Kennedy & Associates Real Estate serves the area from Fort Ross in northern Sonoma County to Elk in southern Mendocino county. This magnificent stretch of coastline is known for its rugged beauty and quiet wilderness. With the tranquil pace of coastal living, and our natural splendor, this area attracts a wide variety of residents that includes ranchers, loggers, trades people, writers, artists and professionals. More than 50 miles of spectacular coastline with coves and sandy beaches provide access for fishing, scuba diving, sea kayaking, surfing or just strolling and tide pooling.
The migration of the California Gray Whale is one of nature's events on our coast you would not want to miss. These enormous mammals pass the coast from November through February on their journey south, where they give birth to their young in the warm waters of Baja, California. Returning on their trip north beginning in February and continuing through April when the adult whales bring their young close to shore. At times, they can be seen scraping their barnacles on the rocks or rolling in the tide, truly a site to remember! Other ocean creatures that can be seen in their natural environment, are the playful sea lions, harbor seals, and Brown Pelicans.
Fresh-caught local seafood highlights menus at many of our fine restaurants.. Our chefs, taking great pride in the selection of indigenous foods and wines, create unique culinary delights. Many dining establishments offer breathtaking views of the ocean. See the Coast Dining Guide for more information.
The Redwood Coast offers a number of recreations for the active lifestyle. On The Sea Ranch, there is a Scottish-style 18-hole golf links open to the public. Just north, Gualala boasts sea and river kayaking, canoeing, ocean and river fishing, abalone and scuba diving, hiking, biking, tennis, and our local fitness center offers memberships and drop-in privileges. For those looking to relax and unwind, our coastal area has bodywork practitioners offering massage and other therapies, both in-house and out-call to rooms or vacation homes.
Highway One is the lifeline and Main Street to the towns along the coast. Art galleries and shops, with a wide variety of gifts from local artisans offer a quality selection for the most discerning shopper.
If the slower pace of a coastal country life-style appeals to you, take a look at our Featured Properties. We offer a wide variety of homes and lots from ocean bluffs and meadows to coastal ridges and forest.
Our Redwood Coast area runs parallel to northern California's scenic Coast Highway One from Fort Ross in northern Sonoma County to Elk in southern Mendocino County. Mid-way, on the bluff just north of the Gualala River, lies Gualala, a name derived from a Native American word meaning "water coming down place". The Gualala River marks the Sonoma/Mendocino county line as it winds its way from the coastal mountains and empties into the Pacific Ocean just south of the village. Gualala is a year-round, working community of several hundred residents, servicing the surrounding areas. These areas include to the south; The Sea Ranch, Annapolis, Stewarts Point, Salt Point, Timber Cove and Fort Ross, and to the north, Anchor Bay, Point Arena, Manchester, Irish Beach and Elk. Originally settled by the coastal Pomo Indians, the redwood coast became a booming logging and fishing region in the late 1800's. Our local economy is now based primarily on tourism and visitor support services.
Law enforcement is provided by both Mendocino and Sonoma County Sheriff's Departments and fire protection by four local volunteer fire departments (VFD's).
Health care for coast residents is available through our local medical clinic, Redwood Coast Medical Services, located in Gualala providing 24-hour emergency services; a medical office in Point Arena; a 24-hour ambulance service staffed by paramedics and EMT's. Air ambulance service is available. The Redwood Coast also supports two pharmacies, dental offices, chiropractors and several alternative medical and bodywork practitioners.
The Mendocino & Sonoma County Boards of Supervisors oversee the unincorporated areas of the Redwood Coast. A mayor and city council govern Point Arena as the southernmost incorporated city in Mendocino County.
The Redwood Coast area supports two airports. The Ocean Ridge Airport, located on the ridge in Gualala, accepts a maximum weight limit of 8,000 pounds (fully loaded). They do not allow jets, prop jets, King Air or ultralites. For more information the contact number is (707) 884-3573. The Sea Ranch Airport is a private airport located on The Sea Ranch. For details and limitations the contact number is (707) 785-2444.
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With minimal differences between the seasons, the enchanting stretch of coastline from Anchor Bay south to The Sea Ranch usually has a more temperate climate, the locals call this area the "Banana Belt". The temperature, in spring, has actually been recorded as much as 20 degrees warmer than the Fort Bragg/Mendocino area, approximately 50 miles up the coast.
Typical winter temperatures range from 35F- 65F. Summer temperatures range from 50F- 75F on the coast, with higher temperatures on the ridge and inland areas. In summer, the coast has frequent morning fog and northwest sea breezes (our natural air conditioner) clearing in the afternoons. Nights are cool most of the year. Typical annual rainfall averages 40" to 68", most of which occurs between November and May. The inland ridges see a dusting of snow on a couple of occasions in winter, but it is rare to have snowfall at the ocean.
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Major Employment Opportunities:
• Tourism & Visitor Support Services
• Building Trades
• Cottage Industries, including home-based enterprises utilizing telecommuting technologies
• Forestry related jobs
• Real Estate
• Arts & Entertainment
The Redwood Coast has a well-respected and diverse arts community. Through donations of land and labor, the Gualala Arts organization built and maintains a top-notch art center that hosts shows and classes year-round. In addition, Gualala Arts presents the renowned annual Art in the Redwoods festival the third weekend in August. Our area boasts a number of exceptional arts & craft galleries and shops. Local artists hold a Studio Discovery Tour the first two weekends in September. The Arena Renaissance Company presents live performers and theatrical events throughout the year on the Arena Theater stage. For those ready for an evening at home, there are a number of video stores in the area, one of which is acclaimed for its exceptionally complete inventory of older and unusual films as well as new releases.
Gualala is also the home of The Tide: Radio at KTDE 100.5 FM. KTDE was established in 1989. The station broadcasts over a large area of the north coast and offers a wide variety of programming.
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Parks & Camping
• Fort Ross State Park
• Salt Point State Park
• Gualala Point Regional Park, off Hwy. 1 on the Sonoma Co. side of the Gualala River, offers RV, tent sites and 'walk-in' sites for hikers and bicyclists.
• Gualala River Redwood Park a privately owned campground on River Road one mile off Highway 1, has 140 campsites amid towering redwoods by the Gualala River, open from Memorial through Labor Day weekends.
• Anchor Bay Campground, is a small private campground in a redwood canyon adjacent to Anchor Bay (Fish Rock) Beach, and provides beach access as well as tent and RV sites.
• Schooner Gulch Beach and Bowling Ball Beach.
• Arena Cove at the end of Wharf Road in Point Arena boasts the Point Arena Pier for fishing and launching boats. The cove also has shops and restaurants with lodging nearby.
• The Point Arena Lighthouse is one of the area's most famous attractions. It is managed and maintained by the Point Arena Lighthouse Keeper's, Inc., a non-profit organization. There are three vacation homes available to rent, a museum, gift shop and daily tours of the historic lighthouse.
• Manchester Beach KOA Campground is ten miles north of Point Arena, where you can camp in the pines and walk to Manchester State Beach.
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