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Lake VIEW STEPS 2 Lakefront & Beachfront Skiing Ski Beach WiFi Luxury

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,574 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

RANKED top 10 LUXURY WORLDWIDE out of almost one Million TripAdvisor Homes

Out of about one million vacation homes on TripAdvisor ours was picked as one of the TOP 10 LUXURY homes worldwide. Our Home was FEATURED in an article titled "10 extravagant ski lodges that will bring your vacation to the next level". Here are a couple of quotes from the article "We teamed up with TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals to find 10 of the best high-end rental properties you can take advantage of this winter", and "At The Essence of Tahoe, a home in South Lake Tahoe, California, guests can enjoy two master suites with unobstructed views of the lake. "

If that isn't enough please be sure to read our Online REVIEWS.

Our BEST rates are usually on 7 night stays. Be sure to shop and compare our online pricing for a 7 night stay.

The Essence Of Tahoe's competitive pricing books it solid, well in advance, by discriminating luxury seeking guests, during busy months and holidays. Reserve well in advance via credit card, our policy is first come first serve, holidays and summer always book. So What is The Essence Of Tahoe all about? As our guest enjoy Lake Tahoe unobstructed views just steps from a majestic Sunset Sandy Beach and/or our favorite 1/2 mile long gorgeous sandy beach with unbelievable scenery.

Layout of Home: Our custom built 3-level home was designed by one of Lake Tahoe’s premier builders. The first level is the kids’ bedrooms and 2nd living area, HDTV, and PlayStation 2, plus a full bathroom and laundry room with full-size washer and dryer. The second level is the main living area with the living room, dining room with seating for 8, kitchen w/ 3 barstools, half bath, 1st master suite, master bathroom and stacked washer and dryer. (You’ll be able to get all your laundry done before you even head home!) This level also has a balcony, just off of the dining area with views of Lake Tahoe. The third level houses the 2nd master suite and connecting bathroom, making it an ultra-private suite. And finally, the rooftop deck off of the 3rd level is perfect for grilling dinner on the BBQ, entertaining guests, or taking in the views of beautiful South Lake Tahoe and nearby mountains.

Nearby Beaches: For those guests traveling during the summer, Lake Tahoe boasts a variety of nearby beaches. Round Hill Pines: Tahoe Blue Wave, H2O Watersports, Lakeside Bar & Grill, tennis courts, heated pool, picnic tables, live music in the summer. Sand Harbor: Fine white sand and rock formations. Bliss State Park: Stunning views of the lake, rock formations, great spot for camping. Angora Lakes: Uphill 1 mile hike to sandy beach w/ shallow water, rental boats and sailboats. Zephyr Cove: Best volleyball, 500-passenger vessel, 36-passenger catamaran, grassy area for groups, water sports and sunset bar. Pope Beach: Excellent for families, shallow water, picnic tables, grills. Emerald Bay Beach: Great for hiking and boating. Meeks Bay: Great family atmosphere, hiking, general store and snack bar. Other summer activities include biking, golfing, fishing, rafting, and tubing.

Nearby Casinos: Another major draw for Lake Tahoe is the gambling. Here is a rundown of the nearby casinos all within just a few miles of the house. MontBleu: Several entertainers, Planet Hollywood Restaurant, and Nero’s Nightclub. Harveys: Recently merged with Harrah’s, Four Diamond Property, a variety of gaming options. Harrah’s: Perhaps the best known of the casinos, several restaurants and lounges and fabulous views of Lake Tahoe. Horizon Casino Resort: Originally the Sierra Tahoe where Elvis Presley performed, hosts many summer events and houses a movie theater. Lakeside Inn & Casino: Friendly staff and favored among locals and tourists alike. On the north shore, you’ll find Cal Neva Resort Spa Casino: A top-rated resort with gorgeous views of the lake and mountains. Hyatt Regency: Located in the High Sierra Mountains, private beach and 16 ski areas. Tahoe Biltmore Lodge and Casino: State-of-the-art slot machines and a variety of other games.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Hutch

We are extremely fortunate to own two phenomenal homes in Tahoe, The Essence Of Tahoe which has had one hundred 5 star reviews and was picked as one of the top ten ski lodge destinations worldwide, out of almost one million homes on TripAdvisor. If you read our feedback you will know we take luxury, quality and your over all experience while our guest very seriously. Our newer second luxury, but much BIGGER home, The BIGGER Essence Of Tahoe, is already attracting discerning guests and is already accumulated its fair share of FIVE STAR Reviews, you can view it here

Why Hutch chose Al Tahoe

You have a choice of where you stay, but if quality, great memories and luxury are three things which you appreciate then we will let our past feedback speak for its self. You can also view our other much bigger home, The BIGGER Essence Of Tahoe at this link or paste it in your browser

What makes this house unique

Incomparable views and luxury, pampering and entertainment for your whole group just feet from the beautiful sands of lake Tahoe. Four bedrooms, accommodate 12, including two private suites for group togetherness yet privacy, 3.5 bathrooms including a Jacuzzi tub, a second family room, roof top lake view deck where you can grill and eat , gourmet fully equipped kitchen, high definition TVs, 2 sets of cloths washers and dryers, a nice entertaining outdoor deck, fire place, heated bathroom floor, where you can create memories and relax. Look no further than one of Tahoe's most exquisite estates.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The house was amazing! We stayed after thanksgiving for a few days to do some hiking and be in the outdoors, and this was the perfect place to come back to. The location was fantastic - right near to stateline and the town, yet quiet and peaceful. It was also right across from the water with a park right in front of the house. The best thing about the house was the quality of the appliances, electronics, and house in general. Often at houses like this things can look nice but be fairly cheap. This was not the case here with a great surround sound system hooked up to the TV, great kitchen appliances, and great bathrooms! I'll definitely try to stay here again when I'm in south lake Tahoe, it can't be beat!
Nov 2013
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Al Tahoe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2574 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Cancellation less than 90 days prior to check-in are not refundable. Lease terms supersede any web site or communications.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • River
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 11 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Master Bath#1 w/ Heated Floors
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Master Bath #2 on Private 3rd Level
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , Full Bath Shared by Bedrooms 3 & 4
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Half Bath on 2nd Level
  • The 1st level of the home includes a full bath, shared by the 3rd and 4th bedrooms. This bathroom includes a double sink and shower/tub combo. The 2nd level has a ½ bath for the living area with a vessel sink and travertine tile. The 2nd level is also home to our 1st Master Bathroom, complete with Heated Floor, honed rock tile, 2 vessel sinks, a makeup mirror, hair dryer, Jetted Spa Tub, separate toilet area, and unique shower with 6 shower heads including 4 body jets. Finally, the connecting bathroom for our 2nd Master Suite, done in travertine tile, includes a pedestal sink, shower, toilet area, and hair dryer. All bathrooms have Cotton Towels.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Suite 1 - 1 king , Master Suite with Connecting Bath
    Master Suite 2 - 1 queen , Master Suite with Connecting Bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Queen Size Bed with Lake Views
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , Full Size Bunks Beds & Lake Views
  • Enjoy a comfortable stay in Master Bedroom 1 with its King Size log bed, 400-count Sheets, Ceiling Fan, Flat Screen TV, Satellite channels, and Connecting Bathroom. Whether you’re catching up on your favorite show or soaking in the large Jetted Spa Tub, this master suite is the epitome of relaxation. The 2nd Master Bedroom features many amenities as well, including a Queen Size log Bed, down comforter, Cotton Sheets, Ceiling Fan, Recessed Lighting and a Connecting Bathroom. If you’re traveling with another couple, they’ll enjoy the privacy of Master Suite 2, which is the only room on the 3rd level of the home. The 3rd bedroom with Full Size Bunk Beds, and 4th bedroom, with Queen Size oak bed and Cotton Sheets, both enjoy Lake Views. Just outside these bedrooms is our 2nd living area with Flat Screen TV, Satellite, PS2 Video Game System and Lake Views.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Tennis
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Our home, built w/ classic Lake Tahoe architecture, features several family-friendly upgrades. The living room, w/ Hudson Bay Leather Couch, love seat, chair w/ ottoman, stone Fireplace, 50” HDTV, Satellite, Surround Sound, and Copper & Cedar Ceilings is the perfect gathering place for adults and children. Prepare meals in our fully-equipped kitchen with High-End Appliances, Custom Granite Countertops, Center Island, Gas Range, and even a Wine Refrigerator. The openness of the living and dining area allows for maximum views of Lake Tahoe, with our Balcony just steps from the dining table. The home also features 2 Master Suites with Connecting Bathrooms. The 3rd & 4th bedrooms share another living area, which includes a Flat Screen TV w/ Satellite and a PS2 Video Game System and several games for the kids to choose from. We also provide WiFi for our guests. When you’re not taking advantage of the indoor amenities, step outside to cook on our BBQ grill or entertain on our Rooftop Deck.


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average rating of 4.931818 based on 133 reviews
walnut creek, ca

Beautiful Home near Heavenly!

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous house perfect for 1-2 families! Minutes from Heavenly...across street from lake...great for winter and summer activites!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2010
  • Stayed: January 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Novato, CA

Essence of Tahoe

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home, spacious and elegant. Everything was beyond our expectations. A perfect rental for three families. Beautiful views of Lake Tahoe, no expense was too much. The home is very well constructed and professionally decorated. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We found this beautiful property to be clean, well appointed, comfortable and in a great location! Located on a quiet street but close to town and the casinos. The owner has excellent communication with you throughout your stay. You will not be disappointed with this home or the views!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well kept home with comfortable space

  • 4 of 5

We stay in a vacation home every year and try to rotate around the lake. Last year was Carnelian Bay Area, this year South Lake. Been doing this for at least 12 years now.

This home is well kept. While the neighboring homes are a big mixture of small cotrages, some shacks and some beauties overall the neighborhood is just okay. The home is very well cared for, decorated ok, and certainly a good value. It was conveniently located just a few moments from Heavenly and the casinos.

Heated tile floors in the bathroom was a big plus. Getting the temp comfortable was a little tricky but we finally figured it out. When the fireplace is on, the heating system goes off.

There was a lot of stickers everywhere (lol), on everything from the kitchen cabinets to shower doors. Even rocking chairs have stickers that say "don't drag across floors". Thought that was a little much. In this price category, hopefully we all know how to respect someone's property, and if not the hefty security deposit is in place. Ours was promptly refunded. Thanks Hutch!

Other than that the only other negative comment is that the first floor shag carpet seems dated and older. However, I would certainly recommend the property as a well kept home with a decent view of the water across the street. Basically the home is conveniently located across the way from a small narrow ( one home width) lot on the water. It may be a small access area to the water. Because this home sits directly across the street, they get a nice view.

Only comment to Hutch (the owner) is that once you take all those stickers off the kitchen cabinets, walls, etc my guess is that there's going to be a lot of repair work needed where the wood will be faded less underneath. Don't think it's worth it.

Bottom line is I would recommend the home as a great value for the area, meticulous in a lot of ways.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, very clean!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great vacation! The house was beautiful along with the view! We took our girls along with a friend, they loved having their own area, perfect place for a family! Nice to be so close to everything. Hutch was amazing and so easy to work with!

Thank you for a great vacation and birthday for my family!!!! Memories...

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Redwood City, CA

Beautiful property, excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 (including two kids under 5) loved this property. Everything was immaculate, updated, and comfortable. Bathrooms were terrific (wonderful showers), spacious kitchen and living area, and comfortable beds. Property manager was extremely easy to communicate with, which made planning hassle free. The location is also perfect - steps away from the lake and a short drive to Heavenly Village and casinos. We will absolutely be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Lake Tahoe Airport
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Tahoe Queen
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Reagan Beach
Car: recommended

You’ll find our home on the California side of South Lake Tahoe, situated just 200 ft. from the beautiful beach of Lake Tahoe across the street from Reagan Park, and 5 minutes to Heavenly Ski Resort, one of the largest ski areas in all of Tahoe. The proximity to parks, beaches, and ski runs make it an ideal year-round location, and Lake Tahoe is never hurting for events. You’ll find something for everyone including concerts, carnivals, comedy shows, and dance lessons. Reagan Park, just across the street, offers plenty of activities for the kids, including volleyball, play areas, and swimming at the nearby sandy beach. If you are arriving by plane, our home is located just about 5 minutes from Lake Tahoe Airport or about 1 hour from Reno Airport. We do recommend renting a car for your stay. If you plan to drive, we are approximately 45 minutes from Carson City, 1.5 hours from Reno, 2 hours from Sacramento, just over 3 hours from San Francisco, and about 4 hours from San Jose.

Other Activities: 200 ft. to lake Tahoe Beach, 5 Min to Heavenly Ski Resort & Across from Reagan Park

Golf: Golfing is another Lake Tahoe activity that can be enjoyed for a good portion of the year. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course: Site of the annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, part of Golf Digest's prestigious Top 100, one of the country’s most challenging and beautiful courses. Incline Village Championship Course: Par 72, surrounded by Ponderosa Pines, spectacular lake views. Incline Village Mountain Course: Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., players need more accuracy than distance. Northstar-at-Tahoe: Robert Muir Graves championship course, narrow, tree-lined fairways, 14 water holes and well-placed traps. Resort at Squaw Creek: Par 71 championship, Audubon status as a certified cooperative sanctuary, and one of the 'Top Ten Courses You Can Play' in Golf Magazine. Bijou Municipal Golf Course: historic 9-hole public course set in High Sierra Alpine Meadows with views of Heavenly and Freel Peak. Tahoe Paradise Golf Course: First 18 hole course in South Lake Tahoe, offers private and group lessons, club rentals and power carts. Tahoe City Golf Course: 9-hole course, views of Lake Tahoe and greens that “break towards the lake”.

Ski: Heavenly Ski Resort: 10,040 feet, highest elevation in the Tahoe Basin, 81 trails, 26 lifts, 250” of annual snowfall. Kirkwood Ski Resort: Peak elevation of 9800 feet, early season opening and late close, offers several clinics for skiers of all levels. Sierra-at-Tahoe: Includes one of Tahoe’s longest runs, Sugar-n-Spice, at 2.5 miles long, 3 express quad chairlifts, terrain for both skiers and snowboarders. Alpine Meadows: 13 lifts, average 300 days of sunshine each year, one of the country’s top winter resorts according to Ski and Skiing Magazine. Homewood: Spectacular views, new Mid-Mountain Pavilion, 59 runs. Sugar Bowl: 1st chairlift in California, 1st gondola in the country, over 500” of snow each year, 84 runs. Northstar: Free Vertical Improvement clinics, Polaris Park offers tubing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling, 70 runs total. Diamond Peak: Family-friendly ski resort, 30 runs, several dining options.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Cleaning $395 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.