Homer condo sale to benefit charity

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2007

HOMER — Land’s End Resort owner Jon Faulkner is known for pushing the envelope and making unexpected moves. Well, guess what?

He’s making another one.

Not only has he not done this one before, he said he can’t think of anyone else who has, either. True, it’s rare, it’s big, and it may or may not work. But you can’t help but to be intrigued by the scope of it all.

Faulkner wants to auction off the final Land’s End waterfront luxury home on the tip of the Homer Spit — and he wants to do it for charity.

“It’s a relatively simple idea, and that makes it even more compelling. We think of eBay and straight auctions for nonprofits. Well, this is a hybrid,” Faulkner said.

His motivation? That’s just as simple.

“It’s all about giving back,” he said.

Faulkner went through heart surgery last October and did a heavy load of thinking during his recovery. He thought about the best. He thought about the worst. He thought about everything in between.

“You can’t help but to be moved by your own mortality and the purpose of your life all those things are rather human, and it’s no exception for me,” Faulkner said. “It’s just that perhaps I have an opportunity that maybe not everyone else has. This is my way.”

According to Faulkner, he sees this act as “one of the balls I push uphill,” and is hoping for a positively surprising outcome. “I’m a firm believer that if you don’t try, you won’t discover new things,” he said. “That’s part of the appeal.”

The minimum bid for the auction is the home’s base list price, which comes in at $718,500.

Faulkner chose a handful of Homer nonprofits to benefit from the sale of the home. He said he chose them based on their popular regard.

“These are things that everyone benefits from in terms of quality of life,” he said. “I’m serious. It’s so humbling to live in this town. And there’s no better indication of the quality of life than the effort that goes into these missions, so I’d like to see them succeed.”

A father of five, Faulkner said he is at a stage in his life where he finally feels financially able to help in the magnitude he wants.

The beachside vacation home will probably be the last one built for a while, given the public opposition Faulkner faced in building them in the first place.

Faulkner calls the online auction, and the banquet to follow, a “celebration of giving,” which he said is a way the community can treat the nonprofits.

True to Faulkner form, he’s got his doubters, and he’s well aware of them.

“People will take it in different ways, just as when we first started building,” he said. “There were some who regarded it as fabulous idea, and there were some who thought it was desecrating the Spit.”

Faulkner has lived in Homer since 1988, when he bought the foreclosed Land’s End Resort. At age 29, he turned it into a year-round holiday spot. Since then, he’s invested in the historic Van Gilder Hotel and the Kenai Landing cannery compound. Now 46, Faulkner has been vocal about protecting bear-viewing, as the issue has come up with regard to McNeil River bears.

According to the auction Web site, 80 percent of the profits over the base price from the sale of the property will benefit six Homer nonprofits; Homer Council on the Arts, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust, Cook Inletkeeper, Pratt Museum, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and KBBI Public Radio.

The auction is currently online at http://www.generousadventures.com/detail.lasso?tripid020711, and will culminate with a live event at 5 p.m. May 20.

It is billed as an elegant dinner at Land’s End Resort, where anyone worldwide can bid via Internet, phone, fax or in person.

For more information, contact Sally Oberstein at (907) 235-2228/299-8288 or generousxyz.net.

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