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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 1 - 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 quiet 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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Truckee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome
  • 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:
  • Beachfront ...
  • 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 the 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. 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 + $75 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 4.9722223 based on 39 reviews

Wonderful holiday location for family

  • 5 of 5

Stunning house with gorgeous views of the lake. I would definitely choose it again if returning to Donner lake.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hartford, CT

Perfect House and Location for a family get-together

  • 5 of 5

Donner Lake has it's own unique beauty, very accessible, beautifully rimmed with evergreens and different views everyday. But this home truly turned the vacation into a treasured week with family. Our family of 8 adults met here to connect and enjoy each others' company. This home is an architectural gem that is beautifully done with all details attended to. Our weather was a bit chilly (not expected) and the gas fireplace added a beautiful warm glow to our dinner making, puzzle making and general good fun and cheer. All the beds and bedding were exceptional. Nothing was missing and the entire house was spotless. We used the additional studio and it was charming and cozy. Shirin is a delightful host and answered all my questions and cared about our happiness. We hiked, biked and walked as well as visited Truckee - a wonderful town with great shops, food and charm. hit the Tahoe location as well - everything is within a short drive. It was an "EPIC" family get together because of this beautiful and comfortable home.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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great summer location

  • 5 of 5

well stocked

had everything you need for a comfortable stay.

beautiful views.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Danville, CA

I could watch that lake view forever

  • 5 of 5

What a stunning lake home. Starts with the views - it always felt like the lake was just nearby, we haven't been in a home with more attention paid to the sight lines and window placement & construction. We spent mornings & evenings on the wraparound porch with views of both ends of the lake that would be hard to beat. Very spacious kitchen / living area, our family of six always had plenty of room to spread out. Location provides super-easy access to public piers in front, boat rentals a ten minute walk away, ice cream, plus the west end beach. Home is super-clean and feels new.

Strongly recommend this home and we are certainly considering to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in relaxing setting

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 enjoyed our stay at this wonderful lake house in late June. Our family has rented many homes through VRBO/HomeAway and this was easily the most spectacular one. The open floor plan downstairs was great for everyone gathering as we could watch our kids from the kitchen. The master bathroom was stunning with luxury shower and separate tub/jacuzzi. The outside deck patio area was relaxing as you can sit down and enjoy the view of beautiful Donner Lake which is only a short 30 second walk down the steps and across the street. The home is equipped with everything you need and Shirin did a great job of making things easy to find with labels and simple instructions. Our kids loved the board games and when they went out to play there was a small pier in front of the house. The home is also decorated with great lighting. At night, On our walks along the shore the Lake house really stands out from far away. You can see the extra care put into lighting and architecture. If you rent this home you will not be disappointed, trust me! Thanks Shirin for sharing your home , we loved every minute of our mini vacation at the Lake House!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Rest, relax, rejuvenate in awe! You and yours will enjoy every minute of your stay. The pictures don't do justice!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

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 Truckee

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, Sierra slate 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Minimum Cleaning Fee $285 + Tax
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.

For more than 6 guests the cleaning service charges an additional $45 + tax.

Studio = $150/night + $75 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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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