Built during the 1930s as a simple fisherman’s shack, this beach house rental in Bodega Bay was a soggy wreck that had seen better days when architect Olle Lundberg recognized its potential and its heart.
Tucked into a quiet corner in a protected cove that looks out over the bay and its expansive wetlands and parkland, this stunning top-to-bottom conversion recalls the charm and simplicity of coastal life. Preserving a laidback attitude and a sensitivity to the landscape, Lundberg recreated the look and feel of the modest seaside homes of the past, but with the elegance and craftsmanship of modern life.
Constructed of earthy materials like Ipe wood, multi-colored Brazilian slate, glass and steel, the house is well adapted to its environment and sticks to a chic and basic palette.
The spacious living room encourages communal interaction, with double height ceilings and knock out bay views. The sleek, professional grade kitchen and dining area are perfect for entertaining and can accommodate up to eight while the two cozy bedrooms sleep four.
Furnishings are vintage Danish and custom made by local craftsmen, with additional items by LD, fixtures by SkLo, molten glass fixtures from Czechoslovakia, and outdoor furnishings by Richard Schultz.
The wraparound deck juts out over the water with a picture perfect, sunset-facing dining table that is cut from a 100 year old redwood, and a heated concrete bench, where you can settle in for spell on the shore.
Wifi throughout, cable TV, laundry facilities, Viking gas BBQ, on site parking for two vehicles and electric charging station.
Ideally situated to take advantage of the stunning natural beauty of northern California’s Sonoma coast, you can enjoy hiking in the national parks, kayaking and sailing in Tomales bay or the famous nearby Point Reyes beaches, or world class bird watching astride the migratory habitat and marshlands.
Close to excellent California wineries and organic farms as well as the quaint historic village of Point Reyes Station for great restaurants, shops and events, Bodega Bay straddles Highway 1 on both sides and is a short walk into town from the house. Further inland there are miles of unspoiled ancient Redwood forest areas offering beautiful and contemplative woodland escapes including Armstrong Woods State Park and Austin Creek recreation areas. Santa Rosa is an hour east and the San Francisco Bay area lies two hours south.
Bodega Bay, California. Nearest Airport: Santa Rosa (26 miles) and San Francisco (78 miles)
BEST TIME TO VISIT: The northern California coast is blessed with stunning scenery year round.
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