Beautiful Mountainside Waterview Home on Gorgeous Orcas Island

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a spacious light-filled home tucked into the mountainside


Last updated: 11/10/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Accommodations: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, livingroom, dining room, gourmet kitchen, media room (lite), playrooms, sauna, hot tub, decks with views, lots of closets, workshop, garages, outbuildings… (Comfortably sleeps 8, can sleep up to 10.)

This is a fabulous house on a wonderful island in one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world. It takes about 3 hours (drive and ferry) to get there from Seattle. Or, you can take a small plane from Seattle in about thirty minutes. Have your vacation, get-together, private time, or retreat in this comfortable, accommodating house, located on magnificent, magical Orcas Island. Set on five acres, maximizing views while retaining privacy, this house is spacious and private, with captivating views west and north to Canada up the Strait of Georgia. Hang out and relax with friends and family. Watch beautiful sunsets, observe bald eagles and deer, be entertained by hummingbirds, luxuriate in the hot tub while you stare at the stars.

This house has many accommodations and choices. It has been tastefully and carefully furnished (by the owner/designer/architect) with comfort in mind. There is a main staircase and a secondary staircase. The dining room table seats 8-10 and there is a charming, red,-enameled, propane stove/heater in the room. The open plan sweeps from dining to living room where there is a cathedral ceiling, large, wood-burning fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the magnificent view. The kitchen is fully equipped with a sub-zero refrigerator, main sink and bar sink (both with disposals), range, convection oven, microwave, blender, waffle-maker, and all the utensils and tools you need to prepare lovely meals and snacks. There is a large, walk-in pantry. The private master suite has a bedroom with a luxuriously comfortable queen-sized bed. The master bathroom has a king-sized bath, shower, two sinks, and sauna. The closets in the master suite are the size of an apartment in Manhattan (ok, almost, but one does have a window seat and built-in dresser). The kids have a wing all their own too with two bedrooms and two twin-sized beds in each. An adjacent sunlit, south-facing bathroom (with shower and huge bathtub) and two sinks give kids plenty of space. The media room with sofa, recliner, VCR, and CD players, and large TV monitor (with plenty of CDs but no TV connection), is next to the kid’s bedrooms. The guest room has another fabulous, hotel-quality queen-sized bed, and an adjacent bathroom with shower. There are two rooms we do not even know how to label (Bedroom? Yoga room? Ballet room? Playrooms?) Even the laundry room is huge. Throughout the house there are small crawl spaces within closets. The natural cedar decks stretch the entire west side length of the house, from north to south. The private hot tub on the deck is surrounded by madronas and evergreen trees but still has peek-a-boo views of Crescent Beach in one direction and Canada in another. There is a teak table and chairs with sun umbrella for fabulous outdoor dining, and lounge chairs, great for sunbathing. The house has a workshop, several garages, outbuildings, and a fire pit waiting for smores. There is an old fort (constructed by various generations of inventive, independent children) nestled in the woods.

Walk down the mountain past Crescent Beach to Eastsound Village, about a mile from the house, where you will find shops, restaurants, cafes, book store, and groceries. Take in a summer chamber music concert in town. Hike or bike on nearby Mount Constitution in Moran State Park or hike the reclaimed Turtle Back Mountain trail. Go kayaking, whale watching, or just wandering. Play games, finish puzzles. (This is a Bananagrams-friendly establishment!) Send your kids to classic Orkilla summer camp and be on the same island, but with some adult time of your own. Even, dare we say, do your work here. Sit at the dining room table, gazing from computer (with high speed connection) to the seemingly infinite view. It is inspirational.

The house is so very sweet that when we are there we always long to stay. It is perfect for family vacations, reunions, friend’s time away, writer’s retreats, or whatever. It is a magical, memorable place. Come, enjoy yourself here.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 3800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    no groups of teenagers alone please...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    This is countryside and the house is big and not 'kid-proofed', so kids should be monitored in order to remain safe. But it is a WONDERFUL place for kids. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    please, only one pet at a time - with security deposit...moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Den


  • Bedroom 1 / Master Bedroom: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2 / Guest Bedroom: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3 / Kid Bedroom 1: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 4 / Kid Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Queen size Beds (2) Queen beds with high-end, hotel-quality mattresses. One is in the master bedroom and the other in the guest room upstairs. Twin Beds (4), two in each of the kid's rooms. There is also a double mattress bed on platforms in the extra (yoga/music) room. We have rails that can attach to the side of one twin sized bed. We have one queen-sized air mattress, and two, twin-sized air mattresses and it is also possible to sleep on the sofa in the media room....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1 / Master Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower

    This bathroom also has a sauna....moreless

  • Bathroom 2 / Kid's Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower

    This bathroom has two sinks. ...moreless

  • Bathroom 3 / Guest Bathroom: toilet, shower

    This bathroom is adjacent to the Guest and Media rooms. ...moreless

  • Bathroom 4 / Powder Room: toilet

    This is a powder room off the kitchen and side entry. ...moreless

  • 3.5 There is also an outdoor shower near the hot tub.

Other Amenities

  • Huge laundry room with washer/drier. Laundry detergent provided. Three fireplaces; one wood, two propane. Firewood provided. We provide linens -- towels, sheets, etc. -- for your use....moreless


  • Books:

    only a few at the house...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    various and plenty Please note that with games and toys there are some chocking hazards - please monitor your small children. ...moreless

  • Music Library:

    We only have a few music CDs at the house but there is a full music system with speakers in living room and kitchen. Bring CDs!...moreless

  • Stereo:

    (See note in 'Music Library', below.) ...moreless

  • Television:

    to use for videos (no cable or local TV stations)...moreless

  • Toys:

    stuffed animals and plastic animals, etc. These belong to our children. Please use ONLY inside the house and leave them in good condition as they are precious to our kids. ...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    We have lots of Disney, Pixar, and other kid videos and a few adult movies too (The Thin Man series, etc.)....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View:

    Views northwest toward Canada, various islands, and up the Strait of Georgia - glorious at sunset! ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    seats eight (8) on chairs, or ten (10) if you use the bench that is in the room...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    There are three: a large, wood-burning fireplace in living room; a large propane heater in dining room; and a small wood-burning fireplace in master bedroom...moreless

  • Garage:

    In fact, there is an attached two car garage and another, detached two car garage....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    large, red-enamel propane fireplace in dining room (see note in 'Fireplace' above)...moreless

  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    For 2-3 cars outside. There are also garages (see note in 'garage', below), but we do not use the garages for our cars. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    (See note in 'Parking' above.) ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    cell phones do not work well at the house, often connecting to Canadian roaming charges, but they do work about a half mile away (at the beach) and in town, and we do have a land line at the house...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    detergent provided...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    high-speed internet...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    wood provided (see note in 'Fireplace' above)...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    in Master Bedroom (see notes in 'Fireplace' above)...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    makes approximately 10-12 cups...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    everything including waffle maker, blender, coffee bean grinder, coffee maker..(see full kitchen section above)...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:


  • Dishwasher:

    detergent provided...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    next to the dining room, with two sinks (one full with two compartments and one bar sink, both with garbage disposals), large kitchen island, walk-in pantry, and......moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Two compartments, one is convection. ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    There are some (minimum) pantry items for use by the renters such as salt and pepper and other, various seasonings. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    sub zero, upper and lower, with ice maker...moreless

  • Stove:

    stove top / range...moreless

  • Toaster:

    This is a toaster oven. ...moreless


  • Bicycles:

    Please be careful. Bikes must be walked only (not ridden) on the windy roads of Buck Mountain. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    huge, two level deck on entire west side of house - hot tub on one level...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is a lawn in front of the house, large enough to toss a ball back and forth. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    We have a reasonably-sized outdoor grill with cooking tools. There is also a large, built-in outdoor grill but it must be carefully used and maintained...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    with view of Crescent Beach and Canada through the trees...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Holiday
Dec 18 - Jan 3, 2016
4 night min stay
Summer Season
May 27 - Sep 5, 2016
4 night min stay
$3,150 $12,000
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Pet Fee $200
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Cleaning $300 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9.5%


Off Season (9/22/14 - 5/22/15) - $400/n., with 3 night min.

Thanksgiving (11/26-11/30/14) - $495/n. w 4 night min.

Winter HOLIDAY (12/19/14 - 1/3/15) - $495/n. 4 night min.

Summer (5/22/15 - 9/21/15) - $495/n., 4 night min.

Pet security deposit is per pet and refundable.

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Last updated: 11/10/2015
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1.5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Orcas Island
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Orcas Ferry (WA State ferries)
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Orcas Island
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
many in Eastsound
0.25 Miles
Nearest Beach
Crescent Beach

Car: Recommended

Orcas is a wonderful island in one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world. It is lush and mountainous, with many magnificent views from various mountain tops. There is a lovely town within walking distance from the house (and other, smaller towns on island), with shops and restaurants, good grocery stores, a hardware store, bike rentals, a skateboard park, a small cinema, one of the best chocolate shops anywhere, and a great bookstore. Local artists and artisans have studios and shops throughout Orcas. There are beautiful beaches, lakes, and a wonderful, historic state park. (Moran State Park, five miles from our house, has a historic tower at the top and exceptional 360 views.) Orcas Island is magical. It is a fabulous place to explore, hike, bike ride, drive... A mountain, purchased by the Land Trust, is open to the public for marvelous hikes. There is plenty of wildlife, such as bald eagles, deer, turkey vultures, etc. but nothing particularly dangerous to humans. An extremely delightful and classic summer camp is located on the island so that you might be able to send your kids there while you have time off nearby. There are summer concerts in the park, small festivals, book fairs, and a performance center which is the locale of a fine chamber music summer series. The island is a hang out for cultured people so the library is sweet too. (You can even get videos there.) The house and island are a perfect balance of civilized society and radiant wilderness.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2007

About: We purchased this house about seven years ago when we walked in at sunset and the view took our breath away. We are a family of four, a mother who is an architect (trained at MIT) and a father who is museum professional. The mother grew up in New Jersey and the father in Texas. We met when we were each living in San Francisco and became inextricably bound by our shared sense of humor and love of culture. About 15 years ago, we began to work together, running a reasonably successful design business doing educational-purpose projects. Of course, as our teenagers have grown, we have not gone to Orcas Island as often as we have wished, despite its incredible magnetic draw. Whenever we are there we have a fabulous, memorable time and we hate to leave. Playing, relaxing, or working there -- staring out across the water and islands. It is altogether GLORIOUS. Orcas and the house are magical.

Why Orcas:
We live and work in Seattle and wanted to have a remote get-away house. We looked at all of the islands and rural properties we could and even considered designing and building our own home. But, the nature of building in so remote a place would entail a process that would be excruciatingly slow and we were impatient to have a place. This home was The One that we fell in love with after seeing dozens of other possibilities. So many people we know (and some we don't) have had remarkable moments on Orcas -- life-changing, inspirational, poignant moments. We are convinced that Orcas is the best and most phenomenal of the San Juan Islands. And we love this house and the island.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The floor to ceiling, wall to wall windows in the main rooms that face the incredible view are enough to want to stay forever. The spacious, commodious kitchen made a cook out of me (whereas, previously, I shunned the activity). The house with all of its rooms and closets within closets is a hide-and-seek paradise for kids, and the house is so large that you can easily find privacy or company. Every day there is something special here. The first night we stayed here, a deer ran across the deck. One day, a bald eagle settled for a while in the meadow below. Hummingbirds visit us often. In winter, looking out over an artist's dream view while being warmed by the heat of the fireplace is the best feeling in the world. Sitting in the hot tub under the stars underscored that we had made absolutely the right choice. I am not kidding. It is a dream come true.

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  • a spacious light-filled home tucked into the mountainside

    a spacious light-filled home tucked into the mountainside

  • entry view that goes on forever

    entry view that goes on forever

  • entry hallway looking toward deck

    entry hallway looking toward deck

  • light-filled interiors, wood-burning fireplace

    light-filled interiors, wood-burning fireplace

  • large kitchen with prep island, double oven

    large kitchen with prep island, double oven

  • master bathroom has shower, bath, two sinks, and sauna

    master bathroom has shower, bath, two sinks, and sauna

  • kid's bathroom has shower, bath, two sinks

    kid's bathroom has shower, bath, two sinks

  • kid's bathroom looking into one of the kid's bedrooms

    kid's bathroom looking into one of the kid's bedrooms

  • sauna in master bathroom (sorry for the blurry photo)

    sauna in master bathroom (sorry for the blurry photo)

  • decks offer views to the north, northwest and west

    decks offer views to the north, northwest and west

  • hot tub (mother not included)

    hot tub (mother not included)

  • sunset view from deck

    sunset view from deck

  • 5 acres of landscapes and forest

    5 acres of landscapes and forest

  • entrance from the front porch

    entrance from the front porch

  • water views fill the house

    water views fill the house

  • dining area seats 8-10

    dining area seats 8-10

  • media room upstairs with tall ceilings

    media room upstairs with tall ceilings

  • master bath

    master bath

  • one of the kid's rooms - 
each of the kid's rooms has two twin-sized beds

    one of the kid's rooms - each of the kid's rooms has two twin-sized beds

  • extra room (bedroom? yoga? dance?) and THIS room has an extra room

    extra room (bedroom? yoga? dance?) and THIS room has an extra room

  • deck looking west to Crescent Beach

    deck looking west to Crescent Beach

  • deck with hot tub, grill and dining table

    deck with hot tub, grill and dining table

  • Canadian gulf islands in the distance

    Canadian gulf islands in the distance

  • a rare Feb snowstorm

    a rare Feb snowstorm

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Date last modified - Sunday, November 29, 2015

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