The Sea Ranch, California on Sonoma Coast

The Sea Ranch seals & sea lions bask on rocks near the ocean's edge

The Sea Ranch adheres to strict residential guidelines to preserve its Sonoma County coastal space. The Sea Ranch is one of the most unique, and worth-visiting places on the California Coast. Located in the northern Sonoma County and sharing a border with the county of Mendocino, the residential community was designed to carefully blend with its natural environment. Green meadows with buttercups and daisies lead down to the Pacific Ocean shore where you'll find sea lions basking in the sunshine, and starfish clinging to boulders near the sand. Deer roaming freely in people's yards and past the only hotel in town. It is the kind of place you want to bottle up and take home with you to Los Angeles or San Francisco.

The privately owned, unincorporated community features Sea Ranch Lodge where tourists can stay in ocean view rooms and enjoy the most scenic and natural environment found anywhere along the California Coast. One Sea Ranch architect, Charles Moore, was known for his meticulous attention to detail as seen in a variety of projects such as the Beverly Hills City Hall restoration.

Rustic wood sign posts engraved with the Sea Ranch logo are visible from sometimes fog-shrouded Highway 1. Shopping is across the Sonoma County line not far away in Mendocino County's Gualala.

Unlike anywhere else in California, Sonoma County has put into place laws and mandates to keep a large portion of the county in a pristine state without buildings to denigrate the small portions of natural coastline remaining. Tourists sometimes miss the conveniences and trappings of chain stores and restaurants, but in a quiet moment as you reflect, you realize the silence and lack of urban noise is necessary for sanity and survival.

The Sea Ranch, CA 95497

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