Vashon Island House Rental Photos and Description
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 7- Close To Everything - Breathtaking Mount Rainier View
The Bicycle in the Tree House™
In 1954 a little boy ditched a bike in the woods and the result of that deed has become a worldwide sensation.
Little did Don Puz know that when he left that old bicycle down in the “swamp” as it was called by the boys he played with that his bike would be found years later high in a tree to the consternation of some and delight of others.
Don’s family had lost their home and their father lost his life in a house fire in 1954. The community of Vashon –Maury Island did what communities do in such tragedies, they gave – money and clothes and items the family would need.
One item was that bicycle. It was old with hard rubber tires and tricycle-like handlebars. It was not cool and Don didn’t like it. He was just a kid so we can excuse him for his ungratefulness.
He left that bicycle down there where it wasn’t discovered for twenty or thirty years. Research is ongoing to find reference to the first actual sighting.
Don’s mother, Helen Puz, found a house at Center for her family of two boys and three girls to replace the one that was destroyed. It was built in 1920 with an addition to the original around 1940. Helen Puz was a frugal woman and she did not do much remodeling over the years except to upgrade the kitchen.
ZUP Enterprises, LLC has endeavored to keep the house much as it was when Don, his brother Tom and sisters JoAnn, Madeline and Rosemary grew up there. The bathroom has been upgraded with a new toilet and basin but the original claw foot tub remains. A concession has been made to the trend of today and a king size bed is in the Master Bedroom “suite”, but the two other bedrooms have the original double beds.
The enclosed back porch is the perfect place to have your morning cup of coffee while watching the sunrise over Mt. Rainier. In the evening enjoy the sunset glow on the mountain with your glass of wine.
But there is no hot tub, no pool, no zip line (there is a fantastic outdoor public pool across the street!) If you are looking for a luxury rental this is not for you. Although Mrs. Puz used to hang her laundry on a clothes line strung between the house and the old pear tree - she was Green before it was fashionable - a washer and dryer are now installed for your convenience.
The house has cable television and a flat screen TV in the living room and an older model TV in the Master “suite”. Although Helen Puz never got into computers and the internet, the house has been “wired” for WiFi for your use.
Bicycle in the Tree memorabilia is pictured on a wall in the living room with accounts of the tragic fire in 1954 and stories about the Bicycle in the Tree. Of course photos of the Bicycle in the Tree are everywhere and one picture of Don Puz, now a grown man with grandchildren posing with his newest bicycle in a tree. Look for it among the photos.
The Bicycle in the Tree House TM is centrally located on the main highway within walking distance of Vashon High School, the Vashon community pool and an easy walk to the soon to be built Vashon Performing Arts Center at Center. Oh, and yes, a short walk to that unwanted bicycle, still in the embrace of one of the most famous trees in the world!
- Events Allowed
- pets considered
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Long-term Renters Welcome
About VMI Property Management
Family owned home where five Vashon children grew up - this home is still owned by the children who grew up here.
VMI Property Management purchased this house in 1954
Why VMI Property Management chose Vashon Island
Vashon Island is a short ferry ride from Seattle, but worlds away. This is the home from which the world-famous bicycle in the tree came from - centrally located, close to town, many public beaches, on the highway and bus line - just minutes away from all that Vashon has to offer.
What makes this house unique
Everything you'll need to enjoy your stay on Vashon Island is right here - three bedrooms (four beds - a king, two doubles, and a twin), with a huge yard and breathtaking view of Mount Rainier - plus you can walk to the world famous bicycle in the tree from the house from which it came - be a part of Vashon history!