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Lakefront & Creekside-Original Homestead Log Cabin-Mtn Views!

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original cabin with efficiency charm in mind


Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-4)

This original homestead cabin overlooks Cornelius Lake, is along side a salmon creek, and sports views of Pioneer Peak and the surrounding Chugach Mountains. From this cabin, Alaska's beauty is abundant. The cabin is close to highways for easy access to the large variety of activities and sights available here in the Mat-Su Valley. Yet, it is also the perfect place to relax. You will want to enjoy a BBQ dinner eaten at the picnic table right outside the cabin front door. While you are relaxing you will want to watch the pair of loons and a pair of white swans enjoying their summer visit to the lake. Birds abound between these two lakes, so you can watch eagles hunting and riding the air currents as you enjoy a morning cup of coffee. The cabin is also creekside, so you can watch both red and silver salmon (runs take place in August and September if you are here) as they make their way to their spawning grounds.

Use this cabin as a home base. Fishing spots, hiking areas, glaciers, animal farms, bike trails, shops, spas, gyms, and historic townsites are all located here in the Mat-Su Valley.

This log cabin has two cozy bedrooms upstairs. The larger one features a custom built pine queen size bed while the smaller one has 2 single beds. The new bathroom is located on the main floor and features a large tiled shower. The beautiful kitchen area has granite counter tops, an electric stove, microwave oven, coffee maker, refrigerator, and a washer and dryer. Linens and kitchen utensils, pots, and pans are provided. The living room has a comfortable leather couch, custom blinds for privacy, and large windows for gazing at the spectacular views of ' nature at its best'.

The cabin is not suited to folks with mobility issues or those who are traveling with very young children. The stairs are steep.

Keywords: historic log cabin, lakefront and creek access, mountain views, centrally located, easy access to highways, 1 hour drive from Anchorage
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 900 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome:

    Older children will enjoy staying in the cabin. The stairs are original to the cabin and they are very steep. They are not safe for toddlers....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Please check with us before bringing your pet. We need to discuss your pet's needs before you make your reservation....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    The stairs are original to the cabin and are very steep....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • We have a fire-pit area with wood available for family campfires on a lower patio located on the shore of our lake. Let us know if you would like to use this area for a hotdog roast with "some-mores" for dessert or a glass of wine around the fire at night. Our home is located at the rear of the property on another lake (out of sight of the cabin). The above amenities may be used by paying guests only....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    The picnic table outside on the front deck seats 6-8 for BBQs. The round table inside seats 4....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    There is a paved pull-out parking area below and adjacent to the cabin....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    paper products, hand soap, body wash, laundry soap, dish soap, table cloths, foil, zip-lock baggies, and coffee supplies-- hair dryer, electric curlers, and an iron...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    we have a dock at our house- a rowboat, canoe, and 2 kayaks available for use by our paying guests on our lake - please let us know if you would like to use them ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    includes a large wooden picnic table for outdoor eating by 6-8 people and several chairs for naps and reading...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 freshwater kayaks and a 1 canoe available for use by cabin guests...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    there is a gas BBQ, so just push the button to turn it on...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    life vests available and required for use with our boats...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 15 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 25 - Aug 6, 2017
4 night min stay
May 25 - Aug 5, 2018
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 5%


The $49 charge is for the VRBO insurance, this is protection for all. It is a 1 time charge, whether you stay 6 days or 16 days. There is no cleaning fee. It is included in the nightly fee. There is no additional charge for pets coming with guests, but please notify us. It is agreed upon that pet owners will be extra vigilant about the care and clean up regarding their pets while at the cabin.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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We are located on N. Engstrom Rd. in the core area of the Mat-Su Valley which makes for easy access to the following attractions: Matanuska and Knik Glaciers, guided rafting trips, Iditarod Headquarters-Wasilla, Hatcher's Pass and the Independence Mine, Musk Ox and the Reindeer Farms-Palmer, Alaska Railroad Depots-Wasilla and Palmer, salmon and trout fishing, flight seeing tours, and Denali Park


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: Bob and I have lived in Alaska for more than 30 years. We love living here in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and we love our lives. Bob is a General Contractor who builds custom homes locally. I am a teacher who loves working part time with elementary students at a local public school. Our two sons were hockey players growing up here in Alaska.. Now, one son is currently out of state attending graduate school, and the other son lives in rural Alaska and is currently working as a civil engineer. We are a very busy and active family. For more than 10 years, Bob and our younger son had both run the Mt. Marathon race in Seward on the fourth of July. All four of us kayak and camp in Katchemak Bay and the Homer area most summers with friends. We also like to ride bikes, hike, fish, and play golf. We recently "re-homed" a middle-aged terrier that loves to go for hikes and walks with us. She is a great addition to our family.

Why the Owner Chose Wasilla, AK, USA:
The Mat-Su Valley really has the best of what Alaska has to offer, and we have lived here for twenty seven years. We bought this amazing piece of property thirteen years ago. Bob built our beautiful home on the bluff overlooking one lake at the back of the property. On the front of the property is an original homestead cabin built in 1958. It took us 3 years to remodel the inside of the cabin while saving many of the original logs. It is beautiful and we now would like to share it with visitors in the summer months. In the winter months, the cabin is rented for the school year schedule, early August through late May, to a teacher .

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
If you enjoy watching birds like we do, you will especially enjoy your visit to this homestead cabin on Cornelius Lake . In addition to local water fowl and eagles, we get to enjoy viewing the many migratory birds who visit Alaska in the summer. Neklason Lake has been the temporary summer home to a pair of white swans who raised six signets here. The parents lead the flotilla in parade style around the shore of the lake everyday when the signets were strong and big enough.The parents modeled for their youngsters 'touch-and-go' landings on water, traveling between our two lakes. We watched all 6 of the signets grow to young adults and then one day we watched all 8 of them fly south together in late September. It was soooo exciting!! Hopefully they will return this coming summer and you can watch them too.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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  • original cabin with efficiency  charm in mind

    original cabin with efficiency charm in mind

  • Comfortable and cozy living room area

    Comfortable and cozy living room area

  • a modern kitchen with new appliances

    a modern kitchen with new appliances

  • a modern bathroom makes things easy

    a modern bathroom makes things easy

  • cozy Master Bedroom

    cozy Master Bedroom

  • Second bedroom has two twin beds

    Second bedroom has two twin beds

  • Deck includes BBQ, picnic table, and cafe table/chairs

    Deck includes BBQ, picnic table, and cafe table/chairs

  •  open space-dining,kitchen and living room area

    open space-dining,kitchen and living room area

  • convenient laundry machines

    convenient laundry machines

  • 2 bedrooms up the stairs

    2 bedrooms up the stairs

  • comfortable custom made queen bed

    comfortable custom made queen bed

VRBO #402925

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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