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Vashon Island's ~KVI~ Beach House: Booking now for summer!

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Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + basement Studio Apartment, (Sleeps 13-16); 4 Bathrooms

A ferry ride away from Tacoma, Seattle, or the Olympic Peninsula, Vashon is a unique rural refuge in a sea of urban development. Located at the center of the east side of the island, KVI Beach House is the perfect location to explore Vashon and is just minutes away from town and nearby bus lines heading to the ferries.

Facing the sun all day long, KVI Beach House is on the bluff overlooking Tramp Harbor and Vashon’s most popular public beach, known to locals as KVI Beach, the heart and soul of Vashon Island. The entrance to this unique beach, protected by King County, is just a two minute walk and Islanders old, young and four-legged come to relax, play, and exercise here in all seasons of the year. For mobility impaired, a 30 second drive to the beachhead.We directly face Mt. Rainier, Maury Island and Tramp Harbor.

For those who are mobility challenged, a ramp is permanently installed to the house entrance, ADA shower is on the main floor, and an outside packed gravel ramp allows access to the entire wrap around deck, studio/rec room big screen TV and lower outdoor fire pit, picnic, bar and grill area.

We have 3 bedrooms plus a large studio apartment downstairs.

The studio apartment has a small bathroom with shower, open plan living/dining kitchen area, and access to the outside bar and grill, lawn and fire pit area. The studio apartment has a large dining table that can accommodate 12 or more guests. It also has a pull out American Comfort Sleeper Queen bed , two twin click clack beds, a roll away bed, and a pack and play. The studio apartment can sleep 1 couple, 3 singles, and a baby. There is also a laundry room on this floor. The studio apartment is the entertainment center of the house, and holds a large screen TV, DVD player, Xbox, DVD library, darts, many board games and access to outdoor activities.

In the loft is the King Master and it has a king pillow-top bed, full bath with a Jacuzzi tub/shower. There is a view of Mt Rainier from the loft. The loft master also has twin beds in an alcove, separated by wood screens, in addition to a click clack futon style double bed. There is also a roll away single bed there and a crib. The high ceiling King Master sleeps up to 2 couples, as well as up to 3 singles and a baby. The room has a changing table and crib. More pack and plays are available on the other floors. There are two high chairs and a booster and restaurant-style wooden booster for older children who still need a higher chair.

On the main floor, the Queen Master has an attached bath with a 'Tea for Two' tub and a separate stand up shower. It sleeps one couple and is the most private area.

The Main Floor Bunk Room has vintage WWII Navy bunk beds which are 30'X 80' and a full size bed, sleeping 2 singles and 1 couple. There are many toys here, TV and DVDs for children. Not far down the hall is an ADA accessible bathroom with a large wheelchair accessible shower, or group shower for the kids after a day on the beach.

Also on the main floor is a sectional couch in the main floor living room/open area which can sleep 2 singles, on each of the legs of the L shaped sectional. Bedding is provided. This is used only on permission from the owner and can expand the number of actual non-shared adult beds to 13.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome. They must stay off beds and furniture and when outside, stay within our yard, not wander in the neighborhood. Dogs think KVI Beach is heaven!

Altogether, the house can accommodate up to 5 couples and 10 singles, or 15 adult singles in any kind of bed, or combinations thereof, not including babies or small children, and depending on room sharing. For children there are 2 pac n plays and 1 portable crib, 2 high chairs, 1 booster chair, and 1 high chair that straps to a regular chair.

The outdoor entertaining area includes lawn games, barbecue grill, outdoor bar, large picnic table, child's picnic table, swing, seating for 10, and a large fire pit. There are gardens, sometimes with vegetables and herbs for the guests to harvest.

Guests numbering over eight are charged extra, INCLUDING babies and children, due to linens needed, extra cleaning, diaper/trash extra costs. Parking is limited to 5 spaces, 6 in a squeeze if owner is contacted ahead of time. No large sleeping vans/campers are permitted with guests of guests sleeping in them in the parking spaces, since that expands the number of guests and stresses the septic system and the quiet neighborhood..

In spring, look for seals and the Orca pods who playfully splash through on their pursuit of the salmon runs in the South Sound. Watch as the early daffodils perk up out of the ground in early March. Divers have found the shelf off this beach to be one of the best diving locations in the Sound, and in all seasons you can see dive boats moored offshore, exploring the undersea world which includes spotting the largest octopus in the world. Try your luck at fishing. The Tramp Harbor fishing pier is a ten minute walk or a minute’s drive away, and has a long dock, picnic and honey bucket facilities. You can also surf cast from the beach below our house.

In summer, listen for the high-pitched whistle of the killdeer protecting their eggs laid in the driftwood, pretending to be wounded to get you away from their nests; take note of the rattling chatter of the local population of kingfishers, who like to perch above the trees while the tide comes in. Overhead hear the whistling cries of the bald eagles and the osprey, and watch as they fight each other over dinner from the bounty of Tramp Harbor. Watch out for hummers, too, as they may just want to investigate who is invading their territory.

During the fall, this beach is a bird lover’s paradise, and Audubon walks are common when hundreds of migratory American Widgeons and other water fowl seek safe harbor here. Mallards are yearlong residents, and off shore rare water fowl are common.A spotting scope is set up on the covered porch. You definitely want to bring binoculars. Also, ask about booking a tour from a noted birder in the neighborhood or a boat ride around quartermaster harbor.The captain of the Vashona just wrote the latest book on the history of Vashon, and the tour is historical and geological. Salmon fishing trips are also possible to arrange and some pick you up from KVI beach.Of course be sure to bring a camera.

In winter, sit on the wrap-around deck of the cottage wrapped up in a blanket, look out at the migrating water fowl nosily quacking in the protected salt water stream which ebbs and flows with the tide just beneath your feet. Listen for the loons in the lagoon at night. Owls perch in the tall Douglas firs.Feel the wind and rain on your face as you walk on a mostly deserted beach, watching the waves whip up the sand and driftwood. Relax by the warm fire with a good book and never want for a view of what’s going on in Tramp Harbor.

KVI Beach is also a haven for island children who grow up on this sandy beach, where a small, salt-water inlet becomes a pool for their little boats and floats. The little ones build sand castles and driftwood forts, catch and release hermit crabs and play under the watchful eyes of their parents as the tide comes in and goes out. Sea stars, sand dollars, moon snails, mussels, clams, gooey ducks, sea cucumbers all abound. Islanders enjoy observing the creatures of the sea, and hope that visitors respect the abundant sea life. The older children and teens play beach volleyball, baseball, picnic and at night build fires augmented by the natural phosphorescence in the water of the incoming tide. Adults have a great view of all the activities from atop the covered porch of KVI Beach House.

Dogs love KVI as well, and on weekends, at all times of the year, people walk their dogs, children, and themselves on the easy beach trails that wrap around Point Heyer. Eagles hang out on the tower to the north year round. They can be seen in early morning and early evening getting breakfast and dinner, and have claimed KVI as their own.

Keywords: Vashon Island, Brand new house,overlooking KVI Beach, South facing, Mid Island, Salt water beach, dogs welcome, Puget Sound, mountain and sound view,steps to beach,kid friendly,groups, family reunion, beach, sunny, unique, outdoors, wildlife,eagles,cathedral ceilings, large family room, incredible views, ADA accessible (some limitations).

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Nancy Bachant
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Nancy Bachant

Originally from NYC, we moved to Vashon in 1978. Nancy worked in the Social Services as a VISTA Volunteer on a remote Indian Reservation, teaching convicts college classes at Walla Walla State Penitentiary, and teaching Family Planning at local clinics. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, opera, traveling. Kevin is a consulting environmental geologist. We have a grown son and daughter who love the island and grew up here, and played on KVI Beach when they were children. All of us like to travel, but love to come home to this special place. We have lived on the island since 1978.

Nancy Bachant purchased this house in 2012

Why Nancy Bachant chose Puget Sound North

The beach at KVI is such a special place we wanted to share the experience with others. So when the run down house next door came up for sale, we thought we could conveniently operate a vacation rental, now called the KVI Beach House. We tore down the old house that was there and built this new one as a future retirement home but a vacation rental for now.

What makes this house unique

This is the most popular public beach on the island, where dogs, kids, seniors, birders, locals and tourists all come together to play in the sand and sound.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We absolutely loved our stay here. Everything was perfect. What a afirst class place. We certainly will recommend it to all Thanks, Nancy for your wonderful hospitality. Hope to come back next year!
Sep 2012
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Vashon Island's ~KVI~ Beach House: Booking now for summer!
average rating of 5.0 based on 50 reviews

Good communication with owner. Great location.

  • 5 of 5

Good communication with owner. Great location.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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great family fun!

  • 5 of 5

There were eight of us, three couples, two 2-year old boys, plus two dogs. The house is beautiful, with lots of toys and books, and plenty of room so each couple had plenty of space, as well as privacy when needed. The kitchen is large and totally equipped, and the view is fantastic! The beach is wonderful for long walks, and the town of Vashon, with great restaurants and shops, is only a few minutes away. We had a wonderful time and hope to come back some day.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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A beautiful getaway with breathtaking views

  • 5 of 5

The house and view are amazing. This house has everything you need for a nice getaway. It's right on the beach with a view of Mt. Rainier. It's very clean and spacious. We went for a relaxing weekend away, and will be going back every year.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Sweet, fun beach house

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place to stay with friends and celebrate my birthday. Thanks!!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Renew on the water

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful stay. Plesently surprised with everything that was available for us at the house. We had children with us, and found cribs, gates, toys, books, and family friendly furniture. The coffee and tee were perfect. On top of all of the little things we found, we were in a beautiful home set on a quiet beachfront. If we are able to get back to the area, we will stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Heaven. A refuge.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely and well loved, well appointed beach house. Has everything you need to relax, explore, cook and entertain. Amazing view. Even on the rainiest days the beach and harbor and mountains and light are beautiful.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying with us again! We hope to see you back, and so glad your visit was "heaven"!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Vashon Town, Ferry Landing
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
West Seattle, Southworth and Tacoma WA St Ferries
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Vashon Golf and Country Club
Nearest Train
20 Miles
King Street Station, Seattle or Sounder, Tacoma
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I-5 in Seattle/Tacoma
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Many on Vashon
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Snowqualmie, Crystal Mountain, Mt. Rainier
Nearest Beach
0.02 Miles
KVI Beach
Car: recommended

The island is a short ferry ride from Seattle, Tacoma and Port Orchard on the Olympic Pennisula. Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, the Seattle Waterfront and Aquarium, as well as Tacoma's Pt Defiance Park, Zoo and Aquarium are a 10 minute ferry ride away, north or south docks. Seasonal clamming, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, boating (ask about a seasonal salmon fishing trip or cruise around Quartermaster Harbor), Festival weekend is in July, see fireworks from the covered porch on Independence Day, supreme diving location, art walks, most weekends we have live music and often live theater, we even have our own Opera Company! Saturday Market in town (Vashon) is open during the growing season. The island is a haven for artists and musicians, has many art galleries and musical events. Equestrian, Quilting and Dog Trials Sheep Herding events occur throughout the year. The new Quilt shop attracts quilters from all over the Sound.We even have a master Tlingit Totem Carver, Israel Shotridge, who conducts workshops in carving.Here is a link to a New York Times article about Vashon.


Rates & Availability

Vashon Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
January-March 2017
Jan 3 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day Weekend 2017
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer 2017
May 30 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
4th of July week
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 13 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Festival 6-night Week
Jul 14 2017 - Jul 19 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Third July Week
Jul 21 2017 - Jul 27 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Rare 2 night July Weekend
Jul 28 2017 - Jul 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
August 4 nights
Aug 13 2017 - Aug 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
August Peak
Aug 17 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day Weekend 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
New Years 2017
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Non-refundable cleaning fee $175 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.6%

Rates are subject to change prior to confirmation. Cancellation fees may apply. Refunds subject to refund policy in rental agreement. Please read carefully.

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Vashon Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
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  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • 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 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Queen Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Tiled, natural light
    Loft Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Tub is jetted.Tiled, natural light
    Studio Apartment Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Main Floor Bathroom - toilet , shower , Kid and ADA-friendly sink, lg shower with seat. Tiled.
  • Total of 4 bathrooms, 2 with tubs, all with showers; Main floor bath is ADA-friendly and kid-friendly, with hooks for kid's towels, stools for kids to use and seated shower. Toilet, sink, and shower are wheel chair-friendly.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Main Floor Queen Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Has en suite jacuzzi tub and stand alone shower
    Main Floor Bunk Room - 1 double , 2 bunk bed , Bath down hall, kid- ADA friendly with wheelchair shower
    King Loft Bedroom - 1 king , 1 double , 3 twin/ single , 2 baby crib , Has jacuzzi tub and shower combo in loft bathroom
    Studio Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 2 sleep sofa /futon , This is a ground floor basement studio, door to outside.
  • King bed located in loft bedroom with en suite tub/shower, tub is jetted. Loft bedroom also has view of Mt Rainier, is partially open to living area below.Also has 3 twin beds, 1 double futon, 2 cribs. Loft sleeps two couples, 3 singles, and 1 baby. Main floor has Queen bed in private bedroom with en suite bath including stand-alone shower and Jacuzzi tub.This room is coastal themed & sleeps 1 couple or one single, can add 1 crib. Main Floor Bunk room has double bed and bunk beds, a WWII Navy wooden bunk. It is narrow but long and sleeps 2 singles. Double in bunk sleeps a couple.Basement Studio has an American Comfort Sleeper pullout queen bed,sleeps a couple,1 roll away twin,and one pack and play crib.It can sleep 1 couple,1 single and 1 baby.Can also sleep 2 small children on love seat couches, bedding provided. It opens to the outside seating bar-be-que, fire pit area, has big screen TV. Main upstairs Living room can sleep 2 more singles on sectional couch, bedding provided.
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  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Brand new construction. Built in 2012. Beautiful Quartzite fireplace. Skylights. Cathedral Ceiling. New Granite countertops. Sun all day long on property when sun is out. Incredible views of Mount Rainier, Tramp Harbor, KVI Beach and the last remaining salt water estuary in South King County. Tidal stream and pond on KVI driftwood beach, steps away.Vashon's heart and soul. Birder Paradise. Kayaking Paradise. Fishing Paradise. Walk on the gravel path around Point Heyer. Play in the salt water and sandy pool. Sits above islander's favorite public beach. Dogs and kids love KVI. ADA bathroom with wheelchair shower or room for a few kids back from the beach. Beach walking is a year round activity.

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