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Waterfront~ Private Platinum Green Home~Beach Access~Island & Mtn. Views~Sunny

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

New Custom Waterfront 'Green' Home sleeps 2 - 6 w/ 3 bedrooms + a loft.

$401 USD = $475 CAD

The EASTMAN WATERFRONT RETREAT is a Custom Built Luxury Waterfront Home with Spectacular Mountain Views. We proudly display our Platinum Award, the Highest ‘Green Building’ Rating on Bowen.

THE EASTMAN WATERFRONT RETREAT ~ Our energy efficient home is perfect on a sunny summer day and just as ideal during a ferocious winter storm. Thanks to the comfort provided by radiant floor heating and state-of-the-art heat recovery ventilation system that provides a constant temperature and fresh air 24/7 throughout the year.


The EASTMAN WATERFRONT RETREAT has 3 bedrooms and will sleep up to 6 guests:

1 KING bed, and 2 QUEEN beds.

All our bedding is professionally laundered and pressed with layers of plush pillows and fluffy duvets. The Retreat has the luxury details that you desire for your getaway.


PRICING CAUTION ~ VRBO & HomeAway have been displaying all Canadian properties in USD. This is very confusing for all our Canadian Guests. Sorry, this is a VRBO decision that we are fighting to change. Help us by contacting VRBO customer service.

Meanwhile, scroll down to rates and adjust the currency window from USD to CAD. If uncertain please contact Jan for an accurate quote in Canadian dollars.



The very spacious MASTER BEDROOM has an exceptionally comfortable Organic latex KING size bed. Lounge in the plush bed, fine linens, and fluffy pillows while enjoying the gorgeous waterfront view. The master bedroom has a LARGE MASTER BATH with a soaker tub and walk in shower. We supply LINENS, organic shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soap. Step just outside the washroom door to shower in our outdoor shower surrounded by gorgeous Bowen Island Fresh sea air. Rejuvenate yourself with our indoor sauna with light and sound therapy located in the master suite……..we call it a “retreat” for good reason.


On the upper floor you will find 2 QUEEN BEDROOMS with new mattresses, quality cotton sheets, fluffy filled duvets, and scrumptious piles of pillows. Both rooms have waterfront view and seaside decks. They both share the 4 PIECE WASH ROOM on the upper floor. We supply organic shampoo, conditioner, and soaps for your ultimate convenience.

NOTE: Based on your guest list we will make up beds and supply towels as required. We will assume that couples will sleep together unless otherwise informed. Thank you for helping us control our water and power usage.

NEWLY BUILT PRIVATE WATER ACCESS STAIRS ~ stairs reaching to the water's or bring your own kayak or paddle board that can be launched at high tide from our newly built stairs to the water's edge. Wear your 'rock shoes' for comfortable beach exploring.

LIVING ROOM ~ Relax in our LIGHT FILLED living room with 2 story high windows overlooking the majestic scenery and spectacular seaside views. Watch a movie on our large flat screen TV with surround-sound while nestled on the sectional under a cozy throw.

WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE ~ October through April enjoy the warmth of our energy-efficient wood burning fireplace. In this home, experience the wonders of nature while maintaining a high level of indulgence and eco-friendly living.

KITCHEN~ The kitchen has the modern conveniences one expects from a newly built home: drawer dishwashers, stainless refrigerator, electric stove and oven, microwave, and coffee pot. We provide basic spices, olive oil, and a bit of sugar and flour. All you need is to bring your fresh proteins and vegetables. There is no need for bottled water as our drinking water is the BEST!! It is alkaline and comes from our well... Drink up, it is good for you! Prepare your meals while enjoying the waterfront views.

PARTIES BEYOND 6 GUESTS ARE NOT ALLOWED. The Eastman Waterfront Retreat is a QUIET FAMILY, COUPLE, and FRIEND Getaway. Do not book our home if you are planning a party. (more details below)

DINING TABLE FOR 6 ~ Enjoy your in home prepared meal at our dining table with a view. For a more casual setting we also provide a dining nook for story telling while sipping your wine.

CATERING IS AVAILABLE ~ So you say you are on vacation and you don’t want to cook? Ask us about private catering services. The Vine and Garden or The Snug Cafe can prepare your meal or ALL your meals for you. We will put you in touch so you can take the night off.

POWDER ROOM ~ you will find a powder room on the main floor just off of the living room and kitchen.

WASHER AND DRYER ~ just off of the kitchen is a front loading washer and dryer.

OUTDOOR WRAP AROUND DECKS ~ Lounge and melt away into the outdoor seating and enjoy the frequent sight of eagles, seals, otters and deer while sipping wine, tea or coffee. The northwest facing decks are perfectly poised for magnificent sunset views……..what a perfect ending to a peaceful day at the Retreat.

PROPANE BBQ IS PROVIDED ~ Prepare your meals on our new Weber propane BBQ and dine seaside at our outdoor dining table.

WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBLE ~ Our home is wheelchair accessible. Although, the interior door ways and bathrooms are standard widths.

Bowen Island is only a 20-minute, beautiful ferry ride from West Vancouver, via the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. Ferries run every hour. Water taxis from Horseshoe Bay or Granville Island in downtown Vancouver are also available.

You may also arrive on Bowen in your own boat and moor on the nearby Government Dock if moorage is available.....only a 5 minute walk from the house. Please call the Bowen Island Municipality to check for availability.

Bowen Island is a small, intimate community with highly rated restaurants, grocery stores, spas, gym, medical facilities, pharmacies, and hardware stores.

Bowen Island is a destination for the outdoor enthusiast. The Retreat is located on prime waterfront perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming. We are surrounded by lush mountain trails for hiking, biking, or jogging. Fish from our home’s own dock, go sailing, or play golf on Bowen’s 9-hole course. Whistler’s world class ski resort is only 75 minutes from Horseshoe Bay and Cypress Mountain is less than ½ hour.

STRICT NO PARTY POLICY ~ PARTIES BEYOND 6 GUESTS ARE NOT ALLOWED. Eastman Waterfront Retreat is a QUIET FAMILY, COUPLE, and FRIEND Getaway. Do not book our home if you are planning a party. It will cost you your security deposit in full. This prestigious property is located in the very quiet Mt. Gardner neighbourhood on Bowen with strict noise bylaws. Excessive noise at any time is never tolerated by the neighbours nor the Municipality and a reason for immediate eviction with no refund of nightly rates or security deposit. Maximum occupancy is 6 guests and all guests must be named and listed on the rental agreement. Parties or gatherings of additional unapproved visitors for any length of time are not allowed at any time.

More Details

Property Manager
Jan Stevens
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 11, 2017

About Jan Stevens

When I am not visiting Bowen Island, I serve as the Senior Environmental Policy Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) based at UN headquarters in New York City. In that capacity I have the honor to work with developing countries throughout the world to address their environmental challenges related to biodiversity conservation, adaptation to climate change, protection of forests, access to sustainable energy, etc.

Although my parents met and married in Toronto, Canada, our family moved to Palo Alto, California where I grew up. We often visited Bowen Island in the summer.

I attended U.C. Berkeley as an undergraduate and U.C. Davis where I completed my Ph.D. in plant genetics before joining the United Nations.

Jan Stevens purchased this house in 2007

Why Jan Stevens chose The Islands

My grandfather, Samuel Mack Eastman, discovered this spot on Bowen Island in 1918 when he came to recuperate from an injury sustained in World War I while serving in Canada’s army. He liked it so much that he bought this acre of oceanfront property for $300 that year! Mack and his wife Antonia built a cabin here and my mother, Isabelle, spent her early summers here from the 1920s on, and all of the summers of her later years. This was my mother’s favorite spot on earth. The ‘new’ cabin was built around 1950 and it continues to serve us well.

I have been coming to this place on Bowen since the age of two, and this is where I found my appreciation of nature, ocean swimming and interest in international affairs and environmental issues. I was also inspired to build my career at the United Nations to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather who devoted himself to world peace in the League of Nations in the 1920s and 1930s.

Subsequently, my wife, Joan, fell in love with this spot as deeply as my mother did, so we bought the acre next door to my grandparents property and built the first “Platinum” certified ‘green’ house on Bowen, which was finished in 2009.

Joan invested years of research to ensure this house was environmentally sustainable in every way … each piece of wood is reused, recycled or certified; super insulation in the walls and windows; energy efficient air-heat pump and appliances , sustainably produced tile, counters, furniture, etc.

In a few years this property will have been in my family for 100 years so our connection to this place is strong. Incidentally, as early notables in Bowen history, Mack and Antonia Eastman are referenced in both books on the history of Bowen Island and even in the historical section of the 2012 Bowen phonebook!

What makes this house unique

The house is bright and comfortable year-round no matter what the weather outside and the 2 story high windows bring the spectacular beauty of the British Columbia coast inside.

The oceanfront location enables daily swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and the watching of amazing sunsets and wildlife.

I find I am constantly scanning the ocean and mountains throughout the day from the outdoor decks or through the windows , and I am often surprised by sightings of diverse birdlife, numerous seals, otters, and the occasional dolphin, or even rarer Orca.

The outdoor shower and the indoor sauna turn the house instantly into a spa, while the large-screen TV and surround sound speaker transform the house into a movie theatre.

The kitchen is fully equipped with cooking utensils and cutlery as well new, energy-efficient appliances.

Each bedroom has a deck overlooking the ocean and mountains – and the kitchen and living room and loft also have spectacular views at all times.

The private dock on the property is perfect for fishing, diving and swimming while the boathouse is a delightful spot for picnics on the waterfront.

The house and cabin are at the end of one of the few roads on Bowen so there is no ‘through traffic’ and it is always quiet and private here. The northwest facing property enjoys amazing sunsets and the patio encircling the house allows sun throughout the day in the spring and summer.

Guestbook comments from the manager

“Words cannot begin to describe the serene beauty of this magical place. We have very high expectations when traveling and Charles and Jan met every one of them! We were a little overwhelmed with the trash separation rules when we first read them online, but the waste set up in the kitchen makes it very easy to follow. The people of the island are so friendly. This was our first Airbnb experience and I must say that Hilton and Marriott will be the last place we will look at when checking out a new destination. The home is fully equipped, the Internet worked great, unfortunately (made it too easy to work). The master bath tub at sunset is highly recommended, even if you are not a bath person! Your blood pressure will fall instantly when walking into this home. I really hate to tell you how wonderful it is because I don't want it to be fully booked the next time we want to come. Book it now! You'll thank me later!”
Apr 2017
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Bowen Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , A Powder Bath on the main floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower , plus a sauna with healing lights and music
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , sleeps 2 adults
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , a luxury organic bed sleeping 2 adults
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , sleeps up to 2 adults
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom has organic natural rubber mattress and 100% cotton sheets and comforters, guest bedroom #1 has a queen size mattress. Guest bedroom #2 has a brand new queen size mattress.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Waterfront~ Private Platinum Green Home~Beach Access~Island & Mtn. Views~Sunny
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 39 reviews

Complete relaxation

  • 4 of 5

We love this home. It's complete with all the amenities but most of all the most spectacular view. Jan was very easy to work with and accommodating. Thank you for hosting us!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very good stay experience

  • 5 of 5

Everything is good! View, room, deck, kitchen, also enjoy sauna meanwhile looking at the best ocean and mountain view! It is 10 of 10 experience!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunnung views and beautiful waterfront home.

  • 5 of 5

Just looking at this picture makes us want to go back!

The "green" home is just stunning and the views are to die for. The location is amazing and provided for lots of wildlife - we saw an Orca, seals, eagles and lots of other birds and ducks.

Would highly recommend this spot and look forward to it again.

Jill & Rob

North Vancouver

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boca Raton, Florida

Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

This home was a fantastic retreat from our busy days in Vancouver. It is well appointed, comfortable, clean and beautifully situated in a lush garden with vast water views. The owners were easy to work with, and we bought a weekly pass for the ferry. Loved the local market, Chocolate West (try Poblano hot chocolate), and hiking all around the island. Truly a slice of heaven that we hope to treasure again. Your breath will be taken away by so many aspects of wildlife, natural beauty, and comfort.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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As close to perfect as it gets

  • 5 of 5

This green home and its location are perfect to relax for a day, week, or longer. The built-in cutting board above the compost makes it easy to cook and clean up. The spa tub is wonderful- you can watch the sunrise or sunset from it-sheer relaxation. The beds are so comfortable, and we could hear the rain pattering all night. Slippers throughout the home keep the floors clean and your toes toasty-warm. We even saw some harbour seals enjoying the bay. Will definitely book again and highly recommend to our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a close to perfect stay at the Eastman Waterfront Retreat. It sounds as though we were able to create the just right peaceful environment for you and your family. Love to have you return any time. Summer are nearly perfect too. Jan and Charles.
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A 5 star experience in every way!

  • 5 of 5

This property is incredible! There are amazing views from every room and the home was absolutely spotless upon arrival. Our family of six spent two nights here and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The quality of this home cannot be beat. We enjoyed watching the seals in the water and the ferry going by in the distance. So peaceful and beautiful. We also really enjoyed our evening out at Doc Morgan's for dinner and the harbour is full of quaint little shops. Some of the best chocolate I've ever had was from Cocoa West Chocolatier. Communication with Jan, the property manager, was great; lot of information and thorough instructions prior to our arrival and there are instructions throughout the home just in case you forgot how something worked. We felt very welcomed. We really appreciate the owner of this property sharing his treasured home! No question this was a 5 star experience!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Vancouver International Airport
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Horseshoe Bay
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Bowen Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 99
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Cypress Mountain Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
On property
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Bowen Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Almost Summer
May 22 2017 - Jun 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Jun 23 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
BC Day
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
Summer is here ~ July
Jul 3 2017 - Aug 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
BC Day Long Weekend
Aug 4 2017 - Aug 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
Summer is here ~ August
Aug 7 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
Labour Day Long Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
summer in September
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2016
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2016
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
Storm Season
Oct 9 2017 - Nov 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
Remembrance Day
Nov 10 2017 - Nov 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
Storm Season November December
Nov 13 2017 - Dec 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
Christmas New Year's Holiday
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $109.77 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $548.85
Tax Rate 13.0%

The RATES Quoted above are for up to 4 guests. Additional guests are $50 per person per night. Maximum occupancy of 6 guests. Sorry, no exceptions.

To conserve our water and hydro costs we make up beds according to the named guest list assuming that couples will share beds. Please notify us in advance if separate beds might be required.

All rates are plus 13% (5% gst + 8% accommodation pst)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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