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Luxurious, Private Log Home for Independent Travelers

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

Laughing Raven is a luxurious, large log home where you can relax, enjoy scenery, view wildlife and prepare to enjoy all the exciting adventures you have planned for your Alaskan adventures. You can explore 20 acres of wild lands around Laughing Raven and may view moose, bear and other wildlife. The views are spectacular and include Kachemak Bay, Harding Ice field, fjords, lower Cook Inlet, and active volcanoes. Ravens, eagles, cranes and many other birds are common visitors. Laughing Raven is the perfect place to bring your family and friends who wish to experience Alaskan adventures year-round yet enjoy luxurious, comfortable home on return from adventures.

Keywords: log home, vacation home, unhosted vacation rental

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Mo Hillstrand
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017

About Mo Hillstrand

I inherited this property and built Laughing Raven in 2000 from logs harvested from the Kenai Peninsula. I'm a neurology nurse practitioner and work in Anchorage but plan on retiring to Homer. In the meantime I'd like to share my home with individuals who wish to have an unforgettable Alaskan adventure.

Mo Hillstrand purchased this house in 2000

Why Mo Hillstrand chose Kenai Peninsula

I built Laughing Raven on property that was an original Alaskan homestead. I spent my summers as a child playing on the Homer Spit. Laughing Raven is conveniently located 3 miles from the center of Homer on 20 private forested acres with spectacular views and very comfortable accommodations.

What makes this house unique

You can sit by the fire place and plan many out-doors activities Homer has to offer. You can also just relax on the decks or in the hot tub and just enjoy the scenic views and observe the wild life.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for the opportunity to stay at your beautiful home these past few days. It was truely a relaxing time. We even had some 'special' visitors- a mama moose and her calf ! Thank you again. We hope to return sometime. Sincerely, Karen"
Jun 2010
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Luxurious, Private Log Home for Independent Travelers
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
Wisconsin (the name gave it away, right?)

Everything promised, and more

  • 5 of 5

Very simple. Everything that the description promised was dead on. The only exception was that the kitchen was even MORE plentifully stocked than we would have expected, and the house was IMMACULATE. We've used VRBO several times before, always with very good results, but the Raven was without question the cleanest and most inviting place that we have stayed. It's the perfect blend of spacious and quaint, and the location could not be much better. Throwing in the resident bald eagles to greet us was an exceptional touch.

My only criticism…you have GOT to get Mother Moose and her baby to cross the driveway more slowly so that we can get better pictures next time. And there WILL be a next time, no question about that!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal home and responsive owners

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely perfect home and location. Slept 7 more than comfortably. Great quiet piece of land close enough to everything in Homer and the rivers to the North. All the amenities and supplies you could need. And the owner was very responsive, helpful, and gracious. Thank you, Mo!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We throughly enjoyed this lovely log home which has a full kitchen for cooking, beautiful living room with cosy fireplaces and comfortable furniture to relax in. The hot tub on the deck is well maintained, easy to use and great after a long day hiking. We took a couple of the light plastic deck chairs up to the knoll to enjoy sunset and the view. ( keep a lookout for the moose who also likes to stroll on the knoll). Dinner at Fat Olives in town was quite good. We would like to return with a family group and highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review! warm regards, Mo
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Great cabin

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is really beautiful. It is very large and has everything you could need. The hot tub is great though only fits about 4 people. The cabin does not have a view of the bay, but a close spot in the yard has an excellent view of the bay and mountains. The property is really nice for taking walks. Kitchen had everything we needed for a weekend of cooking. The beds were comfortable. The radiant floor heating is great and the fireplaces make for cozy evenings. The deck is huge and grill nice.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family graduation trip!

  • 5 of 5

Booked an extended family fishing vacation for my son's high school graduation. We enjoyed the space in the large house (two families), family area was great for playing games and hanging out in the kitchen. Kitchen/house was stocked with more than you would expect. Everyone loved the indoor/outdoor space and it was quick to get to all the fishing spots we went to. We would rent here again! Only thing I would ask for is chairs (fire pit?) up on the hill to sit and enjoy the view of water.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome family vacation destination

  • 5 of 5

Extended family of seven stayed for a week in July 2014. Beautiful, spacious and clean accommodations with gorgeous views. We enjoyed fishing on the spit and cooking up the catch at the end of the day in the well stocked kitchen. The house had absolutely everything we needed for a great week. Even got to see a moose a couple times. Hope to retun again soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Homer Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Multiple in Homer
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Alaska Ferry System-service to Seldovia & Kodiak
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Sterling Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Multiple in Homer
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Bishop's Beach, Homer Spit
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Homer House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 7.5%

Weekly rate in summer is $3000.00 plus the 7.5% Kenai Borough sales tax($225).

1/2 the total is required to hold reservations and final amount is due 2 weeks prior to guest arrival

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Homer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) Each bedroom has a queen bed. The enteratinment loft has a queen sized fold out sofa bed.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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