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The Bicycle in the Tree House™ on Beautiful Vashon Island

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Last updated: 09/15/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Vashon Island house description

The Bicycle in the Tree House™
In 1954 a little boy ditched a bike in the woods and the result of that deed has become a worldwide sensation.
Little did Don Puz know that when he left that old bicycle down in the “swamp” as it was called by the boys he played with that his bike would be found years later high in a tree to the consternation of some and delight of others.
Don’s family had lost their home and their father lost his life in a house fire in 1954. The community of Vashon –Maury Island did what communities do in such tragedies, they gave – money and clothes and items the family would need.
One item was that bicycle. It was old with hard rubber tires and tricycle-like handlebars. It was not cool and Don didn’t like it. He was just a kid so we can excuse him for his ungratefulness.
He left that bicycle down there where it wasn’t discovered for twenty or thirty years. Research is ongoing to find reference to the first actual sighting.
Don’s mother, Helen Puz, found a house at Center for her family of two boys and three girls to replace the one that was destroyed. It was built in 1920 with an addition to the original around 1940. Helen Puz was a frugal woman and she did not do much remodeling over the years except to upgrade the kitchen.
ZUP Enterprises, LLC has endeavored to keep the house much as it was when Don, his brother Tom and sisters JoAnn, Madeline and Rosemary grew up there. The bathroom has been upgraded with a new toilet and basin but the original claw foot tub remains. A concession has been made to the trend of today and a king size bed is in the Master Bedroom “suite”, but the two other bedrooms have the original double beds.
The enclosed back porch is the perfect place to have your morning cup of coffee while watching the sunrise over Mt. Rainier. In the evening enjoy the sunset glow on the mountain with your glass of wine.

But there is no hot tub, no pool, no zip line (there is a fantastic outdoor public pool across the street!) If you are looking for a luxury rental this is not for you. Although Mrs. Puz used to hang her laundry on a clothes line strung between the house and the old pear tree - she was Green before it was fashionable - a washer and dryer are now installed for your convenience.
The house has cable television and a flat screen TV in the living room and an older model TV in the Master “suite”. Although Helen Puz never got into computers and the internet, the house has been “wired” for WiFi for your use.
Bicycle in the Tree memorabilia is pictured on a wall in the living room with accounts of the tragic fire in 1954 and stories about the Bicycle in the Tree. Of course photos of the Bicycle in the Tree are everywhere and one picture of Don Puz, now a grown man with grandchildren posing with his newest bicycle in a tree. Look for it among the photos.
The Bicycle in the Tree House TM is centrally located on the main highway within walking distance of Vashon High School, the Vashon community pool and an easy walk to the soon to be built Vashon Performing Arts Center at Center. Oh, and yes, a short walk to that unwanted bicycle, still in the embrace of one of the most famous trees in the world!

Property Type

  • House
  • 2060 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Events Allowed
              • Pets Considered:

                Dogs are OK - you don't have to leave Fido home with Aunt Edna or in a kennel. PLEASE don't let them ruin the carpet, lawn, or anything else. Thank you....moreless

              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

              • Bedroom 2: 1 double


              • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 twin/ single


              • Bedroom 3: 1 double


              • Three bedrooms -The Rainier Suite, one King Bed with a fabulous view of Mount Rainier, one Twin Bed, & television - & two bedrooms with double beds....moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower



              • Satellite / Cable
              • DVD Player
              • Television:

                Comcast digital TV - Xfinity with many HBO channels included....moreless

              • Video Library:

                A handful of classic movies to watch on good ol' VHS....moreless

              • Games:

                A few boardgames are to be found around the house....moreless


              • Budget
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Autumn Foliage
              • Bay/Sound
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Coin Laundry
              • Festivals
              • Forests
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Winery Tours
              • Synagogues

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Horseback Riding
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Paddle Boating

              local services and businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services
              • Babysitter

              Location Type

              • Mountain View:

                Beautiful view of Mount Rainier from the Master Bedroom, porch, and yard....moreless

              • Rural:

                In the country at the bicycle in the tree - right on the highway & bus line - less than two miles from 'town' with several fantastic restaurants, shopping, groceries, the movie theater, and much more...moreless

              sports and adventure activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Jet Skiing
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                  • Dining Area
                  • Dining:

                    Large family dining table for great meals and family gaming....moreless

                  • Seating for 6 people


                  • Internet
                  • Heating
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Parking:

                    Carport and lots of off street parking....moreless

                  • Living Room
                  • Washing Machine:

                    New washer and dryer on site....moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    New washer and dryer on site....moreless

                  house cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional


                      • Kitchen:

                        All of the dishes, cups, glasses, silverware, etc. that you will need for your stay....moreless

                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Toaster
                      • Stove
                      • Oven
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Microwave


                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        Huge lawn at the house. Big enough to have your own football or soccer game!...moreless

                      • Golf:

                        Vashon Golf and Country Club is nearby and open to the public....moreless

                      • Bicycles:

                        In addition to the one in the tree - One or two bicycles are provided for your enjoyment....moreless

                      • Tennis:

                        Free, public tennis courts across the street....moreless

                      Pool / Spa

                          • Communal Pool:

                            There is a Large community pool only 2 blocks away -- open all summer....moreless



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                          1 night min stay
                          $99 $129
                          Thu, Fri, Sat

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                          Fees and Rental Conditions:

                          • Cleaning $99
                          • Pet Fee $25
                          • Property Damage Protection $49
                          • Tax Rate 8.6%


                          Plus $99 Cleaning Fee for first two guests, $10 additional guest up to seven total.

                          Cancellation policy:

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                          Last updated: 09/15/2014
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                          19 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          6.5 Miles
                          Nearest Ferry
                          Vashon Ferry Termianl - to Seattle or Southworth
                          17.7 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          King Street Station - Amtrak
                          Vashon Island
                          Nearest Motorway
                          On Vashon Highway
                          1.9 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          1.8 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi
                          68.4 Miles
                          Nearest Ski
                          The Summit at Snoqualmie
                          3.8 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Vashon Golf and Country Club
                          1.8 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          May (Thai), Express Cuisine, The Hardware Store, +

                          Car: Recommended

                          There is so much to see and do on Vashon Island - with fifty miles of beachfront, almost one-half of all shoreline in King county, and ten public beaches! 'Town' has all of your amenities - movie theater, coffee shops,unique shopping, excellent restaurants, groceries, post office, hardware stores, etc. The Vashon Golf and Country Club has a challenging nine hole golf course with breathtaking views. Ferry access on and off of the Island from West Seattle and Tacoma makes it easy to get around to or from anywhere in the Puget Sound area.


                          Manager info

                          Year Purchased: 1954

                          About: Family owned home where five Vashon children grew up - this home is still owned by the children who grew up here.

                          Why Vashon Island:
                          Vashon Island is a short ferry ride from Seattle, but worlds away. This is the home from which the world-famous bicycle in the tree came from - centrally located, close to town, many public beaches, on the highway and bus line - just minutes away from all that Vashon has to offer.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          Everything you'll need to enjoy your stay on Vashon Island is right here - three bedrooms (four beds - a king, two doubles, and a twin), with a huge yard and breathtaking view of Mount Rainier - plus you can walk to the world famous bicycle in the tree from the house from which it came - be a part of Vashon history!

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                          • Front of House

                            Front of House

                          • .Mount Rainier from Sunroom

                            .Mount Rainier from Sunroom

                          • Living Area w/Flat Screen

                            Living Area w/Flat Screen

                          • Dining Room

                            Dining Room

                          • King Bed

                            King Bed

                          • Twin Bed in Mount Rainier Suite

                            Twin Bed in Mount Rainier Suite

                          • Third Bedroom

                            Third Bedroom

                          • Stove, Refrigerator

                            Stove, Refrigerator

                          • Sun-room / Porch

                            Sun-room / Porch

                          • Backyard


                          • Rear of House from Yard

                            Rear of House from Yard

                          • Flowers & House

                            Flowers & House

                          • .The Bike in the Tree

                            .The Bike in the Tree

                          • Living Area

                            Living Area

                          • .Dining Table

                            .Dining Table

                          • Dining / Living Area

                            Dining / Living Area

                          • Mount Rainier King Suite

                            Mount Rainier King Suite

                          • .Second Bedroom

                            .Second Bedroom

                          • Full, Stocked Kitchen

                            Full, Stocked Kitchen

                          • .Bathroom w/Claw-foot Tub & Shower

                            .Bathroom w/Claw-foot Tub & Shower

                          • Sun-room / Porch

                            Sun-room / Porch

                          • Front Yard

                            Front Yard

                          • Front Entry

                            Front Entry

                          $99 - $129 per night (USD)

                          3 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 7

                          View calendar: Updated 09/15/14
                          Minimum stay: 1 nights
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