Weathered blue wooden signs welcome sport fisherman, and RV enthusiasts stand behind whitewashed tree stumps linked by thick boating rope at the entrance to Northern California’s Porto Bodega, a 15-acre site at the northwest corner of Bodgea Bay harbor that’s for sale for $4.9 million.
The marina, located about three hours north of San Francisco in the same locale where Alfred Hitchcock’s “Birds” movie was filmed, is on 19 acres of leased tidelands and includes a 57-site RV park, 73 boat slips, a 34-space mobile-home park, five cabins and three small homes in addition to a restaurant, bait shop, office buildings, vehicle storage and three vacant lots.
An office building and small fish receiving dock also are part of the deal, according to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, in addition to a long, dilapidated pier, now closed, that once was used for unloading catches. The boat launch is in need of repair.
Owner Robert Higa bought this “diamond in the rough,” as he describes it, for $750,000 in 1979. It includes 15 acres of prime Bodega Bay harbor land with a tidelands lease for the marina, the Sandpiper restaurant, the trailer park and an RV park. Porto Bodega is one of three marinas that opened after a new jetty and dredging in the early 1940s transformed Bodega Bay into a safe harbor for fleets of fishing boats.
Stricter fishing limits have cut into the boating traffic at the marinas, but salmon and crab still attract sport fishermen and allow others to earn enough of a living, said two longtime commercial fishermen who call Porto Bodega home.
The county zoning for the property is “commercial fishing,” and any proposed land-use changes would be governed by the county’s local coastal plan and the California Coastal Act.