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Orcas 6 BR Craftsman Beach House *KAYAKS*Buoy*Owner Pays VRBO Fee

Bedrooms 6
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-12)

**Owners discount to cover VRBO guest fee (must send an inquiry vs. request)**

Vacation Rental Permit since 2007



***WEEK-DAY DISCOUNTS Built into Rates ***

****Ferry RESERVATIONS mean NO MORE worry or wait!!****

**COZY yet roomy 2200 ft. home with 6 Bedrooms/2 Baths.**

***Great for small groups too!***




Beach just 200 yards away-Explore for miles!

Stunning Mt. Baker and Sound View

2 Free Kayaks-recreational, sit inside

Private Mooring Buoy for rent

Islands Sucia, Matia and Patos close by

6 Bedrooms

Propane Firepalce

Large Fenced Lawn for games-Nearly 1 acre property!

2 miles to charming town of Eastsound

Outdoor fire pit

Tennis and skate park just 2 miles away

Moran St. Park (2nd largest State Park) just 15 minute drive


Orcas Island is the “Gem of the San Juan Islands”! Play on the beach for hours or sit on the porch to enjoy the stunning saltwater and Mt. Baker views. Your home away from home is a 2200 square foot 1920’s Craftsman Bungalow in a lovely quiet knoll with a few homes. Fir floors and high ceilings downstairs, this large, comfortable residence boasts 6 PRIVATE SLEEPING ROOMS with two shared baths, making it a perfect vacation home for one, two or even three families! (See “Sleeping Arrangements” below.) On nearly 1 ACRE of grassy lawn, you can enjoy volleyball, football, Frisbee, soccer, bocce, horseshoes, badminton, laying in the sun and evenings around the fire pit. The beach is just 200 yards down the gently rolling lawn and across a quiet lane. EASY TO USE FAMILY FRIENDLY KAYAKS ARE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE!



Every day you will be greeted with a view of Puget Sound and the spectacular sight of Mount Baker standing tall in the sunrise. (Weather providing!) The view from the living room, dining room, and covered porch across the big lawn is a joy to wake to each morning. You can see Sucia and Matia Islands with Patos Island just to the north. Relax as you watch the sun rise, see eagles soar and deer graze. The orientation of the house and grounds are open, light and sunny all day and late into the afternoon. The small neighborhood is quiet and friendly. The sun won't glare in your eyes as you watch Mount Baker bathed in the glorious light of sunset.


The beach is in Buckhorn Bay on Orcas Island. At all but the highest tide, you can explore the rocky beach for miles. (Note: The beach ranges from small to large rocks. Most of the beach is privately owned, so walk or explore-but don't camp or loiter.) Our mooring buoy is right in the bay. The free recreational sit-inside kayaks are easy to store at the beach or throw in the back of a truck for transport to another bay for exploring. Many guests have said this home is "better than waterfront"because the beach is so easily accessible. (Many waterfront homes in the San Juans are precariously perched on a rocky shore or on a high bank requiring a drive just to enjoy the beach! And if the home is on the beach, there is rarely a lawn and often the cost of rental is prohibitive.)


Quiet "Buckhorn Knoll" has three spread out homes on acerage just above the waterfront with 7 or so homes. It is pastoral yet beachy and the view of the sound and Mt. Baker is a dominant feature. The public beach access is a short 200 yard walk away. Waterfront owners own their beaches (most far below them out of site), but as long as you don't camp, burn fires or loiter you can explore the beach at all but the highest tide for hours.


Orcas Island near the town of Eastsound

Orcas Island in Washington State is known as 'the gem of the San Juan Islands'. The home is 20 minutes from the ferry landing and 2.5 miles from the charming town of Eastsound. (Think coastal Maine). Everything you need is waiting for you (except stop lights, traffic, fast food and franchises). Enjoy the adorable shops, restaurants, farmers market and even a movie theatre. You can eat local! It is easy to find food entirely grown or raised on Orcas! Closer still to the house, there is a lovely park with tennis courts, a Skateboard Park (designed and funded by Warren Miller himself) and a basketball court, baseball fields, and bocce court. Moran State Park, Washington’s fourth largest State Park, encompasses several gorgeous lakes for hiking, swimming and boating, are a 12-mintute drive where you can hike, swim, bike, paddle boat or kayak.


The Orcas Island Craftsman Beach House has a casual feel with comfortable and eclectic furnishings, making it easy to feel at home and relax. There are SIX separate sleeping rooms, with beds for up to 14 (5 queens, 4 singles). Four Queens are NEW Memory Foam, Temperpedic type mattresses. 1 Queen is firm mattress with memory foam topper. The layout: Upstairs, off a large central hallway, there are 4 private bedrooms including a 'sunroom' with two dormer windows and a view to the water and Mt. Baker. 3 rooms upstairs have queens (one also has a trundle bed with two twins), 1 room has two twins and there is a shared remodeled full bath. There is a spare futon under the queen. Downstairs one bedroom is adjacent to the 2nd full bath and has a firm queen mattress with memory foam topper The other downstairs bed has a new tempurpedic style queen bed.


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Kati Nickerson
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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April 26, 2017

About Kati Nickerson

We live in north Puget Sound and have been married for 27 years. We have two adult children. We spent every summer of their early years sailing the San Juan and Gulf Islands and have traveled with them all over the world, including a once in a lifetime two-week sailing trip in the Greek Islands. We all believe that Orcas Island is the most beautiful place on earth. Now we enjoy our 21' power boat, 34' sailboat and time together at the Craftsman Beach House. Sharing our home with others is a great joy and helps make our dream of owning a home in the San Juans possible.

Why Kati Nickerson chose Orcas Island

It's the JUST RIGHT place! Room enough for large groups but cozy and warm and sooo comfortable when it is just the two of us. We have good friends with a home on the water near our home. Every time we left we'd look at the (at the time) distressed Craftsman Beach House and say "if that ever went on the market let's try to buy it". Well, it did and we did! The location is ideal with the stunning view, and the bright open acre to play on and grow fruit trees. The property gets lots of light. Our favorite marine parks in the San Juans (Sucia and Matia) are just a 10 minute power boat ride away. With a stunning 'exploring' beach a short stroll down the lawn, the town just walking distance (ok, a 40 minute walk, but still) or a short bike ride-(10 minutes) away, and great friends nearby, this home had everything we dreamed.

What makes this house unique

Really, we never have to leave if we don't want to! The big lawn is great for frisbee and all manner of family yard games; the firepit for songs, stories and s'mores; the beach to explore for hours and build forts; the warm, casual and traditional house for gatherings large and small and an old porch to sit on with a glass of wine while Mt. Baker lights up the sky. We have to pinch ourselves sometimes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a very enjoyable time. The weather was perfect-lots of sun and fun. This was our first time here and it couldn't have been better. Went fishing and put crab pots, hiking and just general hanging out. We want to book the same dates for next year!
Aug 2009
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Eastsound House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Two full baths. The upstairs bath is in the central hallway easily accessed by all four bedrooms. The downstairs bath is off the kitchen and adjacent to the "branch room".
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Twin Bedroom upstairs - 2 twin/ single , Cute room with two twin beds.
    Queen Room Upstairs - 1 queen , Large Queen Bedroom. Tempupedic style mattress.
    Sunroom-View Dormer Room - 1 queen , Room with a view! Tempurpedic style mattress.
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , Queen firm mattress with temperpedic style mattress.
    Downstairs 'Branch Room' - 1 queen , Firm mattress with memory foam topper next to bath.
    Big Room Upstairs - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 'Temperpedic' queen, trundle bed w/2 twins, great mattresses
  • Queen size Beds (5) Three upstairs- all Temperpedic-style Memory Foam, NEW as of March 2012. One standard nice firm mattress with memory foam topper in downstairs bedroom, one Tempurpedic style queen in the other. Twin or Single Beds (4) Two twins are together in one room. The other two twins are part of a trundle bed in the largest Queen room upstairs., Baby Cribs (1) Two porta cribs are available.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Beach just 200 yards away-Explore for miles! Stunning Mt. Baker and Sound View, 2 Free Kayaks-recreational, sit inside, Sailboat available to rent-summer only weekly $2300 Private Mooring Buoy, Islands Sucia, Matia and Patos close by, 6 Separate Sleeping Rooms, Large Lawn for games, 2 miles to Eastsound, Outdoor fire pit, Tennis and skate park just 2 miles away, Moran St. Park just 15 minute drive


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Orcas 6 BR Craftsman Beach House *KAYAKS*Buoy*Owner Pays VRBO Fee
average rating of 4.8 based on 67 reviews

Beautiful craftsman house, huge yard with fire pit, close to the beach and beautiful view! Thanks!!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with my parents and siblings and kids and we had such a great time! Tons of room and we loved how many bedrooms there were. And the kitchen was so great, we cooked all our meals there and they had every type of pot and pan we needed. Loved the location, the beach, the view, everything! Will definitely be back again. Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed the new kitchen too!
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Fabulous gem on Orcas Island!

  • 4 of 5

This house was charming and very comfortable for our group of 10. The kids and adults loved playing in the yard with all the sporting equipment provided, walking to the beach to explore the wonderful rock formations and tide pools and hanging around the fireplace. The rooms and beds were comfy and plentiful! The kitchen was well stocked and the dining table large enough that we could all sit together and enjoy the view and dinner. We were close enough to town that the 7 year old in the group could ride his bike in with the rest of us for treats. I would certainly come back here and also recommend this house to friends.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed two nights staying at the craftsman house. The view is great, house had everything we needed, and was spacious.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great old house

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of special atmosphere

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An Excellent place to Celebrate!

  • 5 of 5

The Craftsman Beach House was fabulous! It was large enough accommodate 4 couples and 2 singles plus 2 dogs for my 50th birthday celebration! Everyone had their own bedroom when they wanted some down time. The kitchen is on the small side, but WELL-EQUIPED with all you might need. It's a older home with LOTS of character (We all loved all the details!), and is extremely cozy/welcoming. Even with 10 people, we never ran out of hot water for showers. It is a very short walk to the beach and a very short drive into Eastbound. The neighborhood is quiet and welcoming to guests. The yard is great for dogs - fenced in and worry free! We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy storm hangout

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Craftsmen Beach House -- the size and character of the interior, the great outside property and proximity to town, and how close it was to Moran St. Park as well. We had a group of 12 and it fit us well, even when it was blowing sideways rain outside. We did have great weather our last day and got out on the water on the complimentary sea Kayaks as well. Would highly recommend and are considering a return trip at some point. Special shout-out to all the new memory-foam mattresses on the beds!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! Come back anytime!
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Nearest Airport
1.5 Miles
Eastsound Airport on Mt. Baker Road
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
San Juan Islands Ferry System
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
180 Metres
Public Access 200 yards away
Car: recommended

Moran State Park, Cascade Lake, Mt. Constitution. Whale watching, excellent skateboard park, jr. sailing lessons, great farmers market.


Rates & Availability

Eastsound House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 11 2017 - May 27 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Shoulder 2017
May 28 2017 - Jun 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Pre Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
High Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Post High Summer
Aug 21 2017 - Aug 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Fall Shoulder 2017
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Fall Prime
Sep 18 2017 - Oct 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $350 per night, per additional guest
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Standard cleaning fee $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates may change until dates reserved.
$250-$500 damage deposit
Cleaning fee varies upon group size/# of bedrooms used-$175 to $300.
Extra persons beyond 6, 8 or 10 (depending on season) charged at $25 ea. per night, max $100 each
E-check or check preferred. cc +2.5% fee
Pet fee (dogs only) $100
Mooring buoy: $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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