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Stunning, Upscale, Oceanfront Gem Inside One-Of-Kind Beach Park (Goat Rock)

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

180 unobstructed view, upscale, 1 acre, wildlife, special, film location

The Goat Rock House sits on a bluff along the Sonoma Coast and is uniquely located inside Goat Rock Beach Park, more than one mile west of Highway 1. Our house is about 1 hour and 45 minute drive (73 miles) north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge; 4 miles south of Jenner; 10 miles north of Bodega Bay; and only 5 minutes south of the Russian River Bridge.

As you drive down the winding road and rock formations towards the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean, near the mouth of the Russian River, you know that you have arrived at a special place. Our house is one of a small handful of homes that are grandfathered in the State Park and blessed by the park’s sweeping panorama of the Pacific Ocean and status as a natural reserve.

The 3-bedroom house fronts a small road on a spectacular 1 acre oceanfront lot. As you enter the driveway, you will be struck by the sense of privacy offered by the Cypress and Pine trees that border the land. From the living room and kitchen windows, enjoy an exclusive front-row seat and 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean and Arch Rock – the dramatic rock formation that photographers frequently use to typify the natural beauty of the Sonoma Coast. As you turn to the southern, western, and northern windows, you will be mesmerized by the park’s beauty, its peacefulness, and the signature of Goat Rock that endears visitors year round, the incredible panoramic views of the Pacific coastline.

With the Pacific Ocean and Russian River at its base, this house and its surroundings have something for everyone. Relish a cup of coffee or glass of wine on the deck, enjoy the tranquility offered by the ocean's panorama or revel in the activities offered by the park’s rugged trails, beaches, and river terrains. The house is within walking distance to two beaches directly below: (1) Blind Beach where the Kortum Trail begins and (2) Goat Rock Beach as defined by the isthmus and the mouth of the Russian River.

We are less than an hour's drive to the award winning Pinot Noir vineyards of the Russian River back country, the new appellation of Fort Ross, and the town of Healdsburg. Whether you choose to do a little or a lot, you will find yourself coming back to Goat Rock.

AMENITIES

This 1,000 square feet home has an open floor plan for the kitchen, dining, and living room areas. The house can accommodate up to 6 people comfortably. State-certified well water (very drinkable) is trucked to the house for storage and use.

All rooms are situated on a single level. There is a wrap-around deck that surrounds all four sides of the house with a nice short ramp provided for those guests who are walking-challenged or wheelchair-reliant. The house has tile flooring throughout and furnished with craftsman-style décor with a blend of modern. The kitchen is fully equipped, with commercial faucet and gas stove. New counter-height dining table and waterfall seats are ideally set up for staring at the ocean. The beds and pillows are covered by quality linens and allergen-proof liners. Gas BBQ and bar-height tables on the deck. 2-loads of firewood for use in the large, brick fireplace for times when the coast is foggy, cold, and windy.

Complimentary use of TWO tandem kayaks (value of $140 per day), each large enough to hold 2 people and a small dog. Enjoy bird-watching, canoeing, and fishing (upriver from Russian River Bridge). October begins the small Steelhead run; November begins the larger Steelhead run that would continue to April. From mid November through April begins the whale migration to the south.

Electronics: Free wireless internet, HD-TV with sound bar, DVD/CD/ blue-ray player, and iPod docking station. Free phone calls within the US by land line (except Alaska). Only Verizon cell works here.

WILDLIFE AND ACTIVITIES (INSIDE PARK)

The Goat Rock State Park is located more than a mile west of Highway 1, far from the glare of ambient lights, and separated from the small town of nearby Jenner by both the Russian River estuary and the Goat Hill peninsula. As a result, on a clear night, the house offers some of the darkest night skies and unbelievable opportunities for star gazing and night photography.

Besides its two beaches, the Goat Rock State Park offers many miles of walking trails, including the Kortum Trail and the western section of the Pomo Canyon Trail. These trails lead you to ocean vistas, wind-swept grasslands, wild life and faunas. The unique rock formations along the Kortum Trail near the park’s entrance are used by rock climbers for a wide variety of climbing challenges.

The Park has also earned the distinction as a wildlife refuge -- home to a variety of migrating birds and, between mid-February and August, a colony of quiet, state-protected harbor seals and their nurseries. During weekends, the small road in front of the house can be popular as visitors drive to the estuary. When the park closes at sunset, relish the privacy that only a state park preserve can provide. Turn off the lights, step onto the front deck and hear the roar of the ocean below. On a clear night, see the shimmers of a dark night sky stretch across the ocean’s horizon.

ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE PARK

Outside of the Park, you are 5-mins drive from the Willow Pass Trail; 15-mins drive from the start of the Pomo Canyon Trail; 20-mins drive from the trails at Bodega Head and also, to the newly constructed Bird Walk Trail in Bodega Bay; 35 mins from the start of the advanced bike ride up King Ridge Road, and 40-mins from the Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve in Guerneville.

For the northern coast of California, expect unpredictable weather during certain times of the year (especially spring and summer), when the coast can have 30F degree drop in temperature within a day. On days like this, we recommend that guests explore inland, where temperatures can be 10 to 15F degrees warmer. The house is about 30-mins drive from zipline activities in a redwood valley of Forestville, delightful general stores of Valley Ford and Duncans Mills, gourmet deli in the Korbel Champagne House, famous breads of Wild Flour Bread in Freestone, and many fine restaurants in Jenner, Bodega Bay (1-Michelin star), and Guerneville.

About 30 mins drive lies the start of several award-winning Pinot Noir vineyards along River Road and Sonoma’s back roads. Add another 15 mins and you reach the lovely town of Healdsburg, from which to explore Alexander Valley. Sonoma County was named #1 of wine destinations in U.S. by Travelers' Choice award for 2012.

More Details

Owner
Dave and Megan
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Dave and Megan

As owners, we strive to make our home a special place for our guests to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with nature. What sets us apart? Perhaps, it's making the extra effort and paying attention to the small things that make a difference to the enjoyment of a stay.

Why Dave and Megan chose North Coast California

Unlike other coastal homes, this home sits on a 1-acre hillside bluff that provides a sweeping panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean - a vast horizon defined by unique rock formations. In addition, this 1,000 square foot, 3-bedroom house is also a private home that is grandfathered into a state park on a spectacular 1 acre oceanfront lot. It is one of a small handful of homes that are blessed by the park's status as a natural reserve. In the morning and at sunset when the park closes, you will understand the full benefit of this unique location. We hope you find peace, relaxation, and an opportunity to reconnect with nature as we have.

What makes this house unique

The house is situated on a bluff, flanked by two state beaches directly below, yet far enough to afford residents with privacy. You can walk or drive down the small road in front of the house to below the bluff: (1) Blind Beach where the Kortum Trail begins and (2) Goat Rock Beach where the famous Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean. From the living room and kitchen windows, the house has a direct view of Arch Rock – the dramatic rock formation that photographers frequently use to typify the natural beauty of the Sonoma Coast. From the home’s wraparound deck, you’ll enjoy the panoramic ocean view, plentiful wildlife, quiet days and gorgeous sunsets…and the use of a large, brick fireplace for times when the coast can be wild, cold, and windy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

May 2013



Dave and Megan's home in Goat Rock is spectacularly situated on a small road just above the oceanfront along a stretch of gorgeous Sonoma coastline. The spacious, open kitchen was well-stocked with the basics and we enjoyed cooking and dining there. The hosts were responsive, helpful and friendly. They provided ample information about the local attractions and helped us get to know the area during our stay. We are very grateful for our time at Goat Rock, which in sunny weather is a truly amazing place to stay.
May 2013
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Amenities

Jenner House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Shower only (NO tub) -- Hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, body lotion, and iron included. Soft quality towels and Egyptian cotton bath robes provided for guest use in each bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Double with pull-out twin. Separate beds. Quality bedding.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Dust/allergen protectors, quality bedding, luxurious.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Dust/allergen protectors, high quality bedding, luxurious.
  • House has tile floor throughout, including bedrooms, and all rooms are situated on a single level. Egyptian cotton robes provided for guest use in each bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing
  • sound/bay fishing
Notes:
Napolean firepit with glass mosaic, picnic baskets, mats, and blankets provided for beach or wine country outings.

Reviews

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Stunning, Upscale, Oceanfront Gem Inside One-Of-Kind Beach Park (Goat Rock)
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5

Absolutely the best

  • 5 of 5

Besides being in a magical spot, Megan and Dave made the house perfect.

The kitchen is perfectly appointed. Everything we thought we needed was right where we looked for it.

The beds and sheets were super comfortable, the house was impeccably clean, the fireplace worked well, the grill was scrubbed to perfection.

Megan and Dave were so easy to communicate with, and so kind! We will be back!!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The location was perfect

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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5

The Vacation House was Amazing

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four stayed for 3 nights leading up to the fourth of July holiday. This home is located in a truly magical place. When we arrived we were greeted by deers in the backyard. And for each night afterwards, the deers came back to visit us. We saw various types of birds around the property. The home has amazing and beautiful ocean views from both the living room and the kitchen. The kitchen is fully equipped with many essentials. The house also had 2 kayaks that we were permitted to use on the Russian River located 5 minutes drive from the house. We enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful nature and the ocean views that surround the house. Dave and Megan were most gracious hosts, and their home had everything that we needed for our stay. They were also very helpful by giving us lots of information via email about their home and things to do during our stay. We would love go back again sometime in the future, and we highly recommend their home as ideal place for a family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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5

One of most beautiful natural views in the West Coast!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Please don't waste your time researching for your dream vacation location anymore: This is it and we wish we could give them more stars because words cannot describe how amazing this location actually is. Above all, Meagan and David are great hosts and they treated us like family. In this day and age, it is hard to find great people like them!

After researching for almost a month, we decided to go to Goat Rock and we are glad that we did. It has to be one of the most serene and beautiful places in the West coast! We spent the last 2 weeks of June in their gorgeous home and our only regret is that we could not stay any longer. There are so many things to do all around: their house has everything that you need plus the beach is right in front of you (aka "Goonies" beach since they filmed the end of that movie over there), the Russian river behind where you can go kayaking (2 kayaks are provided), the small and picturesque Duncans Mills village is a couple of minutes away, Bodega Bay about 20 minutes south (great seafood and you can actually see places where the movie "The Birds" was filmed), Fort Ross about 40 minutes north, Armstrong Redwoods state park about 30 minutes away, and even Sonoma and Napa valley wineries about 1 1/2 hours away. We came back so excited about this mesmerizing place that even some of our co-workers are thinking about renting it now.

Thank you Meagan and David for everything again .... we will see you soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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5

Beautiful and cozy house with an awesome view. Well appointed kitchen. Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This property is in a special location where the ocean waves crash down the hill and deer appear in the yard. It is near hiking trails, wineries, and restaurants. We had cool, clear weather that was 30 degrees cooler than temps inland. Such a joy!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband, adult daughter, and I stayed here for 5 nights. The home gives a wonderful view of the ocean and the beach and nearby trails are easily accessible without ever having to get in the car. The kitchen is wonderfully stocked and the adjoining living room is very comfortable with a fireplace we used almost every night. The beds and bedding are very comfortable and I slept better than I do at home. We made day trips to San Francisco, Point Reyes, and Armstrong State Park. We saw deer each night on the hillside next to the house, harbor seals at the beach, and various birds from the deck of the house. Would love to come back when the whales are moving through as I think it would be a great spot for viewing.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Map

Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway One
Car: necessary

The house is located inside a beach park, which has its own list of attractions. If you do venture outside of the park, there are several riverside and coastal towns that are worth visiting: Jenner (4 miles), Duncans Mills (7 miles), Bodega Bay (10 miles south), Guerneville (15 miles), Occidental (17 miles), and Sebastopol (26 miles). Because you are close to green pastures and wine country, there are several quality restaurants that serve grass-fed beef and fresh organic produce. For those who like bird-watching, walk along the estuary in Goat Rock or drive along the marina shoreline of Bodega Bay to spot a variety of seabirds. The closest large town is Guerneville, where you will find the Armstrong Redwood State Natural Reserve and a 24-hour supermarket. From there, head east on Route 116 and onto River Road, where you take in the scenic drives and stops of some of the Sonoma’s back wine country....

Sonoma County was named the #1 wine destination in the U.S. Travelers' Choice for 2012. Many of California’s finest wineries are less than an hour's drive.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $20
Damage Deposit $200

* Security deposit ($200) is fully refundable after stay via VRBO payment system.
* Rental rate remains unchanged for occupancy up to 6 people. No additional charge.
* High season weekend rate ($370 per night) applies to days close to or on the date of a national holiday.
* Cancellation policy: 30 days with refund of 90% rental rate (10% penalty); refund of 100% security deposit and 100% cleaning fees.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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