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Upscale Hartstene Pointe Home Near Beach and Pool, with Wireless Internet

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Island Magic is an upscale one-level home in the prestigious, gated community known as Hartstene Pointe, located on Harstine Island. It offers QUALITY. And compared to other homes at the Pointe or elsewhere in Puget Sound, the VALUE is also clear. Simply check out our rates, and you'll see why many choose to make this their "home away from home."

Let's take a tour. Please remove your shoes and enjoy the tiled entry hall covered with a wool Karastan rug. As you enter the carpeted Great Room, with its 12-foot vaulted ceiling and skylights, you see lush foliage through a bank of picture windows. No other buildings are visible. The greenbelt provides complete privacy.

Step onto the 60-foot-long deck overlooking a deep wooded ravine. The deck itself adds 400 sq. ft. of exterior living space to the 1600 sq. ft. inside. Once outside, the beauty, fresh scent, and absolute stillness of the forest enfold you. A path from the house connects with a winding trail seen at the bottom of the ravine. A 10-minute walk via this picturesque trail or by going north from 749 Promontory Road, and you're at Indian Cove beach.

Indeed, you are never far from the water. Walk out the front door, cross Promontory Road, and in 100 feet you are overlooking Puget Sound (Pickering Passage) and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains to the west (see Photo 1).

Indian Cove offers a covered picnic area as well as a 100-slip marina where both sailboats and powerboats are moored. Fish from the deck, collect shells, or dig for clams.

Returning to the Great Room, two comfortable couches focus on the Lopi woodstove (dry firewood outside) and the armoire that serves as an entertainment center. Open its doors to the wide-screen 26-inch HD TV, DVD/VCR player, CD Player, and Cassette Deck, all available for your viewing and listening pleasure. Enjoy some of the 300 newer films as well as movie classics, including Disney favorites. There is a second TV with VCR and DVD players in the 11' x 17' Master Suite. The Great Room also features a fully restored polished ebony 1980 Yamaha U-3 piano. This professional grade instrument has a gorgeous sound. Furthermore, unlimited CenturyLink High-Speed Internet is also available in the house.

The house can sleep up to 8 people, with three spacious bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a Natuzzi leather sofa Queen bed in the Great Room. The Master Suite as well as the second and third bedroom have comfortable Sealy Posturepedic Queen-size beds. You'll find a package of freshly laundered white sheets in each bedroom ready for you to make up. You'll also enjoy white bath sheets, hand towels, and washcloths as well as plenty of comfy pillows. When you leave, simply put the linens you have used in the laundry room.

The dining area, with its American oak pedestal table, adjoins the modern kitchen. It has every appliance, cooking implement, and basic staples you're likely to need. The adjacent utility room has a large capacity washer and dryer. A gifted interior designer has combined antique furnishings, artwork, an extensive library, and memorabilia related to family, career, and world-wide travels into a pleasing whole.

Island Magic is a perfect spot for a romantic getaway. In fact, our older son and his bride spent the first night of their honeymoon here. It is also an ideal place for a family reunion or a vacation with children. Young people can be seen riding tricycles, bicycles, and skateboards on the paved roads of our safe and kid-friendly community with a speed limit of just 15 miles per hour. Everything moves at a slower pace at the Pointe, with about 325 houses and 90 condos nestled in the forest and along the shore.

Walking 5 minutes to the south from Island Magic brings you to the Pointe's Clubhouse. Its centerpiece is an Olympic-size swimming pool plus a children's wading pool and a hot tub with a capacity of 12. The pools are open from Memorial Day weekend through the weekend following Labor Day, and guests are asked to observe the posted regulations. Our two sons loved swimming here as they were growing up.

Like the house, the Clubhouse also offers unlimited High-Speed Internet, along with a library, ping pong and pool tables (paddles, cue sticks, and balls are available at Island Magic). Across the road is our fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. Hartstene Pointe, which is on the northern tip of Harstine Island, provides many other amenities to residents and guests, including swings for kids, 3 tennis courts, 5.5 miles of walking trails, and 3.5 miles of beaches and lagoons. You may want to bring a canoe or kayak to launch at Indian Cove. Use the two bikes and helmets in the garage to explore the Pointe as well as the 10-mile-long island beyond the gates.

Founded in 1971 as a planned community of 231 acres with underground utilities, abundant common areas, and a carefully managed forest, the Pointe is often called 'paradise found' -- a unique destination in the Pacific Northwest.

Harstine Island itself is located 25 minutes from Shelton, Washington, and is accessible via the Harstine Island Bridge from Highway 3 between Bremerton and Shelton. The island is the third largest in the South Sound (after Vashon and Bainbridge) consisting of 19 square miles with 25 miles of shoreline. Harstine is non-commercial and rural, with dense forestation and abundant wildlife. Deer frequently wander by the house.

Island Magic is also an ideal base from which you can explore the town of Shelton, scenic Hood Canal, Alderbrook Resort and Spa, the Olympic Peninsula, and nearby cities and towns such as Olympia, Port Townsend, Bremerton, Poulsbo, and Gig Harbor. One scenic route from Sea-Tac Airport entails a 30-minute ferry ride from Fauntleroy to Southworth. From Southworth, Island Magic is only a 60-minute drive via Gorst, Belfair, and Allyn. We offer QUALITY and VALUE. Please give us a call or send an email with you phone number. We respond quickly to all inquiries.

Keywords: private home, resort home, beach house, retreat, hideaway, gated community

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2017

About The Owner

I learned to love music from an early age in my home, starting piano lessons at the age of seven. To see where my passion for music has taken me, check out my website. My parents also gave me a love for travel, taking me on flying vacations from the time I was a toddler. Further, Mom and Dad instilled in me an interest in people from all kinds of backgrounds. As a result, one of my favorite sayings is: 'Strangers are friends I haven't met yet.' I thoroughly enjoy building relationships, often with those who are quite different from me. This orientation helps me to be a good 'innkeeper' and to enjoy sharing my home with many 'new friends.'

The Owner purchased this house in 2002

Why The Owner chose Puget Sound

I discovered Hartstene Pointe in the mid-1970s. My wife and our two sons rented one of the Pointe's 'island houses' (condos) from friends who lived near us in Seattle. We made countless trips to Harstine Island during various times of the year, but always staying for at least a week every summer. In 2002, my older son and I were guests at that same island house on Promontory Road and happened to take a providential walk. We saw a 'for sale by owner' sign in front of the home I now call Island Magic. Having known the community for 25 years and with good memories of so many family times here, I made an offer that was ultimately accepted. It has turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.

What makes this house unique

For me, staying at Island Magic is experiencing a little taste of heaven. The wonderful quiet, comfort, and restfulness of my home is noticed by all who enter. I'm no more than a five-minute walk from the Pointe's Club House and swimming pool (open Memorial Day weekend through the second weekend after Labor Day). That is a great gathering spot, similar to a lovely country club. Walking ten minutes in the other direction brings me to the beach at Indian Cove. The majestic forest and the waters of Puget Sound with magnificent mountain vistas provide a richness of beauty that is inexhaustible. With 5.5 miles of walking trails and 3.5 miles of private shoreline, there is always something new to explore. Please take a moment to read some of the comments left in my guestbook. If you are intrigued by them, perhaps a visit to Island Magic would be the perfect choice for you. Sometimes Island Magic is one of several homes at the Pointe rented for gatherings of families and friends. Our home has also been used for church retreats, getaways for 'the girls,' and scrapbooking parties.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are so grateful for being able to spend 9 days in your amazing house on Harstine Island. It was a privilege to learn about you and your extended family as well as to spend some personal time with you. We had a fantastic vacation here! Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality.
Aug 2014
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Shelton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Tub and shower combination in each of the two full baths.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (3) very comfortable Sealy Posturepedic Queen Bed in each bedroom. Comfortable convertible sofa Queen bed located in Great Room.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house offers numerous appliances, including a Coffee Grinder, Coffee Maker, Blender, Waffle Iron, Hot Air Corn Popper, Garbage Disposer, Iron and Ironing Board, 3 Alarm Clocks, and Hair Dryer. To preserve the carpet, we ask that you remove your shoes while in the house. There's a wooden shoe rack provided in the entry hall. Check out for direct access to our Harstene Pointe Maintenance Association's website that contains more photos and other information about our 215-acre gated community.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Upscale Hartstene Pointe Home Near Beach and Pool, with Wireless Internet
average rating of 4.75 based on 59 reviews

Family Reunion at Island Magic

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Island Magic is truly a home away from home. Every bed including the sofa bed was so comfortable. The house was roomy and furnishings and bedding very nice. The kitchen was well stock even having cooking oils and pancake mix in the pantry. (Plenty of paper towels and toilet paper for our adult crew!) The appliances were easy to use, and the furniture placement in the house made for great lounging.The house is museum-like with artwork, posters and collectibles, yet everything placed in such away that there were no worries about breaking anything. There were hundreds of movies to choose from and plenty of reading material. The piano and guitar were both a bonus for our 25 year old and he wandered the rambling house in a troubadour hat he found and played guitar. He loved the piano. Our adult children held a "reverse Easter" and hid plastic eggs for us, their parents. With so many good places to hide them we never found all of them. Maybe you will! The deck is nestled in the trees and is quite beautiful. Everyone enjoyed the live sea life found at low tide, especially watching the starfish. We spent so much time on the shore and taking strolls on the tree-lined streets. We highly recommend Island Magic for a seamless adventure for any family.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Annual Girls Get Away

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from my annual girls get away. Our normal spot for our getaway is being remodeled so we had to choose a new spot on the fly this year. Can't believe we found this amazing house on Hartstene. What a beautiful home provided by our host, with everything that we needed provided. 3 roomy bedrooms, 2 full baths and a great room/kitchen were more than enough for the 7 of us. Access to the pool and amenities were an added bonus and just a quick walk from the house. Highly recommend staying here if you are looking for a spot on Hartstene Island!

Thanks for a great mini vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birthday Weekend ruined

  • 1 of 5

My big weekend away with the family was ruined when the owner cancelled at the last minute. Our cars were packed and ready fow when we were off work, but the owner called to say he was staying in the home and was very ill. While we understand last minute illnesses and are glad we didn't all catch the flu from the germs he would have left behind, it was very disappointing. There was no way to find another place to stay Friday afternoon on a 3 day weekend so we had to unpack and stay home. We did get a full refund but it was still very disheartening.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As a host, I seek to keep the best interests of my guests in mind. When I was at my vacation rental home, doing housekeeping for a family that included an infant, I came down with norovirus just hours before they were scheduled to arrive. Marked by severe vomiting and diarrhea, this virus is extremely contagious and potentially dangerous, especially for the very young. The morning after the worst of it, I made the hard decision to phone my guests, who were still at home, and let them know I didn't think it was safe for them to come. I realized that such a cancellation was very disappointing, and expressed how sorry I was. I immediately sent them a full refund, and offered a 50% discount for any future stay. I believe it is my duty to put the health of my guests first. This was the first time in 10 years as a VRBO host that my ill health has aborted a reservation. I hope it won't happen again.
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Island magic review

  • 5 of 5

we had a great time. The weather was wonderful. The beach and community center were very nice.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spring Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 6 had a very relaxing experience at Island Magic. We enjoyed paddling our canoe down both sides of the pointe, long walks and took a bicycle trip to a near state park. The house had everything we needed and more and we only almost regret that it wasn't training so we could have paid more attention to the extensive movie collection :-)

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magical respite

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Island Magic offered us a home away from home! The three bedrooms with two bathrooms provided comfortable beds and privacy as we were three unrelated, retired friends The open floor plan in the living area gave us plenty of space for cooking, reading and dining. Being able to look at the forest from every window brings the beauty of Harstene Island inside! One morning a barred owl perched on the railing of the a beautiful sight!! Everything one could need for a wonderful vacation is provided. If you are looking for a warm, beautiful home for a get-a-way, consider Island Magic. You will be delighted! We hope to return within the year!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Sea-Tac International Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Alderbrook Resort and Spa
Nearest Point of Interest
Walmart Super Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal
Nearest Point of Interest
Southworth Ferry Terminal
Nearest Point of Interest
Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Within Easy Walking Distance: Beachcombing, Crabs, Clams, Clubhouse with Pool, Library, Ping pong, Billiards, Marina for boating and fishing, Three tennis courts. A notebook on the coffee table in the Great Room contains many maps, brochures, menus from restaurants, and other materials designed to orient you to Island Magic and its environs.


Rates & Availability

Shelton House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off season (1)
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Shoulder season (1)
Mar 31 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Peak season
May 26 2017 - Sep 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Shoulder season (2)
Sep 17 2017 - Oct 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Off season (2)
Oct 15 2017 - Nov 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Holiday season (1)
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Off season (3)
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Holiday season (2)
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $60
Refundable damage deposit $250

Payment is by personal check. The first step in confirming a reservation is to have a phone conversation with the owner. The next step is to mail him two checks, one for the first night's rent plus the $65 cleaning fee, and the second for $250, as a security deposit that doesn't get cashed prior to the visit. It is only deposited if a post-stay inspection reveals damage to the property. Receipt of these two checks confirms a reservation. The balance is due 30 days prior to the date of arrival. Receipt of this check confirms a paid-in-full reservation.

Reservations during the Peak Season for fewer than 4 nights will be accepted, normally if space is available 45 days prior to your desired check-in date. Please inquire, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Island Magic is a "shoe-free" house, socks and slippers only please (the entry hall has a shoe rack). In addition, no pets or smoking please. Occasional exceptions are made for small pets, for which a deposit of $50 is collected.

Cancellation Policy: 1st night plus the cleaning fee confirms a reservation. Cancellations 30 days or more prior to occupancy forfeit only the 1st night plus the cleaning fee. The security deposit of $250, collected in a separate personal check, is not cashed regardless of when a cancellation occurs. Full payment is due 30 days before occupancy. When a booking is cancelled less than 30 days in advance of the arrival date, there is no refund, unless the house can be re-rented for the same period. In the absence of a refund, there is also the option of rescheduling a stay for a later time, using the funds that have already been paid.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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