Waterfront “Octagon” House
Our home is located on Harstine Island, in the Hartstene Pointe community on the north end of the island. Harstine Island is a large, forested island near Shelton, WA, accessible from Route 3 between Bremerton and Shelton. The island is very non-commercial, rural in nature, with abundant wildlife.
The Hartstene Pointe community is the largest on the island (about 300 homes), and offers a number of amenities available to all residents and guests. Hartstene Pointe offers friendliness, security, and many amenities: beaches, picnic facilities, tennis courts, heated spa & pool (summer only), trails, clubhouse with ping-pong, billiards, games, and a library. If you have a boat, there are 2 marinas nearby, and public launch facilities.
Each home, however, has its own secluded setting where you will feel very close to nature. Feel free to participate in the community and enjoy its amenities, or simply enjoy the solitude of our home and its setting.
From the large covered deck you will see deer, raccoons, an occasional coyote or red fox, birds, and other wildlife up close, and the beautiful Olympic Mountains across the water.
Just inside is a large, open living and dining area with a conversation pit and massive stone gas fireplace: very cozy in the cooler weather. A grand piano is available, and the dining area can seat up to 8 people.
The Kitchen is fully stocked, not only with cookware and utensils, but also with a full range of staples and other foods that you are welcome to use. A gas stove, electric grill, outside propane grill, microwave, toaster, and toaster oven provide a variety of cooking options.
Two bedrooms with individual baths are fully stocked with linens, pillows, and towels. The “King Room” has a king bed, and the “Queen Room” has – you guessed it -- a Queen bed.
The study looks out into the forest and over the water. It contains a desk with a DSL broadband computer hookup, Television, A/V center with DVD, VCR, Radio, Cassette, and Turntable, and a comfortable reading area. There is a single mattress in the closet that can be used for sleeping a 5th person.
Whether you are looking for a forest retreat, a base camp, or a variety of nearby activities, our home is an ideal choice.
(on site or nearby)
Further afield are golfing, restaurants, boating, kayaking, hiking, and the unique Olympic Rain Forests.
PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO SEE
Our home is ideal as a base from which you can explore the Olympic Peninsula.
The old logging town of Shelton is a place to start. Just to the north is the picturesque Hood Canal, which borders the Olympic National Forest. There are two excellent restaurants (Alderbrook and Robin Hood), a winery, a commercial shellfish company, and other attractions.
Another day trip would be to the north shore of the Olympic Peninsula. Main attractions here are Port Townsend, Sequim, Port Angeles, and Hurricane Ridge.
Port Townsend is a unique community on Puget Sound, where wooden boats are still being built, and which has a number of original Victorian homes. There are many restaurants, B&B's, shops, and other attractions.
To the west of Fort Townsend is Sequim, the "Lavendar Capital of America", located within the "rainshadow" of the Olympic Mountains. While areas all around the Sequim Valley get anywhere from 30 to 150 inches per year, the rainfall in Sequim averages between 14 and 17 inches annually. The 5-mile Dungeness Spit is well worth visiting, as well as the the 3 Crabs Restaurant, where Dungeness crabs are served in a variety of ways.
Further west is Port Angeles, which has ferry service to Victoria, B.C. This is also the start of the road to Hurricane Ridge . Located in the northern half of Olympic National Park, Hurricane Ridge is the heart of day use activity. , the seventeen-mile long Hurricane Ridge Road snakes up the side of the Olympic Mountains to the visitor's center at 5,240 feet.
Back closer to Harstine Island, you can easily take day trips to Olympia,Gig Harbor, Bremerton, Seattle and Tacoma. Tacoma is the home to a world-class glass museum and an excellent state historical museum. Seattle is reachable by ferry, as well as by car.