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Serene Sailfish Retreat with White Water Views of the Pacific

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Last updated: 12/04/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 1 Bedroom + studio w/twin pullout bed, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-3)

'Sailfish' is a one bedroom (with studio) home located on the West Meadow of The Sea Ranch. The Sea Ranch is about one hundred miles north of San Francisco and about 55 miles south of Mendocino.

This ten mile stretch of land is an internationally famous vacation spot known for blending architecture with nature. The land consists of majestic bluff tops and accessible sandy beaches, coastal ocean meadows and redwood forested hillsides of approximately 3500 acres. Fifty percent of the land is dedicated to open space, which is shared by all property owners and guests. The Sea Ranch concept is to”live lightly on the land”, with landscape playing a major role in housing design. Architectural review takes place through The Sea Ranch Design Department; There are currently 1801 homes (7/2016). Many activities are available, such as to play a round of golf on a Scottish-style course, hike on the fifty miles of maintained trails, fish, swim, whale watch or kayak. The Sea Ranch has 3 recreational centers, each with a tennis court, a pool and sauna. The Sea Ranch also has a dog park, children's playground called 'One Eyed Jacks' and equestrian barns (no rentals but will board horses for visitors). The nearby town of Gualala provides restaurants, supermarkets, medical facilities and other amenities. For More Information on 'The Ranch' please see the website link.

'Sailfish' was built in 2002 with the idea of bringing a sailboat to land. It is a unique structure architecturally and has the ultimate privacy from the 'commons (open space)' that exist on three sides. It perches on the side of a slope and has views down & across a thicket of vegetation to the rocky shore beyond . 'Sailfish' (Gilbert House) was one of approximately thirty homes featured in 'The Sea Ranch', a book written by Donlyn Lyndon & Jim Alinder, (2004). It is also included in the 2013 edition entitled, 'The Sea Ranch:Fifty years of Architecture, Place and Community on the Northern California Coast'. The houses they chose to include in this 300 page book demonstrate the Sea Ranch 'vision'. 'Sailfish' was described in it as a 'diminutive shingle castle'. The 2004 edition sits on a shelf in the bedroom and the 2013 edition sits on the blue shelf in the entry, so please take a look. Trail access is just below the house . . . some trails are designated for biking and horseback riding. TSR trails map is also available for guests and will be found in the Guest binder on the blue entry shelf. From the house you can walk to Stengel beach in about 10 minutes and to Ohlson Recreation Center in about 15 minutes. 'Sailfish' has many artistic touches throughout and includes original mosaic wall murals. For those interested in preparing gourmet meals, it has a fully-equipped galley kitchen. The downstairs area is open to the loft-style bedroom above, so the house is ideal for a couple and a well-mannered dog, not for young children. Adjoining the bedroom through a pocket door on the other side of the bathroom is a studio space with a twin size pull out bed. 'Sailfish' has a 'No Shoes Rule'.

An addition was added in August of 2016 that includes an owners' studio and one car garage. The existing deck was expanded and now connects to the new addition. The new deck offers additional outdoor dining space and room to relax on 2 chaise lounges. The owners' studio will not be available to guests (vacant during any rental stay). The new garage houses the bar-b-que and washer & dryer and a key for entry will be available.

'Sailfish' has been described by previous rental guests as . . .
'A special place for re-awakening the senses and the passion that lies within each of us, all too often submerged under the pressures of day-to-day life. A retreat designed & conceived, it seems, for lovers like us to know each other a bit more, surrounded by all that nature has to offer along this spectacular coast.' (Don & Brigitte)
'We have stayed in many places up here and yours is one of the best maintained and equipped that we've had the pleasure of renting. We loved the clever use of interior & exterior space and would recommend this house to other couples'. (Shawn, Susie & Ruby, the dog)

Keywords: beach house
ocean view home
Sea Ranch Getaway
Coastal retreat
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 12/04/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom


  • Books:

    Sea Ranch & nature books on shelf in bedroom....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    New Sony blue ray/dvd player...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Dish Network; movies available with credit card. Gualala video store also has rentals...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Sound bar will pair with smart phones to allow for listening to personal music selection. Dish Network also has music channels...moreless

  • Television:

    New Sony 42' (February 2014) flat screen TV with sound bar for surround sound...moreless


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Table does have pop-up leaf to enlarge table space...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Internet:

    Verizon Wireless internet; guest are limited to 200 MB daily; charges for additional usage @ $15 per GB. Sea Ranch centers, Ohlson Ranch Center is the closest, offer free internet....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Linens are provided; extra laundry can result in additional cost to cover housekeeper-time....moreless

  • Living Room:

    One couch; 2 swivel leather chairs with tables...moreless

  • Parking:

    One additional car in fenced area to left of garage....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Wireless Verizon Home Phone allows for unlimited national long distance usage; Verizon/Sprint only cellular service available in the area....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels are provided but use conservatively during stay to avoid additional charges....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    General Electric stacking unit in garage...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Internet access is available through a Verizon Wireless Network; limited plan, email & web browsing only; no video viewing...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip-grind makers (2) and coffee grinder...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Complete kitchen; 2 sets of pots and pans...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    2 sets of dishes and utensils...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    KItchen Aid...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Galley style fully stocked with 2 sets of pots and pans, 1 stainless and 2 sets of dishes/table service, napkins, dish soap/cleaner & paper towel provided....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Kitchen Aid new 2014...moreless

  • Oven:

    Kitchen Aid convention oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Basic items, including spices...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Kitchen Aid with ice maker and filtered water...moreless

  • Stove:

    Kitchen Aid Ceramic top...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    wrap-around and newly expanded downstairs deck (2016) to include dining table and 2 chaise lounges, 2 ocean view decks off upstairs bedroom/studio & office...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    One @ each of 3 Sea Ranch recreation centers, closest one is Ohlsen....moreless

  • Hot Tub:

    New (2014) 2 person Sundance Hot Tub...moreless



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from 40 traveler reviews
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $40
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Standard Cleaning Fee $80 + tax
  • Tax Rate 12.5%


Internet usage 300 MB per day maximum; additional charges could apply @ $15 GB; Guests that pay with check or e-check will receive a reduced nightly rate of $195.00 (credit card usage fee of 2.9% will be avoided)

County of Sonoma Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate Number: 922N

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 12/04/2016
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: Christine was born and raised in Sacramento. She received a B.A. in Art/English and a M.A. degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Sacramento. She retired from a thirty-three year career in education in 2007 after working the last 16 years at Folsom High School in Folsom. Once earning a real estate sales license in 2002, she worked part time in both resale and new home sales in the Sacramento area. Following retirement, she moved to The Sea Ranch and into the house she built in 2002. Christine has worked since 2007 in real estate and still has an active license with Rams Head Realty. I will be traveling extensively in the next year thus making 'Sailfish' available to renters. I have a yellow lab named Salty Dog (pictured) that travels with me.

Why the Owner Chose Sea Ranch, CA, USA:
Lot was purchased in 1999 and owner participated in the design & building of the 850 square foot 'Sailfish'. The lot was chosen because of its privacy & white water view.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
3 viewing decks, hot tub viewing of the stars & sea; close access to trails, beach, town & recreational center, wildlife everywhere!

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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 12/04/2016

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  • View from Hot Tub and Dining Deck

    View from Hot Tub and Dining Deck

  • View of Sailfish and fenced dog yard From Trail below

    View of Sailfish and fenced dog yard From Trail below

  • Wrap Around Deck

    Wrap Around Deck

  • Front Door

    Front Door

  • Galley Kitchen with pantry

    Galley Kitchen with pantry

  • Open Living Room with flat screen TV, blue ray player and galley kitchen

    Open Living Room with flat screen TV, blue ray player and galley kitchen

  • Main Level Open Living & Dining Room

    Main Level Open Living & Dining Room

  • Stairway to loft bedroom

    Stairway to loft bedroom

  • Upstairs Deck off Bedroom showing off White Water View

    Upstairs Deck off Bedroom showing off White Water View

  • Studio Space off Bedroom upstairs with pull out single bed

    Studio Space off Bedroom upstairs with pull out single bed

  • View from deck

    View from deck

  • Stengel Beach

    Stengel Beach

  • View of Sailfish from Commons above

    View of Sailfish from Commons above

  • Wrap Around Deck

    Wrap Around Deck

  • Front Entry carport

    Front Entry carport

  • Sailfish Entry with Guest Binder and Welcome Notes on Lifering

    Sailfish Entry with Guest Binder and Welcome Notes on Lifering

  • Cleaning Supply Closet on other side from pantry

    Cleaning Supply Closet on other side from pantry

  • Living Room with windows to cul-de-sac

    Living Room with windows to cul-de-sac

  • Downstairs Sailfish Powder Room

    Downstairs Sailfish Powder Room

  • Loft Bedroom with two ocean view decks

    Loft Bedroom with two ocean view decks

  • Large Mosaic Shower with new Grohe Showerhead

    Large Mosaic Shower with new Grohe Showerhead

  • Dog Yard Gate Opens to trail to Stengel Beach

    Dog Yard Gate Opens to trail to Stengel Beach

  • Stairway to Stengel Beach

    Stairway to Stengel Beach

  • Stengel Beach Looking North

    Stengel Beach Looking North

VRBO #362101

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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