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John Hodge

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

Sunrise Beach Gig Harbor Beach Front Home with Mt Rainier View

105 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 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 (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

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 4.990476 based on 106 reviews

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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The owners and the property were fantastic.

  • 5 of 5

It was our first time staying in Gig Harbor. We had a wonderful time. The owner, John, was very responsive to every question and every text. The property and location were great. We definitely plan on returning.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Met our high expectations!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were fortunate to find a single window of availability at this wonderful property on very short notice. John responded quickly and before we knew it we were off for our first trip to Washington.

We had no problems on arrival and quickly settled in. The drive up to the property was beautiful and we skirted Gig Harbor on the way in. It’s a relatively easy place to find, though we did have the advantage of doing it in the daylight the first time around. As we approached the house we saw a couple of deer lingering about, which helped to set the mood for the trip to come. The house itself is a comfortable beach house with a modern feel. The bed was very comfortable for both of us.

The house is just about literally ON Puget Sound… a small boardwalk separates the backyard/porch area from an elevated platform with chairs that sits either above a rocky beach or Puget Sound, depending on the tide. The difference between high and low tide were surprisingly significant. We did get out and walk the beach at low tide a couple of times (there’s PLENTY of room to do this when the tide is out). Wildlife spotted on our trips included 2 bald eagles, what I guess from other reviews were sea otters (caught several limited glimpses of these), geese, jellyfish and deer. I would have to say the most spectacular thing I saw was a deer on the beach on the walk back one morning some time after sunrise. I figured I’d get some good pictures and went to set up the tripod and the deer pranced forward into the water… Even better, I thought! However, the deer didn’t stick around for my photo shoot and continued on straight out into the water… and it never turned back! I hopefully assume that it made it successfullyacross to Vashon Island.

On one of our days, we drove out to Mount Rainier after a beautiful, clear sunrise. I would highly recommend this trip and would love to spend more time in the park.

We also drove out toward La Push and went out to Second Beach shortly after low tide. We checked in to the Forks Motel for the night (worth the “splurge” to not have to rush back). We got a quick trip in to Rialto beach after dinner around sunrise, but were foiled by a very cloudy sky. The next day, we hit the Hoh Rain Forest and Ruby Beach before heading back.

We really lucked out with incredible weather, but even if we hadn't, we would have had a great time. I would highly recommend this house if you're looking at staying anywhere in this area!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relax and Reconnect

  • 5 of 5

My oh my....The perfect location of this well-appointed, lovely home, literally matched the joy of staying there. Simply put, it could not have been better....

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sunrise Beach is the best place on the Puget Sound! The houses were built on the water's edge at the turn of the century before roads and fast boats. Sunrise Beach has been enjoyed for 100 years. We are glad you were able to enjoy Sunrise Beach too.
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Graduation celebration

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough excellent things about this property. The accommodations, the view of Vashon Island and Mt. Rainier and the peaceful oasis! We loved everything and appreciated how well appointed the property was. So much to do with the hot tub, watching wildlife, and the fire pit and so relaxing! Favorite part was the views of the water and being right on the beach.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Julie, Thank you for the great review! We hope to have you back to sunrise beach! I was glad to see you had sunny June weather to enjoy the hot tub! John and Shelley
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  • 5 of 5

One of our top three places we have stayed in the last 10 years!! We stay at HomeAway/VRBO rentals 2-3 times a year. Wonderful little home with gorgeous views of Puget Sound and Mt Rainier. So peaceful with the sound of the waves against the bulkhead and all the sea and land wildlife. Beautiful deck with with all the trimmings; hot tub, barbecue grill and plenty of chairs and tables to relax and enjoy the views. Well furnished kitchen with every thing you need. The Wi-Fi and eSymphony system were awesome! The tv service was great but of course we only watched tv for about an hour one day.

There are many good restaurants and shopping close by. This is a wonderful home and we enjoyed every single moment of our weeks stay!!! The next time we are in the Seattle area we will be here if available. Thanks to John for offering a perfect get-a-way retreat!!!!!!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Charlie! What a great review! When a world traveler says this is one of the best it really motivates us to be the best. We have replaced the bedroom carpets and added a larger couch to the detached play area. We also have added pinball machine and old video arcade to keep the area exciting. John and Shelley
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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
May 27 2016 - Aug 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
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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Puget Sound House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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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