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*Best View and location in Tacoma*

Entire home/apt

5 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds

Entire home/apt

5 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds

Entire home/apt

5 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds

1 adult
0 children
Ages 2 - 12
0 infants
Under 2
5 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

Commencement View Cottage is a comfortable house in the desirable Old Town area of Tacoma. I do not live here. It operates as a licensed rental and is located on a quiet street with plenty of parking. The views from the decks are wonderful. The cottage is fully stocked with everything needed for your stay. I rent by the night but during the fall-spring I will rent long term for $3000/month.

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The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $10 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: $75
Security Deposit: $200
Cancellation: Strict


The space

Commencement View Cottage is a fully licensed vacation home in the Old Town neighborhood of Tacoma. I don't live here so you will have the entire property to yourself. Pets are welcome upon approval.

Commencement View Cottage built in 1910 is a completely renovated house with commanding views of Commencement Bay in Tacoma. This house was renovated in 2013 for the traveler in mind.

The cottage features 1 bedroom with a high quality queen mattress and another bedroom with a thick high quality full size futon. Guests can also sleep on the roll-away single bed or the single fold away bed. There is one renovated bathroom with all of the amenities like lighted make up mirror, shampoo, conditioner, toiletries, scale and curling iron. Please note that this house is over 100 years old and the bathroom entry is through the master bedroom.

Enjoy the great views from all three decks. Great views are had from the eat in kitchen as well. The large front deck has a table and chairs and two comfy wicker chairs and offers views of Commencement Bay and is set in a charming garden with lighted pergola over the deck. The property is fully enclosed and I have gates at the entry and on the side of the house. That being said a dog or child could climb the 2 foot retaining wall and go into my neighbors yard.

Invite your friends over for a bbq and enjoy the plants and statuary in the garden. The front porch has comfortable Adirondack chairs and offers views of Mount Rainier when visible. The back deck is very private and offers one of the best views in Tacoma, from the Cascade mountains to the Olympics, Vashon and Maury Island, and the Browns Point lighthouse. You will be amazed at the unobstructed view from the back deck. Enjoy lounging in comfortable deck furniture as you watch the boats and cargo ships that use the sound every day.

The scenery is constantly changing and even when raining or overcast you will have wonderful views. In the spring and summer enjoy the sailboats or enjoy a para sail. Check out the newly developed Point Ruston down on the waterfront. Enjoy a movie at the movie theater, rent surreys or a bicycle, have a great meal, walk your dog or just people watch.

Commencement Cottage is located just a 7 minute walk down to the Commencement Bay waterfront. From there you can walk, bike, or roller blade for miles on Ruston Way or go out to eat at the many fabulous restaurants on the waterfront.

Just a short five mile drive on Ruston Way past Point Ruston and you have Point Definace Park a 702 acre park that is home to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Fort Nisqually, Vashon ferry, 5 mile drive, hiking trails, tennis, boating, fishing, and beautiful forests. The cottage is a quick 5 minute drive to the cute Proctor (Saturday farmers market) and 6th Avenue districts (Tuesday farmers market) , and a 5 minute drive to downtown Tacoma.

Old Town established in 1869 is a short 7 minute walk from the cottage and features restaurants and coffee shops as well. I have a house manual with local activities to enjoy and menus for all of the fabulous restaurants on Ruston Way. Commencement View Cottage is located on North 31st street which is a very quiet street and the house is set back off of the street 40 feet. Enjoy the peacefulness of this location.

If you are here visiting relatives or friends this is a great house for entertaining. Please have no more than 15 people total at the cottage when entertaining . The house is set up with everything needed for you and your guests. Feel free to use my tableware (china, napkins, tablecloths, nice glassware) for your entertaining. There is plenty of parking. We are one block from the bus line.

Enjoy all the amenities of our house including: barbecue, gas fireplace, dishwasher, washer/dryer, toiletries, board games, WII, digital antenna t.v. (40 channels), movies and DVDs, large chess/checker set, stereo, iron, bath scale, portable crib, highchair, picnic supplies, Keurig, coffee maker, toaster, linens and dishes for entertaining, pans, spices and oils so you can feel comfortable cooking in our new kitchen with gas appliances.

Three night minimum during the high season (Spring/Summer) unless there is a shorter gap between reservations. I do have a monthly/weekly rate in Fall/Winter/early Spring (please ask)

It may be a dreary day, but rain or shine it is always beautiful here.

Pets must have prior approval to stay here. Like us on (Commencement View Cottage)

Guest access

Guests have access to the house and gardens. There are 8 steps from the sidewalk to the yard, then a 30 foot walk and 4 more stairs to the front door.

Interaction with guests

Guests will be given the code to the key box a few days prior to their arrival. If I am around and I am not working, I am more than happy to give you a tour of the house. I provide a book of activities in the area as well as menus for all of the great restaurants near the house.

The neighborhood

Commencement Cottage is located in Old Town, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Tacoma. It is located on a very quiet street. Walk to restaurants and coffee. There is ample parking on the street and it is a short 7 minute walk to the waterfront. Set far back from the street it is a private retreat close to everything Tacoma has to offer.

Getting around

Bus transportation is 1 block away on North 30th Street. The grocery/pharmacy/restaurants are located less than a mile away.

Other things to note

I do rent long term from the months of October -Mid May. I charge $3000/month. Like us on . Commencement View Cottage

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in is after 4PM

Please let me know how many guests when inquiring as well as if you have kids. The cottage can only accommodate up to 5 people ( No more than 4 adults ) Pets are welcome and must have prior approval. Please contact me prior to booking to discuss your pet. There is an extra charge for pets ($75).

This is a quiet neighborhood so please don't ask me to rent it out for parties/weddings/events or exceed my guest limit. Old town is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Tacoma. The neighbors are very interested in activity at my house and Commencement View cottage is only operated as a legal bed and breakfast. Please keep noise on deck down after 9 p.m. I also typically don't negotiate my rate.

This is a non-smoking house. There is a 2 night minimum and a $75 cleaning fee. Check in after 4 p.m. and check out is 11 a.m. unless other arrangements have been made.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

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Hello my name is Angela. I am a native on the northwest. When I moved to Tacoma 20 years ago, I fell in love with the architecture, the waterfront and the history of this amazing city. My son and I are active in sport fencing.
Welcome to our newly remodeled vacation house. We are a family of three and we love to travel and stay in vacation homes while away. We love spending time here and even though it is only 5 minutes from our house it feels like a world away. It can be dreary and cold, but it always offers a beautiful view and is so peaceful. We have outfitted this house to be a comfortable respite while you are away from home. We hope you like the way we have furnished Commencement View Cottage.

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