Serendipity is currently only taking month long bookings. Please inquire
This is an amazing home, designed by Michael Barron-Wike AIA, to maximize the views and still fit into the hillside. Serendipity has the Craftsman look, inside and out. The first impression when entering is of a/ wonderful combination of windows and wood; 34 Anderson windows, five skylights, Brazilian Cherry flooring, maple custom cabinets, high open beam ceilings, rich Cedar trim, and Mission style furniture. The great room provides breathtaking views. Looking through the huge picture window, one can see the Gualala River, the beach, the Gualala Point Cliffs, and the crashing waves.
The house is a feast for all the senses. The ocean sound is always present, birds of all types fly by, and seals play below. We have seen whales relax below us for hours. Mid-April to mid-May is the peak whale season. The mother and baby grey whales hug the coast on their way north from Baja. They love to stop and rinse the barnacles off in the fresh water of the river mouth below our house. The last few years we have seen Humpback whales in the fall and Bald Eagles year round.
Although you cannot see the town, all of this is a short walk from many wonderful restaurants, shops, galleries, and stores. Most of our guests choose to eat at home, however. The view cannot be beat, and the kitchen is beautiful - Granite counters, top end appliances, and fully-equipped including an ice cream maker/.
The house was lovingly built by Gregg Warner and a many other local crafts-persons. It incorporates luxury with environmental concern. We used concrete shingle siding, composite decking, and sustainably grown hardwood flooring. We installed a four KW solar panel below the house, as well as a tankless water heater, and other energy efficient appliances. Serendipity was featured on the Soroptimist's Coastal Home Architectural Tour.
Every step through the house offers another view, inside, or outside on either of the two decks. The two master bedrooms are on opposite ends of the house for maximum privacy for two couples, and the kids will love sleeping in the great room, either on the fold-out sofa with a plush comfort sleeper mattress, or the 18 foot wide window seat. The entertainment center is stocked with an LED Smart TV, DVDs and the drawers in the window seat are filled with games and toys. The spa captures river and ocean views, stunning at sunset.
We offer free wireless internet connection, as well as unlimited free U.S calls, so stay an extra day and work from the deck. Until you start yelling when you see one, nobody has to know you have been whale watching while working.
As you can tell, we love this house, and judging from the glowing comments in our guest book, you will too.
'The most beautiful environment we've been in for years...'
'My husband's a General Contractor, and he could find no flaws...'
'Congratulations to the owners, the architect and the builders in bringing this vision to reality...'
Booking through a 3rd party site may result in additional fees for which we are not responsible and we are unable to waive or refund.
11% bed tax, plus cleaning and reservation fee will be added to the Daily and Weekly base rates shown on the blue Rates tab (next to Availability). For a quick-quote, simply click on the blue Availability tab for the date and number of nights you want to stay, and you'll see the complete package presented. If you prefer, please call our office for personal attention.
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5 STARS! This is a beautiful house in a great location, next to town! It has beautiful views of the river and the ocean. We enjoyed watching the wildlife and several times saw the two (mated we believe) eagles on the snag tree below. The house is clean, comfortable and accommodating throughout, with a spacious second bedroom. We hope to return. Date of arrival - December 28, 2019 Our family enjoyed a just a few days here. We only had sunshine the day we arrived and the day we left, but that did not stop us. Between excursions to the many varied and unique beaches in the area, we spent considerable time looking out the window at the ocean and the birds. We loved just sitting on the deck listening to the waves also. The hot tub was a bonus. The home was set up so well for our family. We also appreciated all of the extras including staples, multiple towels, Spa robes and laundry supplies. "This place has EVERYTHING!" What a fantastic place to be! We are sad to leave. June 2019 "Thank you so much for an amazing stay. Staying at the Serendipity is by far our vacation we look the most forward to. Until next time!" July 2018 "We loved Serendipity! Such a fun time for our Spring Break 2018. The eagles, dear and beautiful scenery was the hi-lite of our stay. Great time was had by all in a house that had everything you could want. Can't wait to come back! " 2018 "Whales, seals, bald eagles and ravens. Deer, humming birds and rainstorms while basking in the hot tub. Loving friends and family. Such a magical retreat. Thank you! " 2018 The whales, bald eagles, elephant seals and deer came to greet us <3 Spectacular Views and Priceless Moments!! Gualala should be pronounce Oolala <3 I stole that from a shop owner in town, Perfection <3Priceless!!! Thank You and as always Have Fun Today<3" 20181 "This home is amazing! The attention to detail was astounding! We enjoyed spending our 35th anniversay in your home! We did alot of beach combing and day trips, but our best day was being "socked in" with the rain!!!! The wild life in the backyard was quite the site!!!! Again, thank you! D & J Sep 2015 "Serendipity was fabulous. We spent a beautiful week at the end of August - and though we had a scrumptious meal at St. Orres, rarely felt the need to leave the beautiful home, decks, and views. Thank you Rick and Teresa for sharing such a well-appointed and designed home." B.B. Aug 2015 "My oh my!! We were guests of our son's family from the Bay area. Our home is Denver which is hard to beat, but you did! The setting on the coast is breathtaking, truly. Every few seconds someone in the group would gush: WOW. We've stayed at rentals all over, but yours was the most generous and thoughtful to guests. We wanted for NOTHING. Many thanks." ~J.R. April 2015 "This is our favorite house in Gualala and we have stayed at many of them. The views and feeling of this architect designed custom home are amazing. The owners obviously care a great deal about their guests, providing hot tub robes, towels and every amenity you could need. We simple love it here!" ~ C. "We loved Gualala and were simply blown away by how well equipped this house was. It was like visiting a toy store for our two year old daughter!" ~ C.M. "A lovely home, clean and well-equipped, gorgeous views, a delightful way to spend the holidays." D.R. of San Francisco 12/29/2014