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

Occidental, CA, USA
  • House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

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

(TOT #1422N) 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.


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.


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.


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.


Dave and Megan

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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 Occidental

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Dust/allergen protectors, high quality bedding, luxurious.
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Dust/allergen protectors, quality bedding, luxurious.
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, Double with pull-out twin. Separate beds. Quality bedding.
      • 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. Quality bedding.


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
        • Mountain View
        • Ocean View
        • Oceanfront
        • Rural
        • Village
          Outskirt of small town (Jenner)
        • Water View


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Fireplace
                      Large brick fireplace
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      Hughes Net (satellite service) for wireless internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      High quality
                    • Living Room
                      Craftsman-style decor with highlights of modern touch. Open floor plan for kitchen, dining, and living room areas.
                    • Parking
                      Outside on 1 acre
                    • Telephone
                      Free phone calls within continental US (including Hawaii). Only Verizon cell works here.
                    • Towels Provided


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Coffee maker and coffee bean grinder
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                          NO dishwasher - commercial faucet only.
                        • Kitchen
                          Fully equipped with non-stick pots/pans and new 5-burner stove with warming pan. New Weber grill. NO dishwasher - commercial faucet.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, mustard, ketchup, chili sauce, BBQ sauces, and other spices included.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          Toaster and toaster oven


                            • Dining
                              Counter-height dining table with middle panel extension. Waterfall comfy chairs with views to ocean. Open floor plan - kitchen, dining area, and living room.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Shelves of books and magazines
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Many table games and puzzles for adults and children
                                • Music Library
                                  DirecTV has over 0 channels of music.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Satellite TV + over 20 music channels
                                • Stereo
                                  Soundbar hooked up to television with music channels
                                • Television
                                  High definition TV on swivel wall mount; soundbar
                                • Toys
                                  Puzzles for all ages
                                • Video Library
                                  Plenty of DVD movie selections for adults, children, and family


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      2 sets of patio furniture: One in the front and the other in the back of wrap-around deck. Bar-height chairs and tables provided for unobstructed viewing of the majestic coastline. Napoleon firepit
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Complimentary use of 2 tandem kayaks for use in Russian River (not ocean). Life vests provided (all sizes). Launch in Jenner or Monte Rio boat docks. Instructions provided before arrival.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      On one acre -- Backyard has Cypress and Pine trees. Wild grassland.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas BBQ (Weber Genesis II Special Edition, 4 burners)


                                        • Senior Adults Only Community
                                          Single story home. Open floor plan. Hand rail in shower but no sit-down. Single ramp to redwood wraparound deck and to front door.
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          Open floor plan, single level. Single step and ramp to redwood wraparound deck (4 sides of house) measuring 1,000 square feet. Hand rail in shower but no sit-down.


                                            • botanical garden
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • marina
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • paddle boating
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • 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

                                                        • hiking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • paragliding
                                                        • rock climbing
                                                        • sound/bay fishing


                                                            • Napolean firepit with glass mosaic. Picnic baskets, mats, and blankets provided for beach or wine country outings. Portable crib for infants/toddlers use, indoor or outdoor. Weber Genesis S-330 stainless steel grill.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              117 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Ocean front beauty

                                                              Mark and Kathy T.

                                                              We loved this beautiful home with an absolutely amazing view of the ocean. It is well stocked and had everything we needed. The owners were very nice and thought of everything you might need. We enjoyed playing games and star gazing at night and we watched the whales pass by for hours during the day. The hiking trails and beaches right out of the front door were spectacular! We will definitely be back!

                                                              Extremely comfortable home with heavenly views!

                                                              Julie S.Clarkston, Michigan

                                                              I was so excited to visit this property and it exceeded my expectations. The stunning front row views of the Pacific are the obvious selling point. We spent hours on the deck just taking them in- had a couple whale sightings which was great. We walked down to see the seals sunbathing and frolicking in the surf and enjoyed the nearby beaches. Watched a sunset from the top of the tallest hill nearby the home and that was very memorable. In addition to the views, the home was very comfortable. We slept well and enjoyed all the little niceties like the champagne and coffee, firewood for fires, the sound machines in the bedrooms, and even the heated toilet seat which was a first for us! All in all, a 10/10 experience which all of us would love to repeat someday!

                                                              Celebrated my 54th birthday!

                                                              Rick F.

                                                              We loved the house and the view. The owners of the house were very accommodating and helpful. We appreciated the amenities. The house is in a terrific setting and there are great hiking trails nearby.....we will be back!

                                                              Rick Francis

                                                              beautiful stay

                                                              Sue Y.san jose, ca

                                                              We had a wonderful stay at Megan and Dave's beautiful beach home. The view of the ocean and it's amazing rocks were perfect and all the special attention to details (heated floors, sound machine by beds, many coffee making choices, coffee/cookies, etc...) they provided were beyond expectation. This location is spectacular; I almost felt like I was in Tahoe with the trees surrounding the house. And exploring Goat Rock beach offers sandy beaches, seals, and the amazing Russian river entering the ocean. We would love to return and possibly buy in the area.

                                                              Always a Great Place to Stay!

                                                              Greg M.

                                                              This is the fourth time we've stayed here and it's always a wonderful experience.

                                                              David and Megan are wonderful hosts and always check in with you on your arrival day to make sure everything is good.

                                                              While there, we hiked the Kortum Trail from the Blind Beach parking area to Wright's Beach, had pastries at the Gold Coast Bakery, lunch at Cape Fear and dinner at River's End Restaurant.

                                                              Plus, many walks on the beach which is about 2 minutes away by car or a ten minute walk.

                                                              However, the beauty of this place is you don't have to go anywhere. The views are stunning and there's abundant wildlife to watch from the decks so hanging out at the house is also very relaxing.

                                                              Bottom line is we'll be back.

                                                              Relax With a Spectacular View!

                                                              Christine Y.

                                                              What an absolute gem; whether to just crash and relax or to use as a convenient lodging base to explore the coast in both directions.

                                                              - Cozy, yet spacious

                                                              - Fully appointed kitchen

                                                              - A breathtaking sweeping view of the ocean both from inside and outside of the house

                                                              - Listen for the owls around midnight!

                                                              - Watch for foxes!

                                                              THIS is the house to be in for sunny weather or when it's stormy.

                                                              We'll absolutely be back. :-)


                                                              Occidental, CA, USA

                                                              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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                                                              * 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 near or on the date of a national holiday.

                                                              117 Reviews
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