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The Studio on the Private Lake

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow


About the property

A wonderful and small facility that caters to those of whom embrace nature.

A private studio 200-feet from our private lake that sits like an eagles nest! It is a hand-built, cedar wood (it smells great!) interior with full kitchen, 2 toilets (1 down, 1 up and shower down) and sleeps two in a queen-sized bed! A staircase leading up to it, the view in this natural light from the sun brightens everything! You can enjoy your own private deck. Full gas barbecue for your convenience at the "public area", HD TV with over 900 channels, free WIFI and the custom PRIVATE shower is below! Plenty of hot water with all towels, wash cloths supplied. 10-minute drive to town and some of the greatest salmon fishing in the world! Warm, comfy and safe, our facility is small and that's the way we like it because if it wasn't then we would be big and we're not so sure that would be a good thing! It's a cabin in the air! If you have trouble stepping up a staircase (about 10 steps) or weight over 250 pounds, this facility may not be suitable for you.

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 13, 2017


Jim Oltersdorf is an acclaimed outdoor wildlife photographer and author. He also has shows (or makes appearances) on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel and Animal Planet. He is also the executive producer of "Alaska's Bush Pilots" that is shown on PBS. In addition, he is also know both nationally and internationally as an extreme and high-risk outdoor photographer that has taken him around the world. His beautiful wife, Lisa, accompanies him a great deal on these adventures and the couple does a great deal of photography work with the giant Alaskan brown bears.

JIM AND LISA OLTERSDORF purchased this bungalow in 2000

Why JIM AND LISA OLTERSDORF chose Kenai Peninsula

We are unique, we are small and non-commercial. We don't use the sardine-can mentality here. You have spacious place to stay, sightsee and enjoy your vacation. As full-time residents, we can offer some of the very best places to visit and experience as we are sensitive to the time limitations while you are here in Alaska.

We love to share our experiences as wildlife photographers in the far reaches of Alaska and can give some pretty good tips on where to go, when to go and how to go to get the best for your money, time and interest.

What makes this bungalow unique

As one of the past official naturalists for Celebrity Cruise Lines, Jim's knowledge base of animals in Alaska is profound. He freely shares his experiences for your education and enjoyment. He hand-built every building, walkway and everything you see on the property to enjoy. His pride shows and he loves to have you enjoy the wonderful, tranquil and satisfying setting that took over 18- years to create.


Soldotna Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom upstairs that has a full sink and toilet. Downstairs is the custom-built imported Italian marble shower, another toilet and sink. Completely private. All towels, wash cloths, hand towels, toilet paper etc. furnished. All towels, washcloths etc. are also furnished.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • The living and sleeping area are in the same space although the queen-sized bed is snuggled in the corner to maximize the space. Its very snuggly and warm. It also sports its very own outside deck overlooking the forest and facilities. A few stairs to walk up and the very best we think is how wonderfully bright it is due to all the windows that we installed to catch the view all the way around the place! All cedar and pine interior. Handcrafted.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing


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The Studio on the Private Lake
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews

Fantastic property and owners!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here over the past 4 days and couldn't have had a better experience. Jim the host was extremely friendly and knowledgeable of the area. The place was perfect for the two of us who wanted to explore Alaska. The views from the cabin were extraordinary. Highly recommend to any couple looking for the perfect Alaskan hideaway!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birmingham. Al

Absolutely Wonderful Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Hubby and I spent 3 weeks driving around Alaska and wanted authentic local places to stay. The Studio in Soldotna was perfect for seeing the Kenai peninsula. It was remote on a gorgeous lake yet close enough to town for wonderful food and conveniences. Jim and Lisa, the owners, live adjacent to the rentals and are very generous with their time and information about the area. Our studio was precious and comfortable with plenty of hot water. We enjoyed a central cookout station with grilles and seating. Jims paperwork was correct and our deposit refund was received promptly. Don't hesitate to book this studio!

Lynn & Mike


  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serenity of nature

  • 5 of 5

The property was exactly as pictured on advertisement, clean and well-maintained- a pleasing retreat into nature yet near enough to town for provisions and restaurants. The view of the lake - complete with AM Moose traffic and all day waterfowl such as the Pacific Loon were spectacular. As the sun rose quite early and the fog rolled over the pond, the view became even more breathtaking. Our hosts, Jim & Lisa were friendly and knowledgable; we appreciate their generosity sharing their love of the Alaskan Wilderness with us.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: With a sincere "thank you!", we welcome you back anytime! Our pleasure. It is comments like these that encourage us to insure everything is done to provide our treasured guests a wonderful experience in every manner possible. We strive to make the "little things count", for our guests to feel "at home". That is why we are on call 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Again, thank you for such a nice response, it shows the brilliant character of which you are. Yours, Jim Oltersdorf/Owner/A Walden's Pond
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Over-priced, but comfortable

  • 3 of 5

We did have a restful nights sleep here, but this rustic, loft-like, studio could use some finishing touches to justify it's price. Roof leaked during rare thunderstorm and floor was uneven, so not first time! Downstairs "rain" style shower head was not adjustable and was hard to reach for this shorty, so had wet hair. Friendly owners that provided a nice bread and fruit welcoming tray! Nice deck with limited view of lake. Good, quiet, location with good access to surrounding rivers and communities.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your response, we so appreciate it. We strive to make our guests as comfortable as possible and we get to work as soon as humanly possible on any deficiency that we become aware of. Yes, that torrential deluge of rain was something! In 16-years living full-time here, I've never experienced rain like that! We apologize you felt this to be overpriced but perhaps you do not understand how expensive it is to construct nice facilities in Alaska. Again, thank you for bringing this to our attention. Jim
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
130 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Sterling Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Car: necessary

Please Google "Soldotna, Alaska" to refer to a comprehensive review of the many wonderful adventures you can experience while visiting in this wonderful northern land of the midnight sun!!!!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $35
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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