Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Friday Harbor - Cady Mountain Aerie
Unique octagonal haven w/ 2 bedrooms/1 bath w/ stunning views of mountains & sea
Breathe in the sweet island air from the deck of this south-facing, mountain home, as you soak up the breathtaking panorama that includes the Olympic Mountain Range, Mt. Rainier, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and San Juan Valley. Watch eagles, red-tail hawks and buzzards spiral in the thermals over the woodlands. The deer here are very trusting and often bring their fawns around to show them off. This location sits at about 760 feet above sea level.
This is the home of an artist, of which the main floor is being offered as a long-term rental. It will sleep 2-4 people; rates shown are for double occupancy. Additional charges per night will apply for one or two extra people. The upper story contains the art studio, through which you may book a short tour if you desire.
Located on ten, peaceful acres, the house is perched on Cady Mountain in the heart of San Juan Island, in the midst of rare, Garry oak savanna intermingled with Douglas fir forest. Centrally located, it's only 6 miles to either Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor and is above and away from the bustle of tourist season. Trails are maintained through the woods on the lower half of the property, for which sturdy shoes are recommended.
The rental space has a slate-floored entry and is wheelchair accessible, with ADA approved door handles and sink fixtures. It is fully furnished, right down to the can opener.
The master BDR has a Q-size, raised captain's bed, with drawer storage underneath. The bed itself has two specially designed air mattresses which have remote controls that pump them up or down, to adjust the firmness. They are topped with several layers of foam, including egg-crate memory foam. Everyone who has slept on these exclaims at the comfort of sleeping on a surface they can customize for their particular needs. The bed looks out at trees and meadow and once a month, is bathed by the light of the full moon. Linens are provided. The room has a huge walk-in closet and ready access to the bathroom and the private deck on the west side of the house. This deck has been enclosed with wire fencing to contain pets.
Just across the hall is a smaller, single-size bedroom, which is octagonal in shape, and which can also serve as office space. A desk with shelves is provided. It's a cozy, private space with a mobile rack for hanging clothes.
The bathroom has generous storage cupboards and drawers, a large, double-headed shower stall & a soaking tub, the latter of which may be used in June & July. As we are on a well, we strictly conserve water on the island in August & September. Our water is softened and tastes wonderful. Bath linens are provided.
The kitchen/dining/living area is one, airy, open space, with vaulted ceilings, and has a charming day bed at the west end for afternoon naps or reading. The square dining table seats four and expands to accommodate six when rounded extensions are raised on each side to create a round table. The light-filled interior of the living space channels-in the serenity of the landscape and the soft angles of the walls keep fresh air moving throughout. There is a beautiful view out of every window.
The kitchen is 'gourmet' appointed with food processor, standing mixer, microwave, convection toaster oven, dishwasher, Jennair range and plenty of cookware & utensils. A large pantry accommodates big coolers and bulk food supplies. The butcher-block island is spacious enough for several people to chop vegies or set out a buffet meal.
A separate laundry room provides large-capacity, stacking W/D & counter space for folding clothes. Lots of storage here too.
A corner library, with its own desk, is tucked behind the small bedroom. Paperbacks are available here for borrowing.
The LR has a Q-size futon couch for accommodating additional guests. In addition, it has another couch long enough for tall people to nap on, a Papasan chair, and several happy house plants.
Other amenities include: a small outdoor gas grill, free WiFi, flat screen TV w/HD player with a list of DVDs that may be borrowed for no extra charge, a cabinet for an IPOD station, and planting boxes on the front deck should someone wish to grow their own salad greens. Wild blackberries can be harvested on the grounds in the Fall.
This is a non-smoking home - no exceptions. If visitors arrive who do smoke, they must do so in the designated area outside only, or in their vehicle, due to summer fire risk on the mountain.
Well-behaved, older pets (no puppies or kittens) are allowed. Dogs must be kept on a leash or in a car when outside, as there are numerous deer, cats, raccoons and other creatures who also reside here. Spacious beaches and a wonderful dog park are located near town where doggie friends can run freely. There will be a pet security deposit assessed at the time of rental.
Below the house, near the gardens, is a wooden tent platform, which can be used for short-term guests who want to camp out. It's also great to spread out a blanket and have a picnic there. The view is spectacular.
People can wander through the trees near the house, sit on a bench among pine and madrone trees, or hoof it downhill into the deeper forest and discover other benches and even a totem carving, along the way. Though there are no wolves, bears or cougars on the island, we like to call the lower woods the 'Red Riding Hood Forest.'
Space is available to park two cars.
Just down the road from the house is a kayak guiding company with a wide variety of options for paddling around the islands and learning the natural history of the area. There are also a couple of friendly horses in the lower pasture who won't say 'no' to the occasional piece of apple or carrot.
We provide brochures, print-outs and maps of area attractions and are happy to offer our opinions on the best places to eat. We are just a few minutes' drive to activities and restaurants in either direction (east and west).
We love our beautiful aerie here on the mountain and are confident that you too will find it to be an inspiring and restful location. Upon your arrival, you will be gifted with a start-up packet containing some important necessities so that you won't have to go shopping right away. Some of the things you'll find enclosed are special spa kits, instant coffee, sewing kit, chocolate, wine, sunscreen and more.
*Please note that this home is on the market for sale and renters may be asked to vacate from time to time in order to show it to potential buyers. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience it may cause. We kindly ask for agreeable cooperation in this matter.
- non smoking only
- wheelchair accessible
- pets considered
- Long-term Renters Welcome
I'm a Northwest gal through and through and have lived along a conifer-lined pathway from Oregon to Alaska, and now, down to the dryer~warmer Puget Sound, in the very special environs of the San Juan Archipelago.
I've always been a visual artist and writer; spent some time as a dental hygienist; more recently became certified as an Acupressurist and Reiki practitioner. I love everything I do, and each discipline informs the other. Having lived in many beautiful places, I find I'm most inspired by Nature.
Colored pencils, watercolors, pen & ink, graphite and the computer are my art media, at present. My images tend to focus on details of Nature and the hidden spirit inherent within each thing. My writing explores a wide range of fiction and memoir.
I designed my house using Feng Shui principles and the topography of this property. It's my dream house in many ways. I lived in Juneau, AK at the time of my purchase of the property, waiting for my son to graduate from high school before moving down here. I drew up several plans and elevations, sent them to an architect in Poulsbo, WA and made decisions and changes by fax machine. It was a wonderful creative outpouring. And this place holds my heart.
I love sharing my property with others who are in search of peaceful surroundings and inspiration. Many visitors have expressed that they underwent important changes while here, because they finally got the mental and emotional space to do so. I am simply the land steward and am deeply grateful to be here.
I love sharing my property with others who are in search of peaceful surroundings and inspiration. Many visitors have expressed that they underwent important changes while here, because they finally got the mental and emotional space to do so. I am simply the land steward and am grateful to be here.
Puget Sound, or the Salish Sea, as it's coming to be called, is a unique area both geologically and biologically. Garry oak savannah was the habitat that predominated when Captain Vancouver “discovered” these islands. The encroachments of humans, however, have altered this unique system, one which occurs in a narrow swath up the west coast of the United States, from northern California to southern British Columbia, Canada. What exists now is a mixed habitat of oak and fir woodlands, to which the indigenous bird and animal life has adjusted. Cady Mountain, where my home is located, is a prime area in which to view this melding of adaptive plant and animal life. Efforts by various agencies have been made to restore more of the Garry oak ecosystem and bring back the luxuriant wildflower meadows of old. Areas of Douglas fir have been selectively removed and oak seedlings, native sedges and shrubs have been replanted in an attempt to bring back the more diverse habitat of the savannah without endangering the flora and fauna that are accustomed to living in and around both forests.
My home was conceived during many cold, winter nights in Alaska. I visited the islands in 1995, drawn by the promise of orcas, no bears and kayaking and a different kind of diversity than is found in the far north.
Island living means we are surrounded by both ocean and mountains in all directions. We're in a rain shadow here and so have a precip level of about 25” each year. That means a lot of clement days for outdoor activities on land, sea and in the air. Our farmlands are very productive, which makes the Farmers' Market a lively and abundant scene on Saturdays. The local theater and Shakespearean group put on outstanding productions every weekend during the summer months. All these aspects, and more, are what drew me here; not to mention, everyone drives more slowly and takes time to look at the scenery.
Cady Mountain is up and away from the roiling crowds of tourists in town. Quiet and peaceful, it offers wide, southerly vistas and the house has a different view out of every window. Some mornings, one can step out onto the front deck and smell the ocean; other mornings it's the cottonwood trees perfuming the air; and yet other days, the breezes are redolent with the scent of freshly mown hay. We call it the 'flavor of the day.' Guests often comment on the 'energy' of the house: 'encouraging' and 'serene.'
Deer come around often to browse. Songbirds are up early here, filling the air with their arias. Fantastical cloudscapes move slowly down the strait, taking on forms that tell sky stories.
I guess it sounds like a magical place. For me and my friends and family, it is.