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Privacy and Peace, Expansive Views and a Natural Beach

Gig Harbor, WA, USA
  • Cottage1150 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay1 - 6 nights

High Bank waterfront cottage in a quiet, high-end setting with 5 star views.

The Beach House is both close to shopping and restaurants and is very quiet and private. The loudest noise is often the sound of a commercial fishing boat netting salmon just off the beach. The master bedroom has a king sized bed and the second bedroom has a queen bed. The third bed is set up in sofa sleeper, which contains a queen mattress. Each of the two bedroom is connected to a bathroom. The bathroom for the second bedroom can also be accessed from the kitchen.

The deck is accessed through double french doors next to the kitchen as well as private entry from the master bedroom. A Weber gas grill is provided on the deck.

The best views in the house are from the master bedroom but you can listen to the waves and watch the sailboats from the deck off the kitchen, or from the living room. The house has a lot of light, with windows lining the East and South walls, which both face the water. As a result the house is cheery (it may sound like a clichee but having lived in this house for 20 years I know it's true). The house is very popular on weekends so I reserve the right to wait to accept single night bookings on Friday and Saturday nights until a week before the booking date.


Andy Garrett

Member Since 2013
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018
About Andy Garrett

I moved out to the Seattle area right after college with my wife.We bought this property in 1990 and started building two years later. We raised our two children here and now we live in the area, having started new lives apart. Our children are both in college so the house needs fresh occupants. I still operate the industrial supply business I started twenty some years ago, as well as manage several properties in nearby cities.

Andy Garrett purchased this Cottage in 1992

Why Andy Garrett chose Gig Harbor

We bought this property when there was only a single house in the neighborhood. I was flying regularly for business and needed a reasonable airport commute and, having just moved from a 44' boat, wanted a home that offered a great water view and privacy. We coudn't have done better. The Beach House is a very unusual, located in a small, upscale neighborhood on a private, unconnected street and yet very private and quiet. The property is 1.5 acres in size and includes 145 ft. of private waterfront and beach.

What makes this Cottage unique

No doubt about it, what makes this home special is it's views and access to the water. When the tide is out you can walk the beach all the way into Gig Harbor (about three miles along the shore). From town you can rent a kayak and paddle to the house, have lunch, and paddle back before dark. I've done it many a time. Salmon migrate past the beach and the purse seiners (commercial fishing boats) will actually take turns setting their nets just off the beach. This happens every October and November but the salmon run about five months of the year. If you want to get a license bring your gear and try your luck from shore, or rent a power boat in town and work a wider area.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Guest Bedroom
        1 queen, Guest Bedroom adjoins a continental powder room.
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king, 1 baby crib
      • Master bedroom has a king bed and plenty of extra space. You won't feel cramped. It connects on one side to the deck. The other side is connected to a dressing area with a small walk-in closet as well as the bathroom which includes a tub/shower and linen closet. We provide a portable crib for guests upon request and generally the crib will be set up in the master bedroom because there is ample space.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Master Bath
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, This bathroom has the only shower so you'll need to share.
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, Second bath adjoins both bedroom and the kitchen.
      • Powder room off the kitchen functions as continental bath which connects to the second bedroom. It does not have its own shower or bath. That will need to be shared with the master bath.

      Location Type

        • Beachfront
          The Beachhouse sits on high bank waterfront overlooking the Colvos Passage in Puget Sound and includes 145 feet of private beach.
        • Mountain View
          Mount Rainier is visable from most rooms. You will also see the outline of the Cascades to the East.
        • Ocean View
        • Oceanfront
          The Colvos Passage is just North of the Tacoma Narrows and is part of Puget Sound, a protected saltwater network fed by the Straights of Juan De Fuca.
        • Water View
          Dramatic views of Puget Sound, the Narrows Bridge, Mt. Rainier, Vashon Island and the lights of Tacoma are seen from most rooms.


            • Away From It All
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Radiant floor heat. Very comfortable, no drafts, no noise.
                    • Internet
                      Router/modem with fast DSL supplied. This is also the source for television.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Tile floor, very sunny with nice views. Double french doors open onto small deck which connects to master bedroom.
                    • Parking
                      Two parking areas. The house is located on a slope and the driveway is gravel so park two cars just off the road and walk down to the house or drive to the landing next to the house.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Maytag washer/dryer


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Starbucks coffee is provided free of charge. Regular coffee maker plus a nice grinder that dispenses varying amounts depending on a very simple setting.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Stainless pots and pans (heavy bottommed) with glass lids. Cast iron items as well.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Compact kitchen, full oven, double burner stove, dishwasher, deep single sink and an island that seats two.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Standard size electric.
                        • Pantry Items
                          We provide great quality olive oil and the basic seasonings and condiments.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Double-burner Gas
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Dining area is minimalist. The island is large enough for two barstools, four in a pinch. A dining table is provided but it is best moved into position if you need to seat four to six.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Music Library
                                • Stereo
                                • Television


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      Two golf courses in Gig Harbor within fifteen minutes.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Boat rental just six minutes from the house. You can rent a kayak, power boat, or sailboat.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Postage stamp size.
                                    • Tennis
                                      Five minutes to the city park with tennis courts.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Private Pool
                                              There is a private beach. Plrease be aware the beach is on the Colvos Passage, which is fed from the ocean and temperatures are generally about 50 deg. F.


                                                • museums
                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • cinemas
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • synagogues
                                                • winery tours
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

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

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

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

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • snowboarding
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Private beach included on property. Because the house is 'high bank' there is a good hike to reach the beach and returning to the house requires an energetic uphill walk. About 400 ft of elevation but that's what makes the view so great.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  64 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Great Relaxing, Quiet, Serene, Cottage away from the Hustle and Bustle!

                                                                  Gwenna G.Fairview Wyoming-1 hour south of the Tetons

                                                                  We loved our stay in Andy's Cottage. The weather was great and views spectacular with sunrise, sunset and the full moon rising at night. Andy provided suggestions for activities in the area for our family of two teenage boys. We enjoyed the local museum and history and well as the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. The boys found many shells and treasures along the shores of the Sound. We enjoyed the local places to eat and had our fill of fish and crab! The kitchen was well stocked with the basics as well as fresh linens and clean beds. We highly recommend the Cottage for your next get away.

                                                                  Amazing view, great value!!

                                                                  Charlotte S.

                                                                  My parents were in town for my husband's military retirement. Too many folks at the ranch so we found this great cottage, with views to write home about, for 5 of our guests! It would be cool if they created a pocket door between the second bedroom and master bath, it's the only shower in the house. Beyond that, I would rent this house on a weekend just to take in the incredible scenery...and I live here in the Harbor. This was a fantastic value. Andy was also quick to respond to any questions we had during the stay.

                                                                  Quiet with amazing views

                                                                  Holly B.

                                                                  What a fabulous place to stay! This home is in a quiet, upscale neighborhood with a million-dollar view from the master bedroom (the pictures don't entirely do the view justice). The drive into Gig Harbor is easy and Tacoma is a short hop if that's your interest. We were also thrilled to be able to bring the dogs.

                                                                  The home itself is not huge but is a comfortable size for 6 people to sleep and live in. The seating areas are comfortable and the kitchen is nicely stocked with pantry essentials. There is a small fenced area on the side that I was able to let my dogs wander in a bit and there's even more space on the property for dogs to wander if they are ok off leash (mine are not). The path down to the beach is a bit steep and rustic, but we enjoyed wandering a bit and had the beach entirely to ourselves. My only complaint is that the mattress in the master sags a bit (hence only 4 stars). Overall, this was a wonderful, calm, quiet place to stay with a view that doesn't quit. I would definitely return.

                                                                  A Million $ View in a Million $ Neighborhood

                                                                  Lisa H.Conifer, CO

                                                                  We've been on the road for over 2 months, and this place was by far our favorite house. It is located outside Gig Harbor, right on the water, in a small subdivision of of gorgeous houses. It is small, but feels much bigger than its square footage as a result of high ceilings and windows everywhere.

                                                                  The views are amazing from the bedroom-- and you can spend hours sitting in bed just looking out at the water, and you can do the same from the small balcony on the side of the house. (There are shades on every window in case the sun wakes you).

                                                                  The kitchen is well stocked and has everything we needed-- even a dishwasher. And, the washer and dryer are large and first class-- a welcome change from the dinky stacked units typically found in rental houses.

                                                                  The walk to the beach takes about 15 minutes, and while there are some unsteady spots, just about anyone who can climb a hill can do it with no problem. The beach is of the rocky type, but is still great for walking on, shell collecting, and just sitting and watching the boats and the wildlife.

                                                                  Andy was easy to reach and accommodating-- we had no issues with a last-minute early check in when we hit town earlier than we thought.

                                                                  Be sure to walk or drive around the little subdivision to see all the really cool houses in your rental neighborhood.

                                                                  We would stay here again in a heartbeat.

                                                                  Nice but could use a fresh coat of paint on inside.

                                                                  Susan C.

                                                                  House was comfortable but it needs a deep overall cleaning. Floors were very dirty. Only one window opened in living room area. Only one window in bedroom opened. Owner needs to provide fans.

                                                                  Awesome, peaceful location.

                                                                  Brantley H.Atlanta, GA

                                                                  Great views, quiet, peaceful, wonderful location. We have been visiting Seattle annually for many years, this was our first stay in Gig Harbour, and it is now our absolute favorite location to stay in the Seattle area. Andy was great...he made sure we had all we needed to enjoy our stay. We will try to return net year!


                                                                  Gig Harbor, WA, USA

                                                                  The Beach House is three miles outside Gig Harbor, an historic fishing town which today is home to a local commercial fishing fleet. The local Maritime Museum documents that history and the lifestyle of the time when the the Harbor was primarily a fishing village. The town now is a vibrant community with excellent shopping, restaurants, parks, and recreational rental business. Rent a sailboat, kayak, powerboat, or roadbike nearby and take advantage of the exceptional views and great water and bike routes. The Cascade Mountain range is about 50 miles to the east and offers snowboarding, downhill and cross country skiing. There is world class hiking at Mt. Raineer to the East or Hurricane Ridge to the West. The Bremerton Ferry, 40 minutes away, travels to downtown Seattle daily and takes both cars and foot traffic. By car, Seattle is just an hour away and Tacoma just 20 minutes.

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                                                                  64 Reviews
                                                                  Excellent 4.7/5
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