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Tahoe Skiing & Sierra Mountain Getaway + Family Friendly

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

A spacious, big home overlooking Carson Valley & Sierra near Lake Tahoe

Hello there,

We're looking forward to having you spend your vacation with us in our Tahoe home. Our home is very relaxing and situated on a sunny mesa overlooking the Carson Valley and with a view toward the forested foothills and beyond to the Sierra Crest. Plenty of hiking, fishing, hot springs, skiing, casino, kayaking, and biking activities are nearby.

To be honest we always come to the house with big plans and end up spending our time relaxing on the back porch or in the living room admiring the views, making a big meal in the huge kitchen with our friends and heading to bed early for a great, quiet night of sleep to recharge! There are plenty of details about the house below, but if you don't feel like reading, feel free to send us a note and we'll happily reply to answer any questions. I've been going to the Sierra for over 10 years now and am happy to share what I know about it.

Our house is on a large 5 acre lot with lots of space to stretch out in and away from the congestion in South Lake Tahoe. We are 23 miles from Kirkwood Ski Resort, 21 miles from Heavenly Ski Resort's Stagecoach lift, and 9-13 miles from the Markleeville/Grover Hot Springs area & 26 miles from South Lake Tahoe. Our home is at 5400' elevation so you may feel the elevation a bit as well, especially if you go for a walk on Sunrise Trail. Trips to the eastern Sierra and Yosemite National Park are also possible as long day drives with the house as your base.



Also please note that the house has many amenities (cribs, high chairs, strollers, & changing tables for little ones included that may lighten your packing load for your visit.


We have a nice big flat lawn in the front and back of the house (sometimes it's green depending on our sprinkler system temperament :-)). There's a nice space to lounge/play outside as well as porches on the back and front of the house. This is a desert area and is very dry and windy. The house is also convenient for parents with a separate bunk bedroom with a TV and 3 high chairs, 1 full size crib, 1 mini crib, 2 bassinets, 1 infant swings, double and single stroller.


Please note the grocery stores/Walmart/Hardware Stores in Gardnerville (20-30 minutes away) are quite extensive (ex: we've bought silver noodles and crab legs there), so no need to truck stuff up there unless you want to or don't want to drive to the grocery stores. We have 3 different pairs of cross-country skis that anyone is welcome to use. The last sizable grocery store (Safeway) on the way up from the bay area is near Martell Rd. near Jackson. There is also a Lowe's and KMart in Martell as well. You will have even more selection if you drive 30 minutes to Carson City which has just about every store you could ask for.

The house is out in the middle of nowhere, but that's part of what is great about it. Hope Valley is 15 minutes away and beautiful and a great place to start for level hikes. There is a hot springs above Markleeville with some nice short hikes as well. If you want something more adventurous I can recommend those as well and we have all our hiking books up there (Mt. Tallac and Desolation Wilderness are 2 classic hard Lake Tahoe hikes).

The views are pretty nice even outside the house and the roads are very quiet so just a stroll outside on Sunrise Trail is rewarding. We are ~20 minutes from Caples Lake where they rent kayaks, Lake Tahoe is about 30 minutes, and Carson River is just across the road. There is a movie theater in the nearest town of Minden/Gardnerville about 25 minutes away. The Eastern Sierra is ridiculously beautiful and Mono Lake, Yosemite Tioga Pass entrance, Mammoth, Bridgeport, Bodie, Bear Valley, Sonora Pass are all doable as day trips from the house with 1-2 1/2 hours of driving 1-way. The fall colors in October can be striking with snow covering the mountain tops and yellow aspen trees. Northern Lake Tahoe resorts are 1-2 hrs. away.

In Gardnerville, we can recommend Saletti's for a better meal and Woodett's Diner for a traditional diner breakfast.


During the winter it may get as cold as 0-10 degrees at night. Our house is at ~5400' elevation. We generally don't get pounded by 3+ feet of snow like Tahoe itself during the winter, but you may wake up to a 1 or 2 foot snowstorm during the bad storm weekends. Plowing of the roads is intermittent, but hopefully once the sun comes out you'll be able to drive the 500 feet to the main road and be fine. A local guy plows the roads when he can if the county doesn't get to it and a neighbor can plow the driveway if the snow gets particularly deep.

More Details

Michael Haverty
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish, Minimal German and Italian
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Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

Why Michael Haverty chose Mesa Vista

I drove by this location in the foothills on the back side of the Eastern Sierra for years looking at the houses up on the hill from highways 88 and 395. Now that we have a home hear we often come with big plans for the weekend of being active in the nearby ski resorts or hiking trails, but the house is so big and inviting that we often spend our time lounging and soaking up the sun. Kirkwood is only 23 miles away, Heavenly 18 miles, plenty of high Sierra hiking, fishing in Carson River, and even Mammoth and Mono Lake and the backside of Yosemite within a long day's drive means you can definitely keep busy outdoors with this place as your home base, but you may not want to. :-)

What makes this house unique

We have a large front and back yard for playing and relaxing. Great for families with small children to let them outside but not worry about much. We also have cribs, a changing table & changing pad as well as fences, strollers, and other baby gear to make traveling with infants much easier.


Mesa Vista House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Wired for sound
    Shared Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Kitchen Half Bathroom - toilet
    Junior Suite Bathroom - toilet , shower , Heated Floors
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Junior Suite - 1 queen , Private Attached bathroom with shower
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Private attached master bathroom and bay window
    Queen Bedroom - 1 queen , Shared Bathroom
    Kids/Bunk Room - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , Includes a TV as well
  • Each room has a humidifier, warming blankets, and pillows. During the summer it gets hot (very sunny and 90+ degrees sometimes) but the house has plenty of windows so there shouldn't be a need for air conditioning. This is a desert so even during the middle of summer it will cool down considerably during the night. Even during the warm times, there is usually a breeze so it won't be too hot although the sun is strong and unrelenting. The queen bedroom also has a crib in the closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
SUPPLIES/STOCKS The house is well-stocked. There shouldn't be a need to bring much extra stuff. The kitchen has pots, pans, mixing bowls, blender, mixer, waffle maker, rice cooker, coffee maker, spice rack, olive oil, cereal, vinegar, dressing, dishes, glasses, serving plates, etc. If there's something more exotic you need or a very critical basic ingredient you need bring it as it's difficult to predict what exact food/supplies there is at the house at the moment. We have 1-hair dryer, an outdoor gas BBQ grill, toaster oven, microwave convection oven, regular oven with warming tray, 5 burner gas stove, washer and dryer, board games, Dish TV with some movie channels and an extensive recording of movies, Amazon and Netflix capable TV, wireless internet, and a USB charging hub and a battery charger. The refrigerator dispenses filtered water and the faucet has a dispenser of automatic hot water. We have sealable containers for recyclables next to the door into the house in the garage


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Tahoe Skiing & Sierra Mountain Getaway + Family Friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Great place for a getaway

  • 5 of 5

It is a great experience and fun staying at this beautiful home for a getaway/break. you will simply love the home which is very well maintained with all the facilities. Definitely recommended for Tahoe/Sierra mountain visitors thanks!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you and your family enjoyed your stay for the holidays!
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Terrific family reunion get away

  • 5 of 5

Our four generational family reunion weekend was a big hit. This home was perfect for all of us...ages 94 to a year old. The spacious home was so comfortable for our group of nine. It was like being in your own home away from home. The wonderfully equipped kitchen made it so easy to cook and have room for everyone to help and be together for all of our meals. We were going to go out to dinner for our final dinner together but instead a quick trip to the Costco in Carson City allowed us to pick up everything we needed for a four course easy to put together dinner and we were all able to relax instead of fight a restaurant crowd(especially important with little ones in tow). The barbecue and patio furniture allowed us to enjoy the outdoor area.

The guys enjoyed trout fishing on the East Carson River and we all did a little sight seeing to Grover hot springs and an ice cream stop in Markleeville. The home is situated in a private and quiet area and the yard was perfect for our two little ones to run around and play safely.

The home was also equipped with high chairs, cribs, changing table, safety locks and gates to keep our grandkids safe and happy. The adults enjoyed playing pool, tv watching and wifi usage. The Great Room and kitchen areas allowed us to all be together and yet not feel crowded.

Mike was an excellent communicator through text messages and emails before, during and after our stay. He made an allowance for us to bring my daughter's dog who we penned on the back porch during the day and in the laundry room room and in her kennel at night in the foyer. There was plenty of space for our dog to be walked in the safe neighborhood.

Our family had a memorable weekend together and we would definitely recommend the rental of this five star home!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks as well to you for working with me on the house rules. I'm glad we could accommodate you and your family!
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Very comfortable and well appointed

  • 5 of 5

This home was the absolute best that we could hope for. The pictures barely show how comfortable and well-appointed this home is furnished. The seven of us had more than enough room for sleeping, dining and relaxing. Mike, the owner, was very easy to work with and made sure that everything was in order and taken care of with the house - it's just about turnkey: only need to bring your suitcase and food. We will definitely have this place at the top of our list the next time we visit the area. Our group was a guy's weekend in the outdoors, but this home could easily accommodate two or three small families.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words about our home and glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Beautiful Home in fantastic setting

  • 5 of 5

My family and I greatly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful home! The accommodations were upgraded, comfortable, clean, and inviting. The kitchen is well stocked with cooking utensils and essential items. The views surrounding the house were lovely to take in both inside and outside of the house. The owner is easy to communicate with. There are 2 master bedrooms with comfortable beds and 2 additional rooms with beds and a bunk bed, as well as a crib and high chairs. The pool table was a fun amenity as well! I would highly recommend this property for anyone looking to relax and enjoy the scenery in a beautiful environment and gorgeous home. My family enjoyed a day trip to Tahoe, Virginia City, and a tour of the Railroad Museum in Carson City.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay with us over the holidays and got out to visit the sites in the Carson Valley and Tahoe area!
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Nearest Airport
54 Miles
Reno International Airport
Nearest Ferry
27 Miles
South Lake Tahoe
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Nearest Motorway
58 Miles
Interstate 80
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Heavenly Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
27 Miles
South Lake Tahoe
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $450
Cleaning $275
Tax Rate 10.0%

House heating is by propane ($$$) & usage of >17 gallons/day (3%/day) may result a deposit deduction but this very rarely happens. A house temp of <=70 degrees during waking hours should be ~12 gallons/day usage. Well is new from 2013 & in rare cases you may need to restart the well pump. The area is rural with 5 acres+wildlife with a good chance of mice in the traps on arrival that you will need to throw away.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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