Welcome Message From The Sea Ranch Association
Today’s Sea Ranch community is a product of its geography, geology, design philosophy, environmental values, and participatory governance. Sea Ranchers share a “sense of place” that reflects their deep connection to the land, commitment to the founding principles, and an extraordinary spirit of volunteerism and community involvement. The community consists of over 2,200 homes and undeveloped lots governed by a homeowners’ association (the “Association”) and a board of directors. All owners of homes at The Sea Ranch are members of the Association and the Association sponsors committees and task forces staffed by volunteers.
WELCOME TO THE SEA RANCH
The Sea Ranch Association Vision Committee 05/23/2018
We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. The Sea Ranch is a community built to suit the landscape, designed to fit into the nature surrounding us and to create harmony with the landscape, animals, and our neighbors. Residents and part-timers alike share this vision. Our goal, and a founding precept, is to live lightly on the land.
Not a Resort
All renters are invited to use the same trails and amenities that owners appreciate, including the beaches, pools, picnic areas, tennis courts, the Chapel, airstrip, library, and many more amenities. But, The Sea Ranch is not a resort. As Lawrence Halprin, the original landscape designer stated, “resort implies no responsibility- you are just there for fun – to escape responsibility.” Here, responsibility to the environment, and the plant, animal, and human residents, is paramount.
Our houses are not built to stand out. Instead, we strive to make our houses fit in and let our surroundings be the star. We have accepted the responsibility to act as conservators of the land, nurturing our native plants and protecting wild animals by leaving them wild. We don’t feed them. We aim lights downward and turn off unneeded lights so we can see the stars at night, and keep our lights out of our neighbors’ houses.
We value the community here and the social life it affords us, but we also cherish our solitude and privacy. We are careful of each other’s property and property lines, and the commons areas that provide the peaceful surroundings we enjoy. The entire Sea Ranch is a No-Drone fly zone. We soak in the sounds of the ocean, birds, and wind, and the complete quietude of our redwood forests. Please do not disturb others with loud noise and observe our daily quiet hours from 9 pm to 7am.
Trails and Rules
Our 50 miles of trails will lead you along the breath-taking ocean bluff to black, brown, and white sand beaches, through open meadows abuzz with birds and bees, and redwood forests so tall they block the sun. Watch for wildflowers everywhere in the spring. We heed the trail signs and use the trails as intended. Those of us with dogs clean up after them and keep them on a leash. The fire danger is often high. Absolutely no fireworks ever and smoking is not allowed on commons, including trails, roads, and recreation centers. Celebrate fire prevention – come visit The Sea Ranch sheep and goats, our animal weed eaters.
We invite you to join with us, live like Sea Ranchers while you are here! Take full advantage of all that is offered and enjoy your stay, whether it’s for a day or two or the foreseeable future. We hope that someday you will become our neighbor.