About The Sea Ranch

Last Light Ohlson Beach by Paul Kozal


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 to play a round of golf on a Scottish-style course, hike on the fifty miles of maintained trails, fish, swim, whale watch or kayak. The Sea Ranch has 3 recreational centers, each with a pool, sauna and tennis courts. 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.

For more detailed information about The Sea Ranch, please visit the Sea Ranch website.

Aerial view of Sailfish
Aerial view of Sailfish

Learn more about staying at Sailfish Sea Ranch Retreat

A Gray Whale breaches by Paul Brewer

About Sailfish

Sailfish is a one bedroom home with studio, covered carport, garage and guesthouse 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 and the 2013 edition sit on the blue desk, so please take a look.

An addition was added in August of 2016 that includes the Guesthouse and a 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 hot tub is positioned on the deck with a view of the ocean and of the stars at night.  The main house will not be available to guests and remains vacant during any rental stay. The new garage houses the barbecue and washer & dryer and is set up for keyless entry.  The Guesthouse entry is through a sliding door and a key has a special location in the garage.  Newly added in 2018, on the side of the garage, is the outdoor shower.  The shower is connected to the on demand water heater, so no cold showers unless you want one.

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 desk. From the house you can walk to Stengel beach in about 10 minutes and to Ohlson Recreation Center in about 15 minutes.  The Guesthouse is ideal for a couple and a well-mannered dog.  The fenced yard connects to the deck and creates a perfect temporary home for a canine companion.