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Luxurious, Private Log Home for Independent Travelers

Bedrooms 3
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Covered Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Hot Tub


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

Laughing Raven is a luxurious, large log home where you can relax, enjoy scenery, view wildlife and prepare to enjoy all the exciting adventures you have planned for your Alaskan adventures. You can explore 20 acres of wild lands around Laughing Raven and may view moose, bear and other wildlife. The views are spectacular and include Kachemak Bay, Harding Ice field, fjords, lower Cook Inlet, and active volcanoes. Ravens, eagles, cranes and many other birds are common visitors. Laughing Raven is the perfect place to bring your family and friends who wish to experience Alaskan adventures year-round yet enjoy luxurious, comfortable home on return from adventures.

Keywords: log home, vacation home, unhosted vacation rental

More Details

Mo Hillstrand
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2017

About Mo Hillstrand

I inherited this property and built Laughing Raven in 2000 from logs harvested from the Kenai Peninsula. I'm a neurology nurse practitioner and work in Anchorage but plan on retiring to Homer. In the meantime I'd like to share my home with individuals who wish to have an unforgettable Alaskan adventure.

Mo Hillstrand purchased this house in 2000

Why Mo Hillstrand chose Kenai Peninsula

I built Laughing Raven on property that was an original Alaskan homestead. I spent my summers as a child playing on the Homer Spit. Laughing Raven is conveniently located 3 miles from the center of Homer on 20 private forested acres with spectacular views and very comfortable accommodations.

What makes this house unique

You can sit by the fire place and plan many out-doors activities Homer has to offer. You can also just relax on the decks or in the hot tub and just enjoy the scenic views and observe the wild life.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for the opportunity to stay at your beautiful home these past few days. It was truely a relaxing time. We even had some 'special' visitors- a mama moose and her calf ! Thank you again. We hope to return sometime. Sincerely, Karen"
Jun 2010
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Homer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) Each bedroom has a queen bed. The enteratinment loft has a queen sized fold out sofa bed.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Luxurious, Private Log Home for Independent Travelers
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 24 reviews

Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

This home has 3 levels. On the bottom level, their is a bathroom with washer and dryer. There is also a room for sitting and reading, etc. The Main level has 2 bedrooms, bath, laundry room, huge living room with fireplace and nice size kitchen. The top floor has a living room, and a huge bedroom with a large closet. My husband and I shared this home with 2 others, which made the price very affordable. The docks and fishing are fairly close. The home is very clean and well kept. There was some food in the pantry which were left by previous tenants. We saw a moose and her calf twice on the property.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, warm regards, Mo Hillstrand
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A wonderful place to vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Wanting a family vacation? Looking for a place to stay? Laughing Raven is the place. It's a very clean, spacious, 3 bedroom home. A large living room, spacious kitchen/dining area. The house has lots of windows which lets in all of our Alaska sun light. It's located just outside of town, but close to everything. Keep your eyes open, you will see moose. And, it is close to hiking trails. I highly recommend Laughing Raven as your Homer vacation rental.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Vicki, warm regards, Mo
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Perfectly located/ Lovely, Clean Home

  • 4 of 5

The house was very clean and roomy for the three couples we had for the week. The home is beautifully located- secluded- and we saw many moose right outside the house, including a mother and her very small baby. The hot tub got a lot of use and the setting for that was peaceful. The kitchen was well supplied and we did not want for anything during our stay. The location was GREAT! Very close to the main street in Homer and the Spit. There were so many activities to participate in the area that our week flew by. The property manager was very accommodating, friendly and easy to work with. We did make a few suggestions on some minor additions that would have made our stay even better, and the property manager responded that she appreciated our suggestions and had already implemented some of them. We would definitely stay here again if we return to Homer!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful review. warm regards, Mo Hillstrand
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  • 5 of 5

This place is everything described and much much more. The place is fully equipped with everything you need. The location is perfect, peaceful, a feeling of seclusion yet close to everything.

The property is beautiful with many areas to make short hikes. A moose welcomed us when we first drove up and showed up throughout our stay. A must stay if visiting Homer.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good morning Ryan, thank you for your kind words! warm regaards, Mo
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Wisconsin (the name gave it away, right?)

Everything promised, and more

  • 5 of 5

Very simple. Everything that the description promised was dead on. The only exception was that the kitchen was even MORE plentifully stocked than we would have expected, and the house was IMMACULATE. We've used VRBO several times before, always with very good results, but the Raven was without question the cleanest and most inviting place that we have stayed. It's the perfect blend of spacious and quaint, and the location could not be much better. Throwing in the resident bald eagles to greet us was an exceptional touch.

My only criticism…you have GOT to get Mother Moose and her baby to cross the driveway more slowly so that we can get better pictures next time. And there WILL be a next time, no question about that!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful review. warm regards, Mo Hillstrand
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Ideal home and responsive owners

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely perfect home and location. Slept 7 more than comfortably. Great quiet piece of land close enough to everything in Homer and the rivers to the North. All the amenities and supplies you could need. And the owner was very responsive, helpful, and gracious. Thank you, Mo!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Homer Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Multiple in Homer
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Alaska Ferry System-service to Seldovia & Kodiak
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Sterling Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Multiple in Homer
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Bishop's Beach, Homer Spit
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Homer House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 7.5%

Weekly rate in summer is $3000.00 plus the 7.5% Kenai Borough sales tax($225).

1/2 the total is required to hold reservations and final amount is due 2 weeks prior to guest arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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