From the entrance of this lovely, beachfront home you'll marvel at the stunning views of Bodega Harbor, and the vast Pacific beyond. The Birdwatch sits perched above the water - a vantage point from which you'll enjoy the spectacle of hundreds of shore birds feeding happily along the tide line below. From your private outdoor spa you'll be lulled by the distant roar of ocean waves as they crashd onto the giant rocks off Bodega Head. The house is newly constructed of marble, granite, wood and glass, and comes equipped with wi-fi, propane fireplaces, and spectacular vistas beckoning from both richly-appointed bedrooms, a living room made to live in, and the marquee attraction - an incredible gourmet kitchen that'll make your time spent hanging around the house seem well-spent. Lounge on the deck if you like, or take the stairs down to the beach and breathe deep that bracing ocean air. We guarantee you will have an unforgettable Northern California adventure at the Birdwatch.
Activities: The Bodega Bay Surf Shack rents bikes, kayaks, surfboards, wetsuits and windsurfers. Cruise on a bike along the beach or out to Bodega Head. Surfing lessons with experienced instructors are available, and Bodega Bay Pro Dive has a full service dive center, including air fills, scuba lessons and equipment sales. We highly recommend Bodega Bay Kayak Tours. There are tours of Salmon Creek, Willow Creek and the Russian River. Kayak guide Bob Miller has been sharing his love of the coast for over 20 years. He even has a Wine Country Kayak Tour that includes a picnic lunch with great views of the Bodega Bay coastline, complemented by a good bottle of Sonoma County wine. There are tours of Bodega Bay by sailboat, with sights of sea lions and, if you're lucky, whales, depending on the time of year. Modern fiberglass vessels can take you sport fishing from Porto Bodega Marina. There are miles and miles of stunning beaches - secluded and empty - for long beach walks, or whatever you like.
Places For Food & Drink: Should you choose to leave your awesome Birdwatch kitchen and venture out ... just across the road you'll find Ruby's Porthole for morning lattes, or a classic burger at the Hot Dog House, or fine cuisine just down the street at Lucas Wharf Restaurant. Roam a little further and find world class wine tasting at the nearby Gourmet Au Bay wine tasting room, or just take a scenic drive through the countryside where you'll find many world renowned wineries. They're all fun to visit. Other great places to eat locally are The Duck Club (five star rating), The Boat House, Underwood, Howard's Station, Tony's Seafood Restaurant, The Union Hotel, and Gold Coast Coffee & Bakery. Other day trips should include stops at Wild Flour Bakery and Willow Wood Cafe. High end dining can be found at John Ash & Co. and Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, to name a couple. We have an extensive guide to local eateries in our self-published guide book that resides comfortably at The Birdwatch. (It even has maps.)
Parks & Other Places: Sonoma County Regional Parks recently constructed a bird walk trail. The trail begins at the front door of Birdwatch and passes through a revitalized salt water marsh, which is home to thousands of migratory and native birds throughout the year. A bridge connects Doran and Bird Walk Coastal Parks so that you can walk along Canadian Geese nesting sites, and over an estuary filled with Leopard Sharks and Bat Rays, to reach crashing ocean waves along a sandy beach that stretches four miles. (The paved trail is moderately accessible for the disabled.) If you're looking for a garden to meditate in, combined with specialty massages, or maybe an enzyme bath, then try Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary. Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory located on Bodega Head gives weekly tours to the public, and Chancellor Stables has guided horseback riding on the beach. To learn how a community can become ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable in today's world, visit The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
Birdwatch house took us 10 years of searching to find. We have an excellent real estate agent, who knew that the moment he saw the house it was perfect for our family. There were 12 offers in competition and ours was chosen! We would spend every free moment at Bodega Bay while our two children were growing up. It is a place where a family can spend quality time together making the most wonderful memories. For that reason, there is no value that can be placed on the property. We will never sell it and hope to give it to our children to enjoy forever. Because it is such a tranquil sanctuary and a place of the most incredible views we decided to rebuild the house entirely with the finest finishes. Natural wood, glass and stone make up the house. From our front door we can walk for miles, often without seeing a soul, along a nature preserve, over creeks and along the open sandy sea with waves crashing. We love to surf, windsurf, kitesurf, stand up surf, kayak and sail as a family. We are fortunate that our home provides all those wonderful activities for us.
After living in this area for many years, it's no wonder that we chose to invest in a place that is so special to us in so many ways. We know every little cove/point/headland of that coast. We know all the wineries and restaurants and parks. Without that kind of background, we would never attempt this.