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Family Friendly Lakefront Home with Pier and Buoy

Ellen Marshall

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Calendar last updated:
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Family Friendly Lakefront Home with Pier and Buoy

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Rubicon House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, kid's bed/play room, meditation room, 3.5 Baths, sleeps 10

Four generations of our family have enjoyed this spacious, lake-front home dramatically nestled on Lake Tahoe's West Shore. Designed to be family friendly, the cabin meanders over 4 levels down the gently sloping shoreline. Three floors of large windows and sliding glass doors give you gorgeous views of the lake from all around the home.

The home's main level contains the kitchen, dining area with large table for 8, living room with a wood burning fireplace, 46 inch HD Satellite/DVD/VCR TV, stereo and piano, guitars, library and access to the spacious main deck with lounge chairs, dining tables and a gas barbeque for outdoor entertaining. The library nook has several chairs, copies of the Marshall Holler Along Songbook, some select books on Tahoe history as well as novels to while away a snowy day. The library has some guidebooks which can help you plan your activities, and you can cross check the guide book's map against the floor-to-ceiling Lake Tahoe topographical map on one wall in the living room. The library also features a cupboard stocked with a wide variety of games and playing cards. In the library also stands a small table with computer and printer/scanner/copier with wireless internet access with up to 50 GB free per week, access speeds up to 5 mbps, and often around 2 mbps. Note, the wireless connection to the internet service provider may be disrupted during heavy rain and snow storms, at sunrise and sunset, and is subject to peak period congestion. Internet access is broadcast to all rooms in the house and from the parking lot down to the lakeside dock via private wifi 802.11b/g home network with wireless access point in the library nook attached to the computer. People with AT&T and Verizon 3G mobile devices will get service at the home, as well as Verizon 4G LTE devices, which provide the fastest download speeds available at the home. In the back of the kitchen is a washer, dryer and half bath. A functional kitchen with pair of sinks, side-by-side ovens, under-cabinet microwave oven, refrigerator, electric range and a large complement of cookware/dishware/utensils allows you to comfortably feed lots of people.

The downstairs houses the spacious master suite with a loveseat, 32 inch TV, private bathroom with bidet, toilet, and shower, and it's own porch for maximum privacy.

Separated from the master suite by a stairway, the large carpeted basement Playroom with games, puzzles and a 61 inch HDTV with VCR/DVD/Satellite gives the kids the perfect place to have their own party and sleeping area for 5 or so friends. Two padded benches and 3 twin matresses on the raised carpeted sleeping level give them a sleepover-style experience. Extra sheets and blankets are available for the benches, or you may prefer to bring sleeping bags for these. The kids should bring their own x-box or other gaming equipment for the TV. The Playroom also features a bathroom with toilet, jetted tub/shower. An extra full size refrigerator/freezer in the Playroom complements the kitchen's refrigerator/freezer when the home is fully occupied. Note that the playroom is converted from a basement, so some 'basement' features are still visible, such as pipes, air ducts, and cement. The Playroom can also be a bit noisy as the home's heater is located in a Playroom closet. The minimum overhead clearance to exposed pipes is 6 feet 5 inches. Because the playroom has beds in it, it is counted as one of 5 bedrooms in this listing. However, because of the low ceiling clearance and unfinished elements, we prefer to describe it as a kid's playroom that people can sleep in if they want.

The upstairs has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with a hallway linen closet. The King room has a King size bed, and bathroom with private bathtub/shower/toilet. The Queen room and Twin room share a bathroom with shower and toilet. The Queen room and Twin room with bathroom can together be made into a private family suite by pulling out a pocket door in the hallway. The Queen room has a small desk for a private place to work, and the Twin room has two twin beds. The King and Queen rooms share a private shaded deck to enjoy the afternoon breezes and view.

In between the upstairs and main level there is the home's entryway with coat rack, and bench. Also off the entryway is a door to the small shop, which has a variety of tools, supplies and a work bench for those who need to fix something.

Outdoors the pathways from the street and to the pier at lake level are reinforced with built in steps and sturdy handrails. On the pier are two kayaks and a dinghy (small rowboat) for water fun, with plenty of lifejackets for water safety. A storage bin holds the life jackets, deck chairs, boogie boards, and other pier supplies. The pier has a ladder at the end and a steel stairway on the side leading to the water. There is also a hand-cranked winch (davitt) with boom, rope and pulley to make launching and retrieving the dinghy easy for adults and teenagers. The metal stairway doubles as a ramp to slide a kayak in or out of the water.

There is parking for up to 3 cars at street level. When parking three cars, it is very tight, and the car on the right should avoid scraping the small boulders that line the right edge of the parking lot. When parking 3 cars, no more than 1 should be a large wide car like a suburban. All other parking on the street is private and limited.

Keywords: Lake Tahoe lakefront home, Meeks Bay, Rubicon Bay, pier, buoy, 12 people

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ellen Marshall (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2015

About Ellen Marshall

Passed down to the five children of the original owners Andy and Mary Beth Marshall, we enjoy, maintain and protect this wonderful home. We are scattered all over California from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area, to the Central Valley.

Ellen Marshall purchased this house in 1967

Why Ellen Marshall chose Rubicon

There are many reasons to choose this property for your vacation including:

- Private pier on private lake front (not shared with a homeowner's association)

- Close-in buoy makes it easy to get to your boat

- deep water at dock (pier) is relatively hazard free and easy to navigate to for power boats, especially at low lake levels.

- Uncrowded section of Lake Tahoe compared with Tahoe city and South Shore

- Many living spaces in the home for a relaxed, comfortable stay for small and large families

- Roomy, spacious decks and pier

- Sparklingly clear waters with beautiful sand/rock lake bottom (property shoreline is bouldered with no sand)

- Swimming off the dock

- Off-shore summer prevailing winds provide best water at Tahoe for water skiing and wake boarding

- Family can watch skiers and wake boarders from the main deck

- Lots of day excursions available year round

- 20 minutes walk to Meeks Bay Beach

- Boat to Meeks Bay, Sugar Pine Point State Park, Bliss State Park, Emerald Bay Vikingsholm and Tea House, Pope beach, Baldwin beach

- Fine dining recommendations: West Shore Cafe, Sunnyside Resort, Chamber's Landing, Jake's on the Lake

- Snow skiers: Homewood Mountain Resort 6 miles; Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows 20 miles. Sledding nearby across the highway.

- Cross Country skiers: Meeks Creek 1.5 mi, General Creek 2.5 mi, Sugar Pine Point / Ehrman Mansion 2.5 mi, Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area 15.5 mi

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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based on 9 traveler reviews

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Family Friendly Lakefront Home with Pier and Buoy
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Lovely Lakeside

  • 5 of 5

I just returned from a lovely week at the Marshall family home. My extended family selects a destination area each summer to spend time together and this was a perfect spot! The home is so well appointed with everything anyone might need and many things that are unexpected and very appreciated in a vacation rental. The location is conveniently located to both South Shore and popular West Shore activities and restaurants. After a full day hiking or swimming and kayaking out on the large dock on the lake, our evenings were spent around the dining room table playing board games or watching baseball. We enjoyed reading about the Marshall family and looking at the many family photos around the house. It is obvious that this is a special place, filled with lots of wonderful memories. Thank you for letting us add to that history.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Beautiful spot right on the lake!

  • 5 of 5

This home is conveniently located on the west/south shore of Lake Tahoe. The view is stunning, the house is comfortable, and the kitchen well equipped. The only question we had was immediately addressed.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Wonderful Tahoe Home

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 11 and 2 dogs stayed in this home for a week during Christmas 2012 and enjoyed it immensely. The house is charming and beautiful.

It is also fully stocked -- we found everything that we needed for cooking great meals in kitchen (sharp knives yippee!) and serving at the long dining table facing the lake. Dry wood is supplied for making roaring fires in the stone fireplace, and a closet contains every conceivable tool that one might need whilst away from home.

A big hit with all was the manual (complete with index!) compiled by the owners and which gave detailed "how-to's" for every item in the home (heat, electricity, gadgets, internet, etc.) as well as helpful suggestions for nearby activities (sledding, skiing, hiking, etc.) The manual suggested a nearby sledding hill a short walk away which we were able to enjoy using sleds found in the playroom as a foot of snow blanketed the area. Homewood ski area is a short drive away, with Squaw and Alpine a bit further up the road.

It was nice staying away from the crazy traffic lines in Tahoe City -- no traffic down this way, especially as the pass heading toward South Lake Tahoe was closed due to the snow.

We loved our stay in this home and we all remarked that we'd love to come again during the summer and enjoy the outdoor decks and pier. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Morgan Hill, CA

Perfect Place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent the weekend with wonderful friends in this awesome, spacious, super clean, beautiful and totally comfortable place. There were 8 of us total and it was so cool to be able to sit at the table comfortably with plenty of room for us and the food too. The kitchen comes very well stocked with everything you need to prepare a meal and all the cups, dishes, bowls and utensils for all. A piano, guitars and a fun song book was only small tidbit of the many activities we got to enjoy. Kayaking right off the deck in the gorgeous lake and hiking without having to use the car. We spent most of our time in the family room and kitchen so if I explored the rest of the home I would probably have gotten lost. We got to enjoy the kid's room with our own bathroom and a great view of the lake from the bathroom!!!!! Such a great place to stay and the owners are way too cool too!!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Morgan Hill, CA

Great Place, Great Views, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This vacation rental is ideal for the group and/or family that is looking to stay where you have a semi private location. Located in Meeks Bay and nearby Emerald Bay you are able to play in the picturesque west shore of Lake Tahoe. The accommodations are fantastic and ideal for a larger group! There is much to do at the home as well just a short drive from the cabin.

Great place to share time with your family and/or friends!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Farmington, UT United States


  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect cabin for our family vacation. We have adult children and teens. The pier was large enough for us all to relax in the sun. It was great to have the paddle boat, kayak, boogie boards, and life jackets. The cabin had large spaces to gather in to play games and eat. We are a musical family as well so we thoroughly enjoyed the piano and guitars. Out of our many visits to Lake Tahoe this was our favorite stay by far. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cabin!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
61 Miles
Reno Tahoe International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Chambers Landing Bar and Grill
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Tahoe City
Nearest Train
26 Miles
Amtrak Station, Truckee, CA
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.8 Miles
Westside Pizza
Nearest Ski
5.6 Miles
Homewood Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Meeks Bay
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

From $500 Per night

Rubicon House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2013
Jun 7 - Aug 31
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Notes For the summer season 2014 and beyond, reservations will only be accepted with a 6 day minimum stay until 45 days before the first day of the rental period. At that point, the minimum stay will drop to 3 days.
Your reservation deposit and completed paperwork secure your rental at the time of booking. Later, an additional payment equal to the full rental amount plus taxes plus cleaning fee is due at least 1 week before first day of rental period. The reservation/security/damages deposit will be returned after cleaning less any amount for extraordinary cleaning or damage that occurred during stay.
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Rubicon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2526 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • King Room's Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Suite Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    Kitchen Bathroom - toilet
    Queen/Twin Rooms' Bathroom - toilet , shower , Bathroom is in hallway outside Queen and Twin rooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King Room - 1 king , has lakeview, shared porch, private bathroom
    Queen Room - 1 queen , Writing desk, lakeview, shared porch, shared bathroom
    Master Suite - 1 queen , Lkvw, privt porch, bth, lvst, lrg clst, prvt htr, stov fridg
    Meditation Room - 2 twin/ single , Shares bathroom with Queen room. See note below
    Playroom - 2 twin/ single , See additional notes below
  • The kid's bed/playroom has 3 made up beds each on a twin mattress without bedframe on a raised, carpeted sleeping area. It also has two padded benches which can also be used for sleeping in a pinch. The playroom was converted from a basement and still has some elements of a basement, such as exposed concrete on a wall, visible overhead pipes, and visible heater ducting. Headroom to the lowest pipe is 6'5' - people 6'5' and taller in their shoes will need to duck. The playroom can be a bit noisy in fall/winter/spring when the heater is running at night. The heater is in a closet in the playroom. The Twin Room, Queen Room, and shared bath room can be blocked off into a separate living area by pulling out a pocket door in the hallway. This might be useful for a family with small children that wants to make a combined living space separate from other guests. The Meditation Room is a former sewing room and can sleep two adults on twin beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting

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