About this listing
Cozy guest room in secure building. Private guest bath. Close to CBD. Black out shades. Cable TV, Wifi. Fireplace. Sauna. Short walk to Anchorage Museum or Sullivan Arena. Just one block from Cordova St, best venue to see Fur Rondy and Iditarod dogs.
Cozy guestroom in downtown condo, located close to the Sullivan Arena and the Anchorage Museum. Black out shades for those long summer "white nights". Wifi. Fireplace. Separate guest bathroom. Coin laundry in the basement. A second bedroom is available for large parties, also a couch for couch-surfers. Ask me about that if you are interested.
Free off-street parking. Sauna. Kitchen privileges. Separate guest bathroom. Cable TV. Roku, Fireplace. Electric barbeque on the balcony.
Interaction with Guests
I'll greet you, make sure you are comfortable, respect your privacy and stay out of your way, unless you need some advice on touring Anchorage, or just want to chat. You're renting the guest room and guest bathroom, but feel free to use the living room, dining area and kitchen. My bedroom and bathroom are in the back, and that door will be locked when I am out.
Carrs/Safeway is two blocks away and open 24/7. Downtown is an easy walk, 5 or 6 blocks. The Anchorage Athletic Club is nearby. They offer a 12-day guest membership for $20. Cordova Street, just one block away, becomes the racecourse for the Fur Rondy sled dog races and the ceremonial start of the Iditarod. The Chester Valley sports complex and access to the Chester Creek trail are a few blocks south. The upscale Fifth Avenue Mall is within walking distance and we have ZERO sales tax in Anchorage.
Taxi from the airport costs about $20. I can also arrange an airport pick-up for you. The PeopleMover bus stop is one block away. The 13 bus heads downtown OR outbound to the all the major medical centers and UAA. The inbound bus will take you to the downtown transit center where you can transfer to other lines. I also have bikes available for you to rent.
Other Things to Note
We have two saunas in the building. Anchorage has a vast system of bike trails that double as cross-country ski trails in the snowy months. Access to the Chester Creek trail is just a few blocks away. I have a massage table that I can set up and make available to you.
No smoking is allowed anywhere in the building including unit balconies. That includes Pot, which was recently legalized in Alaska. NO smoking. Quiet hours are observed from 11pm - 7am. Bagged trash only in the garbage chute.
About the Host, John
My photo shows me wearing a classic Russian "Kasavarotka" which is part of my costume for a tour I give on Russian Alaska at the nearby Anchorage Museum. The character I portray is Andrei Kashaverov, a real person who lived in Alaska in the 19th century and was present when Alaska was transferred from Russian to American jurisdiction. My grandfather emigrated to the USA from Lithuania, which was part of Russia at the time (1903), so I enjoyed volunteering for the role. The Anchorage Museum is a short walk from my condo.
I retired from the Navy in 1986, then went to seminary on the GI Bill. I served as a parish pastor for 12 years in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and (lastly) Valdez, AK. While there, I just fell in love with Alaska and moved to Anchorage in 2014, bought a condo downtown and have been enjoying life in the "big" city ever since. I am active in the 35+ Singles Dance Club which meets every Saturday night, and a hiking group that treks every Monday and Thursday evening.
I am connected with the Human Awareness Institute and recently completed the HAI Level 2 training in California.
I work as a substitute teacher in the Anchorage School District.
I love to travel and been to lots of exotic places, when I was in the Navy, leading Church tours, and flying Space-A with the Air Force. Last year, my daughter was invited so speak at a conference in Guangzhou, China and asked me to accompany her. I've been to all 50 states except 2, Oklahoma and Kentucky.
I've been an Airbnb host for almost a full year now, and have very much enjoyed meeting people from around the country and around the world.