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Quiet, private, unique - a place with a difference. 2 miles from Homer.

Homer, AK, USA
  • Apartment500 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Owner built on the bluff overlooking Kachemak Bay.

This 6 acre property has a large lawn leading down to the 300 ft bluff where you can pick a salad from the 30 x 72 foot greenhouse. A trail leads through birch, alder, and spruce along the small creek to the bluff where you can smell the sea, watch ravens, eagles, and gulls soar at eye level and view rafts of otters floating beyond the beach.

Close to town, this custom owner built home will appeal to those who appreciate something special. Window sills and stair rails were hand milled from local cottonwood and there are many other special touches not ordinarily seen in a vacation rental. Visitors will enjoy a very clean, comfortable and private setting.

There is a new 12 inch Queen 'sleep innovations' bed in the bedroom with custom dressers. A fold out queen futon in the living room can accommodate 2 other guests. The owner lives in a separate home 100 feet away and will be available to answer questions, perhaps facilitate your way across the bay, and help make your stay in Homer as enjoyable as possible.


Steve Hughes

Member Since 2013
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About Steve Hughes

I first came to Alaska in 1976, In 1977 I began a journey around the world that lasted four and half years. In 1982 I settled back into Alaska in earnest. I built a cabin across Kachemak Bay, then began building our home on the Homer Bluff in 1995. Everything on our property is custom built, including your lodging. The timber frame portion of our house is made from beetle-killed spruce off this land. I have worked in mineral exploration, carpentry, fishing, as a teacher, and presently as an RN in our local hospital in the Emergency Department. I met my wife, Robbie, the green thumb of the family, in our hospital in 1989. Our daughter, Hailey is in college. We love to travel and meet people from different places and cultures which is the primary inspiration for having a vacation rental. I think we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and it is good energy and a great pleasure to share this with others.

Why Steve Hughes chose Homer

We are fortunate to live in an area of such sublime natural beauty. To see each day's unique texture and color of the sea or a simple walk to sit near the bluff and watch the dalliance of Eagles fills the senses and affirms how grand it is to be alive.

What makes this Apartment unique

Gardens for the eyes and stomach to feast upon. Trails to explore on the property. A peaceful, uncrowded setting. Sidewalk a mile up to Ocean Overlook Park or 2 miles down into town. Great Bird Viewing off the Bluff framed by the Kenai Mountains and Homer Spit. Plenty of room for your boat if you're down trolling for Kings or fishing for Halibut.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Queen bed - sleep innovations- custom built dresser with natural spruce countertop. Views to the east and north across horse pastures. There is a fold out queen size couch/futon in the living room.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Extra deep tub/shower with handicap rales and toilet. Custom counters and handcrafted ceramic sink. Full size washer/dryer.

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
          Our property goes right to the Bluff over Kachemak Bay
        • Oceanfront
          6 acres on the bluff overlooking Kachemak Bay, the Herring Islands, Kenai Mountains, Mt. Augustine volcano and the Homer Spit.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Combined kitchen and living room area
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Maytag full size stacker
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      In floor heating
                    • Internet
                      High speed wifi (10 mbps) 24 inch iMac with retina display Netflix DVD Movies Music
                    • Linens Provided
                      1500 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets or flannel if you prefer. Hypoallergenic down comforter.
                    • Garage
                      Covered car port available
                    • Parking
                      Plenty of room to accommodate a boat.
                    • Telephone
                      Phone available for in state and U.S. Calls
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Full size Maytag
                    • Wood Stove
                      There is a wood stove in the Cliff Dwelling on the Bluff


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Coffee beans/grinder and filter drip. Espresso maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Homer Laughlin Fiesta China. Stainless steamers for garden veges. Plenty of utensils and some bakeware. If you need anything else, just ask.
                        • Kitchen
                          Lots of counter and cupboard space - everything you need for cooking is easily accessible.
                        • Microwave
                          Full size
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          spices, olive oil spray, teas
                        • Refrigerator
                          Brand new Whirlpool fridge and freezer with ice trays.
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Vietnamese made hardwood table with butterfly fold out leaf.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Small collection of poetry, classics, etc.
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Cards and cribbage
                                • Music Library
                                  Extensive collection on imac
                                • Stereo
                                  ipod in living room. Extra iPod player, alarm, and charger station for lightning and 30 pin cables in Bedroom.
                                • Video Library
                                  Small collection of DVD's


                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayaking outfitters
                                    • Balcony
                                      Large Trex deck overlooking Kachemak Bay from your apartment. There is also a deck off the Cliff Dwelling
                                    • Boat
                                      Charters and ferries available
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Beautiful 200 sq. ft. South facing trex deck with views of the Homer Spit and Kachemak Bay
                                    • Golf
                                      7 mile East End Road
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Available on request
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Otter and Bird viewing from the Cliff Dwelling on the Bluff.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Large lawn leading down to 300 ft bluff to 30 x 72 ft. Greenhouse. Pick your own salad in season. Trail among birch, spruce, and alder. Small pond.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Small Weber for charcoal briquettes
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Crosscountry . Downhill area with rope tow on Olsen Mountain.
                                    • Tennis
                                      In town


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Kachemak Bay
                                            • Sauna
                                              Wood fired Finish Stove loads from outside the sauna in the outbuilding across the creek. Cedar lined. Cottonwood benches.


                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • photography
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • racquetball
                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snowboarding
                                                            • snowmobiling
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • For more information and photos go to www.roadlesstravelled-ak.com

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  24 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Great views from Homer!

                                                                  Bambi W.

                                                                  The reviews were spot-on! You will love this location, the views and the owner! We enjoyed the convenience of Homer, only 2 miles away. We sat in the sunshine on our deck watching whales, boats and snow-capped mountains. A VERY relaxing site for your vacation. The property was very clean, and fun to roam around since it is large with several buildings. Steve and Robbie are a pleasure to meet and they were a treasure trove of "off the beaten path" ideas. I nighly recommend this property.

                                                                  Best. Place. Ever.

                                                                  Virginia H.Rome, GA

                                                                  Exceptional in every respect. Perfect for a couple of folks with maybe one child. But the view! The property! Good folks! Can't be beat. Best VRBO stay ever and I've rented from the Keys to Moose Pass AK!


                                                                  korina d.Belgium/San Jose California

                                                                  Our stay with the Hughes family in Homer was a great experience. The views from the property are superb. The rental is very comfortable and has literally everything you could possibly need. The family is very hospitable and the green house on the property is a paradise, of which they share the bounty with their guests. The location is very convenient, close to town and the spit (less than 10 minute drive). Thank you for a wonderful 5 days in Homer!

                                                                  Very nice!

                                                                  Mary H.Gladwin

                                                                  Neat, clean, private, quiet. Super convenient to Homer! Absolutely loved sharing in the garden veggies and berries, what a treat. Thanks for everything!

                                                                  Not to close and not to far from the action of Homer. Perfect in so many ways.

                                                                  Joseph D.Oklahoma City

                                                                  My wife and I just spent three nights at Steve and Robbie's little compound situated just back from the high bluffs a few miles out of downtown Homer. It sits half a mile off the highway just past a horse pasture which just about guarantees perfect solitude.

                                                                  This panoramic apartment sits high above Steve's workshop with a very large deck offering great views of the bay and snow covered mountains beyond. Even in summer.

                                                                  The weather cooperated every night enabling us to dine outside on the balcony after cooking local fare in the fully equipped kitchen. Nothing like having fresh baked halibit accompanied with salad from Steve and Robbie's garden/greenhouse in the warm late evening sunshine that lasts until nearly 11pm this time of year.

                                                                  And if you're not one to cook you may very well enjoy evening drinks from Steve's special observation hut that's right at the top of the bluffs. We observed both whales and sea otters from here not to mention many of Homer's fishing boat that were coming and going.

                                                                  It certainly was the life while it lasted. The only problem was it ended too soon! You won't go wrong coming here. I just hope there's an opening the next time my wife and I return to this part of the world. Thanks Steve and Robbie ๐Ÿ˜Ž๒“  .

                                                                  Great place!!!

                                                                  Carmen A.

                                                                  Great place to stay, very hospitable owners! Very clean, quiet & comfortable, has everything you need. Beautiful view & close to town. Loved the veges & fruit out of the greenhouse & gardens. Would definitely come stay again.


                                                                  Homer, AK, USA

                                                                  Homer has many attractions to entertain visitors with varying interests. Although there is more going on in the summer, winter provides good opportunities also. Our new modern library aimed at Grewink glacier is a welcome place to explore or sit around the fireplace with a good book. The Oceans and Islands Visitor Center offers exhibits and live bird viewing cams with trails leading down to the slough and Bishops Beach. The Pratt museum has outdoor and indoor exhibits that showcase local history. There is a fantastic network of cross country ski trails and a rope tow for downhill skiing and tube sledding at Olson Mountain. Trolling for Winter Kings has become increasingly popular. In summer, Pier One on the spit offers local theater. The annual shorebird Festival occurs every spring and the Wooden Boat Festival happens in the fall. Across the bay is the 400,000 acre Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park which is accessible by boat taxi for those who enjoy hiking among mountains, rivers, lakes, and glaciers. Seldovia and the artist community of Halibut Cove are also easily accessible by boat, ferry, or plane. Although the Homer Harbor is primarily home to a local fishing fleet there are also many excellent charter operations for bird and sea creature viewing as well as Halibut and Salmon fishing.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Additional Guest Fee
                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  - Sales tax is 7.5%. - Credit card processing fee is 2.5%. Customer can avoid the 2.5% fee by paying with echeck. - Nightly Rates are $200.00 for 2 people, $25.00 per each additional guest per night. - Minimal stay is 3 nights between May and September unless agreed to by owner. Stays of 30 days or over save $800.00.

                                                                  24 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.9/5
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