Whether you're new to the Russian River or stayed here a hundred times, you will love Racer Five and its modern, yet comfortable, décor and vibe! Delightful new construction and a complete remodel (2014/15) resulted in a home for friends and family to getaway to wine country, play at the river and enjoy each other's company.
Racer Five is a very tall three story home with the open gourmet kitchen, living and dining rooms, one bedroom and full bathroom on the upper level. A large deck houses the propane BBQ and outdoor seating for everyone. On the back of the house, facing a small creek, is a smaller deck with café seating for your morning coffee or afternoon glass of wine and a book.
A custom made spiral staircase allows guest to travel between the upper and middle levels without stepping outside, but there are exterior stairs as well and a second large deck on the middle level with additional outdoor seating. The remaining four bedrooms, full bathroom and laundry room are on the middle level. The bathroom is off the hallway so there's no need to cut through a bedroom. There's plenty of room to spread out in the house or outside!
A few words about cooking at Racer Five - it's an amazing experience! And building this gourmet kitchen was a labor of love. There are new stainless steel appliances and a professional grade Thermador range with 8 burners, double oven and barbecue/griddle on top. Top notch accessories throughout the kitchen and exceptionally good lighting make this the perfect place to make and share a meal with your best buddies and family.
Kids, well-behaved dogs and adventurous chefs will love the fully fenced yard as well! With a third of an acre of majestic redwoods and new landscaping including a separately fenced veggie garden, you can't go wrong. Pick veggies and herbs to cook during your stay. A tree fort and hammock will keep kiddos occupied while adults fire up the outdoor wood fired pizza oven and adjacent BBQ. There's ample seating by the outdoor grill and adjacent fire pit - don't forget the marshmallows!
Everything you need is within walking distance! Across the historic walking bridge you'll find oodles of restaurants and cute shops (less than half a mile), Johnson's Beach (0.6 mile) with the best river access and sandy beach, and Riverkeeper Park (0.4 mile) featuring native plants and habitat with educational markers. On the south side of the river (same side as the house) you can walk to the Guerneville River Park (.3 mile), Pee Wee Golf (0.2 mile), and a kid's playground (0.3 mile) with tennis and basketball courts.
Light sleepers, folks with kids and dogs should be aware the neighbor has a boisterous group of dogs. They will announce your arrival at the house and other, especially unfamiliar, noises.
Know Before You Book:
Damage Waiver: The non-refundable damage waiver included in the reservation charges replaces a standard security deposit. The damage waiver covers unintentional damages to real or personal property of the rental unit that occur during your stay. The policy will pay a maximum benefit of $3000.00. Any damages that exceed $3,000.00 will be charged to the guest directly. The damage waiver plan does not cover replacement of missing items, additional housekeeping charges, intentional damage or gross negligence, or damages resulting from a violation of the rules outlined in the Russian River Vacation Homes guest agreement. To ensure that you are not charged for any damages, you are responsible for reporting any accidental damages to Russian River Vacation Homes in a timely manner.
*PLEASE NOTE* HomeAway offers a damage protection fee during the online check-out process. This is different than the waiver that we offer and costs more for less coverage. DO NOT select the damage insurance offered at checkout.
Maximum Occupancy and Quiet Hours:
The maximum occupancy at Racer Five is 10. Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Outdoor amplified sound is prohibited at any time.
On-site parking is permitted for a maximum of 5 vehicles; there is space in the driveway for up to 4 cars; additional street parking is available on a first-come first-served basis. RVs, trailers and campers are prohibited, per the Sonoma County Vacation Rental Ordinance.
First Bedroom (Upper level): Queen Bed; Second Bedroom (Middle level): Queen Bed; Third Bedroom (Middle level): Queen Bed; Fourth Bedroom (Middle level): Two Twin Beds; Fifth Bedroom (Middle level): Two Twin Beds.
Please be aware that guests must take stairs to access the living areas of the house.
There are three flights of exterior stairs and a spiral staircase inside.
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.