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Discussion: Sea Ranch

in: Ricka; Ricka > 2019-04-04

Apr 6, 2019 5:48 PM # 
How have you liked spending time at Sea Ranch? I've always wanted to visit since it was first constructed on a very small scale in the 1960's...kind of a 'hippy' enclave. But it seems a bit too isolated to me now. I prefer Sonoma Valley, just east of Sea Ranch, over the hill: warmer, more amenities, and some pretty good wine.

Sea Ranch triggered a huge fight in the 1970's that I remember, to decide how much Californians wanted to develop the Pacific Coast. Don't think they could have built Sea Ranch today.
Apr 6, 2019 8:39 PM # 
The huge fight led to keeping the entire California coastline below the high tide mark public, and ensuring public access points to get to the public land.
Apr 7, 2019 1:38 PM # 
We enjoyed our stay in a beautiful affordable rental home. Being there, gave us access to innumerable trails in the redwoods and Douglas firs and to more beachfront. The grocery store and coffee date in Gualala featured organic and natural foods. Weather: moderate temps, windy, changeable with regards to rain and sun. Fine beers.

I was totally unaware of the history and politics of Sea Ranch but can understand the controversies. Though only there one week, I sensed little feeling or evidence of 'community'. The clustering of houses varied from isolated to 2-4 to a dozen or more. But overall, there is much open space and few people -- most homes are probably vacation homes or rentals. The local [Sonoma and Mendocino] monthly newspaper featured 64 pages of progressive news and causes.

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