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Beach House on North Bay Near Town

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

Our house is near Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington State. San Juan Island was ranked by USA Today as #1 in the USA and #4 in the world in 2013, to visit for a vacation and ranked #2 in Top Islands in Continental USA and Canada.

Because of the proximity of our house (a 10-15 min walk) to Friday Harbor, if you wish, you can completely avoid ferry lines and reservations by walking onto the ferries. We'll provide transport to/from the ferry on request. If you do need a car on-island, and prefer not to bring your own, we can help you arrange a local rental.

Please check our video tour of the house and environs. In summary…… it’s a big comfortable home, handy to the ocean front, and to diverse activities at Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.

Three levels, 3 bedrooms & studio basement, 2.5 baths, 1.5 kitchens, great views. The house gives up to 9 people the space they need to be together and spaces for solitude. Go walking or biking to Friday Harbor shopping amenities, ferries, airport, marinas, restaurants, theatre, jazz, blues, tennis, golf or countryside. It’s a good match for people who are celebrating a family gathering, for a reunion, small retreat, a wedding, or friends with shared interest in biking, whale watching, hiking, boating/sailing, or other activities.

The house looks out to the sea across a grassy lawn, and you are welcome to use it as a path to the tideflats, tidal creek, and sandy spit nearby or to go rowing, fishing, crabbing etc., in the dinghy.

Day trips by ferry to other islands, or longer trips to Victoria, Vancouver, Port Angeles are easy to arrange with our house as a home base.

Keywords: House, home, vacation house, vacation home, large house, multi-level house

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2017

About The Owner

Welcome! We're locals and have been on San Juan Island for over 20 years. We live nearby and if there are ways we can help you find what you need, or if you have special requests, we'll be pleased to take care of them as best we can.

Our interests include marine science, gardening, music, flying, swimming, biking, and jazz performance.

The Owner purchased this house in 2009

Why The Owner chose Friday Harbor

We both come from large families and have always enjoyed reunions at places like this one (and sometimes our family actually uses this one!) So we thought this particular location and house might be ideal for others. The gentle pace on San Juan Island, its natural beauty, abundant marine life (including whales!), and the variety of activities accessible nearby, add up to a memorable vacation experience for all ages.

If you are interested in the seashore and would like to explore Pacific North West marine life, let us know as we may be able to arrange a tide pool or mud flat expedition.

What makes this house unique

A unique benefit: Because of its location within ~10-15 min walking distance from Friday Harbor, you can walk onto the ferries, saving time and money. We'll meet your ferries to help with your stuff, and if you need a car on-island, will help you arrange a local rental. This can be a particular advantage on a big holiday weekend.

Guest access to the San Juan Island Fitness Club where we are members. Contact us for details. The Club is 12 minute walk and offers swimming, a separate shallow warm pool for little kids, exercise machines, spinning classes, weight room, racket ball, squash, ping pong, hot tub, steam room, sauna, etc.

The bay in front of the house is home or stopover for interesting birds ..... Eagles, Kingfishers, Osprey, Sandpipers, diverse ducks, Oystercatchers, Purple Martins, quail, and many others. Browse our bird books, and seashore guides. Expect also to see seals, otters, deer, and foxes.

The house is a short walk from town, in a quiet neighborhood. We walk or bike to work, play (swimming pool, tennis, flying, sailing), exercise (local Fitness Club), family activities (beach, zip line, kayaking, sailing), school, shopping, and travel (airport, ferry landing, marinas.)

Walkers in our family often hike 5-10 minutes over to a huge abandoned gravel pit on the shoreline nearby and the kids explore and build forts in the driftwood bonanza on the adjacent beach. The gravel pit is also a great place to fly RC aircraft.


Friday Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Tub/shower is separated by a door from the toilet, and sink.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is with the Master Bedroom on upper level.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , This is on the ground floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , ground floor studio with kitchenette (1000 sq feet)
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin Beds (2), Fold-a-Crib(1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Is there something you would like? Let us know, and we will try to provide it for you.


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Beach House on North Bay Near Town
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 30 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Comfortable home, terrific owners, and a great location near town but still away from it all, by the water.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous family vacation.

  • 5 of 5

One of our best family vacations ever. The house was perfect for our family of nine (three generations). With the water so close it was great for fun in the water with kayaks, waterboard, and row boat. Dennis was a great host and made us feel completely at home. As a bonus he even took us for a tour of the UW marine lab. Now our grandsons want to be scientists and pilots. We hope to come and visit again sometime.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely hosts, lovely house, lovely location

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 8 appreciated everything about this home. It is very well maintained and provisioned. Susan and Dennis are very willing to help with any needs and questions. Thank you Dennis and Susan for finding the lost keys and getting them to us! They took care of us even after we left!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome home in Friday Harbor

  • 5 of 5

Seven of us shared this wonderful home. Very comfortable and within a mile from town. Beautiful setting, with deer and fox running about. Every comfort you could want is waiting for you in this house.. I would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place in San Juan Island.

  • 5 of 5

Great house,fantastic location.Susan and Dennis are best hosts.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place with great hosts

  • 5 of 5

This house has it's own piece of beach, and privacy, but is close to Friday Harbor. We walked into town several times -- it takes about 15 minutes.

The house is great for families with kids that like to explore. The beach (not sandy beaches at this island) at low tide is full of clams and tons of other little creatures. There is a small bay, and the far side of the bay is an area owned by a university that is undeveloped, and very natural. We spent 3-4 hours exploring the tidal pools with our 3,4,5 and 9 year old kids. They couldn't get enough of it. Dennis was able to spend some time with us on the tidal pools, and is a wealth of information. He and his wife were great hosts.

As far as the house itself, it was really spacious, and slept our whole family with no problems. It was clean, and has a deck with a view of the bay between some trees.

If we come back to San Juan -- and we hope to -- we'd love to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Friday Harbor International Airport KFHR
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Rumor Mill
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Washington State Ferries
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
San Juan Island Golf Course
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Mount Vernon - Burlington Northern Sante Fe
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Friday Harbor
Nearest Ski
65 Miles
Mt.Baker or Stevens Pass
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Private in front of house, Public - Jackson Beach
Car: recommended

On Island: Whale Watching, Sailing and Motor Yacht Rental, Public Sandy Beach with Volleyball Courts and barbecue pits, University of Washington Marine Lab self-guided tour, County Boat Launching facility, Sight-Seeing, Bicycle Rental, Geocaching. On Site: 4 bicycles and helmets, rowboat/oars/life jackets, barbecue pit, garden - vegetables and fruit trees, basketball hoop.

Day trips on ferries to explore the other San Juan Islands on foot, bike, or by car are fun. We can help with logistics on this.

Want to see some more of the region while here? We are just a pleasant ferry ride away from Victoria/Vancouver Island. A nice loop is 4-5 days for relaxation and recreation, 3-4 days in Victoria with its quaint English setting and Buchart Gardens and the a B.C. ferry ride onto the metropolitan world of Vancouver the city on the mainland for 3-4 days of theatre/aquarium/museums, before heading home. (Remember your ID/passports if planning travel to Canada)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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