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Beautiful Mountainside Waterview Home on Gorgeous Orcas Island

Mindy Cameron

Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Mindy Cameron

Member since: 2012
Speaks English
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Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 May, 2015
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Beautiful Mountainside Waterview Home on Gorgeous Orcas Island

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Eastsound

4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4000 sq ft home on five acres with magnificent views

Accommodations: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, livingroom, dining room, gourmet kitchen, media room (lite), playrooms, sauna, hot tub, decks with views, lots of closets, workshop, garages, outbuildings… (Comfortably sleeps 8, can sleep up to 10.)

This is a fabulous house on a wonderful island in one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world. It takes about 3 hours (drive and ferry) to get there from Seattle. Or, you can take a small plane from Seattle in about thirty minutes. Have your vacation, get-together, private time, or retreat in this comfortable, accommodating house, located on magnificent, magical Orcas Island. Set on five acres, maximizing views while retaining privacy, this house is spacious and private, with captivating views west and north to Canada up the Strait of Georgia. Hang out and relax with friends and family. Watch beautiful sunsets, observe bald eagles and deer, be entertained by hummingbirds, luxuriate in the hot tub while you stare at the stars.

This house has many accommodations and choices. It has been tastefully and carefully furnished (by the owner/designer/architect) with comfort in mind. There is a main staircase and a secondary staircase. The dining room table seats 8-10 and there is a charming, red,-enameled, propane stove/heater in the room. The open plan sweeps from dining to living room where there is a cathedral ceiling, large, wood-burning fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the magnificent view. The kitchen is fully equipped with a sub-zero refrigerator, main sink and bar sink (both with disposals), range, convection oven, microwave, blender, waffle-maker, and all the utensils and tools you need to prepare lovely meals and snacks. There is a large, walk-in pantry. The private master suite has a bedroom with a luxuriously comfortable queen-sized bed. The master bathroom has a king-sized bath, shower, two sinks, and sauna. The closets in the master suite are the size of an apartment in Manhattan (ok, almost, but one does have a window seat and built-in dresser). The kids have a wing all their own too with two bedrooms and two twin-sized beds in each. An adjacent sunlit, south-facing bathroom (with shower and huge bathtub) and two sinks give kids plenty of space. The media room with sofa, recliner, VCR, and CD players, and large TV monitor (with plenty of CDs but no TV connection), is next to the kid’s bedrooms. The guest room has another fabulous, hotel-quality queen-sized bed, and an adjacent bathroom with shower. There are two rooms we do not even know how to label (Bedroom? Yoga room? Ballet room? Playrooms?) Even the laundry room is huge. Throughout the house there are small crawl spaces within closets. The natural cedar decks stretch the entire west side length of the house, from north to south. The private hot tub on the deck is surrounded by madronas and evergreen trees but still has peek-a-boo views of Crescent Beach in one direction and Canada in another. There is a teak table and chairs with sun umbrella for fabulous outdoor dining, and lounge chairs, great for sunbathing. The house has a workshop, several garages, outbuildings, and a fire pit waiting for smores. There is an old fort (constructed by various generations of inventive, independent children) nestled in the woods.

Walk down the mountain past Crescent Beach to Eastsound Village, about a mile from the house, where you will find shops, restaurants, cafes, book store, and groceries. Take in a summer chamber music concert in town. Hike or bike on nearby Mount Constitution in Moran State Park or hike the reclaimed Turtle Back Mountain trail. Go kayaking, whale watching, or just wandering. Play games, finish puzzles. (This is a Bananagrams-friendly establishment!) Send your kids to classic Orkilla summer camp and be on the same island, but with some adult time of your own. Even, dare we say, do your work here. Sit at the dining room table, gazing from computer (with high speed connection) to the seemingly infinite view. It is inspirational.

The house is so very sweet that when we are there we always long to stay. It is perfect for family vacations, reunions, friend’s time away, writer’s retreats, or whatever. It is a magical, memorable place. Come, enjoy yourself here.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Mindy Cameron (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 May, 2015

About Mindy Cameron

We purchased this house about seven years ago when we walked in at sunset and the view took our breath away. We are a family of four, a mother who is an architect (trained at MIT) and a father who is museum professional. The mother grew up in New Jersey and the father in Texas. We met when we were each living in San Francisco and became inextricably bound by our shared sense of humor and love of culture. About 15 years ago, we began to work together, running a reasonably successful design business doing educational-purpose projects. Of course, as our teenagers have grown, we have not gone to Orcas Island as often as we have wished, despite its incredible magnetic draw. Whenever we are there we have a fabulous, memorable time and we hate to leave. Playing, relaxing, or working there -- staring out across the water and islands. It is altogether GLORIOUS. Orcas and the house are magical.

Mindy Cameron purchased this house in 2007

Why Mindy Cameron chose Eastsound

We live and work in Seattle and wanted to have a remote get-away house. We looked at all of the islands and rural properties we could and even considered designing and building our own home. But, the nature of building in so remote a place would entail a process that would be excruciatingly slow and we were impatient to have a place. This home was The One that we fell in love with after seeing dozens of other possibilities. So many people we know (and some we don't) have had remarkable moments on Orcas -- life-changing, inspirational, poignant moments. We are convinced that Orcas is the best and most phenomenal of the San Juan Islands. And we love this house and the island.

What makes this house unique

The floor to ceiling, wall to wall windows in the main rooms that face the incredible view are enough to want to stay forever. The spacious, commodious kitchen made a cook out of me (whereas, previously, I shunned the activity). The house with all of its rooms and closets within closets is a hide-and-seek paradise for kids, and the house is so large that you can easily find privacy or company. Every day there is something special here. The first night we stayed here, a deer ran across the deck. One day, a bald eagle settled for a while in the meadow below. Hummingbirds visit us often. In winter, looking out over an artist's dream view while being warmed by the heat of the fireplace is the best feeling in the world. Sitting in the hot tub under the stars underscored that we had made absolutely the right choice. I am not kidding. It is a dream come true.

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Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

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Beautiful Mountainside Waterview Home on Gorgeous Orcas Island
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Fantastic house, great communication

  • 5 of 5

The house itself accommodated our group of 7 adults and dog perfectly. We enjoyed all the board games and puzzles available to us. The kitchen pots, pans, utensils were stocked to the nines. Best of all are the attentive owners. They answered questions quickly and processed our refundable pet fee promptly.

The only suggestions I have are to update or deep clean the rugs downstairs. Would have also been great if the TV upstairs was more updated. We brought a video game system but the older TV did not have the needed ports for hook up.

Thanks for a great time Max and Mindy!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

Huge property with everything (and more!) you could need for a wonderful stay. We were blown away! Beautiful views from the deck. No long list of chores on checkout (other VRBO properties have this which is annoying considering you are paying a cleaning fee). A few hazards for really young kids (can get round deck railings) but other than that perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy that you enjoyed your stay Tony! Thank you for the kind words. Mindy and Max
Phoenix, AZ

Great Stay....We'll be Back!

  • 5 of 5

Definitely lived up to our expectations and then some! Fabulous home with great views and sunsets. The kitchen was well equipped and the big dining room and deck made it the perfect spot for our family to enjoy a bit of R&R...that is when we weren't our hiking or whale watching! Great vacation. Hope we can return again one day soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kathy and family. So glad that you enjoyed your stay!

Wonderful house, wonderful island

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful large well kept house with 'to die for' views from the top of a mountain. Orcas Island has so much to offer and the house is fabulous. We loved staying here and wished we could have stayed longer. We would happily return. We had to tear ourselves away from the changing scenery off the deck to take advantage of everything else this house and island had to offer.

Good sleeping and seating arrangements for two couples and small children.

The owner was very accommodating and easy to reach.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

The driveway emptied us out onto a property you knew immediately was special. You walk in and know that you have left the office behind. It took a little time to figure out where all the bedrooms were because the halls and doorways just kept coming! Our group of 10 (two nights of 10, three nights of 8), ages 11-70, all enjoyed every inch of Max and Mindy's home. Mindy was our main contact and very graciously provided us with all the information we needed, and was available (via email) during our stay as well. Their home is beautiful and spacious, and easily accommodated us all. Not only did we feel together but had personal space as well. The photos do not capture the sense of space that we all thoroughly enjoyed in their comfortable home.

The teenagers were shoo'd outside but also enjoyed playing hide and seek (so many places to hide!) and marathon games of Monopoly indoors. We hiked up Mt. Constitution, paddle boarded and swam the lake, went into town, and hiked the south trail of Turtleback Mountain (some of us even did it twice the last day because it was so worth it!). But you didn't really need to go anywhere or do anything - you can simply enjoy the gorgeous views from the house. A morning cup of coffee or an afternoon glass of wine on the deck can take hours to finish.

We ate all meals in, except when we packed a picnic, and the kitchen was easy to navigate (the table comfortably seats 10!). There was no utensils or pots and pans we needed that they didn't have (teenagers loved the waffle iron). We brought most of our provisions in from Seattle, but the main grocery store was fully stocked.

We will miss the magic of the island and Max and Mindy's home, but plan to return soon! Thank you for opening up your home - we hope our happy review does not result in competition for time next year!

Jason and Maggie

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Glenview, IL


  • 5 of 5

We had a marvelous time at this gracious, beautiful home which we booked for a family reunion. We had 8 adults and we were so excited to arrive and see this lovely home which exceeded our expectations, even with the accurate photos and description. The owners have provided a truly welcoming and well equipped property that had everything we needed and more. The rooms are spacious and provided us plenty of room to hang out together or have private space to relax. The home was spotless and the decks and grounds very well maintained. The owner was helpful and provided many additional details that made our stay on Orcas enjoyable. We would recommend this property without reservation. There are so many beautiful places on the island, especially the Moran State Park, numerous water activities like whale watching and fishing, great restaurants, even a great micro brewery. We would be happy to return as we had such a pleasurably time.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
1.5 Miles
Orcas Island
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Orcas Ferry (WA State ferries)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Orcas Island
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
many in Eastsound
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Crescent Beach
Car: recommended

Orcas is a wonderful island in one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world. It is lush and mountainous, with many magnificent views from various mountain tops. There is a lovely town within walking distance from the house (and other, smaller towns on island), with shops and restaurants, good grocery stores, a hardware store, bike rentals, a skateboard park, a small cinema, one of the best chocolate shops anywhere, and a great bookstore. Local artists and artisans have studios and shops throughout Orcas. There are beautiful beaches, lakes, and a wonderful, historic state park. (Moran State Park, five miles from our house, has a historic tower at the top and exceptional 360 views.) Orcas Island is magical. It is a fabulous place to explore, hike, bike ride, drive... A mountain, purchased by the Land Trust, is open to the public for marvelous hikes. There is plenty of wildlife, such as bald eagles, deer, turkey vultures, etc. but nothing particularly dangerous to humans. An extremely delightful and classic summer camp is located on the island so that you might be able to send your kids there while you have time off nearby. There are summer concerts in the park, small festivals, book fairs, and a performance center which is the locale of a fine chamber music summer series. The island is a hang out for cultured people so the library is sweet too. (You can even get videos there.) The house and island are a perfect balance of civilized society and radiant wilderness.


Prices & Availability

From $438 Nightly

Prices for this holiday house in Eastsound, Orcas Island

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer Season
22 May 2015 - 20 Sep 2015
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
25 Nov 2015 - 29 Nov 2015
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter Holiday
18 Dec 2015 - 3 Jan 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee $200.00
Cleaning $275.00 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $99.00
Tax Rate 9.5%
Notes Off Season (9/22/14 - 5/22/15) - $400/n., with 3 night min.
Thanksgiving (11/26-11/30/14) - $495/n. w 4 night min.
Winter HOLIDAY (12/19/14 - 1/3/15) - $495/n. 4 night min.
Summer (5/22/15 - 9/21/15) - $495/n., 4 night min.
Pet security deposit is per pet and refundable.
Please ask about check in/out times.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Eastsound in Orcas Island

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 / Master Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom also has a sauna.
    Bathroom 2 / Kid's Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom has two sinks.
    Bathroom 3 / Guest Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom is adjacent to the Guest and Media rooms.
    Bathroom 4 / Powder Room - Toilet , This is a powder room off the kitchen and side entry.
  • 3.5 There is also an outdoor shower near the hot tub.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 / Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 / Guest Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 / Kid Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 / Kid Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Queen size Beds (2) Queen beds with high-end, hotel-quality mattresses. One is in the master bedroom and the other in the guest room upstairs. Twin Beds (4), two in each of the kid's rooms. There is also a double mattress bed on platforms in the extra (yoga/music) room. We have rails that can attach to the side of one twin sized bed. We have one queen-sized air mattress, and two, twin-sized air mattresses and it is also possible to sleep on the sofa in the media room.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Huge laundry room with washer/drier. Laundry detergent provided. Three fireplaces; one wood, two propane. Firewood provided. We provide linens -- towels, sheets, etc. -- for your use.

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