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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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 10, 2017

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 Lake Tahoe North Shore CA

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! 4.7/5 -
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Mountain Hideaway With Modern Conveniences. Pet-Friendly.
average rating of 4.652174 based on 23 reviews

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: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding location and value

  • 5 of 5

I wrote a detailed review last year when we stayed here. Check it out. Everything is as advertised and I will be back again.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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its comfy, its warm, its perfect

  • 5 of 5

we've stayed at this cabin a couple times (so there you go, that tells you its worth coming back too). (2 adults, 1 Toddler, 1 dog)

Its pet friendly

its a good location, we hit up the Tahoe Donner slopes once - its in the same community and only a few minutes away. even with a "guest" discount for lift tickets

large fully functioning kitchen. on our recent stay, its was snowing a ton, so we just made all our meals, the kitchen has what you need. (where else do you find a VRBO that has a pizza peel / spatula???? this is the place! and we made Pizza!!!! )

max is always a pleasure to deal with.

its not "fancy" - but its comfy, its warm, its perfect

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Well kept cabin in quiet part of tahoe donner

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and awesome hot tub

  • 5 of 5

Very cozy and clean. Owner was great with communication. There was a welcome binder when we came in, I thought that was pretty neat. The best feature was the outdoor hot tub. Also a plus was Donner Pass was less than 5min away.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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This vacation rental works really well for us! Plenty of room both inside and out.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed another great visit to Max's cabin, as always, everything we need is provided for us. Spending time outside on the huge back deck is especially nice, enjoying the forest and the stars at night!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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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.