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Beach House on North Bay Near Town

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 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:
August 23, 2018

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 4.9428573 based on 35 reviews

Beautiful part of the country, great house...super hosts!

  • 5 of 5

The property is very clean,super location, plenty of room for the family. ...Dennis even fashioned a baby gate for our 1yr. old granddaughter!! had a Pack n Play, and a high chair too!!

the 5 adults were very comfortable, with plenty of room and bathrooms. the washer/dryer was a big help especially with a baby.

the Beds are Ikea type beds, very low to the floor, but super comfortable mattresses...we all slept great!! Would love to go back again!!

Thank you to Dennis and Susan, for sharing this lovely home!! hope to see you again!

Best Wishes...!!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely property with a great view of the lagoon and local wildlife

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful hosts, helpful, responsive and oh so nice. We had a super time visiting San Juan Islands.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for family reunions

  • 5 of 5

This is a very special place. Location is ideal to see nature and wildlife. House is very well appointed with all the necessities. The owners are nearby and ready to help with anything. We look forward coming to this place every year.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Find

  • 5 of 5

It's hard to properly judge a place that you've never been, so I kept my expectations for this property reasonable. I am happy to say that my stay was better than I could have hoped. The house is the perfect balance of spacious and cozy, and the location is close enough that you can walk to nearby Friday Harbor but far enough that you feel a sense of privacy. The hosts are incredibly friendly and helpful. I honestly feel very fortunate that this property was still available only a few months before my trip, and I plan to book it again in the future for return trips.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house, wonderful host

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time here. We played basketball, went for a row in the rowboat, played bocce, and had a fire all on the premises. House was well-equiped for cooking, hanging out, and was positioned close to Friday Harbor. It was great! And the host (Dennis) was fantastic.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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  • 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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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

We accept Bitcoin! Give me a call or email to arrange.

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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