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Beautiful garden home, walk to downtown, views

Bedrooms 1
Space 760 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Midtown studio, second level with views of Chugach mountains, downtown Anchorage with sunset vista. 10 minute walk to heart of downtown Anchorage, near coastal trail. Short walk to midtown where the locals shop with markets and a variety of eateries and entertainment. Close to Natural Pantry, Saturday markets, Anchorage museum, Moose's Tooth Pizza, Bear Tooth dinner/movie theater, Sports Bar, coffee shops, bicycle rentals.

Queen bed and 'Full' size pullout sofa,which has a Memory foam mattress. The studio will sleep four comfortably.

Kitchenette offers a microwave, convection/toaster oven, full refrigerator, coffee maker, Hot water X-press, and toaster. All necessary ware and utensils. Barbeque grill-gas.

Bathroom with shower, hair dryer.

The bright and comfortable living space offers Maple hardwood floors, radiant heat, picture windows, and 3 sets of French doors leading out to decks with different vistas. North & West -Sunset & Downtown; East - Chugach Mountains; South - a small forest, where you may watch moose napping while you enjoy lunch on the sunny deck.

Enjoy the fresh raspberries growing on the property and the spacious lawn.

More Details

Shirley Nelson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Shirley Nelson

Being a resident in the beautiful state of Alaska for over 34 years, having lived in remote areas for several of these years as a teacher and "adventurer", I settled in Anchorage and have enjoyed the central location for the ease of traveling, hiking, fishing, and the Arts.

Shirley Nelson purchased this studio in 1996

Why Shirley Nelson chose North Star

Nice sunny exposure with views. A unique "FIND" with character.

What makes this studio unique

The original house was built in 1950 on a large lot. It's prime location to business, recreational activities, and shopping, make it a 'jewel' in the heart of Anchorage. Literally, a 2 minute walk to Chester Creek Trail, where you may see the Bald Eagle perched on the birch limb just a few feet away. Continue east to Sullivan Sports Arena and various lakes, or head west to hook up with the Coastal Trail.

The 'studio 'and garage were constructed in 2007, snuggled in the back of the property with a small forest on the south border, a peaceful habitat for our local moose to relax and the birds to gather.

A QUAINT Neighborhood.


North Star Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 760 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • tennis


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Beautiful garden home, walk to downtown, views
average rating of 4.9 based on 30 reviews

One word.... AMAZING!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about the hospitality expressed by Shirley.... and oh btw the Loft was perfect. We were a family of 4 and it worked for our needs. Great location and very easy to get to. There is no question that i will stay here again when traveling back to Alaska!!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your stay at Blue Sky Haven. I truly enjoyed meeting you and your family and glad that the moose was cooperative with a stroll for your viewing. Please visit and consider running the marathon again, next year! Thanks, Shirley
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Cosy cabin living

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, clean space. Central location. Beautiful balconies and just very cute overall. Very comfortable bed

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nice meeting you Linda. I hope your next visit to Alaska will have more sunshine. Please visit again. Shirley
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Great location, great host

  • 5 of 5

The Blue Sky Haven is perfect located for all what we liked to do. It`s close to downtown, close to the coastel trail and also close to the airport and all the shoping opportunities we needed.

The loft is very clean, comfortable and have all what one need also for a longer stay.

Thank you very much Shirley for sharing Blue Sky Haven with us.

Anita and Alfred, Tschingel

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a great place! A little piece of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Blue Sky Haven! It is so centrally located to just everything we wanted to do in Alaska in the way too few 5 days we had there. Shirley is such a gracious host and will point you in the right direction for whatever you are interested in doing. One of my goals was to see a moose and when we had checked out of the house without seeing one Shirley called me on the phone to ask if we were still in the area as there was one wandering in the yards of the neighborhood! We raced back as we were still close and she helped me find it so I could finally get a picture of that elusive Alaska Moose! The house itself is beautifully appointed with everything you will need. Shirley has truly thought of everything! I throughly enjoyed sitting on the deck at the end of a day of sightseeing enjoying the very late sunset (10:30pm!) and coffee in the morning. My husband and I loved it! Thank you Shirley so very much! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Liz! I truly enjoyed your stay and so happy the moose was cooperative! The very next day, the cow moose and young were in the back, enjoying the peace and solitude. Also, thank you for the Minnesota Wild Rice, and yes it will be a great attribute to the fresh King Salmon. Hope to see you folks again, in the near future. Regards, Shirley
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Overall nice place to stay in Anchorage

  • 4 of 5

The efficiency was clean and and well maintained. Shirley was a very gracious host and everything was very easy in terms of getting into the unit and conveniently located. The small kitchen was sufficient for small meals at breakfast or lunch. The only issues were that the unit is advertised as having A/C and none was present. Not a big deal if the outside temperatures stay in the 60s and low 70s as the unit gets a good breeze but the advertising was not accurate. As everyone likely knows the days are long in the summer months. The top windows in the unit are not covered so be prepared for sleeping in the daylight as the entire unit is filled with light from these upper windows. Overall it is a very clean and convenient place.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your response and input. The studio rental was designed to capture the surrounding environment, especially the view of the Chugach Range, hence the large windows and 3 sets of French doors leading out to decks, each with their own unique view or the privacy of looking into a small forest where the moose lounge. All lower windows open with screens to allow a nice cross flow and have sunblock curtains. I try to be clear with details regarding the studio. When filling in the amenities, in this particular case, the A/C, I disclosed ceiling fans. There are probably not many residences with true A/C in Alaska. other than hotels. I apologize for any misguidance. Thank you for choosing Blue Sky Haven
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Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Shirley's place in Anchorage was perfect for out 2 nights in Anchorage. I was inspired by the well thought out construction of this little guest house above the garage. Lots of space, lots of light, and a beautiful garden to look down on from above. Shirly even gave us a salmon she had caught the day before to grill up. Location was just right....walkable trails nearby....and walkable to downtown. Great stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing Blue Sky Haven. It was a pleasure meeting you and please visit again on your next adventure! Shirley
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Anchorage International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Seward Highway
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Alyeska Ski Resort
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $400

Not wheelchair accessible, friendly lab on property.
Property available from May 15-August 31 at summer rates. September thru December 10- weekends only: Friday - Sunday @ $150/night, minimum 2 nights

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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