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Comfortable House With Kitchen On The Chena River. Family Friendly.

Bedrooms 4
Space 970 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The House Is Located On 3 1/2 Acres On The North Side Of The Chena River.

While the unit is advertised for a number of people, it is great for a couple as well. We bought a two bedroom log cabin in the 60's. In 1974 we built a two story addition to accommodate our six children. At the time we wired and plumbed one bedroom so it could someday be a kitchen. The downstairs of the addition consists of a double garage, sun room and dining room. The upstairs is where guests are welcome. It has four bedrooms, sitting area, kitchen and porch. We have rented it monthly for many years but this time it was vacated we decided to do it as a VRBO. We live in the cabin downstairs.

Also on the property is a cabin that the original owner built for his parents and a barn that we built for our children and converted to a house when they were grown. We did bed and breakfast in them in the 1990's. At the time we registered the name Riverside Retreat. After a few years we decided to rent them on a monthly basis to have more time to play and travel. We can no longer do some of the things we used to do so are doing VRBO in the cabin too. We enjoy marrying people. We also enjoy sharing the space we have taken for granted for so many years. It really is a special spot.

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Martha and Robert Roth
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

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 Alaska

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.


Fairbanks House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 970 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Some things stored in here but it can be use if needed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
It is located close to Fairbanks so there is access to a multitude of activities.


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Comfortable House With Kitchen On The Chena River. Family Friendly.
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Real Alaska hospitality and place!

  • 5 of 5

We love this centrally located piece of Heaven! Bob and Mardee are wonderful hosts. The space above their log home is not the newest, but the atmosphere is amazing. If you desire new, shiny and plush this may not be for you. If you want real Alaska including the trophies and stories...this is it!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Classic Alaskan Home on the Chena River

  • 4 of 5

If your group can share the one bathroom you are set! Beds are good. Hosts are friendly and near airport location is convenient, peaceful and rural.

Shared the home with 3 families- 6 adults and a 3 year old. Knotty pine interior and hunting trophies dominate the inside. Good sized bedrooms surround the small living room. Nice eat in kitchen. Enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A charming place but it could use some new carpet .

  • 4 of 5

Once you get past the 1970's shag carpet and animal heads and skins on the walls, the place really grows on you. This beautiful property is on a river, very quiet, has a great central location, beautiful views from the balcony, horse shoe pit, picnic tables, and a help yourself fire pit. I had teenage grandsons with me and they loved being on the river. They also thought the animal heads and skins added to their Alaska vacation adventures. The owners, Mardee and Bob, raised 8 children on this property and have a long and interesting history in Fairbanks. We all enjoyed talking to them and especially enjoyed the tour and explanation of Bob's bee hives.

I would recommend this riverside get-a-way to my friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Very lovely house at convenient location, close to downtown and University of Alaska at Fair Banks. Our host is very accommodation and the beds are very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Older rustic house with character right in the heart of the city.

  • 3 of 5

We travelled to Fairbanks for a wedding and stayed at this rental with 4 kids and 3 adults for 7 nights. It is accurately described in the posting and reviews. It is very "Alaskan" with wood panelling walls, shag carpet and taxidermy. The owners were pleasant and helpful. The apartment is upstairs in their house and has a fairly private entrance but no door to the actual apartment which does feel a little odd. When we first entered there was a very strong smell of cigarette smoke. This carried upstairs into the apartment and permeated everything. At times the smell was old and other times it was stronger and fresh. We ended up borrowing an ionizing air purifier from friends in Fairbanks to help clear the air as one of our party is slightly allergic to cigarette smoke and another has breathing difficulties. The other reviews suggested that this rental was clean and, although it was surface cleaned (vacuumed, sheets changed) it could use a good deep cleaning. Cleaning supplies were provided if you choose to clean more. There was some shampoo and food left from previous guests that was available to you. The kitchen and sitting room were small but worked for us. There was enough dishes and silverware for all of us and we were able to cook meals without problems. The view out the kitchen window overlooks the Chena river and it was very nice to watch the sunrise while drinking coffee. The 4 bedrooms were very large and easily allowed our group to spread out. The bedrooms also have all their own temperature controls, which was nice. The internet worked, however we could only find one children's channel on the tv (disney junior), this was not a problem but is information for you if you have kids.

We have lived in Fairbanks previously so we didn't go to any local attractions. The owners do have multiple brochures, maps, etc. of the area that would be helpful for people wanting to explore. If you are looking for restaurants, our favorite is Brewsters.

If you are looking for an Alaskan experience and are okay with cigarette smoke, this is a nice centrally located place. If you are looking for a modern, clean, sleek apartment then I would recommend looking elsewhere.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house

  • 5 of 5

We rent two house which could accommodate our group of 13 people. We had a really awesome experience here. Really special decoration and really clean.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Fairbanks International
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
George Parks Highway
Car: recommended

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!


Rates & Availability

Fairbanks House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Tax Rate 8.0%

I would like to communicate with visitors by phone or e-mail before they come in case there is anything special to share.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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