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Stay Where the VRBO Bear Stayed in Grand Lake!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.25 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)

This custom home was designed for easy access for all types of potential users and features a 3 stop elevator (Terrace level, Main level and Bedroom level)

A Gourmet kitchen featuring GE Profile stainless steel appliances and a large split level island with granite counter top.

The public areas and most bedrooms have custom faux features and accents (kitchen, dining & living rooms, most bedrooms and hallways).

Master bathroom features freestanding sinks, large soaker tub set within a stone grotto, large custom shower of frameless glass door and dual shower heads/controls with walls finished in travertine with deco's.

Master bedroom features breakfast/reading deck overlooking Shadow Mountain lake, his-n-hers closets and beautiful remote controlled ceiling fan.

The 2nd bedroom is centered on intimate lake & mountain views and shares a Jack & Jill bathroom arrangement.

A 3rd bedroom has big valley views to the west and shares a private Jack & Jill bathroom with separate vanities and common stool and tub/shower all appointed in oil rubbed bronze.

The Crow's Nest features big lake, island and mountain views of Arapahoe National Forest. It has a built in bar and office desk and TV with built in DVD and DirecTV. The sofa doubles as a bed.

Terrace level Family Room is expansive and comes with two (2) sleeper sofasand is equipped with flatscreen TV/DVD/iPod dock and DirecTV.

Terrace level (4th) Bedroom is large, sunny and has a full bathroom.

There is a very large deck with formal seating for 8 and a natural gas fired Bar B Que.

Keywords: Single Family Home

More Details

John Stenicka
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 10, 2017

About John Stenicka

We love Colorado's mountain lake areas and we found ourselves spending so much time up here with our young family that we bought a cabin and then another and before long I was building, buying and selling throughout Grand County. This home is our latest design and was built by us to take advantage of its unique location. We are proud of the design and feel of the home and think you will love it too.

John Stenicka purchased this house in 2006

Why John Stenicka chose Grand Lake

Grand County is in very close proximity to the metro Denver area and is a year round playground... snow brings on cross-country and alpine skiing (Sol Vista & Winter Park) and snowmobiling on over 100 miles of groomed trails.

The summer months we can play in and on the lake, out on the islands and of course the magnificent Rocky Mountain National Park. Locals will ride ATV's, take hikes, fish (rivers and lakes abound) and play on their jet skis and power boats and don' forget sailing on magnificent Grand Lake. Spring brings it's flowers and in the fall we have some of the most outstanding aspen seasons along with the elk rooting in RMNP so it is a true 4 season destination.

The Fall season is wonderful with the highlight being the Aspens and Elk rutting in RMNP.

What makes this house unique

-Access to the public dock at the south shore of Shadow Mountain Lake -proximity to the Town of Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park -one of the best subdivisions in Grand County -snowmobiling on the lake (during certain times of the year) -hiking to Adams Falls & Monarch Lake

Guestbook comments from the owner

We wanted to thank you for a wonderful stay at the house on Shadow Mountain Lake. The view was nice, we fit everyone into the house without a problem and it was clean and smoke free. Our girls all settled in – in fact my daughter wants to go back next year. I’m sorry to hear that the lock box is giving you a problem, we hope your next guests were able to get it open.

Thanks again for the quick response, great communication, and professionalism.

May 2011
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Grand Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 34
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bedroom - toilet , tub , shower , Grotto with full soaker tub & large master shower
    Jack & Jill bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared tub/shower and toilet; separate vanities for each bed
    Basement Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Powderoom - toilet , Main level of home
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Lake view Bedroom - 1 queen
    Mountain View Bedroom - 1 queen , Shares. jack and Jill bathroom with Bedroom 2
    Terrace Level - 2 twin/ single , Shares bathroom with the Family Room
    Crows Nest - 1 sleep sofa /futon , No bathroom but there is a bar!
    Family Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Open room in the basement, bathroom just the room
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Shores of Shadow Mountain subdivision and this home specifically are literally steps to Shadow Mountain lake and the Green Ridge Complex public boat ramp. Shadow Mountain Lake has day camping islands and also connects to Grand Lake through a canal. Boat rentals (see map) are available at Trailridge Marina, just over a mile from the home... or bring your own jet skis/ski boat/party boat and enjoy boating and day camping on the islands.


Surrounded by exquisite custom accents

VRBO Bear stayed here

Feb 19, 2010

This custom built home located in The Shores of Shadow Mountain subdivision could be considered the perfect “home away from home”. It is only a 10 minute drive to town and just a short walk to the lake. Could it get any better? When I arrived with my traveling companions, John, the homeowner greeted us and gave us a complete tour of this spectacular home. At one point, we gazed out the “crow’s nest” windows in awe of the lake and mountain views. We were blessed to see the amazing flight of a bald eagle (where was my camera when I really needed it- still packed). The air was cold and crisp while the snow was sparkly and fresh. The lake views were breathtaking, especially one morning when the fog rolled off the lake. You could see the crystal trees that had been coated by frost as the fog moved across the lake and land. This home featured exquisite furnishings and custom accents from top-to-bottom. Each bedroom was warm and welcoming. The master bedroom had a great breakfast/reading deck (which a furry bear like me can enjoy this time of year), and the master bathroom truly made me feel like royalty. The kitchen was beautiful and very well equipped with everything you could imagine to cook a meal. While we ate and played games, the fireplace located between the kitchen and the living room kept everyone nice and toasty. My favorite feature was the radiant floor heating; it was so wonderful to pad across the warm, cozy floors. I could have hibernated just resting on the radiant, warm floor. Some of my companions enjoyed a morning of snowmobiling up on the trails and others took snowboarding lessons at Sol-Vista Ski Resort, which was only a 30 minute drive. We went bowling at the Grand Lake Bowling Alley and went sledding on the nearby sledding hill. However, the best part of the trip was hanging out and laughing together, in the warmth of this amazing “home away from home.” Grand Lake was a very quaint small town, but still offered a couple of small grocery stores and several different restaurants. On our final night in Grand Lake, we went to town and dined at a Mexican restaurant called Poncho and Lefty’s. The food was very yummy. You will not be disappointed with a stay in this exquisite home! The VRBO Bear

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Stay Where the VRBO Bear Stayed in Grand Lake!
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 25 reviews

Great time at a Great Place!!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for our trip. We enjoyed the luxury of the home and the location was perfect with great views!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As a returning past resident of Grand County, I am glad our home met your needs and expectations.
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  • 5 of 5

Exceptional property. Perfectly met our family’s needs. When the elevator didn’t work, customer service was outstanding. We will return. We didn’t even mind that the owner is a Trojan! ;P

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing house - better than pictured!

  • 5 of 5

The house was amazing, from the views to all the sleeping areas and stocked kitchen! We were overly impressed with everything and had a fantastic family getaway! The art on the walls was beautiful and the games in the garage were so enjoyable! Only suggestions would be put a big sectional in the living room instead of funky curved seat so the whole family can sit comfortably since it currently only seats 6-7.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The house was well-appointed and roomy for our extended family vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely view of mountains and Shadow Mountain Lake.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

We had a family of 19 there for a family reunion. The house had enough nooks and spaces and rooms on four levels for everyone including "kid kingdom" downstairs. We had enough space to feel like we could find quiet places when needed, even with so many people. The kitchen was well stocked including spices. Easy walk to the water, although you have to cross a "major" road- not appropriate for young children alone. Jon was very responsive to any concerns we had.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice home with all the amenities!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at Riggins Paradise! Beautiful home with all the amenities you would need for a great vacation! The location was great close to the town of Grand Lake and other surrounding towns were not far. Loved being only minutes away from RMNP. The only thing that would have been nice was to have at least one more full bathroom, with 14 people trying to get ready to get out of the house in the morning made it tough. Overall everything was wonderful!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
125 Miles
Denver Int, Steamboat Springs
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Big Ray's
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Grand Lake Municipal
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Amtrak serves Granby
Nearest Motorway
0.6 Miles
US 34
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Sol Vista (and Winter Park is just 35 miles away)
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning $250
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.