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Tranquil Cove, Sandy Beach, and Orca Whales. West Side SJI, Sunset View!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 2 bath, west side, sunset view, and a hard pack sandy beach!

Our 4 bedroom, 2 bath beach house sits on a low bluff with a very short trail down to the flat, hard pack, sandy beach. It is great to launch kayaks or paddle boards, relax on your beach chairs with a book or let the children play in the water. There is 1 other vacation home on the cove so you will enjoy maximum privacy and we are close to the end of the road so there is minimal traffic - Peace and Quiet - Ahhhhh.

The house has a West/southwest exposure to enjoy incredible sunsets and whale watching from the decks. The kitchen, great room and master bedroom are on the 2nd floor to maximize views.

Appliances were replaced recently along with a 42' HD TV.

Brand new hard wood floors and track lighting upstairs, in the main room,with a pool table on the first floor. Plenty of deck furniture and an outdoor dining table, as well as charcoal BBQ.

Sitting in the hot-tub for 8, watching the whales, relaxing - it doesn't get much better than this!

The house has been recently remodeled, with new furniture, updated painting, track lighting, hard wood floors, and many other updates. The two upstairs rooms are queen beds. The two downstairs bedrooms are doubles - one with a double bed, the other with two singles. The home also has high speed wifi, CD and stereo, DVD player, and Satellite TV.

More Details

Mark Scheer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

About Mark Scheer

My wife and I are small town folks, but we live in the city now. We love the Pacific NW, and we are avid boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders and water sports enthusiasts. We have traveled all over the world, but there's no place quite like this.

Mark Scheer purchased this house in 2014

Why Mark Scheer chose San Juan Island

We fell in love with this property when we were looking for a second home. We have traveled extensively, but we keep coming back to the beach. The western exposure and flat, hard pack, sandy beach on the west side of San Juan Island is simply amazing - same with the Orca viewing. You never get tired of seeing orcas - they are majestic and kings of the ocean! There is so much other wildlife too - Eagles, seals, otters, mink, fox, birds, racoons, and on and on. It's a non-stop show at this property, and we just love it.

What makes this house unique

When you sit out on one of the Adirondack chairs, with a cup of tea, and see your first pod of Orcas go by - you will be hooked. It's an exhilarating feeling. And there's nothing quite as relaxing as falling asleep as you listen to the repetitive sound of the waves lapping at the beach. Sunny days are spectacular, but it's also very cozy to snuggle up on a stormy day, and watch the activity as the storm rolls in.


Friday Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • 4 bedrooms, with closets and dressers.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

Tranquil Cove, Sandy Beach, and Orca Whales. West Side SJI, Sunset View!
average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews

Relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

A great place to stay when you are on San Juan Island! Clean, well-kept house that is conveniently close to Friday Harbor if you need to run into town. The layout is open and comfortable, and the owner provided everything we needed for a great weekend away including cookware, directions on how to work everything, etc. The view is amazing, the deck is great (we were there is late Nov, so it was a little cold to hang out too much). The hot tub is a fantastic addition. We also enjoyed exploring the small beach in behind the house. There are nearby neighbors, but we never noticed them. It was a great semi-secluded spot for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend away.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 stayed at Tranquil Cove over labor weekend and were more than satisfied with our visit to Kanaka Bay! The house is beautiful and open with amazing views of the water from anywhere facing it. The house was perfect for a family with kids of any age! We especially enjoyed the hot tub and pool table. The biggest hit however was whale watching which I personally enjoyed from my SUP on my birthday out in front of the bay. The next day we saw even more Orcas from the house and out in the water! Wow what an epic trip and we will definitely be back!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquil Cove

  • 5 of 5

The perfect name for this wonderful and peaceful place. Enjoyed it with my wife and our two adult sons visited while we were there. We enjoyed the peace and quiet, as well as the eagles, rabbits, deer, seals, herons and many many whales just outside the cove. The cove is too narrow and shallow (and peaceful) for my sons boat, so he moored it at Friday Harbor, only 15 short minutes away. We went shrimping Saturday and limited in about 2 hours! Also visited Roche Harbor and the mausoleum, which brought back many memories to the last time i was here 50 years ago!

Thank you Mark and Amy for your hospitality, and we hope to be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dave: thank you so much for the lovely review. Very glad you enjoyed your visit, and got to see all the wildlife. It's just an amazing place, and we love the diversity and abundance of wildlife there - adds to the incredible and peaceful experience. Come visit again. Mark
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san juan island

  • 5 of 5

This place has all you need to have a wonderful, peaceful, relaxing time in your life. Location, location, with your own sandy beach cove its great for kids and adults. Its a little ways out there, we did go into Friday harbor everyday to get dinner things, lots of fresh seafood and even hit some golf balls. Mark and Amy are excellent hosts, answering all of our questions and concerns and providing us with local information that you couldn't get on your own. Our family did not go to the island for whale watching just vacation but we saw orca whales from the deck daily with our binoculars and tele camara lens, now I'm a big fan. Out on the kayaks we saw lots of seals. Tons of island wildlife, eagles, deer, fox, rabbits. Lime kiln state park is just up the road, magnificent madrona trees trail hiking, with more whale watching and a wealth of information about the whales. We have booked through vrbo many times, this site was one of our favorites and if I have the time will be back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review Dan. It was a pleasure having you visit, and we couldn't agree with you more that this is a very special place. Come visit us again.
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Perfect for the San Juan Island experience

  • 5 of 5

My wife, two young kids (8 and 6) and I spent several days (in April of 2016) at this house and it was an amazing experience. Incredible view, short drive from the Friday Harbor ferry terminal, easy access to the private cove, upper and lower back decks, pool table, hot tub on back deck, close proximity to everything that San Juan Island has to offer and a private location for some peace and quiet. The house is well equipped (kitchen loaded with supplies, pots, pans, dishes, etc. - even has a washer/dryer). Bring a camera! We took day trips to Roche Harbor, Friday Harbor, Cattle Point, Egg Lake (for some fishing) - we even went on a small sailboat cruise and saw the "resident" orcas (up close - very, very close). Each day, though, we were happy to return to this house - to play on the private beach at sunset, to observe the wildlife in the cove (birds, sea otters, eagles) and to relax while the kids explored. The owners are responsive and provided excellent instructions for the property and all of its amenities. We didn't want to leave and we WILL be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely views....

  • 4 of 5

Lovely views and wonderful wildlife. The house was relaxing and was quiet in the cove until the 4th of July weekend brought some new renters to another house in the cove and the noise level went up. There is also two other houses on either side of Tranquil Cove which makes in now 4 house in this little cove, in saying that it is still a pretty place to relax. We were lucky to have the place to ourselves for the entire week which enabled us to watch the bald eagles everyday, deer walk along the beach and see rabbits and foxes. This house itself is sufficient but could be updated especially in the kitchen with newer utensils, cutting boards and overall cooking items, skillets were a little banged up and house cleaner must have not checked the coffee cups because on arrival every one was dirty along with some dinner plates. The kitchen drawers inside were scruffy with just never been cleaned and the kitchen mats were not brushed either on arrival. Overlooking such things should not be a condition on renting a property as we did have a lovely time but we hope the owner updates a few things to make this property an even nicer experience. We would then return and recommend to friends to come and stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Friday Harbor House Rental Rates

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Off Season
Sep 11 2016 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $750
Tax Rate 9.5%

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