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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

(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.

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
100%
Calendar last updated:
16 April, 2018

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.

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

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Occidental, California

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Pets are welcomed, though ask that they be kept off all furnishings and bedding. Use provided bio-degradable bags for picking up after pets outside.
  • Property is not licensed to host parties under Sonoma County laws.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • 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 enclosure
  • 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 bed , 1 single bed , Double with pull-out twin. Separate beds. Quality bedding.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Dust/allergen protectors, quality bedding, luxurious.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 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. Quality bedding.
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:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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
  • bay fishing
Notes:
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.

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

Ocean front beauty

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 03/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clarkston, Michigan
5

Extremely comfortable home with heavenly views!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 01/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Celebrated my 54th birthday!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: 02/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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san jose, ca
5

beautiful stay

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 25/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Always a Great Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 18/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Relax With a Spectacular View!

  • 5 of 5

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. :-)

  • Review Submitted: 01/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Northwood Golf Course (Club), Monte Rio, CA
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

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$128.7
Pet Fee AU$25.74
Damage Deposit AU$257.4

* 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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