(253) 302-4847  ·  Tacoma, WA

Day Island Stunner

1950 W Day Island Boulevard W  ·  University Place, WA

6 Bed


4,137 Sq Ft

MLS ID: 1809557



Crossing the bridge to Day Island feels a bit like discovering a secret. Although you’re just minutes from the UP Town Center, the island is its own community where neighbors wave, talk in the street, & rally together when needed. In 1926, Mr. Opgenorth custom built this home to maximize the no-bank waterfront and endless views of sunsets and the Puget Sound. His design included timeless details that have been tenderly preserved through the years, including high ceilings, oak floors, Philippine Mahogany trim, original lighting & hardware. Renovated kitchen & daylight basement allows room for everyone to stay for a day or forever! 60′ of waterfront brings the PNW wildlife to your backdoor, & Narrows Marina is adjacent if you need moorage.


“We’ll miss the view that is different every day, and always beautiful in its own way. November storms are spectacular, spring and summer sunsets are colorful. It’s a great home for someone who is a birdwatcher; eagles, osprey, mergansers, herons out on the water side; so many others out the kitchen window, including hummingbirds year round, towhees, goldfinches, and many others. I love the lights in the kitchen, the pot filler, the sliding drawers, the edge on the countertop. I will miss all the storage areas around the house! And gardening; things bloom from March through October (I planted dahlias along the borders). The neighbors look out for each other and you can find out what’s going on around the island by attending events at the clubhouse, or the Reading Club or Book club.”

“We’ve enjoyed this location for its friendly neighborhood to walk in. Day Island has an email list and regular activities, an “I Love Day Island” dinner at the clubhouse for Valentine’s Day, and other events where you can meet and interact with neighbors and receive alerts if there are any problems (once there was a coyote wandering the island and so a warning to keep your cats inside went out). All amenities, groceries, the library, are nearby. It’s a straight shot to downtown. I meet friends regularly at Chambers Golf course to walk the loop (3 miles, up and down!). I’ll miss hosting parties at the house; we had 5 small weddings there, and numerous holiday parties, birthday celebrations, wedding and baby showers, etc.”

“When dining out nearby we enjoy Boathouse 19, it’s fun in the summer when you can sit outside. I order takeout sushi when my family visits. There’s a good variety of places within 10 or 15 minutes. Harbor Greens has the best fresh fruit close by, as well as marinated meats.”

“A little more about the yard and neighborhood - The side area has many varieties of hostas and ferns. There’s a plum tree, but the birds get most of them! The camellias are both white, there are red, pink and purple rhodies that bloom at different times from each other. There are seasonal activities on the Island, coordinated through the Day Island Club.”


If you’re looking for a home where life happens, this is it! Boating, parks, dining, golf and shopping + plenty of social opportunities with home entertaining.

Perched on Day Island, you’ll have the most remarkable view day after day. Step out onto the patio and sip your morning coffee, enjoying the fresh breeze blowing in from the Puget Sound waters.

Have friends or family coming to visit? Plan a day on the water! Day Island Yacht Harbor is just minutes away, along with the Day Island Yacht Club. Enjoy a day out on the water and then swing back in for dinner and a local, craft beer at Boathouse 19 or Narrows Brewing where you can enjoy a rotating selection of 14 craft beers.

Day Island Wall is an incredible wall dive due to the sheer enormity of the sandstone wall. Though relatively flat, it has many small creatures living on the face of the wall itself and wolf eels can frequently be found in caves at the base or in the shelves at the top of the wall. The bottom runs about 85-110ft with most of the wall being to the left of the entry point if entered from shore, making a great local spot for Scuba divers.

Or perhaps you and your guests would enjoy a day at the beach; The Titlow Beach Marine Preserve - home to Titlow Park which is perfect for the most incredible views of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, evening walks along the 1.3 mile beach front and forest route and some splendid sunsets. This is also a haven for kayakers for an easy launch and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see some playful seals and occasional orca pods. The newly installed Titlow Park Sprayground is a summertime favorite to splash, play or cool off and is free to use! If you’re looking for a place to grab a bite to eat, you can dine in or get a to go box of some delicious halibut fish and chips from Steamer’s Seafood Cafe or a delicious scoop of ice cream Locals are also a fan of the Beach Tavern their comfort bar food, beers on tap and sports viewing.

What else is nearby? You can look forward to being just 4 miles from the Chamber’s Bay Trail & Golf Course - The trail head is 3.25 miles round trip and with a nice incline. Chamber’s Bay Golf Course is one of the top courses in the nation and the first course in the Northwest to welcome the U.S. Open Championships. Their onsite restaurant – The Grill offers a nice weekend brunch and sunset dinners. They also have special events throughout the year like Easter, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day brunch. Check their page for upcoming events.

You can also easily access the Chamber’s Bay Park - open field with picnic tables and the Playground by the Sound - Fenced-in playground helps keep the kiddos from roaming. The equipment is nicely maintained and varied; swings, tunnels, slides and monkey bars. There’s a shaded picnic area on a concrete slab. One table is completely covered and the other is open, plus a few more tables out in the grassy areas. The bathroom is across the field, but is close.

There are also a series of short trails that are located within the Chambers Creek Canyon Trail. All trails are primitive in nature and allow people to experience a true urban forest setting. Watch for our deer and coyotes; they call the canyon home. Future plans call for an extension of this nature trail system, providing improved trail heads and linked trail segments.

For groceries, dining and other needs, you won’t have to go far. Most everything is just a few minutes away. Locally owned and operated Harbor Greens is 3 minutes away off Bridgeport Way. They have a great selection of local & hard-to-find specialty items, an in-house butcher and a full-service deli with gourmet sandwiches are really good pizza that you can eat there or take to go. Just 7 minutes away is the The University Place Town Center where you can shop at Whole Foods for natural & organic grocery items, housewares & other products, get coffee and more at Anthem Coffee & Tea, Top Pot Doughnuts, check out 80,000 books, movies, audiobooks and more at the University Place Library, grab small batch ice cream at Bliss Ice Cream, get wraps and subs at Jersey Mike’s Subs plus more shops coming to this popular area!

You’ll also find the Green Firs Towne Center just a few minutes away too - Safeway, Starbucks, Sapporo Japanese Steakhouse, Home Goods, Trader Joe’s, Mud Bay, Gyro Zone and Fresh Rolls, Soggy Doggy and the Hand & Stone Massage Spa.


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