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Oceanfront Gem with Stunning Panorama of Goat Rock State Beach

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 beds/1 bath, unobstructed Pacific coastline, wildlife, 2 beaches and river

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 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 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:
  • 1000 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:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
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 1 - 1 queen , Dust/allergen protectors for mattresses and pillows
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Dust/allergen protectors for mattresses and pillows
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Trundle bed converts to 1 double and 1 twin; protectors
  • 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 ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
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
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing
Notes:
Picnic baskets, mats, and blankets provided for beach or wine country outings.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(95 traveler reviews)

Oceanfront Gem with Stunning Panorama of Goat Rock State Beach
average rating of 4.926316 based on 96 reviews
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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Ocean View!

  • 5 of 5

Nice option for those wanting a view of the Pacific Ocean! Good access to many of the beaches near Bodega Bay in the Sonoma Coast of California. Very little traffic and beaches close to this place were never crowded. The place was well stocked with many of the kitchen items you already want, comfortable beds and sectional and a nice sound system to boot! Owners are good communicators and want to make your stay a pleasant one. Don't hesitate to add this place to your list of options when seeking a west coast vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views

  • 4 of 5

Property is very private and peaceful. Even though its on the main road down to Goat Rock we never felt bothered by traffic. We really enjoyed our stay despite some plumbing issues (toilet and sink in the kitchen)

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our property is on a septic system and is a bit more delicate than most city sewer systems. The toilet, sink, and shower all go to one main line and then on to the septic tank. When there was a blockage issue, we should have called the plumber right away. Apologies for the oversight.
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5

The view , the owners, and the house couldn't of been any beter!.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I are in are older and not good with a computer or a smart phone, and we had to call Dave once and Megan twice, and they made it easy for us, I felt as if they are family now, I don't think my won mother could of had the house set up so nice and completly set up with more than everything you could need( except a shot glass? ) for us. I found myself glued to the windows and the deck, I even got up every night about 2:00 a.m. just to stair off the deck with moon light and hear the sounds of the ocean!. We went Kayaking and walked the beaches, but everywhere we wen't we longed for the house and it's world class view's and comfort!!!, we could spend the rest of are lives there!, We already miss it!!!, and will be back.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and lovely house. We'll stocked with everything you could possibly want. Best view in the area. Dave and Megan are great host's, answered any questions we had. Loved our stay and hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Map

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

Jenner House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season 2017
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$340
From
$360
Fri,Sat
$2,299
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$320
From
$340
Fri,Sat
$2,166
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $20 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

* 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 ($360 per night) applies to days close to or on the date of a national holiday.
* Cancellation policy: 30 days with refund 90% rental cost; refund 100% security deposit and cleaning fees.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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