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Bird Watch @ NorCal land's end with amazing views of the harbor and Pacific

Bodega Bay, CA, USA
  • House1500 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Bird Watch TOT# 728N. From the entrance of this lovely, beachfront home you'll marvel at the stunning views of Bodega Harbor, and the vast Pacific beyond. The Birdwatch sits perched above the water - a vantage point from which you'll enjoy the spectacle of hundreds of shore birds feeding happily along the tide line below. From your private outdoor spa you'll be lulled by the distant roar of ocean waves as they crashd onto the giant rocks off Bodega Head. The house is newly constructed of marble, granite, wood and glass, and comes equipped with wi-fi, propane fireplaces, and spectacular vistas beckoning from both richly-appointed bedrooms, a living room made to live in, and the marquee attraction - an incredible gourmet kitchen that'll make your time spent hanging around the house seem well-spent. Lounge on the deck if you like, or take the stairs down to the beach and breathe deep that bracing ocean air. We guarantee you will have an unforgettable Northern California adventure at the Birdwatch.

Activities: The Bodega Bay Surf Shack rents bikes, kayaks, surfboards, wetsuits and windsurfers. Cruise on a bike along the beach or out to Bodega Head. Surfing lessons with experienced instructors are available, and Bodega Bay Pro Dive has a full service dive center, including air fills, scuba lessons and equipment sales. We highly recommend Bodega Bay Kayak Tours. There are tours of Salmon Creek, Willow Creek and the Russian River. Kayak guide Bob Miller has been sharing his love of the coast for over 20 years. He even has a Wine Country Kayak Tour that includes a picnic lunch with great views of the Bodega Bay coastline, complemented by a good bottle of Sonoma County wine. There are tours of Bodega Bay by sailboat, with sights of sea lions and, if you're lucky, whales, depending on the time of year. Modern fiberglass vessels can take you sport fishing from Porto Bodega Marina. There are miles and miles of stunning beaches - secluded and empty - for long beach walks, or whatever you like.

Places For Food & Drink: Should you choose to leave your awesome Birdwatch kitchen and venture out ... just across the road you'll find Ruby's Porthole for morning lattes, or a classic burger at the Hot Dog House, or fine cuisine just down the street at Lucas Wharf Restaurant. Roam a little further and find world class wine tasting at the nearby Gourmet Au Bay wine tasting room, or just take a scenic drive through the countryside where you'll find many world renowned wineries. They're all fun to visit. Other great places to eat locally are The Duck Club (five star rating), The Boat House, Underwood, Howard's Station, Tony's Seafood Restaurant, The Union Hotel, and Gold Coast Coffee & Bakery. Other day trips should include stops at Wild Flour Bakery and Willow Wood Cafe. High end dining can be found at John Ash & Co. and Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, to name a couple. We have an extensive guide to local eateries in our self-published guide book that resides comfortably at The Birdwatch. (It even has maps.)

Parks & Other Places: Sonoma County Regional Parks recently constructed a bird walk trail. The trail begins at the front door of Birdwatch and passes through a revitalized salt water marsh, which is home to thousands of migratory and native birds throughout the year. A bridge connects Doran and Bird Walk Coastal Parks so that you can walk along Canadian Geese nesting sites, and over an estuary filled with Leopard Sharks and Bat Rays, to reach crashing ocean waves along a sandy beach that stretches four miles. (The paved trail is moderately accessible for the disabled.) If you're looking for a garden to meditate in, combined with specialty massages, or maybe an enzyme bath, then try Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary. Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory located on Bodega Head gives weekly tours to the public, and Chancellor Stables has guided horseback riding on the beach. To learn how a community can become ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable in today's world, visit The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Property Manager

Annie McNeil

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Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Annie McNeil

Birdwatch house took us 10 years of searching to find. We have an excellent real estate agent, who knew that the moment he saw the house it was perfect for our family. There were 12 offers in competition and ours was chosen! We would spend every free moment at Bodega Bay while our two children were growing up. It is a place where a family can spend quality time together making the most wonderful memories. For that reason, there is no value that can be placed on the property. We will never sell it and hope to give it to our children to enjoy forever. Because it is such a tranquil sanctuary and a place of the most incredible views we decided to rebuild the house entirely with the finest finishes. Natural wood, glass and stone make up the house. From our front door we can walk for miles, often without seeing a soul, along a nature preserve, over creeks and along the open sandy sea with waves crashing. We love to surf, windsurf, kitesurf, stand up surf, kayak and sail as a family. We are fortunate that our home provides all those wonderful activities for us.

Annie McNeil purchased this House in 2002

Why Annie McNeil chose Bodega Bay

After living in this area for many years, it's no wonder that we chose to invest in a place that is so special to us in so many ways. We know every little cove/point/headland of that coast. We know all the wineries and restaurants and parks. Without that kind of background, we would never attempt this.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Guest bedroom-queen bed
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, Master bedroom-king bed
      • There's a pull out twin sofa in the sitting area of the master bedroom and sofas in the living room. There are TV's in the living room and master bedroom. Guest bedroom is small and across from guest bathroom. There is a stairway leading to the master bedroom suite level but no door on the stairway. Please refer to the virtual tour for details.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Guest bathroom
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Master bathroom
      • Guest and master baths are made of marble, granite and decorative glass tiles. The master bath has a full, private water view and one can see ocean birds feeding along the shore while soaking in the tub.

      Location Type

        • Beach
          Beach out our door of small pebbles on the Harbor and a 8 min walk to sandy Doran Beach on a nature trail.
        • Beach View
          On Bodega Harbor beach-- small pebbles
        • Beachfront
          Beachfront, directly on the water within Bodega Harbor
        • Near The Ocean
          About a 7-8 minute walk from front door on the state park coastal trail to Doran Beach Park a sandy ocean beach.
        • Ocean View
          Ocean view is on the horizon of Doran Beach Park and Bodega Head
        • Water View
          Surrounded by water views of Bodega Harbor
        • Waterfront
          Within a few steps of the back door you are on the water.
        • Waterfront
          The house is directly on the water, with harbor beach and views on the horizon of the Pacific Ocean


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


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      There is comfortable furniture and full views of the water. Propane fireplace, flat screen tv and a deck off of the living room.
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Clothes dryer provided for the guests to use.
                    • Fireplace
                      Propane fireplaces with a flame showing.
                    • Gas Fireplace
                    • Gas Heating
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Heating consists of 2 propane fireplaces.
                    • Internet
                      Wireless internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                      All cotton sheets and down comforters.
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      Parking area provided in the front of the property.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Parking is off street in front of the house.
                    • Shampoo
                    • Telephone
                      There is a telephone in the house.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath and beach towels are provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Washing machine and detergent provided for the guests.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Yes, wireless internet!


                        • Ice Maker
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Coffee maker and espresso maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Yes, and many specialty items like espresso maker, rice cooker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Many dishes and utensils provided
                        • Dishwasher
                          Stainless steel, quiet dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          Pull out drawer freezer.
                        • Grill
                        • Blender
                        • Kitchen
                          Gourmet kitchen with commercial oven and cooktop
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                          Pull out drawer microwave
                        • Oven
                          2 side by side commercial ovens
                        • Pantry Items
                          Yes some pantry items are provided
                        • Refrigerator
                          Commercial stainless steel refrig.
                        • Stove
                          Commercial stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster big enough for bagels


                            • Dining
                              Dining area and countertop at the kitchen island
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                  Bird books and maps
                                • DVD Player
                                  dvd player provided
                                • Games
                                  There are a few board games for fun.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Yes, we have cable TV
                                • Stereo
                                  2 ipod docks
                                • Television
                                  Yes we have 2 flatscreen tvs.
                                • Video Library
                                  DVD - 'The Birds' Alfred Hitchcock filmed this in Bodega and Bodega Bay


                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Yes, outdoor gas grill
                                    • Balcony
                                      Upper deck over looks water.
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      upper and lower decks overlook the water, with furniture. Table and chairs for morning coffee and lounge chairs.
                                    • Golf
                                      Links at Bodega Harbor are about a minute drive.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayak out back door.
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Patio
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Rent kayaks at Bodega Bay Surf Shack
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • not suitable for children

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              A small hot tub perfect for 2-3 people over looking Bodega Bay
                                            • Jacuzzi
                                            • Outdoor Hot Tub


                                                • marina
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • coin laundry
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • pond
                                                • reefs
                                                • restaurants
                                                • water parks
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • rafting
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hot air ballooning
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Bodega Bay is the magic spot where you can experience untamed Northern California coastal living amid the splendors of Nature – whether your passion is wine tasting, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, or just roaming the spectacular hills – launch your adventures from the house you'll rent... The Bird Watch; your Bodega Bay vacation Hideaway.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  194 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Wonderful Hideaway on Bodega Bay

                                                                  David K.Los Angeles

                                                                  This is truly as advertised, a well-fitted out house on an amazing perch above the Bay in one of the most relaxing and beautiful regions in all of California. The kitchen was possibly the best supplied that we have ever rented. The rental was easy to use and all of the features (grill, hot tub, etc.) worked perfectly. As others have noted, renters should be aware that there are no doors to the bathroom and toilet in the master suite downstairs, and no curtains or any window fittings anywhere. The windows don't pose a privacy issue, but they do present a light issue if you like to sleep in, in the dark. Other than that, Bird Watch is a great place to stay in the heart of the Sonoma Coast.

                                                                  Perfect getaway

                                                                  We were looking for a place far from the crowds and this was the place!

                                                                  Immaculate in appearance and a house that has it all, two decks, a hot tub and a view. What’s wrong with that?

                                                                  Annie and Kevin are extremely gracious and most accomodating. Highly recommended!


                                                                  Great weekend

                                                                  Casey W.

                                                                  Lovely house, quiet, lots of wildlife

                                                                  Another wonderful stay at Birdwatch

                                                                  This is our 5th stay at Birdwatch and once again it was amazing. The weather was exceptional and of course the birds were in great form. My husband and I love spending time on the deck and the hot tub is incredible under the evening stars, what more could anyone want!

                                                                  Another Fabulous Week

                                                                  Vicki H.Auburn, California

                                                                  Love this home directly on the water! It is so serene to sit in the window and watch the bay ebb and flow. The birds are ever changing, the seals barking and the fog horn sounding throughout the day! Such a magical place. Alana and Annie are so responsive and easy to work with......the only thing we hated this time is the For Sale sign out front! We hope to return next year, as there is nothing else like this property....we know.....we’ve looked!

                                                                  Beautiful and relaxing

                                                                  Allegra A.

                                                                  Always the best get away. A place that’s great to unwind and relax. Always a beautiful view in any weather and endless hikes or walks. It’s our favorite to visit


                                                                  Bodega Bay, CA, USA

                                                                  Bodega Bay, Ocean, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Surfing, Wine Tasting, Windsurfing, Sailing, Whale Watching, Kite Boarding, Clam Digging, Redwoods, Golf, Horseback Riding, Sport Fishing, Trout Farm, Fisherman's Festival, Wine Festivals, Art Galleries, Abalone Diving, Gourmet Restaurants, Native American History, Diving, Scuba, Bodega Marine Laboratory, Crab Fishing, Charter Boats, Biking, Beach Combing, Museums, Massage, Spa, Hot Springs, Coastal Trails, Antiquing, Marina, Skunk Train, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Dairy and Sheep Ranches, Pt. Reyes and Pt. Arena Lighthouses, Russian River, Estero Americano. Golf: The golf course at Bodega Harbour is an 18 hole Scottish links style course by Robert Trent Jones Jr. It is open 7 days a week, year round, and the public is invited. The Links is one of the most beautiful golf courses north of the Golden Gate Bridge sitting along the shoreline at Bodega Bay. The Duck Club, a five star restaurant, located on the edge of the golf course has amazing views of the various holes.There are 15 other golf courses within a 30 mile radius of The Links at Bodega Harbor.

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                                                                  Bodega Bay is the magic spot where you can experience untamed Northern California coastal living amid the splendors of Nature – whether your passion is wine tasting, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, or just roaming the spectacular hills – launch your adventures from the house you'll rent... The Bird Watch; your Bodega Bay vacation Hideaway. From the moment you step through the ornately designed gateway, with its frosted glass accents, and then pass by the hot tub grotto, sheltered by the fragrant branches of ancient cypress trees, you know you've arrived someplace special. Open the front door and your pulse quickens as the senses are overwhelmed. Vast expanses of glass reveal a timeless panorama of water, the Bay, and beyond, the Pacific. You're aware of flocks of birds, swirling in the trees above you, clustering in the tidal shallows below you. You finally exhale. This is where you dwell.But, what of your immediate surroundings? You shift your glance to the roomy kitchen, all gleaming metal and buffed stone, with its massive marble island, bar stools, and a cozy, built-in window dining area looking out over the water. Your gourmet food fantasies will not take a backseat to the outdoor attractions on this vacation.A charming queen size bedroom shares this upper level of the house, with its own view of the Harbor. A beautiful bathroom adjoins, where an inviting two-person shower awaits.Descending from the kitchen is a travertine limestone staircase that leads to the master bedroom level, with its king size bed and equally arresting water views. Serving the master bedroom area is a large bathtub, with a seamless glass shower set against a private window. From the tub you'll marvel at the view ... water everywhere, and the birds, the sky. Relax on the deck. Protected from the wind, you enjoy another magn

                                                                  194 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.9/5
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