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Ocean & Gualala River views from each room at Serendipity, Craftsman Style Home

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 4 nights


About the property

This is an amazing home, designed by Michael Barron-Wike AIA, to maximize the views and still fit into the hillside. Serendipity has the Craftsman look, inside and out. The first impression when entering is of an wonderful combination of windows and wood; 34 Anderson windows, five skylights, Brazilian Cherry flooring, maple custom cabinets, high open beam ceilings, rich Cedar trim, and dark Oak Mission furniture. The great room provides breathtaking views. Looking through the huge picture window, one can see the Gualala River, the beach, the Gualala Point Cliffs, and the crashing waves.

The house is a feast for all the senses. The ocean sound is always present, birds of all types fly by, and seals play below. We have seen whales relax below us for hours. Mid-April to mid-May is the peak whale season. The mother and baby grey whales hug the coast on their way north from Baja. They love to stop and rinse the barnacles off in the fresh water of the river mouth below our house. The last few years we have seen Humpback whales in the fall and Bald Eagles in the spring.

Although you cannot see the town, all of this is a short walk from many wonderful restaurants, shops, galleries, and stores. Most of our guests choose to eat at home, however. The view cannot be beat, and the kitchen is beautiful - Granite counters, top end appliances, and fully-equipped including ice cream and bread makers.

The house was lovingly built by Gregg Warner and a many other local crafts-persons. It incorporates luxury with environmental concern. We used concrete shingle siding, composite decking, and sustainably grown hardwood flooring. We installed a four KW solar panel below the house, as well as a tankless water heater, and other energy efficient appliances. Serendipty was featured on the Soroptimist's Coastal Home Architectural Tour.

Every step through the house produces another view, inside, or outside on either of the two decks. The two master bedrooms are on opposite ends of the house for maximum privacy for two couples, and the kids will love sleeping in the great room, either on the fold-out sofa with a plush comfort sleeper mattress, or the 18 foot wide window seat. The entertainment center is stocked with an LED HDTV, DVDs and the drawers in the window seat are filled with games and toys. The spa captures river and ocean views, stunning at sunset.

We now offer free wireless internet connection, as well as unlimited free U.S calls, so stay an extra day and work from the deck. Until you start yelling when you see one, nobody has to know you have been whale watching while working.

As you can tell, we love this house, and judging from the glowing comments in our guest book, you will too.

'The most beautiful environment we've been in for years...'

'My husband's a General Contractor, and he could find no flaws...'

'Congratulations to the owners, the architect and the builders in bringing this vision to reality...'

Enjoy the hot tub on the deck with the ocean below and the stars above.

Booking through a 3rd party site may result in additional fees for which we are not responsible and we are unable to waive or refund.

11% bed tax, plus cleaning and reservation fee will be added to the Daily and Weekly base rates shown on the blue Rates tab (next to Availability). For a quick-quote, simply click on the blue Availability tab for the date and number of nights you want to stay, and you’ll see the complete package presented. If you prefer, please call our office for personal attention.

More Details

Property Manager
Coasting Home reservations
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

We really enjoyed our stay at Serendipity. View from the house are fantastic and the house is very tastefully furnished and decorated. House is well stocked and had all the utilities we wanted. House is also kid friendly and our kids had a lot of fun.
Jun 2017
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Gualala House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Spa
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - toilet , tub , shower
    - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Also a portable play pen for babies
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling


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Ocean & Gualala River views from each room at Serendipity, Craftsman Style Home
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 61 reviews

Ahhh the beauty and relaxing experience

  • 5 of 5

WE love staying at Serendipity. My 4th time to visit, I keep going back for MORE! The house is a top-notch experience, very comfortable, peaceful, fully-stocked, very functional. We have seen whales right off the deck, the beautiful Eagle, and seals! Don't wait, book your stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Home & Restful Experience

  • 5 of 5

Returning for my 5th visit, once again our time at Serendipity was amazing! Peace, beautiful surroundings, extremely comfortable in the home. Thank you once again!

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed this home several times, and we look forward to hosting you on your 6th visit!
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Very easy reserving, felt well informed and supported if needed.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful!!! Relaxing!!! Felt safe. Loved hearing the ocean at night.

Wish this location & house were closer to us!!!

Would love to return and even send our 2 sons and daughters-in-laws as a gift away!!!

Thank you to the owners, the design is perfect, landscape is lovely and appreciated all the information shared!!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose

Very well equipped and comfortable home.

  • 5 of 5

Sound of ocean waves every moment is so relaxing.

Wonderful home, has everything you need and secluded, yet close to Gualal and conveniences, park, trails, etc.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Whale Sightings right off the Deck!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful home for a perfect weekend getaway. After settling in upon arrival, we went out on the deck to enjoy the amazing views of the ocean, and the seals playing in the water right below. It only took 20 minutes for us to see whales that were migrating south come up for air!

Glass Beach is only an hour drive away and we were able to enjoy the coastal views and beautiful weather we had!

We enjoyed nights in the hot tub, food from the local town, and relaxation on the long bench seat in front of the huge windows! The house is fully equipped with everything you need which provided a hassle free weekend, and gave us time to just relax and enjoy each others company!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Don't laugh.. I'm a local. Yes, I rented a home less than 5 miles from my home... for a 3 day weekend, nonetheless! But I'm a mom and I have not been away from my firstborn SINCE she was born 2.5 years ago. It was just time for me to have "me" time. I have been acquainted with this house since it's inception; I watched it be built; and I have worked the rental market in the Gualala/Sea Ranch area for over a decade... this home has had nothing but high praises from it's renters. Now I know, first hand, why. Not only does this home give you front row seats to all the winter drama of the Gualala River-mouth meeting the Pacific Ocean; but the owners have literally anticipated their guest's every need. The beds are *comfortable*, the pillows are *comfortable*! For those who love to cook - every accessory is available AND the knives are sharp! Linens are fresh and updated. Sorry - I'm going on and on like a rental agent (guilty), but I know what to look for and these owners are not just renting their home... they are hosting you to their little slice of heaven. For a 10+ year old home, it's in fabulous condition and the views/privacy/amenities cannot be beat. I had the opportunity to stay somewhere else for free for my first ever "mommy getaway'. But I knew I wanted to stay in this house. I 100% feel like I made the best choice in renting this home. On those tough mommy days through the rest of the terrible 2's I will be mentally revisiting my weekend highlights: quiet evenings out under the stars, sitting in the hot tub, listening to the outrageous storm waves crashing; sitting on the lovely window seat with the fire going... soaking up the views while reading my book and/or napping; whipping up an adult lunch (that didn't involve string cheese or to enjoy with a girlfriend. I loved my time here and I WILL be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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