USA California Sonoma County Sea Ranch Listing #5317

Shell Beach - Sea Ranch, CA

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Max. occupancy: 6 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Bed 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 2 dog max 
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Enjoy ocean views, a private hot tub, & shared pool! Two dogs okay!

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Escape to The Sea Ranch and this blissful three-bedroom, two-bath home tucked away right near the Pacific Ocean. You'll have water views throughout the interior and plenty of window seats for reading, relaxing, or just watching the waves. You'll also have a private hot tub and access to Sea Ranch's three rec centers with seasonal pools and tennis courts. This home also allows two dogs, so your furry family members can come along too.

Nestled in a cluster of homes near the Bluff Trail, this tranquil escape offers a great location just a short walk from Shell Beach. The playground area and Walk On Beach are a bit to the north and Stengel Beach is just to the south.

Inside, you'll find classic wood-paneled walls and plenty of places to sit back and contemplate life. The living room features attractive decor as well as a large flatscreen TV with a DVD player, a Roku, and stereo sound.

The full kitchen includes bright white tile countertops and major appliances for preparing vacation meals. There's even a dishwasher for easier clean-up. You can pick up groceries at Surf Market in Gualala and enjoy a seafood feast around the dining room table for dinner.

On sunny days, sit out on the deck and enjoy the view. Or, spend chilly coastal evenings soaking in the hot tub. No matter how you spend your time, the whole group will feel right at home here!

At night, three bedrooms have one king and two queens - ideal for up to six guests. All bedrooms are cozy and inviting, the master with its own fireplace and window seat.

You will also have a washer/dryer so you can stay up on laundry needs during your stay.

Sea Ranch offers a one-of-a-kind experience on the stunning Northern California Coast. This coastal community is an oasis of natural landscaping, rocky shoreline, wildlife, and meandering bluff trails through old-growth hedgerows and wide-open spaces.

If you don't feel like cooking during your stay, stop by Trinks Cafe on a Wednesday or Friday for one of their dinner nights, or keep heading north on Highway 1 to St. Orres, one of the area's most unique restaurants.

Day trips can include Mendocino about 55 miles north or spend the day closer to home and wine tasting just up Annapolis Road off Highway 1. Sea Ranch itself offers rec centers for pools and tennis, rocky beaches with tide pools, trails including Monarch Glen for butterfly viewing, and even golf at the Sea Ranch Golf Links.

Get away to the stunning California Coast and Somona County with a rejuvenating stay at this comfortable and family-friendly Shell Beach home at The Sea Ranch.

Sonoma County #1950 A damage waiver, covering up to $2,000 of accidental damage to the property or its contents, is included in the cost of your reservation.

Parking Notes: Reservations with 1-2 guests will receive 1 parking pass (unless otherwise specified), 3+ guests will receive 2 parking pass. The Sea Ranch Association only allows 2 passes per reservation. Parking passes are for cars parked within the Sea Ranch (at the rec centers, hiking trails etc) and must be visible in the vehicles. Most but not all of our houses will accommodate more than 2 cars. For guests with more than 2 cars, any additional car(s) can be used to go to and from the house without a pass but will need to remain in the drive way otherwise. On street parking is not permitted. Most of our house will not accommodate more than 3 cars. NO RV'S OR CAMPER VANS PERMITTED TO PARK ON SEA RANCH.

Other permit number: EXEMPT

County tax number: 1950

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.



Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC


Partial AC

Gas fireplace

Space heater

Wood stove

Kitchen & dining






Water view





DVD library

DVD player

Wireless router

Blu-Ray player

Netflix streaming

On-site activities

Hot tub : Private


Gas grill : Private



54 reviews

Sandra R. Sep 2021
Great location and perfect place to see family "nearly post" pandemic! The DC/California gang settled in and took full advantage of this home--hot tub, walks to and on beaches, long walks along bluffs, prepared and indulged in all meals at large table with fabulous views and able to stay "safe." What a joy to be together and yet in fresh air and away from those unvaccinated. Thank you.
Julie W. Jul 2021
The views are great. Love walking across the street to beach and no stairs. The house has everything you need. Disappointed in prices doubling in the future.
Monica N. Apr 2021
This house was exactly what we were looking for. An easy short walk to a sandy beach, an easy short walk to look at baby seals (in April), also an easy walk to when eyed Jack playground. Every room except the bathrooms have an ocean view. Internet was fast and reliable. There was large walk in closet containing toys (not pictured in the listing so it was a complete surprise) that my three year old claimed as his bedroom. There were a few minor condition issues like some old carpet stains that I found 100% acceptable for a property that allows 4 legged guests. The dishwasher wasn't super effective at getting dishes clean so we just hand washed and the walls and floors are thin enough that you can hear conversations (maybe not ideal for a multiple couples "romantic" get away but no problem for my extended family group. I always play white noise when I am sleeping anyway. All in all a fantastic location. We had a great time
Manager response:
Hi Monica, thank you for staying with us. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We appreciate your feedback about the home. If guests have any concerns during their visit we are available 24 hours a day to assist. We hope you'll visit again very soon.
Lynn W. Apr 2021
I have stayed in many sea ranch homes, this could be my favorite, The location is ideal. Just steps from shell beach and Walk on beach. The house had a sensible layout for a family and was super dog friendly with a small enclosed backyard area. It was beautiful, clean, and comfortable with many decks overlooking the ocean. Would definitely rent again.
joyce s. Dec 2020
The location of this spacious home is great. Close to bluff trails and beaches, wonderful views from the window seats. Lots of room. Pretty sitting area in the yard.

On the down side, the house is older and in need of work. The bathrooms are ok but showing their age. Heating is limited to the fireplaces and one electric space heater. And the mattresses, especially in the master bedroom, need to be replaced.
Manager response:
Hi, Joyce! We appreciate you letting us know that there is room for improvement. Guest suggestions are always considered and provided to our local manager to make necessary upgrades for future guests' pleasures and comforts. We hope you'll give us another chance to host your next stay!
Dirk d. Jul 2020
We’ve stayed here before it’s a great home. Could be a little cleaner in the nooks and crannies so to speak but beds, floors, couches, bathrooms, kitchen all good. Would definitely rent again! Can’t beat the location, views, and sounds!
Marcus V. Jul 2020
We absolutely loved our time at the Shell Beach home. The location to the beach and bluffs were great. We loved the morning and evening views. A few things in the house could use some TLC but that wouldn’t stop us from coming back for another long visit! Can’t wait to come back:-)
Laura J. Mar 2020
We really wanted to stay in Sea Ranch for an extended period of time without breaking the bank. Shell Beach has a lot of great reviews and then one really bad one rather recently. We took a chance and wowza, so glad we did. Their complaints about heating - not a problem at all! Each of the small bedrooms have space heaters. Their complaints about television - just weird because you get television through Hulu there and Netflix - Big TVs upstairs and down. Great internet fir working. Yes, the hot tub is worn and jets stopped working on our 9th day there and outside could use some repairs but it is in an ideal location with an amazing view. We hope to go back and stay there again in the future for sure.
Manager response:
Thank you for providing feedback, Laura. We are glad you enjoyed your stay! We appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention, and we will follow-up with our maintenance team to make repairs. We hope to have another chance to impress you in the future!
Mark S. Jan 2020
We loved the location.
The house is in need of serious care and attention. Decks rotting and unsafe. There is very little lighting in order to use the kitchen after the sun goes down. The spa controls are cracked and broken. It is very shallow so don't expect a great spa vacation. Counter in Bedroom, cracked and missing, Not enough light to read by if sitting in the window seat. Know that the lower bedroom will be hot as the gas furnace is in the bedroom and that is how the house is heated. (We picked this house as we like to sleep cold)The only other option is the wood stove upstairs and if you have any respiratory conditions, do not rent this house as it seriously exacerbated my asthma. The kids upstairs needed some heat.
This house was way too expensive for the condition it is in. We rent in Sea Ranch 1-2 times a year for 35 years and this has been the greatest disappointment. We left 3 days early because we would rather be home than in this house.
Manager response:
We are glad to see you enjoyed the location, Mark! We have brought the state of the decks to the attention of the owner so they can have them repaired as needed. Maintenance is checking the home to ensure all bulbs are LED to help with lighting, and they will also be checking the hot tub controls. Thank you for staying with us!
Rosie H. Jan 2020
Shell Beach house is one of the few houses in Sea Ranch that permits 2 dogs. The location is prime, the house very comfortable. The property needs some major updating, windows are fogged, front decks falling a part. Regardless, we loved our time at this property!
Corinne M. Jul 2019
This was not our first trip to sea ranch but it was our favorite! Can’t beat the location, the layout of the home is perfect, and we loved that it was dog friendly with a fenced yard. We will definitely come back!
Dominique F. Jun 2019
The location of this home cannot be beat. Spectacular views of the ocean, which was only a 1 minute walk away, along with views of the coastal mountains. Sea Ranch in general is a wonderful place to come and relax in the quiet and peace of the North Coast. The owners provided access to a streaming movies service and a rather large TV which the kids enjoyed in the evening.
Joseph A. Jun 2019
Loved the layout of the house and enjoyed our time.
Although we had no TV access the entire time we were there...
We did have internet though..
Manager response:
We are glad you enjoyed your stay! This home is not advertised as having cable but it does have access to Netflix and a DVD player. We do recommend guests search out homes with amenities that are vital to their comfort during their stay. Thank you!
Joanne D. May 2019
Perfect location, close to Shell Beach and the bluff trail yet still had a private feeling.
Katherine Z. Apr 2019
This was our third year staying at this house. Location just can't be beat. It is perfect for our family. Thank you Shell Beach!
Yolyn G. Feb 2019
The window seats are fabulous for ocean and deer watching. There is easy access to the cliff trails and an enclosed yard for the dog!
Dorinda R. Nov 2018
Loved the location. It was so close to trails and Shell Beach. The view was great too. Very comfortable for the 5 of us. We all loved the window seat. There is a nice cozy fireplace and the furniture is all fairly new. The downstairs bedrooms share a bath and you have to go thru it to get to laundry and out side deck. lJust be aware that the hot tub is old and is on the cool side. We never got it above 100..Also, closets are full of the owners stuff andI would also bring my own pillows because the ones are are not very good. The house could use a little TLC on the outside and windows are old and fogged in some of the rooms. However, I still think this is a great place for a stay in Sea Ranch.
Stephanie S. Oct 2018
Sea Ranch is such an adorable relaxing place! I am so glad we found the Shell Beach House for our vacation. You cannot beat the views from the window seats in this house. It is so close and an easy short walk to the ocean beach. This house was comfortable, clean, adorably decorated and had everything we needed. It was so peaceful. I honestly cannot remember the last time we felt that relaxed staying there.. we will be back!
Cynthia B. Oct 2018
We enjoyed the location of the Shell Beach home to our favorite beach and the views from the home.
susan A. Sep 2018
Enjoyed the home very much. Great location for cycling, swimming and walking along the beach. Thank you!
John T. Jul 2018
Fell in love with the Sea Ranch. The house was gorgeous (all the houses have a rich architectural history) and the location was magnificent. The kids loved seeing all the wildlife, especially the seals on the beach. We plan on making this a regular getaway spot. Shell Beach house is just minutes from gorgeous private beaches and spectacular views.
Stephanie K. Jul 2018
This is my 4th time to Sea Ranch and the best rental of all. It is steps from Shell beach and a beautiful trail the other way. The kids loved the nearby playground. The house has a good layout, nice big kitchen table for a group of 6, stuff for kids to do like watch movies, toys and puzzles. There must have been some updates - looked like a new couch. I'm just glad I ignored some of the reviews I read that said it was run down and lacked privacy (?) It's actually pretty perfect.
Courtney Q. Jun 2018
I love this special place of sea ranch and this house was a perfect landing spot. The house has a great location for breach, trail and bike rides with kids. Inside, we found the house to be clean and calming and well-equipped for cooking, grilling, playing, reading, etc. If only we could have stayed for longer! we will be back!
Katherine Z. Apr 2018
Another great trip to Sea Ranch for our family of 5 & pup. We love the location of this house... perfect for the beach, trails & playground. The house is comfortable & had everything we needed. Will be back again!
Elizabeth G. Dec 2017
Shell Beach is the best beach at Sea Ranch especially with young kids. And you are steps away! Also from the sea lions. Visit the beach at low tide for a special treat.

Vacasa was not responsive during a power outage so I would not recommend them but the house is great.
ERIC R. Nov 2017
Allen H. Sep 2017
This house is in a great location just 50 yards from the beach with great ocean views from the top floor. The house needs a little updating but is very comfortable and spacious.
Kristy L. Aug 2017
Great views and functional house for a long weekend.
Amy R. Jul 2017
The home was perfect for a family weekend to celebrate my dad's 70th birthday. The location couldn't have been more perfect. The views of the ocean from the living room were breathtaking. We loved daily walks to the beach and all of the wildlife we saw on the way (deer, seals, hawks, etc). The house itself was great for a active crew and two dogs. It well-appointed but we felt it could have been cleaned a little more throughly. Nothing major, just some dust and cobwebs. All things considered, we would definitely return.
Juli W. Jun 2017
The location is great. Old bathroom furnishing, but we didn't mind. They were clean. View is great. Lots of pots and pans, even waffle iron and beaters. Spices too, but no pepper. I always bring my own abalone pan and salt and pepper. Lots of good books, wish I had time to read them, busy exploring favorite spots. We've stayed in about 6 different Sea Ranch homes and like this one for location and view.
Janessa L. May 2017
Functional yet basic amenities. Great views from master bedroom and living/dining area. Nice that each bedroom had a mini-balcony. Hot tub deck area less private and spacious than pictures made it appear. Master bathroom is 3-way hallway from foyer and to hot-tub, just ... awkward. Of the 5 Sea Ranch properties that I've visited so far, this one is just a bit constrained by its layout.
Katherine Z. Apr 2017
The location of this house can't be beat... right across from our favorite beach. The house itself was perfect for our family of 5. Was wonderful to be able to have our dog join us as well. Look forward to coming back again!
Letitia S. Jan 2017
There are so many places to walk to from the house... the kids playground, the beach, the walking trail along the coast. It was just beautiful.
Paul B. Dec 2016
The property is well located, but has not been well maintained and needs to be updated. For the amount you are paying, there are better options at The Sea Ranch.
Manager response:
We are sorry to read this and will discuss this review with the owners.
Nicole B. Dec 2016
Awesome house with short walk to ocean. Running trail along coast was very private and beautiful. Downside was the 45 miles on of winding road on hwy 1.
Courtney B. Oct 2016
Great weekend getaway!
Donna M. Oct 2016
This property is very spaceous and has a wonderful view of waves crashing on the rocks. It's also a short walk to easily accessible Shell Beach. With the kitchen, dining, living room, and one bedroom upstairs, there are excellent views all around. Downstairs are two more bedrooms (one ridiculously large), and a second bathroom and laundry. My only real complaint is the kitchen is small compared to the rest of the house and the condition of the cookware was poor, but I assume the latter will be resolved.
Rob R. Oct 2016
We visit Sea Ranch every year and enjoy staying at different homes each visit. Shell Beach ranked in our top 3 of all time. Great mid-size home and excellent location. The property is very old and worn (As many homes are) the furniture is dated and the tub is likely on its last legs. The house was cozy and comfortable for two adult couples (no kids). The kitchen and living is on the 2nd floor with a master bed and guest bed on the ground floor. The grill is on the balcony on the 2nd floor off the kitchen and needs to be replaced as of Oct 2016 as it is broken and a fire hazard. Otherwise a great stay and one we'd return to again!
Manager response:
The BBQ has been replaced with a temporary one until the owners have an opportunity to purchase a new grill for the home. Thanks!
Carey S. Sep 2016
The sea ranch is an oasis and a wonderful escape from hectic Bay Area activity
Cathy S. Sep 2016
We've stayed at Shell Beach on four different visits (have tried others but always come back here). We love the lay out of the house and it's location.
Gerry G. Jun 2016
The house had fantastic views from most all rooms of the ocean. It was a short walk to the beach to see the tide pools or seal beach or beautiful shells & rocks. Trails were nicely done. The house needs some repairs, but the beds were great and the kitchen worked. We spent so much time outside that the cars were not even needed. Spent 5 heavenly days there and would go back in a heart beat! I love the area!
Kecia S. Apr 2016
We're stayed in this home during Spring Break for the last three years and it has been consistently wonderful. The house has a well stocked kitchen, cozy living room and beautiful ocean views.