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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

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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.

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.

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

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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
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: $15 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: $75
Security Deposit: $200
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime 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.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

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

2 nights minimum stay

74 Reviews

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Virginia User Profile
May 2017
The view! This cozy cottage has incredible views of Commencement Bay whether you're out on the deck enjoying a cocktail or inside sitting in the nook with your morning coffee or tea. The neighborhood is quiet and away from busy streets - take a few walks around Old Town to see the houses and then venture down the hill to enjoy the waterfront scene. The kitchen has everything you'll need and the bed is very comfortable. You'll have tv and fast wireless service, a welcoming tub and shower and a front garden equipped with a barbecue and wisteria-covered pergola. We really didn't want to leave, and I know we'll find any excuse to go back. Angela is accommodating, well-informed to get you familiar with the area and quick with her communication. I can't believe I found this lovely cottage in my search, but I'm so glad I did!

Howard User Profile
May 2017
It really is the best view in town. It is a lovely neighborhood. Even though it rained every day, there were periods of sunshine that were glorious out on the deck. All was comfortable and as advertised.

Kate User Profile
January 2017
Such a great spot for two ppl. The views are amazing, location is perfect, newer renovations and decore are modern and tastefully done, fabulously stocked with everything you need (tons of games, books, dvds & wii). Clean, comfortable and easy to enjoy. The only downside is the 1 bath is located in the master so that is not the most convenient for nighttime visits for those not sleeping in the master. Other than that its a 5. Angela is a great host, communication is top notch from beginning to end and the place is fabulous. We are seasoned vacationers and rate this on the higher end of places to return to.
Angela User ProfileAngela is a superhost.
Response from Angela:
Thanks Kate :)
January 2017

Tobias & Ashleigh User Profile
December 2016
Wow, this sweet little cottage had everything a person could possibly need or want. Although, we didn't get a chance to cook in the kitchen, it was fully stocked. It felt like a home. Thank you!

Pauline User Profile
October 2016
Angela's cottage is the perfect place to stay in Tacoma! The views of the Sound and Mt Rainier were a highlight but certainly far from the only aspect of the cottage that made our visit so wonderful. Angela clearly puts her heart and soul into creating a welcoming and comfortable home away from home for visitors. She has thoughtfully filled her place with everything you could possibly need for comfort and convenience. There are so many comfy spots to sit and read, watch a movie, play a game or just watch the ships come and go in the harbor. She communicated with us in a timely and clear fashion prior to our arrival so despite getting in rather late and in the dark it all went without a hitch. The cottage has a helpful instruction book that also includes many menus from nearby restaurants as well as maps and an array of books about the area. We loved everything about Angela's cottage and would happily recommend it to anyone.

Carmen User Profile
October 2016
We love this place so much we are making it our (Airbnb) Tacoma home every time we visit. The views are picture perfect and the himebis fully stocked with ANYTHING you can imagine; coffee, games, bathrobes, blankets for sitting outside etc. Perfect location!

Yi User Profile
September 2016
Everything is just as described on the web page; very nice view and location; the people of the neighborhood are very kind. I had a wonderful vacation stayed in the cottage. The hostess is very kind, the necessaries and the kitchen were well prepared. I would stay here next time.

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Tacoma, Washington, United States · Joined in October 2013
Angela User ProfileAngela is a superhost.

Hello my name is Angela. I am a native on the northwest. When I moved to Tacoma 25 years ago, I fell in love with the architecture, neighborhoods, city, waterfront and the history of this amazing city.

Welcome to our airbnb vacation houses. All 3 of our spaces are dedicated to travelers wishing to stay in beautiful and unique spaces while enjoying the local culture and unique neighborhoods Tacoma has to offer. They are renovated, well appointed, clean, and outfitted with quality furnishings to make your stay enjoyable.

We are a family of three and we love to travel and stay in vacation homes while away. We take great pride in designing and maintaining our homes and hope you like the way we have furnished our Airbnb rentals.

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