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Ripke Retreat, Heavenly Close, Low Rates, Hot Tub, WIFI, Upgrades

Bedrooms 3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights


Bijou 1 Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Welcome to the Ripke Retreat. Congratulations! You've found the perfect "Heavenly" ski condo. Heavenly is now OPEN as of Wednesday November 23! Even better is that the Ripke Retreat is located minutes from both Heavenly California Base lodges.

The Ripke Retreat is located in the center of all South Lake Tahoe venues. Within walking distance of the Ski Run Marina, beaches, bike trails, and hiking. Less than one mile to the stateline casinos. Less than 45 minutes from Sierra At Tahoe, Mt. Rose, Incline, Kirkwood, North Star and five other world class ski areas. Safeway market and Bijou Golf Course are just three blocks away.

We are now receiving inquiries for the winter ski season. Located two blocks off Ski Run Blvd. We ARE the perfect Heavenly ski condo. Reserve your winter ski vacation now to get the dates you want.

Experience accommodations that look and FEEL like Tahoe! Stunning pine woodwork highlighted by mountain green trim. Just completed is our updated mid-bath shower and all-new pine interior doors. We opened up our entire kitchen space by removing the dining room wall. New granite countertops with all the appliances you need. We've also thought of the "extra conveniences" like a Kuereg coffee maker, waffle iron, crock pot, toaster oven, blender, extra coat racks, framed cable TV guides, programmable hotel safe, "Limelite" nite lights, and a high chair for our smaller guests.

Enjoy stunning Gunbarrel ski run "Heavenly" views from our master bedroom picture window. Charter Spectrum high-speed internet and phone with free long-distance calls.

Our new Bavarian Village central hot tub seats up to ten, spacious heated pool (Memorial Day thru September), and updated central laundry room. The Ripke Retreat is perfect for weekend escapes, ski trips, casino getaways, family reunions, weddings, honeymoons, and extended stays (up to 30 days).

Please check our availability calendar BEFORE you inquire. Two-night minimum stay. Three-night minimum for all holiday stays. Please add tax, cleaning, and processing fees. No pets, please.

Listed are 50 reasons you will love your stay in the Ripke Retreat:

1. Total kitchen remodel. New granite countertops, cabinets, and appliances. 2. Forced air heat throughout. 3. Plush towels and linens. 4. Free Charter high-speed WIFI....don't forget your laptop. 5. Mid-bath remodel with updated shower. 6. One mile to casinos and both Heavenly California ski bases. 7. Fourteen major ski areas within a 50-minute drive. 8. Minutes from hiking and bike trails. 9. Year round hot tub seats ten. Large heated pool (in season). 11. On-site laundry room. 12. 'Rustic Life' wood log table lamps. 13. Kuereg coffee maker. 14. Forced air natural gas heat. 15. Gas starting fireplace. 16. New living room 46" HD TV. 17. Dining area & bar seats up to eight. 18. Newly remodeled mid-bath. 19. New sliding closet doors . 20. New pine interior doors. 21. Ultra comfortable MB Serta king mattress. 22. Three blocks from Bijou Municipal Golf Course. 23. AM-FM-CD player. 24. Blu-Ray player. 25. Indiglo nite lites. 26. Programmable hotel security safe in MB. 27. Casino shuttles. 28. VISA, MC, AE, DISC cards accepted. 29. "AAA-rated'. 30. Three blocks from Safeway market, restaurants, and shopping. 31. Bike path at entrance. 32. Three blocks from bike and ski rentals at “Sierra Ski & Cycle” on Hwy. 50. 33. Parking directly in front of your condo. 34. Hair dryers in both baths. 35. Fully-equipped kitchen. 36. Hand and shampoo soap provided. 37. New master bedroom 23” LCD TV. 38. More than 150 cable channels. 39. Framed cable channel guides. 40. High chair for our smaller guests. 41. Luggage stands & clothing valets in all bedrooms. 42. ”Indiglo” nite lights & glo switches. 43. Three direct dial phones. 44. Playground next door for the kids (in season). 45. Barbecue and picnic table directly in front. 46. Incredible view of Heavenly's “Gunbarrel” main ski run from your MB window. 47. “Low price guarantee” from owner on your rate. 48. Great for weddings, honeymoons, reunions and weekend getaways (friends can rent adjacent units). 49. Late check-out can be arranged. 50. “Tahoe Tips” newsletter from owner upon request.

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

Property Manager
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2016

About Greg

My wife and I spent our honeymoon in Tahoe in 1974 and we started renting homes in summer and winter. We soon realized it was time for us to purchase our own vacation home as our "getaway from L.A." . In 1978 we purchased an A-frame cabin and exchanged it for our condo in Bavarian Village in 1993. We have put our 'heart and soul' into making the "Ripke Retreat" just like home. You will love our extra features like our 'cool' nite lights, small hooks for hanging car keys, and a convenient dining table TV remote. We even installed an emergency 'power failure' light you will find above our hallway entrance. We love our hotel 'security safe' in our MB for securing valuables. Our valet clothing stands in each bedroom are also handy for your wardrobe. Enjoy our complimentary hot chocolate as you sit by the fire in our spacious living room. We are in our condo at least twice per year adding and upgrading amenities to assure you enjoy your stay as much as we do. Please let us know if you have any suggestions to make the Ripke Retreat even better.

Greg purchased this condo in 1993

Why Greg chose South Lake Tahoe

We wanted to be close to all area attractions yet we wanted to feel like we were not stuck in a casino hotel room. Our condo in Bavarian Village is three blocks from highway 50 and Ski Run Blvd. One mile from the casinos and Heavenly skiing. We are also on flat ground which makes our condo perfect for summer biking. The South Lake Tahoe bike path runs by the complex entrance. We enjoy riding our bikes to breakfast and to our favorite local restaurants. We boast a rental agency (Pinnacle) that looks after our condo. We love our location in the middle of a grove of pine trees and the skyward view while we are in the pool or soaking in the hot tub. We also enjoy summer dinners on our balcony so we can take in the pine-scented fresh air and listen to the call of the Blue Jays. In winter save yourself the drive and catch the Heavenly Shuttle at the complex entrance.

What makes this condo unique

Our master bedroom window view of Heavenly is stunning! We are only one of only three condo buildings that have a large picture window in our MB! We also take pride in four room remodels, living room, kitchen, and both baths. Experience "Tahoe ambiance" in the Ripke Retreat with our pine cabinets trimmed in forest green. We placed a dining table out on our balcony so you can enjoy some of meals outside during warm summer nights. When the weather turns cold turn one our gas starting fireplace and enjoy DVD movies on our living room 46' HD TV. For longer stays the on-site laundry really comes in handy. Unique to Bavarian Village is their wonderful, spacious heated pool (in season) and new 8-person, year round hot tub. Relax while you are soaking and look up in into the night sky framed by tall pines. You can't do that at stateline when you're stuck in a stuffy hotel room fighting the crowds. Our fully-furnished kitchen is perfect for eating in or preparing snacks for day trips.

Guestbook comments from the manager

FROM THE OWNERS: If you like "personal touches" and extra convenience, the Ripke Condo is for you. We just added our hand-made coat racks trimmed in hunter green. The coat rack next to the entrance door features small hooks for your car keys. And look on the kitchen table! An extra TV remote is nice to change channels while you dine. And we have framed cable channel guides in the living room and MB. You will love our indiglo nite lights and glo switches so you will never lose your way in the dark. We have them in the bathrooms too! When you get up in the middle of the night no need to blind yourself by turning on the vanity lights! During winter storms power outages are common. We even have emergency lighting for the living room and hallway for your added safety. We also may be =one of the few vacation homes with two fire extinguishers and five smoke alarms. We remind our guests that there is NO SMOKING in the Ripke Condo. If you must smoke outside please DO NOT throw your cigarette butts over our balcony railing!
Jul 2009
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Ripke Retreat, Heavenly Close, Low Rates, Hot Tub, WIFI, Upgrades
average rating of 4.769231 based on 14 reviews
Mobile, AL

As advertised

  • 5 of 5

I just completed a 16-night stay at Ripke Retreat and it was spectacular. All of the good reviews you read are true. The condo is very clean and beautiful, reasonably priced and in an excellent location. The kitchen and bathrooms looked new and worked flawlessly. As with everything else, the wifi worked perfectly. I had 4 groups of friends join me over the 16 days that I was there and all of them were as impressed with the condo as I was. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!! I have bookmarked this condo and hope to rent it again in the future.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We very much appreciate our positive compliments. Making sure every stay is as perfect as possible is our passion.
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Fun Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

It was a great house, especially the kitchen which was remodeled. It was enough space for all the kids. Would recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Daniela; We had a great contractor worked hard on the little things like matching our existing tile. We also were fortunate to find granite countertops with just a touch of green to match our pine cabinets. taking out the dining room wall also opened up the entire space.
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Great Condo and location

  • 5 of 5

I rented the condo for a week because my son was getting married in Lake Tahoe. I can't thank you enough Jeff for all of the information you gave me with each of my questions. The location was perfect for the wedding, market, and of course the casinos! We felt comfortable as soon as we walked in. It is very roomy and there is enough seating for a few people. I loved the view from the master bedroom and kept the drapes open at all times just so I could enjoy the outdoors when I woke up each morning. There was enough dishes, glasses, etc. I brought my own griddle but never needed to take it out of the bag. Plenty of pots and pans. The pools was just a few condos down and my granddaughter loved the pool. The setting with the BBQ and picnic table was great. We would have loved to use it but the weather was not on our side. Loved having a real wood burning fireplace and the park bench on the balcony was and extra as I like to sit outside and have my coffee. I would stay there again and also recommend it to my friends. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Concord, CA

Cozy stay!

  • 4 of 5

Living room is cozy and comfy. The kitchen is very well equipped. I love the heater on each bathrooms ( great for winter and cold mornings) .

I love the earthy/cabin like decor. Very clean place.

The master bedroom is perfect!

Only negative- the hot tub was not open when we were there. I'd stay here again and will probably just bring my own pillows. Over all, great and relaxing stay!!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, California

Clean, comfortable, and reasonably priced

  • 4 of 5

My friends and I had a pleasant stay. The unit was clean and comfortable.

A few things we liked:

- comfortable living room, perfect for unwinding after an exhausting day of skiing; the fireplace and large TV add a nice touch.

- reasonably priced

- reasonably equipped kitchen

There are just a few things I’d recommend to the owners to improve the guest experience:

1. Improve the Internet speed. These days, everyone expects reasonable network speed for their laptops and mobile phones. Some of my friends couldn’t even get on the network, likely because there were too many connections. For the geeks: 385ms latency and 0.7Mbs download speed! Loading YouTube videos resulted in an error. Oh, and the network doesn’t even work in the back bedroom (there’s a sign that says “network works best in the front of the unit.”

2. Provide soap and shampoo in the bathrooms. I’m lucky that one of my friends brought an extra emergency soap and shampoo from a previous hotel stay.

3. Use brighter light bulbs in bedrooms. Felt really dark and dreary.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have been working with our HOA to upgrade our Charter internet service for the last two years. Our HOA has been slow in responding as far as negotiating a bulk rate for broadband service. Our management agency, Pinnacle Lake Tahoe Getaways provides toiletries (soaps and shampoo) for our guests. We'll immediately get in touch with them to find out why they were not provided with your stay. Each bedroom has a table lamp on each night stand (master has two), and brushed nickel wall sconces. So, each bedroom has at least two light sources (75 watt bulbs each wall sconce). We'll check our bedroom lighting next time we are in the condo.
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Great weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is perfect for a weekend getaway with friends and family. The spacious rooms provide a comfortable environment for everyone. The cabin is fully equipt with cooking necessities making it easy to cook in rather than going out. Also being down the road from the Safeway is very convenient. There is a park near the cabin and it made it easier to play in the snow. Overall a great place and I'd stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Reno/Tahoe international
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Stateline casinos
Nearest Ferry
0.3 Miles
Ski Run Marina
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Bijou Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Truckee, Ca.
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Hwy. 50
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Tep's Villa Roma
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Heavenly Valley Ca. Base / Marriott Tram
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Regan Beach
Car: recommended

The heart of South lake Tahoe features a 'world of activities' including bicycling, roller blading, gaming, skiing, hiking, swimming, boating, Heavenly Gondola/restaurant, even hot air ballooning at Lake Tahoe Balloons (we recommend it!)


Rates & Availability

Bijou 1 Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Pre-winter 2016
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2016
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 28 2016
5 night minimum stay
New Year's
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Jan 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
MLK Weekend 2017
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Prime Winter 2017
Jan 16 2017 - Feb 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
President's Wknd. 2017
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Mid-winter 2017
Feb 20 2017 - Apr 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Spring Special 2017
Apr 14 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day Wknd. 2017
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Pre-Summer 2017
May 29 2017 - Jun 8 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Early-summer, 2017
Jun 9 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
4th Of July 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer 2017
Jul 5 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day Wknd. 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 16.0%

Please add the estimated 14.5% South Lake Tahoe City tax (includes the $4.50 per night TOT-Transient Occupancy Tax) and 2.2% credit card processing fee. Your total quote will include all the above.

Holiday minimums: All holiday weekends, 3 nights. Christmas and New Year's beginning December 23, 2016: 5 nights.

Select between a $49 damage waiver (EXTRA) OR...A REFUNDABLE $300 OR $500 security deposit. Amount of the security deposit will depend on the length of your stay and number of guests. Deposit will be returned to you by our management agency, Pinnacle Lake Tahoe GetAways (PLTGA) and returned to you 5-10 days from the last date of your stay. Guest of record must be 21 (twenty-one) years of age.

South Lake Tahoe Vacation Rental Permit #102666

PAYMENTS: The amount on the “Reservation Details” page of your reservation noted as “Total” will be charged to your credit card immediately upon completing the reservation. 50% is due at time of booking and 50% 30 days prior to arrival--if you choose damage insurance or security deposit that is charged with the second payment. Payment due in full for an arrival less than 30 days prior to arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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Bijou 1 Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Two full-baths. Master bedroom stand up shower, mid-bath features wrap-around vanity & tub/shower combination. Toiletries & linens provided. Hair dryer supplied in each bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size bed (1) Enjoy your wall-mounted MB 23' TV from your king bed. Get the weather report as soon as you wake up each morning.......or simply look out our MB picture window! Queen size beds (2). New natural pine headboards and night stands, clothing valets, and clock radios in all bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Fireplace (glass enclosure), 3 phones, fully equipped kitchen, high chair, toaster, toaster-oven, blender, cooking utensils, kitchen condiments & linens provided, iron, ironing board, washer & dryer (shared in complex laundry room), picnic table & charcoal grill (in front), playground/park ADJACENT, casino/ski shuttles, Sierra Ski & Cycle Works 2 blocks west on Hwy, 50 for bike and ski rentals, Safeway market thee blocks & around the corner at he end of Fairway Drive just past the golf course.

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