|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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!
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
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.
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!
We loved our time there! It was a perfect location for us. We were there to attend a wedding at Jesus Barn Farm, right down the road. The place had everything we needed from kitchen things to bath towels. We particularly enjoyed the books and board games. Cookie cutter places are not our style- so this spot was perfect for us. Lots of character! And a beautiful view of the mountain on a particularly clear morning. I loved the claw foot tub and the sunroom. And we all slept like babies both nights. Bret was personable and responsive (thank you so much!). We had a nice dinner at the Hardware Store, delicious pastries from Snapdragon, and found treasures at a couple places, one of which was the little red place with the Red Herring sign. I would definitely recommend this place to friends!
A beautiful view of Mount Rainer from the back porch, a perfect view of a nesting pair of Ospreys with a baby chick from the back yard, blackberry brambles, pear and apple trees, flowers abound, this is paradise. This is the childhood home of the boy, Don Puz who left his bicycle in the swampy woods which was ultimately swallowed by a fir tree (world famous story) and is now a short walk and interesting site to see. Vashon island is a truly wonderful place, a country paradise with hills for bicycling, a gorgeous view of Mt. Rainer, a beautiful old light house from the 1800's on a drift-wood beach, and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. My wife, our little cavalier king Charles spaniel and myself enjoyed our visit to this house and island so very much. The home is spacious and you feel like you have gone to visit your grandmothers house in the country. Same old furniture, kitchen utensils, children's games in the closet. There is a gracious spirit about this house when you get to know the story of Mrs. Puz who lived here until 2012 when she passed just shy of 100 years old. Relics of her devout life such as icons on the porch, framed prayers in the kitchen and even the family bible are still there in the home...it feels like a family's home...not just another vacation rental. The master bed was king size and VERY comfortable with a mountain view out the end windows. Our only complaint was they need to improve the cradle for the hand held shower but a only minor complaint. Mornings we would go 1/4 mile down the road (walking distance easy) to the Vashon Island Roastery for perfect coffee and breakfast. This is the place where Stewart Brothers Coffee began better known to the world as SBC, Seattle's Best Coffee. The atmosphere is even better than the coffee. We enjoyed drives around the island where we found the old light house, Engels gas station which is locked in a 1951 time warp, a totem pole of old license plates in front of a house, a Harley rider yard art sculpture, small specialty farms and breathtaking views everywhere. The ferry rides to and from the island were beautiful and relaxing and it took us just about 40 minutes to go from our rental into Seattle. Downtown Vashon also had several good restaurants but my favorite food on this trip was ice cream with Mrs. Puz's blackberries picked in the back yard. If you understand the spirit of this home you will love it as much as we did. In 25 years of Seattle trips, this was the best ever
This is a very welcoming home! We were looking for a place to stay so we could attend Vashon High School's graduation and also wander Vashon to celebrate Father's Day the next day. The house is located very close to the high school, and couldn't have been more convenient - we were able to host a celebration afterwards. Our family of 4 was very comfortable there, and the large field out back was perfect for our dogs. We received great customer service, and I would definitely recommend this house to other guests!
There is so much to see and do on Vashon Island - with fifty miles of beachfront, almost one-half of all shoreline in King county, and ten public beaches! 'Town' has all of your amenities - movie theater, coffee shops,unique shopping, excellent restaurants, groceries, post office, hardware stores, etc. The Vashon Golf and Country Club has a challenging nine hole golf course with breathtaking views. Ferry access on and off of the Island from West Seattle and Tacoma makes it easy to get around to or from anywhere in the Puget Sound area.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 22 2015 - Sep 7 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$25 + Tax|
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
|Cleaning||$100 + Tax|
|Notes||Plus $100 Cleaning Fee for first two guests, $10 additional guest up to seven total.|
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