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MaryAnn Anderson

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english


Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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The Starfish Suite is a short stroll into town, the ferry and Jackson's Beach

Set on a half-acre with 220 feet of waterfront on beautiful Griffin Bay, Starfish Suite is designed for indoor-outdoor living with a 67' Azek deck for entertainment and a circular bluestone patio with an Italian wood-fired pizza oven, an outdoor kitchen that features granite counters, stainless steel sink and refrigerator, Fire Magic professional BBQ and lovely views of the ocean.

The well-appointed 1,500 square foot two bedroom, two bath vacation rental is on a private road in a small quiet upscale neighborhood, one mile from town and away from tourists and ferry traffic.

Minimum Stay is three nights from October through April and seven nights from May through September.

Starfish Suite is ideal for one guest or six guests. Not too big and not too small. Perfect for a family holiday, a romantic get-a-way or a refuge for those who want tranquility.


The sunken Living Room, with floor-to-ceiling windows, captures the grandeur of the ocean, giving you a postcard view of Dinner Island, Griffin Bay and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. There is a 46" Smart TV with Dish, Netflix, Amazon and WiFi, and a bookshelf filled with best sellers and local books on the San Juan Islands. Two love seats in front of the french wood-stove fold out into twin beds.

The romantic Master Bedroom, with en suite bath and a large walk-in closet, opens up to the spacious deck, a wonderful spot to enjoy morning coffee. Both ocean-facing bedrooms have organic cotton sheets and Egyptian cotton duvets. Drift off to sleep with the lapping of waves and a blanket of stars overhead and wake up in the morning to the call of seagulls, loons, and our great blue herons.

The kitchen, overlooking Jackson Beach, is well stocked with sparkling water, coffee and teas, spices and a bottle of champagne for our guests!

The bathrooms are tiled and have thick luxury towels. Each bathroom has a hair dryer, natural soaps and natural body lotions. The Laundry Room has a large washer and dryer, extra linens and towels, an ironing board, iron and a steamer.

The spacious 67 foot deck has a BBQ for alfresco dining, several seating areas, a double hammock, two Sunbrella chaise lounges, and is only 50 feet from the ocean! There are three organic garden areas filled with fragrant wildflowers plus a meditation area called "the quiet garden". The circular blue-stone patio is a chef's dream with a wood-fired pizza oven, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen with granite counter tops, outdoor lighting, a professional Magic Chef BBQ, and a stainless steel sink and refrigerator. Chinese Lanterns hang from the two stately birch trees.

Our little piece of heaven is home to a myriad of shore birds and song birds, our two resident eagles, porpoise, raccoon, fox, deer, and river otter. Wake up in the morning to the honking of geese, the eagle's shrill call, or the beautiful song of the loons. A nature lover's paradise, Starfish Suite offers a "bird's eye" view of life on the tip of the ocean in the San Juan Islands.

Thank you for viewing and have a great day!

NEW FOR ISLAND TRAVELERS: There is now a reservation system in place that gets you to and from the San Juan Islands and Victoria. You must plan ahead. We would suggest you make your reservations as soon as you decide when you will be traveling. Google Washington State Ferries/Reservations. Allow 90 minutes prior to departure.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
MaryAnn Anderson (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About MaryAnn Anderson

Building our family home on the point of North Bay 30 years ago has been one of our most rewarding and exciting life adventures. At that time, San Juan County had no set back limits on where to build, so we sited our home fifty feet from the edge of the ocean. Today, it would be impossible to build that close to the water due to set-back regulations. We love living on the island, raising our family in a safe and tranquil environment, and enjoying the quiet beauty that surrounds us. We have been active in community services and volunteer work on the island. David is a retired naval officer, engineer, and real-estate broker and I am a retired United Airlines International flight attendant and teacher. We are originally from Lake Oswego, Oregon.

MaryAnn Anderson purchased this apartment in 1988

Why MaryAnn Anderson chose San Juan Island

Starfish Suite is well located for walks into town and Jackson's Beach. There is always something to do in town, whether your pleasure is fine dining, boutique shopping, visiting our new state of the art Art Institute on Spring Street, going to the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings, cruising on the Victorian Clipper to Canada, attending our

San Juan Community Theatre, taking a whale~watching cruise, or just mingling with the 'locals' (who sometimes stop in the middle of the sidewalk to play their fiddles!).

Our Private Road is in a quiet neighborhood that overlooks North Bay, Griffin Bay and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. One incredible joy living so close to the sea is the intimate views of the bird and sea-life that surround us. North Bay is a microcosm of what it is like living on the ocean. One is always reminded of the special beauty where we live, whether it is paddle boarding across the bay to Dinner Island, bicycling into town, listening to birdsong, or watching a mother deer carefully guiding her twin fawns away from harm's way.

We truly live in a magical paradise!

What makes this apartment unique

Jackson's Beach is one mile from our home. Beach activities include swimming, beach volley ball, picnicking, sailing, kayaking, wind-surfing and paddle-boarding. We do have private parking for your car with space for a 20 foot boat, which can be launched from nearby Jackson's Beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Oh, Mary Ann, we all had a fabulous time! We were so crazy and comfortable in the Starfish Suite. Thanks for all the amenities (and champagne!). We really never wanted to leave the view from the porch but managed to pull away at least once a day for an outing and berry picking!!! That was an added bonus. Beautiful place and your warm, sweet, creative energy infused the place, very good vibes! Thanks for everything.
Jul 2016
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
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Perfect Spot

  • 5 of 5

Starfish Suite was just perfect for the week my husband, teenage daughter and I spent in the San Juan Islands. Close enough to walk to Friday Harbor, we could easily split up if some wanted to explore and others wanted to stay home. The suite is very spacious and comfortable, so there were several mornings that we found it hard to leave. What a delight to wake up to a view of the sea! We spent most of our time exploring San Juan Island itself, but did ferry over to Orcas one day with our car. It is super easy to ferry between the islands. We recommend the lavender farm and walking/hiking in American and British Camp. Mary Ann was super helpful and the property is immaculate.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Starfish Suite, Superb!

  • 5 of 5

Our vacation was absolutely perfect in the San Juan Islands, but what really made it was the location and positive energy of this fabulous VRBO, Starfish suite! It provided everything we needed to kick back and enjoy being with family, going on adventures, soaking in magnificent views and dining together under the stars. The location was ideal, just one easy mile walk into the quaint town of Friday Harbor; bustling with people, boats, boutiques and fine dining. After we would return from our daily excursions, we would leisurely walk the mile home talking and eating the thumb sized blackberries that lined the quiet lane up to Starfish Suite. Mary Ann and David Anderson, our host, were so thoughtful and welcoming. Mary Ann sent up maps and ferry schedules, along with beautiful photos of what we could look forward to on our journey. She welcomed us with a bottle of chilled champagne to toast the beginning of our grand vacation. The accommodations were so lovely and creative. There were small scenes of nature, the area, local art and crafts sprinkled like fairy dust through the Starfish Suite. The deck were so comfortable for gathering (and napping) and the beds had high quality linens. Everything was clean and well stocked. Mary Ann even took the time and trouble to mail us back a memento we had forgotten to pack! This was my third rental with VRBO, all have been great, but Starfish Suite and Mary Ann surpassed all the other experiences. This really was the perfect place and we brought back cherished memories!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Stay

  • 5 of 5

From the start of my search to the very end, our stay at Starfish Suite was perfect. Being first time "islanders", we did not know what to expect. Communication with Mary Ann was very easy and she even anticipated answers to questions I forgot to ask! The location was perfect for the two couples that stayed there. Often we walked the mile to town and left the car behind. When we did leave for a tour during the day, it was with pleasure and peace that we climbed the hill to "our place" on the water. The accommodations are so very pleasant with such attention to detail. The beds were very comfortable and we slept with a light curtain covering the window so that we would awake to the beautiful view of the sun rising on the water. In the evening, deck sitting was often the mode as we watched the eagles dining nearby and listened to the many other birds and their songs and then the beautiful sunsets. Most nights we cooked at home and found the kitchen well equipped with pots, pans, utensils, and a good array of spices. It was a pleasure to cook in a kitchen with a view! Our week in the San Juan Islands was one of the best we have spent. We were able to explore all of San Juan Islands as well as Orca Island. A successful whale watch rounded out the tour with a captivating look at these magnificent creatures. We hope to return someday and would definitely return to Starfish Suites.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Starfish Suite

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent week at the Starfish Suite. We found it to be clean, spacious, quiet, well stocked, conveniently located, and charmingly decorated. The view from every room was beyond awesome. We indeed watched eagles soar past every day and herons perch on the rocks below us. We even witnessed from our deck (although evidently a rare event) a large group of orcas. The owner is deservedly proud of her lovely home and makes an extra effort to assure the comfort of her guests. I give this property my highest recommendation.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect place.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Starfish Suite could not have been better. We drove in from Bozeman with bikes on the back and met up with our friends from Kenya who we hadn't seen in over a year. Our purpose, to bike and sight see the islands while catching up with each other. The location of this suite was perfect; Great view of the bay, and with a neighborhood bald eagle soaring, fishing, and landing across from us on the peak of an abandoned building. Being one mile from the Friday Harbor ferry, we were able to easily bike to the ferry after breakfast to cruise Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw Islands. Being one mile from town also offered the opportunity to walk in and explore town, or have a pint or two at the fantastic pub near the landing! We loved exploring San Juan Island. Our first day, we biked Roche Harbor, explored English Camp, and biked back along the coastal route. We were lucky enough to see a pod of Orcas swimming down the coast with us! Amazing! Afternoon is apparently the best time to see them! We spent another day hiking the trails at American Camp and English Camp. Beautiful hikes into forest and along the bay. Make sure to stop in or hike in) to Westcott Bay and pick up some oysters and clams! Some of the best on the planet!! (BBQ the oysters and steam the clams!) The San Juan Islands have developed a series of trails worth exploring, with another favorite being Turtleback mountain. We biked there, hiked on up, and then continued on beautiful roads up to Eastsound. I could go on and on; it was a wonderful stay full of activity, and always easy to ferry/bike back to our lovely accommodation at the Starfish Suite. We also loved being able to relax and watch great movies/ series on Netflix at night. We spent one week there, and loved every minute!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic getaway near Friday Harbor

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 fantastic nights at the Starfish Suite. We have 4 kids, ages 3-12, and we fit very comfortably using the pullouts in the family room. The kitchen was well appointed and the laundry room was key. The owners were very helpful with kid ideas and the desk was stocked with brochures for all of the activities on the Island. The deck was huge and gorgeous and the view of the bay was just perfect. We loved curling up in the hammock, looking out at the water and enjoying a book for a little downtime. For the daredevils, my kids loved climbing the rocks along the water and investigating the tide pools. This was a great little respite before hitting Seattle.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Friday Harbor Airport
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Friday Harbor Ferry Landing
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
San Juan Golf And Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Rocky Bay Cafe ( breakfast)
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Jackson's Beach
Car: recommended

Our vacation rental is minutes away from all activities checked above. For a list of activities throughout the year, visit


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Friday Harbor Apartment Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.01%

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Friday Harbor Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Tile floors, bamboo bath mats, luxury towels, hair dryer
    MASTER SUITE BATH - toilet , shower , Tile floors, large walk-in closet, hair dryer,
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite with en-suite bathroom, oceanfront deck - 1 queen , Ocean & Mountain views, luxury linens, large walk-in closet
    Ocean and Mountain Views - 1 queen , 100% Organic cotton sheets, designer pillows,
  • The Master Suite and Guest Bedroom face the ocean. The Master Suite has a private entry, en suite bathroom with a large walk-in closet and patio doors that open up to an oceanfront deck. The guest bedroom has views of Dinner Island. The love seats in the living room fold out into two twin beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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