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Think traveling with kids means sacrificing gorgeous, architecturally inspiring accommodations?
Think again. Your kids will feel like woodland creatures—and you’ll feel like a travel-planning wizard—when your family settles into our mid-century modern cabin, tucked into a dense stand of redwoods beside the Russian River in Guerneville. (One ancient redwood has been presiding over our part of the forest for over a thousand years!)
A true mid-century modern gem, Lucky Bend Lookout was architect-designed and constructed in 1966, and is kid-friendly down to the childproofed details. It’s environmentally friendly, too—during a recent remodel, we took care to increase thermal performance by 400 percent (that includes heated floors!) and used only sustainable building materials and native plants. Protecting nature—which is so gorgeously on display here—is a priority for us.
In true mid-century modern tradition, the Lucky Bend Lookout’s open floor plan, elevated treehouse-style deck, enormous windows, and warm redwood walls and ceilings merge indoor and outdoor spaces.
Have you ever vacationed somewhere that’s brimming with natural beauty and felt guilty for just wanting to relax inside with a good book? Here, that’s no dilemma.
Watch ospreys soar among the redwoods from the couch in the living area, decorated with clean lines and whimsical fabrics. Or sauté fresh vegetables from the Guerneville Farmers Market in our fully stocked kitchen as you watch your kids play outside on the deck.
Then, present your handiwork to your hungry family at the sleek dining table—which has room for 10—and watch the Russian River drifting by in the fading light of evening while the adults sip our region’s famous wines. Or you can get even closer to nature and feast at the eight-person outdoor dining table on the spacious deck among the trees.
After dinner, get cozy in the living room and watch the stars reflect their sparkle on the river as you browse Netflix, HuluPlus, or Pandora Radio on our 47-inch flat screen TV. The couch doubles as a pull-out bed.
For the kids, we keep our cabin clear of breakable knickknacks and stocked with all the gear you need. Two Pack ‘n Play, high chair, step stool, potty-chair, toddler bed rail, baby swing, and stroller keep the little ones safe. Plus, we supply a few extra goodies to keep them happy, like a water table, a swing set under the deck, and some inside toys.
One bedroom features a reading nook and a sturdy set of bunk beds for a fun, summer-camp setup, except much comfier—we use memory foam mattresses on all of our beds. And your kids’ imaginations will run wild with the magical redwood grove in view just outside their window.
Two adult bedrooms, with queen-sized beds and mid-century modern details like shag carpeting and low-profile beds, invite you to sink in for the night. A view of the redwoods will greet you in the morning.
Downtown Guerneville is only a mile from the Lucky Bend Lookout. We are located 10 minutes by car from the nearest winery and 15 to 20 minutes from dozens more. There’s even kid-friendly wineries in the area! A sandy beach along the Russian River is a 10-minute walk from the property, or hop in the car and head 20 minutes to the Sonoma Coast to surf, explore tide pools, and spot harbor seals sunning themselves. Lucky Bend Lookout comes with beach chairs, an umbrella, beach toys, a cooler, a picnic basket, and a cruiser bike.
Our home is a dream for families who love the river life with a floating dock, along with stairs that lead directly to the river. The water will literally be steps away! As our guest, you’ll also enjoy complimentary use of our two kayaks, and paddle boat. The dock is in the water approximately from Memorial Day to Labor which is when the season dams are added to the river.
Our calendar fills fast—the time to book your mid-century modern oasis is today! Sonoma County laws limit us to a maximum of 8 guests. 6 guest can be accommodated on 2 queen beds and 2 bunk beds. The couch pulls out to accommodate 2 more guests. Large groups may want to consider that there is only one bathroom.
Sonoma County TOT Certificate #1082N.
Give us a call at 415-516-6961
Our children love it here and so will yours. We have partially childproofed the house. We also provide all the bulky stuff to make your trip easier including crib, high chair, baby swing, potty, toddler bed rail, step stool, and deck furniture. We also provide a toddler water table, two swings mounted under the deck, and a few toys and coloring books....moreless
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Oct 1 - Apr 30, 2015
2 night min stay
Spring Shoulder 2015
May 1 - May 31, 2015
2 night min stay
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015
4 night min stay
Fall Shoulder 2015
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
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Located on the Russian River where you can enjoy lounging on the nearby beaches in Guerneville (1 mile) and Monte Rio (3 miles), kayaking & canoeing. Enjoy all levels of hiking at Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve (5 miles). Goat Rock State Beach is under 30 minutes away in Jenner, with surreal rock formations, beautiful sand and active wildlife. The local area is a bustling wine region where you can enjoy wine tasting and find all varietals from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir & Zinfandel. Microbrew enthusiasts can enjoy several breweries in Guerneville and nearby towns. Northwood Golf Course (2 miles) is a 9 hole course in a spectacular redwood forest at a reasonable price. Be sure to try the Ramos Fizz at the club house!
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: Lucky Bend Lookout is owned by two San Francisco families-the Martins and the Peabodys. Sarah and Eric Peabody have two children Raylah and Dean, and Regan and Teresa have a son Bennet. The four of us are from the SF Bay Area and Texas. Eric and Regan are both architects and have been the leaders of the design team for the renovation of the house.
Why the Owner Chose Guerneville:
Both families were looking for a place where they could give their children the gift of growing up in nature. When they found this house last summer, Regan said, 'This place is like a unicorn!' It is like no other house in the area with its beautiful location and authentic mid-century modern architecture. We look forward to enjoying the river with our families over the years and we want to share the fun with other families when we cannot be there.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
When we first saw this home we knew it was special. With the river just a few yards away, an open floor plan, the large glass expanse on the south side of the house and the exposed structural system, it all comes together in a perfect harmony. As soon as you arrive you smell the fresh clean air and feel the stress melt away and time seems to slow down a bit. We always return to the city with renewed spirits after visiting.
Stay connected to the outdoors even while inside with the expansive views.
The elevated deck give you the feeling of a tree house in the redwoods.
Our kids spend most of their time playing with the toys and water table.
Dine al fresco on the deck while sipping RRV wines from your excursions.
Seasonal Floating Dock with 2 kayaks and a paddle boat. Approx June to Sept.
Big glass expanse brings the river and forrest right inside.
Typical set up for 6 this table expands to seat 8-10 with a spare leaf.
Stay connected to your friends and family even while in the kitchen.
The kitchen is fully equipped and has new marble counters and floors.
Shag carpet and simple modern furniture put you right in in the mid-century.
Amazing water pressure, forest views from inside the shower and modern plumbing.
At night the house glows like a lantern.
The house is nestled in the forest with ample parking for up to 6 vehicles.
Relax on the deck and watch the wildlife and river go by.
Afternoons are a great for a warm soak in the sun and a cold drink with friends.
Lookout over Luck Bend and check out all the local boat and float activity.
Some neighbors wave from kayaks as they pass and some stop by to break bread.
The couches both pull out to create giant bed that is great for family movies.
The house is fully stocked with enough cookware and dishes to host a holiday.
Many pantry essentials can be found here , including coffee and spices.
All bedrooms feature luxury memory foam mattresses and radiant floor heat.
A sturdy bunk bed with memory foam mattresses make kids and adults sleep well.
Day or night this house is a beacon of good taste and good times.
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