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Secluded 'Green' Award-Winning Contemporary Lakefront Home

Bedrooms 1
Space 725 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

This is not a vacation home that we built as much as it is an experience that we created. Please read our guest reviews!

As seen in Sunset and Dwell Magazines, the Lotus Lake House is a completely 'green' exclusive home designed by the award-winning architect Michelle Kaufmann. Its sleek & modern with accordian-style glass walls that completely open to the deck and views of the lake. Lots of windows and cool welcoming tones. We are completely off-grid and have been awarded 'Build it Green' and 'Keep the Sierra Green' certification.

We're situated on 7 acres of private forested property. We cleared just enough trees to have fabulous views of Rollins Lake or instead of just gazing, hike the private trail from the deck to the lake and hop in the canoe we provide guests. With the glass 'Nano' walls open to the outdoors - indoor and outdoor living is blended. No neighbors or other structures in sight! Just the Sierra Mountains, trees, deep blue water, deer, owls, raptors and the ocassional honking geese.

Whether you are on the deck sipping coffee and watching the beautiful sunrise over the mountains, reading, sipping a drink at sunset or star gazing at night, the experience is magical.

Our home is ideally suited for a romantic get-away, or for a couple of good friends or close family members who just need a retreat from the stresses of daily life. Sit on the deck and enjoy the water activity during the summer, swim in the lake or come off season when it's absolutely still. Ideal for writer/artist retreat. Only earth-friendly products are used so it's perfect for people with chemical sensitivities.

For those who want to support the environment while staying in an exclusive and unique property, you can't ask for more. You'll feel like you are in a treehouse. As one of our guests said, 'if you need to relearn how to breathe, this place will teach you'!

Come experience off-the-grid living in luxury!

The Lotus Lake House was the showcase home at the 2007 West Coast Green Show in San Francisco.

Please read our guest comments as they describe the experience better than we ever could!!

Keywords: ecofriendly,contemporary,unique,lakefront,romantic,pet-friendly,luxury,secluded,private, boating,close to downtown Grass Valley & Nevada City, green, eco, dog friendly, lake, forest, cabin, unique,

More Details

Tod duBois
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2018

About Tod duBois

We are very interested in doing our part to protect our planet and the environment. Both refugees from the corporate world in Silicon Valley where we held demanding jobs we enjoyed building our dream eco-friendly vacation home in the middle of a forest overlooking beautiful Rollins Lake. Tod designed the off-grid system himself and despite his wife's initial trepidation, it's amazing! This is our home and when it's not rented we delight in escaping the Bay Area for the beauty and simplicity of its zen-like qualities.

Tod duBois purchased this house in 2009

Why Tod duBois chose Chicago Park

We love the Sierras and a number of years ago bought 8 acres in the forest overlooking Rollins Lake with the intent of building a low carbon-footprint vacation home that would be all about the views. Although our home is private & secluded we liked that we are within 10 minutes of wineries, the quaint artist town of Nevada City, the historic Gold Rush town of Grass Valley, hiking, exploring the gold mines, and organic farms and only 45 minutes to Sugar Bowl Ski resort.

What makes this house unique

You will come away rejuvenated, even after just 2 days! As one of our guests wrote: 'If you need to learn how to breathe again, this place will teach you'. Most of our guests have plans to do lots of things and wind up not leaving the house! The seclusion, the tree-house feel, the lake views and access to the lake and a canoe make this a very special getaway for 2.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to stay at this wonderful home in the woods! There is nothing like waking up to birds chirping and the smell of trees. It is so calm here and we are loving it. Staying in your home has really made us more aware of our energy usage and hopefully that will follow us home. Our dog has been just as happy as we have been and she has discovered that the only thing more fun than chasing squirrels is chasing lizards! Thank you so much! We look forward to coming back and telling everyone we know.
May 2010
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Chicago Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 725 sq ft
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) high end mattress with optional feather bed, Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 Italian sofas in living room can convert to single beds, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) High quality Italian sofa and long love seat in living room each convert to single bed
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
2 person canoe provided for guests' use; large boat ramps and rentals about 5 minutes away


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(97 traveler reviews)

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Secluded 'Green' Award-Winning Contemporary Lakefront Home
average rating of 4.731959 based on 105 reviews
Bend, Oregon

Nice house - Buyer beware

  • 1 of 5

The information on the website does not adequately inform the renter about what's involved with operating this house. It is not until you arrive, and get access to the "house book", that the most important information needed to make an informed decision about renting this property is made available to you.

In short, what we did not know:

1. access to the internet-a 20 minute drive from the house to Safeway/Starbucks. We emailed the owner about this and his response was that a poll had been taken and it was decided that there would be no internet. We did not know about this poll. It was not listed on the web page. We also had no TV/Satelitte.

2. heating the house and having hot water-a few small solar panels plus a generator were supposed to provide heat/hot water...both woefully inadequate to provide either one. The backup plan in the "house book" was to use layers of clothing and lots of blankets. At midnight, no 7 am, no heat..., at noon when we left the heat.

An informed decision about renting this house cannot be made without the information included in the "house book".

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always upset when a traveler has a less than 5 star experience but we don’t know what to do when a rare traveler doesn’t call for support from our three-person local team and then feels that leaving false information in a negative review helps the community. 1. The Lotus Lake House is a 5 star romantic getaway. Cell phones and hotspots work great here, so urgent matters can be handled with your phone. Colfax is a small city with all services and is precisely five miles drive on Hwy 174, Grass Valley/Nevada city are larger and 9.6 miles away. If you need Internet access for romance hotels provide that. There is a 65 inch TV in the living room and extensive DVD collection, no cable TV is provided. 2. The house is heated with propane and hot water provided by a high-end Bosch instant hot water heater just like most homes. No one has asked for any changes to the heating or hot water system, so we can’t imagine what they wanted in addition to standard home systems. Neither the hot water or heat are provided by solar panels. The lake house is supported by a three-person team, all are local and two less than 5 minutes away and the property has more than 90 five star reviews. All staff know the basic systems and each specializes in some area of the property. The team was not called even though the phone numbers are provided in the directions, the manual and even posted on the wall in the pantry.
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  • 5 of 5

This Zen-like retreat delivered on its promise. Hidden jem among the trees, very private and on the lake. The house and deck were immaculate. Everything about it was inviting. We hope to be back again with our two dogs.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

October is the time to go, warm days and cool nights, with no one using the lake. The only sounds we heard were the geese in the morning, and an occasional train horn way off in the distance, (train goes through Colfax). No problems with the house, first thing we did was to read through the green binder as other reviews mentioned. Absolutely no problems after that, clean house, and comfortable. The bed is a queen which is a little challenging for a 6'02 guy and a 5'10" wife but we managed, slept very well after the first night. Ran low on propane for the BBQ and deck heater, called Chris and had a new tank that same day, very nice guy, good conversation with him before he departed. The lake was 40' to 50' low which was not a problem as we are treasure hunters, found a 2013 unopened bottle of wine in its terracotta wine cooler part buried in the silt at what usually would have been 30' of water numerous fishing lures and a dog leash. Made for a fun hike. The smoke got bad from the forest fires but we made the best of it. I can't speak of the summer months up here, but if you are looking for a place to completely decompress and hear your self breathe then come here in October, we left after staying 3 nights totally rejuvenated! Cell phone reception is good but we turned them off for the most part, sipped cocktails on the deck, hiked, read books and just enjoyed nature. We were visited by an Owl one night and turkeys in the morning. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone that wants to leave the rat-race behind and find themselves again.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful light space in nature.

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed staying a week in this unique and beautiful home filled with light and surrounded by the trees. The deck was our favorite place to hang out and we enjoyed sitting on the swing bench watching the sun rise over the lake. The noise of the motor boats and jet skis and the people in them yelling and shouting at first took away from the serenity, but after the weekend it got more quiet and it didn't bother us that much anymore. The weather was hot, but the shade of the trees and the breeze made it comfortable. Nevada City is very close and offers great dining , yoga , music and other entertainment. We truly loved staying here.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful, beautiful surroundings

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed the scenery and quiet

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Redwood City, CA

Tranquility found.

  • 5 of 5

Tod's commitment to excellence showed through and through during our stay. The pre-fab was amazingly well constructed and at times left us wondering if it really was a pre-fab. The house performed as advertised, and the views did not disappoint. Modern, contemporary, and escape and hidden gem is how I would describe this property. 4G/LTE coverage worked well, and the Chicago Park neighborhood is charming. If you're thinking about staying here, I would encourage you to do so.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Grass Valley
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Apple Cafe
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Our little lakefront or Orchard Springs Campground
Car: necessary

We are in the Sierras/California Gold Country. While totally secluded and nestled in the forest you are minutes to the historic gold rush towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City as well as other beautiful little towns. There are wineries, gold mine tours, theatre, shopping, restaurants, hiking, swimming and water sports, There are wonderful festivals such as Cornish and Victorian Christmas, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, lots of art galleries.

Other Activities: kayaking, boating, downhill/alpine skiing, snowboarding, wildlife viewing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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