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Oceanfront Gem, Sonoma Coast, Goat Rock, Panoramic

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Sunset in November, taken from the front yard

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Last updated: 07/13/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Bodega Bay house description

The Goat Rock House sits on a bluff along the Sonoma Coast and is uniquely located inside Goat Rock Beach Park, more than one mile west of Highway 1. Our house is about 1 hour and 45 minute drive (73 miles) north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge; 4 miles south of Jenner; 10 miles north of Bodega Bay; and only 5 minutes south of the Russian River Bridge.

As you drive down the winding road and rock formations towards the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean, near the mouth of the Russian River, you know that you have arrived at a special place. Our house is one of a small handful of homes that are grandfathered in the State Park and blessed by the park’s sweeping panorama of the Pacific Ocean and status as a natural reserve.

The 3-bedroom house fronts a small road on a spectacular 1 acre oceanfront lot. As you enter the driveway, you will be struck by the sense of privacy offered by the Cypress and Pine trees that border the land. From the living room and kitchen windows, enjoy an exclusive front-row seat and 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean and Arch Rock – the dramatic rock formation that photographers frequently use to typify the natural beauty of the Sonoma Coast. As you turn to the southern, western, and northern windows, you will be mesmerized by the park’s beauty, its peacefulness, and the signature of Goat Rock that endears visitors year round, the incredible panoramic views of the Pacific coastline.

With the Pacific Ocean and Russian River at its base, this house and its surroundings have something for everyone. Relish a cup of coffee or glass of wine on the deck, enjoy the tranquility offered by the ocean's panorama or revel in the activities offered by the park’s rugged trails, beaches, and river terrains. The house is within walking distance to two beaches directly below: (1) Blind Beach where the Kortum Trail begins and (2) Goat Rock Beach as defined by the isthmus and the mouth of the Russian River.

We are less than an hour's drive to the award winning Pinot Noir vineyards of the Russian River back country, the new appellation of Fort Ross, and the town of Healdsburg. Whether you choose to do a little or a lot, you will find yourself coming back to Goat Rock.

AMENITIES
This 1,000 square feet home has an open floor plan for the kitchen, dining, and living room areas. The house can accommodate up to 6 people comfortably. State-certified well water (very drinkable) is trucked to the house for storage and use.

All rooms are situated on a single level. There are 5 steps leading from the driveway to the wrap-around deck that surrounds three sides of the house. The house has tile flooring throughout and furnished with craftsman-style décor with a blend of modern. The kitchen is fully equipped, with commercial faucet and gas stove. New counter-height dining table and waterfall seats are ideally set up for staring at the ocean. The beds and pillows are covered by quality linens and allergen-proof liners. Gas BBQ and bar-height tables on the deck. Complimentary load of firewood for use in the large, brick fireplace for times when the coast is foggy, cold, and windy.

Complimentary use of TWO tandem kayaks (value of $140 per day), each large enough to hold 2 people and a small dog. Enjoy bird-watching, canoeing, and fishing (upriver from Russian River Bridge). October begins the small Steelhead run; November begins the larger Steelhead run that would continue to April. From mid November through April begins the whale migration to the south.

Electronics: Free wireless internet, HD-TV with sound bar, DVD/CD/ blue-ray player, and iPod docking station. Free phone calls within the US by land line (except Alaska). Most cell phones do not work here.

WILDLIFE AND ACTIVITIES (INSIDE PARK)
The Goat Rock State Park is located more than a mile west of Highway 1, far from the glare of ambient lights, and separated from the small town of nearby Jenner by both the Russian River estuary and the Goat Hill peninsula. As a result, on a clear night, the house offers some of the darkest night skies and unbelievable opportunities for star gazing and night photography.

Besides its two beaches, the Goat Rock State Park offers many miles of walking trails, including the Kortum Trail and the western section of the Pomo Canyon Trail. These trails lead you to ocean vistas, wind-swept grasslands, wild life and faunas. The unique rock formations along the Kortum Trail near the park’s entrance are used by rock climbers for a wide variety of climbing challenges.

The Park has also earned the distinction as a wildlife refuge -- home to a variety of migrating birds and, between mid-February and August, a colony of quiet, state-protected harbor seals and their nurseries. During weekends, the small road in front of the house can be popular as visitors drive to the estuary. When the park closes at sunset, relish the privacy that only a state park preserve can provide. Turn off the lights, step onto the front deck and hear the roar of the ocean below. On a clear night, see the shimmers of a dark night sky stretch across the ocean’s horizon.

ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE PARK
Outside of the Park, you are 5-mins drive from the Willow Pass Trail; 15-mins drive from the start of the Pomo Canyon Trail; 20-mins drive from the trails at Bodega Head and also, to the newly constructed Bird Walk Trail in Bodega Bay; 35 mins from the start of the advanced bike ride up King Ridge Road, and 40-mins from the Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve in Guerneville.

For the northern coast of California, expect unpredictable weather during certain times of the year (especially spring and summer), when the coast can have 30F degree drop in temperature within a day. On days like this, we recommend that guests explore inland, where temperatures can be 10 to 15F degrees warmer. The house is about 30-mins drive from zipline activities in a redwood valley of Forestville, delightful general stores of Valley Ford and Duncans Mills, gourmet deli in the Korbel Champagne House, famous breads of Wild Flour Bread in Freestone, and many fine restaurants in Jenner, Bodega Bay (1-Michelin star), and Guerneville.

About 30 mins drive lies the start of several award-winning Pinot Noir vineyards along River Road and Sonoma’s back roads. Add another 15 mins and you reach the lovely town of Healdsburg, from which to explore Alexander Valley. Sonoma County was named the #1 of wine destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice for 2012.

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            Open floor plan, single level. One step to wraparound deck surrounding three sides of house and front door....moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Minimal charge of $20 per pet for extra cleaning after stay....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Couples and families welcome....moreless

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

            Trundle bed converts to 2 twins. Dust/allergen protectors....moreless

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            Dust/allergen protectors for mattresses and pillows...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            Dust/allergen protectors for mattresses and pillows...moreless

          • Tile floor throughout house, including bedrooms. All rooms are situated on single level. Egyptian cotton robes provided for guest use in each bedroom....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

            ...moreless

          • Shower only (no tub) -- Hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, and lotion included. Egyptian cotton bath robes provided for guest use in each bedroom....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Pantry Items:

            Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, mustard, ketchup, chili sauce, BBQ sauces, and other spices included....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Fully equipped with non-stick pots and pans (new); No laundry facilities on premise (20 mins in Guerneville) ...moreless

          • Dining:

            Counter-height dining table and chairs (new). Open floor plan - kitchen, dining area, and living room...moreless

          • Toaster:

            Toaster and toaster oven...moreless

          • Microwave
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Coffee Maker
          • Seating for 6 people

          Amenities

          • Living Room:

            Craftsman-style decor with highlights of modern touch. Open floor plan for kitchen, dining, and living room areas....moreless

          • Fireplace:

            Large brick fireplace...moreless

          Entertainment

          • Television:

            High definition TV on swivel wall mount; soundbar...moreless

          • DVD Player:

            Several DVD movies for adults and for children...moreless

          • Stereo:

            Soundbar and iPod station (both wireless)...moreless

          • Satellite / Cable:

            Satellite TV + over 20 music channels...moreless

          • Games
          • Books

          Communications

          • Telephone:

            Free phone calls within continental US (including Hawaii)...moreless

          Outdoor Features

          • Kayak / Canoe:

            Complimentary use of 2 tandem kayaks for launch in estuary or along beaches of the Russian River...moreless

          • Deck / Patio:

            Wrap-around deck with bar-height chairs and tables for unobstructed viewing...moreless

          • Lawn / Garden:

            On one acre -- Backyard has trees and wild grass...moreless

          • Outdoor Grill:

            Gas BBQ (3-burner; 40,000 BTU)...moreless

          Theme

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

          Location & View

          • Beach View
          • Oceanfront
          • Ocean View
          • Water View
          • Rural
          • Mountain View

          Activities

          • Winery Tours
          • Hiking
          • Cycling
          • Kayaking
          • Freshwater Fishing
          • Deepsea Fishing
          • Mountain Biking
          • Equestrian Events
          • Fly Fishing
          • Paragliding
          • Medical Services
          • Laundromat
          • Groceries
          • ATM/Bank
          • Horseback Riding
          • Antiquing
          • Shelling
          • Sight Seeing
          • Restaurants
          • Marina
          • Botanical Garden
          • Playground
          • Health/Beauty Spa
          • Outlet Shopping
          • Fishing
          • Shopping
          • Beachcombing
          • Bird Watching
          • Scenic Drives
          • Walking
          • Whale Watching
          • Wildlife Viewing
          • Boating
          • Rock Climbing
           

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          Rental basis: Per property
          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
          High season
          Jun 16 - Oct 31, 2014
          3 night min stay
          $325 $340
          Fri, Sat
          $2,100
          Thanksgiving
          Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2014
          4 night min stay
          $350
          My Standard Rate
          3 night min stay
          $275 $325
          Fri, Sat
          $1,925

          Additional information about rental rates

          Fees:

          • Cleaning $100 + tax
          • Pet Fee $20 + tax
          • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
          • Tax Rate 9%

          Notes:

          * 2-night rental available also for last minute. Please inquire.

          * Security deposit is refundable after stay via VRBO.


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          Location

          Car: Necessary

          The house is located inside a beach park, which has its own list of attractions. If you do venture outside of the park, there are several riverside and coastal towns that are worth visiting: Jenner (4 miles), Duncans Mills (7 miles), Bodega Bay (10 miles south), Guerneville (15 miles), Occidental (17 miles), and Sebastopol (26 miles). Because you are close to green pastures and wine country, there are several quality restaurants that serve grass-fed beef and fresh organic produce. For those who like bird-watching, walk along the estuary in Goat Rock or drive along the marina shoreline of Bodega Bay to spot a variety of seabirds. The closest large town is Guerneville, where you will find the Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve and a 24-hour supermarket. From there, head east on Route 116 and onto River Road, where you take in the scenic drives and stops of some of the Sonoma’s back wine country....

          Sonoma County was named the #1 wine destination in the U.S. by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice for 2012. Many of California’s finest wineries are less than an hour's drive.

           

          Owner info

          About the owner: As owners, we strive to make our home a special place for our guests to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with nature. What sets us apart? Perhaps, it's making the extra effort and paying attention to the small things that make a difference to the enjoyment of a stay.

          Why the Owner Chose Bodega Bay:
          Unlike other coastal homes, this home sits on a 1-acre hillside bluff that provides a sweeping panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean - a vast horizon defined by unique rock formations. In addition, this 1,000 square foot, 3-bedroom house is also a private home that is grandfathered into a state park on a spectacular 1 acre oceanfront lot. It is one of a small handful of homes that are blessed by the park's status as a natural reserve. In the morning and at sunset when the park closes, you will understand the full benefit of this unique location. We hope you find peace, relaxation, and an opportunity to reconnect with nature as we have.

          The Unique Benefits at this House:
          The house is situated on a bluff, flanked by two state beaches directly below, yet far enough to afford residents with privacy. You can walk or drive down the small road in front of the house to below the bluff: (1) Blind Beach where the Kortum Trail begins and (2) Goat Rock Beach where the famous Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean. From the living room and kitchen windows, the house has a direct view of Arch Rock – the dramatic rock formation that photographers frequently use to typify the natural beauty of the Sonoma Coast. From the home’s wraparound deck, you’ll enjoy the panoramic ocean view, plentiful wildlife, quiet days and gorgeous sunsets…and the use of a large, brick fireplace for times when the coast can be wild, cold, and windy.


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          Photos

          • Sunset in November, taken from the front yard

            Sunset in November, taken from the front yard

          • Property hugged by Cypress and Pine trees; windows throughout, facing ocean

            Property hugged by Cypress and Pine trees; windows throughout, facing ocean

          • View standing on right of deck: Goat Rock isthmus and beach

            View standing on right of deck: Goat Rock isthmus and beach

          • Bright living room: Large brick fireplace, TV/soundbar, & leather chairs

            Bright living room: Large brick fireplace, TV/soundbar, & leather chairs

          • View from living room: Counter-height dining set and kitchen doorway to deck

            View from living room: Counter-height dining set and kitchen doorway to deck

          • Front deck accessible from kitchen: 1 of 2 bar-height table sets and BBQ

            Front deck accessible from kitchen: 1 of 2 bar-height table sets and BBQ

          • Large, open kitchen, gas stove -- stocked for some serious cooking

            Large, open kitchen, gas stove -- stocked for some serious cooking

          • Queen bedroom (#2): High open beam ceiling with window facing tree-lined yard

            Queen bedroom (#2): High open beam ceiling with window facing tree-lined yard

          • View from parking lot of Blind Beach, short walk from house, southward

            View from parking lot of Blind Beach, short walk from house, southward

          • Estuary:  Harbor seals and their nurseries (river side)

            Estuary: Harbor seals and their nurseries (river side)

          • Fishing near Russian River Bridge:  Canadian geese flying in front of kayak

            Fishing near Russian River Bridge: Canadian geese flying in front of kayak

          • Late afternoon on left deck after a day of touring...

            Late afternoon on left deck after a day of touring...

          • Look for this state park sign.  Enter to reach property.

            Look for this state park sign. Enter to reach property.

          • House situated on a gentle slope; view from front door on wrap-around deck

            House situated on a gentle slope; view from front door on wrap-around deck

          • View of 1-acre backyard, bordered by trees with large open area for walking

            View of 1-acre backyard, bordered by trees with large open area for walking

          • Other side of living room:  Large leather section w/ ottoman and touch of modern

            Other side of living room: Large leather section w/ ottoman and touch of modern

          • View from kitchen door to front deck

            View from kitchen door to front deck

          • Two corner windows flanking kitchen with views; commercial faucet

            Two corner windows flanking kitchen with views; commercial faucet

          • Queen bedroom (#1):  High open beam ceiling and view of tree-lined yard

            Queen bedroom (#1): High open beam ceiling and view of tree-lined yard

          • Twin bedroom:  Trundle w/ pull-out for 2nd twin bed below; window faces south.

            Twin bedroom: Trundle w/ pull-out for 2nd twin bed below; window faces south.

          • Estuary: Pacific Ocean meets Russian River, short walk from house, northward

            Estuary: Pacific Ocean meets Russian River, short walk from house, northward

          • Kayaks for guest use: Fishing on Willow Creek tributary off of Russian River

            Kayaks for guest use: Fishing on Willow Creek tributary off of Russian River

          • Kortum Trail starts from Blind Beach

            Kortum Trail starts from Blind Beach

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          Date last modified - Thursday, July 03, 2014

          $275 - $350 per night (USD)
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          3 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
          Sleeps 6

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