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Quaint House in a Quiet Neighborhood.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6)

Located in Riverkern, a quiet residential community 3 miles up river from Kernville, Two bedrooms with queen size beds, large sofa bed in living room, two full baths, single story home, with a large living room, and a dining room in the same room as the kitchen. Fully equipped kitchen. Towels and Linen supplied. Washer dryer. Large wrap around front porch for BBQing and lounging under water misters in the summer. WiFi, land line phone, cable tv, wood burning stove in living room, wall heater. Swamp cooler for use in the summer. NOT A PARTY HOUSE!

Close to the Kern River with access to private Bubbles Beach. Great fishing, tubing, kayaking, swimming. 13 miles upriver from Lake Isabella, day trip to Giant Sequoia Redwoods, Alta Sierra Ski Resort is a 33 minute drive up highway 155. Riverkern General Store ('the biggest little store on the Kern') is a short walk around the corner (closed in winter).

And, You can hear the river at night!!

More Details

Chris J Johnson
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About Chris J Johnson

Chris J Johnson is a long time art teacher/artist in Santa Barbara, California. The home in Riverkern has been in our family for over 40 years, and has been recently upgraded since Johnny Johnson, Chris' Dad, passed away 6+ years ago. 'Gentelman John' was Whiskey Flat Mayor in 1985, and was known as the 'Best Bartender In The Valley'!

Chris J Johnson purchased this house in 1971

Why Chris J Johnson chose Lake Isabella

Location, location, location!!

Riverkern is a quiet residential area that many professional locals (law enforcement, forest service, fire department) choose to live because of the quality of life in the area. It's the last residential area going upstream towards the high country, and only three miles from Kernville.

Please note: This is NOT A PARTY ZONE, but a great location as a base for hiking, fishing, boating, and enjoying the great outdoors.

What makes this house unique

Clean, spacious, great patio for bbqing, close to the river, quiet residential neighborhood. Adjacent large lot for boat, trailers, etc with easy turnaround.


Kernville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • River ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 off master bedroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Large bedroom with private full size bathroom. Bedroom #2 Smaller room with queen bed. 2nd full size bathroom off of kitchen/dining room. Queen sofa bed in living room. Single portable bed.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Close to the river and private Bubbles Beach. 3 miles from Kernville. Quiet residential. Small store within walking distance- closed in winter. 13 miles from Lake Isabella. Excellent hiking and fishing. The Kern River is stocked with rainbow trout by the California Fish and Game.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

Quaint House in a Quiet Neighborhood.
average rating of 4.8 based on 20 reviews

so much more than expected!

  • 5 of 5

Great house and property at a great price.

They gave us a complementary bottle of wine and fire wood. The neighborhood was very quiet and pretty. The property the house sits on is huge! With a gated area, picnic tables, horse shoes, and the sound of many local birds including an owl! The house is fantastic for the price. To my surprise the beds were 5 STAR, incredible quality! Wowow! Wouldn't have expected that. Highly recommend and plan to return in the summer. :)

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Steve N Lisa Family fishing trip.

  • 5 of 5

We heard about this place from a friend, not from this web site. The weather was warm, but the house swamp cooler did the trick. Afternoons sitting in the porch misters watching the mountains was so relaxing. Fishing "I got skunked". My son on the other hand was on fire. Really good size trout. Big enough to make a meal. This is a home. It is furnished with everything you could need, just like home. Kernville is a small town, that has great food and lot's of friendly people. We went half day river rafting on the lower Kern. 3 and small 4's rapids. We have rafted in a lot of places. It had been a long time so we started slow. Great time by all. Went back for more.

You can hear the river at night. Smell the fresh air and be stunned every morning and afternoon by the scenic beauty all around you. I have returned three times to this home and will come again and again.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another amazingly good time at this lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

This is the 2nd time we have stayed at Chris's house and will probably not be the last. It has all the charm and amenities you expect from a home away from home and then some. Such a peaceful setting and so many local sites to see. We feel very at home here and the owners are very friendly and communicative and easygoing. It has become a very special place for us and I can't recommend it highly enough!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot

  • 5 of 5

grest place. Clean and fully stocked. Definitely take advantage of bubbles beach.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Very happy. Nice and peaceful neighborhood. Kids loved the space. It was a very nice vacation for us. Central location between town and river.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great place for a relaxing retreat.

  • 4 of 5

The property worked perfectly for us. Our group consisted of two couples and a teen. The house is not fancy, but who wants fancy when you are hiking and tubing? There is plenty of bedding, decently appointed kitchen, and a spacious living room. We used the grill both nights and were able to watch the opening of the college football season. The swamp cooler kept us comfortable in the summer heat and the misters are a great touch.

Best of all the house is walking distance from a beach that normally has limited access to locals only. Even on Labor Day weekend it wasn't too crowded and we were able to paddle and float in our tubes.

Chris was prompt and responsive and everything matched what he said.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3.5 Miles
Kernville, Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Sportsman, The Hut, Pizza Barn, Kernville Saloon
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Kernville Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Sierra Way,Hwy 155, Hwy 178
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Riverkern General Store, Ewings Restaurant
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Alta Sierra (Shirley Meadows)
Car: recommended

Trail of 100 Giants


Rates & Availability

Kernville House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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