We are Jim and Kathy Ocean. We're musicians and concert/event producers who decided to share our little piece of paradise after landing in Guerneville the summer of 2004. We take great pleasure in creating a space where people can relax, explore and recharge, and consider ourselves very lucky to be in the position to meet people from all over the world. We are knowledgeable about the area and are happy to provide tips, suggestions and share some of our favorite and little-known places with you.
Kathy Ocean purchased this cottage in 2004
Moving to the Russian River area was a dream come true for both of us. For Jim, it meant reconnecting to his musical roots in Sonoma County from the 70's. For Kathy, it meant fulfilling the lifelong desire to live in the woods near the sea--a longing that began as a child when she had recurring dreams of oceans while trapped in the cornfields of Indiana.
When an unexpected and brief window of opportunity opened up to buy the property--Jim will say it was because our MGB broke down near Jenner, Kathy will say it's because Jim stung her with the question, 'Why did you move all the way to California and never settle near the sea?'--it was during a time when real estate was really hot. We had 24 hours to decide if we were going to radically change our lives around. The decision was made scarier by the fact that the place was priced outside our comfort zone, and to make the numbers work, we would have to rent the cottage on the property. Little did we know we were about to enter into a vocation that we would grow to love & that would give back to us in so many ways.
The moment we first walked through gate of our future home, we were struck by the wall of green--from the giant 'three sisters' old growth redwood, to the many sun-dappled fruit trees, to the redwood fairy ring (where we eventually married), to the tangle of blackberry vines that inhabit the fence line. We were mesmerized by the gurgling of the creek, the chorus of birds, the sight of butterflies and dragonflies flitting about, and greatly amused by the pileated woodpecker hanging upside down drunk on berries. We found the array of small cottages dotting the grounds enchanting. (They reminded us of a summer camp).
In short, we were sold by the laid back green opulence of this spot which we call 'Hawaii in the Redwoods' during the summer, 'Vermont in the Redwoods' in the fall, and 'Rip Van Winkle in the Redwoods' during winter. We signed on the bottom line and never looked back. And we're happy to share this place's restorative magic with you.
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