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Historic Home with Charm and Comfort

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms 1 bathroom with Views and Convenient Location

This house was built in 1963 by Paul Banks to bring his family off their Skyline homestead to be closer to town for school. Paul purchased the land from the original homesteader, James Waddell. Paul was the custodian at the elementary school at the bottom of East Hill Road. I purchased the property from the Banks and have facilitated a great many changes over the years. This constitutes history in Alaska!

We have renovated this old home to retain its original charms, but also to satisfy our modern tastes and expectations. We took the phone book off its string and nail where it originally hung on the wall next to the old phone. We painted and painted and painted. The result is quaint, bright, and utterly charming with enchanting views of Kachemak Bay, the Kenai Mountains and the Homer Spit.

We kept the original kitchen cabinets but painted them and added a modern color scheme. It is a fairly large kitchen meant for a family; comfortable for family and friends to gather in to cook and enjoy the bounty found in Kachemak Bay.

The three bedrooms are small but well appointed with especially comfortable Serta queen size mattresses (covered with allergy proof covers), down pillows (also with allergy proof covers), 550 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, reading lamps, and power strip for charging devices. The decor is a combination of vintage and current - or perhaps current fashion is a touch vintage? Located at the back of the house, the bedrooms have light filtered through the green foliage and absorb the quiet the trees offer. Additionally, they are outfitted with blackout blinds!

The bathroom is spacious with a freshened "60s" decor. The tub is great for a relaxing soak, with plenty of large luscious towels to dry yourself off.

Every window at the front of the house - living room, kitchen, and laundry (!) offer the remarkable views we love so much in Homer.

More Details

Kit & Phyllis Barnett
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 February, 2018

About Kit & Phyllis Barnett

I was born and raised in Homer, my husband, Kit is from Scotland. While I have never moved away from Homer, I have done considerable travel. Kit and I have chosen (in my case re-chosen) Homer from our own love of hiking, fishing, camping, and boating.

We work in Bush Alaska during the school year, I am a high school English teacher, Kit has worked as a VPSO (Village Public Safety Officer), alcohol distribution agent, and school bus driver to his current job with Maintenance & Operations. We have lived in St. Mary's on the Yukon Delta and are currently in Wainwright (80 miles from Barrow).

Kit & Phyllis Barnett purchased this apartment in 1987

Why Kit & Phyllis Barnett chose Homer

It was the views of Kachemak Bay and the snow capped mountains, the abundant natural light, the close proximity to town and the feeling of home I got from the house. I know the Banks' family that build the house, and it felt so right for me and my son. Then, when Kit joined me in this life adventure, he brought his own skills to bear on the property. It has been his carpentry skill that remodeled this house and his love of gardening that has transformed the grounds (always evolving!).

What makes this apartment unique

It is the flower gardens are what will catch you eye as you drive up the driveway. The showy Sitka Roses cover the bushes in July. Wild blue geraniums, Alaskan irises, blooming abundantly are accented by the vibrant Oriental poppy. Delphinium and pansies (the Great Dane and the Chihuahua of the garden) mingle and vie for attention. It is all a glorious blast of color in our short summer. Most of these beauties were on the property others have been given to us by friends and family (the Columbine and Chives came from my mother).

Then, when you turn around to look out at the view . . . the light peaking through the clouds to play on the calm morning waters of Kachemak Bay or the evening light bathing the mountains in shades of pink. Every time of day has it's own charms. Cloudy days create moods with the light and dark alternating over the water. Breath taking, exhilarating, calming and serene, on different days at different times.

We plant a small vegetable garden on the property which we gladly make available to our guests. If you are eating in, make use of the kale, swiss chard, arrugula, a variety of lettuces, and this year a new addition, asian greens - they are beautiful! Pick lower leaves first and the plants will continue to provide all summer. Later in the fall there will be a few potatoes. Just help yourself, you can't miss it as we have tied orange surveyors tape "ribbons" all around hoping to keep the moose out.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Homer in Kenai Peninsula

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Soaps, shampoo, conditioner, lotions and luscious towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • All beds are especially comfortable, and covered with allergy proof mattress covers; beds are appointed with down pillows covered with allergy proof covers, high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets; rooms have dressers, reading lamps, and electrical power strips for recharging electronic devices.
  • Books ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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Historic Home with Charm and Comfort
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews

Wonderful rental

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time I've stayed in this charming rental. The owners are very responsive and helpful. This space fits my needs very nicely. Thanks for the lovely getaway.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So nice to have had you stay at our property, Heather! Thank you for taking the time to write the review. Hope you see you again!
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Very clean, good location, nice view.

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable beds...needs a new coffee maker.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Home!

  • 5 of 5

Needed a place to stay in or near Homer for 4 nights over the 4th of July week for a fishing trip. Kit & Phyllis's place was absolutely perfect! Spotless, comfortable in EVERY way you can imagine. (Beds,Kitchen, Living Room& really quite close to the Spit (just a few minutes). The view was something you want to capture and take home with you! Nice and private. We had a moose cow & calf in the yard to boot! Phyllis was so easy to work with! We told everyone we fished with what wonderful lodging we had. Look for us to be back!

Joe & Terry Danczyk

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Check in was a breeze. Large comfortable three bedroom, one bathroom house with a fantastic view of the bay! Large sitting area and kitchen as well, fully equipped with all your cooking needs. The house is about a 10 minute drive to everything Homer. Second time I have stayed here with friends, and will be renting again whenever I'm back in Homer:)

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We will be happy to have you back anytime you can make it.
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Comfortable & Relaxing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This home is comfortable, relaxing, and very clean! We loved having so much space...all the rooms are large, even the bathroom. The entryway is light and spacious too, which is helpful for taking shoes off & having a place to hang coats. The living room faces the view, which was rainy for us but the mist was beautiful through the trees, and we still saw glimpses of the bay. We were able to use our USB cord with our laptop to watch DVD's on the living room TV, which was a lot of fun. The beds are supremely comfortable, with beautiful & unique quilts on each one. The kitchen is vintage with modern appliances, with lots of cupboards & counter space. The home is surprisingly close to town, but feels peaceful and secluded, probably due to all the trees and open grassy areas. The access road is not at all steep, and the driveway goes up from the road (still not steep) so there wasn't any road noise at all, just wonderful peace & quiet. We heartily recommend this home, and plan to return soon!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to comment on our property. We're very glad to hear you were comfortable, that is what we strive for. Sorry about the weather; next time! It was great having you as guests and we do hope you come again soon!
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Great place to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

We took a quick trip down to Homer to get out of town and do some fishing. We chose this house for the night and absolutely loved it. Cute, clean, and very comfortable. Will definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Homer, Alaska

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Off season
15 Sep 2017 - 15 May 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £19 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £71.24
Tax Rate 7.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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