Upscale Hartstene Pointe Home Near Beach and Pool, Now with High-Speed Internet!
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Harstine Island house description
Island Magic is an upscale one-level home in the prestigious, gated community known as Hartstene Pointe, located on Harstine Island. It offers QUALITY. But compared to other homes at the Pointe or elsewhere in Puget Sound, the VALUE is obvious. Simply check out our rates, and you'll see why many choose to make this their 'home away from home.' In fact, repeat visitors are common. As an encouragement to return, we offer a 10% discount to our previous guests during the high season (May 15 - September 30).
Let's take a tour. Please remove your shoes and enjoy the tiled entry hall covered with a wool Karastan rug. As you enter the carpeted Great Room, with its 12-foot vaulted ceiling and skylights, you see lush foliage through a bank of picture windows. No other buildings are visible. The greenbelt provides complete privacy.
Step onto the 60-foot-long deck overlooking a deep wooded ravine. The deck itself adds 500 sq. ft. of exterior living space to the 1600 sq. ft. inside. Once outside, the beauty, fresh scent, and absolute stillness of the forest enfold you. A path from the house connects with a winding trail seen at the bottom of the ravine. A 10-minute walk via this picturesque trail or by going north from 749 Promontory Road, and you're at Indian Cove beach.
Indeed, you are never far from the water. Walk out the front door, cross Promontory Road, and in 100 feet you are overlooking Puget Sound (Pickering Passage) and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains to the west (see Photo 1).
Indian Cove offers a covered picnic area as well as a 100-slip marina where both sailboats and powerboats are moored. Fish from the deck, collect shells, or dig for clams.
Returning to the Great Room, two comfortable couches focus on the Lopi woodstove (dry firewood outside) and the armoire that serves as an entertainment center. Open its doors to the wide-screen 26-inch HD TV, DVD/VCR player, CD Player, and Cassette Deck, all available for your viewing and listening pleasure. Enjoy some of the 300 newer films as well as movie classics, including Disney favorites. There is a second TV with VCR and DVD players in the 11' x 17' Master Suite. The Great Room also features a fully restored polished ebony 1980 Yamaha U-3 piano. This professional grade instrument has a gorgeous sound. Furthermore, unlimited CenturyLink High-Speed Internet is also available in the house.
The house can sleep up to 8 people, with three spacious bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a Natuzzi leather sofa Queen bed in the Great Room. (Basic rates include up to 6 persons.) The Master Suite as well as the second and third bedroom have comfortable Sealy Posturepedic Queen-size beds. You'll find a package of freshly laundered white sheets in each bedroom ready for you to make up. You'll also enjoy white bath sheets, hand towels, and washcloths as well as plenty of comfy pillows. When you leave, simply put the linens you have used in the laundry room.
The dining area, with its American oak pedestal table, adjoins the modern kitchen. It has every appliance, cooking implement, and basic staples you are likely to need. The adjacent utility room has a large capacity washer and dryer. A gifted interior designer has combined antique furnishings, artwork, an extensive library, and memorabilia related to family, career, and world-wide travels into a pleasing whole.
Island Magic is a perfect spot for a romantic getaway. In fact, our older son and his bride spent the first night of their honeymoon here. It is also an ideal place for a family reunion or a vacation with children. Young people can be seen riding tricycles, bicycles, and skateboards on the paved roads of our safe and kid-friendly community with a speed limit of just 15 miles per hour. Everything moves at a slower pace at the Pointe, with about 325 houses and 90 condos nestled in the forest and along the shore.
Walking 5 minutes to the south from Island Magic brings you to the Pointe's Clubhouse. Its centerpiece is an Olympic-size swimming pool plus a children's wading pool and a hot tub with a capacity of 12. The pools are open from Memorial Day weekend through the weekend following Labor Day, and guests are asked to observe the posted regulations. Our two sons loved swimming here as they were growing up.
Like the house, the Clubhouse also offers unlimited High-Speed Internet, along with a library, ping pong and pool tables (paddles, cue sticks, and balls are available at Island Magic). Across the road is our fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. Hartstene Pointe, which is on the northern tip of Harstine Island, provides many other amenities to residents and guests, including swings for kids, 3 tennis courts, 5.5 miles of walking trails, and 3.5 miles of beaches and lagoons. You may want to bring a canoe or kayak to launch at Indian Cove. Use the two bikes and helmets in the garage to explore the Pointe as well as the 10-mile-long island beyond the gates.
Founded in 1971 as a planned community of 215 acres with underground utilities, abundant common areas, and a carefully managed forest, the Pointe is often called 'paradise found' -- a unique destination in the Pacific Northwest.
Harstine Island itself is located 25 minutes from Shelton, Washington, and is accessible via the Harstine Island Bridge from Highway 3 between Bremerton and Shelton. The island is the third largest in the South Sound (after Vashon and Bainbridge) consisting of 19 square miles with 25 miles of shoreline. Harstine is non-commercial and rural, with dense forestation and abundant wildlife. Deer frequently wander by the house.
Island Magic is also an ideal base from which you can explore the town of Shelton, scenic Hood Canal, Alderbrook Resort and Spa, the Olympic Peninsula, and nearby cities and towns such as Olympia, Port Townsend, Bremerton, Poulsbo, and Gig Harbor. One scenic route from Sea-Tac Airport entails a 30-minute ferry ride from Fauntleroy to Southworth. From Southworth, Island Magic is only a 60-minute drive via Gorst, Belfair, and Allyn. We offer QUALITY and VALUE. Please give us a call or send an email with you phone number. We respond quickly to all inquiries.
Keywords: private home, resort home, beach house, retreat, hideaway, gated community
- 1600 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Tub and shower combination in each of the two full baths.
Kitchen & Dining
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- Child's Highchair
- Coffee Maker
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Excellent Lopi wood burning stove with glass window in door to enjoy the flames. Ample firewood is stacked adjacent to the gravel walk on the south side of the house. Kindling is provided as well....moreless
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- Large Private Deck overlooking wooded ravine has Resin Table with 4 Matching Chairs, 4 Folding Director's Chairs in entry closet, Garden Bench and Chaise Lounge (cushions in entry closet), Coffee Grinder, Coffee Maker, Blender, Garbage Disposer, Iron and Ironing Board, 3 Alarm Clocks, Hair Dryer, Cassette Tape Deck, Radio, Wireless High-Speed Internet is now provided in the house as well as at Clubhouse and Indian Cove Marina. We ask that you remove your shoes while in the house. There's a wooden shoe rack provided in the entry hall. Check out www.hpma.org for direct access to our Harstene Pointe Maintenance Association's website that contains more photos and other information about our 215-acre gated community....moreless
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Pool & Spa
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- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain View:
- Basketball Court
- Sight Seeing
- Fitness Center
- Wildlife Viewing
- Within Easy Walking Distance: Beachcombing, Crabs, Clams, Clubhouse with Pool, Library, Ping pong, Billiards, Marina for boating and fishing, Three tennis courts. A notebook on the coffee table in the Great Room contains many maps, brochures, menus from restaurants, and other materials designed to orient you to Island Magic and its environs....moreless
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We are so grateful!Guest comment entered by owner
We are so grateful!
Thank you so much for the use of your warm, comfortable home. We love coming out to Harstine Island, and this is now our 2nd annual Thanksgiving at the Pointe. We are so grateful!
- Guest Marty, Jamee & Max
- Date of stay 12/01/13
- Review Submitted 12/07/13
Your house is fabulous . . .Guest comment entered by owner
Your house is fabulous . . .
Thank you, Skip, for the wonderful time we had in your Island Magic getaway! Great weather at a great place for a much needed family get together and being reunited with our kids. Your house is fabulous, and we are already talking about our next outing here! God bless, Shayne, Angela, Stephanie & Danny
- Guest Shayne, Angela, Stephanie and Danny
- Date of stay 10/06/13
- Review Submitted 11/23/13
This home was well equipped and very comfortable. The location on the property is good. The owner is very thorough and easy to work with. We would rent again.
- Guest Traveler (WA)
- Date of stay 09/15/13
- Review Submitted 10/10/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, people with disabilities, families with young children, age 55+.
Excellent family reunionGuest comment entered by owner
Excellent family reunion
Our family reunion was excellent! Island Magic was perfect. We were so comfortable, and loved the walks, the beach, the pool, bike ride, farmers market, etc. Your house is wonderful, and we hope we can return next summer. What a perfect spot for our family to all meet and enjoy being together. It was truly wonderful. Many thanks.
- Guest Hilda, Michael (and kids)
- Date of stay 08/05/13
- Review Submitted 08/07/13
Clean and Cozy
Clean and Cozy
We had a great time at Skip's place and are planning a return in the Fall. There are 3 good sized bedrooms, and very comfortable and large socializing area if you want to have more than just the two of you. We found everything we wanted in the way of cooking utensils (except for sharp knives which we'll bring with us next time). It has a lovely deck overlooking a wooded ravine, which is very peaceful. The Olympic Bakery is a must-stop for anyone who loves yummy treats.
- Guest Susan (Mountlake Terrace, WA)
- Date of stay 06/28/13
- Review Submitted 07/09/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with teenagers, people with disabilities, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+.
Your guests from BrazilGuest comment entered by owner
Your guests from Brazil
You have a beautiful place! After being a foreign exchange student at Shelton High School, my parents and sister came from Brazil for my graduation. Thank you for making our last few days here in the U.S. extremely comfortable. Island Magic is indeed magic, and shall be a part of our memories for a long time.
- Guest Paula, with Marlon, Lina, and Clara
- Date of stay 06/18/13
- Review Submitted 06/27/13
Our family of five adults, my wife and I and 3 adult children ages 19 - 25 stayed at Island Magic for approximately one week. I would highly recommend this house to anyone. The place was exceptionally clean, well maintained and very comfortable. The community is very welcoming, friendly and peaceful. We took a leisurely walk to the waterfront and enjoyed the spectacular views and enjoyed spotting crabs and seals in the water. We also enjoyed the pool at the clubhouse. The owner has a wonderful high quality piano in the living room that my daughter enjoyed playing. I hate to admit it, but we also packed 4 laptops so the wireless internet was a definite hit. The owner was very good to work with as we made reservations and answered questions. The beds were high quality and very comfortable. We are from Illinois and if we come that direction again, I would want to stay there again.
- Guest TN for Now (Sycamore, IL)
- Date of stay 06/02/13
- Review Submitted 06/13/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+.
A Little Bit of MagicGuest comment entered by owner
A Little Bit of Magic
Skip -- Thank you for allowing us to spend some time on your island. We had a wonderful time. We hope to do it again. It was too short. We left with a little bit of magic.
- Guest Cecilia, Jo Jo, and Jamina
- Date of stay 02/24/13
- Review Submitted 03/09/13
More than enough of everythingGuest comment entered by owner
More than enough of everything
Thanks for sharing your "Island Magic" home with us. We enjoyed our stay and were pleased to see you provided more than enough of everything. Nice to be able to have a Webber grill to use! Island Magic is a nice place to get away from it all. Thanks for providing all the travel information and excellent directions.
- Guest Dick and Mary, Mark and Ellen
- Date of stay 09/26/12
- Review Submitted 09/27/12
A wonderful peaceful place
A wonderful peaceful place
We live in the area but between out of town guests and a remodeling project we needed a quiet place for our guests and family to rest our heads. This home was the perfect place to handle the overflow of people visiting us and a fun place for our grandkids to spend the labor day weekend. The kids enjoyed the fishing derby and the traffic friendly streets to ride their bikes on, and of course the pool. My husband and I enjoyed the beautiful wooded trails and the wonderful beaches. We were there for a total of 16 nights and I wish we could have stayed longer. A very quiet, peaceful place and plenty of room for the many comings and goings of our family and guests. And everything you could possibly need to entertain and live day to day. Our guests took some day trips to the Olympic National Forest and Park, and Seattle via the ferry in Bremerton. Thanks Skip fo allowing us to Move IN to your beautiful home!
- Guest The Campbells (Shelton)
- Date of stay 08/27/12
- Review Submitted 09/16/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, age 55+.
May 15 - Sept 30 ... $150/night (3-nt minimum) ... $900/week, high season rate Oct 1 - May 14 ... $115/night (2-nt minimum) ... $690/week, discounted rate Low season holidays ... $135/night (3-nt minimum) All rates include up to 6 people Deposit: First Night + $50 Cleaning Fee + $250 Refundable Security Deposit Balance due 30 days before arrival. No pets/smoking. 7-8 persons add $10/each/nt. Cancellation policy: 30+ days prior to arrival--refund of Security Deposit only. Less than 30 days--no refund except for days re-rented. Rescheduling is possible. Multi-week discounts. 10% discount for previous renters during high season only.
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Year Purchased: 2002
About the owner: I learned to love music from an early age in my home, starting piano lessons at the age of seven. To see where my passion for music has taken me, check out www.skipviau.com. My parents also gave me a love for travel, taking me on flying vacations from the time I was a toddler. Further, Mom and Dad instilled in me an interest in people from all kinds of backgrounds. As a result, one of my favorite sayings is: 'Strangers are friends I haven't met yet.' I thoroughly enjoy building relationships, often with those who are quite different from me. This orientation helps me to be a good 'innkeeper' and to enjoy sharing my home with many 'new friends.'
Why the Owner Chose Harstine Island:
I discovered Hartstene Pointe in the mid-1970s. My wife and our two sons rented one of the Pointe's 'island houses' (condos) from friends who lived near us in Seattle. We made countless trips to Harstine Island during various times of the year, but always staying for at least a week every summer. In 2002, my older son and I were guests at that same island house on Promontory Road and happened to take a providential walk. We saw a 'for sale by owner' sign in front of the home I now call Island Magic. Having known the community for 25 years and with good memories of so many family times here, I made an offer that was ultimately accepted. It has turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
For me, staying at Island Magic is experiencing a little taste of heaven. The wonderful quiet, comfort, and restfulness of my home is noticed by all who enter. I'm no more than a five-minute walk from the Pointe's Club House and swimming pool (open Memorial Day weekend through the second weekend after Labor Day). That is a great gathering spot, similar to a lovely country club. Walking ten minutes in the other direction brings me to the beach at Indian Cove. The majestic forest and the waters of Puget Sound with magnificent mountain vistas provide a richness of beauty that is inexhaustible. With 5.5 miles of walking trails and 3.5 miles of private shoreline, there is always something new to explore. Please take a moment to read some of the comments left in my guestbook. If you are intrigued by them, perhaps a visit to Island Magic would be the perfect choice for you. Sometimes Island Magic is one of several homes at the Pointe rented for gatherings of families and friends. Our home has also been used for church retreats, getaways for 'the girls,' and scrapbooking parties.
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Puget Sound and the Olympics from 100 feet west of Island Magic's front door
Island Magic's front deck with wind chimes and front door with floral wreath
Great Room with skylights, lots of windows, and entertainment center on left
Entertainment center with TV, DVD/VCR player, radio, CD and cassette players
Kitchen, dining table, and professional grade Yahama U-3 piano in mint condition
Kitchen sink, showing the greenhouse window and greenbelt behind the house
Master Suite with vaulted ceiling, full bath, Queen bed, and walk-in closet
Second bedroom with antique carved oak Queen bed and padded storage bench
Laundry room with large capacity washer/dryer and fun Gilbert & Sullivan posters
Kitchen greenhouse window, chaise lounge, and furnishings on the rear deck
View from rear deck showing the winding trail to Indian Cove Marina and beach
West Beach as seen from Indian Cove Marina, looking out at Pickering Passage
Island Magic -- nestled in the forest and across the street from view in Photo 1
Roomy entry hall with vaulted ceiling, skylight, shoe rack, and Karastan rug
Great Room's cozy seating area with wood stove
Natuzzi leather sofa bed with kitchen as seen from the other end of Great Room
Antique oak chairs from the Missouri farmhouse of the owner's great-grandparents
Shell collection in the greenhouse window, including conchs from the Bahamas
Second spacious bath with tiled tub and shower combination as in master bath
Third bedroom with four-poster Queen bed handcrafted by the owner in 1975
Rear deck overlooking ravine with trail leading to the beach in a 10-minute walk
Oppositve view of the 500-square-foot rear deck from outside the Master Suite
Indian Cove Marina with 100 slips, at most a 10-minute walk from Island Magic
Clubhouse and Olympic-size swimming pool, just a 5-minute walk from the house
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