About the property
- House2100 sq. ft.
- Half Baths2
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
4 Bedroom/4 Bathroom/ Private deck off master/ Separate game room with bunk beds
Bring your family up to our home, which is a quiet jewel nestled among the pine trees. You will find it rich with log woodwork and stone throughout. We recently upgraded the property with new wood, carpet, and slate floors. All the towels and bedding are new and we care about giving you a good night rest in comfort. The property is located in the middle of lower Moonridge with easy access all within walking distance to Bear Mountain, the Zoo, and golf course and a short drive to Snow Summit. Mountain biking and hiking trails are all within walking distance with the beginning of one of California's best single track trails "Skyline" a short ride/hike away. Big Bear Lake, Downtown, Grocery Stores and restaurant/retail amenities all within a short drive.
Grizzly Mountain Retreat is the perfect location to connect with family. You will have full access to every part of what makes this home special. The master bedroom, with king size bed with half bath and private balcony upstairs is great for stargazers. While downstairs, there are two bedrooms. One has twin beds and a full bath across the hall. The other bedroom has a queen bed and access to a secluded deck off the front. It accesses the full bath complete with separate shower and double sinks.
Finally, the 4th sleeping area is separated (peace & quiet for parents) from the main house located a few short feet away. It is built out over the 2 car garage and has a full futon, bunk beds, sectional sofa, along with a 42' Plasma TV, XBOX 1 game console, pool table and 1/2 bath. This is where our children spend a lot of time.
By far, the BEST features of the home are the large kitchen and living room. The kitchen has granite counter tops with an impressive 6 foot log island surface. You will enjoy the ample space to walk around, prep and have many helpers in the kitchen. You will have two gas burners and 4 electric. There are plenty of kitchen/dining tools and utensils with plenty of cupboard storage for all your groceries. The large kitchen table is a great place to hang out at the end of the day and enjoy a great meal while enjoying the warm fireplace in the adjacent sunken living room.
The living room has a wall of glass facing the golf course and mountain. Yet, it is completely private with mature pine trees outside. The living room has both a love seat and queen sleeper sofa. You'll spend the mornings with tea/coffee in the great room and the evenings enjoy the space with it's floor to vaulted ceiling rock fireplace. The hearth is massive and great for warming boots or simply sitting. There is a 50' Plasma TV, with Netflix, DVD player, and Wireless WIFI throughout and phone.
Lastly, we want you to enjoy this place as much as we do. If there is anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable we promise to do all that we can to accommodate your requests.
Amenities:: WIFI throughout , Gas BBQ (Weber) SPA, Pool Table, Plasma TV's, DVD Players XBOX 1, Game Console.
Mark and Ashley Mahaffey
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- Calendar last updated:
- Feb 23, 2018
About Mark and Ashley Mahaffey
We are Mark and Ashley from San Diego. We have two children and are avid seekers of quiet, adventure and connecting with family. We come to Big Bear to recharge and play all year round.
Mark and Ashley Mahaffey purchased this House in 2013
Why Mark and Ashley Mahaffey chose Big Bear Lake
We had been traveling around to different mountains over the winters. We found Big Bear close to our San Diego home with year round activities. We love to mountain bike, take in the amazing stars, clean air and connecting with our family.
What makes this House unique
We fell in love with the first impression of the living room and large open kitchen. The separate sleeping/gaming room above the garage was a huge bonus, as it allows us to segregate the noise and family activities [read: gives mom and dad peace and quiet!]
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Our party of 10 had a great time!
The location of the home was great. Close to everything you need; food, grocery, gas, rentals and the slopes. It was easy to find. However the main door to the home is a slider and the lock was broken. We could lock the door from the inside, but we could not use the key to lock it from the outside. We were able to lock from the inside and go out the back door and come around, but it seemed a bit odd and inconvenient to have access the home from the back entry.
The home is great, the setup and sleeping arrangements was perfect. The kids all stayed in the casita, but we did have to buy an alan wrench to tighten the up the bunk beds. Any weight heavier then a small child would have been dangerous. My husband is a contractor and just tightened them up, no problem. The kitchen and main living space is amazing. It was my daughters 16th birthday and the friends she brought to celebrate were the other members of our church high school worship team. We sat around the living room and kitchen area with 3 guitars, and a plethora of percussion pieces in front of the fire. It was awesome, and an amazing ambiance.
2 other small oddities and mishaps. We were a bit miffed that there wasn't a place to lock up our skiing equipment. We didn't want to bring 10 peoples gear into the house, but we also didn't want to just leave it on the deck where even though it was not visible from the street could still easily walk off. And the other thing was the Jacuzzi. The first night, no problems at all those that wanted had a great soak. But the second night, unfortunately the night after we had been on the slopes, we couldn't get the thing to heat up. It was set at 95, and it continued to drop rather then heat even though we increased the temperature to 103 .. I think it was at 90 when we left on Sunday. Not COLD, but definitely not the HOT you might want to soak in.
Mark and Ashley were great. Very accommodating and friendly. The property manager was also responsive on check in and check out. We didn't really bother him for any of the small things we ran in to, but I am sure he would have stepped in to help us if we had asked. There was a previous comment on the camera in the game room, it was very much in the open and covered with a plastic bag, so it was not being hidden. We did cover it with something a little less opaque since we had a room full of girls out there. I also am not sure if there was audio.
I would recommend this home and stay there again any time!
Kids group trip over presidents weekend.
The house was excellent and looked just like the pictures. Having the pool table, spa and a second T.V. was great for the kids & adults to set up their video games. A huge table that sat 10 with plenty of room for eating & games. The location was less than 5 minutes from Bear Mountain and close to the city. The second adult that came up with me liked the house so much that he is going to bring his family back to this location. Thank you for sharing your wonderful house with us.
We completely understand about the extra TV and room for the kids! Ours do the exact same thing. It's so nice to have everyone happy!
We look forward to your friend doing a repeat with his family.
Have a great 2017!
- Ashley and Mark
Great place to stay with the family!
My family of 5 stayed here with my inlaws and there was plenty of rooms for all. In fact my 3 kids all stayed in the game room above the garage where there was a bunk bed along with a futon. It was a great place to stay. Would definitely recommend.
So happy to learn that you guys had a great time!
Ashley and Mark
Pretty cool with a few minor weird things
Had a great time. Definitely a beautiful cozy house, but we started noticing there were cameras in every room - including the bedrooms. Not sure what the point was or if these were active or not, but it left some of the people in our group very creeped out. The only other thing, is we had to drive our garbage to a random dumpster a couple miles away, instead of there being an available bin. Never stayed in a rental that made us do that before.
We are glad you had a great time which is the most important thing but find it " weird " that you would write that cameras are in every bedroom, when CLEARLY there is only one camera inside the house which is in the game room.
I'll address your points:
1) Camera - appreciate you being concerned. Just to be clear, we have only 1 camera inside. It is in the game room/pool table/xbox space over the garage, where there is a bunkbed. We have installed it for security. We usually have the cleaning lady put a towel over it after she sets up cabin and she must have forgotten. It is in plain view and obvious, as we want it to be seen by anyone who might want to enter who shouldn't be on property.
However, I have since included it as a highlighted note for future guests. If you had contacted us we could have shared this with you and made arrangements.
2) Trash - It's part of the charm of a remote vacation home :) Actually, only full-time residents have curbside trash pick up, as per city ordinance. The dumpsite is 1.5 mi. away, but it is on the route to the main road. Trash topic is clearly listed and highlighted in our rental agreement that you have a choice to remove it yourself or have our cleaners do it for an additional fee.
We Are glad you had a great time and wish you a Happy 2017!
Spacious, perfect location near the stores, easy access,
The open living/dinning area was great! We were able to enjoy our conversation while some relaxed on the couch, others were cooking , and playing games.. Ashley and Mark are great host! Thank you for sharing your home with us!
Marisol, thanks so much for choosing to bring your family to our cabin. We wish you a Happy 2017!
Mark and Ashley
Our Family had an amazing time staying in your beautiful cabin. Everything was as good or better than you described. There was plenty of room for all of us, the layout is great. The kids had fun shooting pool in the game room and we all enjoyed the jacuzzi. The location was great for skiing or going to the city. We also loved the beautiful stone fireplace in the livingroom. We really enjoyed our stay, and look forward to reserving it again in the future.
The Crown Family
So happy your family had a great stay. I am sorry for not replying sooner. ... just seeing this now.
Mark and Ashley
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
No more than 3 cars allowed on property. There is only space for three. And, we want to be courteous to our neighbors by having all vehicles safely parked and not sticking out on the street. If you need additional parking you will need to contact owner who will direct you to group lot .5 mi from property.