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Long vacant Sea Ranch building sells

Independent Coast Observer of Gualala, California

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The dilapidated building at 1000 Annapolis Road on The Sea Ranch sold recently for an undisclosed price to Gordon Uhlmann and Wendy Van Dyck.

Located at the south end of The Sea Ranch near The Sea Ranch Association, The Sea Ranch airport and the south fire station, the rundown building had been vacant and off the market since 2008, according to Pat Neth, a broker associate of Kennedy and Associates.

Uhlmann, a resident of Timber Cove and owner of Half Wit Wines in San Francisco, said he visited The Sea Ranch after moving to the coast; when he saw the building he thought it was beautiful and wondered why it was vacant.

"I asked the realtor about it and they said 'forget it.'" Uhlmann said, hearing rumors the owners were unwilling to sell.

Then, three months ago they decided to put it on the market.

"I was cruising the Internet and I stumbled across it and made an offer," Uhlmann said of the property, which was listed for $899,000 on the Kennedy and Associates website. Days later, the owners came back with a counter offer.

"My first reaction was, 'where do I sign?" Uhlmann said. Uhlmann added he and Van Dyck, a former principal dancer with The San Francisco Ballet Theater, closed escrow two weeks ago.

"We didn't want to dilly dally," he added. "It's a classic building and a great opportunity."

Uhlmann admitted the building needs some repair. He's already got rid of the moss-covered van parked on the grounds. There's septic work, roof repairs and siding work to be done.

"The outside needs everything done," Uhlmann said. "I think it didn't sell at first because nobody saw beyond the exterior."

But he has no buyer's remorse.

Uhlmann and Van Dyke plan to partition the building into leased office spaces, exclusively.

"Nothing crazy and no retail," Uhlmann said.

The 1000 Annapolis Road building was designed by two of the original Sea Ranch architects, Charles Moore and William Turnbull. It was built in 1965 by Matt Sylvia.

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Original Publication Date: November 6, 2015

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