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Pet-Friendly with Views and Close to Town.

(24 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 4) with classic Homer views.

This apartment is on the ground level surrounded by flower gardens and views of the Kenai Mountains and Kachemak Bay. The apartment has one bedroom, a sleeping couch, and two bathrooms . . . a good set-up for a family or fishing group.

The bedroom is light and airy featuring a comfortable queen size bed and views of the mountains. The sleeping couch is very comfortable with an automatic-fill air mattress and memory foam topper.

The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking. There is an automatic coffee-maker as well as a coffee press (there will be a sample of coffee beans from a local roaster), and microwave, cookware, as well as some of the basics ingredients you will need for cooking in.

The bathrooms (both) are equipped with towels, soaps, shampoos, and lotions. A washer and dryer are available for your use.

The outside area includes garden seating from which you will enjoy the views of Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountains.

Close to town, guests can walk to see the attractions Homer offers. The Farmers' Market is a great option for the Saturday visitor!

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 1100 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We are generally dog-friendly so long as they are sociable and mannerly....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, Beds for 2-5

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    Clean and fresh with towels, soaps, and shampoo ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    Same as bathroom #1!...moreless

  • Two bathrooms make for easy sharing!

Other Amenities

  • A vegetable garden on premise can be a source of lettuce, kale, swiss chard, and even potatoes (depending on the time of year). Red raspberries can be picked for your onsite consumption in August. Housekeeping can be available with longer stays for an additional fee....moreless


  • Books:

    Reading material relating to the area around you....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Blu-ray disk player with movie streaming ability. ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Sit outside and watch the evening sun turn the snow-capped peaks of the Kenai Mountains ruby red....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    This cozy retreat has the classic Homer view of Kachemak Bay and the famous Homer Spit surrounded by the snow capped Kenai Mountain Range....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    High-speed internet with movie streaming through NetFlix - free of charge....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    500 thread count all cotton sheets are soft and comfortable....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    salt, pepper, cooking oil, flour, sugar, coffee, assortment of teas....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden:

    A bench and lawn chairs are provided for your outdoor enjoyment....moreless



from 24 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Tax Rate 7.5%


Children 6 months of age and under stay for free.

Weekly - 7th day is free.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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4 Miles
Nearest Airport
Homer Airport
1.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Alaska State Ferry
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Shoreline Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Seward Highway
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Cosmic Kitchen
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
Baycrest Trails
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Bishop's Beach

Garden Retreat property offers easy accessibility to all the delights Homer has to offer. And Homer has so much to offer in addition to The Spit. . . year-round. The many fine restaurants are a definite must when exploring our town - a true culinary experience. There are several art galleries that offer unique, not-to-be-missed shopping opportunities with offerings from many of the local artists for which Homer is becoming famous. Old Town features new arts of both the culinary and visual kind, plus a bit of Homer history for you to absorb as you walk between the Old Town Art Gallery, the different eateries, and Bishop's Beach. There are multiple opportunities for beach walks . . . Diamond Ridge Hike ends on a beautiful and secluded beach when you might want some quiet time. At the Garden Retreat you are 100 yards away from a paved bike path that will take you through town and out to the Spit, or a vigorous walk up East Hill for some eye-popping views all the way to Mt. Augustine .


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1987

About the owner: Phyllis was born and raised in Homer where her parents owned and ran the Inlet Trading Post, now the Bunnell Street Arts Center. Kit hails from Scotland where he worked as a groundskeeper and gardener. His expertise has been a great boon to the Homer property! Together they live and work in Bush Alaska during the winter months, Phyllis as a teacher, and Kit on the Maintenance & Operations crew, but always return to Homer in the summer to enjoy fishing, gardening, hiking, and boating with family and friends.

Why the Owner Chose Homer, AK, USA:
The property, with its close proximity to town and the high school, its views and homey feel was the perfect location to raise a family. The home was purchased from the original owners and builders, Paul and Phyllis Banks who had raised their family here. 'The house has always had the feel of a home, it is comfortably cozy with wonderful light and the classic Homer views. This is what we want to share with visitors - a great place to stay while visiting and enjoying the delights of my home town.' ---Phyllis

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Kit is constantly working on the grounds surrounding the home. It is an ever evolving mix of the practical and the beautiful, the groomed and the wild. Shooting Stars and Lady Slippers explode in the Spring; Poppies, Delphiniums, and Sitka Roses grace the gardens in midsummer; in August, raspberry bushes are loaded with berries. The entry door for the Garden Retreat opens onto a garden of strawberries and Forget-me-not flowers while large white Pushki flowers crowd around the perimeter of the property. All of this is set against the blues of the Kachemak Bay waters and Kenai Mountain's snow-capped peaks.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Kitchen


  • Open dining / living area.

    Open dining / living area.

  • dining/living area

    dining/living area

  • View from the living/sleeping area window

    View from the living/sleeping area window

  • Bathroom 1

    Bathroom 1

  • Morning sun in the sitting area.

    Morning sun in the sitting area.

  • Driveway in Fall

    Driveway in Fall

  • The world famous Salty Dawg Saloon on the Homer Spit

    The world famous Salty Dawg Saloon on the Homer Spit

  • Commercial fishing boats in the Homer harbor.

    Commercial fishing boats in the Homer harbor.

  • Beach on the Homer Spit.

    Beach on the Homer Spit.

  • Winter sundown from the Garden Retreat.

    Winter sundown from the Garden Retreat.

  • view of Kachemak Bay

    view of Kachemak Bay

  • Kitchen/entry


  • dining area

    dining area

  • living area w/ sleeping sofa

    living area w/ sleeping sofa

  • Bedroom


  • Bathroom 2

    Bathroom 2

  • View from dining area and outside seating.

    View from dining area and outside seating.

  • We're pet-friendly (and vegetable poor)!

    We're pet-friendly (and vegetable poor)!

  • The Boardwalk on the Homer Spit

    The Boardwalk on the Homer Spit

  • Fishing boats in the Homer Harbor

    Fishing boats in the Homer Harbor

  • The Garden Retreat in winter

    The Garden Retreat in winter

  • Fall foliage at the Garden Retreat.

    Fall foliage at the Garden Retreat.

VRBO #514375

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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