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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 10)


Located on Hat (Gedney) Island, 5 miles from Everett (Port Garder), approximately 30 minutes North of Seattle, this no-bank waterfront house has breathtaking 180' views of Whidbey Island, Camano Island, Puget Sound and Olympic mountains. This is a private island community with a marina, rated nine-hole golf course and a tennis court. Private foot ferry access (note there is no ferry service on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays), no pavement, and a lack of commercial activity on the island make for an incredibly peaceful get-away from the hustle and bustle. You can borrow our island transportation for free, so all logistics are taken care of once you leave Everett on the ferry.

This vacation house consists of two wings connected by a huge Tigerwood deck and awnings. Construction was completed in 2009. The two-story bedroom wing has four bedrooms, two with private balconies and the others also open directly onto the deck. ALL bedrooms have ocean views. Three bedrooms have queen beds, and one has bunkbeds. [Please note that guests are asked to leave beds remade with clean linens before departure.] The glass enclosed kitchen/dining/living area has large sliding doors, providing great views whether open or closed.

The house is fully equipped for your comfort and convenience. Amenities include a wood-burning stove/fireplace, stereo with CD player and Aux.cable, TV with DVD player, games, puzzles, books, and kites. Fully appointed gourmet kitchen of bamboo cabinetry, granite counter tops and stainless appliances also looks out over the ocean. Laundry facilities in sleeping wing. Duvet covered down comforters for all seasons and top quality mattresses. Great cell coverage. Internet not provided; we recommend a cell modem if you need to connect while on vacation.

There are many things to do such as kayaking, walking, swimming, paddle boarding, crabbing, clamming, scuba diving, golfing, beach combing, small boating, berry picking or just relaxing with a good book and enjoying the eagles and sunsets.

This peaceful natural setting is a great place for a half week or full week long vacation for all seasons. Minimum rental June 15 to September 15 is 3 nights (some leeway if availability allows), otherwise there is a strict two night minimum. No rentals Dec-Feb as property is winterized.


More Details

Steve Ruiter
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About Steve Ruiter

Professional couple with three teens. We live and work in Seattle, and stay at our second home on Hat Island as many weekends as possible, since its just 1/2 hour north of Seattle. Our boys love to explore the wetlands and use the kayaks and bring friends. We love to catch and eat Dungeness crab, pick then bake blackberry crisp, and entertain friends out on the beach.

Steve Ruiter purchased this house in 2008

Why Steve Ruiter chose Washington State

Hat Island is a breathtakingly beautiful secluded island not far from our Seattle city home. With the help of a fabulous local architect and talented designer, we built this custom home between 2006 and 2009 with the goal of creating a quiet, relaxing, fun, family vacation spot. We put a priority on amenities for great sleeping and great cooking and relaxing while reading or enjoying the spectacular panoramic water view. All the bedrooms have a great view; two have private balconies.

What makes this house unique

We see lots of wildlife: whales passing through in the springtime, eagles, seals, birds, and rabbits. Hiking around the island is a great way to get in a 4.5 mile walk at low tide and see all the real estate and local geology. Crabbing, clamming and berry picking (in season; with licenses) are available outside your door.

Four free recreational kayaks are available for use, Thre stand-yup paddle-boards, and free use of island vehicle.

There are some rules due to the nature of a private island HOA and the geography. For example, the Home Owner's Association has rules about fires and water consumption, and we ask guests not to disturb the neighbors or drive on the grass. Some rules help us leave the house in pleasing shape for the next guests - like cleaning the grill and putting away dishes the last day - things that are required in most resort/house rentals. And we try to keep the cleaning fee low by having guests make beds and put borrowed items away on the last day. We have an on-island host to help out, and we use the same checklist for ourselves that we give to guests!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your house was an amazing place for us to use for our small family reunion! We all agreed that it couldn't have been more comfortable, stylish and lovely.
Jul 2010
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Snohomish County House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom in main wing - toilet
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Separate room for tub/shower
    Downstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Separate room for tub/shower
  • 2.5+
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bunk Area - 6 twin/ single , 3 bunk bed
    Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
  • Queen size Beds (3), Bunk Beds (3), Full size (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.857143 based on 12 reviews

If you have a chance to stay here, do it!

  • 5 of 5

This Hat Island house is the most amazing vacation house I've enjoyed. Our family met for a mini-reunion (7 adults and 3 teenage kids) and were amazed by the house and it's integration into the beautiful environment. Walking into the glass-enclosed living area is magical, surrounded by the sea with the water right outside and reflecting in the windows. Magnificent large deck enclosed with a great wide "bench" for sitting, sunbathing or perching wine glasses and hors d'oeuvres, nice water toys (kayaks, SUPs, etc), blackberries outside ready for picking, wonderful bedrooms with sea views, and a kitchen designed for team cooking and entertaining. Sound system (built in speakers inside and out on the deck) with wide-ranging music collection. Many small thoughtful details throughout the property, helpful and personable owners. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Close to Seattle but a world away!

  • 5 of 5

This is the most beautiful house I have ever seen in Washington. The house was was immaculate and free of clutter. With our walk around the whole island one day (4 miles at low tide) and a short jaunt up and around the golf course the next, we just scratched the surface of all the fun things to do there and would love to visit again another time. It was great to be met at the ferry and have someone help us get oriented at the beginning of the trip and to make sure we got off okay at the end of the trip.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tacoma, WA

Window to the Puget Sound

  • 4 of 5

Very nice home with wide open living room, kitchen (GREAT ROOM) and deck with windows all around. Great views and relaxing. Sleeping quarters are in adjacent building connected by patio.

There are a lot of rules and requirements so if you are not one to follow rules and to keep things neat and organized, this place is not for you!

BBQ is electric and small----- somewhat of a problem for large groups.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback! With our island host's help, we have shortened the departure check-out list. We also bought a better power cord for the electric grill, thanks to this guest's expert advice that a different cord would mean more heat. We also bought a charcoal grill, for those who prefer the old-fashioned bricket way of doing things.
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What an experience!

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely gorgeous home! Thank you for sharing it. The home and views were spectacular, plus we got to see lots of wildlife (whales, otters, seals, dall porpoises and bald eagles). We definitely hope to go again.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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La Grande, OR

Everything that they say it is.

  • 5 of 5

The house on Hat Island exceeded our expectations in all respects, with the exception of the spring wet weather, which the owners obviously had no control. The house is pristine, the amenities top of the line and setting unbelievable. We saw grey whales within 50 yds from our view in the great room.

It does take a little effort to get there (foot ferry does not travel each day), but our kids thought it was an adventure.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, Washington

Spectacular, clean, and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at this property on two occasions and cannot wait to go back. The home itself is just gorgeous: the residential wing contains clean, comfortable, and beautifully appointed accomodations with plent of privacy; the "main' house, with the kitchen and living room, are a perfect place to relax and enjoy time with friends and family. The home is right on the beach, so you are never far from beachcombing or playing in the water. And, of course, the views are breathtaking.

The hosts, Steve and Leslie, have created an oaisis that is perfect for short and long stays. They are very organized, so visitors have all the necessary details about the property, traveling, etc., available. I highly recommend this property and expect to visit again soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Hat Island Ferry to Everett
Nearest Golf
On the Island
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
Front yard

No stores or businesses on the island. On island transportation provided. Foot Ferry to island runs on very limited schedule (0-2 times a day) so generally not possible to use as a base for day trips to mainland. Go there and stay!


Rates & Availability

Snohomish County House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Independence Day Weekend 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 5 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2017
Jul 6 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $110

Rate covers first 8 guests. Additional fees apply for guests 9-10.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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