Chinaberry Hill - A Luxury Urban B&B Experience $549,750

* Bay Views ~ Fireplaces ~ Private Jacuzzis ~ Guest Cottage ~ Private Owner's Quarters *

Delightful Turnkey Opportunity in Seattle-Tacoma area - Pacific Northwest

Perched on a hill overlooking Puget Sound, this 1889 Grand Victorian is on the National Historic Register and has been featured in several publications, including Amazing Getaways, Best Places Northwest, Best Places to Kiss Northwest, Romantic Days and Nights in Seattle, Conde Nast Traveler, Fodors, Frommers, Sunset Magazine, Coastal Living, Travel & Leisure, and many others:

"This is one groovy place... better-than-restored with decor that's bold, eclectic, opulent and inviting. A delightful place with secluded garden, hilltop privacy, yet great urban access." --- The Unofficial Guide to Bed & Breakfasts in the Northwest

A Top 10 Frommers Pick among both inns and bed and breakfasts for the entire state of Washington, Chinaberry Hill is a favorite destination for the Seattle-Tacoma market and enjoys a loyal customer base (almost 30% of the inn's room nights are from return and referred guests).

Because of its long-standing popularity, the business benefits from excellent positioning on Google and strong community presence, as well as outstanding guest reviews on both Trip Advisor and Just 20 minutes from the Seattle-Tacoma airport exit and 30 minutes to downtown Seattle exits, the inn attracts summer vacation travelers who are seeking vacation rentals (because of the cottage) and B&B lodging in the Seattle area.

A key to its continued strong revenue stream even in the recent economic downturn is the range of options offered to the customer -- 3 spacious multi-room Jacuzzi suites, including a 2 story carriage house/guest cottage that can accommodate up to 7 guests, as well as economic choices for those traveling on a budget. Guest accommodation choices range from $149-$245/nite. Because of the popularity of the inn's luxury suites and the availability of the cottage for groups, a full weekend translates to $1,000+ per nite. The inn's proximity to downtown Tacoma and the Convention Center assures a steady stream of business travelers as well.

The inn's location and signage (zoning allows for commercial signage) makes Chinaberry Hill the most visible B&B lodging choice for those living/working/visiting downtown Tacoma and the historic North End.

Estate grounds are the earliest example of landscaped gardening in the Pacific Northwest. The rock wells and cascading garden beds were designed by landscape architect E. O. Shwageral, who also designed nearby Wright Park and the Seymour Glass Conservatory, just three blocks away. Shwageral went on to become a major influence in urban park design, as Seattle's first Park Superintendent.

Tacoma enjoys the longest stretch of public waterfront access of any city in the U.S. Add to that the 14 miles of old-growth trails in Point Defiance and a great selection of upscale eateries and microbreweries in Tacoma's downtown, waterfront, and North End neighborhoods, and you've got an ideal setting for a rich personal life and successful business.

The entire 3rd floor of the mansion is for the owner's enjoyment. Large bedroom overlooks Puget Sound, living room/dining area, office/den, kitchen, private bath w/antique clawfoot soaking tub & shower, lots of closet/storage space. Owner's quarters has private stairwell with direct access to outside porch, main floor kitchen and second floor of mansion (super convenient, with plenty of privacy). Unfinished basement includes laundry area, workshop, plenty of storage. New efficiency boiler/furnace services radiator heat on main and second floors.

The Perfect Getaway

Offering world-class bed and breakfast lodging in downtown Tacoma at affordable rates since 1996, Chinaberry Hill continues to be a favorite Tacoma lodging choice for business and vacation travelers, as well as the local Seattle-Tacoma and Portland romantic getaway weekend crowd.

"Amid the stately old homes of Tacoma's Stadium Historic District, this grand Victorian home has luxurious guest rooms and commanding views of Puget Sound and Commencement Bay... Beautiful century-old trees shade the grounds. Classic Northwest elegance makes this one of the finest inns in the state." --- Frommer's Travel Guide

Compelling architecture and woodwork throughout, a fun mix of one-of-a-kind antiques and contemporary finds, super comfortable beds, incredible breakfasts and cheerful hospitality are part of what keeps guests coming back. Downtown shops and theaters, waterfront restaurants and Tacoma's Antique Row are just a few blocks from this remarkable garden retreat.

Hearty Breakfasts & Serious Coffee

The inn serves up a multi-course made-from-scratch bountiful breakfast and can accommodate a variety of dietary needs. The menu changes daily with such favorites as buttermilk blueberry pancakes, orange croissant french toast and green chili quiche with garlic potatoes and mango peach salsa. yum!

A Place of the Heart

It is not unusual to have return guests staying at Chinaberry Hill on any given week (some from as far back as our opening year - !!). We appreciate such loyalty from our guests and we endeavor to make sure that your twentieth visit is just as fun, personal and memorable as your first.

You will love Tacoma's North End community and its architectural treasures and vision (over 100 structures are listed on the National Historic Register) as much as you love the inn.

Living La Vida Tacoma,
Chinaberry Hill


  • Built in 1889
  • Historic Registry
  • 16 years as B&B
  • Last renovation in 2010
  • MLS #68794
  • 5 Guest Rooms
  • 6 Guest Bathrooms
  • Lot size: 0.24 acres
  • 3 Parking Spots
  • Has owner's quarters
  • $549,750
  • 50% annual. occ. rate
  • $168.00 avg daily rate
  • $155,000 gross revenue
  • $155,000 room revenue

Listing Agent

Norm Iverson
777 108th Ave NE
Suite 1830
Bellevue, WA 98004

Phone: 425-320-8934
Cell: 425-320-8934


302 North Tacoma Avenue Tacoma, WA 98403

Photos (click to enlarge)

Downtown shops and theaters, waterfront restaurants and Antique Row are just a few blocks from this remarkable garden retreat.
All rooms/suites have private baths with both tub (either antique clawfoot soaking tub or Jacuzzi tub-for-two) and shower.  Oversized windows bring in the light and the gardens. One of the two chandeliered dining rooms.  Tables can be arranged for large groups or for individual couples.
Pantages Suite is the entire front of the inn on the 2nd floor.  Private, spacious, bright, with a 90 gallon jetted Jacuzzi tub and leaded rosette window, great water views. Living La Vida Tacoma. Chinaberry Hill.

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