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1905 Home-Historic Charm

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Perfect location and great views-Special Pricing

Downtown location, Beautiful Views, Historic Feel

Cable Office in Seward, Alaska, United States, is a building that served as a telegraph office that connected Seward with communications in the rest of the United States.

The cable office was constructed in 1905 by the U.S. Army Signal Corps as part of the Washington–Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System (WAMCATS). Telegraph service from the lower states first connected to Valdez, Alaska. In summer 1905, submarine cable was extended from Valdez to Seward.

The first message over the line was to A. C. Frost, president of the Alaska Central Railway, who was in Chicago: 'This first message transmitted over Alaska Cable connects Seward from this day to the great city of Chicago.' Among initial regular users of the telegraph line was the local newspaper, the Seward Daily Gateway. In August 1905, owner Frank Ballaine began featuring the previous day's news from the Coterminous United States in his paper. Before the telegraph line, outside news arrived via steam ship days or weeks later.

The office was operated by Army personnel. The front room of the building was open to the public who could send and receive messages. The central part of the ground floor served as the operator's station, while workers lived on the second floor. Service continued until an earthquake severed the line in 1934. By that time, radio communication had been established by the Navy and the telegraph line was not replaced. The government retained ownership until 1961. Since then, the building has served as a private residence and rented apartments.

We are now offering the lower unit of this wonderful home. Completely renovated bathrooms, fresh interior paint and charming period touches throughout and a beautiful, historic exterior as well. Please NOTE we are lovingly restoring the home on the outside, and always adding new touches on the inside, without disturbing your stay.

Walking distance to the Sealife Center, dining and shopping and the waterfront.

You'll love the location, the parking and the views!

*** Base price is based on 4 people, Extra people up to 6 total is $25.00 per person per night ***

-Proprietors Tanguy and Marcella Libbrecht

More Details

Tanguy Libbrecht
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Tanguy Libbrecht

My wife and I moved to Alaska 20+ years ago and are raising four active children. We love Alaska, we love Seward.

Tanguy Libbrecht purchased this house in 2013

Why Tanguy Libbrecht chose Seward

My wife and I own the home next door to this one and always hoped that one day we could purchase this historic home.

What makes this house unique

One block from the waterfront with sweeping views of Resurrection bay from the Front porch. There are additional views from the kitchen, living room and back bedroom. You can see this home in the earliest photos of Seward and we uncover new and exciting details about it's place in Seward history every day.


Seward House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Over 6 occupancy with permission. $25 per guest per night for over six guests. Must pre-advise owner.
  • Please let us know immediately if anything is out of place or broken
  • Absolutely no cleaning of fish anywhere inside the house or on the grounds. $500 penalty will apply
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Front Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Back Bathroom - toilet , shower , Accessible to back bedroom and common area
  • Fully re-done bathroom in front with refinished antique tub/shower. separate toilet area. Second bathroom also new, features a tiled shower and toilet/sink area as well.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Front Bedroom - 1 double
    Back Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Two bedrooms. Original wood floors and large windows. Original, pleasantly warm radiators. Plenty of closet space. Quiet, peaceful and charming. Pull out couch in main room sleeps two more.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
House has a lot of interior charm. As mentioned throughout listing, we are continuing to renovate outside and always adding more amenities inside. We are experienced VRBO owners offering a National Register historic home in a fantastic location at a bargain price.


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average rating of 3.857143 based on 14 reviews

Not as good as it could be.

  • 3 of 5

House was a disappointment for price and advertising verbiage. Found dust and dirt; moldy smell in rear bed room; dishes, microwave and tableware required washing (food residue still visible); three cups for four people ( I left one that I had brought with me to make four); open holes in floor; lawn needed mowing and lots of weeds; fence about to fall down; side yard unkempt; unaware someone would be living upstairs (old wooden stairways and floor noisy when walked upon); Propane bottle emptied as we we grilling food; outdoors grill needs cleaning on its outside; house needs TLC.

Location was good. Toilets and baths ok. Comfortable living room. Need directions for operating TV and VCR (three remotes no info on which to use when).

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback on the home. We are pleased that you liked the freshly redone bathrooms and the downtown location with ocean views. It is a 110+ year old National Register property with some interesting quirks including the original floors that we are refinishing We apologize for the state of the yard and will follow up on that with the caretaker. The house is, as advertised charming, old and under a historically accurate renovation as reflected by the current pricing and as described in the VRBO listing We advertise that the rental is for the first level of a home with upstairs renters that have a completely separate entrance. There is a caretaker onsite to solve any problems such as propane, coffee cups or any other situation that might arise. Best Regards and safe travels. Tanguy and Marcella Libbrecht
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Great Location but the house still needs work.

  • 1 of 5

The bathrooms were remodeled and nice. But the house still needs some TLC. The location and view is great close to ocean and downtown.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place in Seward

  • 5 of 5

We loved the historic house and it's location in Seward. Great spot to spend a few nights and enjoy Resurrection Bay.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you again for staying with us. We are delighted you had a good stay with us and in Seward and hope you visit us again! Tanguy and Marcella Libbrecht,
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charming, historical home, close to everything

  • 4 of 5

This historical landmark is very charming, and close to Sea Life Center, and is within walking distance to downtown and marina. Still somewhat in the remodeling stage. New bathrooms were nice. A few too many pieces of furniture in the bedroom off the kitchen. Well stocked for cooking and grilling. Plenty of space for the four of us.

Jessica was very nice and timely with responses to our questions. Wireless was very spotty, in fact we had very little Internet. Jessica contacted the provider very quickly, unfortunately it didn't help.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Seward, Ak fabulous stay!!

  • 4 of 5

This small house was perfect size for 3 adults. 2 bedrooms/2 baths make for compatability We enjoyed the room sizes and were able to cook, or not, as we chose to one night. The weather was not all sun, but we found a lot to do close by. Thanks so much for providing an alternative to hotel rooms.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I am glad that the house met your needs well and that you were able to find entertainment close by. We are delighted to have a glimpse of your enjoyable state and vacation. Best Regards, Tanguy and Marcella Libbrecht
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Would definitely stay again

  • 5 of 5

It was quaint and clean and very well located. Just right!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Your comments are really appreciated. I hope you had an amazing Alaskan vacation and safe return home! Kindest Regards, Tanguy Libbrecht
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Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Tony's, Yukon Bar
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Car: not necessary

Walking distance to Sealife center, waterfront, playground, shops, dining, many activities. Great downtown location on a quiet street. AK Railroad and marina are close by.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

** JULY 1-6 Rate is $325.00 per night due to high demand (Mount Marathon Race)
• You must be 21 years of age and have a credit card to rent the Cable house.
• Please respect our no smoking and no pets policy. The charge for smoking or pets in the house is $500.00.
** Please, no cleaning of fish in the house or surroundings
• Unless prior arrangements have been made, there will be an extra charge of $75.00 per hour for late check-out.
*** Extra people over 4 is $25.00 per night per person ***

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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