USA California Bay Area Sea Ranch Listing #9179

Esherick MiniMod - Sea Ranch, CA

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54 reviews
Max. occupancy: 4 1 Queen Bed, 2 Twin Bed 1 bedroom  plus loft 1 bathroom 1 dog max 
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Architectural gem home with private hot tub, Redwood views -one dog welcome

Discover peace and privacy in your very own redwood grove at this Sea Ranch home, an architectural wonder with a wealth of innovative design, a private hot tub and patio, and a stunning location within earshot of the ocean. Designed by the famed architect Joseph Esherick and recently featured in Monocle Magazine and Curbed, it was built as a demonstration house in 1968. This cozy three-level home sits on the eastern edge of Sea Ranch with no adjacent neighbors in sight. Here among the protected woodlands and the Timber Ridge Trail, you'll be one mile (across California Highway 1) from Black Point Beach; one mile from the heated pool, saunas, and tennis/pickleball court at the Moonraker Recreation Center; and nine miles south of downtown Gualala.

Step inside to find 684 square feet of living space designed in the classic Sea Ranch style, where works of art by Anthony Burrill, Robert Indiana, and Barbara Stauffacher Solomon compliment the woodland views, mid-century furnishings, and original architectural details. Lose yourself in a novel on the built-in wool sectional or sit down to write at the small desk that overlooks the woods. Move into the small galley kitchen to prepare breakfast as a soothing soundtrack streams on the Sonos Soundbar. This snug space makes innovative use of its square footage, offering black matte cabinets for your favorite Surf Market ingredients, a Nespresso machine for your morning espresso, and a selection of mid-century studio pottery to set out on the four-person dining table.

Leave the plates in the care of the dishwasher and head outside to the patio made from local redwood rounds. Curl up beneath the tree canopy with a fascinating book or monograph from the architecture-focused home library, take your dog for a walk on a local trail, and return home to light the gas grill for a lunchtime barbecue (please note that a dog bed and bowls are provided, but that a one-dog limit applies). Spend your days taking in the view on Black Point Beach, and enjoy soothing soaks in the private hot tub. Back inside, you can throw your bathing suits in the washer/dryer, set out a board game or browse the WiFi on the cowhide rug, and settle in for a night of Netflix, Hulu, Blu-ray, and XBOX favorites on the 43-inch Smart LED TV (please note that a Hulu account with live TV is provided, but that guests must have their own Netflix account).

Inside the full bathroom, you'll find a shower/tub, a heated towel bar, and a selection of peppermint shampoo, cilantro conditioner, and eucalyptus body wash by Malin+Goetz. Whether you're an enthusiast of art and architecture or simply in search of a tranquil retreat, you'll be mesmerized by the beauty of Sea Ranch on the Northern California Coast. Take long strolls amid homes designed by Joseph Esherick, William Turnbull, and Charles Moore; check out the work of local artists at the Gualala Arts Center; or spend hours perusing the shelves at Four-Eyed Frog Books in town. Pick up fresh bread each morning at Twofish Baking at Stewart's Point, and walk along the Bluff Trail to observe playful harbor seals and the occasional whale spout. Tee off at the cypress-lined Sea Ranch Golf Links seven miles north, take a drive to watch the sunset at the Point Arena Lighthouse 28 miles north, or sit down for dinner with a view at Coast Kitchen 16 miles south down Highway 1.

Come and enjoy a house with a style all its own - book your unforgettable trip to Sea Ranch today!

Places to Visit During Your Stay

AttractionDistance From Home
Green Cove Harbor Seal Rookery2.8 Miles
Shell Beach4.7 Miles
Sea Ranch Chapel5.0 Miles
Gualala Arts Center9.1 Miles
Salt Point State Park10.8 Miles


County tax number: 3017N

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



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Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC


Partial AC

Wood-burning fireplace

House rules


Not suitable for children

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Gaming system

Wireless router

Blu-Ray player

Netflix streaming

Sound dock

On-site activities

Hot tub : Private

Board games


Gas grill : Private



54 reviews

Alan F. Apr 2022
This place was the most perfect off grid cabin you could ask for. The slick exterior is just the start as the bedrooms, living room and kitchen are just as amazing. The jacuzzi is so nicely positioned under the tress and the water is always hot. We took full advantage of the BBQ as well. This place is pretty isolated so it's really peaceful. 10/10 I would love to live here
Terrance W. Nov 2021
Clean, quiet and calm. The rental was exactly as described. The amenities were great. The perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Will definitely return!
Siobhan M. Aug 2021
Peaceful, relaxing, cozy forest retreat. Every detail is considered. Plenty of cooking staples and fresh linens. The best.
Kathleen K. Jun 2021
and it did not disappoint! The house is an architectural gem of course. We loved the setting under the redwoods: unbelievably quiet, no visible neighbors, serene and magical. The owners have appointed the space with great attention to detail. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Emily B. May 2021
We're moving back to the East Coast at the end of June, so we wanted our last visit to Sea Ranch to be memorable, and the MiniMod delivered! The most efficiently stocked kitchen you've ever seen, boutique hotel bathroom features, and Star Wars Easter eggs at every turn. Our son loved his bunk bed, complete with Ewok friends and many games in the closet to discover. I could go on and on, but the abundance of other 5 star reviews speak for themselves. Thank you for the beautiful sendoff.
Justin L. May 2021
The minimod was clean, visually appealing, and everything the pictures displayed, but better.
The lighting was a bit dim in the bedrooms, but nothing unmanageable.
The kitchen is well stocked, with the exception of it being out of salt and oil. We purchased some salt and left it for the next guest who plans to cook.
Everything else was great; the hot tub works perfectly, the beds are comfortable, and the serene neighborhood makes it easy to find a moment of peace after a long day of hiking.
Eliza S. Apr 2021
We loved staying at the MiniMod so much. It was like staying in a work of art. And the hosts did such a great job of making it feel like an escape. We appreciated both the impeccable design AND the sasquatch and Ewok jokes. It really does feel like a rebel hideout on the Forest Moon of Endor... mixed with design to die for. We cannot wait to come back!
Ann D. Mar 2021
Loved the spot and the details in the cabin itself. The location is nice if you want seclusion and to feel like you are "glamping" amidst the redwoods and other trees. You can hear the ocean (and lots of tree frogs). The dining table is perfect for game playing and eating. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom, (loved the heated towel rack), and kitchen (lots of pots and pans, silverware, and spices, but could have used an extra kitchen towel or two and some olive oil/vinegar would be nice) were fine. As others commented, the fireplace smoke smell was intense when we first arrived, but we got used to it. We didn't have a fire while we were there, but the heaters worked very well. We would love to return some day.
Kyle W. Sep 2020
The MiniMod is delightfully unique even among the modernism of The Sea Ranch. The architecture and decoration are wonderfully considered, and the owners' personalities shine through every note left to explain each detail. I would definitely stay here again.
Michael M. Aug 2020
Easy walks from the house in majestic redwood forests. Hot tub hit the spot on cold, foggy evenings.
Christopher S. Aug 2020
Great little cottage off in the woods. Perfect for a short family getaway. A lot of little details have been nicely worked out.
Sharon W. Jul 2020
Wonderful stay at the Sea Ranch. Beautifully decorated, well-appointed rental.
Sherri Y. Feb 2020
The design and furnishings of the house are wonderful! The bed is super comfortable. The kitchen has everything you need! A perfect weekend getaway! We loved the setting for the house, being nestled among the trees—so cozy and comfortable!
Matthew D. Feb 2020
We loved everything about this place. We will definitely be back.
Brian H. Dec 2019
This is a beautiful place for peace, quiet, relaxation, and re-energizing.
Jenan W. Nov 2019
Beautiful home, great amenities.
Lena W. Aug 2019
The home is so lovely. Every detail is considered.
Loved waking up here. Can’t wait to go back
Hannah S. Jun 2019
We absolutely loved staying at the Esherick Mini Mod! As lovers of Modernism and Joseph Esherick, it was a real treat to stay in this carefully maintained and thoughtfully updated Mini Mod. Everything we needed to make coffee in the morning and lovely Finnish ceramics plates to eat our pizza from Two Fish Baking! :D Gorgeous location in the redwoods, and an easy drive to all the other amenities of Sea Ranch. We loved exploring the beaches, bluffs, and the amazing Moonraker and Ohlson pools! Can't wait to come back.
Micaelia R. May 2019
Beautiful aesthetic. Peace and beauty abound. Go here if you are looking to renew and restore. Clearly a beloved space.
Paul H. May 2019
Beautiful location! Very private. Perfect for couples. Well equipped. Everything you need for a great getaway. Loved the hot tub.
David R. Apr 2019
this house seems to always have a bit of sunshine on it. the trees light up in the mornings and the compact interior glows. it is a modest place in size, beautifully compact, and makes a strong argument for living lightly and well.
Meghan H. Mar 2019
The Esherick MiniMod is a special place with a lot of great amenities and a really restful and quiet environment. Thanks for the great time!
Daniel G. Jan 2019
Great house nestled in the forest with the original design well preserved. Plenty of privacy but feels part of the community with access to the beautiful trails around searanch. Perfect for a long weekend.
Megan J. Jan 2019
Have you dreamed of finding a wee home in the woods that is beautifully designed with thoughtful modern details? Look no further. This is the dream home. Delightful in every way.
RyAnn D. Dec 2018
We loved hanging out and relaxing in this cozy home. It's a great place to unplug and relax.
Wenddy M Mendoza R. Nov 2018
Truly in love with the property. Sea Ranch is totally gorgeous. What a wonderful way to start our love journey. The city is clean. The residents are very friendly. Love that the property is private and very safe. Just what we wanted, beachy forestry. Just a perfect place for us. Congrats to the property owners J. C. B. For such a beautiful place. Will be back.
Helen C. Nov 2018
My husband and I had a great time at Sea Ranch thanks to the comfort this cabin offered and also because of the thoughtful touches from the hosts. We really appreciated the information guide the hosts provided with recommendations for what to do and where to eat. The provided shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and hand soaps were really nice, and I really liked having the towel warmer. The kitchen was well appointed, the general decor of the cabin was tasteful and fun. The hot tub was situated under tall trees and was clean and well maintained. You get a lot of privacy at this cabin, which we liked since many cabins at Sea Ranch are near hiking paths. There's good internet connection at the cabin, which is helpful for even if you're trying to unplug (to look up directions to places etc).
Amy B. Oct 2018
Lovely home, architecturally interesting, and beautifully appointed. By far my favorite was sitting at the desk, the trees keeping me company literally inches outside the window. Magical!
Susan R. Oct 2018
Location, location, location. If you love the California coast and The Redwoods, this spot is perfect. The property is accurately represented in the photos. The tank for the butane grill was filled and a spare was provided. The hot tub just the right temperature. Kitchen stocked with clean, well appointed equipment, plus many unexpected extras. Better than home! An issue singular to our stay was resolved with one phone call. Reassuring to know that courtesy and civility is still alive somewhere. Highly recommend!
Micaelia R. Jul 2018
Just returned from a beautiful weekend at the MiniMod, which truly is a gem. Location, beauty, weather, attention to every detail and deep peace and relaxation. The owners must be very dear people. They've thought of everything in this tiny jewel. We will return for certain.
Angie S. May 2018
This clean, quiet, and contemporary dwelling is the ultimate in relaxation. The ability to be surrounded by nature, a hot tub, and the accessibility to technology is truly something magical. My family had such a great time at the MiniMod, that it made returning to work more difficult. ;)
Anne C. Mar 2018
Very cozy, quiet, well equipped and comfortable home in a beautiful and private setting.
Lauren C. Oct 2017
My husband and I and our pup were looking for a quiet getaway for a couple days and couldn't have been more happy to have found this cabin. Serene, surrounded by trees and wildlife - we saw wild turkeys, rabbits, deer, a fox and woodpeckers all from the cabin! Bed was comfy and kitchen was well stocked, appreciated the Nespresso and nice bath amenities. Wonderful attention to detail!
Jill V. Jul 2017
Absolutely wonderful. Our family of 4 (2adults, 2kids) and one tiny dog fit just right. The dishes were of high quality, the water was hot, the thermostat worked great, and the fireplace was a nice touch at night. There are w/d to keep your beach towels fresh and the community was fun to explore. The beds and pillows were comfy and the hot tub was so relaxing in the evening! We only wished we could of stayed 2 more nights.
Angie S. Jul 2017
The accommodations lent to optimal relaxation, enjoyment, and ease. The MiniMod is packed full of charm and amenities. We were pleasantly surprised and impressed with the attention to detail. We loved staying up in the trees and driving down to the beach, and are already looking forward to our next stay!
Rhiannon T. Jul 2017
Our stay at the Esherick house was a perfect first stay at Sea Ranch. We picked this one because it was obvious that the owners have a real appreciation for the architecture and the era in which the house was built---we loved the artwork and the architecture history books and the general '60s feel of the place. But we also loved the modern touches, and being able to stay in a cabin in the redwoods without ever feeling like we were roughing it.

We're also big fans of this house because it introduced us to Sea Ranch. We fell in love with the landscape and the architecture, and all of the hiking trails, beaches, and recreation centers made us quickly realize that we need to stay longer than two days next time.

Chris N. Jul 2017
I really enjoyed my stay!
Wendy B. Jul 2017
It's mini and it's mod. That, plus the opportunity to stay in an Esherick designed home and a personal experiment in staying in the forest, as opposed to the meadow as we usually do, is what attracted us. Furnishings are minimal and efficient, which suits the house. The kitchen was well outfitted and the sharp knives and quality pots pans were appreciated (we usually bring our own knives, but decided to trust the property description and were disappointed). The hot tub was clean, hot and privately situated.

If you're considering this home, realize that it is up on the ridge and in a completely forested location; there is no view of the ocean. The redwoods are beautiful, however, and we enjoyed this location at the south end of Sea Ranch, just a short drive from the beach and town. Mornings and evenings in the hot tub were particularly delightful and our dog loved hanging on the nearby deck.
Douglas B. Jun 2017
Very cool cabin in the upper woodlands of Sea Ranch -- nicely renovated small cabin with great modern design touches. We really enjoyed our stay!