Soaring past local comps, Alaska's priciest pad is a $9 million mansion spanning 17,000 square feet with themed rooms straight from a fairytale. Listed just a few weeks ago, "Second Star," as it has come to be known, will set a state record if it sells for anywhere near its list price. In comparison, the next most expensive Alaskan listing is asking $3.5 million.
The home was named for its influences from the "Peter Pan" books. In the fairytale, Neverland is accessed through the "second star to the right and straight on till morning." In reality, Alaska's "Second Star" is sited near Homer, AK on 2.5 acres of oceanfront property overlooking the Kachemak Bay and surrounding mountains.
The magical home was constructed in 2011 for the most high-end family living Alaska has to offer, as the U.S.' 49th state had nothing like this before. It was intended to be a vacation home for the owner and currently serves as a rental often used as a wedding venue. The home has eight bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, two kitchens and a surplus of common areas. It can comfortably sleep up to 30 people and entertain many more.
The home is offered fully-furnished with its existing custom and one-of-a-kind appointments. It is estimated that the furniture alone is worth approximately $300,000, with an additional $250,000 in custom lighting and chandeliers. While maintaining its extremely high-end status, the home is also supremely livable. Its adornments are unimposing and instead provide the ultimate in comfort and usability.
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There is ample kitchen space to serve an event - a main kitchen that can seat up to 30 people with a hidden scullery for preparation, not to mention the expansive pantry and dishwasher, as well as a secondary kitchen upstairs near the game room. Entertaining is also well-served in the 30-seat theater room, the Parisian marketplace connecting the theater and the library, a luxurious spa area with indoor pool, Turkish bath, sauna and massage room and many more gathering spaces.
The fairytale continues to the sleeping arrangements, where guest rooms are themed to submerse you into the world of "Peter Pan." Adult spaces have a nautical touch, while children's rooms are completely immersive. The "Darling" bedroom is decorated to resemble Wendy Darling's bedroom in the storybook and has access to the "Neverland" suite.
In "Neverland," a wooden ship serves as a play area with a bed inside it. A suspension bridge leads to more play areas with climbing structures, slides and hideaway nooks. Paintings of crocodiles, mermaids and magical places are a child or child-at-heart's dream come true. The family-friendly home currently rents for $3,500 per night and is often booked out a year in advance.
Photogaphy via Keller Williams Realty Alaska Group/Ryan Black