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Gualala California 95445 United States of America

Listing # 117711

Rates From USD 4500 Monthly
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Beautiful, private, unique architectural home on the southern Mendocino Coast

Incredible writers’ and artists’ retreat. Escape from the city to a secluded but centrally located 3-acre estate two miles north of the town of Gualala. Wonderful, dog-friendly Cooks Beach across the street, hiking trails, kayaking, wine tasting, 180 degree ocean views. Art and architecture blend, open floor space, views of ocean from most rooms.

The house was designed and handcrafted by a noted local architect, who owned the house for decades until recent sale to current owners. He and his artist wife, whose work still hangs in the house, rented it for several years on AirBnB under “Sunburst Ocean House” to rave reviews, which can be viewed on their listing:

Our current AirBnB listing can be found here:


Dramatic beam architecture with massive Bay Bridge timbers, walls all red cedar, 3 Bdr and 2 Ba, 3200 sq. ft. There are views of the ocean from every window but also incredible privacy, with the house sited on a hill, in the midst of 3 acres of coastal property with meadow. Kitchen has new appliances, granite and wood countertops with ocean views down the coast.

Very large unique loft and office space with sunburst window, incredible light with multiple skylights. This loft is the perfect place to write the sabbatical book or engage in artistic creation, equipped with an artist’s light table lots of desk space and bookshelves.

Furnished comfortably in contemporary style. Master king bedroom upstairs, one queen bed and one double bed downstairs, the latter two with ocean views. There is also a futon in loft and the new couch in the living room folds out to a full-sized bed.

Large hot tub, outdoor dining, Cook’s Beach access on road across the street, barbecue, stone wood-burning fireplace, trails, walk to St. Orres, cable TV, hi-speed internet, games, books... Kayak the Gualala River (2 kayaks available for guests to use), fish, or take in world-class hiking, local Sonoma Coast wineries and spectacular Anderson Valley (Mendocino) or Russian River Valley (Sonoma) wine trail when not writing or working.

House is less than 2 miles north of the town of Gualala. The town offers 2 good markets, one organic, 7 art galleries, great independent bookstore, funky cafes and many excellent restaurants. Quite a few other restaurants in area, including world-class St. Orres (walking distance from house), Sea Ranch Lodge and Timber Cove Resort’s Coast Kitchen.

Parking easily for 4 cars. Set back from the road, private estate feeling, on berm above and to the West of Highway 1 with thick forest screen, so almost no traffic noise, which is rare for oceanfront property along this stretch of coast. We are in the banana-belt area of Northern Sonoma / Southern Mendocino, in the fog shadow of Pt. Arena, so usually very sunny and mild.

Studio behind house is rented on long-term lease, completely separate from main house and main house tenants have exclusive use of lawn, deck and yard.

Small and medium-sized dogs are welcome, and the beach across the street is dog-friendly. Shedding dogs must be kept off the furniture and beds. No cats, please.

We are in the processing of remodelling and revamping the house, much of the furniture is already updated from the current photos, and this summer we will be opening up the loft and master bedroom to the outside with small balconies.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
3000 Sq. Feet
Suited for
6 people
Property Type


Available from Wednesday, November 1, 2017 onward
Minimum Stay
1 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
Monthly rentals for writing/relaxation escapes possible, we also rent by term or academic year
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Gualala
Postal Code - State or Province 95445 CA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords Mendocino, Sonoma, San Francisco, Berkeley
Closest University Sonoma State University (74 miles)
University nearby UC Berkeley, Stanford, San Francisco State

Rental Price:

USD 4500 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
monthly rate; discounts for full academic term or academic year available
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Rural Environment
  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Mountains

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Architectural Gem
  • Available for Short Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Fireplace
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • ArtStudio
  • Other: hot tub


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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We're both profs at UBC in Vancouver in the Asian Studies department (I work on early Chinese thought, my wife works on medieval Japanese lit), originally from the States but in Vancouver since 2005. We have a 7 year-old daughter, and some outdoor fish.


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