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Beach House on North Bay Near Town

Friday Harbor, WA, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps9
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights

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



Member Since 2011
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Response time:
within a few hours
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018
About 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.

Owner purchased this House in 2009

Why 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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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)


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, This bathroom is with the Master Bedroom on upper level.
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Tub/shower is separated by a door from the toilet, and sink.
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, This is on the ground floor.

        Location Type

          • Beach View
          • Beachfront
            Access across owner-neighbor's lawn welcome.
          • Ocean View
          • Oceanfront
            Access across owner-neighbor's lawn welcome.
          • Water View


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Covered Parking
                      • Fitness Room / Equipment
                        San Juan Island Fitness Club. Special Guest rate based upon our membership there. Ask us for details.
                      • Garage
                        For 1 vehicle
                      • Gas Fireplace
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        electric with basement in-floor heat for the winter
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                        flat screen TV X-BOX (bring your favorite games!)
                      • Mobile Phone
                        Low-medium strength Verizon signal accessible.
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Space for 4 vehicles
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                        Bring your laptop, and log on.


                          • Kitchen
                            (2) Full kitchen on Main level. On lower level, there is a smaller kitchen with sink, full size fridge, electric kettle, toaster, and a convection/microwave oven.
                          • Catering Available
                            Information available upon request
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                            (2) Sub-Zero on Main level. Frigidaire on lower level.
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 9 people


                                  • Books
                                    a few for children and nature guides
                                  • CD Player
                                  • Foosball
                                  • Game Room
                                    FULL SIZE FOOSBALL TABLE
                                  • Games
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                    flat screen TV
                                  • Toys


                                      • Balcony
                                        private balcony off master bedroom
                                      • Bicycles
                                      • Boat
                                        Row boat with life jackets available for use from beach in front of house. If you bring a larger boat, public boat launch less than 1/2 mile away
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Golf
                                        less than 2 miles away
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        garden with option of picking seasonal vegetables and fruit.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Tennis
                                        less than a mile away


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                Indoors--at San Juan Fitness Club; both swimming lanes, and child's pool with family swim time every day. Special Guest rate based upon our membership there. Ask us for details.
                                              • Hot Tub
                                                San Juan Island Fitness Club. Special Guest rate based upon our membership there. Ask us for details.
                                              • Sauna
                                                San Juan Island Fitness Club. Special Guest rate based upon our membership there. Ask us for details.
                                              • Shared Hot Tub
                                                San Juan Island Fitness Club. Special Guest rate based upon our membership there. Ask us for details.


                                                  • marina
                                                  • churches
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • museums
                                                  • playground
                                                  • recreation center
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • winery tours

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • beachcombing
                                                      • boating
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • paddle boating
                                                      • photography
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • 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

                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • basketball court
                                                              • equestrian events
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • golf privileges optional
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • 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.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    30 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews


                                                                    Andrew C.

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

                                                                    Fabulous family vacation.

                                                                    Patrick M.

                                                                    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.

                                                                    Lovely hosts, lovely house, lovely location

                                                                    Jane K.

                                                                    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!

                                                                    Awesome home in Friday Harbor

                                                                    DEBRA R.PORTLAND OR

                                                                    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.

                                                                    Perfect place in San Juan Island.

                                                                    Elsie C.

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

                                                                    Great place with great hosts

                                                                    Miles P.Austin, TX, USA

                                                                    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.


                                                                    Friday Harbor, WA, USA

                                                                    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)

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