The Sandy Star started life as a traditional Russian River home with wood paneling and floors throughout.
Under new ownership, and a complete remodel, the house is bright and light with ample charm and character. Hand painted murals grace 3 bedrooms and modern conveniences and cheery artwork liven up the kitchen, bathrooms and living spaces. And outside is as delightful as inside at this riverfront escape!
The beautifully remodeled and bright kitchen faces the living room and sometimes dining space. A long counter seats 6 guests in bright orange tall chairs, all the better to laugh and joke with the "kitchen staff" and enjoy each other's company. New stainless steel appliances - fridge, stove and oven, dishwasher, microwave and coffee maker - and oodles of counter space make cooking a pleasure at The Sandy Star. And there's ample storage space for your sundries. Sip a cup of coffee or tea in the kitchen's seating nook while supervising breakfast preparation.
Or linger in the living room with a glass of wine. From the sectional sofa, leather chair and rocking chair you can snug in front of the fireplace or turn and watch a movie on the flat-screen TV. Behind the sofa, the console converts into a dining table to seat 6 comfortably or 8 tightly. As long as the weather is nice, though, you'll want to eat outside! The crowning glory of the living room is the full wall of windows that fold open to the deck!
With two outdoor heaters, large picnic table with umbrella, propane BBQ and stunning views of the river - everyone will want to hang out on the upper deck! The newly built decks hover in the redwoods for a mix of shade and sunshine. Mosey down the stairs to the lower patio and deck to the 6 person hot tub (which is available 7 am to 10 pm, only) and outdoor shower.
Up a short flight of stairs from the living room, each of the three bedrooms has a queen bed and unique murals painted by a local (Bay Area) artist. Two bedrooms face the river and overlook the back decks and hot tub area while one bedroom faces the street of this quiet residential neighborhood. There's a full bathroom with double sink/vanity, cheery colored walls and subway tile shower with rain shower head. Off the hallway the washer and dryer are tucked into a closet.
The fourth bedroom is the kid's room - on the main level, just off the kitchen with a double/twin bunk bed with and views to the river. There are games and toys in the drawers and a door to the huge back deck. A second full bathroom with tiled shower and rain shower head is next to the kid's room and kitchen.
A short mosey down a path leads to a fantastic neighborhood beach. You can cut through the backyard or walk around the house to the public easement which serves as a wide path to the river. A double kayak and canoe are locked in the lower backyard for guests to use between mid-June and the end of September, conditions permitting. Stop to pick blackberries in the summer, but look out for poison oak. This beach is accessible nearly year-round.
Know Before You Book:
DAMAGE PROTECTION: We offer a $49 damage protection program that replaces the $1000 security deposit and $30 security deposit processing fee. When booking through VRBO/HomeAway, the $1000 Refundable Security Deposit and $30 processing fee will show in your rates. To choose the damage protection, put a note comments section of the reservation and we will adjust the rates before processing payment. If no preference is stated, we will contact you.
*PLEASE NOTE* HomeAway offers a damage protection fee during the online check-out process. This is different than the policy we offer and costs more for less coverage. To choose our policy, make a note in your reservation and and do not select the damage insurance offered at checkout.
Maximum Occupancy and Quiet Hours: The maximum occupancy at The Sandy Star is 8 people. Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Outdoor amplified sound is prohibited at any time.
Quiet Hours and The Hot Tub: The Sandy Star is in a close-knit residential neighborhood.. To maintain a good relationship with our neighbors - and remain in compliance with the Quiet Hours mandated in the Vacation Rental Ordinance - guests are welcome to use the hot tub until 10 pm when the hot tub is set to shut off. After that time, please relocate to the upper deck or inside. The hot tub has power only between 7 am and 10 pm.
Parking: On-site parking is permitted for a maximum of 3 vehicles. There is space for up to 2 cars in the driveway and an additional car on the street in front of the house. The garage is not available for guests. RVs, trailers and campers are prohibited, per the Sonoma County Vacation Rental Ordinance.
EV Charger - Available upon Advance Request Only. The Sandy Star has a TurboCord Electric Vehicle Charger with designated 240v NEMA 6-20 outlet. The TurboCord has a standard SAE J1772 plug and works with most electric vehicles sold in the US. The cord is made available to guests who request no earlier than 1 week in advance of their arrival date. In the case of reservations made within one week of arrival, the cord can be requested at the time of booking.
Bed Sizes: First Bedroom: Queen Bed; Second Bedroom: Queen Bed; Third Bedroom: Queen Bed; Fourth Bedroom: Twin/Double Bunk Bed.
Heat Source: Central Heat and Fireplace - firewood is not provided.
Beach and River Access: The Sandy Star faces the Russian River and a fantastic neighborhood beach. There are two ways to get to the path to the beach. First, you can take the stairs from the back yard by the hot tub and go through a gate in the lower yard. Second, walk out the front yard and turn right, immediately onto the path. Either way, it's a very short walk to the beach and river.
Docks & Boats: Docks and beaches are seasonal only and available from mid-June to mid-September providing the summer dams are in. Canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and rowboats that are provided in some of our homes are also available from mid-June to mid-September only. The river is usually too swift for boating in the winter and many docks and beaches are under water until late spring.
Summer Rotation Day: Wednesday
During the Peak Season, which runs end of June through August, The Sandy Star has a 7 night minimum and rents on a Wednesday to Wednesday pattern. If you make an online reservaton outside of this rotation day requirement, we may contact you about altering your dates.
Office Hours and Booking Information:
Our office is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day, excluding major holidays.
After making a booking and confirming their security deposit vs. damage protection preference, guests will be sent arrival instructions and a contract with our terms in detail to sign and return. You will be contacted within 24 hours of making your reservation.
No same-day reservations past 2 pm. It should not happen, but in case the system is allowing you to book for same-day arrival and it is after 2 pm, please reach out to us. If it is after 5 pm, please do not complete your reservation; no one will be available to process your reservation and prepare for your arrival.