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Lakefront & Creekside-Original Homestead Log Cabin-Mtn Views!

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-4)

This original homestead cabin overlooks Cornelius Lake, is along side a salmon creek, and sports views of Pioneer Peak and the surrounding Chugach Mountains. From this cabin, Alaska's beauty is abundant. The cabin is close to highways for easy access to the large variety of activities and sights available here in the Mat-Su Valley. Yet, it is also the perfect place to relax. You will want to enjoy a BBQ dinner eaten at the picnic table right outside the cabin front door. While you are relaxing you will want to watch the pair of loons and a pair of white swans enjoying their summer visit to the lake. Birds abound between these two lakes, so you can watch eagles hunting and riding the air currents as you enjoy a morning cup of coffee. The cabin is also creekside, so you can watch both red and silver salmon (runs take place in August and September if you are here) as they make their way to their spawning grounds.

Use this cabin as a home base. Fishing spots, hiking areas, glaciers, animal farms, bike trails, shops, spas, gyms, and historic townsites are all located here in the Mat-Su Valley.

This log cabin has two cozy bedrooms upstairs. The larger one features a custom built pine queen size bed while the smaller one has 2 single beds. The new bathroom is located on the main floor and features a large tiled shower. The beautiful kitchen area has granite counter tops, an electric stove, microwave oven, coffee maker, refrigerator, and a washer and dryer. Linens and kitchen utensils, pots, and pans are provided. The living room has a comfortable leather couch, custom blinds for privacy, and large windows for gazing at the spectacular views of ' nature at its best'.

The cabin is not suited to folks with mobility issues or those who are traveling with very young children. The stairs are steep.

Keywords: historic log cabin, lakefront and creek access, mountain views, centrally located, easy access to highways, 1 hour drive from Anchorage

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Kathryn

Bob and I have lived in Alaska for more than 30 years. We love living here in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and we love our lives. Bob is a General Contractor who builds custom homes locally. I am a teacher who loves working part time with elementary students at a local public school. Our two sons were hockey players growing up here in Alaska.. Now, one son is currently out of state attending graduate school, and the other son lives in rural Alaska and is currently working as a civil engineer.

We are a very busy and active family. For more than 10 years, Bob and our younger son had both run the Mt. Marathon race in Seward on the fourth of July. All four of us kayak and camp in Katchemak Bay and the Homer area most summers with friends. We also like to ride bikes, hike, fish, and play golf. We recently "re-homed" a middle-aged terrier that loves to go for hikes and walks with us. She is a great addition to our family.

Kathryn purchased this cabin in 2005

Why Kathryn chose Alaska

The Mat-Su Valley really has the best of what Alaska has to offer, and we have lived here for twenty seven years. We bought this amazing piece of property thirteen years ago. Bob built our beautiful home on the bluff overlooking one lake at the back of the property. On the front of the property is an original homestead cabin built in 1958. It took us 3 years to remodel the inside of the cabin while saving many of the original logs. It is beautiful and we now would like to share it with visitors in the summer months. In the winter months, the cabin is rented for the school year schedule, early August through late May, to a teacher .

What makes this cabin unique

If you enjoy watching birds like we do, you will especially enjoy your visit to this homestead cabin on Cornelius Lake . In addition to local water fowl and eagles, we get to enjoy viewing the many migratory birds who visit Alaska in the summer. Neklason Lake has been the temporary summer home to a pair of white swans who raised six signets here. The parents lead the flotilla in parade style around the shore of the lake everyday when the signets were strong and big enough.The parents modeled for their youngsters 'touch-and-go' landings on water, traveling between our two lakes. We watched all 6 of the signets grow to young adults and then one day we watched all 8 of them fly south together in late September. It was soooo exciting!! Hopefully they will return this coming summer and you can watch them too.


Wasilla Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
We have a fire-pit area with wood available for family campfires on a lower patio located on the shore of our lake. Let us know if you would like to use this area for a hotdog roast with "some-mores" for dessert or a glass of wine around the fire at night. Our home is located at the rear of the property on another lake (out of sight of the cabin). The above amenities may be used by paying guests only.


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Great place to stay! Close to Palmer and Wasilla!

  • 5 of 5

Would definitely stay here again when visiting Alaska!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazingly beautiful, tranquil & comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is exactly as described and is as beautiful as the pictures! The location is easy to find, centrally located to many activities/attractions with easy in/out access. It is very clean, well maintained, turn-key ready with many amenities. I would not hesitate to recommend this property to my family/friends. The owners are very pleasant, helpful, will answer all your questions and make you feel right at home. We visited many of the local attractions as well as Denali, Seward & Homer; which made this cabin a nice home base (centrally located). The summit flight over Denali was magnificent! It was our first time to visit Alaska and our time spent at this cabin will surely be one of our fondest memories. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy cabin in a fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

Loved staying here! The cabin is fantastic - cozy, well-furnished, and well stocked. The owners make sure that everything you could possibly need - besides food- is provided. They even provided us with bread and yummy homemade jam! The cabin is convenient to Anchorage, Talkeetna, etc. and has an awesome view of the lake and mountains across the road. Like other reviewers mentioned, the stairs to the bedrooms are steep but we had no problems with them (and I have a bum ankle). There is a full size fridge and a washer/dryer, which was important to us as we used the cabin as a "base" and were there several days. This is a cabin that we would definitely stay at again!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great cabin, even better host!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was a perfect fit for our family. Kathryn supplied more 'basics' than other rentals we have used; cooking spices, baggies, etc. Our boys enjoyed the cabins amenities; canoeing and the fire pit. The view and location are great; the Portage area to the south of Anchorage and the Matanuska glacier to the north are both easy day trips, and Hatchers pass which offers many hiking opportunities is within 30 min. Packing supplies for all of Alaska's adventures is a challenge, but Kathryn was happy to let us borrow items that were not practical for us to pack; (cooler for our fishing trip). Great family friendly cabin.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property, great location, overall great experience for first ever trip to Alaska!

  • 5 of 5

The property was even better than described in the listing description. Very clean and well maintained. The owners were awesome! We knew we were going to have a very late arrival, so they were so kind to leave some breakfast goodies for us in the refrigerator. And they were very helpful in offering suggestions for activities.

The cabin and property overall was immaculate. The Wasilla location is great, as we were able to see many great sites within a few hour's drive - from Denali (to the north) to the Portage Glacier in the Chugach National forest (south of Anchorage), and many places in between. I would highly recommend this property for both the ideal location and wonderful hospitality shown by the owners.

Be sure to bring a good camera, as the scenery is spectacular (and a smartphone camera just can't capture the detail)!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Well-Kept, Convenient, & Cozy.

  • 5 of 5

This a was a great place to relax and regroup between adventures! So convenient to have laundry, kitchen, grill, and beautiful lake/creek right outside the door. Very clean and well maintained. We will stay again! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We are located on N. Engstrom Rd. in the core area of the Mat-Su Valley which makes for easy access to the following attractions: Matanuska and Knik Glaciers, guided rafting trips, Iditarod Headquarters-Wasilla, Hatcher's Pass and the Independence Mine, Musk Ox and the Reindeer Farms-Palmer, Alaska Railroad Depots-Wasilla and Palmer, salmon and trout fishing, flight seeing tours, and Denali Park


Rates & Availability

Wasilla Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 25 2017 - Aug 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
May 25 2018 - Aug 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 5.0%

The $49 charge is for the VRBO insurance, this is protection for all. It is a 1 time charge, whether you stay 6 days or 16 days. There is no cleaning fee. It is included in the nightly fee. There is no additional charge for pets coming with guests, but please notify us. It is agreed upon that pet owners will be extra vigilant about the care and clean up regarding their pets while at the cabin.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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