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Gorgeous Log Home with Stunning View

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with view of Kachemak Bay including the Homer Spit

Playful Ravens is an elegant family home with 'heart enriching' views from most windows, it's expansive deck and hot tub. Located 10 minutes from downtown Homer, this retreat gives you quick access to everything Homer has to offer. Four spacious bedrooms give you ample privacy and room to spread out. A movie room with comfortable couches and loads of books is a great place to catch the latest Netflix, or to visit with family and friends. The kitchen is a cook's dream. All Clad pans, a double convection oven, and a large fridge/freezer make this a great place to cook memorable meals during your stay in Homer! Hopefully you will have luck fishing and bring home the main course yourself!!

A huge fire pit graces the side yard, perfect for a cozy bonfire around which to share drinks and memories during your time at Playful Ravens.

We call the home Playful Ravens because the air currents surrounding the bluff that this home sits on create the perfect spot for birds to soar and to play on the breezes. We regularly see Eagles, Ravens, and Hawks swirling on the updrafts.

The Master Suite has an incredibly comfortable king sized bed, a large bathroom and glass block/tiled shower area with two shower heads, a north-facing balcony large enough for sitting, plus a lovely, lofted reclining area with a love seat and chair with matching ottoman facing the remarkable views of Homer, the Homer Spit with a flat screen TV if you ever tire of the view. The TV has a Roku box that streams Netflix and Amazon Prime Movies for free. There is also a Water Rower rowing machine if you need to catch a quick and effective workout during your stay.

On the main floor with the Dining Room, Living Room, and Kitchen there is a bedroom with a full sized bed with a log frame and a full bath with a tub/shower. The lower level has two bedrooms with queen sized beds, the movie room - a large room with two love-seats and a wall of bookshelves, and the laundry. The lower-level bathroom has a toilet, a urinal, a sink and a shower. Our home has in floor heating and a Blaze King wood stove.

The spacious deck has a large table and benches for lunches and dinners immersed in the view, four adirondack chairs, and a hot tub. There is also a grill located on the deck off the kitchen.

Summer visitors regularly see bear, moose, sandhill cranes, and eagles at our home.

There are lovely hiking trails only minutes away.

More Details

Owner
Paula Kulhanek
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Paula Kulhanek

We are an Alaskan Commercial Fishing family. We spend our summers on Chisik Island fishing for Salmon which leaves our lovely home open to share with visitors like you!

During the winter Jon is a teacher at a local public school, Fireweed Academy. Paula is a Norwex Independent Consultant and does fund raising for a local school and organizations. She is studying Piano. We are truly honored to share our special piece of Homer Alaska with you.

Paula Kulhanek purchased this house in 2012

Why Paula Kulhanek chose Kenai Peninsula

For eight years we drove past this home on our way home. We lived 'off the grid' on 10 acres with many animals in a beautiful timber frame home, hauling our water. When we returned home from fishing, this home that we had passed so many times was up for sale. After taking a tour, we were hooked! Spectacular views, so much space for our growing family, and closer to town so our kids could enjoy more of the opportunities Homer offers. It has been a terrific move for us.

This property and home have drawn our eyes for years. Once this home graced the cover of Alaska magazine, thanks to a beautiful picture by Scott Dickerson.

This is an incredibly well-built and lovely home. The yellow cedar logs that create the home were harvested in British Columbia and hauled up the Alcan Highway. The interior walls are so warm and inviting as well as a little challenging to hang art on :-)

The entire front wall of the home is eight windows and a sliding glass door - the view here is truly part of the home. We never tire of gazing at the mountains and glaciers across Kachemak Bay. Watching the Homer Spit, Homer, and the Homer Airport as the sunsets finishes and the many lights come on.

Soaking in the 104 degree hot tub gazing at Northern Lights is one of our favorite pastimes and there are plenty of stars and satellites to watch for if it is not Northern Lights Season.

What makes this house unique

Playful Ravens will allow you to feel completely comfortable and at ease while you are on your trip. Comfy furniture, cozy beds, and the spectacular deck to watch the sunset from (one of our favorite past times).

The entire glorious package is just minutes away from downtown Homer. Ten to be exact, and those ten minutes of driving are beautiful! We see Moose, Porcupine, Eagles, Ravens, Hawks, Owls, and Lynx on our way to town. And that is just the Wildlife... the expansive views driving down the hill are delightful.

The deck, fire pit, and hot tub are very special parts of this home... great places to make memories with family and friends!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Since 2012, my family, friends and I have rented the Playful Ravens several times. We sometimes stayed there two times in the summer. This well appointed log home offers fabulous, breath taking views of several glaciers as well as the Homer Spit. We are close to Homer, but far enough away for some privacy as well as wildlife viewing. This is Alaska at its best!



The Kulhanek family is first rate, and has always treated us well. We’ll definitely be staying here again!
Jul 2014
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Amenities

Diamond Ridge House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Lower Level - toilet , shower , This bathroom also has a urinal
    Main Level - toilet , combination tub/shower , Yellow Cedar logs form one wall of this bathroom.
    Master Suite - toilet , shower , A window by the shower has views of the 'head of the bay'.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Main Level - 1 double , Large closet, chest of drawers and two bedside tables
    Sliding glass door - 1 queen , Spacious closet and chest of drawers, one bed side table
    Log Frame Queen - 1 queen , Two closets, chest of drawers, and two bed side tables
    Master Suite - 1 king , Chair with ottoman, love seat, piano, guitar, water rower
    Movie Room - 1 queen , A queen air bed & bedding can be requested.
  • The beds are very comfortable, one Queen has a memory foam pad. The Master Suite bed is a European Sleepworks frame and pillow top pad. We offer plenty of pillows on each bed and extra blankets in every closet. The two lower level rooms have views of the yard. The main level bedroom has a view of the Homer Spit and out into Cook Inlet. The Master Suite has astonishing views from the lofted sitting area of Kachemak Bay and the Homer Spit. The upper balcony is a delightful spot to spend an evening watching the Northern Lights. If you wish to sleep an additional two people you can request a queen air bed and bedding to place in the movie room.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
Notes:
The home has a piano and guitar. There is a telescope in the main level bedroom closet. Three hot tub robes and towels are provided. Reusable shopping bags are provided. A Mac desktop computer and HP Envy printer are in the home.

Reviews

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Gorgeous Log Home with Stunning View
average rating of 4.95 based on 21 reviews
Cudjoe Key, FL
5

Great House with a Great View

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in Playful Ravens for three weeks in July. The house is exactly as it is described. The house, the grounds and interior are beautiful. Of course, the view of the glaciers and Homer spit are outstanding. The property is super private. As we love to cook, we were impressed with the fully stocked kitchen with quality appliances and cookware. The large screen iMac computer with WIFI and printer was very convenient. Paula touched base with us, via email, l several times throughout our stay to make sure we were enjoying their home.

There was plenty to do in Homer to fill our 3 week stay. Fishing for halibut and salmon are a must. We took back home 50 lbs of fillets on the plane.. The Homer Fish Processing Company vacuum seals, freezes and stores your fish until you are ready to leave. Bear watching at Brooks Falls is a once in a lifetime experience. We used Bald Mountain Air Service. Quality planes and experienced pilots. Take the water taxi to hike to the Gerwick Glacier. It is a days adventure to the lake and back on a well marked trail. We also took Rainbow Tours to Seldovia, seeing puffins, murres, orcas and a humpback whale along the way. Their Captain is knowledgeable and the mates are college students in marine biology. A side trip to Anchor Point for birders is well worth it.

Food in Homer is surprising for a small town. We pretty much agree with the top Trip Advisor ratings. Little Mermaid, Two Sisters, Cups, and Fat Olives were all excellent for both food and service. The Jakolof oysters bought from the oysterman at the Homer Brewery were the finest oysters that I ever had. If flying into Anchorage, it is best to hit their big new Safeway, as the Safeway in Homer is much smaller and has fewer choices.

We very much recommend Playful Ravens for your stay in Homer.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Humble, TX
5

A Great property with a great view! You will not want to leave this slice of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed the last week of June '17 and did not want to leave! The pictures do not come close to experiencing the awesome views from the deck. The house has everything you need and the owners went out of their way to make this our best family vacation ever! This has to be the best rental property in all of Homer. Thanks again Paula and Jon for allowing our family to make such wonderful memories that we will never forget!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for awesome review! We are so glad that our home helped you have "the best family vacation ever!" Hearing that in your opinion Playful Ravens is the best rental in all of Homer entirely warms our hearts! It was a pleasure speaking with in the months leading up to your vacation. Warmly, Paula and Jon
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5

Deserves more than 5 stars!

  • 5 of 5

Wish I could give this house more than 5 stars.

Our favorite part was sitting in the hot tub on the deck with the view of Homer Spit and the snow capped mountains. The fire pit was also a great spot to enjoy the views.

The owners actually live in this wonderful home much of the year and it shows. The kitchen is the best equipped we've ever seen. We cooked in most evenings enjoying our fresh caught fish and the beautiful views. The home is the quintessential Alaskan home with every modern improvement you can imagine. Paula was a great help with our pre trip planning.

If we ever return to Homer, we would stay no where else.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Diane, Thank you for such a thoughtful and lovely review! We are sure that future travelers will appreciate hearing that the kitchen is truly stocked to cook in and enjoy, the views are just as spectacular as described, and we are thrilled to hear that if you return to Homer you would consider staying at Playful Ravens again. That is the highest praise and we feel blessed to receive it. It was a pleasure working with you to ensure that your family enjoyed some of their passions while in Homer. Sincerely, Paula & Jon
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Houston, Texas
5

Beautiful secluded spot!!

  • 5 of 5

House was very nice and well equipped. We were so thrilled to see a mama moose and baby sun bathing in the yard three days in a row!! Yesterday mama moose had a slight altercation with a third moose that tried to visit. Exciting!!! Our Homer experience was wonderful. Great fishing and fantastic food. A wonderful vacation for the 6 of us.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of our home. We are thrilled that the wildlife cooperated and you were able to see Moose in the yard. Future guests will be happy to hear that they might see baby moose right from the deck! Sincerely, Paula and Jon
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5

Playful Ravens Homer Alaska

  • 5 of 5

This place was AMAZING. The property lived up to everything that Paula had promised. The property was clean and well maintained. We immediately felt at home. The weather was not our friend during our stay at Homer, but this property made the stay a success. We enjoyed being able bake, use the hot tub, and fire ring. Our nights were complete with beautiful sunsets and some competitive card games. Thanks for opening up to your home.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

When you get out of the shower and you look out of the window at a Glacier....what else can you say!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and 3 children (7, 11, 13) stayed ~ 3 weeks here. You are up on Skyline Drive overlooking the Bay and the "Homer Spit". The house is GREAT!! Awesome stay. The home is very well appointed. You want for nothing. The view is wonderful. When you step out of the shower...you are looking at the glacier!! Your view is the 2-3 glaciers that are immediately across Kachemak Bay. It is amazing to think that we hiked around Glacier Point and up to the Glacier Lake....there were icebergs floating in the glacier lake. We also did Halibut Cover for lunch. Great trip. My sons and I went king salmon fishing and with only 2 fish we ate for many meals. We went up and hiked the Russian River trail and saw salmon jumping up the stream to their spawning grounds!! Very cool. We also did a fly in bear seeing tour which was stretching my comfort level...but my wife and kids love it!!

Homer is a small town. Very informal and casual. Especially coming from the mid-Atlantic East Coast region.... Jean, hiking pants, boots, and flannel shirts will do. RESTAURANTS are wonderful. Cafe Cup, The Homestead (fine dinner), Twin Sisters Bakery (get the sticky bums), Thai Restaurant (Little Mermaids), Fat Olives (pizza), La Baleine Cafe (breakfast), and Duncan House diner (breakfast) all very good recommendations for dining. Caribou--NO GO

Overall, great place, great house (cabin), great location, great views. Paula was very accommodating. Couldn't ask for a better owner!!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Two Sisters Bakery
"Bread & Chocolate is Xander's favorite. Chocolate Mousse in Paula's favorite Jalapeno Cheese..."
Bishops Beach
"Beautiful spot for beach fires in the evening. Great views of Augustine on clear days. Mile..."
Fat Olives Restaurant
"Black Hole Caesar - "your welcome!" Margie School (we have one of her in our home) displays..."
Pratt Museum
"Excellent and information exhibits. Great room on the middle level for kids to get hands on ..."
Nearest Airport
8.4 Miles
Homer Airport
Nearest Barpub
6.6 Miles
Alibi
Nearest Ferry
12.1 Miles
Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
7.2 Miles
Homer Golf Course
Nearest Train
172 Miles
Seward
Nearest Motorway
7.2 Miles
Sterling Highway
Nearest Restaurant
7.2 Miles
Cafe Cups
Nearest Ski
194 Miles
Alyeska - downhill
Nearest Beach
7.5 Miles
Beluga Beach
Car: necessary

Homer is a nature lover's nirvana where common sights can include moose grazing, a black bear crossing the road or porpoises playing in the surf. The charming seaside city, overlooking Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountains, can be the starting point for a multitude of exciting adventures, including glacier skiing and viewing and guided kayak tours. Naturally splendid Kachemak State Park offers even more outdoor fun, with miles of excellent backcountry hiking trails. Explore nearby Halibut Cove, a unique fishing and artists' enclave where the roads are made of water. Or head to downtown Homer to sample delicious seafood, art galleries, museums and shops that sell locally made crafts. A trip to Homer would not be complete without casting a rod for salmon or halibut, the area's major catches. Head to the Homer Spit and try your luck from the shore or join a chartered fishing boat excursion. No matter which activities you choose, time spent in Homer is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $195
Damage Insurance $59

Full refund for cancellations within 60 days of your stay.
Half refund for cancellations within 30 days of your stay, full refund if our home is rebooked for the time you requested.
No refund for cancelations within 30 days of your stay unless our home is rebooked - then a full refund.

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.

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