Whale watching season has come to the Mendocino Coast. Also, winter storm watching right outside our window as the surf crashes on the beach is a real spectacle. By late November whale watching season starts.
There's a bottle of wine to welcome your. Enjoy views of the beach, river mouth and ocean from most windows, SeaWatch is a romantic spot for a couple or a wonderful family vacation. Please see our many positive (email hidden). You are within walking distance of several art galleries and 5-6 restaurants. The wonderful Gualala Bluff Trail, 1/4 mile away, provides great views of sunsets, sea lions and whales, during their migration. Pick up a good book and read by the fireplace or soak in the relaxing jacuzzi tub. We welcome you with a bottle of wine.
SeaWatch, as one of our reviewers said, "at the cost of a hotel it provides spacious, well furnished room to spread out and relax in." The cozy fireplace is a great for reading a good book by or congenially socializing with friends.
Gualala is a wonderful location on the rugged California coast for active sports like kayaking, biking, hiking and beach walking, or leisurely art gallerying and fine restaurant dining. Day trips to Point Arena lighthouse, the village of Mendocino and the famed Anderson Valley wine region are within an hour's drive. The Sea Ranch Golf Links designed in the Scottish links style are just a mile away. SeaWatch is in the center of it all/
Gary & Judy Amado
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$1050 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$2900 /month|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
Gary and Judy's SeaWatch house was clean and comfortable, and in an excellent location near spectacular beaches and the wonderful Sea Ranch. We had a great time and found the house spacious, well appointed and cozy.
Gary was a responsive and communicative host, and any questions we had were quickly addressed by helpful notes around the house.
Gualala is a real gem of a beach town, friendly and uncrowded, and if you're interested in architecture Sea Ranch is a stimulating place with excellent public beaches to boot. Recommended.
The SeaWatch house was charming and cozy, exactly what we were looking for on our trip. Gary was very helpful leading up to our trip making sure we had all the information we needed. He was very responsive and easily reachable. The house had everything we needed for our stay (we prepared most of our meals at the house, so a well-outfitted kitchen with basics was appreciated). The surrounding area and neighbors were very quiet. We loved the town of Gualala as well and are looking forward to our next visit. Thank you Gary and Judy!
We had a great time at SeaWatch. The weather was perfect and we had some beautiful sunsets that we enjoyed from the side deck, the windows and even a view from the bathroom!
We had a relaxing stay and enjoyed the quiet beaches. Thanks for sharing your beautiful vacation home!
Make sure to visit Trinks Bakery just across the street for awesome scones.
Gary’s property is a clean, good-sized 2-BR, 2½ bath unit that forms half a duplex within a modest condominium complex. Decorated in a Floridian theme with an abundance of starfish, porpoises, and seashells and furnished with floral-print rattan and wicker furniture, Gary’s place has the familiar feel of a beachtown vacation rental.
Despite some fun features—gas fireplace, partial Pacific Ocean view, SIRIUS satellite radio, whirlpool bathtub—the unit’s amenities are rather threadbare. The bed, bedding, linens, and kitchenware in particular are not of a caliber expected by the Northern California market.
The photos presented in the listing accurately represented the product, but the description was somewhat inflated. As mentioned above, the ocean beach view is limited and one needs to make something of an effort to observe what is indeed a beautiful stretch of coastline by standing in front of the bay window at the correct angle. I would also submit that the property is not the best choice for a romantic get away; the unit is simply too dowdy and too dated to inspire any real sparks to fly. Also worth clarifying is that the bedrooms are on a different level than the living and kitchen area, necessitating the use of stairs. The property, just a few short yards to the east of Highway 1, experiences some roadway noise and vibration.
The property is located along a relatively remote stretch of the scenic Northern California shoreline just north of Sea Ranch and on the Sonoma-Mendocino County line—natural beauty comparable to Big Sur but without the crowds. No more than 10 minutes by car from the property is a fabulous ocean bluff and beach park offering light hiking, black sands, and some of the best polished stone and drift wood collecting anywhere.
The surrounding village has basic services and what appeared to be a couple of pretty decent supermarkets and cafes. Although within walking distance, visitors will be more inclined to drive to these services because of the lack of sidewalks along community’s main corridor, Highway 1.
At around $150 a night, Gary's listing is a fair value. The property has loads of potential and in more capable hands could shine. Gary would be well served to reinvest some portion of the proceeds from the listing into keeping the property fresh and up to date. Gary’s communication was somewhat irregular—I found him to be overreaching when he wanted to get clarification, and not immediately responsive when I sought clarification. Overall, the listing should be adequate for a family with children and a dog seeking basic beachtown accommodations for two to three nights.