The Sea Ranch is located in an area on the Sonoma Coast that was first home to Pomo Indians. In 1963, Oceanic California Inc. acquired land, and with notable architects created a master plan for 10 miles of coastline development. It is internationally known for its distinctive architectural heritage, a sensitivity to land planning, and its community-based stewardship of the natural environment.
The architecture of The Sea Ranch is distinctive for the way it intentionally blends with the natural environment. Notable characteristics include natural or minimally stained wood exteriors with a lack of overhanging roof eaves. Exterior lighting is baffled to minimize the impact on the dark of night. The are no streetlights and utilities are underground. Trees have been planted to create filtered views, and minimize the visual impact of the development's 2,800 homesites on the natural landscape. Designers, artists and architects are among the residents of this unique and famous community. Amenities include the lodge with its hotel, restaurant, lounge and gift shop. There is a golf course, equestrian facilities, and miles of trails. Housing options include a few condominiums along with private homes that are occupied by full-time or part-time residents, as well as vacation rentals.
James Hubbell, artist and architectural designer, is the creative genius who combined local natural materials with gifted local contractors, craftsmen and artisans to create the widely acclaimed Sea Ranch Chapel, a non-denominational sanctuary that is open to the public.
In addition to driving along the scenic and iconic Pacific Coast Highway, this remote community is accessible by air using Sea Ranch Airport-CA51. Stewarts Point is just to the south and Annapolis is located up in the hills above the coast.
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