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1905 Home-Historic Charm

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Side view, mountains in the background. Brand new roof going on in April!

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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Downtown location, Beautiful Views, Historic Feel

Cable Office in Seward, Alaska, United States, is a building that served as a telegraph office that connected Seward with communications in the rest of the United States.

The cable office was constructed in 1905 by the U.S. Army Signal Corps as part of the Washington–Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System (WAMCATS). Telegraph service from the lower states first connected to Valdez, Alaska. In summer 1905, submarine cable was extended from Valdez to Seward.

The first message over the line was to A. C. Frost, president of the Alaska Central Railway, who was in Chicago: 'This first message transmitted over Alaska Cable connects Seward from this day to the great city of Chicago.' Among initial regular users of the telegraph line was the local newspaper, the Seward Daily Gateway. In August 1905, owner Frank Ballaine began featuring the previous day's news from the Coterminous United States in his paper. Before the telegraph line, outside news arrived via steam ship days or weeks later.[2]

The office was operated by Army personnel. The front room of the building was open to the public who could send and receive messages. The central part of the ground floor served as the operator's station, while workers lived on the second floor. Service continued until an earthquake severed the line in 1934. By that time, radio communication had been established by the Navy and the telegraph line was not replaced. The government retained ownership until 1961. Since then, the building has served as a private residence and rented apartments.

We are now renting the lower unit of this wonderful home. Completely renovated bathrooms, fresh interior paint and charming period touches throughout.

Walking distance to the Sealife Center, dining and shopping and the waterfront.

You'll love the location, the parking and the views!

NOTE that we are slowly, lovingly restoring this property back to original look and feel. New metal roof will go on in May. Fresh exterior paint and interior floor restoration may be in progress. No work will be done during your stay.

-Proprietors Tanguy and Marcella Libbrecht

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Front Bedroom: 1 double

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  • Back Bedroom: 1 queen

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  • Two bedrooms. Original wood floors and large windows. Original, pleasantly warm radiators. Plenty of closet space. Quiet, peaceful and charming. Pull out couch in main room sleeps two more....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Front Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Back Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Accessible to back bedroom and common area...moreless

  • Fully re-done bathroom in front with refinished antique tub/shower. seperate toilet area. Second bathroom features a tiled shower and toilet/sink area as well....moreless

Other Amenities

  • House has a lot of interior charm. As mentioned throughout listing, we are renovating the outside. We are experienced VRBO owners offering a historic home at a bargain price. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Fitness facility in walking distance...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Via original radiators that work great...moreless

  • Internet:

    Hi-Speed wireless access...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Spacious, with old world charm. You can imagine the telegraph office here.....moreless

  • Parking:

    Plentiful parking in driveway and on street. No RV Parking...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Free local calls...moreless

  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Classic, 1940's metal cabinets...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Picnic table with ocean view out front...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off Season 1
Oct 29 - May 14, 2015
1 night min stay
$145
$850
Peak Season
May 15 - Sep 15, 2015
2 night min stay
$195
$1,200
Peak Season 2
Sep 16 - May 13, 2016
1 night min stay
$145
$850

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning $60 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%

Notes:

** JULY 2-5 Rate is $300.00 per night due to high demand (Mount Marathon Race)

• You must be 21 years of age and have a credit card to rent the Cable house.

• Please respect our no smoking and no pets policy. The charge for smoking or pets in the house is $200.00.

• Unless prior arrangements have been made, there will be an extra charge of $50.00 per hour for late check-out.

Travelers pay at time of booking as we will take your dates out of inventory as soon as you confirm booking. Call owner with any questions or discussion needed, please, especially for longer stays. We will offer no tax for state of Alaska employees with appropriate documents.


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Location

0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Tony's, Yukon Bar
1 Miles
Nearest Train
Alaska Railroad
0.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Seward
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Numerous

Car: Not Necessary

Walking distance to Sealife center, waterfront, playground, shops, dining, many activities. Great downtown location on a quiet street. AK Railroad and marina are close by.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: My wife and I moved to Alaska 20 years ago and are raising four active children. We love Alaska, we love Seward.

Why the Owner Chose Seward:
My wife and I own the home next door to this one and always hoped that one day we could purchase this historic home.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
One block from the waterfront with sweeping views of Resurrection bay from the Front porch. There are additional views from the kitchen, living room and back bedroom. You can see this home in the earliest photos of Seward and we uncover new and exciting details about it's place in Seward history every day.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish

 

Photos

  • Side view, mountains in the background. Brand new roof going on in April!

    Side view, mountains in the background. Brand new roof going on in April!

  • An evening view from the Kitchen

    An evening view from the Kitchen

  • This was the view of the telegraph officer as he took down your order in 1905

    This was the view of the telegraph officer as he took down your order in 1905

  • Sunrise from the front yard

    Sunrise from the front yard

  • Front Bath-Original, re-done tub and everything else refreshed!

    Front Bath-Original, re-done tub and everything else refreshed!

  • Back Bedroom

    Back Bedroom

  • Original, 1905

    Original, 1905

  • Enjoy a cup of coffee...

    Enjoy a cup of coffee...

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Charming kitchen, lots of daylight and character

    Charming kitchen, lots of daylight and character

  • The way to Seward-an incredible trip and a short 2 1/2 hrs. from Anchorage!

    The way to Seward-an incredible trip and a short 2 1/2 hrs. from Anchorage!

  • New shower in back bathroom

    New shower in back bathroom

  • Front Bedroom

    Front Bedroom

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