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Janelle and Max

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Spacious Hideaway Retreat with Lush Waterfall Garden - Minutes to Everything

36 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

West House Rental Photos and Description

2600sf early Seattle home. Lovingly renovated and landscaped. Quiet and secluded

Our early-Seattle homestead property is carved into a rare half-acre hillside lot in a quiet country-like setting with few neighbors and very little traffic. Built in 1915, the 2600 square foot residence has been lovingly updated with modern amenities while maintaining its original character and charm. A city greenbelt surrounds the home in a protected wildlife area only minutes from the heart of the city, the famous Seattle waterfront, the professional sports stadiums and West Seattle’s crowded Alki Beach. This uniquely classic Seattle home and its extraordinary landscaped grounds is a destination property in its own right and an experience like no other.

Every room has a unique feel and the many large windows throughout the house provide wrap-around views of the greenery outside while flooding the house with soft, natural light. Swing open the doors and windows to let the outside in and you’ll be drawn to explore the beautifully landscaped grounds highlighted by a multi-level waterfall and reflection pond. The surrounding rock garden, bamboo stands, and grape arbor add to the beauty of the natural setting and offer a lush backdrop for your outdoor events and activities.

Eclectic collections of keepsakes grace the interior of the residence. In addition to a personalized letter signed by John F Kennedy and 60’s era rock & roll memorabilia, you will find a photo gallery of early Seattle scenes, an old-time gramophone, our grandparents’ antique wedding portrait, and other collectibles from our many travels. The distinctive collection gives the home a personal touch much appreciated by our guests.

This vacation rental has hosted many wedding rehearsal dinners and post wedding brunches, family and friend reunions, photo shoots, and film crews. Our guests have included movie directors, producers and actors, Greenpeace “kayak –tivists”, conference attendees and internationally known professional gamers. It has also been an onsite location for two documentary films. But first and foremost, it’s been a home away from home for many, many families, good friends and work associates who want to spend their time together.

Our property is listed exclusively on the safe and secure Homeaway/VRBO website. As owners, we take great pride in personally serving our guests and want to ensure you will be comfortable and satisfied during your stay. Your welcome greeting upon arrival includes a brief introduction to the property and an opportunity for us to answer any outstanding questions you may have about the home, nearby commercial areas and the many amenities Seattle has to offer.

We maintain a separate basement apartment on the property where we spend a portion of our time. We completely respect your privacy and you will rarely, if ever see us during your visit although we are only a phone call away. As with any well-maintained property, during the summer months, you may occasionally find our gardening staff or us tending to the garden in an effort to keep it looking its best. We try to accomplish this when you are away from the home.

In addition to being readily available for any needs that may arise during your stay, should you decide to pre-order groceries online (amazon.fresh.com or safeway.com) for delivery prior to your arrival, we will be happy to accept your delivery and stock your refrigerator/freezer with your items.

Detailed description of the home:

Four bedrooms offer comfortable sleeping accommodations for up to eight people with three bedrooms on the upper floor and one on the main floor:

• The light and airy master bedroom, located on the upper level with a treetop view of the city, features an antique armoire, an electric fireplace heater and a memory foam queen sized bed (sleeps two). There is adequate floor space to add a rollaway or portable infant crib, which are both available upon request.

• The kid’s bedroom, located on the upper level is for the children in all of us. Equipped with a set of bunk beds (sleeps two), this room also has a cozy “Harry Potter” (named by a guest) space where young children like to play, read and dream. The room features it’s own large stuffed elephant, an elephant painting and an easel and chalkboard for those who wish to express their creativity.

• Located at the far end of the upstairs hallway, is a small but private bedroom with a double bed (sleeps two). It features antique pocket windows that open directly onto the peaceful and soothing sound of the waterfall. You will be intrigued by the original closet and dressing space in this room.

• The main floor bedroom holds the same comfortable ambiance found in the home’s other living spaces. It features surround windows and a privacy screen of natural trees, giving the feeling of being one with nature. This unique room is a favorite with our guests. It has one queen bed (sleeps two) and room for a rollaway if you are willing to share the “Bird’s Nest” experience!

• We care about saving elephants and each year a part of our proceeds is donated to the World Wildlife Fund to protect endangered elephants in Africa where 96 of them are slaughtered each day for the sale of their ivory. You will find elephants of all sizes and materials throughout the home, but particularly in the “Quiet Room” at the end of the upstairs hallway. The room is a tribute to our life-long appreciation of the giant beasts.

Other Amenities:

• The spacious and well-equipped gourmet kitchen features stainless steel appliances, a Bertazzoni gas range, Calphalon pots and pans, and all of the usual amenities of home. (Dinnerware includes service for twelve). There is ample space to gather around the counter for pleasant conversation while feeding the kids in the open and airy breakfast nook. French doors to both the side deck and the backyard patio offer a variety of summer dining and relaxing alternatives for your group.

• Our all-natural linens are professionally laundered and pressed just for you. All duvet covers and bath towels are freshly changed between each guest visit. Bath amenities, soaps, and an initial supply of TP, paper towels and garbage bags are supplied.

• The living room sectional sofa seats eight people comfortably. There is more intimate conversational seating in front of the cozy stone fireplace, on rocking chairs in the enclosed front porch, or gazing at the water feature from the comfy sofa in the quiet den/office.

• Wireless Internet access is provided as well as a TV with network channels, Apple TV and a DVD player located in the main living room. Feel free to bring your own movies or video games to enhance your family time or enjoy our many available puzzles and box games.

• Wildlife abounds in the neighborhood and recent sightings include blue herons, bald eagles, hawks, coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, woodpeckers, blue jays, and a resident barred owl!

• The residence is a short walk to a landmark viewpoint where you will be delighted by the beautiful city skyline, the distant Cascade mountain range and the snow-covered splendor of Mount Rainier.

• While the house is super conveniently located, we recommend our guests have a car to take in all of the in-town, ocean and mountain adventures. Unlike most property rentals in the area, you will have convenient off-street parking for up to three cars with additional private parking upon request.

• The house is located a short walk from a major downtown bus line or you may want to try the nearby water taxi for a pleasant boat ride to explore the waterfront, shop at the Pike Place Market, or take in a Mariner, Seahawk, or Sounder game.

• Please note. There are a number of stairs leading to the main entrance of the home. If members of your party have physical challenges, please let us know in advance so we can help plan for the best accommodations.

• While we love family pets, we are sensitive to future guests who may have pet allergies, so no furry friends are welcome at this time.

• Non-family groups wishing to rent the property must all be 25 years or older.

We’ve worked hard to create a very special place for our guests in this very special setting. We are sure your experience will leave you with pleasant memories of your stay. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Janelle and Max

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Janelle and Max (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Janelle and Max

We love the richness of our lives and it is reflected in our family values and independent ideas. Max is a native of Seattle while I am from San Francisco but came to Seattle twenty five years ago, where the two of us met and joined forces to raise a wonderful extended family of four children. With the children grown and four beautiful grandchildren to enjoy on weekends, we decided to “simplify” our lives so we could pursue other pursuits - like business adventures in Africa! Never a dull moment! We look forward to meeting you.

Janelle and Max purchased this house in 2000

Why Janelle and Max chose West

We purchased this property because of its serene and private qualities and its potential to one day reflect our true lifestyle and character. After many years of loving toil, today it is everything we dreamed of and more. Its close, convenient proximity to downtown, while hidden in the trees overlooking Elliott Bay, this in-city retreat exudes the true ambiance of Seattle. There isn’t a friend or stranger who has stayed here, who doesn’t feel relaxed and rejuvenated by its warmth and natural style.

What makes this house unique

After a long day of upscale shopping, boating, taking in the many Seattle attractions, or attending a professional sports event, you can return to the serenity of your private oasis. Cook dinner in your gourmet kitchen and dine on the patio or formal dining room. Enjoy the lights of the city skyline as you reflect on the day from the cozy sitting porch before retiring for the night to the sound of your own waterfall. Wrap yourself in the morning sights and sounds of the birds and outdoor wildlife alongside the natural-style water feature before you start your day all over again. There is a lot of space for everyone including a reading room, a game room and a large living room with stone fireplace for those rainy Seattle nights.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This place is very comfortable for large groups and we loved the serene back yard. We would love to stay here again if we make it back to this city.
Oct 2012
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Reviews

4.8
based on 36 traveler reviews

Spacious Hideaway Retreat with Lush Waterfall Garden - Minutes to Everything
average rating of 4.75 based on 45 reviews
San Francisco, CA
5

PERFECT GETAWAY!

  • 5 of 5

This review is WAY overdue...we actually spent Thanksgiving 2014 there, and I'm only now catching up on my reviews on VRBO. This home is wonderfully perfect with one of the most amazing views you can imagine - the Sound and Mt. Ranier. It's extremely spacious, right on the beach, with a jacuzzi...perfect, perfect, perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A little wonderland hidden in West Seattle

  • 5 of 5

The stay was superb! Not only did the beautiful house provide lots of space for large numbers of people, the lush gardens were beautifully done with a magnificent waterfall to lull you to sleep at night. The property provided the ultimate in comfort. It could not of been more perfect! The numerous rooms provided lots of private spaces that were both sophisticated and comfortable! The gardens were lovely with a variety of sitting spaces for all to enjoy! Janelle and her husband were delightful and were excellent host and hostess. This property comes hight recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A Lovely Stay

  • 5 of 5

We recently went to Seattle on a family vacation. There were seven of us (6 adults, 1 teen). We really enjoyed staying at the property "Around the Bend". The home is very well kept, homey, and comfortable. The waterfall out back was pretty to look at and relaxing. The home is conveniently located to shopping, and Alki Beach. We took the water taxi several times to the city and other times we drove. We had a wonderful time. The owners are personable and were very easy to get a hold of and communicate with. We highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It's a nice atmosphere to stay !

  • 4 of 5

It's a beautiful house n cozy . We enjoy the time in the house.

Beautiful landscape design!!!

Just a little thing that feels not comfortable with bathroom, less space for showering, other than this, it's a wonderful place to stay!!

Thanks !

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Beautiful Craftsman style home

  • 5 of 5

The home and beautifully landscaped yard are exactly as pictured and even better in person. We found the location ideal and a short drive or water taxi ride to Seattle. The home provided every amenity we needed and there was plenty of room for the six adults and one toddler. Janelle and Max met us upon arrival and provided a binder filled with all the info we would need about the house, nearby attractions, grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. We've rented several houses over the past few years and we all agree that this was the best one yet. Thank you Janelle and Max for sharing your home with us. The memories of our stay and spending time with our family are priceless.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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San Francisco, California
5

Great place to host a group and enjoy the greens and waterfalls

  • 5 of 5

I can't say thanks enough to Janelle and Max for creating this space. It looks amazing in the pictures, but when you're sitting outside, listening to the waterfall, grilling delicious seafood with friends and having a beer, you'll really appreciate the space. A lot of green and open french doors allowing for a lot of movement and fresh air throughout the house.

We had a group of 6 of us staying there and it was beyond enough room. All the rooms are spacious and well lit, the two bathrooms were remodeled, the living room had the coziest couch, and the dinner table was big enough for 10. The kitchen also has an amazing center island where everybody could congregate and cook and laugh.

There has to be some cons: Owners are attached to property so if you're loud (we were) there may be issues. Other than that, things were awesome.

Overall, this was the perfect house for our reunion in West Seattle.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Seattle-Tacoma International
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Mission Mexican restaurant & bar
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Miles
Water Taxi to downtown
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
West Seattle Municipal
Nearest Train
4 Miles
King Street Station at 4th Avenue S
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
West Seattle bridge to Hiway 99 and I-5
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Circa for great burgers, salads, local brews
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Snoqualmie Pass
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Alki Beach
Car: recommended

Walking distance to Alki beach and minutes from the amenities of downtown Seattle, including the world-famous Space Needle, Pike Place Market, public ferry system and diverse Seattle waterfront, where activities abound. Downtown Seattle can be accessed via car, bus or convenient water taxi.

Only 15 minutes north of SEATAC airport and on a local Metro bus route. You can have it all from here....

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Rates & Availability

West Seattle House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2015
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
$325
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
$320
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Holiday
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$325
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$290
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.6%

$100 fee will be charged for cancellations until thirty days before check-in date. No refunds within thirty days of check-in.

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Amenities

West House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Security System
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • A full bathroom is located on each level. A soak in the home’s original claw-foot bathtub while listening to the soothing sounds of our outside waterfall is a perfect way to wind down after a long day on your feet. Showers are available in both bathrooms.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2. Can accommodate rollaway or portable crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2. Can accommodate rollaway or portable crib
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , bunk beds sleep 2. Space for a rollaway.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Sleeps 2.
  • Up to 2 rollaway beds are available upon request. Please plan your sleeping arrangements based on the number of available beds. For hygienic reasons we prohibit sleeping on our couches.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis
Notes:
For our guests enjoyment, the lush backyard is highlighted by a beautiful waterfall flowing into a large pond and adjoining patio. Note: While it appears to be a natural playground, we require adult supervision at all times while young children are enjoying the backyard.

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