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Jan Stevens

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

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

11 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

British Columbia Gulf Islands House Rental Photos and Description

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.

3 BEDROOMS ~ SLEEPS 6 GUESTS

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.

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KING SIZE MASTER BEDROOM

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.

2 QUEEN BEDROOMS

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 WASH ROOM 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 edge...rent 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.

Our property next door has a private swimming beach. Ask if we have guests in the cottage during your stay to see if it might be available to you as well. When the Cottage is unoccupied we can call it your Private Beach. In addition, the Mt. Gardner Beach is just a 5 minute walk from the house.

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. (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? Ask us about private catering services. The Vine and Garden or The Snug Cafe can prepare your meal or ALL your meals for you. We will put you in touch so you can take the night off.

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 ACCESSIBLE ~ Our home is fully wheelchair accessible.

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, only a 5 minute walk from the house.

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 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
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Jan Stevens (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

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.

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 British Columbia Gulf Islands

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

Charles' waterfront retreat is a magical, beautiful, peaceful place. Even better than in the pictures, our stay in Bowen was absolutely stunning. The house is incredible, totally eco-friendly and absolutely comfortable, and the views are just amazing (the master bedroom has no curtains, so we went to sleep watching the stars and woke up with the most incredible views on the bay). It was cold when we arrived, as the weather had just started to turn, but between the heating and the fireplace we warmed up really quickly, and were toasty and cosy for the rest of the stay. An absolutely beautiful place, and communication was easy and straightforward, we highly recommend it and hope to be back!
Nov 2013
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Waterfront~ Private Platinum Green Home~Beach Access~Island & Mtn. Views~Sunny
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
5

Wonderful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This home turned out to be exactly as advertised--a luxurious relaxing retreat right on the water. Home is impeccably maintained and very comfortable. Kitchen is well equipped, we cooked most of our meals in the home. Views are fantastic. The description is not clear, but there is also a loft with a futon in addition to the bedrooms.

A caution for anyone with mobility issues, there are a lot of stairs inside and out--especially down to the dock.

The little village is nice, although it was quiet when we visited.

It is always a pleasure to find a place such as this home, we would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

What a getaway!

  • 5 of 5

What a restful retreat. This beautiful house nestled on the edge of the ocean is the perfect place to get away from it all. Every place in the house makes the most of the spectacular view, from the two-person tub to the cozy lounger upstairs. We never wanted to leave!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Emily, we were so happy to share the Eastman Waterfront Retreat with you to bring in the NEW Year. The views are spectacular from every room in the house......and relaxation is a welcome benefit as well. Please come again soon. Jan and Charles.
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Idaho
5

SHHHHHH.....don't let the secret out!

  • 5 of 5

Paradise will not be much better than this: beautiful home perfectly in tune with its surroundings, stunning panoramic view from every vantage point on the property and inside the home, swimming and kayaking, friendly neighbors, serenity and peace. **High points: watching sea lion antics, kayaking to the little island (easy kayak with our average kayaks), watching the gray whale one morning.

The kitchen was big enough for multiple cooks; a very clean, well appointed facility! Our adult family of 5 loved the eco-friendly aspect to the home. But it is a commitment one makes to the owner to respect his directives. Therefore, I would not recommend it for anyone whose facility needs to house parties, reunions, obstreperous individuals, where attention by everyone to house rules is just not going to happen.

Otherwise.....

This is an absolute, DO NOT MISS, opportunity. You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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KB

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived to the waterfront house we found ourselves in an oasis of peace and beauty. Green trees around and waves gently touching the shore lifted our hearts. We were listening to the nature and the crystal clear sea water relaxed our mind. Gorgeous place of tranquility left an emotional remark on us and we would like to come back...

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing views from every corner of the house

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 amazing nights in this beautiful house on Bowen Island during summer of 2015. VIEWS, VIEWS and VIEWS. Beautiful views of water and islands from every corner of the house. Plus the house is very well equipped which made our stay very comfortable. Loved the outdoor shower. Waking up looking at the beautiful views through the large windows, preparing a meal in well equipped kitchen and sitting on the deck was a vacation in itself. Thank you for a Wonderful Stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA
5

Unforgettable family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect vacation with our families. The Eastman Waterfront Retreat offered us comfort, relaxation, and natural beauty as far as the eye could see. There was a group of nine (we rented the cottage next door too) which included both sets of parents as well as my grandmother, and everyone felt like we had treated them to a luxury resort. It was equipped with everything we needed and more. We ended up making use of the private dock every day after cobbling together some fishing gear. Everyone would either gather and look on from the deck or try their luck on the dock. It became a fun past time that everyone could enjoy. Being so quaint, Bowen Island was an easy place for us to explore as a big group across a range of ages. We enjoyed the Eastman home and island so much that we ended up not going into Vancouver as often as we had originally planned. Thanks to Jan & Charles for taking such good care of us!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Map

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
Several
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Cypress Mountain Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
On property
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

Bowen Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
BC Day Long Weekend
Jul 29 2016 - Jul 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$479
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer is here ~ August
Aug 1 2016 - Sep 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
$441
$2,931
$11,726
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Labour Day Long Weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
$479
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
summer in September
Sep 5 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
$441
$2,931
$11,726
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 6 2016
2 night minimum stay
$364
$2,294
$9,171
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving 2016
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 9 2016
3 night minimum stay
$441
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
oct - November 2016
Oct 10 2016 - Nov 9 2016
2 night minimum stay
$364
$2,293
$9,171
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Remembrance Day long weekend
Nov 10 2016 - Nov 13 2016
3 night minimum stay
$441
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Nov -December 2015
Nov 14 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
$364
$2,293
$9,171
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
December Holidays
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$441
$2,165
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
January
Jan 2 2017 - Feb 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
$364
$2,293
$9,171
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Family Day long weekend
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
$441
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter February
Feb 13 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
$364
$2,293
$9,171
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Daffodil Season
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
$403
$2,536
$10,143
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter Long Weekend
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
$441
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring Bloom Season
Apr 17 2017 - May 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
$403
$2,536
$10,143
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
Victoria Day Long Weekend
May 19 2017 - May 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
$441
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$403
$2,536
$10,143
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $575
cleaning fee $96 + Tax
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.

To conserve our water and hydro costs we make up beds according to the named guest list assuming that couples will share beds. Please notify us in advance if separate beds might be required.

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

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Amenities

British Columbia Gulf Islands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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