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Spacious Comfort! Quiet, Convenient Home. Big View, Deck, Kitchen & Meadow!

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Last updated: 10/01/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Nevada City house description

'The Merrill Home on Banner Mountain'

This family home is enjoyed frequently by the owners and cared for by a caretaker, so that attention is paid to the premises at all times.

It is a quiet corner property on a developed street that features widely-spaced luxury homes, tall trees and big, delightful views. Ours was the original home on that part of the hill. Behind a berm that provides privacy and seclusion, the cabin-like exterior hides wonderful views and a roomy, comfortable and quiet retreat.

Who and how?
Just right for two or three couples, a family, a 'guys/girls weekend' . . . or as headquarters for a retreat, family reunion or wedding party. The dining room could anchor a family get-together, gourmet dinner, meeting of partners or a board planning session.

Groups and parties?
You are welcome to entertain, get memorably married, or hold a party at the property. Special arrangements can be made if you expect 20 or more guests. Our rustic meadow and roomy deck have accommodated many a cocktail party, picnic and birthday celebration.

If you have a group or family, please see the description and sizes of beds below . . . We can be flexible on the number of guests; let us know what you have in mind.

Close to charm!
It's an easy drive of 10 minutes to either nevada city or grass valley, with fine restaurants, music, theatre, shopping, art galleries, historic attractions and recreation.

How close to skiing and hiking? Cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing (and warm-weather walking) is available at Washington Ridge recreation area, about a half-hour drive away. For downhill skiing, reach Sugar Bowl and Boreal Ridge in under an hour on good highways and freeways. Our house is somewhat below the snow line most seasons, meaning you can depart from your snow-free vacation retreat to the snow area.

The master bedroom has a king-size bed and the bathroom can be made private to form a suite.

A second full bedroom, with a double bed, is right by another 3/4 bathroom (shower, no tub). A door closes off both the bath and the bedroom from the rest of the house.

The third bedroom has a double bed; it is between the living room and the master bedroom and bathroom. This bedroom is not entirely private, as it is the only indoor passage between the master suite and the living/main room. Ask us if you need further clarification!

The fully equipped dining room / kitchen area is large, with a table that can sit 10 and a big window view. If you need to feed more people, there is room to set up another small table, which we have available. The kitchen has an electric range and oven, dishwasher, coffee maker, blender, food processor, and lots of counter space. Spices, coffee, tea, sugar and other incidental supplies are available for your use. Grocery stores are within 10 minutes' drive.

Wash clothes if you want!
A washer and dryer are available in the utility room.

Sit outside!
The deck is large, has close access to the kitchen, and it is so nice to sit out on. We also have a grassy meadow (great for parties, mediation, or romping). It is ok to smoke outside or on the deck.

Bring your pet?
We bring our dogs there all the time! Pets are welcome and we may require an additional deposit; contact us with details. Our insurance policy prohibits dog breeds that are reputed to be aggressive. Be aware that there is no fence -- only strips of forest. Communicate with us and we are happy to help.

See deer!
Deer come and go, and you may well look out and see a big buck staring at you from down on the lawn!

Our check-in and check-out times are flexible; just let us know what works for you.
Please do send us a message with any questions or special requests. We are happy to welcome you at an affordable price in a lovely setting that was made to be shared.

Property Type

  • House
  • 1900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Events Allowed
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only:

            Smoking outside is OK...moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Pet friendly, but no gated yard or doggie door. Note: insurance prohibits dangerous breeds...moreless

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            Bathroom can be closed off into a suite...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            Small room near small bathroom; can close off both...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 double

            Not entirely private as it is a 'passage' room...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

            Deer sightings from this window! ...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


          Other Amenities

              • Although there is no air conditioning, there is an attic fan that cools the house very well....moreless


              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo
              • Television


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic


              • Festivals
              • Forests
              • Live Theater
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking

              Location Type

                  • Mountain View

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Skiing


                  • Dining:

                    Kitchen-dining room is spacious with beautiful views to the north...moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 8 people


                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Fireplace:

                    Must know how to start a draft and tend fire. ...moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Living Room
                  • Parking
                  • Telephone
                  • Washing Machine


                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Kitchen:

                    Oven, Microwave, Electric stove, full refrigerator, small second sink. Fully equipped for cooking and dining. Spices, some basics in cupboards and fridge. ...moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items:

                    Spices, some basics...moreless

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster


                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Lawn / Garden


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                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay
                  $285 $305
                  Fri, Sat
                  $1,600 $3,900
                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $350
                  • Cleaning $120
                  • Tax Rate 10%


                  Please contact us for special requests. We will consider more guests than the stated limit of 6; please send a message describing your group. For each guest beyond six, an additional fee applies of $25 per person per night.

                  Custom rates are available for longer-term rentals.

                  If you must cancel inside the 45-day period and we re-book, we will refund your money.

                  Cancellation policy:

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

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                  Last updated: 10/01/2014
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                  4.1 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Nevada County Airport (GOO)

                  Car: Recommended

                  Our house is in on Banner Mountain, overlooking Nevada City from the south, and about equidistant between Nevada City and Grass Valley. Both charming towns are less than 10 minutes' drive by car.

                  At about 2,500 feet elevation, our house is usually below the snow line -- though not always! It is easy and scenic to drive to ski areas, about 40 minutes for cross-country and 65 to 70 minutes for downhill resorts. In spring, summer and fall, various outdoor recreation opportunities are nearby, especially hiking, fishing and panning for gold. Enjoy the Yuba River, with bridges and 'beach' areas just 30-40 minutes away.

                  You will find nice restaurants, art galleries, museums, music and theatres in town. And, unique walkable shopping for clothes, books, antiques, gifts, collectibles and ethnic goods.


                  Owner info

                  About the owner: This is our family home dating from the 1940's, when the small core of of a 'log cabin' was built by Al and Peg Merrill, much of it with their own hands. Al was born right down the hill in Gold Flat, in 1909. He later made made his way as a young man in San Francisco, providing for his family as the eldest of seven children. He worked as a banjo player, window dresser and ultimately, a stock trader on the Pacific Exchange. He married Peg in his 30's, and when their son Mike turned 9, they decided to make a family home of the 'log cabin' they had built as a retreat near Al's childhood roots. Al became a successful Nevada City real estate broker and property owner, while Peg was a community volunteer leader. Both were especially active with the local hospital and other charities. Adding to the one-time cabin in unpretentious phases, they created a spacious old-and-new home with a view down to Nevada City and northward to, sometimes, the Northern Lights.

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                  • Big view and roomy dining / kitchen, with big view of course

                    Big view and roomy dining / kitchen, with big view of course

                  • Smaller bathroom with shower

                    Smaller bathroom with shower

                  • Meadow is great for weddings, parties, and picnics!

                    Meadow is great for weddings, parties, and picnics!

                  • Meadow overlooking Nevada City

                    Meadow overlooking Nevada City

                  • House and carport secluded from street

                    House and carport secluded from street

                  • Petrified wood fireplace. Candles only please

                    Petrified wood fireplace. Candles only please

                  • Second sink in kitchen. This area was where the original kitchen was built in the '40's.

                    Second sink in kitchen. This area was where the original kitchen was built in the '40's.

                  • view from kitchen / dining

                    view from kitchen / dining

                  • Larger bathroom with tub-shower.  Deer sightings out this window!

                    Larger bathroom with tub-shower. Deer sightings out this window!

                  • Part of the meadow. Relax in peace or have a party here.

                    Part of the meadow. Relax in peace or have a party here.

                  • Front of house

                    Front of house

                  $285 - $305 per night (USD)

                  3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 6

                  View calendar: Updated 10/01/14
                  Minimum stay: 2 nights
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                  Speaks: english, spanish
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