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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

No Setback Waterfront Bungalow and Bunkhouse-the Catbird Seat

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Secluded 1.3 acre parcel with five acre nature preserve behind property and shelter from other neighboring properties. Unbelievable views from master bedroom, living/dining, and freestanding bunk house (with separate bath and coffee bar)all looking east to the sunrise, and moonlit nights to O'Neal Island just offshore. Bike ride to Roche Harbor or Westcott Bay (for oysters), sit on the deck with the propane firepit and watch the eagles swoop directly in front as they traverse the waterfront. You can keep an eye on your boat (or is that yacht?) moored at our new mooring bouy directly in front of our property.

Go whale-watching with Capt Jim Maya, or paddle out in a kayak to watch the Orcas in their native habitat. This is the place to just rest up, read, watch movies (three lcd televisions with DirecTV hook-up), sit in the new jacuzzi which faces the waterfront between the house and the bunk house. No neighbor noise. Just you and your family. Pets are okay, but extra charges apply to clean for the next family that may have allergies to our pets. Great local food market for home chefs and wonderful seafood restaurants for those on vacation from cooking. From the ferry ride to the island until you return this vacation is just very very special.

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  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

About The Owner

My wife Jeanne is the best 6th grade teacher in California (by state testings scores) and by the 80 to 100 parent requests every year, and I am a sole practitioner attorney in north San Diego County, California. We have one daughter Emily a grad of UW.

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose San Juan Island

We visited this place in 1983 before we were married and always loved the ferries and the whales, and the island feel of relaxation. We decided a trade of a house on a manmade lake in san diego for an ocean front bungalow was a no-brainer! This is the "catbird seat" when it comes to great views.

What makes this house unique

The relaxation from sitting outside watching the water and the eagles fly overhead can only be explained by experiencing the pleasure. We assume those who come to visit will feel that as well.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)
No Setback Waterfront Bungalow and Bunkhouse-the Catbird Seat
average rating of 4.4545455 based on 11 reviews

Perfect family adventure!

  • 4 of 5

This cabin was great for our clan! With 4 kids/young adults (aged 11-20) and a dog in tow, we headed up in our boat to explore the San Juans for the week. With the mooring buoy, hot tub, beautiful bathroom, bunkhouse and well-equipped kitchen we had plenty of space to spread out and enjoy. It was a perfect launching point to enjoy many islands by boat. The weather was beautiful so the shuffle from the buoy to the rocky shore and up the steep steps was a great adventure!

Our only struggle was that we couldn't moor our inflatable dinghy on shore so we ended up having one person paddle board in and out to fetch the dinghy.

We would definitely do it again by boat in the summer-if weather is inclement, it would be cozy and charming coming by car!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much. We loved the house and the bungalow. I would not recommend it for people with small children but for my two teenagers, my adult son, girlfriend and husband it was perfect (plus our sweet dog). Such a relaxing location, awesome views and close to many of the islands attractions.


  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great views but dated

  • 2 of 5

This house has a great location, with gorgeous views of the water. However, we were

bothered by the fact there was no bathroom downstairs where the master bedroom is.

The downstairs also had a mildew smell. I had expected to cook a lot on our trip, but

found the kitchen extremely small with very limited counter space. It lacks a few essential items, such as a salad bowl and small plates. No dishwasher.

Deck was nice, and detached casita with bath looked comfortable. Television and Wifi

worked great.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You can't please everyone, and it does say "Bungalow" so one expects that carries with it some expectations. The new kitchen with 5 burner GE stainless cooktop mounted on granite surfaces suits most folks, and washing a dish gives us that much more cupboard space for pots and pans. Glad to hear about the salad bowl as there was a nice wood bowl with matching dishes that obviously was "removed". I'm sorry you had to walk upstairs to use that new $30,000 bath with views to the water, but it was the only way we could get that large soaking tub and separate walkin shower built into such a space. Unfortunately when right on top of the water, there is some must and moisture smell from the ocean but we spray regularly under the crawl space to insure perfectly healthy conditions for ourselves and our guests. I guess your idea of a "2" in Palm Springs is not quite the same as ours in San Diego or the San Juans.
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Peaceful Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I managed a quick 'away' for his 45th birthday and the Catbird was a perfect spot for us. Stunning sunrises, very quiet, comfortable inside, cozy jaccuzi AND we got to bring our pup. The owner and manager were very easy to work with. Great experience! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do aim to please, but that's because we want to treat you the way we would want to be treated..."easy to work with" thanks I'll tell my wife you said that and I'm sure Brenda will tell her husband Peter! come again. marty
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United States

Beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time at Catbird Bungalow! The views were amazing, especially sunrises! The bungalow was perfect for a relaxing family vacation together, hanging out in the jacuzzi, around the fire pit on the patio, walking down to the water to sit on rocks and enjoy the view! We built some great memories! Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: glad you took the time to climb the stairs to the beach!!! hope you had a good meal or two with the local seafood, and maybe a glass of wine or two sitting out on the deck or in the jacuz....come back soon. marty, jeanne and brenda
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Fantastic vacation at the Catbird Bungalow!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fantastic, unforgettable time during our stay at the Catbird Bungalow. Our party had 5 people; my husband and myself, our 16-year-old son, and our 12-year-old daughter and her friend. The Bungalow was absolutely perfect for our needs - the little girls LOVED the bunkhouse; our son had privacy in his room in the main house; and we loved the incredibly comfortable bed in the master suite - along with the deck and gorgeous views out to the water. One note - the master bedroom is open to the main floor of the house (i.e., the stairs downstairs to the master are open to the living room and there is no door closing off the master) - this wasn't a problem for us, but it's not apparent from the pictures.

The house was very well-appointed; the kitchen was great to cook in; excellent gas grill; main bathroom very luxurious. We all loved the hot tub!

But most of all - you can't beat the view off of the deck! We saw bald eagles, seals - and as an incredible highlight, a humpback whale and calf (named Big Mama and Split Fin). We learned later that it was about a 1 in a million chance that humpbacks would go into that cove - but they did, and we were lucky enough to see it! The kids all loved playing in the tide pools at low tide, finding sea stars, crabs and jellyfish. This was one of the best vacations we ever had!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeanne and I always have mixed feelings when we read these wonderful reviews, so glad our guests appreciate the same things we do....but then we are jealous we have such limited time to stay there while we both have full-time jobs! One day....but meanwhile you were able to see the whales that only come into the bay when the fish are in, which according to the locals, that only happens every 7 years or so
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Rates & Availability

Friday Harbor House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 16 2016 - Sep 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $35
cleaning fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 7.85%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Friday Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
NEW Mooring Bouy for use of guests located directly offshore from the home.

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