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Serene Sailfish Retreat with White Water Views of the Pacific

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom + studio w/twin pullout bed, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-3), wifi & hot tub

'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 1765 homes (2/2018). 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

More Details

Christine Gilbert-Thorburn
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About Christine Gilbert-Thorburn

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 has her license with The Coastal Real Estate Company as a referral associate.

Her husband, Kirk, is also a retired teacher and they spend about half of their time in a Sanger home that sits on the Kings River some seven hours south of Sea Ranch. Their two dogs, Salty Dog the yellow lab and Shyla the border collie mix happily travel with them.

Christine Gilbert-Thorburn purchased this house in 2002

Why Christine Gilbert-Thorburn chose Sea Ranch

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.

What makes this house unique

3 viewing decks, hot tub viewing of the stars & sea; close access to trails, beach, town & recreational center, wildlife everywhere! New high speed internet (2017)


Sea Ranch House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Signed rental agreement required Please remove shoes upon entering home. No dogs on furniture!! Dog yard has a poop bag dispenser.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 1.5
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Bed (1), Pull out Bed (1)
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Serene Sailfish Retreat with White Water Views of the Pacific
average rating of 4.8958335 based on 48 reviews

The perfect little getaway.

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful little home has been perfect for the two of us and our dog. It has everything you might need. It is so well organized that there is an ease about staying here. We loved being able to see the ocean and near the path that leads you down to the bluff trail or up into the forest. Like I said, it has everything.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and perfectly clean house for 2-3 persons in great location with view to the ocean.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 3-day stay in this perfectly clean and cozy house with a lot of Christine's beautiful painting on the walls. Christine provided everything that a traveler needs, and even more. The house location is great, near the ocean, but not in the windy first row. Walking trail starts near the backyard. Two recreation centers with swimming pools and saunas are nearby (1-2 min drive), though only Del Mar Center is open in February from 7am to 6pm. Despite the cold and windy winter weather, swimming in heated DMC pool with not many people around was very pleasant. Christine gave us a lot of helpful information about restaurants and walking trails. Based on her recommendation, we went for diner to Trinks family restaurant and bakery. Crab quesadilla and a salad with small meat pieces were so good!!! Interesting places nearby are Fort Ross State Historic park (20 min away) with a guided tour at 2pm and Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve (1.5h away), where many trees are more than 1000 year old.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. I am sorry that you came out from the cold in Michigan to be greeted by unusually cold weather on the north coast of California. Please do come back & give it another try:)
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Amazing 4-Nights of R & R

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd stay at Sailfish. We doubled the nights we booked from our first visit and plan on a weeks stay later this year. The home is beautifully furnished and the kitchen is equipped with everything needed for someone who enjoys cooking. We both love to prepare our meals and doing so while listening to music on the sound system with incredible views from every vantage were all added perks! The spa, walking trails and Two Fish bakery round out this being a "10"

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review! I really appreciated having you as a guest, as well. Great idea to come back for a week after all I do offer one night complimentary for a six night stay!:) Christine
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Oct 2017 Sailfish getaway

  • 5 of 5

The sailfish home made this the perfect getaway to SeaRanch. The beautiful weather afforded clear views of the water from the home and the stars from the hot-tub at night! Christine's home was very well appointed and equipped...we were wanting for nothing. And the home, furnishings, outer areas were so immaculate. Quite surprising that pets are allowed here! Loved the deck areas for sunning and especially the ample dog-run area. Christine was very accessible with questions and very friendly. Overall, extremely enjoyable home / stay. I would definitely come back! Thanks Christine.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Every detail thought of in this home!

  • 5 of 5

Our first day in the home, we found a book and enjoyed reading about how it is one of the original Sea Ranch homes. It was beautifully described in the book as having a "treehouse feeling". And that it does, as it is on pilings, which elevates it and allows you to see the view of the ocean through the trees. It's a compact space, beautifully decorated with the owner's wonderful art and many whimsical beach items. In this home, there is attention to detail, and every need is anticipated and provided for. My husband and I frequently stay in vacation rentals, and the kitchen is one of the best equipped we've ever been in. This one is at the top of the list! Thanks once again, Christine! Such a treat to stay in your home!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being a wonderful guest. Hope you will return in the future😀
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Wonderful little retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time at the Sailfish! Christine is incredibly helpful and made sure we had all the information we needed to have a great vacation. The house is very clean and well stocked. From spices to ziplock bags, she provides everything you might need. We saw bunnies and deer in the yard every day.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rachell, very glad you enjoyed your stay:) I do hope you will return to Sailfish in the near future. Sincerely, Christine
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90
Pet Fee $40
Damage Deposit $300

Sea Ranch Connect high speed internet available to guests after January 9, 2017.
County of Sonoma Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate Number: 922N
Cleaning fee of $90 is a set rate representing "light cleaning for a maximum number of 3 guests" and does require some assistance from guests at check out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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