8 Big Reasons You’ll Want to See This Luxury Rainier View Estate (& It’s Finally For Sale!)

Ultimate Pacific Northwest luxury awaits with this extraordinary 20-acre estate. Nestled on a scenic, secluded property and showcasing prime views of majestic Mt. Rainier, this one-of-a-kind estate features a 10,870-square-foot home. Brimming with high-end amenities and expertly curated details throughout, this 5-bedroom, 8-bath beauty is truly a sight to behold. Plus, SeaTac International Airport is only one hour away.

An opportunity like this only comes around once in a lifetime, and there’s room for you to make it your own. You might choose to install a pool oasis, a helipad for your convenience, sport courts, equestrian facilities, an archery range—it’s all within the realm of possibility.

As for what you’ll find with this property’s current offerings, here are 8 of the top reasons why you’ll want to see this treasure in person!

  1. Discover an idyllic outdoor setting that includes stunning views of Mt. Rainier.

Surrounded by picturesque greenery, this 20-acre estate is encapsulated in Northwest beauty. Spend time in the rejuvenating solitude of nature, or entertain guests under the three verandas.

  1. A car enthusiast’s dream awaits… with garages for 8 cars and RV space.

The heated showroom garage is ready to showcase your favorite antique car, and could also be used as a music studio or for catering a grand party. You’ll find a total of 8 garage parking spaces plus Motor Coach parking, providing you with the space you need to keep all of your treasures safe and out of the weather.

  1. High-quality, artisanal details await at every turn.

This residence is simply unlike any other. Great care and attention to detail was given to each element you’ll find in this home where only the finest of finishes can be found. Features like hand hewn walnut floors, imported blown glass doorknobs, stacked stone walls and fireplace, Turkish travertine floors, and more can be found throughout.

You’ll also find amenities that make life so much easier—an elevator offers accessibility, the simple push of a button turns on the lights throughout the entire home at once, and twin chandeliers with blown glass can be raised and lowered for ease of maintenance. The entire home has over 16 miles of smart wire, and you’ll find an elaborate home audio/lighting/security system, designed and installed by Definitive Audio.

  1. Designed with entertaining in mind, this home is ready to host a crowd in style!

As soon as guests arrive, this home’s grand entryway impresses with twin mahogany staircases featuring curved wrought iron railing. Huge windows that stretch toward soaring ceilings beckon from the living room, and sunlight cascades in while framing breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier. Whether you’re having an intimate gathering or hosting the party of the year where everyone you know is invited, guests are sure to feel swept away with this home’s exquisite elegance!

  1. The chef-ready kitchen is an entertainer’s dream!

Unleash your culinary skills in the epic chef’s kitchen where the very best in function meets fashion. Whipping up elaborate meals is a breeze thanks to high-end appliances and a smart design, and multiple seating areas for entertaining ensures that everyone is comfortable.

  1. Resort-worthy amenities are all yours in the sumptuous master suite.

On the main level, the master bedroom offers a gorgeous getaway complete with a fireplace, a 6-piece master bath, and a walk-in closet that is the stuff of dreams! Take in views of Mt. Rainier right from the comfort of bed, indulge in relaxing wellness routines in the spa-like bath, and keep clothing for each season perfectly organized in the expansive walk-in closet.

  1. Find the ultimate hangout in the theatre room and kitchenette.

Movie marathons will never be the same after you’ve kicked back in your private theater room! Grab some popcorn and enjoy a movie on the 10’ projector screen or flat screen, relax in Cinema Tech recliner chairs, and drop the blackout blinds to complete the experience. Wilson, Mezzo & McIntosh equipment are sure to impress and complete this epic home theater. A kitchenette makes the experience all the more enjoyable—refills and snacks are easily within reach!

  1. Attached guest quarters with 1 bedroom, den, and full kitchen suitable for caretaker or nanny.

Whether you have a full-time nanny or a caretaker to help you manage the grounds, this estate even includes guest quarters ideal for providing employees with their own private space.


This residence is listed for $1,950,000.

Interested in learning more? Click here to view the full listing! You can contact REALTOR® Joyce Shipley online here or give her a call/text at (253) 380-2808. You can also contact REALTOR® Linda Solheim online here or give her a call/text at (253) 279-7665.


Posted on May 16, 2019 at 4:35 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Gig Harbor |

How I found my dream home!


I have been a Realtor for almost 10 years and this is the first home I have purchased since becoming a Realtor… my 8th purchase.  Up until I became a Realtor, I totally relied on the agent I hired and I realize how important the choice of an agent is and how important it is for you to participate in your home purchase.

But back to finding a dream home.  I always tell my clients to write down their 10 wants in a home.  If there is a partnership or marriage, they both write down their list of 10.  It is never the same and very important for each person to have their input or they will never come to terms with a home that satisfies both of them.  Then they sit down and narrow it down to the top 10 and the secondary 10.  It is always good to mark the top 3 things that are most important to you/both of you.

I did this. I made my list.

1.   And I started my search knowing that number one was price and that I might not find what I wanted in my price range. 

2.   2 car garage

3.   Covered front porch

4.   Walk in closet

5.   One level

6.   Fireplace

7.   Vaulted ceilings

8.   A window over the sink that opens and has a view!

9.   Shower in the master

10.  3 bedrooms

I wanted to be in Gig Harbor but I left it off because I was open to other areas.

Every time something came on, I scouted it out.  It was challenging because my business has been crazy busy this year and I really believe if you write it down, the universe will supply.  I am disabled and needed a bath with a shower and not many steps.  One day I looked at a VA foreclosure that I saw online and had passed over because it was so vanilla… and I was looking for something that said dream home.  It was over my price range but had been on the market for 60 days.  I looked at it, took friends to look at it and finally realized that it was not my dream home as it was, but if I could get it at a price I wanted…I could make it my dream home eventually.  It had two full baths which meant that I was looking at a remodel job down the road to get my shower in the master. But… it had every other thing on my list.  I forgot to mention that the VA installed new carpets and vinyl in the baths before they put it on the market, not my choice but clean and inhabitable. Later I will put in wood floors.

With patience and faith, I made my offer and it took me almost 4 weeks and several price reductions as agents kept showing it and no one made offers.  But eventually with counters back and forth, we came to an acceptable number I could handle.  And it was a VA foreclosure so I knew from the beginning that I was going to pay their closing costs, pump and repair the septic if there were problems, which there were (A pump had to be replaced).  My inspection showed that the heating system was in need of a major repair and that would have to be fixed before closing thanks to the appraisal… but the rest of the house was pretty good.  I chose to replace it as it was close to the end of it’s life. It appraised quite a bit over what I paid so the VA was not going to paythe costs to fix it, but they did fix it before closing and took it out of the 3 percent closing costs they had offered me. 

Today I have painted the whole interior, bought new appliances, put up new lighting fixtures and made it my own.  It is looking pretty cute and my front porch is covered and perfect. It is the first time in over 3 years I have had an oven and a dishwasher.   But the best thing is the wonderful neighborhood and great neighbors which I am thoroughly enjoying.

It’s not always the granite or the perfectly manicured yard that makes a home.  It is your personal touches and the heart that you put into it.

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Gig Harbor |

Uptown – Gig Harbor










In Gig Harbor we have a great shopping area called UPTOWN!.  It has a wide variety of stores including Marshall's, Chico's, JJill, and our newest addition is Home Goods…opening soon to name a few!  There is a 12 screen Century Theatre complex and a wide variety of restaurants including Vietnamese/Thai (LeLe's), Pizza (Fondi's), Cupcakes (Melissa's), Mexican Food (Blue Agave), Ice Cream (Ben and Jerry's) and great hamburgers (Blazing Onion). On Thursday during the summer there is an outdoor area and live music with room to dance.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Gig Harbor | Tagged

Sea Hags in Gig Harbor

My friend Denese and I were out strolling in Gig Harbor down on Harborview St. and saw this adorable shop called Sea Hags!  When we went in…guess who I ran into?  Melissa Moller is the owner and operator and Melissa used to own a store in Alaska and wanted to open one here.    It has been open since August and has really great ocean- inspired items for the home.  One of the items is a water fountain made out of used propellers.  She has gorgeous clocks, jewelry, housewares items of all prices ranges beautifully handcrafted by local artisans.  Please stop in and see Melissa and tell her Joyce said hello.



Sea Hags – 8805 North Harborview Drive, Suite 201 Gig Harbor, Washington 98332 – Near Anthony’s on the water.


Posted on July 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Gig Harbor | Tagged ,

Happy Hour At The Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor!

Yesterday was a gorgeous day and on days like that in Gig Harbor, we want to be on the water.  And what better place to go than The Tides!  When it is warm you can sit on the deck and enjoy the sunshine.  For now, it is great to be inside and surrounded by friends and the water view. I meet friends there or take my clients. They have wonderful Halibut Fish and Chips, Clam Chowder, great salads, a wide variety of hamburgers and sandwiches as well as specials.  Beer, Wine and an open bar.  Big TV’s for the games.  Just a fun place to go! Service is great and now they have an expanded parking lot!  You can tie up your boat there or do like the Gig Harbor folks do…come by kayak and have lunch! If you have time, check out all the pictures on the wall of patrons all over the world in their Tides Tavern apparel.  I sent a shirt to one of my friends in Iraq to get his photo up there.

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Gig Harbor | Tagged ,

Getting Prequalified…before you look at homes!


It always seems that something drives to me write about issues that come up!  And here is another one that happened to two of my clients.  We looked at 10 – 12 homes, choose one that they fell in love with and all the while, thought they were prequalified…and they weren’t.  Lender rules have changed dramatically in the past several years and Realtors and Lenders are under stricter guidelines.  When Realtors ask you for a prequalification letter from your chosen lender, we are not doing this to make you feel bad.  We are protecting your time and investment in looking for a home.  There is nothing more frustrating than to spend time looking, running numbers, making decisions, dreaming and then finding out you can’t buy.

If you are putting a large down-payment down or paying cash, be prepared to provide documentation that your down-payment is accessible.  Cross out account numbers and provide it to your Realtor.  Your Realtor Is often required to  send it in with the offer and any preapproval letter you have provided.  If you have cash under your mattress, you have to document where it came from.  Ie:  One of my clients sold a Streamline Trailer and put the cash in his bank account.  It held up closing while we waited for him to find the buyer and get a receipt to prove where it came from at the last minute.

Lender rules are tougher and Realtors have to abide by them.

Your Realtor and your Lender are your team and are here to help you in any way possible.  If you need a Realtor, call me.  I would love to be your dream guide.


Joyce Shipley



Posted on April 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Gig Harbor, Real Estate |

Teatro Zinzanni

I wanted to share with you a wonderful experience I had with my friends(Kathy, Debbie, and PJ) in Costa Mesa, CA.  While visiting down south over the holidays this year, we got tickets to this production.  It said dress up in your boas and tiaras…so we did.  They offered a 5 course meal which was catered and delicious and we found out it is based in Seattle by the Key Arena.  There were jugglers, acrobats, high wire acts, singers and a wonderful comedian (pictured) who came out in these funny costumes and drew the audience in to participate.  The waiters were the actors also and it was just hilarious, good fun and we enjoyed it immensely.  I would recommend it to you and hope you will take a minute to check it out. 

www.zinzanni.org.  222 Mercer St, Seattle · (206) 802-0015

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Gig Harbor |

Quick Claim Deeds and Cashiers Checks On Closing Day!


Blogs happen when something prompts me to write them and today is one of those days.  Let me preface this by saying, I love my clients!  And I keep in mind that I have to impart to them the details so their life is easier and therefore mine is too.  But sometimes, things come up and I learn something too.  For this closing, I learned two things!

  1. Quick Claim Deed.

If you want to buy a property and put your friend, child or someone on the title by a quick claim deed, it can be done most of the time after closing because there are few escrow companies that will facilitate them and they give you the paperwork and you do it yourself…after closing. Today I learned from the escrow company handling this closing that if you wait to do it later, the Pierce county recorder is now charging almost a percentage point in excise tax to put them on later.  So in order to do it at the time of closing, you must think about it ahead of time and get the lenders approval as well as a title report on the individual. But it can be done. Also that individual has to sign a document at escrow. This varies in other areas.


  1.  No Cashiers Checks Accepted on Closing Day!

My client went to the bank this morning to get a Cashiers check for closing.Unfortunately she didn’t do it yesterday as she said she was.So the escrow company turned it down and she had to go back to the bank to wire the funds.There are some escrow companies that only accept wire transfers.It is important to determine ahead of time how you will bring in your funds.And the frustrating part is that sometimes you can’t get the amount needed until the last minute for a variety of reasons.  So being mentally prepared to just go with the flow makes life easier and less stressful. Plan to wire your funds.The escrow company will give you the instructions and keep them with you.When you get the amount from escrow, go take care of the wiring of funds.

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Gig Harbor |

Answering your question…what happens at closing?

What happens at closing?  It is confusing and makes everyone anxious.  Once the escrow gets loan documents, several things have to happen. 

a.            The escrow company completes a HUD statement of all the charges for both buyer and seller which is then sent to the lender to be approved.  This includes seller payoffs.   It also comes to the selling and buying agents for approval.  Once the lender signs off on it, then they call the seller and buyer to arrange signings.

b.            As a buyer or seller you will go in to sign the selling documents at escrow.  If you can’t go to escrow, they can arrange a signing for you at an additional charge usually.  Let your agent know your availability so we can plan around your schedule.

c.             Once you have signed your documents…usually 1 – 2 days prior to closing, the documents get sent back to the lender for a final look see.  They may call the buyers employer to verify your employment or even pull your credit again.  That is why we say…don’t go buy a car or charge up your credit cards with furniture etc. until it is closed.  It changes your FICA score and can totally mess up your loan.

d.            Once the bank has approved it, they will fund in the morning or by 1:30 on closing day.  At that point the escrow company releases it to close and it is taken to be recorded.  The only time you can sign and close on the same day is if you are paying cash. 

e.            Once we have recording numbers, the buyer gets keys and all is wonderful.  Congratulations!  You are a new home owner.  Always feel free to call me with your questions!

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Gig Harbor |

Autumn in Gig Harbor!

The trees are turning and it is absolutely beautiful everywhere we look. 

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm
Joyce Shipley | Posted in Gig Harbor |