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Waterfront Studio on Chuckanut Drive - Private & Modern

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Parking
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wireless Internet


About the property

Studio, Studio + Queen bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The perfect cozy, waterfront get-away, Chuckanut Bay Hideaway! CBH, is a recently converted modern cottage style studio on world famous Chuckanut Bay. Sit back and watch the eagles, sea birds, seals, boats and spectacular sunsets from this very private and comfortable hideaway. 3 miles south of the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, WA, 75 minutes from Vancouver, 90 minutes from Seattle. Perfect for a weekend get-away any time of year. (WWU parents: build in a mini-vacation to your next visit - come see your student and spoil yourself at the same time!!)

It's called the HideAway for a reason. Private, quiet and secluded - yet very close to shops, restaurants and grocery stores.

The 550 sq ft HideAway is nestled in the trees on a level patch of cliff, offering a commanding view of Chuckanut Bay, Lummi Island and mature gardens. Garage parking with inside stairs make access easy and dry. The hideaway is a newly (completed in Jan 2012) converted space with open beam ceiling, hardwood floors, gas fireplace-stove, 42” HD LCD TV with cable, wifi, BluRay, cotton linens, leather couch, large tile shower, heated tile bathroom floor, microwave, refrigerator, plates, glasses, toaster, coffee maker, tea kettle, cutlery. (Sorry NO OVEN OR COOK TOP/BURNERS. If you need to cook this is NOT the place for you.)

Because of its cliff-side location, there are 14 stairs to be navigated to get from the garage area. The train tracks run below the property, and the occasional rumble sound of the trains rolling by provide a wonderful background.

The HideAway is ideal for 2 people only and is a strict pet free environment, so sorry, no pets allowed.

The HideAway has a small covered porch which is perfect for enjoying morning coffee or evening cocktails while watching fabulous sunsets. You can also relax in the sun (weather permitting) on the lawn chairs in the garden area.

The Hideaway is located on world famous Chuckanut Drive, a 20 mile long two-lane road constructed in 1896 was designated a State Scenic Recreational Highway in 1993. In places Chuckanut Drive literally hangs off the side of Chuckanut Mountain with spectacular salt water views. There are plenty of hiking, biking trails nearby. Head north on the old Interurban Trail and go to Fairhaven and downtown Bellingham or head south to Larabee State Park, Clayton beach and Skagit Valley. Picturesque towns like La Conner, Fairhaven and Edison are easily within reach with their art galleries, shops and restaurants. Enjoy gourmet cuisine minutes away at The Oyster Bar or the Rhododendron Cafe. Taylor Shellfish Farm is just down the road and has oysters, clams, mussels, crab and prawns mostly farmed and caught locally daily. Also within easy reach are the Washington State and British Columbia ferries, Whale watching tours, boating and kayaking, Winter skiing and boarding at Mt. Baker ski area, and the Skagit Valley, with it’s Tulip Festival in April and berries and fresh organic produce all summer.

Reminder: NO OVEN OR COOK TOP/BURNERS. If you need to cook this is NOT the place for you.

Keywords: salt water view, cottage style studio, chuckanut drive, fairhaven, secluded, waterfront, WWU, san juan islands, ski to sea

More Details

Howard Furst
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About Howard Furst

I was a builder, woodworker before I began a career in software. I put the tool belt back on to transform my woodshop into the Chuckanut Bay HideAway. I live alone in the main house on the property. I am often out of town but have a local support person when I am gone. I enjoy traveling and meeting other travels. I can help with questions and suggestions but I respect the privacy of my guests and will let you take the lead on your desired level of interaction. ~ H.F.

Howard Furst purchased this studio in 1991

Why Howard Furst chose Northwest Washington

one word, The View.... ok two words #milliondollarview


Bellingham Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 bathroom with extra large tiled walk in shower; heated tile floors; porthole too!!
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1) Brand new Ikea SULTAN HALLEN- Response-coil mattress -- 'FIRM'
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(74 traveler reviews)

Waterfront Studio on Chuckanut Drive - Private & Modern
average rating of 4.864865 based on 74 reviews

Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

We were so very impressed with this VRBO. The view is absolutely breathtaking. The cottage is cozy and has everything you need. The location was perfect for us - experiencing the local towns, oyster companies, and beautiful drive. Thanks again.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect little gem

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful, relaxing long weekend at the hideaway. The weather was rather overcast (typical PNW) during our stay but the view was still spectacular and we kept the blinds open the whole time. The space is exactly as pictured, well finished and comfortable. The little fireplace is charming and also heats up the space really well. The train could be disruptive to light sleepers but we were not bothered by it and the mattress was so comfortable. There are so many good places in nearby Fairhaven and Bellingham but we honestly spent most of our time tucked in away from it all. I do recommend you arrive during daylight hours because the turn-in can be hard to see the first couple times. We will have to come back for another visit when sunsets are a little more accessible. Thank you, Howard!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing view!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here! The view is amazing! The place is so cute and comfortable! The only downside is it does take a few hours to heat up, so bring some warm indoor clothing. The location is perfect, it's very quiet but just a $10 uber ride from Fairhaven! Everything you need is provided (coffee, shampoo, lotion, etc.) We would definitely recommend and come back again!!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington, wa

The view is worth a million $$$

  • 5 of 5

We rented property for our anniversary weekend. Cozy and intimate. Perfect for our little escape. Close to Fairhaven for outings. Even though the weather was gray, the view was spectacular. Pictures listed are exactly accurate. If there is any drawback, if you're a light sleeper the trains going by may interrupt your sleep. I would absolutely come back again.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely one of the best places I've ever spent at Christmas. Beautiful views, gorgeous sunsets.

  • 5 of 5

The studio apartment was very large but cozy, and all the furnishings were very nicely appointed. The bath had heated floors and a large shower. The kitchen was small but had all the basic nessecities. It was a wonderful place to escape with lots of great trails to explore nearby and only minutes from town.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gig Harbor, WA

Amazing Views, Relaxing, Private

  • 5 of 5

Chuckanut Bay Hide Away is the perfect spot to do just that. It's very quiet, private, and the breathtaking views are just like in the pictures, including an amazing sunset. Accommodations are limited to 2 guests, making it a perfect spot for a romantic weekend. The location, being close to Fairhaven and Bellingham for shopping and dining, as well as Chuckanut Mountain and Larabee State Park for outdoor adventure, is ideal. The owner, Howard, was very gracious and helpful, without being intrusive. There was a full notebook with local information, as well as small touches like a reuseable shopping bag with frequent shopper cards from nearby grocery stores. The lack of a full kitchen might deter some, but for myself I'm not interested in cooking while on vacation. There are far too many great restaurants to try out in town. A coffee pot, corkscrew, fridge, and microwave more than meet my needs.

A few things to be aware of: Trains do pass very close to the property, which did wake me up a couple of times at night. Personally this didn't bother me at all, I found it kind of charming. It was also somewhat difficult to find at first and I'm glad that I made sure to arrive during daylight hours. The directions given were great, it just truly is hidden away. In addition, this would not be a good place for someone who has trouble with stairs, as the access requires walking down a full flight from the garage above.

I would definitely return and recommend this property to others looking for a quiet, private location to get away from it all.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Bellingham International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Fairhaven -- several
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Lake Padden
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Amtak Fairhaven (Bellingham)
Nearest Motorway
0.01 Miles
HWY 11 - Chuckanut Drive
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Fairhaven -- over a dozen
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Mt Baker
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Teddy Bear
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Bellingham Studio Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $55
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.5%

2 Day min -- firm policy, sorry
2 person max occupancy ---firm policy, sorry
No smoking and no pets --- more firm policies
Rates are firm, no negotiating, sorry

Check in : 3PM
Checkout : 11AM

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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