THE RESORT AT SHENOA
Artisan Sotheby’s International Realty takes pleasure in presenting for sale the unique hospitality positioned 160 acre Anderson Valley resort/retreat property known as Shenoa. This well located resort/retreat opportunity is just 2 ½ hours north of San Francisco in the pristinely beautiful and ‘poised to pop’ wine region which joins Sonoma wine country and the world renowned historic village of Mendocino.
Shenoa’s 8 cottage style homes, 15 guest cabins, 10 campsites, pool and impressively developed resort infrastructure are gracefully spread amidst rolling hills, heritage oaks, grand redwoods, meadows and garden. The peaceful and landscape diverse Shenoa bridges the Navarro River and adjoins the acclaimed Pinot Noir vineyards of Goldeneye Winery –part of the Napa Valley Duckhorn family of wineries.
With premium wine and sparkling wine tasting and Anderson Valley’s Highway 128 just 1 mile near, Shenoa is an unparalleled opportunity for the savvy resort /retreat investor.
Shenoa is within Bay Area drive market -2 ½ hours north of San Francisco.
Drive from SF takes guests through the affluent and visually compelling coastal Marin County, the popular Sonoma wine region and past the uber chic wine country town of Healdsburg.
Shenoa is just 1 hour from Healdsburg and 30 min from the village of Mendocino.
Anderson Valley while quite historic is the new star of wine country-Hwy 128 serves as the picturesque main artery linking Sonoma wine country, the World Heritage Site Village of Mendocino and the ruggedly spectacular Mendocino Coast. In a travel article the NY Times dubbed Anderson Valley “California’s own Shangri-La”.
Rancheria Creek, Indian Creek and Anderson Creek come together at the Eastern boundary of the Shenoa land to form the Navarro River.
A scenic hiking trail connects Shenoa and Hendy Woods State Park. Within the 800 plus acre State Park; there are an abundance of hiking trails offering river, redwood and mountain views.
Shenoa is just 1 mile to Hwy 128 and a mere 5 min to Anderson Valley wineries –Shenoa adjoins the prestigious Goldeneye Winery.
Property is 7 min to the Anderson Valley town of Boonville where tourism is already the chief economic driver. In addition; Boonville is the site of the popular and quaint Mendocino County Fair. In the works is a Goat Cheese Farm and production facility which will be open to the public for tours and tastings. The Boonville Hotel a longtime landmark has recently added cottages and renovated their rooms as well as debuting an already popular outdoor Oyster Bar and Garden. Boonville and Mendocino have small commercial airports.
Philo – Shenoa’s official address is rapidly becoming the new tourism hub of Anderson Valley. Almost a dozen tasting rooms /wineries have opened in recent years. All are easy bicycling distance or a 5 – 7 minute drive. The noted sparkling wine producers Schramsburg and Scharffenberger both have impressive facilities and tasting /event venues in Philo. The founders of the famed Napa Valley restaurant French Laundry have retired to Philo and now operate The Apple Farm offering culinary classes and gourmet retreats to guests.
The well funded and equally well known Ferrari Carano Winery is developing and currently under full construction of Lazy Creek Winery and tasting room in Philo slated to open in mid 2013.
Shenoa’s footprint is 160 acres 5-6 acres suitable for a premium vineyard.
8 well constructed and individually designed Cottage style homes – many easily dividable to add more accommodations suitable for 2-4 adding units but not changing # of baths or bedrooms
15 entitled cabins –some renovated – all nestled in a forested meadow with easy adjacency to the pool, dining and conference lodge
10 entitled forest and meadow campsites with underground electrical / water & campers’ bathrooms (Permit expired but in process of renewal)
1200 sq ft manager’s home which could potentially be converted to office and registration or additional guest accommodations
29,000 sq ft under roof with another 5,000 sq ft permissible
Full renovated commercial kitchen with Walk In
2662 sq ft high ceiling redwood beamed with stone hearth and patio dining lodge designed to flex to gathering space for groups
An approximately 2,000 sq foot well designed offices/ group conference lodge
Underground fiber optics and T-1 Internet reaching the office and conference areas…wireless internet available in all key structures, cottages and cabins
2 Wells totaling approximately 31 gallons per minute / 9,000 gallons of water storage /Licensed water rights to draw seasonally from Navarro River / 23 fire hydrants /emergency use heliport
180,000 gallon pond with permit to expand to 600,000 gallons
1 acre Organic Mandala garden
Heated Saline pool with generous pool side lounge space and lawn / Hot tub /Tennis courts
Barn / Gym space / Utility and maintenance buildings
Manager’s Quarters / Commercial laundry /Temperature controlled wine cellar and tasting room
Located in the development zone is a meadow which begs to be an amphitheatre.
The property is accessed by and includes a fully permitted modern steel bridge which is fire / propane truck accessible. Larger transport can access the property via Philo Greenfield Road.
Part of the intrinsic character of the resort lies in the charming blend of architecture. The historic Adirondack cabin style exteriors of the dining and conference/office buildings belie the contemporary and dramatic lodge interiors-at once striking and comforting.
All of the 8 cottage style homes share a commonality of sound construction, well thought out interior details and modern amenities. One can also appreciate the vision displayed in the placement of each of these homes…their decks casting the eye to magnificent and peaceful views of nearby meadows, redwood forests, coastal mountains and big skies. Wood burning fire stoves, modern heating, phone lines, contemporary baths, picture windows, window seats and full kitchens make these virtual turnkey accommodations. Décor is timeless with a nod to gracious simplicity and relaxation without compromising function.
The 15 entitled cabins vary in level of renovation – but each and all are fitting in their meadow to forest’s edge setting of redwoods, oaks and well tended mature fruit trees. Most have private functioning baths. All have electrical.
Ah the barn. One of the no doubt original structures on the property; it holds a mind’s eye of opportunity. Currently used for storage; with some renovation it could become a meeting space or possibly a fitness /activity /game center. Located at the heart of the property; the barn is easily accessible by a short stroll from both the cabins and the cottage homes. In addition; the barn’s roof is well positioned for a solar installation.
They are all here, are permitted and can flex in their use…laundry, maintenance shop and gym, manager’s home, wine cellar and tasting room, TV lounge, garden tool shed, campers’ bathrooms, etc. All fall under the square footage allowance which still has an additional 5,000 sq ft available to build.
At the edge of the forest and facing the Conservation Trust meadow with views to the Mendocino Coast Mountains; these are compelling campsites. Each has electrical and water connections already laid in. Previously; there were luxury tent cabins on these sites. Presently; the spots are open ground and within the development zone. A centrally located campers’ bathroom includes showers and toilets.
With impressive infrastructure already onsite and supreme proximity to the emerging destination tourism of Anderson Valley; Shenoa is prime for refinement and launch as a destination resort.
Seasoned hospitality professionals will easily recognize the benefits of this existing opportunity vs. the barriers and challenges of ground up development. Time effectiveness reduces capital investment and brings the resort to market at a brisk pace in symphony with the wineries, tasting rooms and retail components on line or coming online in Philo.
The officials at Mendocino Planning, whilst professional and true to their mission have expressed enthusiasm with regard to Shenoa. TOTs, employment opportunities for local residents and the synergy to be appreciated with Anderson Valley having a fully functioning resort are a benefit for all locally.
Key to this opportunity is the existing zoning of development where all structures currently reside, the flexibility of those structures to meet different needs and the additional square footage still available for development.
With all that said; the level of stewardship that has prevailed over numerous ownerships is testament to the unparalleled and irreplaceable natural beauty of this special place.
According to local museum data …the first recorded ownership of the land was in 1908 as the Pines Resort. Later in the 40’s and 50’s it was known as El Rancho Navarro – a children’s’ camp and resort. A historically popular swimming hole located near the bridge has delighted locals for decades. In the late 80’s the resort was sold and became The Shenoa Retreat and Learning Center- a Findhorn inspired community.
Perhaps the biggest transformation of this beauty blessed property came in 2001 when an advertising executive and her Buddhist priest husband purchased the property, renamed it Shenoa Springs and proceeded to build the bridge across the Navarro River and add about 1.5 million worth of improvements subsequently operating the resort as business retreat.
The current owner has maintained the property in fine fashion and has used it as a private retreat from the rigors of a demanding business life.
LEGAL & PERMIT HIGHLIGHTS
Extremely high barriers to entry
Appropriately zoned with most permits current and or revisable under fees already paid
The Mendocino County Planning department is receptive and enthusiastic in support of developing Shenoa into a destination resort property.
Some permits believed to be revisable under fees already paid
One legal parcel
Conservation Trust in place with 4 separate zones: Grassland Zone / Ag Zone / Development Zone and Timber Zone
All buildings (except garden shed) are located in Development Zone
1 Acre garden located in Ag Zone
Located in Anderson Valley /Mendocino County
Philo is unincorporated
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Of note: The information herein is believed to have been obtained from reliable sources: however, Sotheby’s International Realty neither represents, warrants, nor guarantees the validity of the information, which may be subject to errors or omissions. The Property is offered "AS IS, WHERE IS" and is subject to prior sale or withdrawal without notice. Future use of property to be determined by Use Permit Application through County of Mendocino.