The House Is Located On 3 1/2 Acres On The North Side Of The Chena River.
Martha and Robert Roth
About Martha and Robert Roth
In January of 1962 my husband was drafted out of a general practice residency in Sacramento and sent to Ft. Wainwright. At the time we had two small boys and I was teaching half day kindergarten. I had to give notice so we didn't arrive until March. Originally we paid our way up so we wouldn't have to stay longer than 18 months. We then extended so that we could live on post. Meanwhile, my husband fell in love with the hunting and fishing so we extended until they finally told him he had to either get out of the Army or take another assignment. The Army would give us a free move back to Oregon, our original home, within a year. So, we moved to a little one bedroom house on five acres. By then we had three boys so built a triple level, youth size bunk bed for the kids and slept in a hide-a-bed in the living room. The year ended and we're still here. Bob practiced family medicine until retirement. Early on he learned to fly and had many adventures in his Super Cub. He completed the Yukon 800 boat race 6 times and won once. Now that he can't do these things, he raises bees and we play duplicate bridge. While Bob was busy working and playing I had time to get into trouble on my own. I quit teaching after my first year in Alaska and loved staying home with the kids. A neighbor and I once started a booth at the Fair to sell spaghetti for the swim team. It turned out to be a 15 year commitment, The Farmhouse Cafe, that served everything from hamburgers and Hunters Stew to eggs the chickens laid in their cages. When the last two children were in high school I took a class to become a realtor. This seemed interesting, especially since an older son who taught in the Bush was moving to Fairbanks with his young family and would soon be needing a house. They bought the first one I showed them. About 20 years ago I bought an 8 unit efficiency apartment with another son because of the real estate connection. Many more stories but out of room
Martha and Robert Roth purchased this House in 1969
Why Martha and Robert Roth chose Fairbanks
While we were living in the little house a neighbor came to collect money for another neighbor that plowed the snow. When they went to California to get braces for their daughter they asked if we would like to rent their bigger house. So in 1966 we moved. The next summer there was a big flood. The basement was filled with water and there was 10 1/2 inches in the living room. They owned the lot next door and wanted to build their dream house there so we negotiated to buy the house. They borrowed money on this house to finance the new house so, though we agreed on a purchase price, we paid rent until the financing on their new house was completed. Then we bought it. It's a wonderful place to live.
What makes this House unique
It is close to town and the University. The location on the river is a delight. Through the years there have been dozens of picnics at the river. Last summer our daughter had her 20th high school reunion, and of course the picnic was here. They picked up canoes and kayaks from Pioneer Park to add even more fun. It is casual and homey. We put new carpet in the upstairs last year. It has a big garden and lots of privacy.
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While we stayed at several different rental homes during our recent vacation, our stay at the riverside retreat was easily the stay that most reflected what I feel is the "real Alaska". Mardee and Bob were around if we needed them and were a true joy to chat with. Due to the nature of the addition to the home where we stayed, the layout is a little odd, but we grew more and more used to it and felt right at home by our last day. My 5 year old grandson will have many stories to tell when he starts kindergarten next month when he shares stories of all the "wild animals" that were on display in the Alaskan house that he stayed at! We had a wonderful stay and were able to use the riverside retreat as a base camp for all of our local exploring we did. Thanks for your hospitality, Mardee and Bob!
Martha and Bob are simply wonderful and ADORABLE! Be sure to ask Martha about her family and the homestead! WHAT A HISTORY! We all had private rooms. Our balcony was wonderful to sit on and enjoy a few drinks. We never felt like we were on top of one another. While we were there , we got to meet 2 of the 6 children as well as the guests that were staying in the guest house next door! Marta and Bobs home is centrally located to EVERYTHING including the Fairbanks airport! We just loved it and them! I would not only recommend staying but when we return we will definitely stay again,
I can not say enough good things about Marty and Bob. There place is accurately describes, and the setting is beautiful next to the river. I will state that the rental is a bit dated in appearance on the inside, but extremely clean and we'll maintained.
Other reviews have mentioned the roving dogs, which we did experience, but they are the neighbors dogs and are quite passive and love to play fetch (even into the river).
The hosts made are stay excellent. Marty treated us like family and provided help whenever we required it. We felt very comfortable and so welcomed. It was very hard to leave.
Nice get away weekend
Martha was wonderful, flexible and pleasant to work with. Beautiful property and great location!
Nice stay with my family of 6 in Fairbanks. The 4 bedrooms worked good for our stay
I would come back if I am in Fairbanks again.
Nice place along the Chena River
We had a good time staying here. Loved the location and the property was nice with a beautiful garden. I just wish I was there for the salmon run with my fishing pole. We had 7 adults and one older teen in our party and this place fit us great with 4 bedrooms. We got to spend some time with one of our hosts "Bob". We helped him a bit with a boat trailer and he shared a bit of fresh honey from his bee hives. Good Honey! Loved sharing stories with him and Martha. They have lived there for quite a while and have good stories to tell. Thank you for sharing your home with us.
One thing we’ve learned in a year of doing VRBO is to be sure of your arrival and departure information before you reserve our home, Check in is at 3 PM and departure 11 AM unless the house is vacant on either side of your stay. Quite a few guests have had to stay in a hotel for a night because they get in at 1 AM and someone else is in there, or have to leave by 11 when their plane departs at 1 AM, or something like this.
Recently, in our second summer, a guest said someone told her she shouldn’t even come to Fairbanks. Because of this she only booked two nights for her group. They were in the midst of a long road trip. Once here she could see how much there is to do and would have like to stay longer. The next group, also not familiar with Fairbanks, arrived after several days on the road and said they like the house so much they might not even go out. After a good night sleep they did venture out but two days barely lets you get your feet wet--or snowy.
We face South on the North side of the Chena River about two miles from the University of Alaska. Iver Lane ends beside our house on the Chena River. There is a little fire pit on the river which can be used for picnics and duck feeding.
We are close to Creamers Field, Pioneer Park, the Riverboat Discovery, the University of Alaska and their wonderful museum, the auto museum and many other interesting places. Fairbanks is an amazing little town with activities from dog mushing to theater. The aurora is often visible in winter. In summer there is near total daylight. Chena Hot Springs is a wonderful day trip.
We have lived here since 1966. It was originally a two bedroom log cabin. We had six children so built a two story addition. The downstairs of the addition has a double garage, sun room and dining room. The upstairs has four bedrooms, bathroom, a kitchen and sitting area. This is the area where we welcome visitors to stay. We still live downstairs.
As the pictures show, this wouldn't be desirable for people opposed to hunting. Bob has enjoyed hunting his whole life. Mardee was raised on Bambi and not excited about it. However, she had done some shooting in high school and killed one moose and two bears on three shots to show she could. Then she resigned.
We have a large garden that the local first graders have picked each fall for the last 16 years. Visitors are welcome to 'eat from it' in season. Many ducks live on the river and love to be fed. There is a fence along the river in front of the house but there are two openings to the river. Children aren't allowed to go to the river without an adult unless they are good swimmers.
The Summer Art Festival has been going on for over twenty five years. Each March Ice Alaska has attracted people from around the world. This year we have the Arctic Winter Games.
A word of warning, we came to Fairbanks in 1962 for 18 months and haven't left yet!