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Waterfront Studio on Chuckanut Drive - Private & Modern

Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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:
April 5, 2018

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 Bellingham

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
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
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


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Waterfront Studio on Chuckanut Drive - Private & Modern
average rating of 4.8625 based on 80 reviews

Perfect get away

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful little spot to just sit and watch the fantastic view of Chuckanut Bay and the San Juan Islands. Just the right size for two, and very quite.

Perfect little one room set up.

Will visit again.

Only down side is the trains that come by several times a day, but the are below the cliff and only a rumble (not really that loud).

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing view and a great area to go explore! Would stay again!

  • 5 of 5

It was a beautiful area with one of the best views I've experienced. The nearby towns had a lot to offer in terms of food and exploration. The property itself was clean, comfortable and top notch overall! The owner was very friendly and checked to see how we were enjoying our stay. I loved every moment of it! Thank you for helping to make our anniversary one to remember!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Beauty

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding view. Peaceful, well appointed. Attention to detail, clean, charming. Great location. Helpful & friendly host.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A delightful place with a beautiful view of the bay.

  • 5 of 5

The Hideaway is in a beautiful setting, with a comfortable bed, and is very close to Fairhaven. Howard was able to accommodate our schedule, which we very much appreciated. Highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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You can't beat the view...

  • 5 of 5

Howard's place is great, we really enjoyed our stay. I originally wanted to stay somewhere on the San Juan Islands but we didn't book early enough, so Howard's place was our plan B. We were actually glad it worked out this way since the view was about as good anyway and we were able to explore the area (we did do a day trip to San Juan Island from here, which is a long day but doable). Definitely check out the tiny town of Edison, it's charming - particularly recommend Tweets, Breadfarm, and the Lucky Dumpster. As a light sleeper I was a little concerned about the train, but used my earplugs - which I always bring on trips - and slept well. Howard was a great host, friendly and very responsive. Be sure to read the directions he sends you before arrival as the turnoff is a bit tricky.

Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really a special place.

  • 5 of 5

Great view. Loved it. The studio had everything we needed. I had some problems with the internet, and the owner worked quickly to resolve my issues. I look forward to visiting again.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $55
Damage Deposit $250

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.