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Waterfront~ Private Platinum Green Home~Beach Access~Island & Mtn. Views~Sunny

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

New Custom Waterfront 'Green' Home sleeps 2 - 6 w/ 3 bedrooms + a loft.

$401 USD = $475 CAD

The 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.

THE EASTMAN WATERFRONT RETREAT ~ Our energy efficient home is perfect on a sunny summer day and just as ideal during a ferocious winter storm. Thanks to the comfort provided by 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.


The EASTMAN WATERFRONT RETREAT has 3 bedrooms and will sleep up to 6 guests:

1 KING bed, and 2 QUEEN beds.

All our bedding is professionally laundered and pressed with layers of plush pillows and fluffy duvets. The Retreat has the luxury details that you desire for your getaway.


PRICING CAUTION ~ VRBO & HomeAway have been displaying all Canadian properties in USD. This is very confusing for all our Canadian Guests. Sorry, this is a VRBO decision that we are fighting to change. Help us by contacting VRBO customer service.

Meanwhile, scroll down to rates and adjust the currency window from USD to CAD. If uncertain please contact Jan for an accurate quote in Canadian dollars.



The very spacious MASTER BEDROOM has an exceptionally comfortable Organic latex KING size bed. Lounge in the plush bed, fine linens, and fluffy pillows while enjoying the gorgeous waterfront view. The master bedroom has a LARGE MASTER BATH with a soaker tub and walk in shower. We supply LINENS, organic shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soap. Step just outside the washroom door to shower in our outdoor shower surrounded by gorgeous Bowen Island Fresh sea air. Rejuvenate yourself with our indoor sauna with light and sound therapy located in the master suite……..we call it a “retreat” for good reason.


On the upper floor you will find 2 QUEEN BEDROOMS with new mattresses, quality cotton sheets, fluffy filled duvets, and scrumptious piles of pillows. Both rooms have waterfront view and seaside decks. They both share the 4 PIECE WASHROOM on the upper floor. We supply organic shampoo, conditioner, and soaps for your ultimate convenience.

NOTE: Based on your guest list we will make up beds and supply towels as required. We will assume that couples will sleep together unless otherwise informed. Thank you for helping us control our water and power usage.

NEWLY BUILT PRIVATE WATER ACCESS STAIRS ~ stairs reaching to the water's or bring your own kayak or paddle board that can be launched at high tide from our newly built stairs to the water's edge. Wear your 'rock shoes' for comfortable beach exploring.


The dock has had a sunny sitting spot added for guests to relax in the afternoon sun. By the way, the dock is great for fishing and relaxing but not used for boat docking.

LIVING ROOM ~ Relax in our LIGHT FILLED living room with 2 story high windows overlooking the majestic scenery and spectacular seaside views. Watch a movie on our large flat screen TV with surround-sound while nestled on the sectional under a cozy throw.

WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE ~ October through April enjoy the warmth of our energy-efficient wood burning fireplace. In this home, experience the wonders of nature while maintaining a high level of indulgence and eco-friendly living.

KITCHEN~ The kitchen has the modern conveniences one expects from a newly built home: drawer dishwashers, stainless refrigerator, electric stove and oven, microwave, and coffee pot. We provide basic spices, olive oil, and a bit of sugar and flour. All you need is to bring your fresh proteins and vegetables. There is no need for bottled water as our drinking water is the BEST!! It is alkaline and comes from our well... Drink up, it is good for you! Prepare your meals while enjoying the waterfront views.

PARTIES BEYOND 6 GUESTS ARE NOT ALLOWED. The Eastman Waterfront Retreat is a QUIET FAMILY, COUPLE, and FRIEND Getaway. Do not book our home if you are planning a party or an event. (more details below)

DINING TABLE FOR 6 ~ Enjoy your in home prepared meal at our dining table with a view. For a more casual setting we also provide a dining nook for story telling while sipping your wine.

CATERING IS AVAILABLE ~ So you say you are on vacation and you don’t want to cook? Contact Matt Matheson at the Vine and Garden or The Snug Cafe can prepare your meal or ALL your meals for you.

POWDER ROOM ~ you will find a powder room on the main floor just off of the living room and kitchen.

WASHER AND DRYER ~ just off of the kitchen is a front loading washer and dryer.

OUTDOOR WRAP AROUND DECKS ~ Lounge and melt away into the outdoor seating and enjoy the frequent sight of eagles, seals, otters and deer while sipping wine, tea or coffee. The northwest facing decks are perfectly poised for magnificent sunset views……..what a perfect ending to a peaceful day at the Retreat.

PROPANE BBQ IS PROVIDED ~ Prepare your meals on our new Weber propane BBQ and dine seaside at our outdoor dining table.

WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBLITY ~ Our home can be accessed with a wheelchair. The gravel path leads to one step up into the kitchen. Once the wheel chair is inside the ground floor is one level. Although, the interior door ways and bathrooms are standard widths with no other accommodations made for wheel chair bound guests. The house is NOT ADA compliant.

Bowen Island is only 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 on the nearby Government Dock if moorage is available.....only a 5 minute walk from the house. Please call the Bowen Island Municipality to check for availability.

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 destination for the outdoor enthusiast. The Retreat is located on prime waterfront perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming. We are surrounded by lush mountain trails for hiking, biking, or jogging. Fish from our 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.

STRICT NO PARTY POLICY ~ PARTIES OR EVENTS BEYOND 6 GUESTS ARE NOT ALLOWED. Eastman Waterfront Retreat is a QUIET FAMILY, COUPLE, and FRIEND Getaway. Do not book our home if you are planning a party. It will cost you your security deposit in full. This prestigious property is located in the very quiet Mt. Gardner neighbourhood on Bowen with strict noise bylaws. Excessive noise at any time is never tolerated by the neighbours nor the Municipality and a reason for immediate eviction with no refund of nightly rates or security deposit. Maximum occupancy is 6 guests and all guests must be named and listed on the rental agreement. Parties or gatherings of additional unapproved visitors for any length of time are not allowed at any time.

More Details

Property Manager
Jan Stevens
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 8, 2018

About Jan Stevens

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.

Since my work keeps me so busy Jan Stevens of Bowen Island Accommodations manages my properties......we are so glad she does.

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.

Jan Stevens purchased this house in 2007

Why Jan Stevens chose Bowen Island

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!

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

“Words cannot begin to describe the serene beauty of this magical place. We have very high expectations when traveling and Charles and Jan met every one of them! We were a little overwhelmed with the trash separation rules when we first read them online, but the waste set up in the kitchen makes it very easy to follow. The people of the island are so friendly. This was our first Airbnb experience and I must say that Hilton and Marriott will be the last place we will look at when checking out a new destination. The home is fully equipped, the Internet worked great, unfortunately (made it too easy to work). The master bath tub at sunset is highly recommended, even if you are not a bath person! Your blood pressure will fall instantly when walking into this home. I really hate to tell you how wonderful it is because I don't want it to be fully booked the next time we want to come. Book it now! You'll thank me later!”
Apr 2017
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Bowen Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • A signed Bowen Island Accommodations rental agreement is required to confirm reservation. It will be emailed directly from BIA to guest. BIA
  • Cancellation Policy: HIGH SEASON (June 20-Sept 30) & ALL HOLIDAYS: 90 day cancellation required for refund less $150 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation Policy: NOT HIGH SEASON (Oct 1 - June 19) OR Not HOLIDAYS: 30 day cancellation required for refund less $150 cancellation fee.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , A Powder Bath on the main floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower , plus a sauna with healing lights and music
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , sleeps 2 adults
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , a luxury organic bed sleeping 2 adults
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , sleeps up to 2 adults
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom has organic natural rubber mattress and 100% cotton sheets and comforters, guest bedroom #1 has a queen size mattress. Guest bedroom #2 has a brand new queen size mattress.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Waterfront~ Private Platinum Green Home~Beach Access~Island & Mtn. Views~Sunny
average rating of 4.96875 based on 49 reviews

Impressive waterfront property

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I first stayed at this unbelievable waterfront property when we were dating and years later decided to go back. Not only were the spectacular views still there but the property seemed better than ever. Kudos to the folks who keep the place in tip top shape and for making our vacation an absolute pleasure.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property with stunning west coast views

  • 5 of 5

My family of five adults just spent three nights of the thanksgiving weekend at this beautiful waterfront retreat. The house was very spacious and comfortable with stunning views. We enjoyed relaxing in the main room and on the deck and taking in the extraordinary scenery. It was a special treat to spot seals and dolphins swimming just off the shore. We prepared our thanksgiving dinner in the well equipped kitchen and enjoyed our dinner and wine by the fireplace fire. We explored a bit of the island with an excursion into the charming little town, a trip to the Saturday morning farmer's market and a visit to the apple festival. We hiked up to Dorman's Point and took a walk by the water at the lighthouse park. There was lots to do on this lovely Island and much that we had to save for our next visit. Our Bowen Island experience was an excellent one overall.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The most beautiful place!!

  • 5 of 5

A marvelous house and incredible view. 3 couples stayed here with plenty of private and shared space. Extremely well equipped kitchen. Master bedroom is large and amazing . The other bedrooms are smaller but very nice; they are on the second floor. Bowen Island is rural and charming. We loved our visit.

2 things to note: if you do a lot of cooking there, (and you don't need to, there are restaurants available) cleanup and recycling requirements take some work. Also, although the ferry ride is only twenty minutes, the ferry is 45 minutes at least from Vancouver proper, and there is often a wait for the ferry, so the total amount of time to get there has to be taken into consideration.

Regardless, we give it 5 stars for a great place to relax with friends and family.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing views - wonderful home. Great time was had by all.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Breathtaking and Relaxing Island Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We spent a long weekend up at the house with a group of old friends. Our immediate impression was "Wow!" The pictures don't do the place justice. Plenty of space for 3 couples. Well-stocked kitchen (lots of spices). Beautiful view and excellent finishes in the house. The dock is a little precarious and roped off. Felt a little unsafe, even at the portion near the newly built stairs. But that's ok. We spent most of our time taking in the view on the awesome deck, watching wildlife and listening to the waves. We rent a lot of rental houses all over the U.S. and Canada and my husband specifically wanted to note that the grill is probably the best one we've come across at a rental (clean and actually works, unlike many of the grills we encounter). The Island itself has plenty to do, including hiking, biking, kayaking and several restaurants and little shops. I'd recommend getting most of your groceries before coming to the Island though as the prices were higher than on the mainland. The house is well-managed with great communication with the property manager. We'd definitely come back. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Daughters Wedding weekend.

  • 5 of 5

My daughter got married on Bowen during our stay, and she and 7 of her Bridesmaids got ready at this beautiful house. The view was just amazing. At night with the clear sky you felt like you could touch the Big Dipper. So many stars. Impeccably clean. Loved our stay

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Vancouver International Airport
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Horseshoe Bay
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Bowen Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 99
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Cypress Mountain Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
On property
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $142.55 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $593.97
Tax Rate 13.0%

The RATES Quoted above are for up to 4 guests. Additional guests are $50 per person per night. Maximum occupancy of 6 guests. Sorry, no exceptions.

All rates are plus 13% (5% gst + 8% accommodation pst)

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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