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Pristine South Facing Waterfront Home on Vashon Island

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights


Portage House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Sleeper Sofa, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

This fully renovated warm sunny south facing waterfront home looks out to a protected harbor with views of picturesque Quartermaster Marina and Yacht Club and peaceful Burton Peninsula . Audubon View is only a 20 minute ferry ride from Seattle or 10 minutes from Tacoma and centrally located to nearby dining, this classic 1905 home offers convenience beyond compare.

Walk, bike, drive, boat or even fly to this exceptional location. On the bus line and at your service. That's right, you can take the bus, get a taxi, rent a car, or even hire a plane to land you right in front of the house.

Having the unique distinction of being situated on the isthmus of Quartermaster Harbor and Portage you can access two bodies of water abundant in every possible aquatic activity desirable. Paddleboarding, swimming, snorkeling, salmon fishing, crabbing, sailing, kayaking, horse back on the beach and much more are at your fingertips. A great water playground for kids of any age with access to water craft and a floating dock.

Inside the house you will find an open kitchen design to make it easy for entertaining friends and family. The upstairs master bedroom with an open bathroom is naturally lit from every direction. Open the operable skylights to the south and let the fresh saline air replenish you.

At the end of the day relax on the covered front porch with drinks and loved ones. Reserve an in house massage. Have a catered meal delivered to you.

For birders, view the more than 30 varieties of birds from the convenience of your front porch. The National Audubon Society has designated this as an important bird area.

Come and enjoy this remarkable recreational wonderland conveniently located in the Puget Sound.

Keywords: house, cottage, beachfront, getaway, escape, view, garden home, south facing

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Reed Nichelson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Reed Nichelson

I am a 22 year resident of Vashon and have a 15 year old son. We spend a lot of time on the water and enjoy a variety of water sports especially Stand Up Paddlebaording. I recently opened a mobile paddleboard business called Fat Cat Paddleboarding and offer a 10% discount over $60.00 to all my guest.

Reed Nichelson purchased this house in 2007

Why Reed Nichelson chose Vashon Island

This property is centrally located and is close to the center of town, marinas, and only 20 minutes from the ferries. It is on the water and on the bus line. The house was updated in 2008 and has all the amenities for very pleasant experience.

What makes this house unique

Paddleboard rentals, classes and tours from Fat Cat Paddleboarding right outside your front door and includes a 10% discount on anything over $60.00.


based on 18 traveler reviews

Pristine South Facing Waterfront Home on Vashon Island
average rating of 4.388889 based on 18 reviews
Seattle, WA

Perfect family getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this place in early October which means rainy season, but with the house's many large windows (including skylights in the upstairs bedroom), we were able to watch the storms over the water from a very peaceful, relaxing, and warm house. The rain on the skylights upstairs made for an incredibly soothing night's sleep as well, but also offered a great natural way to wake up as the sun came over the trees in the morning.

The gas fireplace was perfect for curling up to next to a book, and our dogs loved the fact they could go out in the front yard and run around for a bit. In the morning we were able to go to not one, but two different beaches at low tide (look at the map - you're half a block away in two directions from two different sides of the island) and pick sand dollars, look for crabs, and enjoy the sunrises.

From this place, you're about a 10 minute drive from the infamous Vashon Island lighthouse on one side, and a 10 minute drive from the town of Vashon on the other, depending if you like to hike around or shop.

We had six people in the house and it still felt plenty big. We cooked up a storm and the kitchen was very well stocked with all of the utensils, pots, pans, beer and wine openers you could ever need, and the grill worked great.

Highly recommend, would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Audubon Cottage, Vashon Island

  • 1 of 5

The property needs major improvements. Front stairway was very overgrown making access difficult. Back lawn area consisted of dead grass and overgrown weeds.The inside needs much improvement and cleaning. Bedding and furniture needs to be replaced. The bathroom tub is definitely not "quaint" and needs to be replaced. I felt that photos on listing must be quite old and not a real representation of homes condition.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vashon Island

  • 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable and relaxing stay. Great location for walking along the beach and sightseeing. Also, close enough, by ferry, to Seattle, but far enough to be away from all of the hustle and bustle of the city.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Reno, NV

Great place to relax

  • 4 of 5

The property is set right on the isthmus with a great view of the Quartermaster harbor. We could watch the tides go in and out. There were chairs and couches to sit out on the porches. The beds were comfortable, the claw-foot tub shower was great, the kitchen well-stocked. Reed was responsive to anything we needed. Not fancy, just very comfortable. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We are local residents who wanted a waterfront property to spend time with family visiting from the East Coast. This property was perfect. Great view, beautiful kitchen, comfy living room and bedrooms.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vashon get a way

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

10% discount over $60.00 at Fat Cat Paddleboarding.


Rates & Availability

Portage House Rental Rates

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Oct 1 2016 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.6%

To secure your reservation we must receive a $200 deposit and $60 cleaning fee and a signed copy of the rental agreement sent by owner. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: Robert Nichelson. RENTAL RATES: Summer rates (June 1st through September 30th) are $150 per night or $975 per week. Winter rates (October 1st through May 31st) are $120 per night.

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Portage House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1) Memory foam topper, Queen size Beds (1) Memory foam topper, Sleep Sofa (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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