This home is now rented. It's on a month to month basis, but the intent is long term. It probably will not be available again until Summer 2016 or later. However, since you never know, please check back once in a while if you're looking for a place. This status is kept updated.

For Rent - House to Share

Housemate wanted to share large (~3500 sq ft) two level home in Port Ludlow with older female & an older cat.

  • Waterfront - Nice Views - see photos; all were taken from the home
  • Space available is most of the main/top floor in a two level home (with daylight basement);
  • Available: including one bedroom (the master suite with ensuite bath etc). Kitchen and garage are shared.
  • Beautiful home - large gourmet kitchen with lots of storage - see photos
  • Ideal for someone who wants to live in a nice home on the water but doesn't want the responsibility of maintaining a house; and doesn't mind having a roommate who mostly keeps to herself.
  • See the tabs for details, including a floor plan with dimensions
floor plan
photo of part of master bedroom
photo of view
photo of part of living room
photo of kitchen

All rooms have views of Mt. Baker, shipping lanes, eagles & migratory birds except the baths.

The following is included in rent:

  • master suite
    • large bedroom
    • full bath
    • dual sinks
    • walk in closet
    • additional storage
  • main level living room
    • large "heatilator" wood burning fireplace
    • nook for home office, library, entertainment, or charting area
  • full sized space in garage
  • gourmet kitchen
  • dining area with propane stove
  • large deck on waterside
  • half bath off entry
  • additional storage
  • laundry area and entries
  • space for a small garden if desired
  • wifi
  • trash

The cost difference ($900 to $1,500/mo) reflects the options (furnished or not; whether our living arrangements are more like housemates or except for shared kitchen/laundry/garage, slightly overlapping separate dwellings). Owner is fine either way, is very comfortable on the lower level.

floor plan for main level

This house is too big for one person, economically and ecologically . Owner's home office and bedroom are downstairs, so she is renting out the upstairs - which is the main / ground level floor - except for reserving the right to also use the kitchen, laundry, garage; and with the housemate option (lowest rent), might occasionally use the deck or dining room.

The home is approx. 3,500 sq. ft. + 3 car attached garage + deck; quietly set below street level on the bluff on a cul-de-sac street near the mouth of Ludlow Bay.

The building faces east north east; with an unobstructed view of Mt. Baker & the Cascades, Whidbey Island, and Admiralty Inlet. which means that we get shipping lane views (incl. submarines) in addition to front row wildlife watching.

The house is divided between two levels; a main floor and a daylight basement; each level contains over 1600 sq ft. (plus deck, covered and outdoor areas).

Shown by appointment.

The main floor is all one level; there are no steps.

photo of entry
photo of bald eagle out front

The main level includes:

  • tiled entry,
  • master suite (with ensuite bath areas, and walk-in closet; see 'for rent' tab for more details),
  • half bath for visitors,
  • main-level living room with wood burning fireplace and nook,
  • a large dining area,
  • gourmet kitchen,
  • laundry,
  • attached garage,
  • additional interior storage, and
  • a large deck.

See the photos for the views from the master suite, living room, kitchen, dining room.

The lower level is a fully finished daylight basement which includes a couple small bedrooms, a home office for the owner's web based business, a second large family room, a small kitchenette-like area, a full bath, more storage, and a nice large covered porch.

This level is not included in rent.

 

 

photo of part of kitchen
photo of part of kitchen
photo of part of kitchen (with dining room lights off)

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  • main level entries
  • laundry area, walk-thru area between garage & kitchen
  • gourmet kitchen
    • dual fuel stove (propane cooktop / electric oven)
    • granite countertops
    • stainless appliances
    • tons of storage
    • shared less if main floor rented at the higher rate
  • additional refrig. in garage

If housemate living arrangement (lower rent) chosen, owner reserves the right to use the deck and dining room occasionally

Standard roommate rules assumed for entertaining.

Owner lives primarily on the lower (daylight basement) level.

A 16 yr old male cat also shares home. Mostly mellow. Can be playful. Currently indoor only. He is shy and takes a while to warm up to you; won't let you pet him for a long time.

Owner is busy, quiet professional female, self-employed with tech-industry business; also affiliated with WSU and is active with the American Association of University Women and the Kitsap TriBabes.

$900 to $1,500 month plus a share of electric, propane, and water. Amount to be negotiated depending on whether there are one or two of you, whether you need furnishings or not, how much space you want (housemates or slighly overlapping separate living), and parking.

Long term preferred. Summer only may be considered at the higher rate, no reservations, wait list ok.

Cost of utilities is usually $125-$250/month depending about half on you and half on the season. Home has heat pump so cost of heating is reasonable, especially for a house of this size with all these windows. Also has air conditioning, although it is doubtful that you'll want to use it since we usually have a nice light breeze during the rare but legendary NW hot spells.

  • WiFi included for internet. TV not included (I watch hulu or occasionally stream), but if you want to add it, I'll split the cost of basic or basic + with you.
  • Furnished can include linens, paper & household supplies, but not electronics
  • Includes eligibility to purchase membership to the Beach Club (private club with indoor & outdoor pools; workout room with weights, elliptical trainer, treadmills, ++; tennis court; ++ membership is ~$450/yr).
  • Long Term Rental preferred but Lease is Optional
  • Refundable security deposit ($1,200), cleaning deposit ($250);
  • Credit & background check required.
  • No pets preferred..
  • Must like cats (owner has indoor cat).
  • You are welcome to help maintain the yard but that is certainly not expected. You're also welcome to have a small garden of your own if you stay long term.
  • No party animals or smoking inside the house please. Owner is peanut allergic, so no peanuts or peanut oil in house, sorry.
photo of gray whale in front of house
  • Conveniently located in Port Ludlow, Washington, approximately a 5-10 minute walk to the Beach Club or Port Ludlow Marina; 2 minutes by car. Port Ludlow is on the east side of the Olympic Peninsula, approx. a 15 minute drive north of the Hood Canal bridge, and about half way between Port Townsend and Poulsbo. Commute to to either is about a half hour.
  • High bank waterfront at the mouth of Ludlow Bay, looking east across the entry to Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet. Listen to the wakes on the shoreline. Beach access from the public areas down by the Beach Club and Admiralty Condos.
  • Views of Mt. Baker, the Cascades, and basically all the comings and goings in the shipping lanes and the bay; sailboats, submarines, cruise ships, various watercraft and float planes. Most of the time the migratory birds have the area all to themselves, but occasionally we also have parades of boats or float planes, and during cruising season, the cruise ships glitter off in the distance at dawn and dusk.
  • Lots of Wildlife. Eagles cruise the shoreline regularly for about half the year. Ducks and other migrants congregate out front, in the near shore area where otters and herons also hunt. Otters, porpoise, and very occasionally gray whales.
  • Comfortable home. Usually 5-10 degrees cooler in the summer, and 5-10 degrees warmer in the winter. That comparison is to the Poulsbo area, but is also true for almost anywhere inland or without the summer east breeze. Can be 20 or more degrees cooler than South Sound when it's hot because of the breeze that comes from Mt. Baker. Large enough so that we both have lots of private space. Nice floor plan.
  • Light & Bright. Big sky view. Lots of light even on dark winter days. Great weather watching. The view is always changing, and even though the bright sunny days are our favorites, sometimes the clouds and water are the most fascinating on otherwise dark days.
  • No steps. Front porch & entry, attached garage, laundry, kitchen, living, dining, and master suite all on one level.
  • floorplan
    Floor plan of main level showing dimensions
  • photo of part of master bedroom
    Master bedroom seen from walkway inside suite between sleeping area and dressing areas. These various photos of the master suite were taken at different times and thus show different furnishings and arrangements.
  • photo of part of master bedroom
    Photo of part of one wall in sleeping area in the master. These various photos of the master suite were taken at different times and thus show different furnishings and arrangements.
  • photo of part of master bedroom
    Photo of one portion of the master suite; looking towards door to entry. These various photos of the master suite were taken at different times and thus show different furnishings and arrangements.
  • photo of part of master bedroom
    Master bedroom seen from walkway inside suite between sleeping area and dressing areas. These various photos of the master suite were taken at different times and thus show different furnishings and arrangements.
  • photo of part of master bedroom
    Photo looking out onto Admiralty Inlet from the master suite. These various photos of the master suite were taken at different times and thus show different furnishings and arrangements.
  • photo of sinks in master bath
    Master bath is divided into two areas - main area is mirrored with dual sinks and access to walk-in closet and tons of storage. You can see the door to the large walk in closet and a closet-sized large linen (or sundry) area behind the mirrored doors.
  • photo of shower/tub in master bath
    The second area of the master bath includes the tub / shower and the toilet behind a privacy door. This photo is not exciting but we thought you might like to see a preview of this area.
  • photo of hall from master suite to dining room
    Photo taken while standing in the doorway to the master looking out into the rest of the house. You're looking across the entry area. Propane stove in distance is in the dining room.
  • photo of entry
    Entry; looking towards front door from inside. Stairs go down to lower level. The bench and plants stay, unless agreed otherwise.
  • photo of entry looking towards living room
    Photo taken from front door - shows a portion of the entry, looking through to the living room
  • photo of part of living room
    Living room looking towards front door. These photos were taken at different times thus show the same room with different furniture and arrangements.
  • photo of part of living room
    Living room looking towards wood burning fireplace. These photos were taken at different times thus show the same room with different furniture and arrangements.
  • photo of part of living room
    Living room, looking back towards entry, showing nook (which is large enough for a home office, charting table, or another seating area. These photos were taken at different times thus show the same room with different furniture and arrangements.
  • photo of part of living room
    Living room looking towards wood burning fireplace. These photos were taken at different times thus show the same room with different furniture and arrangements.
  • photo of part of living room
    Living room, looking towards view and entry to deck. These photos were taken at different times thus show the same room with different furniture and arrangements.
  • photo of part of living room
    Deck runs along water side of house and connects the dining room and living room; towards living room
  • photo of part of dining room
    Photo of part of the dning room looking out on the balcony and beyond. Photos were taken at various times and thus show different furniture and arrangements in the same room.
  • photo of part of dining room
    Photo of the back portion of the area adjacent to the kitchen, showing the propane fireplace and windows which look out onto the landscaping. Home has 3 kinds of heat, which makes it cozy when it's cool outside. Photos were taken at various times and thus show different furniture and arrangements in the same room.
  • photo of part of kitchen (with dining room lights off)
    Looking into the kitchen from the dining area. Open floor plan means that you are never stuck in the kitchen by yourself. Tons of storage.
  • photo of part of kitchen
    Photo of part of one side of the galley style kitchen, focusing on the dual fuel stove with five burners and two ovens. Stove top is propane; ovens are electric. One oven is standard sized, the other is narrower and is great for side dishes. Both sides of the kitchen have undercounter lights, in addition to recessed lighting on the ceiling.
  • photo of part of kitchen
    Photo of part of one side of the galley-style kitchen, looking towards the swinging glass door to the laundry room (which leads to the garage).
  • photo of laundry room
    The laundry room is located between the kitchen and the garage. This area includes a walk in pantry and additional storage.
  • photo of exterior
    Exterior showing main entry via covered porch
  • photo of view from rental
    It is so quiet here that you can hear the kayaker's conversations. From about December to June bald eagles go back and forth all day long. Some apparently have a taste for waterbirds and that is really strange to watch. In the summer, you can also watch the dinghy outings and all the boats that come and go from the marina.
  • photo of view from rental
    This sailboat anchored a wee bit too close to shore. You never know what you are going to see.
  • photo of sunset, looking east
    Imagine waking up, or falling asleep to this view. This is a sunset. The Cascades are backlit at dawn. During the winter, they glow at sunset (especially Mt Baker). Moonrise is pretty spectacular too.
  • photo of view from rental
    Every Thursday and Saturday you have a front row seat for the Etchell sailboat races. They look like white birds coming out of Ludlow bay.
  • photo of view from rental
    The sky is always changing - the house is light and bright even on dark days.
  • photo of view from rental
    The sky is always changing - the house is light and bright even on dark days. This photo is real. It really is very beautiful here. None of these photos are photoshopped.
  • photo of view from rental
    Here's the Etchells again - pretty white little birds that tack out of the bay, put up their colorful spinnakers and try to blast back. This photo was probably taken in about June, based on the sky and the number of boats.
  • photo of view from rental
    Looking straight out - a solo sailboat with an umber sail in the distance.
  • gray whale feeding in front of house in April

    Series of six photos of a migrating gray whale close to shore; taken from the main level balcony.

    Photo 1 of 6.

  • migrating gray whale in April

    It is unusual to see gray whales in Ludlow Bay; they are normally reported only once a year at most. The only cetaceans regularly seen here are the shy harbor porpoise during the summer.

    Photo 2 of 6.

  • migrating gray whale.

    Notice that the whale has been circling and stirring up mud for the first three photos. Sometimes you see the whale's body, and sometimes you see one flipper or part of it's fluke. This is very shallow water, close to shore.

    Photo 3 of 6.

  • gray whale moving to the right; leaving a plume of mud

    Gray whales have baleen instead of teeth. They feed on small crustaceans such as amphipods and tube worms found in mud.

    Photo 4 of 6.

  • gray whale feeding in front of the house

    Gray whale in front of house in April, moving into Ludlow Bay. Their normal feeding pattern is to circle and stir up the mud, then move down the shore and repeat.

    Photo 5 of 6.

  • gray whale in Ludlow Bay, with Admiralty Inlet and the mouth of Hood Canal in the distance

    Gray whale in front of house in April, slowly travelling south into Ludlow Bay. Notice the mud stirred up behind the whale. In this photo, the whale was coming to the surface to breathe. Although I was in the right place at exactly the right time to see this (and a lot more), I wasn't as lucky with the batteries in the camera, and thus this is the last photo in this sequence. The American Cetacean Society gray whale fact sheet nicely describes gray whales.

    Photo 6 of 6.

  • adult bald eagle sitting in cedar tree overlooking Ludlow Bay

    Bald Eagles fly by a lot. It's fun to watch them. They used to be rare, but lately they're pretty common. We see juveniles in all stages of plumage in addition to adults with their gorgeous white heads and tails. During the peak season (winter and early spring), they fly back and forth across the top of the bank all day as if it was an eagle highway; sometimes stopping to sit in the tall cedars out front. When sitting out on the deck, it's common to hear eagle talk. I think the most I've seen at once is 8; they were all fishing. Most were juveniles, only one had the full white tail. That's a good story, along with the story about the eagle that hunted ducks by drowning them. Photo courtesy Bonnie Gretz.