About the property
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- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
House, 2 Bedrooms , 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)
Sunrise Beach is just 3.3 miles from the heart of Gig Harbor with its restaurants and waterfront shops, and 15 minutes from the Narrows Bridge. The 180 degree water and mountain views are incredible from this glass front home - it is breathtaking! 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 down the beach still use the boardwalk from the old ferry landing to access their land locked waterfront summer homes.
Originally built in 1924 at the water's edge the home was recently updated. It features 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 and second bedrooms have a queen size beds. We list the beach house as sleeps 4 but 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. 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 ground level is right on the water! A separate wood pier extends over the water with 6 steps to the beach. 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 are heated throw blankets to let you enjoy the beautiful views longer into the evenings.
At low tide there are miles of walking beaches each direction - North and South - to collect shells and other treasures. At high tide the water splashes against the bulkhead - no beach at high tide. 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, also know as the Salish Sea, has clear 57 degree salt water teaming with wildlife. Sunrise Beach county park is a short walk north (.15 Miles) where you can take your dog off leash. The best scuba diving spot in the South Salish Sea with a 30-60 foot deep reef running 200 feet along the shore (Google search Sunrise Beach Park WA Diving). Dive boats drop divers most weekends at the reef 7 houses down - fun to watch or join.
Sunrise Beach feels like it is part of the San Juan Islands (80 miles north by boat) without being locked on a small island with no amenities (like a coffee shop, wine bar, and wonderful restaurants). Tacoma waterfront restaurants are 10 minutes away by boat and 25 minutes by car. There are many great restaurants in Gig Harbor just 5 and 15 minutes away. Eagles, seagulls, seals, sea lions, harbor porpoise, sea otter, and the occasional orca, humpback and grey whale and white sided dolphin travel Colvos passage between the beach home and Vashon Island. Kayaks and boats travel by constantly. Stand up Paddle boarders (SUP) use Gig Harbor and Sunrise Beach as a base for "paddle camping" and visit/camp dozens of beaches. You have a 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 incredible sunrise on Sunrise Beach! Contact us through VRBO/HomeAway 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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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. We have been in Gig Harbor since 1991 and this is an incredible property that purchased in 2005 that we love to share.
John Hodge purchased this House in 2005
Why John Hodge chose Gig Harbor
The incredible view was first documented by Captain Vancouver's 1792 expedition. There is a large historical marker from 1930 on the spot where John Sykes of the expedition made hisdrawing of Mt. Rainier in the ship's journal. This is the first drawing of Mount Rainier to be shown to the western world and it was from this spot. Growing up in Washington State in view of Mount Rainier my whole life I find it incredible that this is the spot it was first drawn for the world by the first European explorers. The Tacoma Historical Society in 1930 matched the spot to the sketch and placed the marker. 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''. Contact me through VRBO and I will email you a picture of the marker.
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 great restaurants, Costco, Albertson's, and Starbucks are just 5 miles away.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Incredible Panoramic View/Dream Beach Home
This home had the "WOW" factor the moment you walked in. The pictures really don't do this home justice. The view from the living area is a panoramic view of the Puget Sound that takes your breath away. The home itself is tastefully decorated, giving a peaceful feeling and at the same time a feeling of "vacation at the beach". We didn't want to leave. There were 2 couples in our party and we all commented on how comfortable the beds were. We enjoyed sitting in the hot tub (plenty of beach towels available) and watching and listening to the water come splashing in. It was cold and rainy/snowy when were there but we didn't' mind at all, we were warmed by the fireplace and the hot tub. We ventured to town to Tides Tavern and enjoyed a meal there. Grocery shopping is nearby. We also cooked most of our meals at the house. The kitchen was well equipped. John and Shelley were great at communicating prior to our visit and were very professional and quick to reply. Would highly recommend this home!
Hi Mary Ann - thank you so much for the review! We haven't figured out how to get a picture of the wall to wall windows to show the panoramic view. I think reviews like yours are the best way to convey it. Shelley and I hope you return again like so many of our guests do. The Sunrise Beach house is even better when it is not rainy/snowy!
Beautiful beach front retreat
My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Sunrise Beach. We loved the charmingly decorated beach house, convenient to downtown Gig Harbor and greater Tacoma, but felt like a retreat. I especially enjoyed the panoramic views and the wildlife.
Serene Seattle Getaway
My wife and I came here for our anniversary for a quiet place to get away from Seattle. We couldn't have had a nicer time. The view from the house is breathtaking. We were able to see several seals right off the deck, including one who was swimming right off the dock for over an hour. The hot tub was luxurious to use at night, and sitting by the outdoor fireplace to drink our coffee in the morning with the sunrise blazing was a real treat. It's clear that the owners put a lot of care into the home as it's spectacularly maintained, and we felt lucky to be able to use it. We wouldn't hesitate to come back!
Beautiful House & Location with Comfortable Beds!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this wonderfully picturesque location. The house is very roomy and set up nicely. The views are spectacular and most importantly, the bed is very comfortable. Having a good sleep after a long day of relaxing is very important. The beach was right there and the sounds of the water make any vacation even better. A small shock to discover that there were stairs leading to the house from the driveway/ road, but if you don't have bad knees it's not an issue. Neighbors were just as friendly as described.
Relaxing, beautiful views and perfect location
Such a perfect getaway! This house has everything you need and the views are stunning! We loved that it was away from all the hustle and bustle but not so far that running to the grocer was a big deal. The owners were very helpful and provided great info on local events and restaurants. We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to visit again!
Quiet location with amazing views
The House was very clean and well-kept, with plenty of space for 4 adults to relax. We enjoyed the amazing views of Mt. Rainier and relaxing in the hot tub. The location is a bit remote to access, but absolutely worth it in exchange for the quiet setting and the fantastic views. We cooked several meals in the large kitchen, which was well-equipped with quality appliances and pots and pans. The only downfall of the property were a few small issues with the shower not draining, which is surely due to the age of the property. Though it was a slight inconvenience, it wouldn’t deter me from staying at the house again. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
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 the Gig Harbor waterfront 4 miles away. Five miles from Costco, Target, Albersons, Starbucks, 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. Large fishing purse seiners and small sport fishing boats fish out front during the fishing season.
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