Mendo Mod's Market Metric - Page 2

Beautiful home, Paul Tay design, splendid views, beach access—but it lingers for sale
Fridays on the Homefront

"She's really maintained it, kept up the maintenance," the realtor said of the would-be seller, a retired physician who "absolutely loves the property" but is selling after 20 years to move closer to family.

"It has private [albeit shared] beach access that is very rare on the Coast," she noted, sighing, "It's just amazing."

Located two miles south of the town of Mendocino (population 855), tiny Little River (212 residents) sits on a bluff 66 feet above the crashing waves. It was founded in the 1850s as a lumber town and named for the waterway that today runs through Van Damme State Park.

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Kitchen.
 

After its mill closed in 1893, Little River today is known primarily for its two state parks, pristine coast, and cute bed-and-breakfasts including the picaresque one featured in the 1978 film ‘Same Time Next Year.' The ‘downtown' has a grocery store, gas station, post office, and restaurant within a single structure. In the 2010 census, two-thirds of its 117 full-time residents were 45 or older.

Schoeneman doesn't buy that the tiny town's remoteness is curbing interest in the house, which sits 160 miles north of San Francisco. Even before the pandemic mandate to telecommute, Schoeneman said, she was noticing an increase in young families in the area, based in part on her daughter's class sizes at the Mendocino K-8 School.

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Rear view overlooks cliffs and ocean.
 

"We are getting lots of people relocating here," said the realtor optimistically. She is showing the home by appointment only and, asked why it is worth $2.4M, she replied simply, "It's really the views, the property, the privacy."

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