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Architectural Beauty With Views, Steps To The Lake And Piers

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

House = 3 Bedrooms + Loft (Sleeps 8), 3 Baths. Studio = sleeps 2 more + Bath

Luxury, refinement, beauty. Our architecturally designed home with unobstructed Donner Lake views offers tranquility and spaciousness with easy access to the lake, directly across the street from public piers. Feel as though you are cruising on a yacht. Views are sensational year round. The ceilings are 25' high, soaring with light from every window, creating an architectural design feature called 'borrowed light.' The beautiful, reclaimed hardwood and Sierra slate flooring are heated for your comfort. The practical kitchen is well equipped and offers stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Studio available for rent if additional space is needed (sleeps 2). Available to tenants renting Main House only. Both units are comfortably furnished with clean lined, quality pieces.

The upper level has three comfortable, private bedrooms plus a loft with two twin-sized futons. The master bedroom has a spacious, adjoining bathroom with jetted tub, glass shower and double sinks, crafted of hammered nickel. The other two bedrooms, named Creekside and Lakeside, have a queen sized bed in each and both share a bathroom on the upper level. Quality linens and towels are provided, plus soap and shampoo.

The lower level offers a clutter-free, wide open floor plan for gathering as well as quiet seating for reading or conversation. The Great Room has a large, Italian leather, sectional couch from which to relax in front of the fireplace or watch tv. The side office has a work desk and small couch with views to the side yard, especially beautiful in the snow. Lighting over the dining table is dimmable so you can choose your mood, low light for romantic dinners or blowing out birthday candles to brighter light for board games.

Vacation rental provides a garage (for two compact or one standard sized car) and a covered carport for a compact sized car. When there is no snow there is an additional parking space across from the garage entrance on the private road. Snow plowing in the winter is included.

Just steps outside our door takes you to Donner Lake where you can walk or run the 7 mile loop around the lake. In the summer, enjoy the local West End beach which offers water sport rentals, boat launching, volleyball, horseshoes, fishing, swimmers beach, ping pong, BBQ pits, and children's playground. Donner Memorial State Park, just down the road, offers flat, paved trails around the lake with fabulous views. The Truckee River Legacy Trail for biking, walking and running is close by. We are located ten minutes from Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and Donner Summit. We are close to Royal Gorge's XCountry resort and only a short drive to Squaw Valley, Alpine, and Northstar Ski Resorts. Lake Tahoe is thirteen miles away along a scenic route. We are located within ten minutes of downtown Truckee where you will find shopping, restaurants and Western history. Reno nightlife, entertainment, and INT'L Airport are just forty-five minutes away.

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About The Owner

The Sierra Nevada mountains are rejuvenating. We were married in Squaw Valley and 'honeymooned' many times in the Tahoe area over the years, being drawn to Donner Lake most of all for its tranquility and beauty. We want to share our home with those who appreciate serenity and nature's beauty, family time and outdoor activities.

The Owner purchased this house in 2014

Why The Owner chose Lake Tahoe North Shore

Our family experienced the serenity and artistic beauty of this Lake House with its outstanding architectural design, openness, beautiful light and views of Donner Lake such that we wanted to make it our home. The architect is the only prior owner. Since 2009 the house has been in high demand as a rental with many repeat guests who feel it is their home away from home. Our Lake House is ideal for a peaceful retreat or special time with family and friends after a day of outdoor fun. Many couples have honeymooned at the Lake House. Conveniently located, our home provides easy access to hiking, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding and golf, to name a few. Near by ski resorts include Squaw Valley (14.5 miles) , NorthStar-at-Tahoe (12 miles), Sugar Bowl (5.2 miles), Boreal (5.9 miles), Alpine Meadows, Mount Rose and Donner Ski Ranch. Truckee and Tahoe offer fabulous outdoor sports plus arts and entertainment venues. A bike lane on Donner Pass Road, just steps outside our door, provides the ease of biking, running or walking the 7 mile loop around the lake. Donner Lake provides year round activities for all ages. We are within 8 minutes of historic downtown Truckee with its hometown, Western feel, full of shops and restaurants.

What makes this house unique

Our lake views and architecture are unique among the homes at Donner Lake. Relax on the front porch and watch Donner Lake's personality change throughout the day from foggy calm in the morning to sparkling ripples mid day. The architect designed the windows on the main floor to provide a cooling cross breeze when open and to welcome in the relaxing sounds of the creek that runs the length of the property. Our home offers spacious common rooms for gathering, comfortable seating for reading and quiet bedrooms for privacy. The interior is designed with high quality finishes such as Hubbardton Forge light fixtures and hammered metal sinks.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow!! Your home looks like it belongs in Architectural Magazine! This was a lovely place to spend our anniversary month. We cannot believe how beautiful the weather was for November. Your home is simply magnificent, the lake views are fabulous and the ambiance made for a great experience. We will return again!
Oct 2013
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Truckee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • I have a rental agreement for renter to review and approve prior to booking. Additional charge for cleaning if more than 6 guests in main house.
  • No parties, events or receptions. In winter no cables or chains on vehicle tires parked in garage. This will preserve epoxied floor, a water barrier.
  • Please pack your slippers. The wood floors were recently refinished. Please remove shoes and enjoy the house in slippers or stocking feet.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Adjoining Master bedroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs for bedrooms 2 and 3
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Downstairs, main floor
  • MAIN HOUSE: 3 Bathrooms Master bedroom has attached master bathroom. This Master bathroom has double sinks, glass shower and jacuzzi tub for two. Queen Bedrooms, named Creekside and Lakeside, share the adjacent upstairs bathroom with with shower. The bathroom on the lower level has a step down shower and is convenient as the powder room. STUDIO: Bathroom = full private bathroom with tub-shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king , Cal King bedroom with adjoining master bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Loft in Main House - 2 twin/ single
    Separate Studio: Sleeps 2. Available for additional rent - 1 double , Rentable Studio is five steps from main house across patio
  • MAIN HOUSE: 3 Bedrooms + 2 Single Futons in Loft = Sleeps 8, STUDIO: one double futon sleeps 2. (Additional cost to rent) All bedrooms are furnished with linens and very comfortable beds. In the Main House the master has a Cal King bed. Two additional bedrooms have Queen size beds. The loft has two comfortable single futons.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
I will send you my rental agreement for your review and approval when booking. A car is necessary for getting around the area. A 4WD, SUV type vehicle is recommended. Please be aware that the 2016/2017 winter storms have been rough on the road leading to our back door entrance. The large potholes are filled in with rocks now. It is advised that you have an SUV type vehicle with clearance and sturdy tires. Drive slowly over the rocks and you'll be fine. Studio is available for rent along with Main House only. Studio has a full size futon bed, private bathroom, mini frig, flat screen TV. Rental rate is ($150/night + $50 cleaning fee) + Taxes. Studio charge is for the same number of nights as the Main House rental. Donner Lake Marina and Watersports, a few blocks away and near West End Beach, offers a variety of rental equipment.


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Architectural Beauty With Views, Steps To The Lake And Piers
average rating of 4.965517 based on 32 reviews

Good home for holidays

  • 5 of 5

This home is very good and convenient. There is everything you need in this home. We were enjoyed of our staying

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Beautiful home with views to match

  • 5 of 5

This home was beautiful and very well-suited for our large group of two families. It was spacious with areas where we could be together or find spots to be alone. The house is perched above Donner Lake Rd with gorgeous views of the lake and mountains behind. The home was comfortable, well appointed and a short drive to the town of Truckee. The owner was helpful and responsive when we were making arrangements. This is a special place to be able to enjoy some time in the mountains!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Amazing Donner Lake House

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently returned for our fourth visit to the beautiful Donner Lake House, truly an architectural beauty. It is one of those special places we go to relax and enjoy all that the home offers, whether it is sitting out on the deck with a glass of champagne taking in the beautiful views or cooking a nice meal in the well stocked kitchen. And we love the quaint little town of Truckee and their restaurants, especially Trokay Restaurant and Marg's Taco Bistro. The owners are so nice and helpful if you need anything and we always look forward to our return trip knowing that the house will be as clean and well maintained as our previous visit...Always a great time at the Lake House.... Sharon and Tom M., Shell Beach

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Beautiful Donner home across from lake

  • 4 of 5

We were 2 related families in this very nice contemporary recently built Donner Lake home in August. As advertised, this well-designed truly "architectural" home is across the street from the lake providing beautiful expansive lake views. Home finishes are high-end and appealing, with kitchen and baths up-to-date and what you are likely to find in well designed high end mountain homes. The overall architectural design takes the best advantage of its location for light and views. There is pier access to the lake directly across the street. The public beach is a short walk or drive with paddle boards etc available for rent there - it's an especially great environment for younger kids. Even closer to the house is the rental location for ski boats, jet skis etc. We enjoyed all of this and appreciated the low-key old-fashioned environment of Donner Lake. Downtown Truckee (10 min) is great for a dinner out and activities the town offers. Communication with the owners was smooth, and instructions were clear. There is a nice binder with recommendations for local activities and restaurants, and they were very available for questions throughout the process. I would only recommend that renters review in advance all procedures for checkout as there are a number of responsibilities to complete prior to your morning departure. We would definitely consider visiting this home again.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Beautiful house in an amazing location.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 3 nights with family and friends. The property was amazing great kitchen, comfy beds and amazing views. We would highly recommend and intend to come back for another visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Best of the best

  • 5 of 5

It's an architecturally beautiful modern mountain lake home. My wife and I stayed for four days and visited with friends.

The place is kind of mind blowingly beautiful. Well appointed- stunning view. All of the comforts you would want. Excellent kitchen and three of the most amazing showers........

Not only is it fun to stay in, it's got a great vibe and a porch you will want to spend most of your time on. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Reno International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Old Greenwood Golf Resort
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Downtown Truckee Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Interstate 80
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Donner Lake Kitchen
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
0.7 Miles
Donner Lake's Public Beach is West End Beach
Car: necessary

The Donner Lake/Tahoe area offers a multitude of outdoor activities in all seasons, refined dining experiences and casual family restaurants. Hiking, water sports and ski resorts abound. Every season has its own offerings. During the summer you can attend music festivals, concerts in the park, play golf, go kayaking or boating. During the winter you can enjoy the nearby ski resorts during the day and fine restaurant dining at night. Lake Tahoe is just 13 miles away. Truckee, 4 miles down the road with its hometown Western feel, offers easy access to amenities.


Rates & Availability

Truckee House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 16 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fourth of July
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jul 6 2017 - Jul 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 17 2017 - Jul 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 27 2017 - Jul 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Aug 5 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 20 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Minimum Cleaning Fee $285 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 15.0%

I will send you my rental agreement for your review and approval.

Additional charges apply for early arrival or late departure, if available.

Studio = $150/night + $70 Cleaning Fee + Tax is available for rent only along with Main House and for the same number of nights as the Main House rental.

Home is available at 4 p.m. on day of arrival. Departure time is at 11 a.m. day of departure.

$500 Deposit due w/ signed contract. Rent & Fees due 90 days prior to occupancy.

International credit cards are subject to an additional 2% fee.

Rates above are for payment through HomeAway.

Weekly rental available.

Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve/Day, Memorial Weekend, 4th of July Weekend, Labor Day Weekend & Spring Break

Until confirmed rates are subject to change without notice, including cleaning fee which is set by the cleaning service.

Town of Truckee Registration Certificate No. 372

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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