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Sunrise Beach Gig Harbor Beach Front Home with Mt Rainier View

110 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

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1 - 4 nights


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House, 2 Bedrooms , 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4). Close to U.S. Open

Just 3.3 miles from the heart of Gig Harbor with its restaurants and waterfront shops, and 15 minutes from the Narrows Bridge is Sunrise Beach. The view is so beautiful that it takes your breath away! The Sunrise Beach enclave of 22 homes was established at the turn of the century. It was accessible only by boat until 1960. Eight homes still use the path from the old ferry landing to their land locked waterfront summer homes.

Originally built in 1924 at the water's edge the home was recently updated. It boasts a beautiful kitchen with large great room all with 180+ degree views of the Puget Sound. The home has slate floors, granite counters and stainless appliances. The master bedroom has a queen size bed and the second bedroom has a large full bed. The large comfy couch can sleep one if needed. The detached garage has futons but not for sleeping. Large bathroom with two sinks, slate double headed shower and washer and dryer. Detached large two car garage with tv/bonus area in the back. Great getaway for the kids. The detached garage has no bathroom facilities but has futon couches, an LCD TV and XBox. The home's large wrap around deck is right on the bulkhead! A separate pier extends over the water. Two outdoor covered seating areas. One covered outdoor wraparound couch right on the waters edge to enjoy the 180 degree view. The other covered outdoor couch is tucked alongside the house next to the hot tub with a view of the water and mountain. There is a heater to let you enjoy the beautiful views longer into the evenings. If you want to enjoy the seating on the deck in winter let us know and we will have it all out and available.

At low tide there are miles of walking beaches each direction to collect shells and other treasures. At high tide the water gently splashes against the bulkhead. There is an up to 15 foot tidal exchange in the Puget Sound - much more than the 6 foot tidal exchange of San Francisco Bay for example. The Puget Sound is the Salish Sea with clear cold salt water teaming with wildlife. Sunrise Beach county park is a short walk away. The best diving spot in the area with a 30-60 foot deep reef running 200 feet along the shore (Google Sunrise Beach WA Diving). Dive boats drop divers most weekends at the reef 5 houses down - fun to watch or join them.

Sunrise Beach is just like the San Juan Islands (80 miles north by boat) without being locked on a small island with no amenities. Tacoma waterfront restaurants are 10 minutes away. Eagles, seagulls, seals, sea lions, harbor porpoise, sea otter, and the occasional humpback and grey whale and white sided dolphin travel Colvos passage between the beach home and Vashon Island. Kayaks and big boats travel by constantly. 180+ degree view of it all inside or outside of this beautiful home.

Large hot tub next to the water to enjoy a glass of wine while watching the beautiful sunset reflecting off of Mt. Rainier and the full moon rising shortly after. Wake up to the increadible sunrise on Sunrise Beach! Email us for more incredible photos. Your stay will be unforgettable.

Keywords: House, beach, Mount Rainier, waterfront, boat, scuba, kayak, sand, hot tub

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

John Hodge
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About John Hodge

John and Shelley - we enjoy our beach house as much as our guests! We chose Sunrise Beach because it has it all - Great views, on the water, sandy beach, miles of walking beaches, history, close to everything.

John Hodge purchased this house in 2005

Why John Hodge chose Puget Sound

The view was first documented by Captain Vancouver's 1792 expedition. There is a large historical marker from 1930 on the spot where the expedition made their sketch of Mt. Rainier in the ship's journal. The Tacoma Historical Society in 1930 matched the spot to the sketch. The marker says 'May 26, 1782; John Sykes Vancouver expedition sketched the bay and the mountain from this site. Aug 22, 1853; Theodore Winthrop crossed from the west passage to the Narrows. He saw the reflection of the mountain on the water and wrote: 'The Siwash call it Tacoma''

What makes this house unique

The beach house is very relaxing. It is at the end of Sunrise Beach Drive so there is never any road noise. You are at the waters edge to just sit back and enjoy. The amenities of Costco, Albertson's, and Starbucks are just 5 miles away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your beach house and cannot thank you enough for your hospitality and graciousness. All the timely help you provided when we needed it remains greatly appreciated. The coziness and warmth of your cottage, especially during the "snowy" nights, were more than we could have imagined.

The overriding theme about this trip that will remain a lasting memory between my wife and I was how close our family united, due in part, to the close yet completely comfortable living and dining spaces. We enjoyed so many things together like playing Monopoly, watching movies or just reading and "scrap booking" in front of the fire. All of these things contributed to an amazingly memorable holiday vacation. A couple of other highlights were our family walks up the hill and teaching my kids the thrill of a "monster-slam" service return at the ping pong table.

We highly recommend your beach house to any family wanting to establish memories and create bonds that will last a long, long time.

Many thanks and warmest regards,

Patrick, Angela, Stephy, Dani
Dec 2010
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Sunrise Beach Gig Harbor Beach Front Home with Mt Rainier View
average rating of 4.990909 based on 111 reviews
Surprise, AZ

One of the best views of the Sound and Mt. Rainier

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to the Sunrise Beach House. We stayed a week each time. We lived in Washington for 15 years before moving to Arizona and have many friends in the Tacoma/Olympia area. This is always our choice when we come to Washington. The house was spotless as usual! It is a perfect size for 2-4 people and has all the towels, bed linens, and comfy throws needed. The kitchen is stocked with everything you could possibly need. Enough dishes and place settings to invite many friends to dinner. It is also close to the Tide's Tavern and Costco; must visit these two a couple of times. This visit we were not as lucky with the weather, but that is Washington. The views are spectacular in any kind of weather. The deck furnishings are both welcoming and colorful. We didn't use the hot tub although it looked very inviting. The steps have been redone since our last visit and parking is easy on the paved driveway. No problems with the neighbors walking by the expansive windows; they are very welcoming. Be careful of the friendly deer on the long, forested road in and out of the area. They are quite a treat to watch when all we see are coyotes in AZ. We can't wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Salem, OR

Sensational Sunrise Beach Home

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th stay at the Hodge's slice of heaven on Sunrise Beach. We booked our 2017 vacation there as well, so looking forward to stay #5!!!

John is so friendly and responsive that he makes you feel like family instead of a customer. The Hodge family takes great pride and care of their home. Each time we come they have improved it in some way. My husband and friends loved the new pin ball machine and gaming system. Me, I love the covered patio and especially the new heated blanket that kept me toasty warm. I spend 90% of my time on that patio!

I would highly recommend this place to anyone that wants to get away but also have access to the likes of Costco, waterfront restaurants, mountains, etc. Definitely check out Tides Tavern. We went to Brix 25 for dinner this time and loved it. We rented kayaks from The Fly Shop and tried their tandem paddle kayak. We'll never go back to the oar kind again when we are in the Sound!

Thanks John for opening up this wonderful retreat to everyone!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dawn, Thank you for another great review and stay! There is so much to do in Gig Harbor and the surrounding area. We are glad you are able to experience everything the area has to offer. Now we just need to have the Humpback whales or Orca show up during your stay. Or better yet - when you are kayaking. Looking forward to your next visit! John and Shelley
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Beautiful property!! Beautiful scenery!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just returned from a wonderful one week "getaway" at Sunrise Beach House". Before we left, we made a reservation for 2 weeks next year. I think that says it all! Everything about the beach house and the furnishings are first class! We loved it!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Stan - thank you for the review! Having guests reserve 2 weeks for the following year while they are at the beach house is the best review anyone could get! Sunrise Beach is a wonderful location and we look forward to having you back next year for a full two weeks.
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Lovely home and deck with scenic view

  • 5 of 5

We stayed six nights in this lovely home right on the water. It was nicely appointed: nice kitchen and bathroom, comfortable beds, nice linens, central flat screen tv, gas grill, inside and outside fireplace, and washer and dryer. We had a great view of the sun rise, Mt. Rainier, Vashon Island, and Point Defiance, and could see the top of the Tacoma Narrows bridge. Even the Port of Tacoma was pretty at night with all the lights. It was a 180 degree view of the water. It was hot for the Pacific NW and we sat under the part of the deck which is covered for protection from the sun. When the sun got over it and then over the house, the temperature went down and we moved to the colorful adirondack chairs. All the deck furniture was extremely comfortable and stylish. We spent most of our time there. It was cooler two of our nights so we tried out the outdoor fireplace (propane). It was lovely. You are eight minutes from town and it is very peaceful. There is a boardwalk in front of the house that the neighbors use. They were all extremely friendly. We had a lovely stay at a beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Found Paradise in Gig Harbor

  • 5 of 5

It was the most relaxing vacation that our family has had for awhile. The teens loved the arcade games and the family had fun playing ping pong and trying to complete a puzzle. The house was well stocked and the hot tub was a pleasant surprise. Loved the décor . Would like to know where the cozy blanket throws came from . Would love some for our house. It was such wonderful solitude to watch the seagulls and hear the slap of the waves on the beach. We would love to stay again. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet and beautiful beach house.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ginny - Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed the beach house. The cozy blanket throws are from Costco. We love cozy throws so when Costco has nice ones we pick them up. Shelley and I Hope to have you back soon!
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This was the best vacation I've had in years.

  • 5 of 5

The house absolutely perfect! The experience was everything I wanted it to be. I would recommend this vacation to everyone. We will definitely be back next year

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4.6 Miles
Tides Tavern
Nearest Ferry
16.7 Miles
Southworth Ferry to Vashon Island and Seattle
Nearest Golf
7.1 Miles
Canterwood Golf and Country Club
Nearest Train
17.5 Miles
Amtrak Tacoma
Nearest Motorway
4.8 Miles
Highway 16 Gig Harbor
Nearest Restaurant
3.3 Miles
Anthony's and Morso Wine Bar N. Harborview Dr.
Nearest Ski
82 Miles
Snoqualmie Pass
Nearest Beach
Sunrise Beach - 5 steps down from the deck
Nearest Point of Interest
Great Dive Site!
Nearest Point of Interest
Starbucks & Costco & YMCA
Nearest Point of Interest
Kensington Gardens - Weddings
Nearest Point of Interest
Rent a Boat
Nearest Point of Interest
Tides Restaruant
Nearest Point of Interest
Gig Harbor Uptown
Nearest Point of Interest
Anthony's Restaurant
Car: necessary

Four miles from restaurants and bars in Gig Harbor. 25 minutes from Chambers Bay and the U.S. Open. You can also rent boats, kayaks, paddle boards on Gig Harbor waterfront.

Five miles from Gig Harbor North with Costco, Target, Albersons, etc. for groceries and shopping.

Five miles from Highway 16 for easy access to Tacoma, Mt. Rainier, or the Olympic rain forest.

Popular scuba diving site 100 yards down beach. Dive boats visit every week


Rates & Availability

Gig Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year's Weekend
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.8%

Federal Holidays are at summer weekend rate - New Year's Eve, MLK, President's, Memorial, Independence, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Gig Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Slate floor, slate shower, double sinks
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Full
  • Queen size Bed and full size bed, Sleep Sofa (1), Futons (2) not for overnight (no bathroom in detached garage)
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing

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