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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 12 hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
15 July, 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.

Reviews

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East Bay
5

Spectacular views.

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay. Spectacular views. Best in Jenner. Close walk to a great dog beach. Nice wrap around porch. The house was fully stocked, spices, coffee, towels ect.

Two things I'd recommend. A hose for the waterline to wash the dogs paws and a hot tub.

Thanks, Patty

  • Review Submitted: 12/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Patty, Many thanks for your suggestions. We do value them. There's a nice long hose on the deck in the back of the house, but it's hidden under a wooden plank and marked, though the letters must have faded by now. We will be sure to make it more noticeable and also mention it in our communications. As for the hot tub, alas, it's not feasible because the house is located inside a state park, and the park does not provide public access to city water. We have a truck that comes regularly to fill our water tank, but water is limited. Thanks again for your great suggestions. Megan.
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San Anselmo
5

Perfect. Will definitely return!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home. Fully equipped and beyond. Everything was in perfect working order and spotless. The views are amazing. Three cozy, comfortable bedrooms, including robes and slippers, and mini water bottles by each side. Well-lit throughout (even a lighted, warmed toilet seat!). Megan and Dave were perfect hosts, checking in every day via email to make sure everything was okay. Will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: 29/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Very Relaxing Retreat - Hope to go back again soon!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay. The house was clean and very functional. The beds were comfortable, and I had some of the best sleep in my life there.

The views out the windows are stunning. I could watch the waves pounding the rocks and the beach all day. But there was so much more to do.

Dave and Megan gave excellent suggestions for day trips and excursions. As well as suggestions for not to miss restaurants.

This is a perfect place to explore towns on the Pacific Coast Highway, such as close by Bodega Bay and Jenner. But I also enjoyed trips exploring the Russian River Valley.

The California vineyards in nearby Sonoma County are not to be missed either.

I was also glad to find the Armstrong Redwood forest nearby. Out trip there was truly a very profound discovery of the a peaceful forest.

Seeing the baby seals on the beach was wonderful.

We did so much, but I still feel there is so much more to explore.

  • Review Submitted: 25/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lincoln
4

Awesome views

  • 4 of 5

My family stayed at the Goat Rock house over Mother's Day weekend and it was very nice. Comfortable beds, stocked kitchen and little amenities that made our stay very nice. Short drive or hike down to the State Park or just sit outside and enjoy the view from atop the bluff. Megan sent emails about the surrounding area which was a nice touch. Let you know where everything was around you so you didn't have to do google searches. I would come back to this home if staying in the area again.

  • Review Submitted: 14/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Napa, CA
5

Stunning views and quiet surroundings.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful House with stunning views. Many thoughtful details inside. Always a pleasure to visit. I look forward to a return stay.

  • Review Submitted: 29/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arkansas
5

Peaceful and beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Communication prior to the trip was so very helpful especially since we had not been to the area before. Owners sent suggestions of possible activities, places to visit, eat, grocery shop etc. The property location is breath taking. We arrived around 11pm so we had no clue until morning how awesome the views were! The location also forces you to slow down. Even though it is a little over an hour to San Fran it’s still very remote feeling. The Russian River joins the ocean just down the road and it’s just beautiful and peaceful.

Our season timing,being early spring (cold), hindered us from really enjoying the awesome deck /grill area and kayak provided.

  • Review Submitted: 24/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 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

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$168.48
Pet Fee AU$26.96
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$269.56

* 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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