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Listing of the Week: Northern exposure home for sale, private island included


An aerial view of the property shows the main home as well as the private half-acre island.

2202 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, Alaska
For sale: $1,945,000

By Erika Riggs, Zillow

The city of Sitka sits on Alaska's Baronof Island and is flanked on the east by mountains and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by hundreds of small islands, some of which hold private homes. However, there's only one Sitka home for sale that boasts both waterfront and island property.

The special parcel is populated by some very handsome structures, including a main house set back from the Sitka road system and completely hidden by trees. There's also a boat house where a 180-foot steel walkway leads to guest quarters that are situated on quaint, separate Bart Island.

Listing agent Jason Shaffer testifies to the home's uniqueness.

"This is the only property like this in Sitka. There are other islands near Sitka with city power with houses, but they are only accessible by float plane or boat," Shaffer said. "The beauty of this home is that it's accessible from the main road system, but you feel like you're on an island."

Built in 1950, the main home has been completely renovated by the current owners with significant updates to the kitchen, including installation of high-end appliances and granite countertops.

Sitting on about 6.5 acres, the main home has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a little over 3,000 square feet of living space. The home also has custom, locally-made furnishings, pine floors, large wooden decks and an extensively landscaped yard.

Across the steel walkway, the half-acre Bart Island has a house and separate guest quarters. The 1,250-square-foot guest house was custom-built in 2000 and features a hot tub, vaulted ceilings, radiant heat in the tiled baths as well as complete city power, water, phone and cable.

The separate, 700-square-foot guest quarters was constructed in 2003 and has an additional two bedrooms, two bathrooms and wood decking and complete access to all utilities.

The current owners have for years used the home as a summer residence, occasionally renting out the guest quarters.

"They've enjoyed it for the time they're had it and are ready to move on to something else," explained Shaffer. "They're ready for someone to come in and use it as it is, or keep the island property for family."

With current mortgage rates, a monthly payment would be $7,391, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year-mortgage.


The main home's kitchen has been extensively updated with granite countertops and high-end appliances.


The 4-foot wide, 180-foot long steel bridge leads from the main property to Bart Island.

See more photos of the Sitka island home on Zillow. 

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