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Relaxing Luxury Family Vacation Home, Gourmet Stocked Kitchen

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9-11)

A vacation getaway location that will keep you coming back. The house gets early morning sun and doesn't lose it until late afternoon. Open space design with seperate gathering areas up and downstairs. Leather furniture, newer bedroom furniture and mattresses, awesome kitchen and a location that keeps you away from Northwoods Blvd congestion, will make you glad you chose this location. We do very limited renting, so the house is furnished like a home rather than a rental since we spend most of the winter there.

Year round the rear decks are drenched in sun, making it perfect to picnic, hang out, or tan. Grill (gas grill adjacent to kitchen) or sit and lounge on the back porches in the sun. The large deep outdoor hot tub is loaded with jets, lighting, and a waterfall, accessible from both floors. Smaller covered front deck gives you protection from the sun and is a great place to read and relax. Next to last house in the Tahoe Donner development (so you have use of all the amenities they offer for a guest fee), but keeps you out of the Tahoe/Donner traffic within easy driving to all amenities. Short drive to the Marine and Beach Club at Donner Lake, Equestrian Center is on our street, ski area and cross country, Northwoods Tennis Club, Rec. Center and Fitness Center, (access is part of amenities) 5 minutes away. You can take a hike on the Emigrant Trail (the one the Donner Party took) which crosses the rear of the property. Take Alder Creek Rd to Rt 80 and connecting roads to both sides of Lake Tahoe, direct routes to Northstar, Squaw, and Alpine avoiding the Tahoe Donner and Truckee traffic.

Open space design kitchen, dining, living room with 1/2 bath upstairs. Ample granite counters with large island, vaulted wood ceilings, large rear deck and small front deck on this floor. Leather couches and chairs ensure comfort while watching the flat screen (which elevates out of the cabinet) while you enjoy the fire in the stove with a flick of the remote. Kitchen has own 4 place table and 4 place breakfast bar in addition to the 8 place dining room table. Kitchen has panini and waffle grills, blenders, crock pot, grinders, electric tea pot, Cuisinart and Keurig (k-cup) coffee makers, and more. New stainless steel appliances and granite top island make preparation easy. The two car garage allows you easy access directly into the hall leading to kitchen (keeps you out of the weather), featuring durable stone hallway, kitchen, and bathroom floors, with large entry way front and garage hall closets. Combination front door lock allows easy home access for all guests through stone floor mud room with closet, so no worries about keys. Additional storage cabinets, ski locker, and equipment dryer are located in the garage.

Down the stone stairway you find three large bedrooms and one small bedroom (twin) with warm, soft carpeting. New king bed in master, with connected dual vanity bath, shower, heated floor, and large jet tub (all mattreses are recent replacements - premium quality). You'll find queen beds in other nicely appointed two larger bedrooms (all have luggage stands for your convenience). Windows have insulated retractable coverings to keep the house extra warm at night, and shaded during hot sunny days. Large rec room has adjacent small bedroom which makes a great private area for the kids to hang out and sleep, so the adults can have the open design upstairs to themselves. Rec rooms has a small bar, large LG flat screen, vcr, dvd,and stereo, (with day bed which makes two twins or combine for a king), additional leather couch (which makes into a queen), two bar stools and plush comfort chair. The new large capacity front load washer and dryer (in laundry room adjacent to rec room) keeps laundry time to a minimum. Outside relax in the oversize hot tub on rear deck just a couple of feet from the door (accessible from master bed room or upper deck). .

To locate home on map, find Tahoe Donner campground. House is on west side of camp ground on the outer border. Some GPS are not accurate with this property (shows you arrived 1.2 miles early).

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Mark Gendron
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 9, 2017

About Mark Gendron

Hello, My wife and I live in Raymond, Maine (west of Portland) and purchased this home so we can ski soft western snow and get away from the northeast ice and cold. We love the outdoors and adventure. With free time I snow ski and play hockey winters, mountain bike, motor cycle, and barefoot waterski summers. My wife left her position as Maine Commissioner of Education and now has time to enjoy the home as much as I do. She has decorated and equipped the home so it has everything you will ever require. You already figured out I'm on the left (with Travis Pastrana).

Mark Gendron purchased this house in 2008

Why Mark Gendron chose Lake Tahoe North Shore CA

First requirement was a large relatively new high end home, open design kitchen/living rooms with a direct route to the ski slopes. An added bonus unknown to us when we purchased the home, Alder Creek road is one of the first plowed, and enables us to avoid downtown Truckee and take River Street to Squaw and Alpine, or the even more direct route to Northstar. Second was some privacy, and there are no homes behind our property, so complete privacy during the winter. We are on the outer border of Tahoe-Donner camping area. Last was availability to mountain bike trails, golf course, horse back riding, and club house. All are within 6-7 minutes.

What makes this house unique

Privacy in spacious modern home with three outside decks and seperate areas for guest to congregate.

Large drying booth for wet clothes and boots.

Large cabinets in garage for skis, totes, bags, etc...

Walking path just outside the back door.

Home is built on an incline, sliding saucers available for the kids.


Truckee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 full baths downstairs in bedroom area, and a half bath upstairs
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • King size beds (1) Master bed room has a new eastern King, new mattress. Rec room has a new twin day bed which can be converted (with the additional bed under it)into a king. King sheets are in the laundry closet,king blankets in room closet., Queen size Beds (1) Two additional guest rooms have comfortable queen beds, new mattresses., Twin or Single Beds (1) Small fourth bed room has pull out twin. Foam topper for additional comfort are behind the rec room bar (unless bed is already made up). Quiet room for reading and sleeping., Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) Rec room couch makes into a queen. Additional thick temperpedic topper pad, sheets, blankets are in bedroom closet. Day bed/couch is a twin with another twin under which can be also be set to make sleeping for 4 in the rec room. Small bedroom with twin enters into the room, so makes a seperate area for kids to hang out together away from the adults.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Relaxing Luxury Family Vacation Home, Gourmet Stocked Kitchen
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

We had 4 adults and 4 kids enjoy a fun 4 day weekend in this great house. The kids loved the rec room. The adults loved that they had their own space (all the way downstairs!) We could have comfortably slept 4 more people. The kitchen is huge and has every pot, pan, gadget, spice that you could need. And again huge space, we could have seated 6 more people. The back yard provided great sledding (even if it was a little steep for the moms comfort ;)). A 5 min drive to Tahoe Donner is great for families with small kids to make a lesson on time or come home for nap or switch parents mid day. Road and driveway were plowed well despite recent storms. Can't wait to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Cruz

Amazing Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful stay at this Tahoe/Truckee home! It is beautiful and well appointed. All the beds were comfortable and there were plentiful towels and linens. We especially appreciated the kitchen and great room. We could all hang out together while we cooked, ate dinner and watched movies :) The location was perfect for us too. We were able to get to Squaw and Northstar in minutes as well as the South Shore in a short time. We highly recommend the Gendron house and hope we can stay there again in the near future!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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san francisco

A wonderful family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is our third year staying here. We have been vacationing annually at Tahoe for 30+ years, and we have stayed in several different homes. This is by far the best. The home is beautiful, comfortable, spacious and the owners most welcoming and responsive. Everything we need to prepare our meals is there, and it's easy for 3 chefs to be working together in the kitchen - the great room allows everyone to be together in a very relaxed and comfortable way, and the dining room tables in the great room and on the deck easily accommodates the 9 of us. (3 generations!) The bedrooms are comfortable and the master bedroom and bath are luxurious! The home is well situated for hikes, swimming in the lake, or the Tahoe Donner swim club. The hot tub allows for nightly stargazing. I highly recommend this property! We plan to be there again next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco

Fabulous house!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many houses in Tahoe over the years and this house was among the best. We were two families with four young children and had a wonderful stay. The great room (kitchen + living area) was great for lounging with a well appointed gourmet kitchen, large dining room table and circular leather couches. All the bedrooms were downstairs and the beds were all very comfortable with flannel sheets (what a nice touch!). The owner was very easy to work with and he truly takes pride in the care and maintenance of this house, and it really shows. We will definitely be returning here again in the future!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mendham, NJ

A Memorable Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Eight of us (4 adults, 4 teens) stayed comfortably at this lovely Tahoe Donner property over Christmas - New Years 2013. We enjoyed the hot tub every day after skiing and cooked gourmet dinners in the spacious kitchen nearly every evening. The owner was very attentive to our questions, and remained available by phone throughout our stay. Everything was clean and well-stocked, and the location was absolutely perfect for skiing at NorthStar, Squaw, Alpine Meadows and others. We would highly recommend this property to anyone who loves to ski, cook, or both!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Amazing Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

This house had everything we needed for a fun Tahoe vacation! The layout was perfect for our group of 4 adults and 4 children, with an open great room and kitchen on the upper floor and the bedrooms on the lower floor. It is very tastefully furnished, yet appropriate for kids. The kitchen has everything you need to eat at home every day. The hot tub on the deck was a huge hit with the adults. We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Train station downtown goes directly to Sacramento and San Francisco. Scenic and easy way to visit the city or rent a car there to visit wine country.


Rates & Availability

Truckee House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring, Summer, Fall
May 22 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2018 - Jan 11 2018
3 night minimum stay
MLK weekend
Jan 12 2018 - Jan 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Jan 15 2018 - Feb 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Feb 16 2018 - Feb 25 2018
3 night minimum stay
Feb 26 2018 - Apr 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200 + Tax
Spa service $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%

$500 is deposit, and is due with reservation. This is a new pricing system VRBO has installed, and can be confusing. Please contact me and I'll get a quote out to you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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