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Buena Vista River House-Vintage Home, Outstanding River Views

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

Healdsburg Classic, 4 Bedrooms , 1.5 Baths, Charming Family Home W/ River Views

Buena Vista River house is a charming, 4 bedroom, vacation home on Fitch Mountain just outside the city of Healdsburg in beautiful Sonoma County. It boasts fantastic, 360-degree views over the Russian River and the surrounding hills. (Permit # ZPE11-0584- SC Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate #433)

Located just a 5 minute drive to the downtown square and a 5 minute walk to a wonderful beach, this vintage home is spacious and comfortable, with high ceilings and original wood floors throughout. This home has a large, fully equipped country kitchen with checkerboard floors and a vintage stove. The 500 square foot living room comes with a stone fireplace, and two bay windows overlooking the river. The dining room is an ideal place for celebrations and memorable meals with its large, custom-built table and stunning views of the river and surounding hills. This sunny home retains many of the original details including interior french doors and built in alcoves.There is charming garret office, and four bedrooms, one with a king, two with queens and one with two twins and a toddler bed.(A queen size futon mattress is also available.) Our house has one large bathroom with a separate bath and shower,and a half bath off the laundry room which comes with a washer and dryer for your convenience. A large private deck, with remarkable views, crowns this two story home, and is ideal for sunbathing or stargazing… in fact whenever we stay there during the summer we sleep out on the deck.

There is a small front yard with a picket fence, and a gas barbecue for your use. There is off-street parking for 2 cars in the driveway.

This home is set in a quiet neighborhood which is perfect for large family gatherings or relaxed getaways with friends, but not for wild parties. There is also a full time rental on this property with a separate yard and parking, so please respect the privacy of this and all our neighbors.

The house is a wonderful base for exploring Sonoma and Napa Counties with many local attractions including swimming, biking, and canoeing on the Russian River (only a short walk from the house), wine tasting in the many local wineries including Clo Du Bois, Fetzer Vineyards, Chateau Sovereign, or any of the other unique and excellent wineries tucked in the Dry Creek, Alexander, or Russian River valleys.

You can enjoy touring the beautiful open farms along the Sonoma County farm trails, hiking through the giant redwoods, cycling the scenic country roads, exploring the rugged Sonoma or Mendocino Coast, and water sports on Lake Sonoma.

Or... you may choose to pamper yourself in the hot springs and spas of nearby Calistoga or simply enjoy village life in the charming old town of Healdsburg. This historic town includes a beautiful town square with a wealth of wineries,cafes, bakeries, fine restaurants, a weekly farmers market, and antique shops, and summer concerts in the park. There are places to rent bikes and canoes, all within a 5 minute drive from the house.

The Buena Vista Riverhouse is an old fashioned family home, light and bright, and spacious enough for family and friends to gather, to visit, to share their days together. We hope you enjoy it, and all of Sonoma County as much as we do.

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Elizabeth Cozine
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2017

About Elizabeth Cozine

Hello, we are Tom and Liz Cozine, and we fell in love with the Russian River during the many summer days we spent here while our kids were young. They learned to swim and kayak here, to skip rocks along its banks, to look for turtles and tadpoles…to simply play and grow and go with the flow of the river!

When we first saw the Buena Vista Riverhouse, we knew it was just the right vacation house for us. It had all the old fashioned charm of the Classic Healdsburg homes while being just up the hill from our favorite beach, Camp Rose. We have spent so many wonderful times gathered here with family and friends, enjoying grand meals together in the dining room or watching the sunsets or shooting stars from the deck.

If you choose to stay here, we hope you enjoy its relaxed charm and beauty as much as we have.

Elizabeth Cozine purchased this house in 2002


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Buena Vista River House-Vintage Home, Outstanding River Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Great Family Fun

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house! It clean and comfortable for our multigenerational family. I would stay here again. Especially loved the kitchen. Well equipped to make large family meals.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Rest And Relaxation At It's Best

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended.

We felt the comfort of home the minute we walked in the the door at Buena Vista River House.

The charm, character, and warmth made our stay very pleasant. Each of us claimed we had the best bedroom, as all were very spacious and had it's own style.

Very personable owner who made our stay the best it could be. Came up for barrel tasting, and the location of the house was very convenient. The upper level deck was especially spectacular with it's view and ambiance.

Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Winter Getaway @ Buena Vista Riverhouse

  • 5 of 5

The charm, personality and character of "bvriverhouse" welcomed us and we made it our home for 4 plus weeks, as we escaped February in Illinois. We enjoyed it fully, as did friends and family visiting us during our stay.

All the bedrooms received A+ ratings for ambience, individual style and sleeping comfort. The spacious kitchen was a prime visiting place along with eating and cooking. The Great Room with its rugged fireplace, was a natural for relaxation and socializing. Arguably, the finest dining in Healdsburg is the dining room with its great long wooden table, plants along one wall and the view. The lighting is so creative and a few LED candles on the table add to the aura. We had 5 dinner parties there. Talking continued long after the table had been cleared: no one wanted these dinning experiences to end.

The deck with its Southern exposure to the sun; the green vistas of the surrounding mountains; the Russian River far below; the hawks doing their ritual dances in the sky; perhaps deer feeding on the steep meadow on Fitch Mt., right above the roof line; the slight breeze freshening as the sun settles in the West: what a time and place for family and friends to gather, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand. Memorable: unforgettable; one of those unique world class spots? Yes, all of those and more.

Our hosts, Liz and Tom, created this wonderful home: their "Buena Vista Riverhouse" and were determined that we enjoy our stay as completely and fully as we did. Such friendliness and graciousness cannot be matched.

We have our memories and photos of our stay and doing it again is on the agenda.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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  • 5 of 5

We came for a wedding and stayed a week. We love the house. It is very clean, which we appreciate having a 13-month-old here! It has very nice decor, extremely comfortable beds, amazing views from windows and from rooftop terrace. Liz stocked the house with toys for our young children, and there are puzzles, games, and books galore for adults and kids alike. The walk to the river beach is short. It is cozy, welcoming, and one of the best experiences we've had renting on VRBO. Thank you for everything - including the sweet rolls! We will look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Serene Healdsburg Escape

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the Buena Vista River House for a friend's Healdsburg wedding. The River House sleeps eight comfortably and was short hike or car ride to tons of great local activities. The hosts provide a well stocked kitchen and were very accommodating throughout the reservation process. We all hope we can visit again!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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The Perfect Getaway, A Magical Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Buena Vista River House is one of those places you could stay at indefinitely. It's a place that's equally nice and comfortable that it feels like you ought to live there...and if you were so lucky, you would be living in a paradise.

I stayed here with a group of girlfriends for the weekend and had the most wonderful visit. There are so many great places to hang out and catch-up on the property, all equipped with incredible views of the Russian River. Its charm and comfort made deciding between heading into town and simply staying at the house a difficult decision.

The beds and furniture were so comfortable that we left the weekend well-rested in addition to relaxed and joy-filled. The shelves were stocked with books and games, adding to the warmth and comfort of the River House.

We visited on a very hot weekend. I was initially worried about the house not having AC, but between the fans and the dozens of screened-in windows, we were very comfortable and even too cool at times. The departure from AC to fresh cooling air was welcome and appreciated.

Also, there were very easy to access parking spaces for us, which can often be a challenge on Fitch Mountain.

There is no shortage of praise that I can offer the Buena Vista River House and its proprietors. They were incredibly accommodating and welcoming. I will no doubt return for another stay with friends and family.

** The only note that may be relevant to some is that the 1.5 bathrooms are on the lower level. This was not a problem for us, as the stairs were well-illuminated with night lights, but it seems important to note for those whom it may affect.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Car: necessary

Buena Vista Riverhouse is perfectly located for you to enjoy all that the Sonoma County Wine Country has to offer. Located an hour and a half north of fabulous San Francisco, you can enjoy the many unique and inviting wineries in Healsburg's Dry Creek Valley, Westside Rd, the Russian River Valley and more, and still make it home for an afternoon swim just a 5 minute walk from the house. We are close to Healdsburg's downtown square, where you can grab the best bread and pastries, and then enjoy live music in the park on Tuesdays throughout the summer. Rent bicycles and explore our scenic valleys or canoes and paddle down the lazy Russian River. Ours is a family friendly spot from which to savor the natural beauty of Sonoma County.


Rates & Availability

Healdsburg House Rental Rates

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High Season
Apr 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Cancellation policy is as follows: More than 1 month prior to your visit, we return your deposit
Between 1 month and 2 weeks prior to your visit we will return 1/2 of your payment
Less than 2 weeks, we keep the full payment

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Healdsburg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , small half bath off the Laundry with toilet and sink
  • This well built 1940's home retains most of its original charm, but as with many homes of that era, it has only one full and one half bath. Although we would love to have more bathrooms, we have never found it to be an issue when we have a house full of guests.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Qn futon mattress available for the floor or on the deck
  • All of our bedrooms are spacious and unique.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
There is a washer and dryer for the use of our guests

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