Last Light Ohlson Beach by Paul Kozal https://www.paulkozal.com/
About The Sea Ranch
The Sea Ranch is about one hundred miles north of San Francisco and about 55 miles south of Mendocino.This ten mile stretch of land is an internationally famous vacation spot known for blending architecture with nature. The land consists of majestic bluff tops and accessible sandy beaches, coastal ocean meadows and redwood forested hillsides of approximately 3500 acres. Fifty percent of the land is dedicated to open space, which is shared by all property owners and guests.
The Sea Ranch concept is to”live lightly on the land”, with landscape playing a major role in housing design. Architectural review takes place through The Sea Ranch Design Department; There are currently 1765 homes (2/2018). Many activities are available: such as a round of golf on a Scottish-style course, hiking on the fifty miles of maintained trails, fishing, swimming, whale watching and kayaking. The Sea Ranch has 3 recreational centers, each with a tennis court, a pool and sauna. The Sea Ranch also has a dog park, children’s playground called ‘One Eyed Jacks’ and equestrian barns (no rentals but will board horses for visitors). The nearby town of Gualala provides restaurants, supermarkets, medical facilities and other amenities.
Sailfish is a one bedroom (with studio) home located on the West Meadow of The Sea Ranch and was built in 2002 with the idea of bringing a sailboat to land. It is a unique structure architecturally and has the ultimate privacy from the ‘commons (open space)’ that exist on three sides. It perches on the side of a slope and has views down & across a thicket of vegetation to the rocky shore beyond . Sailfish (Gilbert House) was one of approximately thirty homes featured in The Sea Ranch, a book written by Donlyn Lyndon & Jim Alinder, (2004). It is also included in the 2013 edition entitled, The Sea Ranch:Fifty years of Architecture, Place and Community on the Northern California Coast. The houses they chose to include in this 300 page book demonstrate the Sea Ranch ‘vision’. Sailfish was described in it as a ‘diminutive shingle castle’. The 2004 edition sits on a shelf in the bedroom and the 2013 edition sits on the blue shelf in the entry, so please take a look.
Trail access is just below the house and some trails are designated for biking and horseback riding. Trail maps (2) are available for guests and will be found in the Guest binder on the blue entry shelf. From the house you can walk to Stengel beach in about 10 minutes and to Ohlson Recreation Center in about 15 minutes. Sailfish has many artistic touches throughout and includes original mosaic wall murals. For those interested in preparing gourmet meals, it has a fully-equipped galley kitchen. The downstairs area is open to the loft-style bedroom above, so the house is ideal for a couple and a well-mannered dog, not for young children. Adjoining the bedroom through a pocket door on the other side of the bathroom is a studio space with a twin size pull out bed. Sailfish has a ‘No Shoes Rule’.
An addition was added in August of 2016 that includes an owners’ studio and one car garage. The existing deck was expanded and now connects to the new addition. The new deck offers additional outdoor dining space and room to relax on 2 chaise lounges. The owners’ studio will not be available to guests (it will be vacant during any rental stay). The new garage houses the bar-b-que and washer & dryer and a key for entry will be available.