As a general rule, I avoid homes that are located in a subdivision with HOA fees, because the regulations can rule too many people out of the buying process – like age or pet restrictions.
But following my streak of waterfront homes, I couldn’t pass this one up. It’s the definition of a beach-front home, and it’s part the Bodega Harbour Homeowners Association, so the association fees include a clubhouse, tennis courts, swimming pool, access to a golf course – things that are meant to make the experience feel more like living in a resort.
Those may be nice extras, but when it comes to a feeling like you live on the beach, the placement of this home fulfills that desire…and then some. Though located in a subdivision, this house is on two spacious lots, and the planning that went into it makes excellent use of full-sized windows to ensure the interior of the home receives light the whole day through, and that the views are never obstructed.
As Sonoma County moves into fall, this house reminded me so much of the warm summer we just had, and so I had to check it out;
20049 Oyster Catcher Loop, Bodega Bay – $2,975,000
HOA fees – $548/Month
3 beds, 4 baths, 3,044 square feet.
As usual, I like to check the outside of the house. This deck scene doesn’t need an explanation – it’s a pristine ocean view.
There’s more to look at where the deck is concerned, but I was more interested in the interior at this point. I’d happily spend all my time showing the pictures of the ocean scene, but this is well worth coming inside to see.
The formal dining area takes center stage in the open floor plan. I can imagine that lulls in the conversation would be welcome around this table – the silence would be filled with enjoying the landscape.
This angle shows how open this space is; from the kitchen you can see the dining area, billiard table, living room couch, and fireplace.
The kitchen is outfitted with professional grade appliances, a porthole style window to let the light in, and a charming crab mosaic that complements the beach house style.
Instead of a closed off breakfast nook, there’s a corner couch against picture windows. I would have no issues at all sitting down to enjoy some coffee here – every morning.
But if the homeowner is truly interested in showing guests the sights, there’s an outdoor eating area as well.
And, of course there’s an outdoor grill and pizza oven. There’s no reason to cook inside when you can cook alfresco.
Going back inside, the guest bathroom contains a whimsical stained glass mermaid inset by the sink.
This entry hallway is a certain win; it’s as bright and open as the rest of the house, giving guests a clear perspective into the living room and beyond.
This floor to ceiling window is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream come true.
Focusing back on the living room, a small den/media room can be noticed off to the side.
This is what that media room looks like, and the projector and built-in screen is already set up for those nights that you’d rather see Point Break just a bit closer.
The master bedroom is outfitted with custom cabinets, to keep everything tucked away nicely and out of the way.
The master bathroom may be outfitted with marble and custom tile work, but that doesn’t stop it from utilizing windows to maximize relaxation time in the Jacuzzi tub.
Though not as sizable as the master bedroom, the attached patio area probably makes up for that as far as a guest is concerned.
While not obvious at first sight, you can tell from the lighting that the bathroom attached to the guest room maintains its airy feeling from a skylight directly above it. Even in rooms where windows can’t be added, the open atmosphere is maintained.
Heading back outside, if a dip in the ocean sounds a bit chilly, this hot tub makes a welcome substitution.
This is an aerial view of where this home is located.
Every day is a good day for a romantic sunset stroll on the beach.