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Thomas Fairbanks

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, german

Perfect! Location--Central yet Quiet--Sunnyside Home

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Sunnyside House Rental Photos and Description

Home: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath (sleeps 8)

True mountain cabin, A-frame style home in OPTIMAL LOCATION for all summer and winter activities. Location benefits include access to “everything” in 15 minutes or less:

o 150 feet from lake bike path

o 1 block from the renowned Sunnyside Lodge & Restaurant, Fire Sign Café, and boat harbor

o 1 block from bus stop for all Tahoe buses (TART), Tahoe Trolley, and free ski resort

shuttle buses, for easy transport around the lake and to HomeWood, Squaw Valley and Alpine

Meadows Ski Resorts

o 5 minute drive from Homewood Ski Resort, 15 minute drive from Squaw and Alpine Meadows

o 5 minute drive from downtown Tahoe City with shops, restaurants, movie theaters, coffee

shops, grocery and drug stores, banks, and more.

o 5 minute drive from Truckee River rafting and riverside restaurants

o 5 minute walk from Ward Creek, with entrance to National Park trails into forests, mountains, and the Tahoe “Rim Trail”.

o 5 minute walk to the forested Ward Creek public park with volleyball and lighted tennis courts,

swings, sandbox, jungle gym, and slides.

Fully furnished home offers comfort and entertainment for small or large groups, friends and families:

o 650 square foot living/dining room area with adjoining kitchen, breakfast bar, and large dining

o room table (seating for 8). Living room features 46” LED SMART TV with DVD Blu-Ray player and Direct TV including HBO.Two double-sliding glass doors open to deck and forest.

o 770 square foot, elevated 2-tiered outdoor deck with outdoor table and seating for 6, lounge chairs and BBQ

o Private, 4-person hot tub on deck surrounded by 100-foot pine trees and open sky

o Second story home with wide bay windows gives beautiful views of pine trees and lush fern grove below

o Charming natural landscaping and large lawn surrounding front and sides of home

o Wireless internet throughout the house

o Fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances

o Newly remodeled upstairs bathroom includes spacious, double-sized glass shower

With its easy location to everything the Lake Tahoe West Shore has to offer, set off just enough from the main road (Hwy 89) in a quiet neighborhood, this home will give you the perfect blend of entertainment, convenience and cozy hide-away. Experience all the excitement of skiing, hiking, boating, rafting and local dining, then come back in just minutes to our beautiful, comfortable home. If you just want some quiet time, enjoy a relaxing afternoon gazing out at the surrounding 100-foot pine trees in the back yard, or take a peaceful walk two blocks down to the lovely Ward Creek.

Charming touches to the home like antique doorknobs and hand-blown, amber glass lighting inside and out add a warm ambience that brings the feeling of Tahoe inside, in an elegant and unique way.

On our deck, surrounded by gorgeous forest and beautiful landscaping, you will look over a gently sloping hill which leads down to lush fern groves in the summer. Barbecue and enjoy the outdoor ambience while seated in our comfortable lawn furniture or in our 4-person hot tub, looking up to the trees and sky.

See “About the Owners—The Unique Benefits at this House” for more details!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Thomas Fairbanks (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english, german

About Thomas Fairbanks

We are local business owners who have been enjoying life in Tahoe for 14 years.

Thomas Fairbanks purchased this house in 2005

Why Thomas Fairbanks chose Sunnyside

The West Shore is our favorite part of Tahoe—there is no better location! The views of the lake from this side are beautiful, and so close to some of our favorites areas of Tahoe—Truckee, Squaw Valley and Emerald Bay. We can be hiking, mountain biking, or cross-country skiing through ten national forest regions with less than five minutes walking or driving.

The location itself is just so perfect… just five houses up from the main road and minutes from Tahoe City, it’s close to everything yet stays so quiet and comfortably secluded. When we don’t feel like making the 5-minute “trek” into town, the Natural Moon health food store and café, Tahoe House Bakery and Farmer’s Market (on Thursdays) are even closer and more fun for high-quality natural and organic grocery shopping. Obexer’s cute little market and café in Homewood is also a good place for staples and many organic health-food options.

For restaurants, there are so many wonderful places to eat while looking out over the river or the lake—all so close—but nothing is more wonderful than meandering just one block down, on the bike path across from the lake, to the local Fire Sign Café and endlessly popular Sunnyside restaurant.

What makes this house unique

On a warm spring or summer day, it’s a beautiful experience to mosey one block down the bike path along the lake, smelling the pine trees and enjoying the local flowers, to the Sunnyside Restaurant and Firesign Cafe. In the winter, the same walk is just as much fun—being just one block away, the brisk weather feels invigorating, and provides a dramatic backdrop to the cozy, warm restaurants once you’re inside.

Everyone loves Sunnyside, with their deck and vast expanse of windows looking out over the lake—a wonderful place to relax and watch the sun set. (Their chocolate lava cake is also to die for.) But for breakfast and lunch, we just adore the Fire Sign Café. Their restaurant and annex are both built in the charming, classic Tahoe woodsy style. In the warm weather you can also eat on their deck, looking over a lovely, small lot filled with grass, trees and flowers. The Fire Sign makes the best coffee, their portions are generous, and their food is delicious. Even waiting for a table there is fun—on busy weekends, we enjoy a coffee while we wait in the delightful restaurant annex, playing the board games or reading the books provided.

Our home was designed to bring the feeling of Tahoe inside, in an elegant and unique way. The two double-sided glass doors out to the deck and yard downstairs, and the bay windows upstairs, all give an open, beautiful view to the surrounding, 100-foot pine trees. Inside, we’ve kept the colors warm and natural, with lots of honey- and amber-shaded wood, natural hand-blown glass lights, rustic antique doorknobs, and accents and tiling in rich shades of green, wine, and browns. We hope you’ll enjoy all the special touches that we’ve added for an elegant, modern, yet organic feeling. Of course, the house is fun, too! Our spacious outdoor deck, hot tub, large LED Smart TV, and generous living/dining room area all offer lots of entertainment for gatherings of friends and family, large and small.


based on 28 traveler reviews

Perfect! Location--Central yet Quiet--Sunnyside Home
average rating of 4.678571 based on 28 reviews
San Francisco

Quiet, tranquil, modern cabin in Tahoe City

  • 5 of 5

I took a lot of time and care into booking our trip to Tahoe and this cabin did not disappoint. Perfectly located just south of Tahoe City, it's quiet but easily accessible. It has been newly renovated with a kitchen that was fully stocked with anything you might need for cooking—I so appreciated having pots, pans and enough plates and cutlery for the lot of us. The house, bedrooms and bathrooms were clean, and hot tub was easy to use and felt private. The owners were flexible with my schedule and provided clear instructions for check in and check out. They also put together a great welcome guide to the area, complete with their favorite picks in and around Tahoe City. Honestly, couldn't have asked for a better rental experience and I would absolutely recommend this property to friends and family. I hope we can stay again soon. Thanks Thomas and Dallas!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The PERFECT Ski Get-a-way!

  • 5 of 5

Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about this lovely cabin. From the moment we drove up I knew it was going to be the perfect long weekend get-a-way. Let's just say the experience has renewed my faith in these types of rentals! The home is beautifully decorated, SPOTLESSLY clean and very well-equipped. Everything worked, went incredibly smooth, and our group of four had not one complaint. It was quite snowy during our stay, but each morning a very nice gentleman arrived at the home to shovel the driveway, front steps and back deck for us. This made it very convenient as we needed to get out each day to ski, and also made it much easier to get to the hot tub once we arrived home. Also, upon arrival we found a very helpful book the owners had put together with local activities and restaurants, but the best part was that they had taken the time to include handwritten information on each restaurant which was a tremendous help when trying to decide where to go. Bravo gentlemen on your beautiful cabin rental. You have taken the time to do it right, and it shows. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House, Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 4 days in August. The house is beautiful and centrally located in Tahoe City. The hosts are very responsive as well. I'd definitely stay here again!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Richmond VA

Cute little Tahoe-y home with amazing outdoor space

  • 4 of 5

This cute little Sunnyside home was a great home base for our several days of touring the Tahoe area. We fully enjoyed the ability to relax outside on the deck for coffee or post-hike refreshments. We noted the lack of consumables such as coffee filters and a first day coffee supply which made our first morning after arriving late at night a little less enjoyable. We did not cook at the house, but did have a chance to notice the well-supplied kitchen. We found it interesting to note the beds were bolted to the wall in such a way that one of us had to crawl over the other one to get in and out of bed. The beds were comfortable and decor was very well done. With some minor touches this home could easily be a 5 star rated property. It's a good value for this area.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Mountain Getaway

  • 4 of 5

This house is awesome! The deck and outdoor space cannot be beat. It was comfortable and clean. Our only issue was the lack of trash bags, paper towels and consumables in general in the kitchen. It made our clean-up highly inconvenient. We cooked several meals there and we came from out of state so it was quite pricey to have to buy all the little things necessary for basic cooking.

Aside from that, the house is perfect for many different types of travelers and we had an excellent vacation.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Classy, rustic Tahoe getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were so impressed with the total package of location, furnishings and "feel" of this property! We all agreed it was a great balance of rustic, quality, cozy and relaxing. The deck provided many hours of enjoyment with the various birds, small critters, hot tub and grill. In the evening the fireplace and cozy living area were just right for our "Apres" Boat adventures. The kitchen was nicely appointed with just the right amount of gear for the simplest to the most gourmet of meals. Quality of the cookware and tableware was surprisingly nice too.

Bedrooms were nicely furnished with quality beds, love seats and plenty of room to spread out. Owner was always attentive to the few questions we had. We are looking forward to staying there again!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Sunnyside Bar & Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Lake Tahoe Harbor
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Tahoe City Golf Course
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 89
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Sunnyside Restaurant & FireSign Cafe
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Alpine Medows,Squaw Valley,Home Wood
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Lake Tahoe Public Access Beach
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Sunnyside House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid Summer 2016
Jul 9 2016 - Sep 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2016
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Standard Cleaning Fee $135 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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Sunnyside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Up Stairs Shower is double-sized, with teak bench
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Down Stairs
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom Upstairs - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 Downstairs - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 Upstairs - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Trundle Bed 2 twin and the queen in this room
  • (Add bedroom details)
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Paper towels are supplied. Toilet Paper is supplied. Garbage Bags are supplied. Back -up of these Items is in the downstairs closet.

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