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Sunrise Beach Gig Harbor Beach Front Home with Mt Rainier View

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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

More Details

Owner
John Hodge
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 8, 2017

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 Puget Sound

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.

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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Amenities

Gig Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Slate floor, slate shower, double sinks
Bedrooms:
  • 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)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • 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

Reviews

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Sunrise Beach Gig Harbor Beach Front Home with Mt Rainier View
average rating of 4.979021 based on 144 reviews
Salem, OR
5

Heaven in Gig Harbor

  • 5 of 5

This was our 6th time at John & Shelley's piece of heaven on Puget Sound. We stayed 9 nights. The weather was great except for the fires in Oregon and Washington that obscured the view of Mt. Rainier part of the time, but the Sound was fantastic as always.

On September 6th we had a pod of 4 Orcas swim right by our house! Such excitement in the neighborhood! Thanks to John texting us, we were able to see them and get some video.

We brought our kayak this trip and kayaked in both directions along the shore and to the Harbor. Loved seeing the Osprey's dive for fish right off the patio.

If you like to walk, I'd recommend the Cushman Trail. We started at the trailhead off of Borgen and walked 3 miles out and then 3 back. It's a 6 mile trail, so you can do 12 miles if you'd like! Be ready to walk up several 8 to 10 foot grades. At least from the Borgen starting point.

We hit Tides Tavern, a favorite of ours. This time we also went to the Hub at the Tacoma Narrows Airport for some craft beer, and also to Moreso for wine and dinner. Both were great.

John and Shelley are the most responsive and attentive VRBO hosts we've ever had. They make you feel like family!

We will definitely be back again and again!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shelley and I are looking forward to having you back as guests at the Sunrise Beach house! Thank you for the great review and mentioning the Cushman Trail. Gig Harbor and Pierce County have put a lot of effort into building the trail. Gig Harbor tied in the Wilkenson Farm Park, crossed the salmon stream North Creek, and the little league fields. It is really a nice trail. One of our favorite walks is the Gig Harbor waterfront with all the boats and shops.
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4

Memorable stay at beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

Beach house and large deck setup to enjoy good and bad weather. Beautiful view and located in a very small, friendly and private community. We had a wonderful experience and we're really able to unwind and relax. Owners were very helpful and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Scott, Thank you for the nice review. Sorry to hear that the neighbor Chris was rebuilding his garage and was loud. Chris just purchased the house next door. It is in need of maintenance and we are excited to see the new paint and yard coming together. It is usually so quiet at Sunrise Beach. I will talk to Chris about the noise. Sincerely, John
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5

Very nice and comfortably appointed two bedroom unit with fantastic views of Puget Sound.

  • 5 of 5

This is a very nice and comfortably appointed two bedroom vacation rental unit with spectacular views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. The kitchen facilities are particularly well done and of high quality. The access to WiFi was easy and reliable, which we appreciated. We highly recommend the Sunrise Beach House to anyone seeking a comfortable, relaxing vacation rental with exceptional views of the water and Mount Rainier.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego, Ca
5

Better than advertised!

  • 5 of 5

As a current VRBO host we found the home to be well stocked with products that most hosts do not provide. It was appreciated! The location is breathtaking, with visits to the beach from deer, over 30 geese at low tide 2 out of the 4 mornings the occasional seal up close and personal, and because of exceptional weather during our stay, Mt. Rainier in its glory every day! The neighbors are very friendly and hikes South to the Lighthouse and North to the community beach will fulfill your needed daily exercise. There was no need to venture away from this location during our brief 4 days and we did not check out until the very last moment. Enough said!! Carl & Vicki from San Diego.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Carl and Vicki, Thank you for the great review! Sunrise Beach is a special place. The walk 1-1/2 miles south to the light house and harbor and the walk north to the park are our favorites. The beach walks are special because there are almost no houses so it is just you and the wildlife. The high tide covers the beach every 12 hours so the beach is pristine for each explorer. We hope to have you back again soon! John and Shelley
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
5

Absolutely the best!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just spent two wonderful weeks in Sunrise Beach. This was our 3rd year there. We made our reservation for two weeks again next year, our 4th, before we left. We are considering changing our reservation to make it 3 weeks instead of 2. I think that pretty much says it all. We have traveled a lot both here in the U.S. and abroad. Sunrise Beach is probably our favorite place. The view is spectacular!! The photos on the website can't capture the beauty of the place. On a clear day Mount Ranier is the main focal point and it is breath-taking! The 1+ mile winding, wooded, down-hill drive into the Sunrise Beach community is wonderful also. You always have to be alert for the deer on the road. Since they have little fear of humans it is fun to stop and "visit" with them :) The house is well decorated and very comfortable!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review! We love our getaways to Sunrise Beach and love sharing it with guests. This is the spot that John Sykes sketched Mount Rainier from in the 1792 on the Vancouver Expedition. Captain Vancouver named Mount Rainier after Admiral Peter Rainier and that was the first sketch of it. The monument erected in 1930 is on the driveway at the top of the hill honoring the explores and the site of the sketch. Next visit take the 1-1/2 mile beach walk to the Gig Harbor lighthouse and have lunch on the sandy beach watching the boats from the harbor navigating the narrow opening out to Puget Sound. We look forward to your next stay! John and Shelley
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5

Fantastic Location - what a view!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic sunny 3-week holiday at Sunrise Beach House! This was our second time at the Beach House and we had a wonderful time - an ideal place to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary. We saw plenty of wildlife (whale, seals, sea otters..... and neighbourhood deer family) and got to talk to the friendly neighbours as they walked past on the public footpath along the waterfront of the property. The location is very convenient for both the Olympic Peninsula (stunning scenery!) and Seattle area. And chilling in the hot tub or on the deck admiring the scenery with Mt. Rainier in the horizon....! Amazingly, for arguably the wettest part of continental US, we had 3 whole weeks of blazing sunshine! Cannot recommend Sunrise Beach House highly enough and we are hoping to return, again, one day. Thank you John & Shelley!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Seatac
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 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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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $500

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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