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

Lopez Island, WA, USA
  • House4335 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

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


John Ray-Keil

Member Since 2015
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 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?


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


      • 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

        Location Type

          • Beachfront
            250’ of waterfront with gorgeous private beach accessed through sturdy timber stairs with hand rails.
          • Mountain View
            On a clear day the Olympic mountains can be seen from the yard and six rooms in the house
          • Rural
            A prime destination for bikers and walkers, Lopez is the most rural of the three major San Juan islands. The landscape blends woods with rolling farmlands, surrounded on all sides by the sea
          • Village
            Lopez Village, nestled along Fisherman Bay, is just 6.5 miles from the house. It has shops, galleries, a fantastic bakery and candy store, restaurants, groceries, bike rentals, even a public shower
          • Water View
            Magnificent unobstructed views of straits of Juan de Fuca, small and larger islands, Olympic mountains, sea creatures and birds of all kinds, from six rooms in house and outside


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        Linens provided for beds.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Electric dryer
                      • Garage
                        Garage is used to store sports equipment and owner's personal belongings, not for personal use.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Auxiliary electric heat in some bedrooms
                      • Internet
                        High speed Internet connection with wifi router
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Fireplace
                        Two gas stoves with ambient flame in two living rooms
                      • Living Room
                        3 living rooms: A comfy reading room, a game and TV room, and a music or game room
                      • Parking
                        4-5 parking spaces available in front of garage and house
                      • Telephone
                        For local calls only.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Towels provided for first eight guests. Additional guests are extra fee, towels provided for extra guests with prior arrangement
                      • Washing Machine
                        Electric washer
                      • Wood Stove
                        One wood stove in the kitchen


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Full service for 12, utensils for almost every need.
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            A large table in front of a bank of windowseats enables service for 8, with a card-table extension if needed. Propane grill is just a few feet away on deck.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                            Oversize oven allows more than one thing to be baked at once.
                          • Pantry Items
                            Full complement of spices
                          • Refrigerator
                            State of the art Sub Zero refrigerator enables you to see what's inside without opening the door.
                          • Stove
                            Six-burner, Viking gas stove.
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                main table seats 8, card table can be added to seat up to 12.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                    A variety of books are available for guest use.
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Next to TV
                                  • Game Room
                                    At least two rooms are considered game rooms. The largest is upstairs and includes a ping pong table.
                                  • Games
                                    A large selection of board games and card games are available for guests to use
                                  • Ping Pong Table
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Dish Network
                                  • Television
                                    55' wide screen TV with digital cable
                                  • Toys
                                    Legos & Stuffed Animals
                                  • Video Library
                                    An assortment of DVDs


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Wood deck facing water, large front porch facing countryside.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Speak with owner if interested.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        A huge lawn is a perfect place for Bocce, Whiffle ball or frisbee games, very large garden has long history, has been reclaimed in recent years.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Gas grill on deck


                                          • 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.

                                                            30 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Soaking up sunshine on Lopez

                                                            Paul Z.Seattle, WA

                                                            Our group of 10 (6 adults, 4 kids) had a great stay on Lopez Island. This home is large, comfortable, and perfectly situated with its south-facing aspect to capture every precious ray of PacNW sunshine. It was an incredible home for the kids; lots of nooks and crannies for hide and seek; an incredible flat yard for running and running; and bunk beds galore. The grown-ups appreciated the well-stocked kitchen, the comfortable beds and couches, and the overall vibe of the house. Communication with the owners was prompt and courteous. We'd be happy to return.

                                                            Great birthday celebration

                                                            Susan B.

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


                                                            Joan P.

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

                                                            Lovely and Spacious great for gatherings

                                                            benjamin y.Portland Oregon

                                                            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!

                                                            great place

                                                            Doug F.

                                                            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.

                                                            Great house, great location

                                                            Gabe A.

                                                            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.


                                                            Lopez Island, WA, USA

                                                            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

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                                                            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.

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