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Spacious, historic waterfront home on sunny southern tip of Lopez Island

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 4,335 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bed/3.5 bath/3 living rms/giant kitchen/game room, on 2 acres w private beach

The spacious, historic Lopez homestead sits on two open acres (mostly lawn with a big garden and a few fruit trees), with 250 feet of waterfront, leading to a secluded private beach. It has 3 living rooms, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a state of the art kitchen, a game room, and breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains, smaller San Juan islands, open sky, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Sea birds, seals, and otters easily seen from six different rooms. Originally built in 1898, expanded in the 1980's, and updated with high-speed Internet, large screen TV, DVD player, it is the best possible mixture of the old, the new, and the timeless.

From the moment you step in, a breathtaking view of water, islands and mountains greets you. You are immediately at home in the heart of the house, a huge, kitchen-dining-gathering area with wall-to-wall windows and a cheery wood stove. Designed for those who like to cook, and those who like to watch the cook-cook, the kitchen features a six-burner, gas Viking stove and Sub Zero Refrigerator. A large table in front of a bank of window seats enables service for 8, with a card-table extension if needed. A propane grill is just steps away on the deck outside.

The kitchen opens up in two directions, with staircases on both sides. Off to the left is a comfy living room, with its own little gas fireplace, and books and games galore. Snuggle in here with a blanket and a good book, and you’ll wonder where the hours have gone. Beyond this room, a second living room is set up with an electronic piano, and coffee table for working puzzles, or planning island adventures. Both of these living rooms present layered views of the vegetable & flower garden, followed by the island's original community center built in 1897, and the magnificent vista beyond.

A convenient small bath with shower is just off the kitchen. To the right of that, is the third, larger living room designed for your enjoyment with leather couches, large screen tv, and a large game table. A DVD library, wi-fi and cable are all part of the package.

From this living room, take the front staircase up to a huge master bedroom with en suite bath (double sinks and a large shower), walk in closet, dresser and beautiful king bed. A private couch is set up to maximize your view from a wall of windows.

For your convenience, a washer and dryer are in the nearby laundry area.

Buffering the master suite from other bedrooms is a large game room, where you can enjoy playing ping pong without missing an inch of the view.

On the east side of the house find three more bedrooms and a full bath with tub. Two of the bedrooms face across the lawn to the spectacular view of mountains and water. They both boast queen size beds. A third room has bunk beds.

Take the stairs down the other side, and find two more bedrooms (one with queen bed, one a bunkhouse) with a Jack-and-Jill half bath between them.

Outside is where the real fun begins. A huge lawn is the perfect place for a game of Bocce, Whiffle or Frisbee. The large, organic garden invites you to share from its bounty. If the apple and pear trees are in season, enjoy some fruit straight off the vine. You may want to just lay back on the two person hammock, or loll around on the over-sized swing. You could also take a long hike. Bring your binoculars to see shorebirds, songbirds or raptors. Or you may be like the hundreds of cyclists who make Lopez their destination and opt for a bike ride, up hill, down dale, and through the woods. When night arrives, no need to go in. Chorus frogs will serenade you as a spectacular night sky unveils itself.

At some point you’re bound to want to be on, in, or around the water. You can access over 250 feet of medium-bank waterfront by way of solid timber stairs with a sturdy driftwood handrail. Swimming is only for the fearless, but this is a kayaker’s paradise, and launching is easy from our private beach. You can spend hours just watching the wildlife. Eagles abound near here; orcas and porpoises can occasionally be seen from shore with binoculars; otters and seals come right up to our rocks. Fish and crabs are plentiful in waters nearby. At certain times of the year, after dark enjoy the magic of bio-luminescence.

Heading back, you may want to stop at the fire pit and take a seat on the driftwood bench to tell tales drink wine or roast marshmallows.

If you can tear yourself away from here, take a short trip to Lopez Village, where you'll find, shops, restaurants, art galleries, a fully stocked grocery, and on Saturday mornings during the summer, a great Farmer’s Market.

Here are some more favorite places of ours

* Fisherman Bay with a marina, bike and kayak rentals, dining options and plenty of picnic spots.

* Agate Beach with its colored rocks.

* Shark Reef Park where you can look down from the bluffs,on the seals and sea lions, while watching exciting tidal waters.

* Iceberg Point with its hike to rock cliffs and panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan de Fuca.

* Spencer Spit State Park, a wooded wonderland close to the ferry

* Watmough Bay Preserve with Caribbean-colored waters and dramatic cliffs

More Details


Lopez Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4335 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Second bath upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Roomy second bath, close to laundry room
    downstairs half - toilet , Jack and Jill half bath shared by two bedrooms
    Master Bath - Master bath has double sink vanity and large shower.
    Bath off kitchen - toilet , shower , Small bathroom w/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Blue room - 1 queen , Lovely view of the water from this charming blue room.
    Accessible bedroom - 1 queen , Only accessible bedroom; shares a bath with another bedroom.
    Master bedroom - 1 queen , Huge master suite with full wall of windows
    Bunkhouse - 2 bunk bed , A great place for kids - or a spouse who snores too loud
    Bedroom 5 - 2 bunk bed , A flexible room for chidren or adults
  • Master suite includes a walk in closet, dresser and beautiful queen bed. A private couch is set up to maximize your view from a wall of windows.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis
We think you'll love the sense of history about this place. For instance, the old barn, (built in 1897 and too rickety to share with you now) was a community center that held dances and community meetings during the World Wars, and later served as a granary. This bay was once the site of large salmon canning operations and the largest town in the San Juan Islands. American Indians lived here long before it was 'settled' by adventurers from Seattle and beyond. Check out some of the books in our library or visit the History Museum at Fisherman Bay to learn more about the history of this unique location.


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Spacious, historic waterfront home on sunny southern tip of Lopez Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Great birthday celebration

  • 5 of 5

Great waterfront setting! Spacious accommodations & wonderful gathering spaces. Loved the kitchen!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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  • 5 of 5

Large house, fabulous kitchen, great view. Definitely be back when it’s warmer

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland Oregon

Lovely and Spacious great for gatherings

  • 5 of 5

John's house was perfect for our Thanksgiving venue. The kitchen is large and spacious, with enough room for many cooks. With all the rain outside, we never felt cramped in this very large house. Lots of extra communal rooms for smaller groups including a pool table, music room and puzzles and games. Plenty of clean bathrooms and showers to go around.

We were treated to views of the Olympic mountains and the sound. Iceberg point is a great hike any time of day and in any weather too.

Our hosts also did a fabulous job of welcoming in the first guests. Hope to stay there again!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great place

  • 5 of 5

thanks for offering up this beautiful spot, plenty of room for five couples to cook, eat, and hang out. Lots of walks nearby. Fun time. Would visit again.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time and enjoyed the location and all the amenities the house has to offer.

The only thing that would've made it better is a little nicer mattress in the master bedroom.

Otherwise, it was perfect for our group.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven on Lopez!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay at this house and we will definitely be back. Plenty of room to spread out and read, play games, lounge on the deck or watch TV and the south facing view can't beat! Biking around the island from here worked great for our group, but if you need to drive, the village is a quick 10 minute car ride away. The owners were helpful and friendly.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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John Ray-Keil
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About John Ray-Keil

A sixth generation Northwest family, with lots of extended family members. Lopez invites us to play at our favorite things. Outside, it’s kayaking, fishing, crabbing, gardening, beachcombing, and anything that involves a ball or Frisbee. Inside its whale watching, reading, playing cards and board games, making music, doing puzzles, building things with legos, watching sports on TV, and of course, just enjoying the view. When we need to check in with work, we have high speed wifi at our fingertips.

John Ray-Keil purchased this house in 2011

Why John Ray-Keil chose Lopez Island

We had dreamed for years of being on the water, and actively looked for several years before settling on this property. It’s large enough to accommodate several generations of our extended family – and yours. We love that it’s filled with the history of generations that have gone before, but also that it is well kept and has modern conveniences. We are naturalists by nature, though not by career, so the opportunity to observe so many creatures up close is a great gift to us. The fact that we could reclaim an old garden and bring it back to life appealed to us. The fact that we can share it with a wider community appeals even more.

What makes this house unique

Lopez Island, and this property in particular, refreshes our minds, restores our souls, give us a chance to both rest and really challenge our bodies, and invites us to deepen our relationships with family and friends. What more could we ask?


Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
our own
Car: recommended

Richardson house is located on the southern, sunny tip of Lopez Island. It's a dream destination for kayakers, cyclists and bird watchers. If you can tear yourself away from the house and private beach, check out these favorite places of ours

* Fisherman Bay with a marina, bike and kayak rentals, dining options and plenty of picnic spots.

* Agate Beach with its colored pebbles

* Shark Reef Park where you can look down from the bluffs,on the seals and seal

* Iceburg Point with its short hike to rock cliffs

* Spencer Spit State Park, a wooded wonderland close to the ferry.

* Watmough Bay with its beach and dramatic cliffs


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Damage Insurance $59

Cancellation Policy - 60 days prior, full refund. Any cancellation shorter than 60 days is non-refundable unless the property is rerented.

Per person charge of $20 per day for guests after the first eight, except for children under five who are free.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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