially since an older son who taught in the Bush was moving to Fairbanks with his young family and would soon be needing a house. They bought the first one I showed them. About 20 years ago I bought an 8 unit efficiency apartment with another son because of the real estate connection. Many more stories but out of room
Martha and Robert Roth purchased this house in 1969
While we were living in the little house a neighbor came to collect money for another neighbor that plowed the snow. When they went to California to get braces for their daughter they asked if we would like to rent their bigger house. So in 1966 we moved. The next summer there was a big flood. The basement was filled with water and there was 10 1/2 inches in the living room. They owned the lot next door and wanted to build their dream house there so we negotiated to buy the house. They borrowed money on this house to finance the new house so, though we agreed on a purchase price, we paid rent until the financing on their new house was completed. Then we bought it. It's a wonderful place to live.
It is close to town and the University. The location on the river is a delight. Through the years there have been dozens of picnics at the river. Last summer our daughter had her 20th high school reunion, and of course the picnic was here. They picked up canoes and kayaks from Pioneer Park to add even more fun. It is casual and homey. We put new carpet in the upstairs last year. It has a big garden and lots of privacy.
My family and I stayed here for 3 nights and we had a great time. The location was excellent as it was close to pretty much everything, the Iditarod re-start, world ice championships, and Northern Lights viewing. The 4 bedrooms were great for our group and the view from the property looking out over the frozen Chena River was beautiful. Martha was also very kind and personable. We all enjoyed our trip and would recommend staying here to any of our friends.
Martha is really nice and welcoming. The house itself had a very authentic Alaskan decor. We would spend all day outside and come back late at night after aurora hunting, but the coziness of the house made it feel like home after a long day of adventure. We had fun cooking, and Martha even made us cinnamon rolls and fresh juice on our last day. The only problem was getting ready in the morning with 7 people sharing one bathroom, but it worked out fine in the end. Really loved the whole experience!!
My family and I recently visited beautiful fairbanks and the cabin we stayed in was to die for charming. Having such a comfortable retreat made for an exceptional trip for my husband and I and our two children.
We were bringing our son to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for college and chose to stay at Bob and Mardee's property for ten days. The location was great! We were close to the UAF campus, downtown, and many of the places we wanted to visit. Their house was perfect for our needs because it had 4 bedrooms, and we had 6 people in our group. The view of the Chena River out our windows was spectacular! We used the kitchen to cook our meals. Mardee gave us fresh peas from her garden to eat. We enjoyed Bob and Mardeee's stories about Fairbanks, bee-keeping, hunting, flying, and boat racing. Our family enjoyed playing croquet in their huge backyard. We feel very fortunate to have met such nice people! Our stay was enjoyable and memorable. We would love to stay with them again in the future.
The house was wonderful. Just as described.The owners were helpful and accommodating. We wish we had more time to spent there.
Thank you to Martha and Bob for providing the perfect place for our family while visiting Fairbanks. In every room beautiful knotty pine walls were mounted with an animal skin or bust that was actually shot by Bob or Martha. It was great fun watching the dog meet the giant bear leering off the bedroom wall. The back of the house has the million dollar view of the Chena River. At the end of April we watched the ice break into huge chunks on the river. We saw some beaver swimming downstream! The house sits on a large piece of land that's great for children to play and the river is right there for swimming or boating or just watching. Another bonus- we were only minutes away from grocery stores and airport while still enjoying the ruggedness and beauty of Fairbanks. This is a GREAT place for a family to be together, to be extremely comfortable, to enjoy cooking meals together, and be excited to be in Alaska. Martha and Bob were willing to help make us comfortable in anyway they could, all you had to do was ask, otherwise you were on your own to enjoy and explore. Thank you Martha and Bob for a home away from home.
Judy, Paul, and family
One thing we’ve learn in a year of doing VRBO is to be sure of your arrival and departure information before you reserve our home, Check in is at 3 PM and departure 11 AM unless the house is vacant on either side of your stay. Quite a few guests have had to stay in a hotel for a night because they get in at 1 AM and someone else is in there, or have to leave by 11 when their plane departs at 1 AM, or something like this.
We are on the north side of the Chena River about two miles from the University of Alaska. Iver Lane ends beside our house on the Chena River. There is a little fire pit on the river which can be used for picnics and duck feeding.
We are close to Creamers Field, Pioneer Park, the Riverboat Discovery, the University of Alaska and their wonderful museum, the auto museum and many other interesting places. Fairbanks is an amazing little town with activities from dog mushing to theater. The aurora is often visible in winter. In summer there is near total daylight. Chena Hot Springs is a wonderful day trip.
We have lived here since 1966. It was originally a two bedroom log cabin. We had six children so built a two story addition. The downstairs of the addition has a double garage, sun room and dining room. The upstairs has four bedrooms, bathroom, a kitchen and sitting area. This is the area where we welcome visitors to stay. We still live downstairs.
As the pictures show, this wouldn't be desirable for people opposed to hunting. Bob has enjoyed hunting his whole life. Mardee was raised on Bambi and not excited about it. However, she had done some shooting in high school and killed one moose and two bears on three shots to show she could. Then she resigned.
We have a large garden that the local first graders have picked each fall for the last 16 years. Visitors are welcome to 'eat from it' in season. Many ducks live on the river and love to be fed. There is a fence along the river in front of the house but there are two openings to the river. Children aren't allowed to go to the river without an adult unless they are good swimmers.
The Summer Art Festival has been going on for over twenty five years. Each March Ice Alaska has attracted people from around the world. This year we have the Arctic Winter Games.
A word of warning, we came to Fairbanks in 1962 for 18 months and haven't left yet!
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