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Secluded 'Green' Award-Winning Contemporary Lakefront Home

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 725 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

This is not a vacation home that we built as much as it is an experience that we created. Please read our guest reviews!

As seen in Sunset and Dwell Magazines, the Lotus Lake House is a completely 'green' exclusive home designed by the award-winning architect Michelle Kaufmann. Its sleek & modern with accordian-style glass walls that completely open to the deck and views of the lake. Lots of windows and cool welcoming tones. We are completely off-grid and have been awarded 'Build it Green' and 'Keep the Sierra Green' certification.

We're situated on 7 acres of private forested property. We cleared just enough trees to have fabulous views of Rollins Lake or instead of just gazing, hike the private trail from the deck to the lake and hop in the canoe we provide guests. With the glass 'Nano' walls open to the outdoors - indoor and outdoor living is blended. No neighbors or other structures in sight! Just the Sierra Mountains, trees, deep blue water, deer, owls, raptors and the ocassional honking geese.

Whether you are on the deck sipping coffee and watching the beautiful sunrise over the mountains, reading, sipping a drink at sunset or star gazing at night, the experience is magical.

Our home is ideally suited for a romantic get-away, or for a couple of good friends or close family members who just need a retreat from the stresses of daily life. Sit on the deck and enjoy the water activity during the summer, swim in the lake or come off season when it's absolutely still. Ideal for writer/artist retreat. Only earth-friendly products are used so it's perfect for people with chemical sensitivities.

For those who want to support the environment while staying in an exclusive and unique property, you can't ask for more. You'll feel like you are in a treehouse. As one of our guests said, 'if you need to relearn how to breathe, this place will teach you'!

Come experience off-the-grid living in luxury!

The Lotus Lake House was the showcase home at the 2007 West Coast Green Show in San Francisco.

Please read our guest comments as they describe the experience better than we ever could!!

Keywords: ecofriendly,contemporary,unique,lakefront,romantic,pet-friendly,luxury,secluded,private, boating,close to downtown Grass Valley & Nevada City, green, eco, dog friendly, lake, forest, cabin, unique,

More Details

Owner
Tod duBois
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 11, 2017

About Tod duBois

We are very interested in doing our part to protect our planet and the environment. Both refugees from the corporate world in Silicon Valley where we held demanding jobs we enjoyed building our dream eco-friendly vacation home in the middle of a forest overlooking beautiful Rollins Lake. Tod designed the off-grid system himself and despite his wife's initial trepidation, it's amazing! This is our home and when it's not rented we delight in escaping the Bay Area for the beauty and simplicity of its zen-like qualities.

Tod duBois purchased this house in 2009

Why Tod duBois chose Gold Country / High Sierra

We love the Sierras and a number of years ago bought 8 acres in the forest overlooking Rollins Lake with the intent of building a low carbon-footprint vacation home that would be all about the views. Although our home is private & secluded we liked that we are within 10 minutes of wineries, the quaint artist town of Nevada City, the historic Gold Rush town of Grass Valley, hiking, exploring the gold mines, and organic farms and only 45 minutes to Sugar Bowl Ski resort.

What makes this house unique

You will come away rejuvenated, even after just 2 days! As one of our guests wrote: 'If you need to learn how to breathe again, this place will teach you'. Most of our guests have plans to do lots of things and wind up not leaving the house! The seclusion, the tree-house feel, the lake views and access to the lake and a canoe make this a very special getaway for 2.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to stay at this wonderful home in the woods! There is nothing like waking up to birds chirping and the smell of trees. It is so calm here and we are loving it. Staying in your home has really made us more aware of our energy usage and hopefully that will follow us home. Our dog has been just as happy as we have been and she has discovered that the only thing more fun than chasing squirrels is chasing lizards! Thank you so much! We look forward to coming back and telling everyone we know.
May 2010
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Amenities

Chicago Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 725 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) high end mattress with optional feather bed, Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 Italian sofas in living room can convert to single beds, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) High quality Italian sofa and long love seat in living room each convert to single bed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
2 person canoe provided for guests' use; large boat ramps and rentals about 5 minutes away

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Secluded 'Green' Award-Winning Contemporary Lakefront Home
average rating of 4.7659574 based on 102 reviews
5

Beautiful light space in nature.

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed staying a week in this unique and beautiful home filled with light and surrounded by the trees. The deck was our favorite place to hang out and we enjoyed sitting on the swing bench watching the sun rise over the lake. The noise of the motor boats and jet skis and the people in them yelling and shouting at first took away from the serenity, but after the weekend it got more quiet and it didn't bother us that much anymore. The weather was hot, but the shade of the trees and the breeze made it comfortable. Nevada City is very close and offers great dining , yoga , music and other entertainment. We truly loved staying here.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Belmont, CALIFORNIA
4

Peaceful, beautiful surroundings

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed the scenery and quiet

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Redwood City, CA
5

Tranquility found.

  • 5 of 5

Tod's commitment to excellence showed through and through during our stay. The pre-fab was amazingly well constructed and at times left us wondering if it really was a pre-fab. The house performed as advertised, and the views did not disappoint. Modern, contemporary, and escape and hidden gem is how I would describe this property. 4G/LTE coverage worked well, and the Chicago Park neighborhood is charming. If you're thinking about staying here, I would encourage you to do so.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hollister, CA
5

Beautiful place to get away and RELAX!!!

  • 5 of 5

Tod's place was amazing!! We had a much needed relaxing weekend. Felt like we were in a treehouse. Everything in the house was so well organized, very clean. Thank you Tod for sharing this very unique and lovely piece of property.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We'll be back - with a caveat

  • 5 of 5

This place is beautiful! It feels very secluded and the photos are accurate of what you can expect. The owner, Tod and property manger, Debbie were both very accommodating and pleasant to deal with. We will definitely be back...but with a caveat.

I didn't see this mentioned by other reviewers but it's worth noting that Rollins Lakeside Inn is a cabin rental resort at the bottom of the driveway and you basically have to cut through their property to access this property.

There was a wedding planned for one of the evenings that we were there and it caused a bit of confusion because the people throwing the wedding didn't want us driving through while the wedding was going on. It was from 3pm-11pm.

I let Tod and Debbie know about this unexpected conflict and they quickly contacted the owners of Rollins Lakeside Inn and settled things (thanks again Tod and Debbie). We agreed to not drive through during the ceremony, which was only a 30 minute window.

In the end, this didn't cause much of an inconvenience for us but it did put me in an awkward position when the pushy Mom of the bride wasn't happy with me not being able to commit to not leave the property all night, but I digress.

The wedding did go on until 11pm, with amplified music and incredibly loud fireworks (we assume the fireworks were from the wedding since they were going off right overhead) which scared the hell out of our dog and baby.

This didn't necessarily put a big damper on our trip—we'd love to come back—but we were looking forward to sitting on the deck and enjoying the peace and quiet that night. We live in downtown Oakland, CA and it's a very noisy area. Getting away from it all was the point of this trip. Instead, that night, we stayed inside where most of the partying and music was drowned out and watched a couple of movies.

Debbie let us have a late checkout the next day which really helped make up for the wedding situation.

If you're looking for a beautiful home with seclusion and amazing views, this place is perfect...as long as the neighbors aren't hosting a wedding.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just what I needed

  • 5 of 5

The owners made living of the grid luxurious and also seamless with nature. Words cannot explain the beauty of the surroundings and the joy of the solitude.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Sacramento
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
several
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Grass Valley
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Colfax
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I80
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Apple Cafe
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Our little lakefront or Orchard Springs Campground
Car: necessary

We are in the Sierras/California Gold Country. While totally secluded and nestled in the forest you are minutes to the historic gold rush towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City as well as other beautiful little towns. There are wineries, gold mine tours, theatre, shopping, restaurants, hiking, swimming and water sports, There are wonderful festivals such as Cornish and Victorian Christmas, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, lots of art galleries.

Other Activities: kayaking, boating, downhill/alpine skiing, snowboarding, wildlife viewing

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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