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Riverbend - Pool, Spa, Volleyball, River... more pics a www ahwahnee dot biz

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths (Sleeps12) on 5.5 acres (2 acres of lawn) - SERENE!

Swimming pool, granite waterfall, spa, pool table, game room, ping-pong, views, river, fishing, golf, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large stainless steel kitchen, 3 fireplaces, outdoor grill, fabulous views, pines, oaks, garden, Indian grinding stones, 5 acres to roam, outdoor living & dining, large great room, open dining room kitchen, minutes to Yosemite, minutes to Bass Lake, panning for gold, hawks, red-wing blackbirds, blue-heron, ducks, jays, swallows, etc. Enjoy the outdoors from inside or outside this one level, 3000 sq. ft. beautiful home, with 500+ feet or riverfront. The location is ideal. Along a river bend, with mountain views, graceful trees, spectacular waterfall swimming pool/spa and much, much more. The challenge with this property will be leaving it!

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At the entry way, and around the property, are enormous granite rock outcroppings. The home has accents inside and out of granite stones, a redwood paneled master bath, oak mantels, all harvested from the property. The polished concrete floors keep the home cool in the hot summer, and help maintain the warmth in the cold winter months. The ceilings are beamed and finished in pine. Located minutes from Yosemite, Bass Lake, and Oakhurst. Outside living areas include outdoor dining table and comfy chairs, lounges around the pool, and Adirondack chairs at the river. Cook outside on the outdoor grill or cook up a storm in the stainless steel kitchen. Appliances include Viking induction stove, Thermador convection ovens, and more. Sit under the granite rock waterfall in the built-in pool ledge, or jump off a 3' rock into the pool. Of course, you could swim a lap or float in the pool as you soak in the sun. Dip your toes in the river & watch the red-tail hawks glide between trees.

Hang-out in your chair until sunset & watch a deer, rabbit or possibly raccoon come to the river. After you’ve hiked Yosemite park, return home & soak your muscles in the ground level round jetted spa next to the swimming pool. Stroll to the end of the property, walk on the golf course, & shag a couple of lost golf balls on your way. Play a round of golf, or enjoy a sandwich at the rustic clubhouse, which is also adorned in granite & pine decor. Head on back to the river, grab a volleyball & couple of friends & hit the ball around the sandy beach volleyball court. Feel the cool sand between your toes. Maybe perch yourself on a granite rock & reflect on when Miwok Indians used the grinding stones to make meal, or give it a try yourself. Set up the croquet set & play a round with your mates. The river is more like a creek in August & September, so there is a lot more sandy area to explore.

Some say there’s gold in that river. So, try your luck at panning for some gold right out your door. Maybe a nice nugget for your jewelry box, or a couple flakes as a memento of your trip. Of course, we are not making any promises and do be careful of all the fools gold in the river! If the season's right, pick some fruit out of the trees, or berries. Cut a sprig of rosemary, an iris, rose, lavender, or wild-flower or two for the bud vase in the bathroom or kitchen. Before you head home, or on to your next destination, give the laundry room a work out and pack your bags with clean clothes. Of course, if you want to extend that vacation feeling, there is a local cleaner close by. If you have been able to resist the tire swing, take a spin or two before you leave. Maybe your last night could be spent sleeping in the hammock in the trees. Sign the guest book, and we’ll keep a light on for your next visit.

More Details

Fred Lange
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

About Fred Lange

We have been visiting this area with our children, several times a year, for about 15 years. We enjoy the majesty of Yosemite, and have been Season's Pass holders at the Badger Pass Ski Area, located inside Yosemite Park, for many years. We have been fortunate to be able to explore the National Parks and natural beauty of the Western US and Canada over the years, but have always been drawn to Yosemite as our 'Home Base'.

During our many trips to this area, we have often sought out the Real Estate magazines and pondered ownership of a slice of paradise for our visits. In 2010, we finally took the plunge to buy, and envision many years of enjoying gatherings of family and friends at our home called 'Riverbend'.

We hope that our guests will also enjoy the peace, tranquility and beauty that beckons at Riverbend. It gives us great pleasure to share our home in this very special region.

Fred Lange purchased this house in 2010

Why Fred Lange chose Yosemite Area

It's truly one-of-a-kind!

Guestbook comments from the owner

[from the guest book]

On behalf of my entire family, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. You have truly thought of everything to insure your guests comfort and entertainment ... games, ping pong, fish in the river, the swing, playhouse ... the list is endless.

We had such a wonderful time and look forward to another visit in God's country!
Aug 2010
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Ahwahnee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Dialup Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Master bath -- double vanity sink, shower, separate bathtub, atrium, tropical plants, heat, vented, leaded window accents 1/4 bath -- hallway & master bathroom access -- single vanity and toilet, window Bathroom #2- single vanity sink, shower/tub combination, toilet, vent, window Bathroom #3 - single vanity sink, shower/tub combination, toilet, vent, small window
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , bunk beds
  • The home has five bedrooms including a master bedroom, three more rooms with queen beds, plus a room with 2 bunk beds. The master bedroom is at the east end of the home with fabulous views of the river and outdoors. Sip your morning coffee, tea, or juice while lounging in your comfy master bedroom chairs. Soak in your atrium bathtub looking up at the moon and stars through the atrium ceiling glass. Three bedrooms line the north side of the home, with the last bedroom capturing views of the river. The game room, great room, kitchen and dining room have loads of windows to enjoy the river and mountain views. You may also enjoy the leaded glass accent windows at the entrance, in the master, and in the great room. The windows are reclaimed from an old hotel dating to the 1800's! Gorgeous!
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Yard
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Indian Grinding Stones on property, close to Yosemite, on a golf course, on the Fresno River, Red tail hawks nest in trees along the river, Deer, crickets & frog sounds at night, outdoor living and eating areas, volleyball sandy beach area, seasonal fishing in river, pool table, ping pong table. There are also three fireplaces, two with granite stones found from the yard and river. Of course, there is a large screen TV to enjoy movies, your favorite show, or plug your camera in and watch videos of your explorations of the day.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(51 traveler reviews)

Riverbend - Pool, Spa, Volleyball, River... more pics a www ahwahnee dot biz
average rating of 4.901961 based on 56 reviews
Hesperia, CA

Fantastic vacation home !

  • 5 of 5

Wow, can't say enough about this wonderful vacation home & location. We spent a week at Riverbend for our family vacation with 9 adults and 6 children. The house and property is so beautiful and relaxing with plenty of activities for all ages. The house had everything we needed and more. The amazing pool & Jacuzzi was the highlight for everyone especially after a long day of hiking. The kids also loved the tire swing and exploring the river. We could have spent every day just staying at the house and been completely fulfilled but as hard as it was to leave the house we did manage to get out and explore the area. Spent two wonderful days enjoying the beauty of Yosemite National Park, Took a fun train ride at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, checked out the gift shops and had a picnic lunch in their nice picnic area. They also have a moonlight train ride which includes dinner & entertainment. One day we took the kids to a small organic farm called Highland Downs Cottage Garden Farm. The owners are so friendly and love having visitors. We had a great time picking fresh berries, taking a tour of the farm, feeding the chickens & checking out the gift shop which has homemade cookies, pies, vinegars etc.

We also hiked a trail at the 400 acre Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park. It was very hot in July but would be great in the spring or fall. We had a delicious dinner at the Crab Cakes restaurant in Oakhurst. It is great for adults and children. Our 6 kiddo's, 7 years and under, were completely entertained with the etch a sketch children's menu's and the fishing game plus the food was wonderful. Had yummy homemade ice cream cones at Reimer's Candy, Gifts & Ice Cream. Our family will definitely be returning to Riverbend. Such a wonderful place to make great family memories ! Thank you Fred & Lynn for sharing your beautiful home with us !

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Creating life-long memories is exactly what Lynn and I are up to with Riverbend. Glad you had an incredible week. Our cleaning crew was ecstatic about how you left the house. We could tell you treated it with loving care. That to say, Hurray back! The lights are on, and we've put out the welcome mat.
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Spacious with something for everyone

  • 5 of 5

The home is well cared for. Photos don't really do it justice. Short walk to creek, giant tadpoles, refreshing river swimming, beautiful pool.... house was very well laid out with ample space for everyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Severna Park, MD


  • 5 of 5

Amazing property and the nicest private pool and hot tub I've ever seen. A great house for a family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington Heights, Ill

Fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family of 10. Plenty of room and full of extras: pool table, ping pong table, games, grill and well equipped kitchen with state of the art appliances, and large dining room table.

One of the best features was the swimming pool, especially with the heat wave of 100's+. Poolside and pool were beautiful. Our grandkids couldn't wait to get back and plunge in every day.

But to me the surrounding scenery was a top notch feature. The Fresno River running through it with rugged , glacier dropped rocks, winding and cool with mountains beyond. It was very serene and private.

It's 4 miles from Oakhurst with shopping and restaurants.

Gordon and Karen Souden

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing family fun

  • 5 of 5

Wow. That was our first impression of Riverbend. This house was so perfect for our family. My parents were celebrating their 50th anniversary and wanted a house that would be perfect for all ten of us (ages 11 to 76). The setting of this house tucked away was great. The river was a blast for my kids (and husband) to swim in and climb around the rocks and catch tadpoles. The pool was so beautiful and we loved the waterfall and the hot tub as well. We grilled out a few nights and it was great to have the big table for 10 outside and inside. At night we lounged on the outdoor couches on the deck and star gazed! The bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen had everything we needed. The beds were very comfortable. Our three young girls loved the bunk room. Thank you so much for a wonderful week. We hope to return to someday. - The Kuhns and Soudens

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Caveat Emptor! Do not waste your money!

  • 1 of 5

This house is in dire need of some serious updating and is not very clean or sanitary. We could tolerate the dirty kitchen cabinets, dated wood paneling, and the Brady Bunch inspired dining room table. However, the tiny sunken bathtub surrounded by the unsightly collection of plants and the menagerie of insects they attract was a bit too retro for us. My wife did not appreciate having insects crawl on her as she soaked in the bathtub. Additionally, the mattress in the master bedroom is very old and worn. The edges collapse and the bed squeaks loudly. We wanted to use the grill to barbecue some meat. Unfortunately, frogs had taken over the grill. These slimy reptiles carry salmonella. This was not exactly appetizing. Frogs have also taken over the pool. Not surprising, considering all the debris in and around it. Our kids had to avoid the edges of the pool fearing that spiders and frogs would jump on them. The hammocks were riddled with bird droppings and tree sap.  

The bathrooms were not cleaned properly.  We found dirt and urine splatter between the toilet seat and tank. Also, many of the pillows and beanbags were crusty and dirty. The house has central air. However, it is an older unit and is extremely loud. Consequently, several family members had trouble sleeping. The original flooring has been replaced with polished concrete flooring. It extremely slippery when wet and poses a serious safety concern for children and elderly. We had several close calls. Potential renters should also know that this house is located about two hours from Yosemite Village. Thus, if you are planning a trip to Yosemite, this location is not the most pragmatic choice. Also note that there are two properties on the lot. Moreover, there is a small barn about 60 feet away from the main house. It is occupied by permanent tenants. Thus, if it is privacy that you desire, look elsewhere.

To make matters worse, the owner decided to keep our entire security deposit. He claims that we checked out late and that we left trash for the housekeeper to clean up. Please keep in mind that the owner (Fred) lives in San Francisco and never inspected the property himself. We have never encountered any establishment that has penalized us for checking out a few minutes late. Clearly, this is the owner's custom and practice. My guess is that he does this every time to augment his income. He also charged us an additional $600 to heat the pool during our one week stay... Classy.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Vanessa, It is with regret that I read your review. First, let me say that we know we can always do better. Each year we make improvements and add items based on our guests suggestions. We are both disappointment and disheartened about the review you left on HomeAway, especially in light of the great review your party left in our guest book at the entrance table, which was written before our discussion about our withholding a portion of your deposit. In our looking to reconcile which review is true, we believe it is the one you left in our guest book. The comments left in our guest book indicate that your group had a great vacation, with wonderful life-long memories while at Riverbend. I quote, “We enjoyed Riverbend for its sure beauty and away from all the people. The pictures online are really understated…” The one page review was about how comfortable and nice a stay your family had at Riverbend. This review also mentioned all the great things to do in the area and how close they are to Riverbend. We wish you had posted that review. It sounded like a 4, maybe 5, star review. In looking at the disparity of your reviews, I believe you are angry for our withholding $600 from your deposit to cover cleaning up the mess you left at Riverbend. It took our cleaning team two days to get the house back to the condition it was in when you arrived. On top of that, you were not ready to leave when our cleaning team arrived at checkout time. It was our good fortune that we did not have guests arriving the same day you left. In the seven years that guests have been visiting Riverbend, you are the third family we have withheld a portion of the deposit. We take our guests deposits very seriously, and we discuss our reasons with the family, before we act, as we did with you. If we thought your 1 star review had any real merit, we would address each of the points you raised. You are our only review in seven years that has not been a 4 or 5 start. The guests before you and after you gave us 5 star ratings. You left us a glowing review on our guest book, which matches our intention to our guests for providing a setting for them to create wonderful life-long memories at Riverbend. For the review in our guest book, we thank you. Fred Lange
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Ahwahnee, Yosemite Area, Gold Country & High Sierra, California, USA -- Ideally located near Yosemite, one of the wonders of the planet that you must visit in your life-time. The home is minutes to Oakhurst, a small city with small town charm, but with many of the conveniences of a large city. You'll also find some great art, antiques and fun things to do there. With a river running through the property, this is a one-of-a-kind location. Yes, it's all about location, location, and location. This property also has a paved road all the way to the garage, which is often hard to find in the mountains around Yosemite. Within a couple of blocks from the home, you'll find an old school house that has been converted to an art school. Maybe there is some room in a class, or maybe you could drive about 10 minutes to pick up a cooking class at Chateau du Sureau.

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, horseshoes, boating, cross country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, health/beauty spa

Golf: River Creek Golf Course at edge of the property.

Additional golf courses w/i a short drive!

Ski: Badger Pass Ski Resort

In Ahwahnee, CA, we are at 2,250 ft. elevation, so our weather is a little milder than Yosemite Park.


Rates & Availability

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May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
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Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Cleaning $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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