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Family Friendly Lakefront Home with Pier and Buoy

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,526 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

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, 42 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. The playroom is not counted as one of the listed bedrooms in the listing summary.

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 Meditation room share a bathroom with shower and toilet. The Queen room and Meditation 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 Meditation room has two twin beds. The Meditation room is not counted as a bedroom in the listing summary.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. El Dorado County Transient Permit #1648.

Keywords: Lake Tahoe lakefront home, Meeks Bay, Rubicon Bay, pier, buoy, 10 people

More Details

Ellen Marshall
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

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 Tahoma

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


Tahoma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2526 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Parking is limited to 3 spaces directly in front of the house.
  • Garbage pickup is Friday. Have garbage in place prior to 6:00 a.m.
  • A ninety (90) day notice is required for cancellation without penalty.
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 ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 beach chairs
  • 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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Family Friendly Lakefront Home with Pier and Buoy
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
San Francisco, CA

Lovely, comfortable, spacious home with appropriate amenities and spectacular views of Lake Tahoe

  • 5 of 5

Our family and friends had an absolutely wonderful, fun-filled, stay at the Marshall home at Lake Tahoe. The home is lovely, comfortable, and spacious with appropriate amenities and spectacular views. The main floor is an open concept with home decorations which create a very warm and welcoming feeling. There is a large dock for entertaining, playing games, sunning, and swimming; complete with chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, water gear, and even baskets for catching crawfish. You appreciate the fantastic views of Lake Tahoe from the main floor (includes family and dining areas) with large deck, and the three bedrooms and decks on the other two floors. This is our second stay, here, and we look forward to coming back again!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the incredible Tahoe home. Clean, well equipped, and the best lakefront location on the lake! Thank you....We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Wedding Week

  • 5 of 5

Photos do not do justice for this property. We had 10 in our party and had plenty of room. We vacation in Lake Tahoe every summer and have stayed all around the lake. We will definitely stay here again. If you want to be on the water, this is the place to stay! Right on the water, jump off the dock and swim, take the canoe out, grill and eat on the huge deck. Very peaceful, watch the sunrise in the morning (early 5:30) and watch the sunset (around 8:30) right from your room or the deck. Also, great neighborhood and wonderful neighbors that rented their jet ski one afternoon to us and one neighbor took out our family for a cruise on their boat.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3 generations ~ family time

  • 5 of 5

Great place! Felt so comfortable for all of our ages 12 months to 73 😊?!

It was our second time at the Marshall's Vacation Home. They have plenty of supplies and clean bathrooms and kitchen. Plenty of space for all! Felt very rested and relaxed while staying in their comfortable home.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Second visit was just as good as the first

  • 5 of 5

We had a grand family reunion at the Marshall home on Lake Tahoe's Rubicon Bay in May 2016 that we reprised earlier this month. It is a spacious, well-appointed home that can accommodate a large gathering but also has three levels of decks and bedrooms upstairs and down that allow privacy. The large kitchen is conducive to "Big Chill" style group cooking, the grand stone fireplace provided a welcome warm-up during a May snowstorm and the piano and other musical instruments were enjoyed by the musically inclined in the group. The daredevils in the group made good use of the private dock and dingy, though the water was cold. Of course the view is the big draw, looking directly over the lake at South Lake Tahoe and Heavenly. The location is perfect for us - about halfway between South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City - providing seclusion but with good access to restaurants and shopping. We expect to return to the Marshall home again and again.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Farmington, UT United States

Beautiful Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay in this beautiful lake front cabin. We had a blast with our married children and granddaughter. There is plenty to do and enjoy right at the cabin. I love that the kitchen and family room is large enough for everyone to gather to eat, play games, and watch the Olympics. But I also love that there are enough rooms for everyone to enjoy their privacy at night. We look forward to coming back in a few years.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

The property is on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. It is far away from the hustle and bustle of the casinos at the north an south ends of the Lake.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

refundable damage fee $1,000
cleaning fee $350 + Tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund