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Otter Magic - Floating Home Private Marina Beautiful 2story

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  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Friday Harbor house boat description

You Cannot Get Any Closer to the Water Than This!! Sure, Lots of Places Have Got the View,.. We've got that, too.. But Here,.. Go Ahead,,, You Can Lean Down and Stick Your Hand In.!... Can you See the Sea-Life?... See the Fish? .... Taste the Salt?? ... You Get to Live on Top of an Aquarium!!! How cool is that?? If you've got your Own Boat, You Can Pull Up To Your Own Front Door!!!
The moment you arrive at this private marina, located just a 10 Minute Waterfront Walk from Downtown Friday Harbor's Ferry Landing, you know you are about to begin a wonderful adventure.
First thing you notice is the Quiet...Next, weather willing, you'll be treated to a View of Mt. Baker..Then, you see the Water.See the Boats...look to the left, and There She is....Your beautiful Hand Crafted Custom Cedar Floating Home Just Waiting for You!
Topped off with a Widows Walk and a small balcony deck with mountain view , The lower level is surrounded by flowers and sculptures that are just beckoning you to to Sit down On The Deck,, Kick back, Kick off your shoes and Take in the View! Watch the Ferry you got off of Leave the Port, or, Finish tying off Your Boat, Take a Deep Breath - and Just R-E-L-A-X!!

Inside, Otter Magic is still All Boat- With a charming configuration of Vaulted Ceiling,Skylights,French Doors, Dutch Doors, Hardwood Floors, Beautiful appointments, Window Walls and Portholes.
Downstairs you have the Bow Shaped Salon (living room) which is west facing and all windows ; The Galley (kitchen), The Lodge Room (den) and the Head (bathroom) with the jetted tub.
French doors lead to the back deck with BBQ
Upstairs consists of two rooms, The Bedroom with Queen size bed, and library, and the Solarium- all Plants, Windows,and Tile Floor, Dutch Door leads to walk around deck (widows walk) giving you 360 degrees of San Juan Island Views.
Otter Magic

Keywords: floathome, houseboat

Property Type

      • House Boat

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Not Suitable For Children
          • Alternative Lifestyle
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Cooking Utensils:

            We have got you covered, in addition to fully equipped galley as described, there's a slow cooker, waffle iron, ramekins, boats, little Cuisinart, Blender, cookbook collection,....Spices, and. Most of the staples Should be there, as well, l If You're inspired........moreless

          • Microwave
          • Kitchen
          • Refrigerator


          • Parking Off Street:

            Parking in private lot or street parking 72 hour limit before needing to move vehicle (at least till the chalk mark"s gone)......moreless

          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Linens Provided

          Other Amenities

              • Front Deck is large enough to accommodate up to a 20 ft. Boat or Kayaks, Beautifully planted Solarium, Widows Walk,Use of Dinghy, crab pot, shrimp nets, Private Mooring Buoy possibly available separately for larger boats, Marina rainlocker available for larger, private bathrooms and extra laundry facilities, Secure parking for Mopeds, Motorcycles, or Bicycles on Load/Unload Deck...moreless


              • DVD Player
              • VCR
              • Stereo
              • Music Library
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Video Library


                  • Mobile Phone

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Jetted Tub:

                        Raise the blind, and you can sit and watch the ferrries come and go, excellent by day, lighted and most incredible by night......moreless

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Balcony
                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Outdoor Grill

                      Location & View

                      • Water View:

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                      • Waterfront:

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                      • Oceanfront:

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                      • Mountain View:

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                      • Basketball Court
                      • Cycling
                      • Kayaking
                      • Fishing
                      • Tennis
                      • Racquetball
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Sailing
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Swimming
                      • Museums
                      • Cinemas
                      • Shelling
                      • Live Theater
                      • Restaurants
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Shopping
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Boating
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Antiquing

                      Other Activities

                          • Whale Watching by Land or By Sea,, Crabbing, Dinghy Putting, Shrimping , Birding, Tide-pooling,, State, County and National parks. Lakes, Lagoons, Farmers Market, Art Walk, Sculpture Park, Fresh Fish Market at Port, along with Boats & Folks to fill your eyes, Scenic Flights, Wildlife Cruises, Shuttle Tours, Kayak Adventures,...moreless


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                          • The perfect getaway for those who want something a little different!

                            The perfect getaway for those who want something a little different!

                            • Guest Rob (Stanwood, WA)
                            • Date of stay 07/19/13
                            • Review Submitted 07/24/13
                            My wife and I just returned from a great weekend in the San Juan Islands. We stayed at Otter Magic and couldn't be happier with our experience there! The houseboat is about a 10 minute walk from the Friday Harbor ferry and is definitely a great option for walk-on tourists. We brought a car and a couple of kayaks which we were able to set right on the back deck of the houseboat and launch right there for some great sunset paddling! How cool is that? The houseboat itself was very comfortable and had everything we needed for our stay. There's a great market in town for buying whatever groceries you might want (Wine, cheese and crackers for us!), and of course great restaurants within easy walking distance. For those who haven't stayed on a houseboat before, you need to understand that this isn't a hotel room. Living on a boat means everything is compact and the quarters are a little tight. A previous reviewer complained about walking to the marina bathroom. There is a full bathroom on the houseboat with a full-size jetted tub. But it is narrow, so if you're more than a little "broad in the beam" it may be a tight fit. This can also be said about the staircase to the second floor (bedroom and atrium). Think closer to a ship's ladder than "normal" stairs. People who are unsteady or have mobility issues may want to consider other accommodations. There are 30-40 stairs to get down to the dock and the ramp can be steep at low tide. All of these things are normal parts of marina and houseboat living and add to the charm! The place was very clean and comfortable! As for the owners Rick and Wendy, they were absolutely delightful and went out of their way to make us feel at home. They were very sensitive to our privacy but also willing to chat with us when we engaged them. They are good people, what more can I say? The highest recommendation I can give is telling any perspective visitors that we wouldn't hesitate to go back and spend more time on Otter Magic. It is truly a one of a kind experience right on the water in a beautiful setting. You won't regret spending time here!

                            Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, tourists without a car, girls getaway.

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                          • Unforgettable


                            • Guest Lindy Lou (Goleta, CA)
                            • Date of stay 09/03/12
                            • Review Submitted 09/23/12
                            Just back from our tour of the Northwest and our stay on the houseboat. Who ever coined the phrase "location, location, location", must have stayed on Otter Magic, because it was truly magic! The salt air, the ocean breezes, coffee & cocktails on the deck, and cozy interior made us re-think hotels forever. Also, the close proximity to town was great. Wendy thought of everything; kitchen was well stocked, as well as the head, and bed ultra comfy, with beautiful linens and down comforter and pillows. We slept with the door open each night, through the night and absolutely loved it!

                            Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, tourists without a car, girls getaway.

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                          • Lovely place, gracious hosts

                            Lovely place, gracious hosts

                            • Guest Jim & D. (Northern VA)
                            • Date of stay 08/10/12
                            • Review Submitted 08/17/12
                            My husband wanted to take me back to Friday Harbor, where he proposed to me years ago. He found the Otter Magic, and we are very happy with our choice of places to stay. The owners/hosts were most gracious and generous, yet unobtrusive, in spite of the fact they live next door. The boat is a bit tight (stairs to the bedroom and the bathroom was typical of a boat - save for the *awesome* jet-tub/shower). But this was more than compensated by the amenities (full kitchen, washer/dryer, grill etc), which were very nice, and there were lovely planters/solarium full of flowers and such. Not everything was intuitive, but asking Rick or Wendy always brought an delightful and most friendly/informative exchange. They are quite engaging people, whom I do hope to come across again. The walk to and from town was invigorating, but all in all, this is a place for fairly fit people. If you have limited mobility, or need extra space to move around, this boat will be uncomfortable. We, however, delighted in the quaint, clean, if slightly tight quarters. The views, outdoor decks and excellent stereo system made for exquisite evening "porch setting". Friday Harbor has an excellent array of fine dining, mostly tempered by a casual atmosphere. I highly recommend the Rocky Bay Cafe for breakfast (best Corned Beef Hash and Biscuits and Gravy EVER) and the Cask and Schooner outdid itself each time we ate there (spouse is a retired chef, so we know of which we speak ;-> ). Nice thing about the Otter Magic - you could goto the Farmers Market and buy your groceries, and simply cook at home to save money, and enjoy your own home-cooked food. The local fare is indeed exceptional, regardless of whether you go to the market, grocery, or a restaurant. The only thing I wished for was a small motorized dinghy to putz around the bay in... That said, there is something for almost everyone in the San Juan Islands, and everyone we came into contact with were most eager to be gracious hosts, which makes it an excellent travel destination. Wendy and Rick are genuinely delightful and gregarious (Wendy especially) yet sensitive to their guests' desires for peace and privacy (Rick especially) . Made a perfect mix for us. Thank you very much, Rick and Wendy. We hope to see you again some day.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway.

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                          • If you want unique, this is it!

                            If you want unique, this is it!

                            • Guest Jim S. (-)
                            • Date of stay 06/23/12
                            • Review Submitted 08/08/12
                            My Wife Nancy and I own Burch Street Casitas in Taos New Mexico. Because we offer unique lodging, that is what we are looking for when we travel. We spent 4 wonderful days aboard Otter Magic. It was beyond our expectations. The setting is one of kind, marine life, ferries, beautiful sunsets, fresh air and marina activity. The location was perfect. 10 minute walk to everything we needed.Didn't even need a car. Our favorite activity was purchasing fresh seafood each day from Eric and Brenda at Friday Harbor Seafood.The best seafood I have ever cooked. We would bring 3 different types back to Otter Magic and cook. What a nice experience to cook on the stern every evening. The galley is well stocked. The only problem was our stay wasn't long enough. We will be back! Thank you Wendy and Rick.

                            Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, girls getaway.

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                          • A Truly Magical Experience

                            A Truly Magical Experience

                            • Guest Mike & Becky (Seattle)
                            • Date of stay 08/03/12
                            • Review Submitted 08/07/12
                            My wife and I spent our 40th anniversary on the Otter Magic and could not have been more pleased, fulfilled, relaxed, and yes, enchanted. The owners were exceptionally accommodating and the boat's serenity captured us even before we boarded. Though we twice took the ten minute walk into Friday Harbor, we shed motivation for even that short stroll when we realized the tranquility of just sitting on the back deck. There, watching seaplanes, ferries, water taxis, and birds of all feathers kept us in an hypnotic state for a long weekend we will never forget. The Otter Magic is so much more than just a boat; this float home is replete with adorable decorations and dense with blossoming flowers both inside and outside its two well appointed levels. The sound of fog horns, the smell of budding blossoms, and the waves rocking us to sleep. It simply doesn't get much better than this. We shall return!

                            Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, tourists without a car.

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                          • Great Fireworks View

                            Great Fireworks View

                            • Guest Gig Harbor (Gig Harbor)
                            • Date of stay 07/02/12
                            • Review Submitted 07/31/12
                            As stated very quiet and peaceful. The property was clean and has everything you need for a stay including all the dishes, linens, towels, and cooking facilities. The bathroom facilities are horrible and you have to hike up to the marina restroom. If you plan on taking your boat, make sure you have a dingy to get to town. And don't plan on parking your boat in front, not allowed by owner but workable. A little far to town on foot but as long as the weather is pleasant not too bad. Definatley not for the un-fit or disabled. The owners were right next door part of the time but not intrusive on your stay. The lady that is the property owner is a gem. Comfortable beds and enough room for 4 adults. NOT a good place for kids as there are lots of breakables. All in all we had a pleasant stay and sat a watched many sunsets and the fireworks on July 4th. No check out time was listed so were kind of taken aback when the owner's boyfriend stepped in while we were packing up in the morning and said, "come on people, you need to step it up and get moving, we have a window vendor coming today!" Wow, really rude. A little steep in price for where it is located from town and the owner charges extra for everything, extra people, etc. Still a very peaceful place to unwind and watch the wildlife.

                            Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing.

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                          • Awesome Anniversary at Otter Magic

                            Awesome Anniversary at Otter Magic

                            • Guest Willie Flint (Renton Washington)
                            • Date of stay 06/06/12
                            • Review Submitted 06/11/12
                            Otter Magic delivered just as advertised. We didn't want to leave! We loved the harbor life, watching the activities all around us. Yes we saw the Otters! This is probably the only and best place to stay on the water Friday Harbor if you do not own your own yacht. You will be pleased.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway.

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                          • Feels like HOME

                            Feels like HOME

                            • Guest jentom (Dallas, TX)
                            • Date of stay 08/28/11
                            • Review Submitted 03/19/12
                            We stayed at Otter Magic at the end of August and into September, which is a beautiful time to be in the San Juans. It was our first time living on a houseboat and we would, without a doubt, come back here again! It would accommodate 4 easily, but it was a dream for 2, especially if you’re looking for a quiet, romantic getaway. It’s nestled in a quiet corner of a private marina, which is just around the bend from the bustling main part of Friday Harbor but still close enough that you can walk to restaurants and shops. We loved being near enough to watch the ferries and all the boats and seaplanes come into Friday Harbor, but appreciated being far enough away to avoid the bar and motor noise and to not experience major wake action while on the houseboat (one of us gets seasick easily). Depending on the wind direction, seaplanes sometimes come right overhead, but that’s kind of cool too! We spent almost every evening on the front porch -- what we looked forward to as “Wine & Cheese Hour” -- watching the sunset and the ferries come in and out. We’ve never done a vacation where we cooked dinner every night, but that’s exactly what we did, largely because we enjoyed being on the houseboat so much, and because you can’t miss buying fresh shrimp, salmon or crab from the fishmonger in Friday Harbor (who is a doll, by the way) and either cooking it on the boat grill on the back porch or in the well stocked, very functional galley kitchen. The bathroom is boat-tight, but there is plenty of hot water for showers, and the jet tub, while rather loud, really works! Oh, and a nice bonus: a functional washer and dryer. The washer was a little hard to figure out, but it was nice to be able to do a quick load of laundry. The owner is a master gardener whose flowers and plants are can be found everywhere, both outside and in the upstairs solarium, which is charmingly lit with rope lights in the evening hours (they’re on a timer, so they don’t keep you up). The "aquarium effect" of the San Juans is in full view at Otter Magic! Huge purple and orange starfish can be seen along the rocks just outside, tons of anemones and crabs (which you can trap if you want to go to the effort) call the marina home, and jellyfish and shrimp glide past the boat on the tide every day. A lot of VRBO places are devoid of any personality, but Otter Magic feels like a HOME. It’s comfortable, cared for, and very welcoming. Highly recommended!!

                            Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.

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                          May through June- 195.00 per night-4 nite -225-3 nite 250 - 2 nite MIN
                          July through Sept15 -$1400 weekly -$225-4 nite - $250-3 nite - $295- 2 nite MIN
                          Seot 15 through October-195.00 per nite 4 nite -225 - 3 nite - 250 2 night MIN
                          Prices are for 2 people- additional persons at $20 per nite-
                          Prices do not include taxes.  Tax rate is 9.8%
                          No Cleaning Fees if Dishes are Done, Towels are in Bath and Bed is Stripped-
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                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1996

                          About the owner: For about 17 years, We owned the (ahem) coolest gift shop in the islands..(itw).. We sold it this Spring, and we are looking forward to experiencing Life In Paradise with our Kitten Kismet, Our Toys, And Our Amazing Array of Friends, Oh, And Family:)

                          Why the Owner Chose Friday Harbor:
                          The minute I laid eyes on this place, I had to Have it. I still owned a house that hadn't sold yet, so I knew there was No Way I could afford it, -But, I Had to Have It!!! So, I didn't sleep for 5 days and nights, and I thought and thought and finally came up with...Well,... Since we work seven days a week all summer ,.....Anyway,... IfFWe moved back to the Boat, for the summer,... and Shared The Joy,.... Well, Otter Magic was born! And, Yes, it is hard Sharing... But so much magic has been made here through the years! We have many repeat visitors, and several adventurous folks have even Moved to the Island after Enjoying The Adventure of Otter Magic. We Know you will enjoy it, too

                          The Unique Benefits at this House Boat:
                          Whether sitting on the deck or Looking out the windows- The view is ever changing.starfish, crabs, fish,otters, kingfisher, great blue heron all are our neighbors in our little house by the sea

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                          This listing was first published here in 2011.

                          Date last modified - Thursday, July 11, 2013


                          1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 4

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