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The Ocean Is Just Steps Away

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Waterfront House

The ocean is just steps away from your doorstep at this buckhorn-area waterfront house.

Inviting family-friendly home on the north shore. See colorful sunrises and enjoy abundant marine life from the deck or patio outside, or from the living room on cooler days. Mid-beach frontage with easy beach access. Two bedrooms have queen beds; the master has a king bed; and the living has queen sleeper sofa.

Two bathrooms.

Amenities include local landline, fiber optic high speed wifi (one of the fastest connections on Orcas), hd satellite cable and dvd player. Kitchen is well stocked with everything you'll need to entertain family and friends.

Puzzles, books, games, bird feeders all await you. Multiple skylights bring much outdoor light inside, making you feel like you're absorbing the sun's rays even on winter days. Mooring buoy available.

More Details

Property Manager
Karen Key Speck
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2017

About Karen Key Speck

After several summers of looking for that 'right' spot on the water, we found this perfect setting on the north shore almost 17 years ago.

Karen Key Speck purchased this house in 1996

Why Karen Key Speck chose Orcas Island

From our living room or our yard, we can view abundant marine wildlife - otters, seals, porpoises - and the many varieties of birds. Eagles and deer frequently visit the yard. Grandchildren and grandparents alike can easily access the beach via the gradual bank steps.

In the winter we can stay warm and dry by the wood stove, watching the sea crash against the shore. It's the perfect spot any time of year!

What makes this house unique

Close to east sound for convenience, yet a sense of privacy and adventure at this waterfront location.


Eastsound House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • 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
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master Bedroom Bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Hall Bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Spacious master suite.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Relax on the patio and watch boats and wildlife or explore the beach and driftwood.


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The Ocean Is Just Steps Away
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Beautiful Views!!

  • 5 of 5

I recently spent a long weekend here with a couple of friends. The house was everything that we were expecting and hoped for. The view is absolutely STUNNING!! It was so relaxing to sit in the living room & look out at the Sound. The house has binoculars & great books on birds and sea creatures which is very useful and fun. The bedrooms are all nice. The master suite is huge. The house is well maintained. The kitchen is one of the best stocked kitchen's that I've experienced. I plan on coming back to this house in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was nice to have you visit Orcas with us in the off-season. You had some weird weather, but so glad you found beauty in it and the house. Please come see us again. Karen - Cherie L. Lindholm RE
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Portland, Oregon

Beautiful house with beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

The house is located at ~20 mins drive from Orcas Ferry Landing. We (group of 3 couples) stayed here on 4th July long weekend. It was very pleasant stay. The house was clean and comfortable, the view from the house was awesome. Karen - the property manager was very quick to respond to any questions throughout the process.

I think it would have been better if the booking and payment part was online, other than that I'm fully satisfied with the stay. :)

We will definitely stay here again when we will plan to visit San Juan Islands again in future.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words and visiting Orcas with us! You had some great weather, too. Come back again soon. KJKS
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Lynnwood, WA

Spacious, comfortable, well-kept house

  • 5 of 5

A group of us go on periodic crafting trips, so one thing we look for is a spacious work area (dining room table) that is very well lit. This place is absolutely FILLED with light, from the wraparound living/dining room windows to the skylights all over the house. There is room to get away from your housemates if you desire; the bedrooms are comfortable and very private, and the master suite is virtually a second (also spacious) living room, with its own TV. The view is fantastic as you are on a bluff right above the beach, with easy access via a gently sloping stairway leading down from the lawn. There are 2 picnic tables out on the patio, so a dozen people can easily eat outside, a kettle-type charcoal grill and a small firepit. The one drawback to our visit was that although the house does have wi-fi, it is poor quality and mostly doesn't work: text messages take forever to go, or simply don't go; downloading anything from anywhere (phone or computer) is extremely time-consuming; and even making cell phone calls can be iffy at times, there didn't seem to be any pattern to it. This isn't a house where you should plan to stay if you need to remain accessible through your electronic devices, because you won't be, not easily. There will be TP in the bathrooms when you arrive, probably, but that and paper towels seem to be items you need to resupply for yourself. If you opt to do your own laundry and housecleaning before leaving, you might want to check before leaving home as to whether there is any laundry detergent in the house; we brought some, which was good because there was none there (but lots of dishwasher soap). Check in the laundry room behind the door to see if the birdfeeder is on the counter—we didn't discover this until the day we left, but there is a feeder and seed is provided, with hooks out on the lawn behind the patio for hanging it. There are a LOT of birds around to watch. Overall we were very pleased with the atmosphere of the home, very clean and welcoming. I hope we get to return sometime.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, So glad the wildlife and weather was good to you during your Orcas visit! We are a rural community and thusly, don't have all the amenities of many mainland locations. Specifically, internet and cell phone service is very poor on island and Satellite reception in some spots is impossible, etc. You're right. Orcas is a place to untether and enjoy great views, nature and a more slow, quiet adventure. KJKS
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A beautiful Thanksgiving...

  • 5 of 5

This house was the perfect location for Thanksgiving with my (from out-of-town) parents, sister, and our significant others. We were lucky enough to have sunny, clear weather for the 4 days we were there, and we were afforded absolutely magnificent views of Baker, Lummi Island, and the bay. We got up early each morning to see the sunrise (which isn't typical with this bunch!). Sunsets were amazing as well. The house is conveniently located close to hiking at Moran State Park and the touristy activities in Eastsound.

The house was very comfortable and had everything we needed for a relaxing stay. The gigantic windows and skylights brought the outside in during the cold mornings and evenings. The living room was spacious with comfy sofas. The wood-burning stove (plus included wood, which was a pleasant surprise) kept the Californians in my family warm and at ease. :) The kitchen was perfect for making Thanksgiving dinner and had everything we needed. It's probably the best appointed kitchen I've seen in a vacation home.

Really, I can't think of anything the house was missing. It was a memorable stay in a perfect location. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Holidays with family are wonderful and even better when held on Orcas! Thanks for sharing your time with us and we're pleased it was pleasant, including the weather. Come see us again. Karen - Property Manager
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Beautiful home with perfect view

  • 5 of 5

Our family has stayed in this home 3 years in a row and we just booked our orcas island vacation for next summer. We love this home and everything it has to offer. The view, beach access, great yard for kids to run around, and proximity to town. The neighbors are very nice too! The home is well stocked with towels, sheets, and anything you'd need to cook an amazing dinner.

It is clean and the beds are all comfortable. We are so happy we found this gem and look forward to staying here many years to come.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your kind words are really appreciated and we're so pleased your stay in this gorgeous house was positive. Repeat guests are certainly the best and we're glad you'll visit Orcas with us again! Karen/Cherie L. Lindholm Real Estate
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Spacious house in great location

  • 4 of 5

This worked well for our family in town for a wedding. It was quite spacious and the location was excellent. So very close to town. Wonderful views and nice place to hang out and put on a fire. I've been to other rentals nearby and for the rental price we do feel it could have been replenished with better towels and such as they are pretty thin and none are matched (just a bunch of random old ones). Also feel that it should be stocked with more basic necessities (who travels with laundry detergent)? We had to buy a lot of things that I'd normally expect such a rental to accommodate more of. Overall I would recommend this place for family gatherings. We loved seeing the turkeys and deer!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, We hope your island wedding was wonderful. We have a large compliment of towels and wonder if maybe some were overlooked in different bathroom and laundry room cabinets. However, we will review the stockpile to be sure. Cheers!, Karen/Property Manager
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Eastsound - Port of Orcas
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
9.5 Miles
Orcas Ferry Landing
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Right in front of the house
Car: recommended

Just a short drive into the town of Eastsound, one can grocery shop, tourist shop, visit a museum, beach comb and dine out in many fine restaurants if you don't care to cook in our spacious kitchen.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $200

If you'd like to do your own cleaning and laundry prior to departure, there are no additional housekeeping fees.
If you'd like us to clean it is $125 and $50 for laundry plus tax = $192.68 additional. Garbage removal is $12.00 per can. You may take it to the dump yourself and save some money.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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