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

Gualala, California, United States

Listing #117711

House | Entire Home | House Sitting Requested
Rates from USD $7000 | Monthly
Last Updated 38 days ago


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. See most up-to-date photos and description at: The house was designed and handcrafted by a noted local architect, who owned the house for decades until he sold it in 2017. It is sometimes rented on VRBO and AirBnB under “Sunburst Ocean House” to rave reviews, which you can peruse on those sites. 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. This is not Sea Ranch (a fairly dense planned development to the south of Gualala), but the wild, rural Mendocino coast. There is constantly changing scenery from morning sunrise to evening sunset, whale watching and wildlife. Also wonderfully landscaped grounds with fruit trees, flowers and herbs, big yard for kids to play in, croquet set, outdoor chairs to watch the sun go down. Kitchen has granite and wood countertops with ocean views down the coast, new propane stove. Very large unique loft and office space with sunburst window, lots of light with multiple skylights. Furnished comfortably in contemporary style. Perfect for art lovers, artists, writers, families, reunions, dreamers, romantic getaway seekers, nature and ocean lovers and those seeking serenity in an architecturally unique house. A family of grey foxes live on the property and, if you get up early enough, you can see them hunting the grounds. The kitchen faces south with ocean views, and ideally located to step out onto the deck for outdoor dining. Would make an ideal writing or artistic creation getaway (artist’s light table in loft and lots of desk space and bookshelves, plus fast wifi and large external monitor for laptops); weekly, monthly and academic semester rates also available. Master king bedroom upstairs, one queen bed and one double bed downstairs, the latter two with ocean views. The living room couch folds out into a fullsized bed, and there is a futon in a private alcove in the loft, perfect for a child's sleep area. Although the bedrooms are all very private, the house has many windows and skylights and is filled with light as soon as the sun rises, so those who like to sleep in might want to bring eye-shades. The loft and office space are spectacular, with a massive sunburst window giving views to the south, multiple skylights and large balcony-windows that allow one to step out past the roofline and give dramatic views up and down the coast. Recent re-roofing job also included all-new skylights, including openable ones in the loft, master bedroom and master bath that provide both views and fresh air. Large, ocean-view hot tub, outdoor dining, stone wood-burning fireplace, hi-speed internet, cell phone booster, Apple TV with Netflix subscription, DVD player, games, lots of books. Famous Cooks Beach is right across the street. Beachcomb, surf, or jump in the waves right in your front yard. 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. Or just relax and whale watch from the upstairs loft or while enjoying the hot tub. House is less than 2 miles north of the town of Gualala. The town offers 2 good markets (one organic), art galleries, great independent bookstore, funky cafes, video rentals, gym, yoga studio, 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. Separate studio on the back of the property (above garage) is sometimes occupied, but you will rarely see or hear anyone there. You will have full and exclusive use of the full main house and property grounds. Please no loud or late parties, however.




3,000 ft2

Suited For

Property Type


From November 1, 2017

Minimum Stay

1 Month

Comments: Monthly rentals for writing/relaxation escapes possible, we also rent by term or academic year


House in Gualala, California, United States

Closest University

Sonoma State University (74 miles)

Nearby Universities
UC Berkeley, Stanford, San Francisco State

Comments: Mendocino, Sonoma, San Francisco, Berkeley


  • Off Campus
  • Countryside
  • Writer's Sanctuary
  • Architectural Gem
  • Near Ocean or Lake
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Woods
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Shops

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from USD $7000 Monthly | Negotiable

Utilities are included

A cleaning service is not included

Comments: base monthly rate for off-season rentals; discounts for full academic term or academic year available


The home is suitable for young kids

Pets are allowed

Smoking is not allowed

A car is not available

House Sitting

I am looking for help while I am away

I would like help with plants or garden

Guests would be asked to water the indoor plants every two weeks or so; outdoor plants are on an automatic irrigation system





High Speed Internet





Balcony or Patio


Dedicated Parking



Temperature Control











Art Studio

Comments: hot tub


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