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1905 Home-Historic Charm at Special Rates (Exterior Under Renovation)

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Current side view, mountains in the background

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Last updated: 07/24/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Seward house description

Downtown location, Beautiful Views, Historic Feel, National Registry home.

From National Register and Wikpedia:

Cable Office in Seward, Alaska, United States, is a historic 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 paint and charming period touches throughout.

This house is in the right location at the right price. Stay with us while we lovingly restore a piece of Historic Seward and you get a great deal! Pictures reflect current condition and will be updated as we continue to progress.

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

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

-Proprietors Tanguy and Marcella Libbrecht

Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included

              Suitability

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

              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

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Oven
              • Microwave
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Seating for 6 people

              Amenities

              • 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

              • Heating:

                Via original radiators that work great...moreless

              • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                Fitness facility in walking distance...moreless

              • Linens Provided
              • Towels Provided
              • Hair Dryer
              • Iron & Board

              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

                  • DVD Player
                  • Video Library
                  • Books

                  Communications

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Picnic table with ocean view out front...moreless

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Budget
                  • Family
                  • Historic

                  Location & View

                  • Ocean View
                  • Water View
                  • Mountain View

                  Activities

                  • Churches
                  • Laundromat
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Surf Fishing
                  • Rafting
                  • Kayaking
                  • Sailing
                  • Cycling
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Library
                  • Marina
                  • Playground
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Restaurants
                  • Museums
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Fishing
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Walking
                  • Whale Watching
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Boating
                  • Sledding
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Rock Climbing
                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Peak Season
                  May 15 - Sep 15, 2014
                  2 night min stay
                  $195

                  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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                  Calendar

                  Last updated: 07/24/2014
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                  Location

                  1 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Alaska Railroad
                  0.2 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Seward
                  0.1 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Tony's, Yukon Bar
                  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 and bring it back to its original glory.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  Home is on the National register and is 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.


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                  Speaks: english, french, spanish

                   

                  Photos

                  • Current side view, mountains in the background

                    Current side view, mountains in the background

                  • Original, 1905

                    Original, 1905

                  • Enjoy a cup of coffee...

                    Enjoy a cup of coffee...

                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • Back Bedroom with afternoon sunlight

                    Back Bedroom with afternoon sunlight

                  • Back Bedroom view, night falls

                    Back Bedroom view, night falls

                  • Sunrise from the front yard

                    Sunrise from the front yard

                  • 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!

                  • Current side view # 2

                    Current side view # 2

                  • 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

                  • Charming kitchen, lots of daylight and character

                    Charming kitchen, lots of daylight and character

                  • Original detail. To be re-built

                    Original detail. To be re-built

                  • Front porch view

                    Front porch view

                  • A winter view from the rear of the building

                    A winter view from the rear of the building

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

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

                  VRBO #565164

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                  Date last modified - Friday, July 11, 2014

                  $195 per night (USD)
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                  2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 6

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                  Minimum stay: 2 nights
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