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Waterfront and Mt. Rainier view!

Gig Harbor, WA, USA
  • Studio677 sqft
  • Bedrooms0
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

NO-bank beach front property...large 667 sq. ft. open-studio loft for 1-4.

LONG-RANGE STAY renters welcomed from October through April! NO TAX for those staying for one or more months. Call for best price.

Two week maximum stay from May through September, unless approved by owner.

THE CROW'S NEST is a large, clean, and private 677 square foot 2nd-story studio guest house above the detached garage of a million dollar waterfront home. It has 10' ceilings and is fully furnished with a private entrance. From its deck enjoy incredible views of Mt Rainier, Wollochet Bay and award-winning gardens. Use of rowboat is free. Ski boat with captain may be rented. Just about anything in historic Gig Harbor is 5-7 miles away from this convenient and affordable guest house.


Welcome to the Crow's Nest at Anderson Landing on Wollochet (pronounced wuh-lah'-chet) Bay in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Enjoy any season at THE CROW'S NEST at Anderson Landing. On the second floor of a separate building from the main house you'll have privacy, comfort, view and access to one of the most beautiful bays on Puget Sound. Enjoy our no-bank waterfront with view seating, mooring dock, lush gardens, and fire pit right on the beach.

Relax, entertain & barbecue on your private deck where you can greet the morning sun with coffee & enjoy the evening shade with a glass of wine. In the foreground of your view you'll see the quiet lush Shade Garden and fish pond designed by the owner, a Master Gardener. A cool retreat on a hot day! A bistro table and viewing benches also grace this area.

From Crow's Nest's queen-size bed view the water and Mt. Rainier...or the TV (with cable and a DVD player). WiFi is also available.

Linens are provided. Laundry facilities available for those who stay a minimum of 1 week.

Families and seniors will appreciate the easy access down to the beach and dock. Wander through the Shade Garden and enjoy the beauty of the changing landscape from early spring when the bulbs burst through to summer and fall's spectacular colors. The very short walk down to the beach is fairly level and there are no steps.

There is a Livingston (won't tip over) rowboat, and life jackets for your use, to row your way around the peaceful waters of Wollochet Bay.

If you prefer a faster pace bring your own boat or jet ski and enjoy water skiing, inner tubing and other water sports. Whatever kind of watercraft you have, tie it up to the buoy, available for your use. We have space to park your boat trailer and there is a public boat launch just 3 doors down the street. You are also welcome to bring your own paddle boards, kayaks, canoes or whatever boats you float.

Even in the WINTER this cozy retreat offers a quiet tranquility and beauty. Hundreds of unusual and beautiful migrating waterfowl visit these waters only at this time of the year. The sunsets can be quite spectacular and, with the occasional deep cold snap, the bay will freeze and we'll get the occasional snow. Our weather is temperate and seldom gets too hot (usually in the 70's and 80's in the the summer) or too cold (with winter averaging in the 40's).

We suggest that you call Candace (253-222-8799) to secure the LOWEST RATE POSSIBLE. She's good at adjusting the numbers in our guests' favor!


HIGH SEASON: MAY 1 - SEP 30 (2 night min.)

Mon - Thurs: $139/night

Fri & Sat: $149/night

Per WEEK (7 days): $849

Per MONTH (28-31 days): $1999

OFF SEASON: OCT 1 - APR 31 (No night min.)

Mon. - Thurs.: $119/night

Fri. - Sun.: $139/night

Per WEEK (7 days): $699

Per MONTH (28-31 days): $1499


$1399/mo for 2+ mos. between Oct 1 - Apr 31


CLEANING FEE: $75 ($150 if staying 1 mo.+)

PETS: Non-refundable VRBO Damage Insurance + $50/wk per pet. Long-stay pets: $150/mo per pet

CAMPFIRES - We will make the fire and provide the fixin's for S'mores for $5/person if you don't want to do it yourself.

SKI BOAT RENTAL (with captain) - $75/hr. Max 5 guests. Enjoy a guided tour of the surrounding area by water, travel to your favorite waterfront restaurant and/or get pulled around the bay on our towable tube for fun and thrills. Weather and schedule permitting.


10% Active and Retired Military, Police and Firefighter Discount - Thank you!

Tidy-Tenant Refund (talk to the owner about this)

RESERVATION secured upon receipt of signed rental agreement and verification of 50% deposit (or 1st payment).


Candace Anderson

Member Since 2012
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018
About Candace Anderson

Bruce Anderson is in sales at Lexus of Tacoma. His hometown is Burnaby, BC, Canada, but became a citizen of the US over 40 years ago. His wife of over 40 years, Candace, grew up in the Seattle area. They met in a band that sang its way around the world. Candace has too many interests to list, but the most prominent are her garden and painting.

Candace Anderson purchased this Studio in 2003

Why Candace Anderson chose Artondale

There's something about being by and breathing in salt air from seawater that is both peaceful and healing. This property has been completely reworked and rebuilt from the house to the gardens into an eyecatching, comfortable retreat for both the owners and their guests.

What makes this Studio unique

Living on a body of saltwater with its tides and sea life is very different from living on a lake. Though, like a lake our bay seems intimate and protected, it can be more closely compared to living on a cul-de-sac...only this is a cul-de-sac of water...salt water. Beyond Wollochet Bay is Puget Sound. Beyond Puget Sound is the Ocean. And that's the wonder of it: our little bay eventually leads to the ends of the earth.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Queen size Bed (1) New mattress, pillows, linens, etc., Twin or Single Beds (2) trundle bed (makes into two twins) (1) Queen size Air Bed and (1) Twin sized Air Bed also available


      • 1 Bathroom
        • 'Surprisingly spacious' is how our guests describe it. No tub, but it has a large shower.

        Location Type

          • Beachfront
            Fish off the dock or swim with the locals in the bay's refreshing waters. A mooring buoy is available if you're coming by boat or yacht. We have a Livingston rowboat to get you and your party to and from the dock. The rowboat will also be available, at no extra charge, for excursions up and down our scenic bay. Local or ocean fishing charter trips available from our dock with an experienced, award-winning, licensed guide. We'll help you make a reservation.
          • Mountain View
            Described as the nearly perfect mountain, Mt. Rainier is a massive wonder to behold. The Northwest Indians referred to it as 'the mother of waters' and 'the white sentinel'. We just call it 'the mountain'. It is covered in snow and glaciers all year and climbers come from all over the world to conquer its peak. It is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States and the Cascade Volcanic Arc, with a summit elevation of 14,411 ft (4,392 m). Beyond the water and the evergreens, the best view of 'the mountain' is from the Crow's Nest where you will be staying.
          • Water View
            Relax and enjoy beautiful Wollochet Bay from the the Crow's Nest's deck. During the summer months watch children learning how to sail. Birdwatchers! Bring your binoculars and watch an amazing variety of migrating birds and water fowl that stop by every spring and fall. When the bay freezes over in the winter watch the antics of the seagulls as they 'ice skate' their landings. Whatever time of the year, there's always something to see and do at the Crow's Nest.
          • Waterfront
            Access to the waterfront and beach is through the Middle Garden and down a path on the right side of the main house. Here in the Waterfront Garden you will find many places to sit, relax and enjoy the view.


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        kitchen and bath linens, all bedding
                      • Air Conditioning
                        In window and very effective.
                      • Fireplace
                        Electric with heater
                      • Free Long Distance
                        Available in the art studio below The Crow's Nest.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Cadet electric
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Available in the garage below The Crow's Nest for those staying 1 week or longer only.
                      • Parking
                        Not a problem, no matter what size vehicle.
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Large private parking area.
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                        Large safe parking area for those bringing RV/boat/trailer.
                      • Towels Provided
                        One set per registered guest. Bath linens not allowed outside of the apartment or on the beach. Provided beach towels are the only towels allowed outside The Crow's Nest.
                      • Washing Machine
                        Available in the garage below The Crow's Nest for those staying 1 week or longer only. Ask owner about usage times available.
                      • Wireless Internet
                        WIFI, password protected


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            The kitchen is fully stocked, including spices.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Some unopened prepackaged food may be available.
                          • Refrigerator
                            (2) There is a full-size refrigerator/freezer in the Crow's Nest and another full-sized one downstairs for overflow
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Dinette table for up to 6 when a leaf is added to expand the table, or eat at the table on the deck which also has seating for 6.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                    Reader's Digest Large Print Condensed Books, humor, short stories, local and regional interest, cook books, magazines, etc.
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    An assortment of games and puzzles is available.
                                  • Music Library
                                    CD's from classical to light jazz and rock available for free check out.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Nearly 200 channels from which o choose.
                                  • Television
                                    HD TV, DVD player
                                  • Video Library
                                    Check out movies from our extensive DVD library at no cost or bring your own favorites.


                                      • Boat
                                        Livingston (will not tip) rowboat. Guests MUST wear life vests (provided).
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Second story upper deck off the Crow's nest. Patio in the Middle Garden fnear the pond to enjoy a more woodsy feel. Picnic and campfire area by the water with a more beachy tropical feel.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Enjoy all 3 gardens
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            2nd story loft with no elevator or lift


                                              • museums
                                              • churches
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • cinemas
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • theme parks
                                              • water parks
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • Babysitter
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • racquetball
                                                          • basketball court
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • water tubing


                                                              • DAILY MAID SERVICE available for $38/day. Bed(s) made, kitchen and bathroom cleaned, linens replaced, carpet vacuumed and tile floors swept, belongings tidied. NEARBY CHURCHES (area code 253) Chapel Hill Presbyterian: 851-7779 Peninsula Apostolic: 884-5162 Assembly of God: 851-1734 Peninsula Baptist: 858-9808 First Baptist: 851-5586 Discovery Baptist: 858-8990 Harbor Baptist: 851-1788 St. Nicholas Catholic: 851-8850 Gig Harbor Christian: 851-2958 Church of Christ: 858-6464 LDS Gig Harbor: 858-3328 St. Johns Episcopal: 858-3777 Harbor Covenant: 851-8450 Gig Harbor Foursquare: 851-7758 Jehovah's Witness: 857-6418 Agnus Dei Lutheran: 851-6222 King of Glory Lutheran: 857-4574 Peninsula Lutheran: 851-3511 United Methodist: 851-2625 Church of Nazarene: 851-5798 Believers Fellowship: 851-9286 First Church of Christ Scientist: 858-3828

                                                                15 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Wonderful place to spend a weekend!

                                                                Justin B.

                                                                What a treat it was to stay here! The owners were very kind and helpful. They did some very nice things for my wife (it was her birthday weekend) such as leaving chocolates scattered throughout the studio, and even gifted us a bottle of wine! Also, I saw where other reviewers made mention of the small refrigerator, but this was not an issue AT ALL as the fridge is normal residential size. It may have been replaced since the previous reviewer commented on it but I just want to state that there is a full size fridge in the kitchen. Thanks again Candace!

                                                                Peaceful Beautiful Northwest

                                                                Julie M.

                                                                The Crow's Nest is a simple, non-fussy studio. It has all you need to enjoy the beauty of the Northwest- water (Wollochet Bay) and mountain (Mt Rainier) views, beach access, and the mountain an easy drive away. The studio has a queen bed, sofa, and day bed, large bathroom with standup shower, and a huge deck facing the bay with Mt Rainier in the distance. The neighborhood is quiet, the chickens are adorable, the hosts are lovely. In town activities (cinema, coffee shops, groceries, library, wine bar, restaurants, galleries, museum, and the harbor waterfront walk) are just a few miles by car. The Crow's Nest is the perfect place to chill for a weekend, a week, month, or more. Relax and enjoy your stay. It will be memorable.

                                                                Anniversary Adventure

                                                                jeanne p.

                                                                We had a wonderful long weekend at Candace's Crow's Nest. She has included everything that you need and the space is cozy, comfortable and spacious. The view of the bay and the wonderful gardens made the visit truly memorable. We went on the annual art open studio tour and had fun visiting the 20+ artists studios. We also took the 2 hour boat tour and that was enlightening as the boat captain grew up in Gig Harbor and knew lots of interesting facts and stories about the area. Fun excursion.

                                                                Outstanding and relaxing stay

                                                                Bill N.

                                                                Quiet, peaceful, and serene setting. If you want to get away and not have all the hustle and bustle of the city this is the place to go. Yet you are within minutes of shopping, shows, and a variety of restaurants. Your nice view of the bay and Mt Rainier is almost better than the owners have. Speaking of owners, they are truly the best landlords you could ask for. From day one they made us feel truly welcome as did all of the other neighbors. We enjoyed our three months there and were sad when we had to leave. Going to miss the campfires on the beach, marshmallow roasts, the great water view. Though we never tried them, you have fresh eggs when the chickens decide to lay. We found the Crow's Nest to be quite comfortable and furnished with everything you would need for either a short or long stay.

                                                                Quiet Retreat

                                                                Peter B.

                                                                A gorgeous spot in a quiet location, yet with easy access to Gig Harbor. The owners are very nice and the studio is set up well. The only thing that would have made it better is a larger refrigerator.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                In the amenities section of the listing it states that "There is a half size fridge in the Crow's Nest and a full-sized one downstairs for overflow."

                                                                Nice cozy cottage with a great view!

                                                                Jennifer H.

                                                                We really enjoyed our two weeks in the Crow's Nest. Candace and Bruce were very friendly and accommodating hosts. The view was lovely!


                                                                Gig Harbor, WA, USA

                                                                Smithsonian Magazine named Gig Harbor one of the 'Best Small Towns in America' and there is plenty of fun to be had near the Crow's Nest, should you wish to go exploring. Downtown Gig Harbor is just 5 minutes away with its boat & kayak rentals, Harbor History Museum, parks & outdoor summer concerts & movies, & delightful specialty shops. Uptown Gig Harbor features restaurants, big box stores, specialty shops and, for movie buffs, our new 'Galaxy Uptown' multiplex theater. No need to go out of town to eat! Feast at any of our excellent restaurants (we'll give you a list of our favorites including the restaurant that Sunset magazine named #1 best fish and chips in the West) and enjoy one of our state's many award winning wines or pour a pint of Gig Harbor's own Seven Seas brew. The heart of Tacoma is over the Narrows Bridge, about 20 minutes away. The Tacoma Art Museum, Chihuly's Glass Museum & the new LeMay Car Museum are nearby as well. Explore the quaint Norwegian town of Poulsbo, dig clams at Joemma State Park or take the ferry from nearby Bremerton to Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle (our favorite out-of-town outing). Bottom Line: we are centrally located to explore historic Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Seattle, Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, the San Juan Islands and Victoria, British Columbia. Whatever you choose to do, whether it's nothing or all of it, you'll be sure to have an incredible time at the Crow's Nest! Maps, directions and sightseeing brochures available.

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                                                                10% Active/Retired Military/Police/Firefighter Discount Pet fee: $50 per pet

                                                                15 Reviews
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