Mendocino Telecommuter's Garden Retreat! Quiet and safe garden house with permaculture garden, orchard & many wild animals. Savor your own fresh salad fixings every day of the year! More than 200 edible plants, 9 raised beds & greenhouse. Entire property is organic (not certified) and suitable for chemically sensitive people. Large rainwater catchment system, community well & seasonal stream flowing through the property. Solar system runs the entire house, battery bank & generator, can keep you going for weeks or months, even without grid power. Custom crafted home with office & separate guest quarters above the garage. Next to Big River State Park, 1/2 mile to Mendocino village & close to State Parks. For someone who wants to have the modern conveniences but connect to nature & grow your own food. Offered at $1,695,000
Excellent remote working situation with very quiet surroundings and low vibration background allows extended periods of deep concentration. Property has two land lines, good cell phone reception, high-speed Internet that can support video conferencing, cable TV hookups, hidden cabinet TV and CD/VCR system, multi-room multi-source stereo audio system, and a connected-to-central-monitoring-station burglar/fire alarm system. The property is located five blocks from local fire station and has two exit routes. Heat is provided via propane furnace, one wood stove, and three functional traditional fireplaces. A variety of appliances is included (dishwasher, clothes washer, dryer, refrigerator, charcoal carbonwater filter, built-into-wall stereo system, space heaters, etc.). No need for air conditioning since the temperature is always cool and moderate here. Furniture and other furnishings (with the exception of a few family antiques), including six beds, as well as large set of garden tools and equipment, are all available for a turn-key rapid-move-in sale.
Many mature and producing fruittrees throughout the property. Plants include peaches, nectarines, apricots, figs, pears, apples, cherries, kiwis, pawpaws, persimmons, grapes, chestnuts, filberts, hickories, pine nuts, olives, avocados, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, jostaberries, honeyberries, currants, sea-buckthorns, and many others. Owner has successfully grown fresh salad with a wide variety of plants every day of the year. Spreadsheet with edible plants on the property is available on request. Entire property is organic, but not certified as such; no chemicals used on the land, plants, or inside the house for the last thirteen years. Owner has used permaculture approach to gardening, to minimize gardening effort, and also to go with what nature wants to do at this location.
The southern exposed property backs up to 7,400-acre Big River State Park (aka Mendocino Headlands State Park), and you have access to a path directly into the park from the property. It's close to a large surfing beach just south of the town of Mendocino, and to the local farmer's market too. It's also a short distance to beautiful local parks such as Russian Gulch, Van Damme, MacKerricher, Noyo Headlands, Jug Handle, and Jackson State Forrest. Imagine kayaking on the unspoiled and undammed Big River, which goes eight miles back from the ocean, and which empties into the sea just south of the property... Enjoy the cool weather and clean air breezes coming off the ocean, and listen to the waves crashing on the shore, while you sit in your hot tub. Seasonal stream also runs through property, and that can also be heard from the hot tub. Enjoy the sounds of the frogs croaking at night in the winter and spring because a pond is situated near the master bedroom. Wake up to the sounds of birds singing. You can keep your privacy because the bedroom above the garage has its own full bath (grandma or guests have their own noise-separated domain).
Energy-self-sufficient solar system is grid-tied, and the house has both linked propane generator and large battery bank that together will provide power for many weeks (maybe many months the owner has never had a need to try that) without grid power, even in the darkness and relative cold of winter. Local utility's electric power comes from two main routes from inland sources, so one of those can be shut off, but property will still have electric grid power from the other. Two rainwater catchment systems (holding 10,000+ gallons), automatic garden irrigation system, reliable deep community well with quality water, and seasonal stream on property. Community water system has 100,000-gallon redwood tank that supplies nineteen properties, including this property, with water for at least a week if electric grid power is off, using gravity flow down a hill. Two hot-water heaters provide diversity of energy sources (on-demand propane and electric tank style). Property has a root cellar and insulated under-house storage.
The main house features floors made from recycled cherry wood, cabinets are made with nearby spaulted alder wood by a local craftsman, Steve Porter, and both a stained-glass window and a glazed-clay sink are made by local artisans. Solid redwood doors throughout the home were custom crafted by master wood carver, Brian Lee who also crafted the main hall stairs, including the banister, and balustrade. The kitchen highlights expansive windows overlooking Big River, Obbo Tubbo granite countertops, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Viking range and professional style hood. Certain features of the house, like the fireplaces, the custom bronze door handles, the redwood doors, and the hallway bannister, were designed to be a like a London England 1890s house (consistent with historic Mendocino's heyday as a logging town).
The property feels remote, and that is partly because it is on a private, little-known, and seldom-used dead-end-road backing up to a large park. Nonetheless, it is close to what you want via a long paved single-lane driveway, with easy access to a large beach, seaside cliffs, multiple restaurants, two bars, two book shops, two bakeries, two food stores, post office, UPS/FedEx store, bank, pharmacy, local artist center, local theater company, Mendocino Film Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, etc. (two-hour drive to Santa Rosa, and three-and-a-quarter-hour drive to San Francisco). Public transport bus going into Fort Bragg, Ukiah, and Santa Rosa (MTA Route 60) stops just a few blocks from the house.
Be aware that wild animals, like owls, hawks, ravens, blue jays, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, foxes, racoons, squirrels, rabbits, skunks, opossums, garter snakes, quail, deer, bears, bobcats, and mountain lions, often cross over the property. Big River State Park is also a favorite stop-over place for migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway. Ravens in particular are fond of making their summer nests in the tall trees on and around the property.
This property's listing price includes one-month rent-back by the owner after closing, as well as a complimentary, up to ten hours, of garden assistance and instruction. An experienced, dedicated, and trustworthy local gardener who has worked on the property with the owner for many years is also available to continue to work on the property on behalf of the new owner. The one-acre property adjacent to this one (44696 Crestwood) is also now on the market -- but owned by a different person -- and it could be purchased and used to extend the existing gardens, and/or if you wish, build another house.
For more information contact Kira Meade, Broker Associate 707-357-2194
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