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Tree Bear’s Hideaway has only recently been made available as a vacation rental for the first time. For 35 years, Tree Bear's was an immaculately cared for full time family home. And that love and care is what makes Tree Bear’s special among family retreats. It’s what you really want for your family – clean, beautiful, inviting, warm and wonderful. You will feel like you are in your very own mountain home.
We had long wanted a home in beautiful Big Bear, California. And we searched many months through many listings to find the right home. We wanted quality. We wanted beauty. We wanted a home that felt like we had always lived there. In 2012, our dream came true when we found this gem after such a long summer and fall of searching. It was love at first sight. We loved the beautiful large park-like yard with its elegant landscaping. The spacious kitchen with its granite counter tops and luxury range were eye popping. Breakfast on the deck. Dinners around the large dining table. Being with family and friends as we watched the fireplace crackle in the spacious living room. Four seasons of ever changing views through the glass walls. And finally, curling up in the wonderful beds after a long day on the slopes or at the lake. These were the experiences that made Tree Bear’s special, and we hope you will enjoy being here as much as we do.
We can’t say it enough. We LOVE the setting. When you are here you are truly in a very private and peaceful setting with lots of space to entertain on the wrap around deck, cook outdoors on the gas BBQ, soak in the hot tub under the trees. The lot is both sloped and terraced, fully landscaped with lawns, paths and amazing trees, so it's great for either sunbathing, reading a book, or your own private snow sledding.
You can enter thru a door that opens into the garage, which makes a great mud room in the winter, lots of space for storing your gear, and here you will find the washer and dryer.
Up the stairs on the next level are the living/dining rooms, kitchen, and 1 bedroom with full bath. With a south facing exposure, and 3 sliding glass doors, this level is very bright and airy. It has the perfect angle for dining as the sun sets thru the trees. The living room has a huge cozy couch, which can easily seat a crowd, just in front of the large wood burning fireplace and 50' flat screen with surround sound. Wireless internet, cable TV and phone service will keep you connected to the world. (That is only if you want to stay connected! Many seem to want to escape into the comfort and seclusion for special family time.)
With the open concept in mind, the dining area, with a large table for everyone to sit around, resides between the living and kitchen spaces.
Opening onto the living/dining space is my favorite room: the kitchen, a dream to cook in. Recently remodeled, it features granite counters with island, stainless steel professional grade appliances, including a 6 burner Viking stove with double oven, cherry wood cabinets, and a gas burning fireplace for additional ambiance. That’s right - there is a second fireplace just for the kitchen. You will love this feature in the winter. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need to cook up and serve an amazing feast in style. If you love to cook you will love Tree Bear’s kitchen.
On the third level are two bedrooms and a bath with shower.
The back bedroom has a king size bed, hillside views, and a ceiling fan.
The front bedroom we call the “Three Bears Room.” It is huge, about 15ft by 17ft. There are matching log beds: a queen, a full and a twin. Great kids retreat. The sliding glass doors and a skylight let in lots of sun during the day, and star gazing thru the tree tops at night. The balcony also make for a great place to check out new fallen snow in the morning or have a cup of coffee.
All of the beds in the home feature luxury sheets, pillow top mattresses, fluffy down comforters, and mountain décor quilts.
The overall décor of the home is light, bright and airy, with soft neutrals and sage greens, both wood flooring and carpets, woodsy pictures and of course, the Big Bear mountain flair.
Fourth of July Holiday Jul 2 - Jul 5, 2015 4 night min stay
Summer 2015 Jul 10 - Aug 28, 2015 2 night min stay
Labor Day Sep 4 - Sep 6, 2015 3 night min stay
$1,950 flat fee
Thanksgiving Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2015 4 night min stay
Christmas Dec 22 - Dec 26, 2015 5 night min stay
Post Christmas 2015 Dec 27 - Dec 29, 2015 3 night min stay
New Years 2015/2016 Dec 30 - Jan 3, 2016 4 night min stay
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
$500 Fri, Sat
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
Cleaning$225 + tax
Property Damage Protection$79
Our home provides parking for 3 cars only. There is parking for 2 cars at flat street level; the main driveway is steep, and not recommended for low profile cars. In Winter Conditions the main driveway is accessible with 4 WD/chains only.
Rates are subject to change until Reservation is confirmed. Cleaning fee is $195. Optional travelers insurance is available.
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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About the owner: Kirk and I both spent many years in mountain resort towns in our 20's, and it was a shared dream of ours for many years to own a mountain retreat within a reasonable distance to our home in Orange County. Big Bear Lake has year round activities, and for us is the perfect getaway, any season of the year.
Why the Owner Chose Moonridge: Ambiance: one of the first reviews we received in our Tree Bear's Hideaway guest book summed it up for us:
“Thanks you very much for renting us your beautiful home! We came up with family for a lovely week and we loved it here! We didn't have to leave your home at all because we found so many fun things to do. You have a great property for sledding and snowball fights. We loved the well equipped kitchen which was a joy to cook in. We definitely made some awesome memories, :)! Signed: the Sanchez, Perez and Hernandez families. We love that in the winter, the home is well laid out for a couple of families, with lots to do and space to do it, games, movies, meals and relaxing. In the summer the deck is the place to be, and honestly, the grounds are so like a park, you hardly know there other cabins nearby.”
Location! Big Bear is easily accessed from anywhere in the Orange County/LA area. From our home in Fullerton, we can easily be here in 1 1/2 hours. We also love the lower Moonridge neighborhood for it's ease of access in the winter, and close proximity to skiing(you can walk to Bear Mountain, .05 miles); and while it's easy to get to the Lake, we wanted to not be too close to the crowds and congestion that Lake properties can sometimes be subjected to.
Our home has parking for 4 cars. There is flat, easy access for two cars. The additional parking is on one those classic Big Bear steep driveways, which can park 3 cards, however it is not helpful to 'low profile' cars. In winter conditions the grade will require 4wd and chains or snow tires. Therefore we recommend car pooling and planning for two vehicles, if possible in winter conditions. Please call us directly if you have any other questions regarding parking.
The Unique Benefits at this Chalet: Our yard is a sanctuary. Even the many birds who wake us in the morning with their songs think so! Bring some unsalted peanuts for the Blue Birds, they love them! Buy your favorite brand of coffee, brew up a strong early morning cup and listen to the wind rustle thru the aspens. It's magical.
The landscaping is the first sign of the many years of love and care that make Tree Bear's Hideaway a special place for making family memories.