Miles and miles of blue stretch before you in both directions. Fishing boats catch halibut and Dungeness crab for the day. A closer look reveals a fan of white water—and then—a whale’s fin disappearing beneath the waves. It’s just another day in Bodega Bay, set along the Sonoma Coast.

Lying only about 40 miles northwest of San Francisco, the quaint fishing village has its seaside charms. There’s Bodega Head, a rocky cliff that overlooks the ocean, beloved by hikers and whale watchers. And of course, there is Bodega’s main claim to fame—as the 1962 filming location for Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” Tourists to this day come in search of The Tides Wharf complex (although it is no longer recognizable since it’s been expanded and remodeled over the decades) and the Potter Schoolhouse (which is now a private residence). However, the sleepy cottages that dot the rocky coastline remain the real draw for those who appreciate Bodega’s salty fresh air and natural beauty.

This cool contemporary on quiet Pelican Loop (just minutes from the beach) offers a refreshingly modern twist on the cottage architectural tradition. Designed by David Kingwill and completed in 2009, the 3,234 square-foot residence is defined by flowing, curvilinear forms and open spaces that capture stunning 180-degree views of Point Reyes, Tomales Bay, Doran Beach and Bodega Head.


The design and structure are inseparable from the natural beauty of the powerful and evocative landscape. An artful mix of natural materials are married with superior finishes—Zodiaq quartz countertops, custom Maple cabinetry and Grohe fixtures. Meanwhile, modern technologies such as a Creston Smart System and Lutron Programmable Lighting have been seamlessly integrated into the design.

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The house, too, can accommodate extended families or guests easily, thanks to a thoughtful layout with three bedrooms—two guest suites and one master suite with office. A large entry invites guests up the harp-hung stairwell to a great room, view deck and Asian-inspired private courtyard. There’s also a gym and wine cellar.

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Can you imagine watching the sun set from your deck or living room as you sip a glass of local wine from your very own wine cellar? The charms of Bodega Bay never cease.

20863 Pelican Loop is offered at $1,800,000 by Dennis and Kathleen Erba of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Bodega Bay.