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.
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.
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.
John was out of town during my stay, so I had the whole place to myself! The place is very cute and well decorated (I like the art). John had provided a basket of foods for breakfast plus plenty of milk. The shower is powerful and the bed is comfortable (especially with the electric blanket!).
Merri Lynn met me at the condo at a very late hour (my flight was delayed) and was very kind to do so. She gave a short (due to the late hour) tour and said goodnight.
I was able to do laundry without any issue (there is a laundromat in the basement).
Most of the condo's appliances, counters, and fixtures are all fairly dated (mid to late 80s is my guess). Everything is functional.
I did utilize the sauna one evening. It is hard to find (the door is unmarked). It also takes 15 minutes to warm up. It is very clean and in good repair.
Even though we never met, I must say that John is a very trusting man and generous with his guests. I look forward to next January and staying here again.
John was a most agreeable and welcoming host from the moment he collected me at the airport until he returned me there four days later. He is relaxed, and invited me to join him for dinner. A delightful host. He even provided me with a jacket, hat and gloves when I failed to come prepared for the October chill of Alaska. The location is also wonderfully close to Anchorage center.
Enjoyed my visit, and enjoyed meeting John and one of his friends who stopped by and shared pictures of various places in AK. It was a good location, and worked out pretty well.
John was a gracious host who welcomed us with a comfortable, well-appointed place and ready and with helpful information that made our stay in Anchorage interesting and memorable. We stayed with him twice on our trip, as we arrived and when we left. Both times were consistently what John had promised in the write-up. The location is central and very walkable.
Although John was away during our visit to Anchorage, he was very communicative and ensured that his girlfriend, Merri Lynn, would be there to greet us and show us around the condo. We loved all the travel relics and decorations around the house. The guest room was just perfect for us and we appreciated that everything in the kitchen was clearly marked for our use. Great location, as it was a nice 25 minute or so stroll to the downtown area. Merri Lynn was pleasant and timely when picking us up from the train station and dropping us off at the airport as well.
Thanks so much for making our brief trip through Anchorage a little more complete!
John was out of town. But his friend met us at the apartment, showed us around and gave us the keys. She was very helpful with information about the area. The neighborhood is very convenient and the condo apartment was very comfortable. John left plenty of food for us to have breakfast. This was a perfect start to our Alaska trip and I would definitely recommend John's condo as a great pace to stay.
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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.