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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 Smart TV, 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:
April 20, 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 4.928571 based on 65 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
Owner's Response: Yes! You just can't imagine it until you have experienced it yourself! Thank you for staying with Coasting Home, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Serendipity.
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Gorgeous Home!

  • 5 of 5

Loved Serendipity! The home is beautiful & stocked with everything you would need & then some. Outstanding views & quiet setting. The only noise you hear is the sounds of the ocean. Quite a relaxing spot.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you found one of our very special homes that worked perfectly for you!
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  • 5 of 5

Every single thing about this Serendipity is perfect for a relaxing get-away. The views offered watching whales migrating north, and seals playing at the mouth of the river. Too chilly to do so from the deck, but the window bench at the picture window in the living room was the perfect spot for a March day. Night sky viewing from the hot tub generated such relaxation. Good thing the hot tub is only a few steps from the master bedroom. I will be back, God willing!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We can get some chilly weather here, glad you found that the views were just as good from inside the home! We look forward to having you back!
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6 stars

  • 5 of 5

I could go on forever about how wonderful this house is, but in reading all of the other reviews that has been done before. So, I have decided to leave my review about all of the challenges this home presents.

• From the moment I walked in the door, I never wanted to leave- not even to go to the beach.

• At bedtime it was too hard to fall asleep, as the joy of listening to the lull of the ocean kept me awake.

• In the morning, the views of the ocean and comfortable bed made it nearly impossible to get up (my husband had to bring me coffee in bed).

• The second night, I tried to drown out the sound of the ocean with a cycle of laundry going; but even though I was in the room closest to the machines, I could still hear the waves crashing.

• In the hot tub, I was constantly faced with the dilemma of snuggling on the deck in a spa robe or hanging longer in the hot tub.

• My biggest disappointment of all was not having my camera with me that could capture the shots of the abundant wildlife.

Then to top it ALL off, I had to go back home!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The typical vacationer challenges at the Serendipity home! Nobody ever wants to leave...not even to enjoy the beach! But with the views from the house, you almost don't even need to leave to go to the beach! We are glad to find that you enjoyed this home for your family vacation.
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Serendipitous hideaway

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home is tucked into the hillside with a most unique and impressive view of the Gualala river as we'll as the ocean. We watched the sea lions or seals catching a meal at the mouth of the river, and then lazing on the beach in the sun. The abundance of thoughtfully provided binoculars let's everybody in on the action. No waiting anxiously for a turn. And with 2 bald eagles perched in a nearby snag of a tree, they were in high demand. It looks like a male and female, so eaglets are coming soon we hope. So what a treat to watch them fish. We even observed one in a nearby tree, eating its catch and then cleaning its beak on the branch. All from the comfort of the spa, while butterflies flit about. So very relaxing. An abundance of spa towels are provided, as well as the coziest of robes. Everything you could want or need has been thoughtfully provided with attention to detail that is above and beyond the usual rental experience. It is beautifully furnished and so very comfortable and clean. And with shopping nearby, as well as restaurants, it is in a perfect location with something for everyone. I would not be surprised if this particular home is in high demand. We LOVED it! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for you review, we always love to hear when our guest has enjoyed their stay. This home is in high demand, but always seems to be able to sneak a few more in for a special getaway! Thank you for staying with Coasting Home!
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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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