Spectacular & Dramatic Setting, Come Visit Your Private Oceanfront Estate(1 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Vacation on the edge of the world in isolated, clifftop house with 180 deg view
Clifftop House is a spectacularly situated custom 2 bedroom, 2 story redwood house with upper and lower wraparound decks, perched on a bluff 100 ft above a rocky cove in a magnificent, private 2.5 acre oceanfront estate.
The art-filled house is located on Highway 1, in the "Banana Belt," with the sunniest weather on the coast. It was built in 1968 by our family with local architect Richard Perkins. The house faces southwest and enjoys a more than 180 degree ocean view including miles of pristine rocky shoreline, peninsulas, rocks and beaches. Stargazing, sunrise and sunset, moon rise and moon set are all spectacular. The grassy bluff in front of the house is studded with wildflowers much of the year. Stroll out in our meadow by the creek to listen to birds and see what is in bloom.
You Can Rent the Whole Compound for Up to Six People
Clifftop can accommodate up to 6 people if desired. Clifftop House itself can sleep up to 4 people. For a larger group an additional 2 people can be accommodated for a fee in the Cabin located next door. The Cabin is equipped with a full kitchen, bath and its own deck. See VRBO #668277 for the description of "Creekside Cabin" (& more photos and reviews of the site!). We do not rent the Cabin separately when Clifftop House is occupied, so whether you use one or both houses, you will have the place to yourselves! Please e mail or call for details.
We are 3.5 miles north of Anchor Bay, 7 miles south of Point Arena and 10 miles north of Gualala, all of which offer restaurants, shops, parks, and beaches. Our stretch of coast is very empty and quiet compared to Sea Ranch, Gualala or Mendocino village. But there are still lighthouses, historic sites, local craft shops, and spectacular county, state, and national parks to explore nearby. There are also fine art galleries, local music and theater in Pt. Arena and Gualala. In summer, several farmers markets offer local produce, meats, cheeses and other delicacies. If you do not feel like cooking, enjoy the variety of nearby eat-in or take-out restaurants (there is even a very good Thai place 10 minutes away!).
Our House Book provides extensive details and recommendations about where to eat, shop, nightlife, beaches and other coast attractions.
Despite its convenience to Highway 1, Clifftop is exceptionally isolated. Our very few neighbors are invisible, seldom there - or both. Despite the miles of sweeping views, generally no house lights are visible at night. Star and planet gazing are spectacular and people come here specifically take advantage of the low light pollution.
The master bedroom is downstairs with a king bed with Tempurpedic memory foam mattress, fireplace, vintage TV, and windows overlooking the bluff and ocean. Custom shades provide privacy at night and comfortable enjoyment of views during the day. The smaller bedroom has a queen bed and two walls of large windows, including a sliding glass door opening onto the large wraparound lower deck that reaches to the top of the cliffs.
The lower level has a full bath and shower.
Upstairs is an open plan living/dining area with a high vaulted ceiling, redwood paneling, tile floors, and walls of windows. A sliding glass door opens onto a spacious wraparound deck. There is a wood stove, comfortable seating area, dining area for up to 6, a 32 inch flat screen Smart cable TV with DVD player, and a full kitchen and breakfast bar. The south and west facing windows offer more than 180 degrees of views. Custom shades make sunset watching a delight. The full kitchen features a Bosch dishwasher, side by side refrigerator/freezer, a glass top electric range with oven, and a microwave.
We provide deck furniture for both the upstairs and downstairs decks, including a cushioned double chaise lounge.
Clifftop is equipped with high speed wireless internet and cable TV as well as a landline for unlimited local calling.
The house is filled with art created by our family and friends, including notable Mendocino County artists from the 60s and 70s. Most of the furniture was built by our family, friends and other local artisans. Antique, leaded and stained glass windows illuminate the stairwell.
Whales (we’ve seen at least six kinds, including Greys, Humpbacks, and Blues), seals, sea lions, and sea birds are always in view off the decks and the roar of the ocean will lull you to sleep at night and pull you out of bed in the morning, unless you decide to sleep in! The grassy bluff in front of the house is full of wildflowers and butterflies most of the year. Birds, deer, bobcats, dragonflies all enjoy the grass, creek and flowers.
The property is not landscaped. Our family has worked for 3 generations to maintain the land as high quality habitat for native plants and wildlife.
A gorgeous 1 hour drive takes you to Anderson Valley for wine and beer tasting, Mendocino Village, Hendy Woods ancient redwoods, or Van Dam Pygmy Forest. Kayak Big River near Mendocino Village or closer by, the Gualala River.
Note: the house is professionally cleaned before you arrive.
*We have another VRBO property (#492927) in San Francisco. Take a look at our reviews to see the quality of our hospitality.
We are sorry, but because of the steep cliffs and abundant wildlife, no pets or children under the age of fifteen are allowed.
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Member since: 2013
- 1200 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 6
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Not Suitable For Children:
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
- Master bedroom has windows facing the ocean; custom shades provide both privacy and allow views while sun is setting; California king bed with memory foam, old time TV, decorative fireplace that burns duraflames; redwood panelling. Second room has sliding glass door onto deck; wall of windows facing south (havens kneck) and west (ocean); Queen bed with memory foam; sometimes moonlight may keep you up at night. *****There is a cabin next door with a full bath/kitchen/private deck that sleeps two that you can rent for an additional fee either to sleep up to 6 people or for more privacy for a party of 4.*****...moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
There are bird, flower, tree, whale, and other guides. We also stock an odd & eclectic selection of books - various genres, eras, & styles, reflecting the odd/eclectic friends/family who left them....moreless
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- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
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Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Surf Fishing
Dining area overlooks meadow, creek, ocean, with views of Havens Neck and Sail Rock. Mahogany table seats 4-6. Great area to sample local fish, cheeses, baked goods, meats, beers and wines ...moreless
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
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- Housekeeper Included
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- cleaning and linens $225
- Tax Rate 11%
Check in time: 4pm Check out time: noon.
If your party contains more than 4 people you will automatically rent the cabin next door as 3rd bedroom. There will be an additional $75.00 cleaning fee. Please contact us if there are questions.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Year Purchased: 1958
About the owner: Emily is a San Francisco/Mendocino native, ecologist/environmental activist. Emily's first field research project was on the ecology of this coast. Dan is a software entrepreneur. We are both semi-retired. Emily's family built this Blufftop retreat with unparalled solitude and communion with nature.
Why the Owner Chose Gualala, CA, USA:
Why Stay at Cliffside House? *With rare exceptions, despite the sweeping views, no house lights are visible at night. You are alone with the ocean and the stars. *Unlike Sea Ranch and much of the coast, there is no public access to our property. You have the waves, birds, stars, sunsets, flowers, whales, wraparound sunny decks and meadow all to yourself. *the sheltered sunny blufftop meadow is a constantly changing display of wildflowers *The creek and the secluded location draw diverse wildlife year round. *We are located in the "Banana Belt", the sunniest area on the coast. *Sea birds and marine mammals seem to love our cove (see photos). There is always a show! *We have another VRBO property (#492927) in San Francisco. Take a look at our reviews to see the quality of our hospitality.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
We have 2.5 acres of pristine ocean front with a creek, forest, native plants and wildlife. It is right off of Highway 1, yet very secluded. Although you can see miles of coastline, no other house lights are usually visible. The creek draws wildlife, frogs and butterflies. When the ocean is still you can sometimes hear it gurgling. Whales like our place -- they often stop to feed, rest and even mate below of our deck and cliffs.
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Relax on Double chaise lounge perched over the ocean
Dining area at sunset
living area at sunset
seating area and wood stove
Small bedroom, west view
Evening on upper wraparound deck
Clifftop House and Creekside Cabin
View from the meadow
Gray Whale cow and calf passing the deck. We also see Blues, Humpbacks & others
Full moon over Haven's Neck - view south from deck
Moon, Jupiter, sunset and Sail Rock - view west from deck
Red Tailed Hawk. Falcons, Hummingbirds, Woodpeckers, Swallows etc. all live here
Rainbows are common in winter & spring
living area showing view
living/dining area & breakfast bar
full kitchen with dishwasher, glasstop range, side by side refrigerator/freezer
South view, small bedroom
Master bedroom, south view
View northwest from upper deck
native flowers dot the blufftop meadow in spring
Sunset from deck
Osprey taking dinner to nest near the house
double rainbow from deck
This listing was first published here in 2016.
Date last modified - Thursday, March 23, 2017
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