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Written and Narrated by Donlyn Lyndon

The Sea Ranch Audio Walking Tour is an introduction to the architecture and landscape of The Sea Ranch, noting the ideas and features that have made it world renowned.

This tour has been recorded in audio so that you can experience it on your own...walking in the field with a mobile device or at home. It visits the area where the first Sea Ranch buildings were built and describes the landscape that surrounded them and how that has changed. Written and narrated by Donlyn Lyndon, one of the original architects, this self-guided audio guide explains what was intended in planning The Sea Ranch and in creating these first buildings. Lyndon comments, as well, on the evolution of the landscape during the subsequent fifty years.

It should be noted here that this audio tour guides you along walking trails of the area; it is not a house tour and does not include visits to the interiors of homes or condominiums. The tour is a celebration of the larger landscape and the ways in which architecture and its placement can combine with landscape to create a very distinctive sense of place.

Audio Introduction
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Click on player below to listen to Audio Introduction

Click photos below to go to individual Segment Pages
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Segment A page
Click here to go to Segment B page
Segment B page
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Segment C page
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Segment D page

Plan Your Tour
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Download Audio & PDFs

Docent Request Form
Tour Map
Instructions for Mobile Device / Cell Phone usage

Public Page (TSRA.org)


The Sea Ranch is a unique community association encompassing ten miles of beautiful Sonoma County coastline in northern California. Located about 100 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, The Sea Ranch was planned to harmonize with the natural setting and the building traditions of the region. It is internationally known for its distinctive architecture, the sensitivity of its land planning, and community-based stewardship of the natural environment. This community of private homes features over 2,200 acres of commons, a 50-mile trail system, and a variety of facilities for
Member and Guest use.

DOWNLOAD OR STREAM THE AUDIO FILE and MAP. Listen as you walk at your own pace along the spectacular coastal bluffs and meadows. The Sea Ranch Audio Walking Tour is designed for use on your mobile device; tablets/iPads are ideal for simultaneously listening to the audio while viewing the photos and map. You may find it useful to download the MP3 files prior to beginning your walk, as cell phone signals may be intermittent in the field. If viewing photos and maps on your mobile device while in a bright outdoor setting is difficult, you may wish to download and print these files to insure an enhanced experience. Broadband service at The Sea Ranch is currently limited to Verizon Wireless. Wi-Fi is available at the Sea Ranch Lodge.

PRINT THE GUIDE [from Download page] AND MAP. If listening to the audio recording is not an option for you, print the Guide and Map in advance to take along on your self-guided walk.


While we hope you will visit The Sea Ranch soon to enjoy the sights and sounds of this special place, if you are unable to do so, listen to the audio recording or read the Guide [from download page] on your computer or mobile device to enjoy an armchair tour.

Whichever way you experience this tour, we recommend viewing the MAP of the Audio Walking Tour to help in navigating your route and identifying the selected sites.

HOW TO START : See Plan Your Tour for information regarding the tour starting location, navigational aids, public parking, the docent program, and local area resources.

TOUR ROUTE: Your self-guided tour begins at the Sea Ranch Lodge. Much of the tour can be traversed on Public Access or Sea Ranch Lodge trails (Segments A, B, D), allowing members of the public to learn about this beautiful coastal site, the nature and intent of the architecture and planning of The Sea Ranch, as well as the stewardship that The Sea Ranch Association provides for this remarkable section of the California Coast.

However, in Segment C the tour continues onto the private roads and trails of The Sea Ranch Association, where only Association members, their guests, and Sea Ranch Lodge guests are permitted entry. Refer to the map to determine your route.For public visitors who would like to complete the entire tour route (including some private trails), there is a docent program available by appointment - see Plan Your Tour.

Thanks and Acknowledgements: Many thanks to The Sea Ranch Foundation, their donors and The Sea Ranch 50th Birthday Committee for their generous support of this event, and to the Sea Ranch Lodge for their interest, encouragement and the use of their trails. More . . .

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