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Sunrise Beach Gig Harbor Beach Front Home with Mt Rainier View

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


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

John Hodge
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

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.

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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Gig Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Slate floor, slate shower, double sinks
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • 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)
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 8 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • 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


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Sunrise Beach Gig Harbor Beach Front Home with Mt Rainier View
average rating of 4.9801326 based on 152 reviews

Incredible Panoramic View/Dream Beach Home

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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!
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Quiet location with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome location an overall beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Have Lived in Gig Harbor for 27 years and just lost my husband so it was a perfect place for me and my two kids to heal for a couple days.Beautiful location very relaxing and the owner was very helpful with any questions or any needs that we had.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Holiday Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the beach house. Everything we needed was provided. Even though this was a winter getaway, we enjoyed the beautiful sunrises, listening to the waves splashing, and enjoying the views while keeping warm in the hot tub. John and Shelley's response to any questions we had were always prompt! Thank you for a great short getaway! We would love to come back in the summer! We are sailors and can't wait to see Gig Harbor by boat and sail by this lovely little beach house!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another amazing stay!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you, John, for another amazing stay at Sunrise Beach! The house is beautiful and the view cannot be beat. We truly enjoyed our quiet Christmas on the water. We have stayed at many vacation homes on VRBO, but this by far is our favorite.

John also offered us access to Christmas decorations, but as we were only staying four nights, we decided to pass. But it was appreciated!

We look forward to our next visit!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous, comfortable family get away on the water

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had the most wonderful time walking the beach at low tide, sitting in the hot tub, getting excited about every animal sighting, and having dinner on the deck under Mt Ranier, we will be back!!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.8%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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