While the word “warm” might not be the first thing that comes to mind when someone says, “Alaska,” but this Ketchikan home with stunning ocean views has warmth in spades.
Built in 1930, the four-bedroom, three-bath home boasts 2,486 square feet, and feels timeless thanks to judicious updates.
“Neutral colors and the home’s natural lighting seamlessly blend the interior living spaces to the outdoor landscape and entertaining areas,” said Realtor Mary Wanzer with Coastal Real Estate Group.
The current owner upgraded the gourmet kitchen, and added a new deck and wood flooring.
Outside, there is a detached guest house, landscaping, a raised garden area, and beach access.
The home may have been around since 1930, but Ketchican was first a summer fish camp for Tlingit natives. In 1885, Mike Martin established a town after being sent to the area by an Oregon canning company. It was there he established a general store and saltery.
The town was incorporated in 1900, and is one of Alaska’s earliest incorporated cities.
It’s named after Ketchikan Creek, which runs through the town and empties into the Tongass Narrows. Ketchikan is derived from the Tlingit name for the creek.
The town is accessible by air – it’s a 90-minute flight from Seattle. It’s also Alaska’s second-largest cruise port, thanks to plenty of fishing, wildlife viewing, outdoor recreation, scenery, shopping, and art.