Sleeps 8-10. Just minutes from the Russian River Estuary & Sonoma Coast
I am a decorator at heart and a retired decorator by profession. It is with great pleasure that I continue finding ways to make your stay more comfortable. I live nearby but there is always a caretaker available if you have any problems or need any help. We rent Casa Panama in various combinations of accommodations at certain times of the year. Every day we spend at Casa Panama is like a little heaven on earth and I hope you find the same true for you! I am originally from San Diego daughter of a well-known fashion professional of the same name and a Dutch father, a cabinet maker who built not only all the furniture but also designed and built our home on a ranch in the country. All of the famous designers visited the ranch for sophisticated parties and events while on the flip side my sister and brother and I might have been out picking oranges, tending the animals or riding our horses. I have always loved the ocean and have fond childhood memories of daddy taking us out in the San Diego Bay for fishing trips on his cabin cruiser. I have lived on or near the sea for the past 40 years with a memorable stint in the Caribbean for 12 of those years. When I moved to the Northern California area, I just fell in love with Jenner at first sight. The people and the place just resonates a vibe you will never forget.
Why Owner chose Jenner
The history of the Jenner area is best told by our local historian Elinor Twohy. For my part I know that the sister of Josephine Santos Wright married and built what is now Casa Panama with her husband in 1950. History of the Jenner Area by Elinor Twohy We know that Pomo Indians had been living here for 3,000 years; however archaeologists have recently uncovered significant evidence in the middle of Duncan's Landing which may prove that Pomos were here for 10,000 years. 'Pomo' is an overall name covering six language groups and several different tribes. The local tribe, know as the Del Rio Indians, was friendly with their neighbors from around Bodega Bay, the Miwoks. From a study of the middens, we believe that they had ceremonial gatherings at Duncan's Landing. In the 1920's the two Penny brothers owned & lived on the twenty-nine acre island that is in the middle of the river, directly in front of the town of Jenner. One brother was drowned in an accident at sea. When the other brother became ill, he wished to live the rest of his life on the island & to be buried there. Joe Santos had come from Guam, married a local Pomo woman, built a house near the river mouth on Goat Rock Beach, & started a family. Joe agreed to carry out Penny's wishes, & in return the island was deeded to him. Joe then built a house on the island, where the Santos family grew fruits & vegetables, raised dairy cattle, & sold their produce to townsfolk of Jenner and Monte Rio. The Santos family lived on Penny Island until 1948. One daughter, Josephine Santos Wright, born in 1904 in the original house on Goat Rock beach, still resides in Jenner & provides us with authentic historical information. In 1975 the island was finally acquired by the State of California Department of Parks & Recreation. It has become a sanctuary for animals and birds; recent sightings include foxes, a bob cat, a mink, great horned & barn owls, & both white & brown pelicans.
What makes this House unique
Jenner is located in the center of thousands and thousands of protected open space next to a coastline lined with parks lining the coastline from north to south. The Jenner Headlands is one of these parks of 5400 acres and is located directly above the house! You can take a short walk up Willig to enter the residents gate to hike the 14 acres of new trail just recently opened. Or, at Willow Creek you can ask for advance permission to mountain bike or just walk the trails there all the way to the coast ending at Shell Beach. Kayaking rentals are just a 3 minute walk down the hill for discovering the River estuary or just traversing over to a day at the beach. Watch the seals, the whales, the birds etc. and discover one of the most famous beaches on the North Coast, Goat Rock Beach with its unique vantage points views and trails. From there walk north or south as far as you like! I fell in love with this property at first sight. The moment I walked in the view just took my breath away. I bought the house from the original owners who were directly related to the areas Native American band of Pomo Indians. The house was hand crafted in 1950 of regional old growth redwoods. The property was carefully selected to get the best of the sun all year around and the best view Jenner had to offer and of Penny Island family home. Now days we are in the heart of an eco system surrounded by thousands of acres of open space, state parks, beaches, red wood forests, coastal prairies, hiking trails, biking routes and water trails yet only 30 minutes from Santa Rosa and an hour and a half to San Francisco. If you do plan to drive to San Francisco do it at a more leisurely pace through Bodega Bay or Occidental, Freestone, Tomales, Point Reyes, Fairfax and San Anselmo. Enjoy our little towns, vistas, fresh air and coastal views. Relax and stay awhile!
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We had the best time relaxing, laughing, and spending time away with family. Wonderful location with amazing views. Looking forward to going back again soon.
Great place in a great location
What a great house. The kitchen is well stocked. The beds are comfortable. Windows looking out over the river with the ocean in the distance. Beautiful decks to just relax. A group of old friends had an amazing time. Take a walk down the hill and have a drink at the bar or down to the river. Goat rock is close. An amazing time was had by all!
Sibling get together to celebrate our moms 84th birthday
Great place and fun area to explore! The views from both porch areas are amazing. Several comfortable places indoors and out to rest, visit and enjoy the beautiful scenery!
The perfect vista
It doesn't get any better than this view. It took our breath away from the moment we stepped onto the deck. We spent 3 nights at Casa Panama with our small children (3 and 5 years old).
The house is truly lovely. It has everything we needed and we were very comfortable. We are now officially spoiled with our vacation rentals and I'm not sure how we are going to top Casa Panama.
I was nervous about the kids being loud in the early mornings because the walls are thin and the house is shared with an owner/occupant/manager. We spent most of our time exploring the nearby beaches, kayaking on the Russian River, hiking through Armstrong Redwoods, and eating at Aquatica and Rivers End. We loved Jenner and will dream about returning to this house for another vacation.
We rented this house for a quiet bachelorette weekend and it did not disappoint. The views from the house were phenomenal, and the amenities were spot on. We appreciated the fully stocked kitchen, clean grill, and easy-to-follow guides. Everyone had a wonderful time, and we are sure to rent this house again the next time we find ourselves in Jenner.
Magnificent view of Russian river and the ocean from high on this hill. House was comfortable (temp & beds) no TV in main living room or lower bedroom. Kitchen was well stocked. 2 of the bathrooms very small. Roads to this house a real challenge they were very narrow and winding. Location was a distance from any area attractions.
We had ants on lower level that must have been expected as we found ant spray on hand, thank you.
Great having a washer and dryer available. Even though the house was somewhat dated and perhaps all of my comments not exactly 5+, we had a good time in spite of the rainy weather.
Explore California's most scenic coastline & beaches. Watch sea lions play in the surf, canoe or kayak the Russian River or the river mouth to the sea! Surf the famous Goat Rock curl or try Salmon Creek Beach. Experience nearby sport fishing, golfing, sail boarding, hang gliding, whale watching and horseback riding 5-15 minutes away south bound towards Bodega Bay. Try a top rated McKenzie designed 9-hole golf course, zip lining and wine tasting at hundreds of Sonoma County wineries 15-30 minutes away westbound. Or drive north to Fort Ross, Gualala and Mendocino! Unique shopping areas for antiques, art galleries and crafts, gourmet dining, theaters, live entertainment and book stores in nearby Duncans Mills or Guerneville. For bicycle riders find yourself in the midst of the most favored Amgen and Levi’s Grand Fondo routes. And, don’t miss our local coffee shop for freshly made pastries or lunch and then try one of the best known restaurants in Sonoma County for fine cuisine and spectacular sunsets, both within walking distance! We will provide you with all the information you need to suit your personal interests and tastes because we really take pride in providing for your enjoyment.