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1905 Home-Historic Charm

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 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 renting 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.

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:
August 18, 2017

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 Kenai Peninsula

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 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. seperate toilet area. Second bathroom 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
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • 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 renovating the outside. We are experienced VRBO owners offering a historic home at a bargain price.


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1905 Home-Historic Charm
average rating of 4.090909 based on 11 reviews

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: Jul 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: Sep 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: Aug 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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Miami, Fl

First Alaska Visit

  • 5 of 5

Very quaint little home with excellent views of the bay. It is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, departure port for most major tours and laundry facilities. Short drive to Exit Glacier, hiking and major grocery store.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words about our property! We are delighted you love this special, charming home as much as we do. I appreciate you pointing out the excellent views and location. Enjoy safe travels through the rest of your trip in our beautiful state. Tanguy and Marcella Libbrecht, Proprietors
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Wonderful Trip

  • 5 of 5

This was a charming home with a view of the bay. The on-going renovations will only add to the general appearance but the property is a fabulous Seward getaway.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Christin, We are so pleased that you enjoyed your experience! We look forward to having you stay with us as we complete bringing this home back to its original historic look and feel. Tanguy and Marcella Libbrecht
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  • 4 of 5

My friend and I really enjoyed this quaint cottage in the heart of Seward. Walking distance to the sea life centre, water front and restaurants.

Great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60

** 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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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