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Is Now the Time to Buy a Miniature Golf Course in Russian River?

It just might be.

Not long after San Francisco became a gold-rush boomtown in the mid-19th century, flocks of newfound (and often well-to-do) city-dwellers began to realize they needed a place to escape the city. This is how the resort towns like Guerneville, located roughly an hour north of the city on the Russian River, began to boom.

Guerneville’s Main Street lineup includes a retro five-and-dime, a fancy local bakery, and a long-running piano bar.

In the late 1940s, a miniature golf course opened up in Guerneville and added to the family atmosphere of the town, but not long after—with the demise of the railroad from the city and the rising popularity of air travel in the 1960s—the region fell into a slow decline.

But these days, the Russian River is back.

The old bank gets a makeover, transforming into an ice cream parlor called Nimble and Finn.

In quaint towns like Guerneville and Monte Rio, what’s old is becoming new again. Defunct banks have been repurposed into artisan ice-cream parlors, respected chefs have imported first-rate cuisine to the country, old trailer parks have become trendy airstream “glamping” grounds, and old movie theaters like the Rio have been restored and turned into cultural centerpieces. But there’s still room in the Russian River to blend the old and the new, which is where this same miniature golf from the 1940s comes into the picture: it’s now for sale, a single-family home with miniature golf course included.

If you’ve driven into Guerneville, you’ve seen this sign. You can’t miss it!

The home and the mini-golf course (listed at $695,000) are on half an acre of property located in prime real estate just across the bridge from the iconic Johnson’s Beach.

Rebuilt and elevated in 1997, the house has an expansive deck with views of the redwoods as well as…a purple brontosaurus that hangs out in the yard.

The appliances in the kitchen have also been updated, and there are four bedrooms that can be configured to your liking. In addition to a miniature golf course, however, the property includes multiple dinosaur sculptures (along with many far weirder monuments) including this intimidatingly adorable T-Rex?

Let’s face it, when there’s a friendly purple T-rex in the backyard, you’re not just coming for the kitchen.

If a defunct bank can become a cool new ice cream parlor, what could this former arcade become?

The home is close enough to Guerneville that you can easily walk to the bars and restaurants. By the way, it’s just one example of the kinds of unique properties that are on offer in the Russian River region: This former amusement park just sold to new owners, as well.

The locals say it may or may not be haunted.

Of course, if you’re wary of dinosaurs (and putters), there are plenty of other Russian River properties that display the beauty and old-school charm of the region—and with the right touch, could be modernized while still maintaining that connection to its storied past.

How much do riverfront homes in Guerneville cost?

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