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'the Lakeside Haven' Luxury Lakefront Retreat on Serene Lakes

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-4 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths (Sleeps 6-7)

The Lakeside Haven is nestled on the shore of Lake Serena, the quieter of the two Lakes in the community of Serene Lakes, in the town of Soda Springs at Donner Summit.

The home has a southerly exposure and high, vaulted pine ceilings offering wonderful sunlight and beautiful summer views of Serene Lakes through early evening. The Lakeside Haven is situated on a unique lakefront lot with vacant lots on each side offering unusual privacy.

In the winter Sugar Bowl, only 10 minutes away, offers some of Tahoe's best downhill skiing. The home is also only 5 minutes away from Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort, which is one of the largest cross-country skiing areas in the world. And it is about 5 minutes from Soda Springs Ski Resort with tubing and special snow programs for children. Squaw, Alpine and Northstar are located near Lake Tahoe (about 30 to 40 minutes away). You can also cross-country ski or snow shoe on the frozen lakes just out the back door.

In the summer, enjoy swimming and relaxing at the beautiful community beach on the connecting sister lake, Lake Dulzura. At the beach are tables and even a snack bar that is open many weekends. Or take the Lakeside Haven’s 3-person canoe or 1-person kayak out for peaceful boating on the lakes. Just outside on the deck facing the lake are a pair of chaise lounges ideal for a nap or reading. (The boats and patio furniture are available June 15 - October 15.)

Truckee is only 20 minutes away with its shopping boutiques as well as fine restaurants such as Moody's, The Dragonfly and The Drunken Monkey.

The Lakeside Haven boasts lakeside views from the master bedroom suite, seclusion and serenity. The master bedroom suite is appointed with grand mahogany furniture and a wood burning fireplace, all setting the mood for enjoying your relationship with your beloved.

Family members have separate living quarters upstairs with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, sleeping up to 6 upstairs.

All bedrooms and the two full bathrooms have vaulted pine ceilings. The 3 bedrooms upstairs boast 4 large beds and share one full bathroom, also with a vaulted pine ceiling. 2 of the 3 bedrooms are connected by double French doors, with the lakeside bedroom having beautiful lake views. Sheer drapes separate those two rooms for privacy. The downstairs master suite has lofty vaulted ceilings, a wood burning fireplace, dual sinks in the master bathroom room, and sweeping lake views at just above lake level.

When snow gets high in the winter it will encircle the large deck off the living and dining rooms (which is kept shoveled) and surround the first story of the home including the master bedroom and dining room to create a cozy, tucked-in, winter wonderland feel.

Location: Town of Soda Springs, California just off I-80 on Donner Summit. Near Donner Lake, and near North Shore of Lake Tahoe. 5 minutes to Sugar Bowl downhill skiing and Royal Gorge cross-country skiing. Lots of hiking nearby. Kayaking and boating on the lakes. 20 minutes to Truckee restaurants and shopping. 15-20 minutes to Donner Lake fishing. 30-40 minutes to Squaw, Alpine and Northstar.

* Directly on Lake Serena, the quieter of the two Serene Lakes
* Light-filled, southerly exposure
* Set back from the road and with vacant lakefront lots on each side offering unusual privacy
* Constructed in 1991, the home is well-crafted with good insulation and Pozzi dual-paned wood windows
* Elegantly furnished with a 'home', not a 'cabin', feel boasting upscale appointments
* Approximately 2,125 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms
* Vaulted pine ceilings in the living room, each bedroom and each full bathroom
* 52-Inch high-definition flat screen LCD TV and DVD/VCR in living room with Netflix streaming (no TV cable service to better enjoy the serenity of the summit)
* Dual chaise lounges on the deck in the summer
* Large couch, one sitting chair, and two leather recliners in the living room
* Upstairs loft with antique loveseat and two rocking chairs
* Solid cherry console piano (for older children and adults)
* Bose SoundDock in the living room for MP3 player or iPod
* Upstairs Sleeping: 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom (2 bedrooms connected with one overlooking the lake)
- 2 nestled twin beds with king-sized linens (gold bedroom); 1 queen bed (lakeside); and 1 queen bed plus 1 full bed (red bedroom)
* Downstairs Sleeping: 1 master bedroom and connecting bathroom (1 queen bed)
- Wood burning fireplace and Bose SoundDock iPod player in the downstairs master bedroom
* Wood burning fireplace in the living room
* Gas stove in the dining room
* Free telephone service for calling anywhere in the continental U.S.A.
* Free UVerse Max internet service (downstream speeds up to 12Mbps) via wireless modem
* Fully furnished maple cabinet kitchen with formal dining room
* Johnson Brothers 'Fresh Fruit' place settings, Reed & Barton flatware, and wine glasses
* Breville espresso/cappuccino machine
* Vitamix blender
* Gas cook top
* Linens and towels provided
* Washer and dryer
* 1 undersized, small car garage for storing gear (parking in the driveway is recommended for larger cars and SUVs)
* Old Town 3 person canoe with two padded seats
* 1 person kayak
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2125 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Upstairs Bedroom 1: 1 king

    'King' is 2 twins pushed together with king linens...moreless

  • Upstairs Bedroom 2 - Lakeview: 1 queen

    Upstairs Bedroom 2 is connected to Bedroom 1...moreless

  • Upstairs Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 1 double

    Full bed is a Sealy Posturpedic pillow top...moreless

  • Downstairs Master Bedroom - Lakeview: 1 queen

    Sealy Posturpedic pillow top...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Downstairs Master Bathroom: toilet, shower, bidet


  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Combination tub/shower...moreless

  • Downstairs Bathroom: toilet


Other Amenities

  • Sugar Bowl 10 minutes away; Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort 5 minutes away; Ski In/Out Cross-Country skiing on the lake in the winter; Canoe or Kayak on the lake in the summer...moreless


  • Music Library:

    Pandora streaming radio via Samsung DVD player...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Bose Sound Dock in living room...moreless

  • Television:

    Netflix streaming and Pandora streaming via Samsung DVD player; no cable TV service...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Netflix streaming streaming via Samsung DVD player...moreless


  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Ski-In:

    Ski In/Out Cross-Country skiing on the lake...moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    Ski In/Out Cross-Country skiing on the lake...moreless

  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Garage:

    1 car garage...moreless

  • Heating
  • Internet:

    AT&T Uverse...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    Free Long Distance in the USA...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Gas stove in the dining room...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Very well equipped kitchen...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Large deck, in the summer two lounge chairs and wrought iron patio table with 6 patio chairs...moreless



from 12 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 26 - Jun 29, 2017
2 night min stay
July 4th Weekend
Jun 30 - Jul 4, 2017
3 night min stay
Jul 5 - Sep 1, 2017
2 night min stay
Labor Day
Sep 2 - Sep 5, 2017
1 night min stay
Sep 6 - Sep 14, 2017
2 night min stay
Fall / Early Winter
Oct 13 - Dec 21, 2017
2 night min stay
Christmas / New Years
Dec 22 - Jan 7, 2018
4 night min stay
MLK Weekend
Jan 12 - Jan 15, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning & Linens $175 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 10%


Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice. Check in time 3 pm, check out time 11 am.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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2.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
Sugar Bowl
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Serene Lakes Property Owners Association Beach

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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 27, 2017

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