La Vida Buena!, 'the Good Life!' , Wifi, Pet Friendly
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Arnold house description
Beautiful three bedroom / two bath home located on a large lot and very private court in Pinebrook. Great forest views facing south and west. Sunshade and beautiful oaks for the summer comfort. Fully equipped modern kitchen which shares an open floor plan with the dining area and living room. Two bedrooms on main level. Downstairs has third bedroom and additional living room, game room/television area. This home is perfect for families that want a place for children to be nearby and safe, yet the adults have a place for peace and relaxation.
- 1574 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Children of all ages will love this home. Be aware that the deck was constructed many years ago and the spacing of the guard rails meet past building codes and are larger than today's. Be very watchful if toddlers are visiting....moreless
- Smoking Allowed:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
Family kitchen upstairs has a great layout for entertaining and cooking. The lower level has a kitchen area however the stove has been disconnected. There is a second refrigerator for use if necessary....moreless
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There are three catalogs of music in the cabinet below the television on the main floor. There is extensive jazz, rock and roll, and Latin. There is also an accessory connection available for the stereos upstairs and down as well as the bedside radio in the master bedroom....moreless
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- DVD Player
- CD Player
Wireless broadband access is available. The modem is located in the kitchen on the lower floor. The television upstairs is a smart tv for netflix, etc. users. There is a internet radio on the shelf ne...moreless
Pool & Spa
Deck / Patio:
This home has expansive decks on both levels. Each provides a lovely view of the canyon, the forest beyond and spectacular star gazing. Please feel free to sleep outside on the deck. There are gates at each level for security. We love it!!!...moreless
- Outdoor Grill
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Jet Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Horseback Riding
- Winery Tours
- Medical Services
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Arnold the 'Gateway to the Big Trees' offers amazing outdoor and vacation activities. Big Trees State Park and the Arnold Rim Trail offer great hiking and adventure. Bear Valley Ski Resort for all skiing adventures. Murphys offers many great wine tastings and restaurants. Columbia for a real west experience. Melones Resevoir for waterskiing. Mines, caves, mountains, rivers, streams, health spas, all season activities are all within minutes. ...moreless
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We had a wonderful stay at La Vida Buena. The house had everything we needed and there was more than enough space for just two of us. The kitchen was perfect and the decks were amazing. I have no complaints! Arnold is a beautiful place and the weather was absolutely perfect. I can't wait to return to La Vida Beuna.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 10/13/13
- Review Submitted 10/22/13
Owner response: Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to your next stay. Cheers, Curt and Margarita
Your place was great! We loved it. It felt secluded even though there were neighbors nearby. The view was lovely. It was clean and fully furnished and the information you provided regarding your place and nearby recreational activities was very helpful. It was very enjoyable and fun to see a new beautiful area. Thanks for the experience!
- Guest Gracie (Dublin, CA )
- Date of stay 08/24/13
- Review Submitted 08/30/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet owners.
Owner response: Thank you for the kind review. We hope you choose to stay in the future. I will keep your son's info in my records and will give him a call. I like the idea of exchanges. It can work well for all. Cheers, Curt and Margarita
Perfect getaway house!
Perfect getaway house!
Had my bachelorette here over a long three day weekend. It was super hot in the high 90's but the small lake in the neighborhood helped a lot. There were 7 of us total, the house was the perfect size for our group. The house is well stocked on the basics, very clean and well maintained. There is a lot to do in the area. My one caution to people is make sure you have GPS, once in the neighborhood it is a complicated route to get in and out. And AT&T didn't have service but version did. However, my AT&T IPhone's GPS worked the entire time. The decks are perfect for hanging out with friends, we spent a good amount of time lounging around outside. Over all I give this rental an A+, no one wanted to leave on Sunday including me!
- Guest Julie V.
- Date of stay 06/07/13
- Review Submitted 06/12/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with young children, girls getaway, pet owners.
Owner response: Hello Julie: Thank you for the kind words. We are happy that you were able to overcome the odd heat streak and that all went well. We look forward to having you again. Your damage deposit will be forth coming and returned to your card. Cheers, Curt and Margarita
Lovely house, Beautiful scenery
Lovely house, Beautiful scenery
My family and friends really enjoyed our stay here. We had two kids and four adults and the 2 levels make it easy to either separate by family or to keep kids in one place and adults in the other. Lovely kitchen, tasteful decorations and very clean. And the scenery! This house is nicely situated on a quiet cul-de-sac, and you only see two other neighbors, not too close. The decks look out into the forest, only trees to see! Very relaxing. And the owners are generous--there are snow saucers and snow gear to share. I would definitely recommend staying here and hope we get the chance to come back next year.
- Guest Lisa D (San Francisco)
- Date of stay 03/01/13
- Review Submitted 03/28/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, pet owners.
Owner response: Hello Lisa, Thank you for your kind words. Margarita and I hope you visit us again. Regards, Curt
First, Thank you for renting your cabin to us! We had two family's that stayed in this cabin and it worked PERFECTLY. Adults stayed upstairs and left the downstairs to the teenagers and children. The accommodations were more than I expected! There were plenty of games to go around for adults and children. I loved that the place had fencing all around for the pooches, my Lab and Pug had smiles on their faces the whole weekend, very dog friendly! The cabin came with all the comforts of home, cable, wi-fi, comfortable kitchen, fireplace upstairs and downstairs that kept the place warm and cozy, magazines, interesting books, dvds, the list goes on! If your looking to rent a house that will fit a large family or two, this is the place for you. It is very clean, spacious, the owners are great to work with, the view is spectacular the dogs will be happy, then this place is right for you! Margarita and Curtis provided us with fantastic instructions on the cabin plus attractions to visit. Our family enjoyed our stay so much that we plan on renting this cabin again this summer. Thank you again Margarita and Curtis
- Guest Shanan
- Date of stay 02/22/13
- Review Submitted 03/01/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, pet owners.
Owner response: Hello Shanan, Thank you for the kind words. We will look forward to speaking to you come summer. Curt and Margarita
Great Family Getaway!
Great Family Getaway!
We stayed here with another family (4 kids total) and had plenty of space to eat, play and sleep. The huge decks were great for the kids to listen to the wildlife (woodpeckers, frogs, birds, etc.) and the setup of the bedrooms allowed each family to have plenty of space for sleeping. The huge laundry room with drying lines was a big plus! It's conveniently located near Big Trees State Park and Big Bear so that we could get out for a big activity and be home in time for naps! The owners are easy to get in touch with and the entry / exit instructions were very easy to follow (unlike many rental houses we've stayed in). Overall a great trip!
- Guest Sarah (San Francisco, CA)
- Date of stay 02/15/13
- Review Submitted 02/28/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: Thank you very much. Curt and Margarita
great sunny house in arnold!!
great sunny house in arnold!!
We stayed here for a long weekend and really enjoyed this house in Arnold. First, the house is sunny! The house is situated such that it's private, easily accessible and bright. Second, the house is very comfortable with a well-equipped kitchen, a living room perfect for movie watching, and a dining area perfect for reconnecting with friends, plus, there's a cozy, private apartment space downstairs that has its own gas stove. We didn't get to enjoy the deck, but it has a great deck both upstairs and down. Curt and Margarita were super accommodating and helped us out when we forgot our daughter's violin at the house. They helped us get the violin back and we really appreciated their help with that!! Overall, our experience with this well-maintained, well-designed house was 5+ stars!!
- Guest patti-o (oakland, ca)
- Date of stay 01/18/13
- Review Submitted 02/05/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: Thank you very much Patti for the kind words. Our best to your blossoming violinist. Hope to see you again in the future. Cheers, Curt and Margarita
We rented the house with another couple. Between us we had 4 kids under 6 yrs. The set up was great for two families with the downstairs offering privacy, it would be great for teens too. The house has all you need to cook, comfy beds, wifi and was a warm refuge after playing in the snow. The owners were very helpful. We went to the near by country club where they allowed sledding on the snow covered fairways. The property offered a great place for the kids to have their first snowball fight. Thanks
- Guest Patreras (Oakland, CA)
- Date of stay 01/04/13
- Review Submitted 01/19/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: Thank you for the kind review. Cheers, Curt and Margarita
$380/2 nights (minimum) ...$540/3 nights...$680/4 nights...$800/5 nights... $900/6 nights....$1015/7 nights 20% increase holiday weekends, 3 night minimum 20% increase Thanksgiving week, 4 night minimum 25% increase Christmas and New Years week, 4 night minimum $200 refundable security deposit $70 cleaning fee
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- Nearest Motorway: State Highway 4 at 6 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Pinebrook Association Pond at 1.5 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Sierra Woods Country Club at 2 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Bear Valley Ski Resort at 28 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Sierra Woods Country Club at 2 Miles
Year Purchased: 2004
Why the Owner Chose Arnold:
We fell in love with Calaveras County during multiple camping trips at Big Trees State Park. We loved the area because it is so beautiful. We also loved that it offered so many activities without being as crowded at Yosemite or Tahoe. After, adopting three children we began renting cabins for trips with our children and their friends. It was a 'dream come true', when we were able to buy our own home in Arnold. We chose this house because we wanted a place where the children could have their own space and we could have a place that is quiet and relaxing. The layout of this home provided that for us. We also wanted a site that felt secluded, without being too far from conveniences, eg, grocery stores, restaurants....
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Main deck and entry.
Outside dining under the shade structure.
Gas grill just outside the kitchen and outdoor dining area.
Living room on the main floor. Perfect for movies, board games, or a quiet read.
Upstairs bath. Nice tub for a hot bath in the winter.
Master bedroom on the main floor. Queen size bed, dresser and full closet.
Kitchen on the main floor. Great appliances to help with your gourmet meals.
Wide screen smart tv, wireless internet, satilite, internet radio, sound system
Gas stove, game or dining table. Perfect place for children or second family.
Kitchen clean up area on the lower floor. Great place for the kids.
Pinebrook community center with basketball, volley ball, swing set, picnic table
You know when your here.
Relaxation for two on the main deck.
A perfect place for the hammock on the lower deck.
Gas fireplace in the living room. Lots of fun books with internet radio.
Second bedroom upstairs. Full size bed, with chest of drawers and full closet.
Plenty of dresser and closet space in all bedrooms plus a view of the outdoors.
Living room, dining room and kitchen all together on the main floor.
Lower level bathroom. Great shower for after skiing.
Lower floor, fold out couch, closet full of board games, cable television.
Bedroom on the lower floor. Queen size bed and fold-out single bed.
Pinebrook pond. The best place to spend a summer day. Toilet facilities.
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3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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