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Vashon Island's ~KVI~ Beach House: End of August and Labor Day Still Available!

Vashon Island, WA, USA
  • House2200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps16
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms + basement Studio Apartment, (Sleeps 13-16); 4 Bathrooms

A ferry ride away from Tacoma, Seattle, or the Olympic Peninsula, Vashon is a unique rural refuge in a sea of urban development. Located at the center of the east side of the island, KVI Beach House is the perfect location to explore Vashon and is just minutes away from town and nearby bus lines heading to the ferries.

Facing the sun all day long, KVI Beach House is on the bluff overlooking Tramp Harbor and Vashon’s most popular public beach, known to locals as KVI Beach, the heart and soul of Vashon Island. The entrance to this unique beach, protected by King County, is just a two minute walk and Islanders old, young and four-legged come to relax, play, and exercise here in all seasons of the year. For mobility impaired, a 30 second drive to the beachhead.We directly face Mt. Rainier, Maury Island and Tramp Harbor.

For those who are mobility challenged, a ramp can be installed to the house entrance, ADA shower is on the main floor, and an outside packed gravel ramp allows access to the entire wrap around deck, studio/rec room big screen TV and lower outdoor fire pit, picnic, bar and grill area.

We have 3 bedrooms plus a large studio apartment downstairs.

The studio apartment has a small bathroom with shower, open plan living/dining kitchen area, and access to the outside bar and grill, lawn and fire pit area. The studio apartment has a large dining table that can seat 12 more or less. It also has a pull out American Comfort Sleeper Queen bed, two twin click clack beds and a pack and play. The studio apartment can sleep 1 couple, 2 singles, and a baby. There is also a laundry room on this floor. The studio apartment is the entertainment center of the house, and holds a large screen TV, DVD player, Xbox, DVD library, darts, many board games and access to outdoor activities.

In the loft is the King Master and it has a king pillow-top bed, full bath with a Jacuzzi tub/shower. There is a view of Mt Rainier from the loft. The loft master also has twin beds in an alcove, separated by wood screens, in addition to a click clack futon style double bed. There is also a roll away single bed there and a crib. The high ceiling King Master sleeps up to 2 couples, as well as up to 3 singles and a baby. The room has a changing table and crib. More pack and plays are available on the other floors. There are two high chairs and a booster and restaurant-style wooden booster for older children who still need a higher chair.

On the main floor, the Queen Master has an attached bath with a 'Tea for Two' tub and a separate stand up shower. It sleeps one couple and is the most private area.

The Main Floor Bunk Room has vintage WWII Navy bunk beds which are 30'X 80' and a full size bed, sleeping 2 singles and 1 couple. There are many toys here, TV and DVDs for children. Not far down the hall is an ADA accessible bathroom with a large wheelchair accessible shower, or group shower for the kids after a day on the beach.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome. They must stay off beds and furniture and when outside, stay within our yard, not wander in the neighborhood. Dogs think KVI Beach is heaven!

Altogether,the house has 12 separate beds, 5 of which can sleep two persons. For infants there are 2 pac n plays and 1 portable crib, 2 high chairs, 1 booster chair, and 1 high chair that straps to a regular chair.

The outdoor entertaining area includes lawn games, barbecue grill, outdoor bar, large picnic table, child's picnic table, swing, seating for 10, and a large fire pit. There are gardens, sometimes with vegetables and herbs for the guests to harvest.

Guests numbering over eight are charged extra, INCLUDING babies and children, due to linens needed, extra cleaning, diaper/trash extra costs. Parking is limited to 5 spaces, 6 in a squeeze if owner is contacted ahead of time. No large sleeping vans/campers are permitted with guests of guests sleeping in them in the parking spaces, since that expands the number of guests and stresses the septic system and the quiet neighborhood..

In spring, look for seals and the Orca pods who playfully splash through on their pursuit of the salmon runs in the South Sound. Watch as the early daffodils perk up out of the ground in early March. Divers have found the shelf off this beach to be one of the best diving locations in the Sound, and in all seasons you can see dive boats moored offshore, exploring the undersea world which includes spotting the largest octopus in the world. Try your luck at fishing. The Tramp Harbor fishing pier is a ten minute walk or a minute’s drive away, and has a long dock, picnic and honey bucket facilities. You can also surf cast from the beach below our house.

In summer, listen for the high-pitched whistle of the killdeer protecting their eggs laid in the driftwood, pretending to be wounded to get you away from their nests; take note of the rattling chatter of the local population of kingfishers, who like to perch above the trees while the tide comes in. Overhead hear the whistling cries of the bald eagles and the osprey, and watch as they fight each other over dinner from the bounty of Tramp Harbor. Watch out for hummers, too, as they may just want to investigate who is invading their territory.

During the fall, this beach is a bird lover’s paradise, and Audubon walks are common when hundreds of migratory American Widgeons and other water fowl seek safe harbor here. Mallards are yearlong residents, and off shore rare water fowl are common.A spotting scope is set up on the covered porch. You definitely want to bring binoculars. Also, ask about booking a tour from a noted birder in the neighborhood or a boat ride around quartermaster harbor.The captain of the Vashona just wrote the latest book on the history of Vashon, and the tour is historical and geological. Salmon fishing trips are also possible to arrange and some pick you up from KVI beach.Of course be sure to bring a camera.

In winter, sit on the wrap-around deck of the cottage wrapped up in a blanket, look out at the migrating water fowl nosily quacking in the protected salt water stream which ebbs and flows with the tide just beneath your feet. Listen for the loons in the lagoon at night. Owls perch in the tall Douglas firs.Feel the wind and rain on your face as you walk on a mostly deserted beach, watching the waves whip up the sand and driftwood. Relax by the warm fire with a good book and never want for a view of what’s going on in Tramp Harbor.

KVI Beach is also a haven for island children who grow up on this sandy beach, where a small, salt-water inlet becomes a pool for their little boats and floats. The little ones build sand castles and driftwood forts, catch and release hermit crabs and play under the watchful eyes of their parents as the tide comes in and goes out. Sea stars, sand dollars, moon snails, mussels, clams, gooey ducks, sea cucumbers all abound. Islanders enjoy observing the creatures of the sea, and hope that visitors respect the abundant sea life. The older children and teens play beach volleyball, baseball, picnic and at night build fires augmented by the natural phosphorescence in the water of the incoming tide. Adults have a great view of all the activities from atop the covered porch of KVI Beach House.

Dogs love KVI as well, and on weekends, at all times of the year, people walk their dogs, children, and themselves on the easy beach trails that wrap around Point Heyer. Eagles hang out on the tower to the north year round. They can be seen in early morning and early evening getting breakfast and dinner, and have claimed KVI as their own.

Keywords: Vashon Island, Brand new house,overlooking KVI Beach, South facing, Mid Island, Salt water beach, dogs welcome, Puget Sound, mountain and sound view,steps to beach,kid friendly,groups, family reunion, beach, sunny, unique, outdoors, wildlife,eagles,cathedral ceilings, large family room, incredible views, ADA accessible (some limitations).


Nancy Bachant

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
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About Nancy Bachant

Originally from NYC, we moved to Vashon in 1978. Nancy worked in the Social Services as a VISTA Volunteer on a remote Indian Reservation, teaching convicts college classes at Walla Walla State Penitentiary, and teaching Family Planning at local clinics. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, opera, traveling. Kevin is a consulting environmental geologist. We have a grown son and daughter who love the island and grew up here, and played on KVI Beach when they were children. All of us like to travel, but love to come home to this special place. We have lived on the island since 1978.

Nancy Bachant purchased this House in 2012

Why Nancy Bachant chose Vashon Island

The beach at KVI is such a special place we wanted to share the experience with others. So when the run down house next door came up for sale, we thought we could conveniently operate a vacation rental, now called the KVI Beach House. We tore down the old house that was there and built this new one as a future retirement home but a vacation rental for now.

What makes this House unique

This is the most popular public beach on the island, where dogs, kids, seniors, birders, locals and tourists all come together to play in the sand and sound. KVI Beach is entertaining year round, from birding in the winter to Stand up paddle boarding and kayaking in the summer.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
      • Main Floor Queen Bedroom
        1 queen, 1 baby crib, Has en suite jacuzzi tub and stand alone shower
      • Main Floor Bunk Room
        1 double, 2 bunk bed, Bath down hall, kid- ADA friendly with wheelchair shower
      • King Loft Bedroom
        1 king, 1 double, 3 twin/ single, 2 baby crib, Has jacuzzi tub and shower combo in loft bathroom
      • Studio Bedroom
        2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon, This is a ground floor basement studio, door to outside.
      • King bed located in loft bedroom with en suite tub/shower, tub is jetted. Loft bedroom also has view of Mt Rainier, is partially open to living area below.Also has 3 twin beds, 1 double futon, 2 cribs. Loft sleeps two couples, 3 singles, and 1 baby. Main floor has Queen bed in private bedroom with en suite bath including stand-alone shower and Jacuzzi tub.This room is coastal themed & sleeps 1 couple or one single, can add 1 crib. Main Floor Bunk room has double bed and bunk beds, a WWII Navy wooden bunk. It is narrow but long and sleeps 2 singles. Double in bunk sleeps a couple.Basement Studio has an American Comfort Sleeper pullout queen bed,sleeps a couple, 2 twin futons, and one pack and play crib.It can sleep 1 couple,2 singles and 1 baby.. It opens to the outside seating bar-be-que, fire pit area, has big screen TV. Main upstairs Living room can sleep 2 more singles on sectional couch, bedding provided.


      • 4 Bathrooms
      • Queen Bathroom
        toilet, tub, shower, jetted tub, Tiled, natural light
      • Loft Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Tub is jetted.Tiled, natural light
      • Studio Apartment Bathroom
        toilet, shower
      • Main Floor Bathroom
        toilet, shower, Kid and ADA-friendly sink, lg shower with seat. Tiled.
      • Total of 4 bathrooms, 2 with tubs, all with showers; Main floor bath is ADA-friendly and kid-friendly, with hooks for kid's towels, stools for kids to use and seated shower. Toilet, sink, and shower are wheel chair-friendly.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
          Looks directly at KVI beach
        • Beachfront
          Sits on a high bluff above the beachfront
        • Mountain View
          Mt Rainier is directly ahead, the Cascades to the left of the view.
        • Water View
          A 180 degree view of Tramp Harbor and the shipping lanes of the Colvos Passage of Puget Sound
        • Waterfront
          We own the tidal stream in front of the house. The house is waterfront, steps away to the beach around the corner.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      Luxury linens on all beds
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Heat pump with automatic control for heat and A/C.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Fireplace
                      In living room, wood burning; outdoor fire pit, wood supplied
                    • Free Long Distance
                      No international calls
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Easy to use thermostat, well insulated home
                    • Internet
                      You will have free WiFi, hard wired computer access throughout the house.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Broadband Access
                      TV, Cable, Computer, Telephone on Broadband
                    • Living Room
                      Sectional with a queen pull out bed; coffee table; TV with DVD player; wine rack, ipod dock, etc.
                    • Parking
                      for 5 cars, 6 if check with owner
                    • Parking Off Street
                      5 spaces
                    • Telephone
                      Local phone connected to internet.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet
                    • Wood Fireplace
                      Quartzite stone 2 stories high, wood supplied
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Kitchen
                          This house has two complete kitchens, one on the main floor and one in the Studio Apartment lower floor. Includes spices, tablecloths and cloth napkins for guests. Kitchens are extremely well stocked.
                        • Catering Available
                          Local caterer cards are on information table. Ask innkeeper for more info.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Fully equipped kitchen utensils, appliances
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          More than you will ever need.
                        • Dishwasher
                          2 dishwashers, one in main kitchen and one in basement.
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Several coffee makers located on all floors. Hot water tea maker in main kitchen.
                        • Microwave
                          2 microwaves, one in main kitchen and one in basement
                        • Oven
                          2 ovens, one in both kitchens, electric
                        • Pantry Items
                          hot chocolate, coffee, specialty teas, marshmallows, popcorn, coffee fixings, oatmeal cereal, etc.
                        • Refrigerator
                          2 refrigerators, one in main kitchen and one in basement
                        • Stove
                          2 stoves with ovens, one in main kitchen and one in basement.
                        • Toaster
                          toaster oven and 4 slice toaster in main kitchen, toaster oven in studio kitchen.


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Three dining areas to choose from: In open space near kitchen area, with seating for 10-12, in studio apartment with seating for 10-12, and outdoors picnic table with seating for 12 or more.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Cable TV, Internet and Phones
                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                  2, in living room and in studio apartment
                                • Games
                                  Darts, Board games, puzzles
                                • Music Library
                                  CDs, Ipod Homes
                                • CD Player
                                • Stereo
                                  Ipod dock in living room and studio.
                                • Television
                                  50 inch flat screenTV in basement studio. Small flatscreen in living room. small flat screen in Bunk room
                                • Toys
                                • Video Games
                                  X box with some games
                                • Video Library
                                  DVD library


                                    • Bicycles
                                      Available from rental shop on island, but island is a very hilly place and has few bike lanes
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      A wrap around covered porch with swings, chairs, views. Lawn games such as croquet and beach games available for guests.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      1-3 sit on tops available with life jackets of all sizes
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Croquet set, large picnic table, kids picnic table, outdoor patio swing, outdoor bar and grill under cover
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Weber Propane Grill


                                        • alternative lifestyle
                                        • smoking allowed
                                          Only in designated areas, please put butts in can
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          Wheelchair accessible main floor and ability to access lower lawn (Barbeque, firepit) by chair is possible also. There is a certified wheelchair ramp to the front of the house.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • jetted tub
                                              (2) 2 jetted tubs, one in loft bedroom, one in main floor Queen master.


                                                • marina
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • cinemas
                                                • festivals
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • churches
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • synagogues
                                                • winery tours
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • photography
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • sailing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • racquetball
                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Brand new construction. Built in 2012. Beautiful Quartzite fireplace. Skylights. Cathedral Ceiling. New Granite countertops. Sun all day long on property when sun is out. Incredible views of Mount Rainier, Tramp Harbor, KVI Beach and the last remaining salt water estuary in South King County. Tidal stream and pond on KVI driftwood beach, steps away.Vashon's heart and soul. Birder Paradise. Kayaking Paradise. Fishing Paradise. Walk on the gravel path around Point Heyer. Play in the salt water and sandy pool. Sits above islander's favorite public beach. Dogs and kids love KVI. ADA bathroom with wheelchair shower or room for a few kids back from the beach. Beach walking is a year round activity.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  74 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Memories were Made

                                                                  Rebecca B.Redstone, CO

                                                                  We had a memorable experience. I was SO impressed with the house, everything from the well appointed kitchen's to the Dixie cups in the bathrooms. The decor was just perfect down to every detail. Our reunion of friends had 8 overnight guests the first night and 11 the second, and though there was very little privacy, everyone was comfortable. The fact that we had amazing weather helped with the overall experience, and the most difficult part of the weekend was leaving. All I can think about is when I can return. Nancy was a great hostess and very accommodating with our multiple last minute changes; adding pets and more people. I wish all VRBO's were this nice, we will be forever spoiled. Thank you.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks so much for staying with the KVI Beach House! This is really a reunion house and reunions are so important for family and friends! Nancy

                                                                  Such a beautiful home and view!

                                                                  Carolyn H.

                                                                  Loved staying here! The view of the water was amazing! Enjoyed roasting marshmallows from the fire pit at night. Four bathrooms was a plus and plenty of space to relax on the deck, living room, etc. A beautiful home!

                                                                  House was perfect for our family weekend getaway!

                                                                  Sarah G.

                                                                  House was gorgeous, pretty much had everything you needed and very comfortable and clean! Perfect for our family weekend getaway! Will definitely book again!!

                                                                  A home away from home!

                                                                  Kristen F.

                                                                  We had such a wonderful New Years vacation here! The home is beautiful and fully equipped with everything you will need. The beach is a quick walk away and pretty private. We will most definitely come back during the summer!

                                                                  Unforgettable experience in a warm and inviting environment

                                                                  Jennifer E.

                                                                  Nancy did a great job of decorating the house for our Christmas family reunion. Every possible item you might need was provided-from cook ware to games. The views were spectacular and the light uplifting.

                                                                  Looking forward to booking with Nancy again.

                                                                  Great place for relaxed meetings and get-togethers.

                                                                  Bruce A.

                                                                  Place is on a bluff overlooking the beach, easily accessible. Nice 5 minute walk down the lane to the magnificent beach, famous amongst Islanders. House is large, plenty of room to spread out, with cupboard after cupboard full of dishes and everything you will need to cook and entertain. Bonus is a full downstairs apartment, so one family or couple wanting peace and quiet can corden themselves off from the ruckus upstairs. Owners are relaxed and good to work with.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you so much for staying at the KVI Beach House! Nancy


                                                                  Vashon Island, WA, USA

                                                                  The island is a short ferry ride from Seattle, Tacoma and Port Orchard on the Olympic Pennisula. Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, the Seattle Waterfront and Aquarium, as well as Tacoma's Pt Defiance Park, Zoo and Aquarium are a 10 minute ferry ride away, north or south docks. Seasonal clamming, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, boating (ask about a seasonal salmon fishing trip or cruise around Quartermaster Harbor), Festival weekend is in July, see fireworks from the covered porch on Independence Day, supreme diving location, art walks, most weekends we have live music and often live theater, we even have our own Opera Company! Saturday Market in town (Vashon) is open during the growing season. The island is a haven for artists and musicians, has many art galleries and musical events. Equestrian, Quilting and Dog Trials Sheep Herding events occur throughout the year. The new Quilt shop attracts quilters from all over the Sound.We even have a master Tlingit Totem Carver, Israel Shotridge, who conducts workshops in carving.Here is a link to a New York Times article about Vashon. http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/travel/vashon-island-near-seattle-a-rural-throwback.html?pagewanted=all

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