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The Log House in Truckee, CA - 5,250 sq.ft. of Awesome!

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


Truckee House Rental Photos and Description

A fabulous 5,250 sq. ft. Log Home on top of the world in the Lake Tahoe area!

The Log House is a gorgeous privately owned 5,250 sq. ft. log home in Truckee, CA constructed in 2005. The house is located in the Tahoe Donner Association at one of the highest home sites available ... 7,250 ft. near the Glacier Point trail portal within walking distance from the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. NEW - 10/1/2016!!! The house now has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, plus a loft with a very comfortable hide-a-bed which can be easily used as a 5th bedroom. A 3-car garage keeps your cars safe from our incredible winter snow storms!

The Log House itself is loaded with amenities and must be seen to be believed. The Great Room has 25 ft. floor-to-ceiling windows and gas fireplace to compliment the immaculate views. The kitchen is fully loaded with stainless steel appliances -- refrigerator, 48 inch range with 2 ovens, built-in microwave, dishwasher and coffee/cappuccino machine. The bar & rec room area has its own refrigerator and dishwasher, another massive fireplace, wine cellar, steam shower, and dry sauna in addition to a highly functional work out area with Olympic weights and a stair master. The top rear deck has beautiful stainless steel barbeque, fire pit, two propane heaters, ample seating and a specially designed area for the brand NEW 10-person jacuzzi that is sitting over 30 ft. above the ground and perfect for enjoying the massive views or the night stars.

The sleeping arrangements are as follows:

* Master Bedroom (king)

* Guest Bedroom I (king)

* Guest Bedroom II (queen)

* Guest Bedroom III (king) - NEW!! on 10/1/2016

* Loft (queen hide-a-bed - unusually comfortable)

We also have a very nice queen air bed for the last couple to join the group ... or the kids! The Master Bedroom has its own gas fireplace and opens up to the top deck only footsteps from the jacuzzi. Both guest bedrooms open up onto the lower deck area so that all guests enjoy the same massive views from the comfort of their sleeping quarters.

This home is not only defined by the massive 24 inch plus logs but the incredible 180 degree views of Mt. Rose, the Truckee Meadow, Northstar Ski resort, the Pacific Crest, and Donner Pass from its two rear deck areas.

Guests of The Log House enjoy all the member benefits of the Tahoe Donner Association, including the Downhill Ski Area, Cross Country Center, Equestrian Center, Campground, 18-hole Golf Course, Recreation Center, Clubhouse and Beach Club Marina via two Transferable Guest Cards (good for 8 people).

Lake Tahoe is only 20 miles away from the property and is internationally known for offering visitors a bonanza of recreation, restaurants, and attractions. With so much to do you may want to visit the Official Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau websites for the information you need to plan your vacation to the Lake Tahoe / Truckee area. Between the property and Lake Tahoe you have multiple world-class ski resorts including Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Northstar. Locally, within 10 miles you have multiple smaller lakes accessible for boating, fishing, and water sports including Lake Donner, Boca Lake, and Stampede Lake. Outdoor recreation activities in this area are endless ... so come enjoy!

This is snow country so make sure you plan for you 4-wheel drive vehicle if coming up in the winter season. The severity of weather from the Town of Truckee up to the house can change radically in the winter ... so it is very important to be prepared!

This is no ordinary vacation rental ... the logs, the views, and the amenities of this area must be experienced in order to be fully appreciated. So come join us for a vacation in the mountains you'll never forget!!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Rodney Recker
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About Rodney Recker

The owner personally designed and built this beautiful home. The logs are Northern White Pine brought into the area from the Toronto, Canada. Eight semi-trucks were required to bring all of the logs into the US. The house is accented with beautiful granite, slate, and tile work, two log staircases, and an amazing salvaged wood floor made of 2.5 inch thick, 27 inch wide and 30 feet long planks cut from century old timbers recovered from a canal in Canada.

Rodney Recker purchased this house in 2005

Why Rodney Recker chose Lake Tahoe North Shore

This property is defined by its AWESOME VIEWS!!! We are on the top of Tahoe Donner at over 7,250 ft. elevation. On clear days the view extends beyond 50 miles -- over Mt. Rose, Northstar, the Truckee meadow, the Pacific Crest and even Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe!

What makes this house unique

NOTHING compares to the warmth of a Log Home with amazing fireplaces and incredible views on that crisp winter morning or lazy summer day! The decks and hot tub area allow you to gaze 'down' upon Truckee and the surrounding Sierras both day and night -- spectacular!!


based on 23 traveler reviews

The Log House in Truckee, CA - 5,250 sq.ft. of Awesome!
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews

Beautiful log home with stunning views!

  • 4 of 5

Honestly, the pictures don't do the house justice, especially when it comes to the view from the back patio and even better, from the large hot tub! We had six in our group and were very comfortable in the home. The owner, Rodney, was very responsive and helpful (he even gave me some nice recommendations in the area). The kitchen was nicely appointed and we loved the coffee maker. The neighborhood is very nice with access to several great trails if you're up for a hike. The furniture was very comfortable and high end.

There are a few things to be aware of it, which didn't deter from our great experience:

1. We felt the house was short on towels (especially with the hot tub in use). After notifying Rodney of this after our return, he indicated he'd ask the maids to leave extras going forward, so hopefully this isn't an issue.

2. Despite having 3 living areas, there is only one television in the entire home, which is upstairs in the loft. If you are like us, you are there to enjoy nature anyway, but this can be an issue for some.

3. As is the case with all of the homes built into the hills, expect some stairs to get to the main entry / front door.

4. Be ready for the morning sun! The home faces east and there weren't really any blinds in the bedrooms, which is great for not obstructing the fantastic views, but does mean you receive a sunny "good morning".

5. There are two guest rooms downstairs that are both nice enough, but they end up sharing one full bathroom. There is a separate shower in the room that contains a nice sauna, but in terms of a vanity area and toilet on this floor, there's only one.

I was torn on the 4 stars vs. 5 and it really came down to a couple of the items noted above. We are already planning our next trip back to Tahoe and we wouldn't hesitate to rent this home again. Truckee is a great town and we enjoyed our stay very much!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Menlo Park, CA/USA

The Log House Truckee

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great stay at the Log House. The views are beautiful, and the house is spacious and nicely furnished. There are LOTS of stairs from the street level down to the house, and many more stairs to access the 3 levels of the home, so those with difficulty with stairs at altitude or very small children should take note.

There are comfortable beds in 3 bedrooms for 6 guests (master with a king and 2 bedrooms on the lower level with double/queen beds)...the cabin description says up to 12 can sleep in the cabin, but if you have a group this large 6 of 12 guests will be sleeping on couches or air mattresses in the common areas. The cabin has 3 separate common areas: living/dining area on the main floor, big family room on the lower level, and a smaller loft with a couch and two chairs and the only television in the home. There's a great hot tub on the main deck with views.

One final note--none of the 3 bedrooms has window coverings. The full moon during our stay shone brightly, as did the sunshine early and late. Hard to complain considering the beautiful views, but our group had trouble sleeping past the 5 am sunrise!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Experience

  • 5 of 5

It was absolutely the most incredible experience. The house was absolutely beautiful! The sunrises overlooking the mountains were breathtaking. There is no where else I would ever go:-)!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Awesome Log Home

  • 5 of 5

If you want to have a complete resort like vacation spot, without the cost of the Ritz, this is your choice. We have rentals on VRBO and this is how we run our properties. Small details make all the difference. If you're going to Tahoe area, you have to check this place out.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Awe inspiring architecture

  • 5 of 5

Love the way giant wood beams were used to build this large airie house. Everything is new, great kitchen w commercial stove and disco lit hot tub w massage features. This feels like a very high end house as oppose to an affordable rental. Location is great, donner ski park is best place for young kids. Very mellow and enjoyable rentable for our young family.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Nashua, NH

Couldn't of been happier!!

  • 5 of 5

This home is stunning! The only way our trip to Truckee could have been better is if we { 6 people } stayed longer. The views from the deck were amazing. The sunrise and sunset especially. We did a lot of sightseeing and found the location a great starting point. The owner was great to deal with. We had no issues. We had flown in from a stay in Vegas and found it easier checking in and out of the Log house than the hotel we stayed at. Seeing the deer each morning and evening from the deck was a bonus. The house itself is beautiful. The craftsmanship fantastic. There are a lot of nice homes around the area but with every thing this house has to offer you would be hard pressed to find a better place to stay. Our group is already talking about returning and I would definitely recommend this home to anyone who is looking to stay in that area.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Squaw Valley USA Ski Resort
"My favorite ski resort ... now under the same ownership as Alpine Meadows right next door. ..."
Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
"Great cruising runs when you don't want the difficulty of Squaw Valley!"
"Northstar is a great family resort ... the village area is fantastic!"
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
"Great local Truckee skiing ... when the crowd is too much at the bigger resorts!"
"Great patio for a lunch on the lake any summer afternoon!"
Sunnyside Restaurant
"Best fish tacos in the area ... and the back deck is the place to hang out on a hot summer day!"
Bar of America
"This is my favorite local bar in Truckee! You'll love it!"
Pianeta Ristorante
"Best restaurant in Truckee ... say hello to my friends Tom and Nicole ... they will take spe..."
Tahoe Donner Beach Marina
"Take advantage of Tahoe Donner's own private marina when you stay in our association! Great..."
Emerald Bay State Park
"Nothing is more beautiful than Emerald Bay in the summer!"
Tahoe Donner Golf Course
"Great 18 hole golf course in our backyard ... discounted for guests with the Guest Passes!"
Sand Harbor
"Sand harbor for a beach day on Lake Tahoe!"
Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Bar of America
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Tahoe Donner Golf Course
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Truckee Amtrak Train Station
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Interstate Highway 80
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
The Lodge at Tahoe Donner
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Northstar at Tahoe Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Tahoe Donner Marina on Lake Donner
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Truckee House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Thanksgiving Weekend '16
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas Week '16
Dec 18 2016 - Dec 25 2016
4 night minimum stay
New Years Week '16
Dec 26 2016 - Jan 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Winter Rates I
Jan 2 2017 - Jan 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
MLK Week
Jan 14 2017 - Jan 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Rates II
Jan 22 2017 - Feb 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Presidents Week
Feb 18 2017 - Feb 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Rates III
Feb 26 2017 - Apr 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
July 4th Week
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Weekend
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas Week
Dec 18 2017 - Dec 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
New Years Week
Dec 26 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Mandatory Cleaning Fee $350

Please call the Owner if you take issue with VRBO mandatory fees that they decided to apply to all reservations through this site.

No events with more people than the occupancy that stated in the Reservation can be held at the house without written permission of the Owner.

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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Truckee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath Room - toilet , tub , shower , Multi-head shower and built-in his/hers closets.
    Guest Bathroom - Lower Level - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Bathroom - Loft - toilet , tub , Clawfoot tub w/ hand shower.
    Guest Bathroom - Half - toilet , Half-bath near kitchen for all visitors.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Amazing views and beautiful fireplace.
    Guest Bedroom #1 - 1 king , Beautiful 4-poster king bed.
    Guest Bedroom #2 - 1 queen , A little slice of the wild west!
    Loft - 1 queen , Queen-size hide-a-bed, very comfortable!
    Guest Bedroom #3 - 1 king , NEW!! on 10/1/2016; Best views in the house!
  • The Master bedroom and two Guest bedrooms have king-size beds. One Guest room has a queen-size bed and the loft area has a queen-size hide-a-bed that is remarkably comfortable. There are three (3) large sofas and a queen-size air bed that can be used for auxillary sleeping arrangements.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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