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The Bicycle in the Tree House™ on Beautiful Vashon Island

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Last updated: 11/02/2014
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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!


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Property Type

  • House
  • 2060 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Events Allowed
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • 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

              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              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



              • DVD Player
              • Games:

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

              • Satellite / Cable
              • 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


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


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

              Local Services & Businesses

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

              Leisure Activities

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

              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 & Adventure Activities

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


              • Dining:

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

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 6 people


              • Clothes Dryer:

                New washer and dryer on site....moreless

              • Heating
              • Internet
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room
              • Parking:

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

              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine:

                New washer and dryer on site....moreless


              • Coffee Maker
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Kitchen:

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

              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster


              • Bicycles:

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

              • Deck / Patio
              • Golf:

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

              • Lawn / Garden:

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

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional


                      Write a review 4.7
                      from 3 traveler reviews
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                      My Standard Rate
                      1 night min stay
                      $99 $129
                      Thu, Fri, Sat

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                      Fees and Rental Conditions:

                      • Pet Fee $25 + tax
                      • Cleaning $99 + tax
                      • 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: 11/02/2014
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                      19 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      1.8 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi
                      6.5 Miles
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Vashon Ferry Termianl - to Seattle or Southworth
                      3.8 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Vashon Golf and Country Club
                      17.7 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      King Street Station - Amtrak
                      Vashon Island
                      Nearest Motorway
                      On Vashon Highway
                      1.8 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      May (Thai), Express Cuisine, The Hardware Store, +
                      68.4 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      The Summit at Snoqualmie
                      1.9 Miles
                      Nearest Beach

                      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 11/02/14
                      Minimum stay: 1 nights
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                      Member since: 2013
                      Speaks: english
                      • Calendar last updated: 11/02/2014
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