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Nowak House - Lopez Island's One of a Kind Intimate Getaway

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Contemporary Home Amidst an Island Paradise...

Offering this beautiful one of a kind contemporary home ideal for that special intimate getaway. This island jewel is nestled on five pristine pastoral acres on the south end of Lopez with panoramic views to the west of MacKaye Harbor and Salmon point. Built by renowned Seattle glass artist, James Nowak in 2008, designed by the creative architectural team of Adams, Mohler and Ghillino, and constructed by Steve Winder Construction. This 900 square foot home is clean, artistic ,unique, and deliciously inviting just like the island itself. The fourteen custom wall sconces with matching overhead ceiling fixture gives you the feel of a room filled with candles but the light is actually coming from small LED lights within the candle globes. The living room floor features a 9 x 12 terrazzo insert to the cement floors filled with Mr. Nowak's blown pieces. The fir plank that is the eating counter and the beautiful fir stairway to the sleeping loft is all hand locally milled Douglas Fir. The bathroom tiles are each handmade in Italy and all the furniture that is found throughout is simple in design, elegant, classic, and of course comfortable.

Designed for Today's Traveler...

The Nowak House has a fully equipped modern kitchen with eating bar, a spacious living room with a gas stove, intimate dining room and a large comfortable loft bedroom with a view of the Harbor and a seating area. The house is equipped with a flat screen TV with satellite and free Wi-Fi internet. Linens and all necessities are provided.

**At the beginning of 2018, the owners installed solar panels to supplement the electricity derived from the grid. This is consistent with an environmentally/socially responsible mindset that will continue to be reflected in other ways, as well, at the Nowak House.

The Jewel of the San Juans....

Lopez Island is located in the Puget Sound off the NW corner of Washington State. It is known for it's pristine beauty, great beaches, and friendly inhabitants. Lopez is referred to as 'the crown jewel ' of the San Juan Islands. Most of the island's businesses are located in Lopez Village, a hamlet on Fisherman Bay. On Saturday morning in the summer you'll find shoppers milling around the farmers market, locals chatting in the coffee shops , and children and adults alike beach walking and bicycling. Spencer Spit State Park, Shark Reef, Ice Berg Point and Mackaye Harbor are just a few of the must see places on the Island.

***NOTE: As soon as you decide to travel to Lopez Island, check ferry schedules and make a reservation to get here.

More Details

Property Manager
owner/property manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About owner/property manager

I have been in the hospitality industry for most of my adult life. Currently, I own the Gaslight Inn on Capitol Hill in Seattle and three vacation rental homes on Lopez Island. I’m proud to say that guests at all of my properties have generally reported their experience to be extremely positive, consistently receiving great reviews on sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp.

I look forward to your visit.


Lopez Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • All guests are required to read + comply with the house rules outlined in the attached document. This is assumed upon acceptance of reservation.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Nowak House - Lopez Island's One of a Kind Intimate Getaway
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Light, Color, Fresh Air and Relaxing Delight!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Nowak House will be a memory of a rare and special experience that we will keep close for a long time. It is a beautiful home filled with light and color and rich art and design. We felt we were guests in a gallery that filled up our senses, experiencing all both inside and outside of the house. This very private and quiet location affords the perfect place to relax and just breathe the fresh clean air while you enjoy the spectacular views from the patio or great room or loft bedroom. The lovely patio fountain provides a soothing added peaceful effect. We appreciated meeting James and experiencing his kind hospitality in providing for our comfort during our stay. This home has everything you will need and more for a comfortable stay as you enjoy the remarkable Lopez Island or ferry to the other islands. Plan to relax, sit back, breathe deep, take in the sunsets; and even enjoy the continuing sunset's glow in the magnificent lighting inside throughout the evening. Highly recommend this Lopez Island, one of a kind, spectacular vacation home!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the outstanding review of Nowak House. We feel the same way about Lopez and our home. Happy that we can share it with you. It sure is one of a kind. I am so happy you enjoyed all the glass art. Come back soon.
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Perfect romantic getaway for two

  • 5 of 5

Stay here! It's a beautiful, quiet location on the south end of the island. Everything is modern and in great shape and working order, and it was thoroughly clean with no issues whatsoever. Fully stocked kitchen. Artwork is cool, and adds to the charm. Nice views and a quick drive to south end beaches. There is no cell service, so glad to have internet to send out mms messages from phone.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting and quiet times for relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

It's on a lovely piece of land with regular sightings of deer grazing in the yard. The patio with a view to the bay and relaxing fountain made for a perfect respite.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Nowak House was a good place for us to perch for our four days on Lopez - almost everything was just as described or depicted on the website. We were surprised when we first arrived that there were nearby houses on both sides; once inside or on the patio, however, the home was very private. Beautifully appointed, the place is perfectly situated for exploring the southern end of Lopez where most of the great island hikes are. It is easy for us to recommend Nowak House. Only suggestion is: need more bath towels.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

How often can you remember the details of a beautiful dream? It was just fairy-like ... surrounded by all the marvelous art of Mr. Nowak and Mother Nature. The house has everything, we had memorable meals looking at the masterpiece on the table or the fountain outside. The lights were just heavenly. The views are spectacular, and we took long walks from the house - as it has a great location. We will be back - soon, I hope. We stayed from 09-16 June 2017.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the glowing review. We feel the same way about this special home and are thrilled to be able to share the experience. Hope you come back soon.
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Best house you can rent in the San juans

  • 5 of 5

I cannot sing the praises for this location loud enough. The house itself was breathtaking, busting an amazing view from your lofted bedroom, an relaxing space in the back with a running fountain, and a kitchen with almost any adminaty you'd need. I have to say my favorite part of the cabin was all the incredible art they had, that alone really makes this place unlike any other you'll stay in. The surrounding locations will fill plenty of your time, being so close to iceberg point and all the other gorgeous hiking on the south side of the island. And besides all of this, the owners and operators of this location are THE BEST! I was going out for a romantic weekend and upon request they had flowers and champagne waiting for us. It was the perfect cherry on top of an already amazing stay. I highly recommend this location for your next stay!


  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Lopez Island Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Galley Restaurant and Lounge
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Lopez Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Lopez Island Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Southend General Store & Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
McKaye Harbor


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Damage Deposit $250

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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