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Johnson Point Beach Retreat... for Amazing Memories You'll Cherish!

Jeff & Tracey Wittenfeld

Member since: 2008
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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Johnson Point Beach Retreat... for Amazing Memories You'll Cherish!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Olympia House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6)

** NOW ACCEPTING advance reservations for the week of the 2015 'U.S. OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP' at CHAMBERS BAY. **

This charming vacation property is located just to the west of Olympia, on the tip of Johnson Point, where you'll view an abundance of wildlife, and sip your favorite morning brew while watching the constant flow of tugs, trawlers, and sailors rounding the Point on their Puget Sound journeys. To the east is a breathtaking view of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains, and to the west is a magnificent view of the majestic Olympics.

The township of Lacey, and Sate Capitol of Olympia are just a short driving distance away (15 minutes or so), with ample entertainment, including; shopping, restaurants, theaters, etc. The larger city of Tacoma lies 30 minutes to the North, with additional sites of interest, including the Museum of Glass and the LeMay Car Museum.

If trips to the city aren't your thing, use our Johnson Point Beach Retreat as your home base for travels westward to the Olympic National Park, or Washington Coastline. To the east is the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, and Mount Rainier National Park, while to the south is the Visitors Center at Mt St. Helens (one Visitor's 'highlight' was a ride on the 'Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad' traveling through the forests between the Mt. Rainier National Park and the Mt. St. Helens National Monument.

Upon arrival at our home, you'll park on the upper tier of the property where ample parking is available. You'll then take a short journey to the beach along a meandering hill-side path, while your luggage and other vacation supplies are shuttled to the beachfront home aboard an old-fashioned trolley car. At the bottom of the staired path, you'll be only a few short steps across a cobblestone path from your vacation home.

The home is located on the lower tier of the property, at the water's edge, where the sandy beach lies just beyond the protective bulkhead - less than ten feet from the front of the home! Tidal variations are rather extreme in the Puget Sound, fluctuating by as much as 20 feet vertically from the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows. When the tide is up, you'll feel as though you're floating in a houseboat. When the tide is out, you'll enjoy one of the finest sandy shores on the Sound. Grab a shovel and dig for clams, or kayak to the local Marina for candy or ice-cream treats. A mooring buoy is located just off-shore for those wishing to bring along a pleasure boat.

With approximately 1,400 square feet of total living space, the home may not be large, but it has a very efficient design. The first floor is open and includes the kitchen, dining, and living space, plus a half-bath with a nook for the washer/dryer. The upper floor has two large bedrooms with king beds, a kids room with twin bed, and a full bath with double sinks. A cozy bungalow room is detached from the main home and can accomodate an additional overnight guest on a queen sleeper sofa, or just provide a place for the kids to get away.

While you may prefer to detach from the real world during your stay, there is no need to feel disconnected. The home has a wireless, high-speed Comcast connection, Smart TV, and free nationwide long distance service.

There is a Hot Tub as well, but you'll have to venture back up to an intermediate tier of the property to warm your bones. The short hike is worth it though, as you'll have a stunning view by day, or be blanketed by the moon and stars at night.

Of course, no evening at the beach is complete without the warmth and crackle of an open fire. So uncork your favorite bottle of wine, or grab a few cold ones, and close out the evening in style with family and friends gathered around the large stone fire pit.

Whether you're seeking a 'Home-Away' for visiting family & friends, searching for a romantic get-a-way location, or just wanting a place to relax & unwind, there is no better location! The Johnson Point Beach Retreat is also the perfect family destination for the entire family, where the kids can swim, play, and hunt for crabs and clams, while the older generation can stroll the shores, go for a paddle, or simply relax and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Anchored approximately 100 feet offshore is a large Swim Float. The waters of the Puget Sound are a bit frigid though, so bring a wet-suit if you have one. Life-jackets are available and can be provided with advance notice. Just be prepared to supervise your children adequately as the chilly waters and strong tides and currents must be respected!

If you are a fisherman (or your kids are), bring a rod, drop a line off the raft, and try your luck. There is a variety to be caught, including bullheads, flounder, dogfish, and even the occasional scavenging shark! If your timing is right (typically August and September), you may get lucky and haul in a King, Steelhead or Silver salmon. If you need some gear, stop by the Cabela's store, just 10 minutes away, for all your fishing needs!

Zittel's Marina, with a protected boat-launch, and hourly/daily power-boat rentals is less than a mile down the road. The quaint seaside neighborhood of Boston Harbor is also nearby, with a launch, hourly and daily kayak rentals, and a large patio with tables and chairs for relaxing.

If you have any water toys, bring them along! If not, we have an assortment of Adult, Junior, and Kid kayaks available for modest fee's as listed below.

The nearby Zittel's Marina is within easy reach by kayak, even for the kids, and the venture is rewarded by a candy or ice cream from the small Bait & Tackle store.

All in all, this is one amazing rental property! Please consider the 'Johnson Point Beach Retreat' for your next Home-Away or Vacation Rental need!

Kayak Rental Prices: (see photos #22 for kayak sizes) Listed prices are for the duration of your visit.

Adult kayak: $40 for 1 Adult kayak

(sit-in style, very stable) $35 each for 2 Adult kayaks

$30 each for 3 Adult kayaks

$25 each for 4 Adult kayaks

Junior (sit-in style) kayak: $25 each (2available)

* for ages 5-10

Kid (sit-on-top) kayak: $15 each (2 available)

* for ages 3-6

(Owner's Dinghy is not available for Guest use)


(1) Please be advised that this home is best suited for Guests in reasonable physical condition. The home is located at beach level; however, parking is located on an upper tier of the property. A well-kept, meandering hillside path and stairway with railing (roughly equivalent to 3 or 4 flights of stairs) provides Guests with access to the home. An easy to operate, old-fashioned ''supply trolley'' transports luggage, groceries, and other supplies up and down the hill. Our family members walk the path routinely, but the home would not be suitable for those who are severely out of shape, have a physical disability, or those who deplore a bit of physical exercise. A short video of the path is available for viewing under the LINKS & VIDEO Tab above.

(2) This home is situated in a quiet, peaceful neighborhood with many retired residents. It is best suited for families or couples looking for a peaceful, relaxing get-a-way. It is not suitable for large, loud parties such as wedding receptions, bachelor parties, etc.

(3) No pets, and no smoking allowed!

(4) Minimum age limit is 25

(5) Occupancy is limited to 4 adults and 2 children.

(6) A 7.9% tax rate, $100 Cleaning Fee, and $49 Damage Deposit applies to all rentals.

(7) A 50% Booking Deposit secures your Reservation. Full payment is due 30 days prior to the Rental Period.

(8) Cancellations prior to 30 days will receive a 50% refund.

Cancellations with less than 30 days notice will not receive the 50% refund unless the home becomes rented for the planned Rental Period.

(9) Rates are independent of the availability of the Hot Tub, Swim Float, and Hillside Trolley. An additional $50 fee applies for Hot Tub use in the Off-Season (may not be available in colder winter months with freezing temperatures). Swim Float not available from Labor Day through Memorial Day.

(10) Prior to booking, please consider that this is a hillside, waterfront property that is not appropriate for individuals of unsure balance, or of unstable footing. Likewise, children must be properly supervised at all times to avoid any potential for injury. Numerous areas of the property could be considered hazardous, including but not limited to: the trolley car and landings, the meandering hillside path, the hot tub and deck, and the waterfront bulkhead. With this in mind, the property is perfectly suitable for individuals of average athleticism, and for children recieving proper parental supervision - just keep the horsing around for on the beach. For these reasons, Guests must sign a Hold Harmless Agreement at the time of booking. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the suitability of the property for your party, please call us so we can discuss this in person.

11. Peak Season rentals that span a weekend must be for a 7 day rental period, or longer. 3 day stay minimum for Peak Season midweek rentals. More flexibility is allowed for Off-Season visits.

For more info contact: Tracey 253-691-2021 or 253-445-5787

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jeff & Tracey Wittenfeld (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Calendar last updated:
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About Jeff & Tracey Wittenfeld

Tracey and Jeff Wittenfeld

Johnson Point Beach Retreat Owners

Jeff & Tracey Wittenfeld purchased this house in 2003

Why Jeff & Tracey Wittenfeld chose Olympia

We chose this home after 6 years of shopping for Northwest waterfront. It is extremely rare to find such a private and peaceful setting on a sandy beach with views of both Mt Rainier and the Olympic Mountains, yet so close to the modern world - with shopping, restaurants, and city life only 15 minutes away. The charming trolley is a nice way to transport supplies to the home and the boat house / ramp are highly coveted toys on the sound for any boater. The community is truly lovely with a most enjoyable walk around the 'Loop' to get exercise while passing by resident cows, goats, horses and an occasional red tail fox. The combination of natural treasures is very rare.

What makes this house unique

Views, views, and more views! Wake up and watch the seals feeding. Socialize, play, or just relax all day. Unwind in the hillside hot tub, or around the warmth and crackle of the fire. It doesn't get any better than this!

Holiday charm: Visiting during the holidays? You will delight in the charm and warm décor during the holiday season.

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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based on 9 traveler reviews

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Johnson Point Beach Retreat... for Amazing Memories You'll Cherish!
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Awesome Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just finished our vacation at your house and quite frankly we were sad for our time to end in the house. What an awesome place, we have rented a few places from Home Away before and this house takes the prize. Its location is one of the finest. Nothing like taking a afternoon nap while listening to the waves lapping against the beach. You truly only have to bring the food, everything else is there. We travel to the area annually and if the house is available we will be staying again.


Sorry our vacation ended

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased to know you enjoyed your stay. And, we completely know that sad feeling when it all ends. It is truly a special spot and it is always our pleasure to share it with wonderful guests like yourself. Please come stay again. Best, Tracey & Jeff
Vancouver, WA

Pics are great, but it's even better in person!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I decided to do a local vacation this year and researched different areas near Olympia. We looked at the pics, read the online reviews, and thought this is it. Once we arrived, we loaded all our belongings into the trolley and sent it down to the beach. The walk up and down to the beach house was really no big deal. We're both in our 50's and had no issues with the path. Once we arrived below, we looked around and had to pinch each other. What a view! We found ourselves making excuses not to leave whenever possible. During the week, we took day trips to Mt Rainier, Wolf Haven in Tenino, shopped antique stores in Tacoma, walked around the state capitol in Olympia, and a nice day trip to Seattle. The home interior was tastefully decorated and the owners had stocked the kitchen with almost every imaginable item a traveler could ask for. We LOVED walking the beach and witnessed amazing sunsets. We stayed 7 nights and had perfect unobstructed views of Rainier 4 of the days. It was an inspiring place to visit and we will surely return again. Look closely on the beach, and it won't be long before you find sea-glass. The beach curves around the mansion, and that's where you'll find the perfect sunset.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Beautiful home and location!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I (two adults and three kids) had a wonderful stay at this beach house. The view is breath taking. We enjoyed the seals at play, many birds and ducks fishing, and even spotted a dolphin. It is a relaxing location and very kid friendly.

The owners of this home are a pleasure to make arrangements with, highly accommodating, and very kind.

My oldest children, said that this home was their favorite in state get away location. This is above Leavenworth, Mt. Rainier, the San Juan Islands etc.

We enjoyed the hot tub/view, fires in the evening, and playing on the beachfront.

I would highly recommend choosing your stay here!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jessica, It was truly our pleasure to have your family spend Spring Break with us. We wish we could have delivered tropical weather for your stay, but we are glad to know you had a good time, And, we look forward to your return.

Beautiful Waterfront Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We completely enjoyed our stay at this home. The property location provided a peaceful backdrop for our family get together. King beds, nicely laid out bathrooms and all the amenities you'll need. We enjoyed coffee on the deck in the mornings and the outdoor fires at night. We had great communication with the owners. This property is now on my list of favorite places to stay!!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Serene and Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

My wife and two children visited family in Olympia and decided to rent this house on Johnson Point for the week. It was the best choice we could have made. It was cozy, the views were amazing, the private setting on the beach was quite serene, and the private hot tub overlooking the sound was a great touch. We were 10 minutes from town so it was easy to run in for all our needs. The second floor balconies off the bedrooms were wonderful for the evening and when we woke up. There were kayaks and a row boat so we were able to explore the Puget Sound. Even though we had a few rainy days, we still enjoyed our time indoors because of the open floor plan and beautiful views. We will definitely rent this house again for our next visit.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Tokyo, Japan

Family Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our two young children ages 11 and 3 for two weeks in March. It was so peaceful for us having come from Tokyo. It was exactly what we needed. Our children had a superb time playing on the beach directly in front of the home, relaxing in the hot tub and roasting marshmallows in the fire pit outside the home. The home is well kept and extremely cozy. I am originally from Seattle, which is what brought me back to the area. All my relatives that came to visit us at the home immediately feel in love with the place and did not want to leave. We will definitely be back, as long as it is available. I cannot say enough about this lovely property. Thank you Jeff and Tracey.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joe, We are so pleased that we were able to provide your family a cozy home away from home while you were visiting our area. It is our pleasure to get to share our place with other families to get to experience the wonderful Puget Sound beach living experience. We just booked a stay for your brother, as well. So, I guess it is true that your family loved it! Please come back and visit us at any time. Our best, Jeff & Tracey


Car: necessary

Located on one of the most pristine beaches of Puget Sound, on the charming and quaint tip of Johnson Point. Enjoy the peace and solitude of having a nearly private beach all to yourself for beach-combing, sealife watching and water sport recreation. At high tide the home feels like a house boat, given that it is on a concrete bulk head. At low tide, gain acres of sandy beach for exploration.

Just down the beach is Zittle's Marina, a charming marina with a convenience store, moorage and boat ramp. You'll be entertained watching boat activity galore, as all boats traveling between Tacoma and Olympia pass through Dana Passage in front of our home.

Toss your line in the water and try to catch dinner for the BBQ. Or, dig down to some clams or toss out a crab pot for famous Puget Sound Dungenous, just down the beach.

Enjoy wild life? Check out sea lions, otters and seals as they bask on Zittle's pilings, swim past our home or sun themselves on our float. Our point is home to a resident herring, Harold, our numerous hummingbirds and graceful eagles, in addition to countless others.

Like to walk? Take a picturesque stroll around our loop for great excercise while enjoying pastoral setting with cows, horses and goats. And, odds are you'll spot deer, red fox and raccoons.

Want to experience city life and the state capitol? We are about 10 minutes away from downtown shopping, restaurants, nightlife and sight seeing. Take a stroll down Percival landing on the water front to visit marinas, restaurants and quaint shops.

Planning a visit to the big city of Seattle? We are within driving distance to the most populated city in Washington. Check out the Space Needle, famed Pike Place Market, Seattle Mariners or Seahawks. Water travel via ferry or excursion boat are a fantastic way to get a real feel for this great lifestyle that is truly Northwest treasure.


Rates & Availability

From $200 Per night

Olympia House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak: Summer / Fall / Holiday
May 1 2015 - Jun 12 2015
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
U.S. Open Golf
Jun 13 2015 - Jun 21 2015
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season: Summer / Fall / H
Jun 22 2015 - Oct 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

4 Kayaks $100 + Tax
Cleaning $100 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.9%
Notes See Kayak Rental Fees, and other applicable Notes under the "Property Description" Tab.
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Olympia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Half 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Beach bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sleeper
  • Bedroom #4 is a small detached room, not intended for full time occupancy, but is suitable for an occasional overnight guest on the sleeper sofa.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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