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Heather Johnson

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Family-friendly Urban Farm w/private entrance

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Private 710 sq ft Suite includes private Bedroom/Bath, Dining and Living Room

Our desire is to create a country feeling in the middle of the city. Our 'urban farm' includes chickens, bees, a greenhouse and vegetable gardens along with beautiful seasonal flowers. Our friendly chocolate lab, Koko, will surely greet you as will Jeepers, our tuxedo cat. Not to worry, they are not allowed in the B&B area! You have the best of two worlds when staying at Gardenside B&B... your own private 710 square foot space (it really is ALL yours) where you can actually spread out and make yourself at home and at the same time have the opportunity to tap into the local attractions and offerings provided by your local hosts. How sweet is that?

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Heather Johnson (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Heather Johnson

Your hosts, Heather and Doug Johnson, are excited to share their home and love of alaska with you. Doug is the fourth generation of his family to live in Alaska. Doug's family came to this great land in 1898 to mine gold in nome. Heather, on the other hand, came from the tropics. A third generation kama'aina (local) from the Big Island of Hawaii, Heather came to Alaska in 1976 and immediately fell in love with the land and its people. Together they share a love of travel and adventure and have an appreciation for what travelers need.

Heather Johnson purchased this apartment in 1959

Why Heather Johnson chose Anchorage

The Johnson family home was built in 1958. Doug was three years old when he moved from his 5th Avenue home to where we currently live on West 20th Avenue, which was then considered the boondocks and great moose hunting grounds. Our home was remodeled in 1998. After our children moved out to pursue their university studies, we decided to renovate a space for fellow travelers and officially formed Gardenside Bed and Breakfast in 2012.

Our spacious 710 sq. ft. executive suite has a cozy private bedroom and bath. Also, one can relax in a sitting room or take part in a meal at the dining room table.

What makes this apartment unique

We are within walking distance to downtown Anchorage and also are located in the quaintness of Spenard. Chester Creek is in our back yard, giving guests access to fabulous x-c ski trails in the winter and wonderful bike paths in the summer.


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(22 traveler reviews)
Family-friendly Urban Farm w/private entrance
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
Fairfax VA USA

A delightful Stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband, our 18yr old son, and I stayed at Gardenside from June 29 till July 3rd. The place is spacious, clean, and beautifully furnished. it faces the garden in the backyard, has a separate bedroom with a queen bed, a sofabed in the sitting area and of course a full bathroom. The frig was stocked with milk, juice, flavored yogurt, pastries, and hard boiled eggs (from their chickens). Also, fresh fruit, breads, Kona coffee and above all Honey from their bee hives. Heather recommended excellent hikes, site seeing cruises and fantastic places to eat. We also met her husband Doug and gathered around their fire pit and had marshmallows and a wonderful chat. Heather was always available for anything we needed and helpful in so many ways. Thank you for making our visit to Anchorage a memorable one.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are all welcome back anytime!!! Loved having you and your family. :-)
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Pleasant and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was very clean and comfortable. the breakfast food was delicious. Heather was so very kind and generous helping us in planning our trip with her recommendations. Ate at Humpy's and the Moose Tooth while in Anchorage. Both had very good food and wait staff. Nice trail very close to VRBO

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The pleasure was mine. I hope the rest of your family Alaskan adventure was all that you desired! You are welcome back anytime.
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The Netherlands

Sorry for stayed just one night

  • 5 of 5

After our traintrip to Denali we arrived late in the evening. What a warm welcome in a beautiful house in a quiet neighbourhood of Anchorage. Plenty of space for just the two of us. Good bed and and big room for relaxing. We stayed just for one night but it is a great spot for staying more nights to explore Anchorage and surrounding. We read there are bicycles available so that gives a lot of oppertunaties for a relaxing time in Anchorage.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oneonta, NY

Heather is the best hostess!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was perfect for us. So much nicer than a hotel room with Heather's home made goodies and breakfast necessities. There are stairs that must be used to get to the apartment so take that into consideration. We rented a car at the last minute and was glad that we did. It made it so much easier to get into Anchorage, to the laundromat and the restaurants that Heather recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highlight stay of our Alaska Trip

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed four wonderful days at the very comfortable and very well done Gardenside Bed and Breakfast. We enjoyed the space and privacy of the basement unit as well as the homey feeling of staying in a neighborhood vs in a hotel. The location is fantastic- we were literally 10 mins away from EVERYTHING in Anchorage, giving us loads of time to explore.

Everything was set up for maximum comfort and included many things that made our toddler VERY happy: an entire shelf of children's books, a roll away bed just for him, the adorable little stove/dishes where our little man made us "turkey" and "cookies", the toys and blocks, and of course, the chickens! We all agreed that Gardenside was our favorite stay over the 10 day, 3 city trip. Thank you to Heather and Doug for providing such an amazing home base to our Alaska trip!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hollywood, Florida, USA

Couples or Singles Should Stay Here

  • 5 of 5

This is a great find. You will be renting the whole downstairs and have your privacy and lots of room to move around. The neighborhood is quiet and clean and you will be in walking distance (a stroll through a park) to downtown so you will be saving on taxis. The yard is inviting. The owners are very friendly and helpful and they stock the fridge with organic foods. The bed is a cofmortable Queen.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having guests like you make this business a joy! Thank you for staying with us. We hope we see you again, perhaps in the winter :-)
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Rates & Availability

North Star Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
May 1 2016 - Sep 15 2016
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2016
Sep 16 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Add $15/pp after 2persons $15 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

If you wish to make a reservation, please go to and click on the "Rates & Dates" icon. Simply follow the prompts. The calendar on our website will show actual availability. Your credit card will not be charged until your arrival date. The summer rates provided are for 1-2 persons. Add $15 for each additional person. The winter rates are also for 1-2 persons. Add $10 for each additional person during our winter months.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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North Star Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 710 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom includes sink, toilet and shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Gardenside Suite - 1 queen
  • Quiet gardenside bedroom with a queen bed and adjoining bathroom, dining and living area. Sleeper couch (queen memory foam mattress) available for second couple or children.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Additional sleeping arrangements include a comfortable queen-size sleeper couch with memory foam mattress. Also, we have available sleeping mats, great for the kids and a pull out twin bed.

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