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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

98 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
Call Owner
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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based on 98 traveler reviews

Sunrise Beach Gig Harbor Beach Front Home with Mt Rainier View
average rating of 4.9897957 based on 99 reviews

Excellent and beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

The property was absolutely unmatched and we had a great stay! The highlights for us were the open windows, deck seating, the jacuzzi and the ability to walk directly down to the beach. The views in general made the entire trip! It was very easy to get to and close to town. The only negative any of us could find was being charged a $100 cleaning fee for a single nights stay, but still being asked to do a great deal of the cleaning that's normally included (sheet washing/bed turnover/laundry/etc) or risk having a portion of the deposit withheld. This made the last 2 hours of our already short stay a little hectic and stressful trying to go through the cleaning list. Had we stayed longer, it would've be absolutely acceptable, but it's a bit excessive for one night. Overall this was an excellent experience and I would recommend this only to friends who intend to stay longer than one night.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tina - thank you for the review! We are glad you enjoyed Sunrise Beach and Gig Harbor. The cleaning fee is steep for one night. It is difficult to find and keep great housekeepers that can be on odd days and limited time windows. It is more the logistics of housekeepers than the amount of cleaning they have that drives cost. The housekeepers have to be on-call essentially. We can give them a heads up but when they are needed on Wednesday for example - they are needed between 11 and 3 without fail. The narrow turnover time is also why we have guests start the dishwasher and a load of laundry. Your group was great! 5 stars. We sometimes have early check-in and late check-out when possible. I think we offered early check-in. Sorry we didn't have late check-out. This would have been nice for a short stay. We look forward to your next visit to Gig Harbor!
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at your home. The comfort in all aspects was well taken into account. We really needed a get-away and got one. The only thing we found a bit difficult was finding the house after dark. Overall, it was so much fun and thank you.

Lee Anne and Greg Hellesto

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic View !

  • 5 of 5

Although there were only 2 of us, this home could accommodate a whole family. The view is incredible and it was so peaceful we went out on the deck early in the morning for coffee and to watch the seals, boats, birds, etc. The homeowner was easy to deal with and we would definitely rent this place again.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Returned to Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for 8 nights in this incredible beach house last March for my mom's 90th birthday party and returned in September for my birthday! This time my husband was available to join me, and it was definitely a return to Paradise.

You feel like you're on a large houseboat without the rocking, since the high tide comes splashing almost to the edge. Mount Rainier was visible for most of our stay, always a remarkable sight! The weather was cool, but that didn't keep us off the fantastic deck, snuggled up in the cozy blankets provided. We really did not want to leave during our 4-night stay, and rarely did. The kitchen is very well equipped (as is the rest of the house), so you really don't need to leave if you've brought provisions with you, although I would recommend taking a break once in a while to lunch at the Tides and Netshed No. 9, both with good food and great views on the harbor.

Thanks again, John, for another awesome visit to your gorgeous home! We will certainly return as often as possible.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful spot to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty

  • 4 of 5

We spent three nights in this gorgeous beach-house at the end of a three-week trip visiting my husband's family in WA. The location was stunning and we were fortunate to see a beautiful whale at 'happy hour' on our last night. The property is clean and well-maintained. The neighbours are very friendly; our daughter spent an afternoon making 'sea craft' with the grand-daughter of our lovely neighbour. Although, we were unable to make use of the kayaks on the property due to legal reasons, one of our kind neighbours offered for us to use theirs during our stay. The outdoor entertaining area is beautiful in the evening and hopping in the hot-tub at the end of the day was an added treat. We hope to visit again in the future. Thank you:)

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jane - Thank you for the review! The whale and her pilot dolphin are a special treat. We are hoping that they make the trip into the South Puget Sound a yearly event. Our friends were on paddle boards and had a once in a lifetime experience with the dolphin and whale circling around them at the mouth of Gig Harbor. We hope to have you back again. Unfortunately my homeowner's insurance does not allow me to rent kayaks - this is the open Puget Sound with big boats and waves crashing on shore. Ten minutes away on the harbor you can rent kayaks at Rent-A-Boat and they can size a life vest and provide some kayak training. As you might imagine not everyone can right an overturned kayak in open water.
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A Very Special Place!

  • 5 of 5

This location and view is all you need to know. You will never leave the deck and you won't need to because the main sitting area is covered if it's raining, there are blankets to keep warm, and a fire pit on opposite end of deck. No matter the weather, it is serene and spectacular, a true slice of nature's calm. We never saw Mt Rainier with all the clouds but that was ok. Waking up in the morning to the sunset was amazing. Very nicely equipped house with all good linens and cook's kitchen. We went into town for a couple meals, but your best meal will be cooked at the house and just relaxing. You won't find a better view at any restaurant. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • 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
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
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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