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Orcas Island, Karemar Cove #270

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Vacation rental house. Sleeps 6, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Dogs allowed.

459 Evergreen Way Orcas Island, WA 98280 United States

CASUAL & PRIVATE WATERFRONT VACATION RENTAL HOME ON ORCAS ISLAND. DOG FRIENDLY!

Welcome to Grandma's House on beautiful Orcas Island! It's a warm and cozy home filled with family pictures, collectibles, books, and furnishings from an era past, and OH - what a setting!

If you anticipate luxury furnishings or contemporary design this home won't be for you, but for those seeking a memorable family experience and close connection with nature, this spectacular Orcas Island waterfront property offers peaceful tranquility.

Karemar Cove - 50 acres of designated forest land and a pristine waterfront property- features the Orcas Island setting that everyone imagines, yet so few properties offer. Here, you can enjoy beautiful views, including Mt. Baker on a clear day, stroll through the woods, listen to the lapping waves, unwind completely, and savor the sights and sounds of nature.

Your family will have plenty of room to roam - and so will Rover. There's even an outdoor kennel.

An extensive collection of eclectic and spiritual decor items in this home reflects the owner's personal tastes and the broad canvas of her life's experiences. The rustic atmosphere will get you in touch with nature and many books, movies and albums are provided for indoor activities.



Please note that if you are bring a pet the damage waiver is not applicable. The full security deposit is required.

San Juan County VR Permit #00PROVO15

LIMITED AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES (IMPORTANT NOTICE, PLEASE READ)

Northwest Island Escapes makes every effort to provide, and provide timely maintenance and service for, all the amenities listed in this property description. However, at times, due to events out of our control, these services may not be as fast or reliable as our guests are used to on the mainland. Please Read your contract for important additional information about the availability of these services.

• Travel Insurance – Unexpected Things Can Happen, We Highly Recommend You Purchase Travel Insurance.

Rooms and Amenities
Property Type House, 2 story
Unit Code 02-270
Beds 1 king bed, 1 full bed, 2 twin beds
Bathrooms 2 bathrooms
Rooms Sleeps 6, 6 dining seats
Floor Area 1350 square feet
Pets Dogs allowed.
PEAK SEASON 4 Night Minimum, $329 Per Night, $1979 Per Week, June 15th - After Labor Day
SHOULDER SEASON 3 Night Minimum, $259 Per Night, $1559 Per Week, May 1 - June 14, After Labor Day - Oct 15
QUIET SEASON 3 Night Minimum, $239 Per Night, $1439 Per Week, October 16th - April 30th
HOLIDAY SEASONS *Holiday Rates May Apply*, New Years, Memorial Day, July4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Labor Day
OTHER CHARGES $49 Damage Waiver, $195 Checkout Cleaning, Dog Rent $35 Night, 3% Administrative Processing Fee, Security Deposit Available
Property Profile Waterfront, Close Up Water View, Shoreline Access, Private Acreage, Single Family Home
This Home is Super For Small Families, Budget Travelers, Families with Young Children, Families with Older Children, A Clean & Calm Pooch
Living Spaces & Electronics DVD Player, WIFI internet, Satellite TV, CD Player, Free Domestic LD Phone Calls, Wood Stove
Kitchen & Laundry Single Oven, Microwave Oven, Blender, Coffee Grinder, Coffeemaker, Toaster, Utensils, Cookware, Bakeware, China & Glassware, Washer & Dryer, Full Size Refer with Freezer, Electric Cooktop, Iron & Ironing Board
Bedrooms & Bathing Tub/Shower in Master Bath, Hair Dryer, Bedside Reading Lamps, Walk-in Shower in Guest Bath, Towels & Bed Linens, Alarm Clocks
Guest Courtesies Salt, Pepper, Dry Spices, Laundry Detergent, Paper Products, Dishwashing Soap, Trash Bags, Firewood, Board Games to Play & Leave, Books to Read and Leave
Exterior Amenities Deck, Propane BBQ, Firepit, Deck Lounge Chairs, Private Beach
Please Note: Exterior and/or Interior Stairs, Addtnl Fee When Dogs Accepted, No Smoking Allowed
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100 % of our reviewers would recommend this vacation rental.

Vacation Rental Reviews

  • Thanksgiving at Karemar Cove

    Stayed 4 days ending in November, 2018

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    Toby H from Vashon, WA recommends this vacation rental

    We had a great time at the lovely and secluded Karemar Cove house. We particularly liked walking down to the little cove and exploring the beach. The house was cozy and provided plenty of sleeping room.

    • Manager Responded on 11/27/2018

      Thank you for this wonderful review and we are so happy you had a nice time at the home. It is wonderful for it's seclusion and the beach nearby. We hope to see you again for another visit here in the San Juan Islands. ~NW Island Escapes

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  • Quiet Cove on Orcas Island

    Stayed 3 days ending in November, 2018

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    Chris C from Seattle, WA recommends this vacation rental

    Our stay at Karemar Cove was relaxing. The house was exactly as described in the listing. Huge for only 2 people and 1 dog. The furnishings and art really showed that a family lived here, not just a bare/boring house.

    Parking was easy, and the dirt road was no problem driving with my SUV.
    We weren't able to open the back sliding door (stuck shut?), although views from inside were fine. The master bedroom looks directly out to the water - facing east for sunrise.

    The bathrooms and kitchen were well appointed. All the blankets, towels, utensils, pots, and accessories required for an extended weekend. We cooked breakfast and dinner at the house each day - had everything we needed and more.

    The internet was slow, as expected for a cottage this remote. The water tasted perfect. The electric heat was plenty warm, even though it was near freezing temps outside each night.

    The walk down to the private beach on the Karemar Cove was nice. There is also a rocky point just behind the house with excellent views. We saw seals, birds, and fish (no whales this trip).

    Overall a great trip in a nice cottage.

    • Manager Responded on 11/25/2018

      Thank you for this detailed review of your recent stay at Karemar Cove on Orcas Island. We have let our local manager know about the sticking door, and we are very happy you were so pleased with your stay. We look forward to welcoming you again to a vacation rental home in the San Juan Islands! ~NW Island Escapes

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  • Great waterfront getaway with character

    Stayed 32 days ending in September, 2018

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    Barbara C from El Cajon, CA recommends this vacation rental

    We love coming to Karemar Cove for so many reasons: its view to the east across East Sound to Obstruction, Blakely, and Cypress Islands, plus (if the cloud gods permit) Mt. Baker; its privacy--no visible neighbors; its bluff (not safe for small children), its beach (safe access); and its homey feeling. It's full of family photographs and mementos, so we feel like part of the family. It's not new and fancy; it's solid and comfortable. It's a great home base for walking, running, bicycling, sightseeing, or just spending the day loafing with a good book.

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  • Sabbatical Retreat

    Stayed 9 days ending in July, 2018

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    Dave C from Hillsboro, OR recommends this vacation rental

    If you are looking for a 5 star resort with room service keep looking, this is like grandpa’s lake cabin. Taking turns doing the dishes, cooking and enjoying the view from the deck. All essential to live are available and worked with no issues, access to the beach (need some thing more then flip flops do to slope/terrain), and did I mention the daily view from the deck..... I think I could of just sat there all day listening to the water, the sun, and tranquility of the area. Don’t expect to build sand castle on the beach cove, mostlly pebbles or rocky depending on tide but great for evening fires. Wildlife in area from deer, seals or otters along beach and got some great photos. Cell phone service sketchy, internet WiFi is sufficient to get the kids off the couch and to the beach to use their imagination. If other family is coming just have them walk onto ferry and pick them up do to reservation are required for the ride. Inter-island ferry boat is free so trips to the other islands provide a great day trip excursion. This place is off the beat and path which made it exceptional if you want to relax with no distraction.

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  • quiet, tucked away home

    Stayed 4 days ending in June, 2018

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    Kristen A from North Plains`, OR recommends this vacation rental

    This home is perfect for those who want a place tucked away. The dog kennel made our stay very comfortable as we didn’t have to worry about our pooches when we went out. There was even a pack of pasta and marinara sauce awaiting when we arrived which saved us from starvation as we rolled in later than anticipated.

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  • Fantastic. Wonderful. Amazing.

    Stayed 3 days ending in February, 2018

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    Chelsea B from Shoreline, WA recommends this vacation rental

    I could not have found a better place to spend my 30th birthday with my family. The property is exactly as described but better.
    I felt like I was back at my grandma's house and I loved it. The view from this property is breathtaking. We had a truly memorable experience at this home and will be returning in the future.

    Renting through Vacation Ventures really was the icing on the cake to this trip. We arrived later than expected to the island and were navigating in the dark with no GPS signal in the rain. It was getting stressful until I called the rental company and someone immediately picked up and was able to navigate us to the property. Every email I have sent has gotten a response within 10 minutes and been nothing short of helpful. Every single person I have spoken with has been remarkable. Truly exceptional customer service. I will always do business with this company and recommend them. Thank you.

    • Manager Responded on 2/23/2018

      Dear Guest - thank you so much for this review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay! It was quite a period of rain/storms when you arrived and we're so glad you found Karemar Cove cozy during your stay. We do hope you return and let us know how to help make your next visit the best it can be! Best Regards, General Manager

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  • A Wonderful, Proivate Getaway

    Stayed 31 days ending in September, 2017

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    Barbara C from El Cajon, CA recommends this vacation rental

    We've returned to Karemar Cove many times. We love its character as a real family home, with a real family's history on display. We love the warm wood interiors and the view of East Sound from the deck. But most of all we love the privacy: watching sunrises from the bluff below the house; sitting on the private beach; looking at the Milky Way on clear nights, cozying up to a good book in the evenings.

    Karemar Cove is excellent for families. Our kids were 12 and 8 when we first came, and they had a lot of fun on that beach! The interior is very nice, but old enough so that you can be comfortable putting your feet up. We look forward to many future visits.

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  • Natural, Private Escape!

    Stayed 5 days ending in July, 2017

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    Eric B from Tigard, OR recommends this vacation rental

    The view is spectacular, and the beach access to a private cove is a real treat for kids and adults. If you want to be away from it all, this is the place.
    Two caveats: You probably should have an all-wheel drive vehicle- getting up the steep gravel driveway was challenging for our mini-van. Also, the dated nature of the cabin may not be to everyone's taste.

    • Manager Responded on 7/21/2017

      Dear Guest - Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your visit to the Islands. Karemar Cove is one of our most unique properties. The views are gorgeous but the cabin as you note is more classic island, than modern or contemporary. That said many people enjoy the rustic island experience! We hope you will return again and give us an opportunity to show you other properties that may offer more of what you are looking to experience. Best, General Manager

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  • Karemar Cove # 270

    Stayed 4 days ending in June, 2017

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    John C from Bainbridge Is., WA recommends this vacation rental

    Comfortable cabin with decks on east and west sides and a fine view across the south end of East Sound. There's a short trail (not for the frail or unsure of foot) to an excellent beach in the Cove just to the north of the house.

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  • We love this place!

    Stayed 31 days ending in September, 2016

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    Barbara C from El Cajon, CA recommends this vacation rental

    We are repeat visitors to Karemar Cove. It's very comfortable and family friendly and we love the location, the privacy, the view. Great value.

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  • Off the beaten path

    Stayed 5 days ending in June, 2016

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    Michael P from The Woodlands, TX recommends this vacation rental

    You may be tempted to turn around and go back from whence you came as you're driving in to this house. It is well off the pavement, on gravel roads that could get dicey in bad weather. Even on good days, it's clear that some access rehab is needed. There are washouts and ruts that could ruin someone's day. Once there, the home itself reflects the age in which it was built. Inside, you'll find a very "eclectic" cottage with furniture and fixtures that haven't been updated since the 70's....i.e., that brown shag carpet. Step out on the back deck, and you'll realize why you picked this in the first place. Simply stunning! And, the privacy afforded makes the access challenges worthwhile. If you're looking for convenience and access to other things on the Island....proximity to Eastsound for instance...you might want to look elsewhere. However, if privacy, views, and serene solitude are part of your wish list, then this could be right for you.

    We enjoyed our stay.

    • Manager Responded on 7/26/2017

      Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing to visit the Islands and for allowing us to help you with your vacation experience. Yes Karemar Cove is one of our more unique experiences and for many an absolutely stunning step back in time to a simpler era. But yes, it all depends on what you are looking for from your vacation experience. We truly hope you will return to the Islands and give us another opportunity to find a better fit for your next adventure. We have over 80 homes we manage and so many options to choose from, all with their particular uniquely wonderful characteristics. Best Regards, General Manager

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  • Off The Grid

    Stayed 7 days ending in September, 2015

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    Janet W from Newport Beach, CA recommends this vacation rental

    Loved the remote area! The house location is fantastic. We loved being able to have our two whippets with us.

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  • Idyllic spot

    Stayed 22 days ending in August, 2015

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    Barbara C from El Cajon, CA recommends this vacation rental

    We love staying at Karemar Cove. We love the sunrise views of islands and Mt. Baker from the bluff, the safe beach access walking, running and bicycling from the house, having breakfast on the deck, talking to the owner, and relaxing and reading books. The house is older, very comfortable and well-cared for, all pine inside so it feels cabin-like, except with all the comforts of a family home. We'll be back!

    We came for the amazing Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, which we loved. We did a fair bit of hiking this time, too. We didn't go to a lot of restaurants, but we can recommend Portofino's Pizza, Enzo's, Mia's, and Mijita's Mexican in Eastsound, and the Orcas Hotel in Orcas. Also the Food Co-op has a great deli, very reasonable and wholesome. Catkin Cafe in Olga is coming along, support them and check out the art gallery.

    Detail: the trees do need thinning again. Just a few of the little ones, and maybe a few branches at strategic heights. They're starting to obscure the view a little too effectively.

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  • Dog heaven

    Stayed 4 days ending in July, 2015

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    a guest from Seattle, WA recommends this vacation rental

    We have stayed at this Karemar Cove home with our golden retriever to enjoy the peaceful views, walks along the roads, and our dogs joy of fetching sticks in the Sound. Another fun visit and will return again.

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  • Our stay at #270

    Stayed 4 days ending in September, 2014

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    a guest from Washoe valley, nv recommends this vacation rental

    Very good timing. Weather was great.

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  • Weekend Get-a-way

    Stayed 3 days ending in August, 2014

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    a guest from Seattle, WA recommends this vacation rental

    Lovely location on the water with private beach access. Dog friendly. Relaxing and quiet home.

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  • An Absolute Delight

    Stayed 5 days ending in July, 2014

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    Karen D from Hawi, HI recommends this vacation rental

    We were very happy with our stay at Karemar Cove. Joan (the homeowner who stays next door) is wonderful to talk to. She made us feel so welcome and our dogs as well. The home itself felt like going to visit my grandparents - lots of history on the walls and a comfortable, cozy living room with dog friendly carpet. Other reviews have said the house smelled musty, we didn't notice that at all (and I have a sensitive nose.) Very peaceful and quiet - lots of room for kids and dogs to roam. I relished in the rare luxury of a beach all to myself on Orcas Island. We will be back!

    • Manager Responded on 7/30/2014

      Thank you and hope to see you next year!

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  • One of our favorite places in the world

    Stayed 21 days ending in July, 2014

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    Barbara C from El Cajon, CA recommends this vacation rental

    We love Karemar Cove. This is our fourth visit as a family. Orcas Island has lots of wonderful things to see and do, but a day spent reading on the deck, or watching the view change with the light on the bluff below, or skipping rocks on the beach (a very rare amenity up here)is a day well spent. The kitchen is fully stocked, the sleeping accommodations are comfortable, and the owner is nearby in case of questions.

    Very minor suggestions:

    1. Sadly, it is time to prune a few of the trees that are beginning to block the view again. I'm glad I don't have to make that decision!

    2. If there were one or two small tables on the deck by the very comfortable chairs, I would definitely put my tea on them. The rail is wide enough, but a table would be safer.

    We look forward to returning sooner rather than later.

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  • Wonderful location, great amenities in a kitschy cabin on Orcas!

    Stayed 4 days ending in July, 2013

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    a guest from Seattle, WA recommends this vacation rental

    This is a GREAT spot. We had the entire cove to ourselves, like our own private beach! Cabin is terrific with plenty of room for two families with toddlers. My only complaint is that the decor is rather dated and the house has a bit of a musty or mildewy smell to it. The Wi-Fi didn't work on the first day but the owner was terrific and figured out the problem for us within 24 hours. Overall this was a bright sunny location, very quiet, and a delightful place to spend the Fourth of July weekend

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  • A place to disconnect!

    Stayed 7 days ending in August, 2012

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    Melia T from Salt Lake City, Utah recommends this vacation rental

    We had a terrific time at this property. It's right on the water with great places to explore with our kids. Starfish everywhere, deer, seals, herons and sea otters hanging out in the cove and on the rocks in front of the house. The best part of the day was sitting on the deck with coffee in the morning and a beverage in the evening - enjoying the quiet beautiful scenery, watching the boats and being with our family without the interruption of email and cell phones. The accomodations are not fancy but very well equiped and Joan, the owner, lives right next door and was very nice and helpful.

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  • Great location, spectacular views

    Stayed 3 days ending in August, 2012

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    a guest from Portland, OR recommends this vacation rental

    We really enjoyed our stay at Karemar Cove and would return. The house was homey and inviting (although the beds could be more comfortable and the old carpet should probably be removed / replaced). The private beaches were the best part. The only other suggestion I have is to have kayaks available for renter use.

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  • Off the beaten track

    Stayed 4 days ending in August, 2012

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    Mary Ann C from Sebastopol, CA recommends this vacation rental

    This was a fun place for my boys and I to stay. It's on the funky side-old furniture and decor. There are some things that don't work well, like sliding glass doors and screen doors, but it was very comfortable and clean. The kitchen was well equipped and there were lots of extras, such as books and games. The view off the deck was the best feature and the house was fairly secluded and on a dirt road. You can walk down to the cove and see the tidepools or take a kayak out if you have one. Very nice get away.

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  • Our trip to Orcas Island

    Stayed 4 days ending in July, 2012

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    a guest from Kansas City, MO recommends this vacation rental

    We stayed in the perfect place for our family. Karemar Cove provided the quiet and remote cabin that we desired as well as plenty of beach and forest for our kids (ages 8 & 11)to explore. The scenery was perfection in every way. Doing the dishes by hand was heaven just because of the view out of the kitchen window. The house had everything we needed and I chose it specifically for it's rustic and non-updated style.

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  • Good family setup.

    Stayed 5 days ending in August, 2011

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    Don M from Eugene, OR recommends this vacation rental

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  • Idyllic location

    Stayed 4 days ending in July, 2011

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    Georgie C from Sammamish, WA recommends this vacation rental

    Karemar Cove is a gem on a beautiful island. The views from the property over the sound were fantastic and you can see down to the beach in the cove from the property enabeling the kids to have the freedom to roam. The private cove was just stunning and only a short easy walk down a pretty path. The owner, Joan was welcoming and helpful and made us feel very at home. What the propertly lacked in amenities more than made up for in privacy and second to none location.

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  • Review by Barbara C

    Stayed 14 days ending in July, 2010

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    Barbara C from El Cajon, CA recommends this vacation rental

    Karemar Cove is a very special, personal place. The owner is friendly, kind, and generous. We hope to return soon!

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  • very relaxing, peaceful and special Time

    Stayed 7 days ending in August, 2009

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    Lisa L from Seattle, WA recommends this vacation rental

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