Welcome to Sea Ranch
Though not without its fans, the exclusive community of Sea Ranch is a sort of weather-beaten Stepford-by-the-Sea. The ritzy subdivision that sprawls 10 miles along the coast is connected with a well-watched network of private roads, with hiking trails leading to the sea and along the bluffs. Approved for construction prior to the existence of the watchdog Coastal Commission, the community was a precursor to the concept of ‘slow growth,’ with strict zoning laws requiring that houses be constructed of only weathered wood. Though there are some pleasant short-term rentals here, don’t break any community rules – like throwing wild parties – or security will come knockin’. For supplies and gasoline, go to Gualala. North of the Sea Ranch Lodge, you'll find the iconic nondenominational chapel; an extraordinary contemporary building surrounded by meadows of grazing cattle.