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"I have to tell it again and again: I have no doctrine. I only point out something. I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen. I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window. I push open the window and point outside. I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue." Martin Buber

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Our New Adventure: Abalone Bay Vacation Rental in Sea Ranch

Our family has returned to Chile after spending three very busy days preparing our new oceanfront  vacation home in The Sea Ranch, CA which we named Abalone Bay for not only us, but also for you too. We are excited that renters have discovered its charms and bookings have begun. Visit our blog to see how we came to purchase Abalone Bay and be sure to "like" us on our Abalone Bay Vacation Home Facebook page too!

Below is a detailed description of Abalone Bay's  amenities. We hope  you consider us as your home away from home on your next vacation to northern California' Sea Ranch

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Abalone Bay, a classic 3-bedroom/ 2-bath oceanfront Sea Ranch dog friendly, home is freshly appointed with new paint, furnishings, designer treatments in hues of meadow beige, sky blues, and sea greens, and is replete with superb views. Designed by John Fisher, Abalone Bay features redwood paneling, beams and skylights and clear story windows throughout its 20+ foot vaulted cathedral ceilings

This cozy 1536 square foot home sleeps 6 very comfortably and easily entertains up to 8.  From the great room or from your bedroom you can view deer feeding in the foreground and whales spouting in the distance.  From the backyard bluff you can watch seals sunning in the Marine Preserve.  A short walk from the house takes you to Smuggler's Cove or Pebble Beach. Abalone Bay is the prefect  base from which to dive for abalone in the calm of the morning, prepare your catch at the fish cleaning station upon your return, then swim and play at the near-by Ohlson Rec-center.  Later relax in the hot-tub in the private courtyard as you view the ocean through the sliding barn door or marvel at all the constellations sparkling above in the night sky.

Or just simply kick back in the Adirondack chairs with your favorite beverage in hand exhaling as you take in all of Sea Ranch's serenity and the tranquility that is Abalone Bay.
Sunset at Abalone Bay

Welcome to Abalone Bay: A Virtual House Tour -- Please Come in!

Step up to the gate to enter into Abalone Bay's courtyard. The entry deck beckons you rest a spell on the porch bench.

 But if you are eager to start your stay at Abalone Bay, enter the grand front door with its shell knocker. Photographic art work by Paul Kozal  hanging over the elegant hall bench foreshadows your wonderful stay at Abalone Bay.

Entry hallway leads you to spectacular white water views  and the bluff trail.

All you need to do is hang your hat and coat on the old wine barrel stave turned stylish coat rack, exhale, and stay awhile.
Take off your hat and stay awhile.

A Walk Down the Hall:
Newly sanded and varnished wooden floors are bathed in the light flowing from the windows upon high as you walk down the hall to the bedrooms and living areas.

Guest Bedroom 1:

Wake up from your queen size bed appointed with luxurious Egyptian cotton 1000+ count sheets to see the ocean views and possibly deer feeding in meadow in this sweet room with high vaulted and beamed ceilings. Windows all around and on high make this room light and airy. Reversible pulls on the window shades provide you option of pulling shades up for  privacy from below with views from above or pulling the shades down.
Guest room 1 looks out to the meadow and the ocean.
This little starfish guards your door as you enjoy the fresh sea air breezes from your windows. 
Guest Room 1 is to the right of the guest bathroom. A mirror framed in abalones  graces the wall.
Queen size bed with ocean and meadow views straight ahead
An artisan stool
Guest Bedroom 2:

Enjoy the ocean view from the window opposite your queen size bed or enjoy watching the deer graze from the side window as you linger in your bed's luxurious Egyptian cotton 1000+ count sheets. Vaulted and beamed ceilings with windows upon high are one of Sea Ranch's architectural traditions.  Reversible pulls on the window shades provide you option of pulling shades up for  privacy from below with views from above or pulling the shades down.
A peek into Guest Room 2.
Shades with reversible pulls are pulled up for better viewing.  Coat rack makes unpacking convenient.
View of the room looking from the windows.
Views from Guest room 2
Whale watching from your bed.

Guest Bath:

As you sink your feet into the softest, plushest spa mats sea shell decor elements remind you that shell beach is a just a short walk away.  Step through the glass door to take hold of  the bath tub's safety and enjoy a relaxing soak or perhaps an invigorating shower.

Guest bath in hallway with new fixtures and lighting.
Gentle reminders for your vacation

Guest bath is ready to refresh.
Master Bedroom:

The master bedroom features a king size bed wrapped in luxurious Egyptian cotton 1000+ count sheets, a 32inch suspended flat screen TV with cable viewing, a spacious closet, dresser, desk, and hand woven seagrass and abaca chairs with handcrafted bench at the bed's foot to complete the master bedroom. Views of the ocean and a direct access from the bedroom to the kitchen for the morning's first cup of coffee makes this room a delight. Redwood paneling, vaulted and beamed ceilings let you know you have nestled into a Sea Ranch slumber.
Master bedroom with seagrass headboards, vaulted ceilings
Direct TV programing on the flatscreen TV and direct access from bedroom to  kitchen for that first cup of coffee
Blackout shades assures a deep slumber.
Master Bath:

Entering the master bath you can easily imagine you've entered a redwood forest with its vaulted redwood paneling soaring high above you. The luxurious spa mat  leads you to the steps of the tiled sunken Roman tub and shower with its skylight on high. Here you will enjoy a most unique bathing experience as the large size rain drop shower head gently washes over you. Or if you desire, fill the tub for a deep exotic and relaxing soak. A corner teak wood bench and side safety bar makes for a comfortable safe bath.
Newly added are rain shower, sink and lighting

The kitchen with its oiled butcher block counter top and Jenn Air duel-fuel range with convection cooking is the perfect hub for the cook while viewing the waves crashing across the rocky coast or marveling at the grand cypress that points the way down the trail. Whether you only wish to prepare a quick snack, a Spanish paella, or celebrate a full Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, Abalone Bay's kitchen is fully equipped.
Looking into kitchen from the dining room- note pantry and roll away island .
New dual fuel Jenn Air range: Gas cook top, convection and electric heating, self cleaning for perfect baking.
Sliding glass door exits out to the courtyard's deck.
This morning's catch of abalone ready for the barbecue. Note the ocean view from the sink.
Extra large crockpot for those days you don't want to be in the kitchen.
Two sets of dishes and flatware, place mats and chargers, server ware and trays  provide you with causal or more formal dining options. Elegant glassware makes your table setting sparkle.
And for the outdoor cook, grill delicious fish, burgers, veggies or even pizza on the Char-Broil gas grill in the courtyard. A small sample of the kitchen equipment includes:
  • New-Jenn Air Dual Fuel (gas, electric /convection) range
  • GE dishwasher
  • Refrigerator with pullout freezer 
  • Microwave
  • Rollaway oak island/workstation with stainless steel top
  • 9 Piece bakeware Set
  • Pizza stone
  • Casserole cookware
  • Coffee Grinder
  • 14 c Cuisinart coffee pot
  • BergHOFF Earthchef Cookware
  • Aluminum cookware
  • 20-Pc Pasta Set (bowls, server, pot & strainer)
  • Cast Alum. small 10” Covered Roasting Pan, Black
  • Large Calphalon Turkey pan with insert and turkey lifters
  • Corkscrews
  • Nonstick double burner 20in griddle
  • 12 Cup food processor
  • Citrus Juicer
  • Hot water electric kettle
  • 9-spd Hand mixer
  • Acrylic Canisters
  • 3-Piece Wood Cutting Board Set
  • Blender
  • Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowls
  •  Cuisinart Trio Hand Blender
  • 16” paella pan
  • Silicone Splatter Screen
  • French Press coffee
  • Toaster Oven
  • Toaster
Dining Room:
The stage is set for great meals as you dine on a Scandinavian classic crafted in rich walnut from Denmark with an extra extension leaf leaf stored inside stands on a richly thick area carpet designed by Calvin Klein. Seating for eight means you and your friends may dine in style.  The landscape mirror captures the exquisite views to make dining a pleasure for all no matter where they sit.
Extra large landscape mirror captures the views
for those whose backs are to the ocean.
Jorge checks out the mirror. Note the dog amenity basket in the corner.
Beautifully crafted in Denmark, the Randers is a Scandinavian classic.
 Features strong architectural lines with one extension leaf stored inside.
Perfect for dining at sunset.
Meals in the dining room view great views of the ocean beyond.
Dining room wool carpet anchors the dining room
 while lights on dimmer switch float above. 
Over head lights floating above.
Dinner is served

Great Room:

Step into the sunken great room where the full wall of windows lets you feel as though you are barely separated from nature with white water ocean views and the curiosities of that make Sea Ranch unique.

Great room with great TV, fireplace and views.
Swivel chairs allow you to chat and catch the views.
In November, new larger swivel chairs in decorator fabric
and a pair of cozy upholstered Bronson Chairs
from Crate & Barrel with matching ottomans
will replace interim swivel chairs and linen chairs shown.

An inviting place to gather.Great room opes to the courtyard deck beyond
Great room.
Half wall to kitchen
When not taking in the spectacular vista, the built-in bookcase filled with games, puzzles, videos, and of course books offers up an evening of quiet entertainment. Or enjoy viewing your favorite shows and sports programs on the the 60 inch big screen HD TV with Direct TV programing.
Young friends set up the BuRay DVD player on the Samsung HD  60" TV
TV Trays
DVDs, CDs, Games, puzzles, and books galore.
The gas fireplace set in a raised stone hearth will keep you cozy as you snuggle in the sofa or chairs counting the whales passing whales passing by using the provided  binoculars or telescope.

Shades block the sun but not the view.
If you have a chill the basket of blankets will help.
Area carpet reflects the waves of the ocean and meadow grass 
View nature, horse riders and trekkers as they pass by your window:
Horse and rider canter past the windows of Abalone Bay
Meet our deer neighbors
Bobcat hunting gophers 

Bobcat scampers off
Sliding glass doors in the kitchen and the living room lead out to the courtyard with its decks, patio table and chairs, gas barbeque, Adirondack chairs, and of course the spa. Solar lights guide you to the spa.

The fence's sliding barn door opens to a view of the ocean from the hot tub. Landscaping  by Scott Graf, owner of Floriferous Landscaping will include the use of native plantings and will continue into the next year.
Courtyard viewed from deck in front of living room towards spa.
New exterior paint has been added since this photo was taken.

Views from entryway into the courtyard to barn door viewing of the ocean
New exterior paint has been added since this photo was taken

The courtyard is diver friendly. Gates open directly out to the bluff trail where it is a short walk to the beach with its staircase down the hill.  Stairs to the courtyard deck make access easy. Wet suits and equipment are hung on pegs across the fence.

Divers viewed from the barn door gate, arrive to the from the short walk to the beach loaded with speared fish (a ling cod!) and limits of abalone many 9" or more!! Stairs at the foot of the gate to the right allow for ease of entry to the courtyard deck.

Pegs for hanging up wetsuits and dive equipment for washing and drying
Pegs put to good use.
Fish & ab-station is found in the parking space between the house and trash barn.
Hose is available for easy cleanup.

Added Amenities :
 Large capacity front load washer/dryer is in the one car garage. Free wi-fi, Direct satellite TV, DVD and stereo system is available. Local, national and international long-distance calling is available. Abalone Bay is a pet friendly home- Dog dishes and floor mat for your pet are available as well as a luxurious pet throw for the furniture.
Luxurious pet throw assures a cozy stay for your pet
while protecting Abalone Bay's furniture