In 1976, Eric Rogers’ grandfather saw an ad for a “celebrity home for sale” in the San Francisco Chronicle. He was intrigued by the listing and immediately set up time to go see the property; aside from its celebrity appeal, the Sebastopol home had amenities he’d never seen before.
Charles Schulz drew his famous Peanuts comics in this hidden cabin in the Bay Area2/6 SLIDES © Eric Rogers
Charles Schulz drew his famous Peanuts comics in this hidden cabin in the Bay Area3/6 SLIDES © Eric Rogers
Charles Schulz drew his famous Peanuts comics in this hidden cabin in the Bay Area4/6 SLIDES © Eric Rogers
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Charles Schulz drew his famous Peanuts comics in this hidden cabin in the Bay Area6/6 SLIDES © Eric Rogers
Charles Schulz drew his famous Peanuts comics in this hidden cabin in the Bay Area6/6 SLIDES
It had a four-hole golf course. It had a pool and baseball field. And among acres of lush redwoods was a small cabin tucked away on one side.
Rogers' grandfather quickly learned the property had once been home to famed cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and his family. That small studio on the property was where the cartoonist spent his days drawing one of America’s most beloved comic strips, Peanuts.
The property spanned almost 30 acres. While Rogers’ grandfather was interested, his wife said no. The couple compromised and asked the realtor if the land could be split up, and that's how the family ended up with 10 acres of the property, including the drawing studio.
Now, 45 years later, the land is still in the family, and you can rent it on Airbnb.
The small cottage has been renovated into a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom home with a living room with a stone fireplace and a modern kitchen. Rogers said the original cabin was rather dark, so the only major renovations the family has made over the years was adding windows and skylights to bring in natural light and enjoy the outdoor scenery. The rest they’ve left as an homage to its most famous resident, even outfitting the bedroom that was once the drawing room with historical photos of Schulz drawing in the home.
There’s also a large deck for enjoying the surrounding nature, which includes lots of wild turkeys that stroll around and sometimes vie for territory with the local peacocks, Rogers said. There’s also a small fish pond, and it’s not uncommon to see deer wandering through.
Most people that rent the space are couples looking to get away for a weekend, often to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary, Rogers told SFGATE. The location feels secluded, but visitors are still just minutes away from the town and everything Sonoma County has to offer.
Rogers takes care of the property with his father. When they made it a vacation rental in 2016, they decided to renovate the four-hole golf course Schulz had constructed, which was now in disrepair. As they were hacking through the overgrowth, and quickly realizing what a big project this would be, they started to find golf balls — some with very recognizable names.
“We were finding golf balls with names like Bob Hope and Robert Mitchum,” Rogers said. “Then one of [Schulz’s] sons told us they used to do a lot of charity tournaments and such there. We found one of Bing Crosby’s balls. It was just neat.”
A few visits from Schulz’s sons helped fill in a lot of the history surrounding the property, especially how it had originally been laid out. “It sounded like [Schulz’s kids] grew up in a children’s paradise,” Rogers said. “[His sons] told me stories about riding around the golf course on their dirt bikes and they had horses and animals.”
It is still just as magical for Rogers, who visited often growing up as it was his family's second home. For decades, it was a place for the family to gather. His grandfather wanted it to stay within the family, even though he has since passed away. The family still enjoys the home whenever they can; they just hosted his cousin’s wedding there last month.
“We've had all our family weddings there and reunions and celebrations,” Rogers said. “It really has a place in our hearts, but at a certain point we realized it was sitting idle so often, it seemed a shame not to share it with people.”
Rent the cottage and learn more on Airbnb.
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