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Mountain Hideaway With Modern Conveniences. Pet-Friendly.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Hot Tub, Wooded Area, Flat Lot.

Nice house in the excellent Tahoe Donner neighborhood. Close to skiing, hiking, boating, fishing, association rec center (small fee), biking, and nature. Home is on a flat lot, surrounded by pine trees. A master bedroom with queen bed and en suite bathroom. 2 guest bedrooms, one with double bed, one with two twin beds. Full guest bath. Hot tub, wireless internet, big screen TV with cable included. Dog-friendly home.

Max Schaefer
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 8, 2018

About Max Schaefer

After 15 years of owning the Schaefer Haus, I've finally decided to share it with the world. I'm a bay area resident for the last 25 years, and have always loved the mountains. I have the home set up for myself, friends and family, but putting a new roof on this year leads me to think it's time to share the place with the public. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Max Schaefer purchased this house in 1998

Why Max Schaefer chose Truckee

Although I originally bought this home as a ski house, I find we enjoy it just as much or more in the summer. Just three hours drive from the San Francisco area, the Schaefer Haus is in the wonderful Tahoe Donner neighborhood. It's an association with great recreational facilities, a top notch golf course, a private beach on Donner Lake, and a short drive to Lake Tahoe. Most importantly, you are within 30 minutes of several great ski resorts, including Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sugarbowl, and Northstar. When I come here, I bring my greyhounds, so it is a dog-friendly home, and your well-behaved and clean dog(s) are welcome too.

What makes this house unique

The first thing you'll notice is the fresh mountain air, the giant pine trees, and the feel of being in the mountains. But then you'll notice the comfortable home, the modern conveniences like internet and cable, the hot tub, and the proximity to limitless adventure!


Truckee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:00 AM / Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Guest bath/main house bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom in Master Bedroom. Twin shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , En Suite bathroom
    Guest Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Guest Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

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Mountain Hideaway With Modern Conveniences. Pet-Friendly.
average rating of 4.642857 based on 28 reviews

Best Christmas Ever!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed for 4 nights during the Christmas holiday. The house was warm ,comfortable and very welcoming. The owner is very generous and was available for questions or information. We look forward to staying there again.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very wonderful

  • 5 of 5

The stay was very great love everything about it my grandkids had a blast it wasn't that far from the beautiful donner lake we will be back

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Nice home , comfortable and well suited for our needs

  • 4 of 5

Nice home, suited my wife and I very well . Dog friendly donut was perfect. Max responded to our needs in a timely manner.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy , comfy well stocked

  • 5 of 5

Good communication from Max. We loved this place and would come back again. Deck is fab, hot tub awesome! Quiet comfortable and warm feeling

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Our family of three generations and a dog had a wonderful time at Max's comfortable home.

  • 4 of 5

The house is laid out well, open and with a very workable kitchen. We spent most of our time out on the large deck, in the hot tub and just enjoying the forest ambience. Even though other homes are nearby, it feels private. The location was great, and we appreciated our access to the private beach and pools. Max was quick to respond to minor difficulties.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Dog Friendly Home in Tahoe

  • 5 of 5

I rented this place for a ski weekend with some friends. The location is easy to get to (less than 10 minutes from 80), and still pretty close to the ski resorts (about 20 minutes to squaw/alpine, and even closer to Sugar Bowl). The house is very dog friendly, and has extra water bowls and a leash in case you forget to bring your own. The house "manual" was quick and easy to read when I wasn't quite sure how things in the house were supposed to work (thermostat, hot tub, etc). The layout of the house is great. The living room is very spacious, and has lots of room for lounging, playing games, etc without being too close to the bedrooms/sleeping areas. We had 7 people total, and everyone slept comfortably. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Short drive to many ski resorts including Sugarbowl, Squaw Valley, Northstar, and Alpine Meadows. Private association beach on Donner Lake. 25 minutes to Lake Tahoe. 25 minutes to North Shore casinos.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $140

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.