Spacious, Historic Waterfront Home on Sunny Southern Tip of Lopez Island

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Last updated: 10/18/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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

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Property Type

  • House
  • 4335 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Only service dogs officially certified by Assistance Dogs International will be allowed...moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

  • Blue room: 1 queen

    Lovely view of the water from this charming blue room....moreless

  • Accessible bedroom: 1 queen

    Only accessible bedroom; shares a bath with another bedroom....moreless

  • Master bedroom: 1 queen

    Huge master suite with full wall of windows...moreless

  • Bunkhouse: 2 bunk bed

    A great place for kids - or a spouse who snores too loud...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 2 bunk bed

    A flexible room for chidren or adults...moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Second bath upstairs: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

    Roomy second bath, close to laundry room...moreless

  • downstairs half: toilet

    Jack and Jill half bath shared by two bedrooms...moreless

  • Master Bath

    Master bath has double sink vanity and large shower....moreless

  • Bath off kitchen: toilet, shower

    Small bathroom w/shower...moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless


  • Books:

    A variety of books are available for guest use....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Next to TV ...moreless

  • Game Room:

    At least two rooms are considered game rooms. The largest is upstairs and includes a ping pong table....moreless

  • Games:

    A large selection of board games and card games are available for guests to use...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish Network...moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    250’ of waterfront with gorgeous private beach accessed through sturdy timber stairs with hand rails....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    On a clear day the Olympic mountains can be seen from the yard and six rooms in the house...moreless

  • 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...moreless

  • 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...moreless

  • 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 ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    main table seats 8, card table can be added to seat up to 12....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Electric dryer...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Two gas stoves with ambient flame in two living rooms...moreless

  • Garage:

    Garage is used to store sports equipment and owner's personal belongings, not for personal use....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Auxiliary electric heat in some bedrooms...moreless

  • Internet:

    High speed Internet connection with wifi router...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Linens provided for beds....moreless

  • Living Room:

    3 living rooms: A comfy reading room, a game and TV room, and a music or game room...moreless

  • Parking:

    4-5 parking spaces available in front of garage and house...moreless

  • Telephone:

    For local calls only....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels provided for first eight guests. Additional guests are extra fee, towels provided for extra guests with prior arrangement...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Electric washer...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    One wood stove in the kitchen...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full service for 12, utensils for almost every need....moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Oversize oven allows more than one thing to be baked at once....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Full complement of spices...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    State of the art Sub Zero refrigerator enables you to see what's inside without opening the door....moreless

  • Stove:

    Six-burner, Viking gas stove....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Wood deck facing water, large front porch facing countryside....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Speak with owner if interested....moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill on deck...moreless



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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
Early Summer
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
4th of July
Jul 1 - Jul 5, 2017
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Fee $250 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 10.1%


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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Last updated: 10/18/2016
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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


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Lopez Island, WA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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?

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  • Sunset from the deck

    Sunset from the deck

  • A kayaker's paradise

    A kayaker's paradise

  • Kitchen/Dining


  • Living Room w/ a View

    Living Room w/ a View

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Guest Bedroom

    Guest Bedroom

  • Ping Pong Room

    Ping Pong Room

  • Chorus Frog on heirloom rose

    Chorus Frog on heirloom rose

  • Harbor Seal on rocks in nearby Marine Sanctuary

    Harbor Seal on rocks in nearby Marine Sanctuary

  • Countryside strolls

    Countryside strolls

  • View from deck of house

    View from deck of house

  • Garden in Spring

    Garden in Spring

  • Kitchen


  • Family Room

    Family Room

  • Guest Bedroom

    Guest Bedroom

  • Bunk Room

    Bunk Room

  • Swallows nesting.

    Swallows nesting.

  • A good start for tonight's crab feast

    A good start for tonight's crab feast

  • Lolling in the hammock

    Lolling in the hammock

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 20, 2016

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

Lopez Island, WA, USA #678617

5 BR  3.5 BA  Sleeps 12

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