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.
Our home Sleeps 2 - 6 guests in 3 bedrooms plus a loft: 1 king bed, and 2 queen beds. There are a total of 2 1/2 baths. The master bedroom has a spacious master bath with a soaker tub, sauna and outdoor shower.
New custom-built luxury waterfront home with panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and the highest ‘green building’ certification (Platinum) on Bowen Island.
This secluded home on the private and quiet side of Bowen Island is sunny and bright and combines eco-living with the highest level of comfort and majestic scenery through the two-story high windows overlooking the ocean. Enjoy the frequent sight of eagles, seals, otters and deer while sipping wine or tea during spectacular sunsets from the wrap-around balcony, take a steaming outdoor private shower, or pick fresh flowers from the garden for a special evening. Inside, pamper yourself with a spa treatment that combines the indoor sauna with light and sound therapy, relax with a movie on the large flat screen TV with surround-sound, or nestle up to the energy-efficient wood burning fireplace with a good book. In this home, experience the wonders of nature while maintaining a high level of indulgence and eco-friendly living.
Through the many double-pane energy efficient windows, experience the splendor of a sunny day, a ferocious winter storm or a star-lit night – all in complete comfort thanks to the air-heat pump provided 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. Fall asleep to the sound of lapping waves in 100% organic sheets and the highest quality feather-down pillows and comforters. The house sleeps six people comfortably, and each of the three bedrooms come equipped with its own ocean and mountain-view balcony. A fold-out couch in the loft area can sleep a single guest if one does not want to share a bed with others.
Become invigorated with a jog or leisurely walk around a nearby lake, take a dip on the home’s private ocean front, or explore the nearby islands with rented kayaks, paddle boards or motor boats.
Our home is also fully wheelchair accessible.
Bowen Island is 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 in front of the house or on the nearby Government Dock.
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 mecca for the outdoor enthusiast. And the house is located in a prime ocean area for kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming, and it is near miles of lush mountain trails for hiking, biking, or jogging. Fish from the 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.
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.
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!
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.
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