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Upscale Hartstene Pointe Home Near Beach and Pool, Now with High-Speed Internet!

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Puget Sound and the Olympics from 100 feet west of Island Magic's front door

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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. And compared to other homes at the Pointe or elsewhere in Puget Sound, the VALUE is also clear.

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 incentive to return, we offer a 10% discount to our previous guests during the high season (May 15 - September 30). Because of high demand, we have a 4-NIGHT MINIMUM in JULY and AUGUST. However, if space is available and the stay is booked 45 days prior to occupancy, the normal 3-night minimum for May 15 - September 30 applies. Please contact us, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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. 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

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 1600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            Living space is all on one level....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            27 years of age...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Children Welcome

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Pantry Items:

            Oils and spices, condiments, and unperishable staples are available to guests, in addition to laundry and cleaning supplies, dishwasher soap, paper towels, and toilet paper....moreless

          • Dining:

            Antique American oak pedastal table. When the four leaves are used, the table will comfortably seat 8, or 10 with a bit of squeezing....moreless

          • Microwave:

            GE Spacesaver microwave above the stove....moreless

          • Stove:

            GE Electric stove and oven combination...moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            Everything a chef would want....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Large supply of each....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            10...moreless

          • Child's Highchair
          • Refrigerator
          • Oven
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Dishwasher
          • Kitchen
          • Ice Maker
          • Seating for 10 people

          Amenities

          • Wood Stove:

            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

          • Linens Provided:

            White cotton sheets and pillow cases are placed in each bedroom. They are wrapped in clear polyvinyl to ensure freshness. Guests then make up their beds on arrival....moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            White cotton bath sheets, face towels, and wash cloths are stored in each of the two full baths....moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            Sufficient parking in the driveway for up to 3 regular-size cars....moreless

          • Garage:

            Parking for one car in the garage....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Large capacity matching GE dryer....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Large capacity GE washer....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • The house offers numerous appliances, including a Coffee Grinder, Coffee Maker, Blender, Waffle Iron, Hot Air Corn Popper, Garbage Disposer, Iron and Ironing Board, 3 Alarm Clocks, and Hair Dryer. To preserve the carpet, 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

              Entertainment

              • Video Library:

                There are 300 quality movies in both DVD and VHS format suitable for adults and children from which to choose. You'll find a large collection of Disney films....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Although there is no satellite or cable service in the house, an antenna on the roof picks up the FOX Network as well as the Trinity Broadcasting Network....moreless

              • Books:

                An extensive library in the house provides abundant reading material. There is also a library in the clubhouse where books can be borrowed....moreless

              • Music Library:

                Extensive collection of sheet music for 1980 completely restored Yamaha U-3 piano (professional grade and well tuned)....moreless

              • Television:

                There is a flat screen TV in the Great Room's entertainment center as well as a TV with VCR in the Master Suite....moreless

              • Shared Hot Tub:

                The tub accommodates 12 between Memorial Day weekend and the two weeks following Labor Day weekend....moreless

              • Stereo:

                A stereo radio, CD player, and cassette player are also located in the entertainment center....moreless

              • Games:

                You'll find a deluxe Scrabble set, dominos, and other games in the entry hall closet....moreless

              • Pool Table:

                There is a pool table in the clubhouse and supplies for it in the entry hall closet....moreless

              • DVD Player:

                You'll find a combination DVD/VCR player in the Great Room's entertainment center....moreless

              • VCR
              • CD Player
              • Ping Pong Table

              Communications

              • Wireless Internet:

                Wireless Internet is available in the house. The security key is provided so that guests can log on to the modem....moreless

              • Internet:

                Unlimited free WiFi is also available daily in the clubhouse, a five minute walk from the house....moreless

              • Telephone:

                Long distance calls may be made via a calling card....moreless

              Pool & Spa

                  • Communal Pool:

                    Olympic-size pool also operates between Memorial Day weekend and the two weeks following Labor Day weekend....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    There is a full-size charcoal kettle grill and a small charcoal kettle grill. Guests will please bring some charcoal with them. ...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    There's a large 500-square-foot deck to enjoy. It's provided with an ample number of chairs and tables....moreless

                  • Bicycles:

                    Two bicycles (10 and 12 speed) are provided along with safety helmets....moreless

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Budget
                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Location & View

                  • Mountain View:

                    There is a lovely forest view of a deep ravine with a trail that winds down to the water accessible by a ten minute walk. ...moreless

                  • Waterfront:

                    The house is across the street from high bank waterfront property with a view of the Olympic mountains....moreless

                  Activities

                  • Restaurants
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Boating
                  • Shelling
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Hiking
                  • Basketball Court
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf
                   

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                  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.
                  

                  Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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                  Location

                  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.

                   

                  Owner info

                  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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                  Speaks: english, french

                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                  Photos

                  • Puget Sound and the Olympics from 100 feet west of Island Magic's front door

                    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

                    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

                    Great Room with skylights, lots of windows, and entertainment center on left

                  • Entertainment center with TV, DVD/VCR player, radio, CD and cassette players

                    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, dining table, and professional grade Yahama U-3 piano in mint condition

                  • Kitchen sink, showing the greenhouse window and greenbelt behind the house

                    Kitchen sink, showing the greenhouse window and greenbelt behind the house

                  • Master Suite with vaulted ceiling, full bath, Queen bed, and walk-in closet

                    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

                    Second bedroom with antique carved oak Queen bed and padded storage bench

                  • Laundry room with large capacity washer/dryer and fun Gilbert & Sullivan posters

                    Laundry room with large capacity washer/dryer and fun Gilbert & Sullivan posters

                  • Kitchen greenhouse window, chaise lounge, and furnishings on the rear deck

                    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

                    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

                    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

                    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

                    Roomy entry hall with vaulted ceiling, skylight, shoe rack, and Karastan rug

                  • Great Room's cozy seating area with wood stove

                    Great Room's cozy seating area with wood stove

                  • Natuzzi leather sofa bed with kitchen as seen from the other end of Great Room

                    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

                    Antique oak chairs from the Missouri farmhouse of the owner's great-grandparents

                  • Shell collection in the greenhouse window, including conchs from the Bahamas

                    Shell collection in the greenhouse window, including conchs from the Bahamas

                  • Second spacious bath with tiled tub and shower combination as in master bath

                    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

                    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

                    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

                    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

                    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

                    Clubhouse and Olympic-size swimming pool, just a 5-minute walk from the house

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                  Skip, owner, at: (206) 724-7325 (Washington, USA).

                  Speaks: english, french
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