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Sunset House in Santa Rosa: Views, Architecture, Art and Antiques

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,828 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Near the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club. Two bedrooms, 1 and 1/2 baths.

Sunset House is a 2 bedroom, 1,800 square foot house in the Russian River Valley AVA. Located in Western Santa Rosa.

It sits on nearly 1/2 acre in a semi-rural setting in the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club subdivision; right off Occidental Road and minutes from downtown Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, Highways 12 and 101.

Vast western sky views paint a different portrait every night as the sun goes down over mountains that grace the Pacific coastline. Sometimes a soft watercolor. Sometimes the bold, thick colors of oil on canvas.

Inside you’ll find unique and inviting open-plan architecture - a balance between public and private spaces. Where arching beams, cathedral ceilings, and golden skylights enfold a mixture of Family Furnishings, Asian Antiques, and Original Art reflective of life in Northern California. The large Great Room provides a comfy gathering place.

During the day, enjoy a meal on the Patio or in the Great Room, overlooking the lush rolling grass and trees that dot the golf course. Listen for and watch the hummingbirds who dine at Sunset House feeders year-round.

The Galley Kitchen and Bathrooms are original. No remodeling has been done, but they are in tip-top shape!

As dusk turns to night, listen to Great Horned and Barn owls as darkness deepens under a star-studded sky and the air grows crisp among oak, redwood and cypress trees.

Sunset House is steps away from vineyards and farms, ranches and forests, historic towns and cities with many specialty shops carrying irresistible, locally made food, wine, beer, cider, and incredible art.

With easy access to Highways 12, 116 and 101, it is an ideal spot from which to see what the region has to offer. San Francisco is an hour's drive south down Highway 101, with many interesting stops along the way, including Petaluma, Tiburon, Sausalito, Muir Woods, Stinson Beach and Mill Valley. Kayaks and canoes can be rented at the Monte Rio beach on the Russian River during the summer months. Or take the scenic drive to Bodega Bay. Enjoy its good seafood restaurants, and see where Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds' was filmed.

An ideal location for those attending events at the private Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club -- weddings, parties, and tournaments.

“This is the chosen spot of all the earth as far as nature is concerned” wrote Luther Burbank.

Come see why. Come to Sunset House.

Sonoma County License # 1266N

Guest Book Comments

" There aren't words to articulate how lovely our stay was here at Sunset House. This was a special time in our lives. We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and our lovely German daughter and her boyfriend were able to join us. The quiet, cozy comforts of this home made it the perfect getaway retreat." (Guests from California)

"Thank you Anne and Laurie for all your help with our booking and settling in so well with groceries, etc. We loved your roses and the hummingbirds are delightful. (Guests from New Zealand)

"Nous avons passe un agreable moment a Sunset House, en la chance de voir des colibu venir se desalterant ever... Beaucoupe de fleurs, specialement de magnifique agapanthus." (Guests from France)

"We so enjoyed our short stay at Sunset House. We were here for our niece's wedding and loved having our own house only a few miles away. My favorite part was sitting outside early in the morning and watching the fog lift. The history of the house was so interesting and answered questions about the architecture. Thank you for sharing family memories and helping us make some of our own." (Guest from California)

More Details

Anne Gray
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Anne Gray

This is a photo of a female Anna's hummingbird according to Tim Stewart of Wild Birds Unlimited, Santa Rosa. They live in the area year-round and dine at the two Sunset House feeders. This one is on the Patio.

Best time to catch them feeding? Early mornings and evenings when the air is coolest. See them from the Patio, Galley Kitchen or Great Room windows. Or from the Master Bedroom window seat when the second feeder is located in Daybreak Rose Garden.

They are very possessive of their feeders and will sometimes dive at you from afar when it's feeding time and you are too close to the feeders. They keep their distance though.

Sometimes they will head-in to feed and upon seeing you stop in mid-air. That's the best time to see them up-close - still and beautiful but with wings operating at full speed!

Anne Gray purchased this house in 1988

Why Anne Gray chose Santa Rosa

Sunset House is very private and peaceful. It sits on nearly 1/2 acre overlooking the lush greenery, oaks and cypress trees of the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club, surrounded by farms and vineyards. It is an ideal spot for those attending events at the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club, and for touring the wine country, participating in a triathlon, visiting the Russian River, or simply to relax, unwind and regenerate.

What makes this house unique

Stunning western views day and night.

Inspiring open plan architecture with arching beams and cathedral ceilings.

Family furnishings, local art, and antiques.

Centrally located for wine country and local exploration.

Private and peaceful -- situated on nearly 1/2 acre.

Near the private Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club; the perfect place to stay when attending club events.

Well-tended gardens full of roses and other perennials. They bloom nearly all year. The photos show them "at their very best". No guarantees they will be blooming so profusely during your stay though.

They include David Austin's Abraham Darby, Tamora, and Benjamin Britten, in addition to About Face, Distant Drums, Julia Child, Pope John Paul, Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand, Queen Elizabeth and Hot Cocoa.

Home to hummingbirds year-round who dine at Sunset House feeders. According to Tim Stewart from Wild Birds Unlimited in Santa Rosa, they are most likely 'Anna's Hummingbirds and from their coloring the two photos on this listing indicate that they are female Anna's. Anna's hummingbirds are not migratory, so they live here year-round. When you get familiar with their chirp you will hear them in the trees when feeding time nears. If you are quiet, don't move and are lucky, you will see them feed. They can be a few feet away from you, suspended in mid-air by the fast beating of wings and are facinating to watch.


Santa Rosa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1828 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Half Bath - toilet , Off the entry way.
  • One full bath with bath tub, separate walk-in shower and plenty of space. Half bath off the entry way.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Second Bedroom - 1 queen , Queen bed, family furnishings, local art.
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Queen bed, window seat, family furniture, local art.
  • Two bedrooms: each with a queen size bed, vintage family furnishings and local art.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Access to Laguna de Santa Rosa walking trails is nearby. Or you can start a great bike ride right from the house. If you want to do some mall shopping try Santa Rosa Plaza. Macy's and Sear's are located there along with a wide array of smaller stores and a Food Court (try a 'Hot Dog on a Stick' with fresh lemonade and you'll be hooked!). Oliver's Market is ideal for groceries, hot meals, it's salad bar and excellent produce, meats, breads and other local items. Try their Gravenstein Applesauce and Juice and pay tribute to the area's heritage as 'apple country', where flavorful Gravenstein Apples reigned before vineyards became prominent. I love Oliver's! 'Cheap eats' -- my favorite is Mombo Pizza on Hwy 116. It's near Pacific Market and Sebastopol Hardware, the best hardware store I know! Try their Greek Pizza adorned with artichoke hearts, olives and feta cheese or their basic cheese pizza which is awesome value. And don't forget to tip the hard-working, friendly staff.


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Sunset House in Santa Rosa: Views, Architecture, Art and Antiques
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews

Our 2nd Stay at Sunset House

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful and peaceful stay at this charming retreat. This was our 2nd stay and we were able to share it with our daughter from Germany and her boyfriend. We relaxed in the backyard watching hummingbirds and walked in the neighborhood. The only thing wrong with it was that it just wasn't long enough.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your second "glowing" review of Sunset House. We are glad you had another relaxing stay with your family. The backyard patio is very quiet, with lovely views of the golf course, and the Anna's Hummingbirds are a joy to watch. We hope to see you again.
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The best first experience for the Santa Rosa area!

  • 5 of 5

We took a drive to Bodega Bay and ate the best crab sandwiches we have ever had at Fisherman's Cove. We were told by multiple locals to stop at Wild Flour in Freestone and I’m so glad we did because they have some amazing baked goods. We ate some delicious Italian at Ca Bianca in Santa Rosa. Our last dinner in Santa Rosa was at Starks Steak House and it did not disappoint. We attempted to go to Russian River but didn't want to wait in line so we went down to the Ale house brewery. It was a great trip and everything just seemed to work out every time we ventured out. We love the area, and definitely plan on going back hopefully sooner than later. The house was so peaceful and relaxing. Thank you again for the opportunity to stay at such a lovely home during our stay in Santa Rosa. We greatly appreciated the hospitality. I highly recommend staying here because you’re so close to everything you need. Thank you again Anne and Laurie! We can’t wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed hosting you at Sunset House for your first VRBO experience and stay in Sonoma County. We agree that Sunset House is an ideal spot from which to venture out to see the local sites. It's spacious open architecture plan and back patio with far-reaching western views over golf course greenery make it an ideal home to return to after a long day of sight-seeing. Thank you for choosing Sunset House.
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San Jose, CA

Retro deco with hospitality and comfort!

  • 5 of 5

Sunset House was a step back to my childhood of the 60's with all the modern conveniences. The home gave us everything we needed, including a beautiful view from back porch. We were greeted with a basket of food which came in very handy and plenty of towels and amenities. the house has everything you may need along with a unique personality. Anne was great with communications. Well worth checking out!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the patio view and found everything you needed to make your stay memorable!
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Rustic/Mid Modern Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

Rented this home for the weekend so husbands could ride in the Levi GranFondo in Santa Rosa and the girls could wine taste and enjoy the outstanding food in the area. The home was like walking into a familiar family members home where memories are made. Truly lovely and the location spot on! Anne has taken the time to memorialize her memories in the home and highlight all the interesting art pieces throughout. Laurie is the local host and was accommodating and graciously attentive. We shall return when traveling to the area in the future. Thank you Anne and Laurie!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad Sunset House met your expectations and that the location was perfect for the Levi GranFondo and your excursions around the area. The art comes from my family, much of it done in Sonoma County, and from other artists mainly in California. You too were the perfect guests! Thank you for selecting Sunset House for your trip.
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Kansas City

Very Comfortable and Peaceful Home in Wine Country.

  • 4 of 5

My wife, daughter and I were in Santa Rosa for a USFSA's National Showcase skating competition and thoroughly enjoyed this property. It is located in a quiet neighborhood with very easy access to the highway system. It's a short drive from Sebastopol and a slightly longer drive to downtown Santa Rosa with easy access to wine country. We were going mostly to Snoopy's Home Ice in Santa Rosa, but managed to visit a few wineries between competitions.

The house is comfortable for a small group and the shared bathing facility would be workable for 2 couples and manageable. It is well equipped and has a very spacious feel for the square footage. The decor and finish is 70's, very well maintained with the furniture in excellent condition.

Be aware that while the view of the golf course is very nice, the covered pool does detract from it. It was fully disclosed in the rental agreement, and I can certainly understand the need to restrict access to the pool, and even not wanting to deal with the maintainence issue of keeping it uncovered, but as a renter be aware that it does detract from the peacefulness of the view. Not a huge deal, but something to be aware of.

All in all the house was very nice and met our needs perfectly. I'd recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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La Grande, OR

oasis in Santa Rosa

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Sunset House in Santa Rosa for Ironman SR. This is a great eclectic gem centrally located in a quiet neighborhood. The kitchen and pantry were well equipped. The house was very comfortable and the back patio area was amazing. We were close to downtown Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, and Healdsburg. While most of our time was spent preparing for Ironman and racing, we made some nice meals at the house, dined out a few times, and toured a local winery (SIMI). I have been travelling with VRBO for years and never had such great hospitality from the owner and manager. Our arrival was going to be very late and Laurie picked up a few groceries for us and had a beautiful guest basket upon our arrival. We couldn't have asked for more!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We agree that Sunset House is a centrally located and comfortable "eclectic gem", with an inviting patio and well-equipped kitchen. We take great pride in providing the best guest experience we can, so your visit is memorable and enjoyable... Answering questions before you arrive, assisting with special requests or suggestions we have, giving guests our "top picks" for Sonoma County, and finally by making Sunset House a warm and inviting place to stay. Your comment that you've "never had such great hospitality" means a lot to us! Thank you.
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Charles Schulz STS; SFO/OAK 1 hr, 30 mins.
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
New! Walter Hanzel Wine & Bistro (formerly Zazu)
Nearest Golf
Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club (Private)
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 12 (Sebastopol)
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
ZaZu Kitchen & Farm; Martha's Old Mexican Grill
Nearest Ski
215 Miles
Lake Tahoe (North or South)
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
Salmon Creek
Car: necessary

In Santa Rosa: Don't miss the Charles Schulz Museum and Ice Rink 'Snoopy's Home Ice' and the Peanuts Gift Shop. In Sebastopol: walk down Florence Ave. lined with Patrick Amoit sculputure art made from recycled materials. For great food and local atmosphere try Martha's Old Mexican Grill with lovely patio dining.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $500

If you have stayed at Sunset House before please contact me for rates.

Refund policy: 100% if cancelled 30 days before scheduled arrival.

Important: access to the covered, enclosed patio and side Daybreak Rose Garden is included in the rental. The remaining backyard, covered pool, and the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club are NOT INCLUDED in the rental (it is a private club).

Check-in is at 3PM; Check-out is at 12PM. Late check-out possible with prior approval.


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.