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Spacious waterfront beachhouse with dock & buoy on inner Quartermaster Harbor

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedroom(inc. master and an owners’ suite) beachhouse with dock and buoy

Herons View is located on the desirable Burton peninsula, overlooking the idyllic inner Quartermaster Harbor. A short ferry ride from West Seattle or Tacoma, the island of Vashon has a distinctive character to it - very rural with a laid back feel to it. Don’t be surprised when you see cars with “Keep Vashon Weird” bumper stickers!

The village of Burton, one of the first settlements on Vashon, has a local store (Harbor Mercantile but everybody calls it Sandy’s store, after the owner), Post Office, barbers, a garage plus an art gallery and antiques store. The social hub of Burton is the Burton Coffee Stand, written about in the NY Times. Burton also has two marinas, one public and one for Quartermaster Yacht Club.

At the center of the Burton peninsula is the 68 acre Burton Acres park with many trails winding through its leafy woods. A ten minute walk takes you to Jensen Point park with all types of watersport equipment to rent. During the season, Dungeness and Red Rock crab are plentiful. Clams can be found in the tidelands (including huge geoduck clam). Remember to pick up your State shellfish license before clamming or crabbing and check the State Health Dept website for any health warnings.

Herons View is a birdwatcher’s paradise: we have a resident pair of Great Blue Herons that hang out on the dock and wade along the tideline. A couple of Belted Kingfishers enjoy perching on the dock pilings. In addition there are bald eagles, ospreys (aka sea hawks), hummingbirds and the usual seagulls and Canada geese. The Burton peninsula is home to many deer, so please drive slowly - and feel free to shoo them out of the garden!

A private road/driveway serves the house and its three neighbors. Five private parking spots are located at the top of the property and more parking is available in the driveway. The terraced garden at the front of the house contains lavender, rosemary, rhododendrons and many other plants. The gardens by the waterside contain raspberries, herb garden, blueberries and other herbaceous plants.

Probably the highlight of the property is the large ironwood (AKA ipe) deck right on the water. A large stone table comfortably seats six and an additional glass topped table seats a further six people. Steps lead down to the private beach and a floating dock lets you tie up a kayak, canoe or sailing dinghy. A mooring buoy is available, please email for more details like depth, tides etc. A large natural gas stainless BBQ with four burners and a side burner is just a couple of steps from the deck.

Accommodations include:

Living room

Large stone fireplace with gas stove insert. 55 inch LCD TV with Blu-ray player and receiver.

Couches that comfortably seat nine.

Dining room

Solid maple wood dining room table with seats for eight


Cook’s kitchen! Newer stainless appliances including large side-by-side fridge freezer, gas stove with five burner cooktop, microwave, convection toaster oven, coffee maker and Miele dishwasher. Also well stocked with a blender, food processor, paella pan, etc. The kitchen is equipped for serving twelve people, with additional serving settings for another twelve.

Downstairs Master bedroom

With large sliding doors and windows overlooking the water, this beautiful master bedroom consists of a sleeping area with a king sized bed, a fireplace and roomy seating area, walk-in closet with California Closet fittings and hotel style safe and a bathroom with a large walk in shower.

Laundry room

Separating the downstairs master from the two other bedrooms on the east side of the house is a fully equipped laundry room with high efficiency front loading washer and dryer, iron and ironing board.

Southeast bedroom

Consists of two twin beds which can be put together to make a king wide bed and a large closet.

Southwest bedroom

Similarly furnished with two twin beds which can be put together to make a king wide bed and a wardrobe.

Family bathroom

Recently remodeled with twin sinks, soaking bathtub and dual shower.


This room can be used as a den, game room or bedroom with a leather queen sized sleeper sofa, game table and chairs. A 40 inch LCD TV sits on a set of cabinets with games, puzzles and other entertainment. A large closet has California Closets shelves, drawers and hanging space. A powder room with toilet and sink is located off this room.

Second Floor Great Master Suite

Available for additional rent, this master suite takes up the entire second floor and overlooks the harbor. The suite has a king sized bed, seating area in front of the fireplace (note, fireplace gas is turned off during the summer months), daybed with trundle (can be made up as two twins next to each other or king wide), closet and a bathroom. The bathroom consists of a shower, vanity with sink and toilet. In addition there is a desk, desktop PC, monitor and printer. Please note that if you choose not to rent with it, it will be vacant.

More Details

Sarah Pynchon
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About Sarah Pynchon

We fell in love with this place as soon as we walked onto the deck overlooking Quartermaster Harbor. We love Burton and had looked at several houses in the area, but could not find a better place to hang out and enjoy the wildlife (seals, herons, osprey, bald eagles, loons, grebes, clams and starfish to name a few) and the boats going by. Yes, the house has a dining room but we have yet to use it, choosing the waterfront seating every time. We also loved the unique layout of the house, with the two roomy and peaceful master bedrooms. The upstairs second master suite allows the flexibility of additional space for tenants when needed.

Sarah Pynchon purchased this house in 2014

Why Sarah Pynchon chose Puget Sound North

As mentioned a few times, the best features are the killer view, the abundant and varied wildlife, spacious accommodations and Burton location that all add up to easy, fun summer living.


Vashon Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master - toilet , shower
    Owners' Suite - toilet , shower
    Family Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Den/bedroom powder room - toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master bedroom - 1 king
    SW bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Either two twins or king wide bed
    SE Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Either two twins or king wide bed
    Den/bedroom - 1 queen , Queen sized new sleeper sofa
    Second Floor Master Suite - 1 king , Available for additional rent
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Spacious waterfront beachhouse with dock & buoy on inner Quartermaster Harbor
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews


  • 5 of 5

An amazing wedding week on beautiful Vashon Island was made even more perfect by the decision to call this wonderful property "home" for several days.

The home is spacious and immaculate, the bedrooms comfortable and private, the kitchen well-stocked. Everything was considered by our gracious hosts and no detail was overlooked. The large deck with spectacular views of the harbor became our favorite gathering spot for early morning coffee, moments of reflection and long relaxing dinners.

This was a perfect spot for generations of family to gather together and create memories. We can hardly wait to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect place. Clean and well layer out to accommodate our large group.

  • 5 of 5

The dock and mooring buoy were great to bring our boat. Plenty of room for everyone. Nice new appliances. We will stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Antonio, Texas

Relaxing family getaway

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful house, well-equipped for socializing, but also nice a quiet for place relaxing. Very clean with like-new appliances, furniture, and bedding. The owner welcomed us and showed us how to use the locks, appliances, etc., and also shared tips for enjoying Vashon island, such as renting kayaks at nearby Jensen Point. The owners set up the bedrooms the way we wanted -- pairs of twin beds rather than king beds -- and opened the sofa bed for us. (We didn't need the extra space upstairs.) The whole family, especially the kids, enjoyed the large deck and the views over the harbor. The property is well-landscaped and is in a nice neighborhood on Vashon. We would definitely stay here again and recommend this property to friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review, we are happy that you and your family enjoyed our beach home. I was happy to spend the time with you to show you the home, I think that's one way vacation rentals are better than hotels. We like having the flexibility of having two of the bedrooms with twin beds that can be put together for a king wide bed. As always the deck is the real star of the house and we love sitting out watching the harbor and the wildlife. If your plans call for another trip to Vashon, we'd be very happy to host you again.
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Spacious, very very clean, well stocked and a great location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a family wedding on the island. We needed to accommodate 10 people. The house was close to the wedding venue and looked nice. We were more than pleasantly surprised upon arrival. The place was spotless and the deck over the water just beautiful! Less than 1/2 mile away we could rent kayaks and SUPs. There was plenty of parking for guests. Family members at other rentals all wanted to come to our place to hang out on the deck. Wonderful hosts and great overall experience. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. We're happy that you enjoyed our beach home while attending a family wedding. I would agree that the deck over the water is the biggest attraction to the home. It's nice to have the private parking area at the top of the driveway as well as all the driveway to accommodate guests staying and others that visit. I'll pass on your comment about the house being spotless to the cleaners, they really do a great job. If your plans call for a visit to Vashon in the future, we'd be very happy to host you again.
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Vashon is lovely!

  • 4 of 5

Here's why our three families - 5 adults, 5 children ages 4 to 14 - enjoyed our stay here: Three sleeping areas each with private bath. Plenty of room to spread out. Spacious deck with comfy seating overlooking water. Easy walk to Burton. Two separate TV areas (for rainy days and pre-teens.) Easy drive to pool. Although kids enjoyed playing on floating dock, no yard and cramped dining area were the only negatives for our particular needs.


Need instructions/manuals for operating media in living room.

Provide 10-12 oz glassware/barware; smaller plastic cups

Update instructions in binder (there is no green can? does all recycling (paper and glass) go in blue bin?)

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. We are happy that you enjoyed the deck, floating dock and having two TV rooms. We've added smaller glassware and are updating the instructions for the media and recycling. We hope to host you in the future, if your plans call for a trip to Vashon.
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family reunion on the 4th of July. The house was beautiful with a large deck that accommodated everyone. The bed linens were very nice with plenty extra pillows and blankets. The kitchen had all the appliance, cookware ,dishes and glassware. Thank you . Everyone had a great time and wonderful memories were created.


  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the superb review, we are glad you and your family really enjoyed the 4th of July and the fireworks from our deck. We love to cook, so a well stocked kitchen is something we look for when on vacation, so it made sense to us to have the kitchen at our vacation rental well stocked. Great (high thread count) bedding makes such a difference and we think it is worth paying more for that luxury. Hope to be able to host you again in the future.
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Nearest Airport
24.7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5.7 Miles
Nearest Beach
At property
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Vashon Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
4th July 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.6%

*** $500 per night excluding the second floor Master Suite. $650 including the second floor Master Suite. ***

Cleaning fee is for up to eight people (inc children), $250 for more than 8. Excess cleaning charged at $50/hour

Please note that the hot tub by the deck is currently not working, as we cannot find somebody to repair and maintain it on island and so it not part of the rental.

Please note, either the Refundable Security Deposit or the Damage Protection Policy required (not both).

$500 deposit for stays less than 7 nights and more than 90 days away from start date (with reminder due 90 days before) and $1000 deposit for stays 7 or more nights.

**4th of July 2017 pricing is minimum of 7 nights over the holiday (ie your start and end dates are flexible)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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