Number 3 on the New York Times list of "52 Places To Go in 2014." Our small, architectural, 2 bedroom + loft house – located in an unexpected and unusually secluded spot – looks over dramatic 5 mile stretch of ocean featured in the NY Times article.
The house and deck include a distant view of the Point Arena Lighthouse, circa 1868. Property is located on ten remote acres, three hours north of San Francisco, and set on a ridge top, down a dirt road. At this spot, it is approx. 300 meters above and 3.5 kilometers away from the ocean we look over, in front of which is a view of naked green hills with deep forests of redwoods, Doug Fir and Bull Pine. At night there are only a few lights to be seen in the dozens of square miles of landscape in view. This house is generally available for dates throughout the year. Please check our calendar for available dates and write to inquire.
Guests can expect an architecturally re-imagined 1970's hippie house in the woods,with spectacular natural surrounds. The house (1400 + sf ) was remodeled fifteen years ago by a noted architect and has radiant-heat hardwood floors, a mix of Boston antiques, modern museum chairs and lighting, concrete counters and an extensive National Geographic and literary library. Two collections of short stories, a novel, and an autobiography have all been written in this house. Ideal setting for almost any creative project, including collaborations.
We have an eat-in kitchen with a Swedish dishwasher and a concrete table on wheels. There is one common bath, a living room/library, pop-out dining room, an open loft used as the master bedroom, and two small downstairs bedrooms – the first with a king size waterbed and French doors opening onto a deck, under a massive bull pine. The second downstairs bedroom has an early American twin 4 post bed with tempurpedic mattress topper and a postmodern 10X12 "Blazona" shed just outside. The Blazona shed has a small office/ media center and, further off, a year-round creek cascading over 5 foot drops, reached by a moderate 45 minute RT hike through the woods. The property sits down a mile and a half of dirt road on a steep mountain side, which is accessible year-round.
Point Arena is the second western-most spot in the continental U.S. and is one of six locations around the globe selected by NASA for uncontaminated air quality samples. In addition to the lighthouse museum, our tiny city has a gourmet market, a pair of noted restaurants in the nearby surrounds, a restored vaudeville theater, now a cinema with a new (usually independent) film each week. Once a month, the venue hosts live theater. Point Arena also has a French bakery and is located an hour south of the village of Mendocino. Local sports include biking, kayaking and hiking along the coast, fishing, diving and surfing off the pier, and mountain biking right on our road. Inland, a 1.25 hour from our residence, is Mendocino's famous wine country which boasts the only still-free wine tastings in the region.
Our house, driveway, several small yards and forest trails.
Interaction with guests
Some guests appreciate just a little bit of contact. Others are eager to share more about their visit, or soak up information about the house, the neighborhood, people in the area, recommendations, etc. And some people prefer to be left alone. We're happiest when our guests are perfectly happy, so we do our best to both intuit and respond.
Other things to note
Sorry, no pets. Lots of wildlife out the door and we have a great local kennel, Bed and Bone, in Point Arena
Continuous access in the listing
Washer and Dryer
Laptop friendly workspace
Radiant heat in floors
Towels, bed sheets, soap, and toilet paper
Children’s books and toys
Free parking on premises
Bed and bath
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Loft space (we use this is our master bedroom)
1 queen bed
1 double bed
1 single bed