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Affordable with Easy Access at the Village Entrance

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Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

Condo at entrance to Bear Valley Village, 1 bedroom/1 bath loft

Tom Stienstra, Outdoor writer for the SF Chronicle, labels Bear Valley as the "Family Fun" anti-Tahoe.

During the peak camping season, this condo costs less than many State Parks for a night's stay:

Queen bed upstairs

Full size futon bed and bunk downstairs

Rollaway bed

Linens for 6 provided.

Free Wifi and flat screen TV

Blu-ray player

Telephone - long distance included

New carpet

Fully Equipped all electric kitchen with starter set of supplies.

Fresh paint

New this winter:. Washer/dryer combo (110 condensation drying, European style) for clothing. There are no coin op laundry facilities in BV

Parking lot adjacent to building

Stairs to unit

Less than 3 minutes to ski bus stop for the mountain.

5 minute walk to the cross-country ski center

IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE MOUNTAIN LIFESTYLE AND A LITTLE NERVOUS...the firehouse/sheriff substation is a 4 minute walk away.

Property is flat, not on the hill.

Any equipment you need to rent or buy is available in the Village Commercial district (at the Lodge), on the mountain (Bear Valley Ski Resort) for winter sports

Bear Valley Cross Country Ski/Adventure Company. Disk golf, kayaks, SUP boards and mountain bikes; snowshoes, cross-country skis, snow play equipment

Less than 5 minutes from the Stanislaus National Forest

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John/Maureen Forney
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2017

About John/Maureen Forney

Your hosts are John and Maureen Forney and our partner Jim Sorensen. John learned to ski here and at Dodge Ridge as a child while growing up in Modesto. He made trips to Bear Valley often on the ski bus with Modesto Ski Club. Maureen made a trip here with John one winter day and took cross-country ski lessons. Since she loves all things aerobic and outdoors, she instantly fell in love with what Bear Valley had to offer: kids, dogs, outdoors, and new sports to try after years of running. John loves to ski at the resort, but thoroughly enjoys skiing on the meadow, fishing, and mountain bike riding in the high country.

Jim Sorensen and Maureen have been professional colleagues in San Leandro. They have coached hundreds of track and cross-country runners. Jim was an Olympic Trials qualifiers at the 1500 meters and holds Master's records, both world and American, at the 800 and 1500 meters. Jim doesn't visit Bear Valley as much as he would like, since he teaches, coaches, and competes all over the US.

If you asked us what we like best about BV, we would tell you it must be the freedom young people enjoy here. Our daughters and friends have tromped and biked all over and we only worried about falls and spills. Our dogs can romp here. Our friend's children have learned to swim in a lake, rappel, play soccer, go bouldering, and kayak here. Star gazing with city kids can be a transformative experience.

The daughters are grown, finished college, and love to bring their 20-something friends here and escape the pressures of their new careers.

John is a retired firefighter-paramedic from City of Berkeley. Maureen retired from teaching in 2016 and now works as an environmental activist. Jim teaches PE, coaches, and is AD at Bancroft Middle School, San Leandro. He splits his time between California and Arizona, where his bride has a thriving real estate business.

John/Maureen Forney purchased this condo in 2006

Why John/Maureen Forney chose Gold Country & High Sierra

We came for the winters and stayed for the summers. All of us work and live in an urban environment that involves constant and demanding interaction with the public. In Bear Valley, the pace is slow, the nights are still, the bald eagles float over the lake, and the coyotes howl at night. Here, we can sleep until hungry and eat until sleepy. In between, the outdoors offers us boundless delight and entertainment.

What makes this condo unique

The smell of the woods. A bird's call. The osprey at Lake Alpine. Children giggling. The fishing in early June has been fantastic! Fresh trout from the lake. The mountain bike riding is superb and the wild flowers. Quiet.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Affordable with Easy Access at the Village Entrance
average rating of 4.818182 based on 22 reviews

The condo is clean, complete, and inviting!

  • 4 of 5

This condo has everything anyone could wish for including a very comfortable bed with excellent reading lights and a complete kitchen with everything one could think of for preparing tasty meals. It has the most complete library of vacation reading material that we have ever experienced in our years of traveling. We would give it a "10" if the seating area in the living room had a more comfortable sofa or easy chairs. Seating is on a bunk bed futon which we found a little hard and uncomfortable, but which obviously serves as extra beds for those with families. The price per night is an excellent value for money and the Forney's are extremely pleasant and attentive to guest's needs.

We found comfortable chairs for outdoor reading and writing on the deck of the lodge and wished that we had known about them sooner in our stay. It's also possible to purchase food at the lodge coffee shop in the morning and pizza for supper in the evenings at the lodge pizza parlor and pub if one doesn't wish to cook. All in all, this was a delightful stay. Thanks to all who made it possible for two elderly guests!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest. Thank you for writing about many reasons to enjoy the condo and all that Bear Valley has to offer. I am especially glad that you felt welcomed by the two of us. John and I want every guest and family member to experience a warm and small town environment in Bear Valley. We agree with you completely about the seating! We removed the large kitchen tables, which had comfy chairs, and replaced it with a a fold up. We did this in anticipation of installing a new appliance at the end of the kitchen counter. The chairs to the new table set are miserable to sit on We started shopping for new chairs the day you mentioned the problem to me. I think I found the right replacements this weekend. That said, I am so glad that you discovered the lounging area at the lodge and the coffee house. That is a fine place to people watch and enjoy the wonderful summer ambience of the Village. The entire area is filled with hidden gems that make Bear Valley such a delight. We hope you make a return visit to try the new seating. Your host, Maureen
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Really enjoyed the condo and the area. Can't wait to return.

  • 5 of 5

John and Maureen's condo was just as advertised and they were over the top wonderful hosts. They sent all the info we needed well beforehand and as a result we were fully prepared to just enjoy -- no stress throughout. The condo itself was clean and appointed with everything our young family of four needed to use as a jump off spot for outdoor adventures around the area. We enjoyed the lakes, rivers, and granite boulders nearby; there is so much within a short drive or bike ride from the condo. We recommend this property to anyone who doesn't need a cavernous house and is looking for a comfortable place to sleep, cook meals, and relax between outdoor adventures.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tom! It souns like we met your expectations and that Bear Valley is what you were looking for. Our little community is such a great antidote to anything the "Big City" can throw at us. Your host, Maureen
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Convenient and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

The condo is in a very convenient location and has everything needed for a comfortable stay (including cable TV and internet). John and Maureen are very friendly responsive, and helpful and of course, Bear Valley is a great place!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Why, thank you! Our goal is to provide an affordable vacation and offer a base camp for Bear Valley adventures. We hope you return soon.
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Exceeded Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

This home is well-stocked, clean, and completely accommodating! The reviews are all spot-on. Communication was excellent, and we received emails about community events and happenings prior to and during our stay from the owners. John and Maureen also offered suggestions through emails and replied promptly. Zero complaints, and I would stay here again. Wifi worked flawlessly, showers were always hot, satellite television signal was always perfect, bed is comfortable, neighborhood is peaceful and friendly.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joseph B., We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. You took a long trip from home and did a lot of driving in the Sierras from our Bear Valley home base. So, we are very happy that our condo suited your adventurous family. We hope that you return and look forward to your next stay. Your hosts, John and Maureen
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comfortable space

  • 4 of 5

The condo worked out great for our family of 4, would definately rent again when in the area. We booked at the last minute and the owners were responsive and accomodating.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, Thanks so much for commenting on our mountain condo. We do our best to make our visitors comfortable and provide a carefree vacation. We look forward to your return trip. Your hosts, John and Maureen
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  • 5 of 5

John and Maureen helped us have a tremendous vacation. Their unit at Bear Valley was clean, comfortable, convenient, and easy to find. They responded quickly to questions I had. Everything worked and I recommend them as hosts to anyone considering a VRBO stay. Loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, We appreciate your review. John and I do our best to answer questions because Bear Valley is in the middle of the high country. There is much to see and explore and we are still finding new adventures there. We are glad that you had a good time and that Creekside Condo #42 met your needs. Your hosts, John and Maureen
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Nearest Airport
180 Miles
Oakland International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Bear Valley Lodge
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Arnold, CA
Nearest Train
100 Miles
AMTRAK Stockton
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Higway 4
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Bear Valley Lodge
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Bear Valley Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Private Bear Valley Lake and Lake Alpine
Car: necessary

For highlights of what Bear Valley and this area have to offer, visit:

Disc golf is a 1 minute walk from the property. Soccer field and tennis are a 5 minute walk from the property.

The public safety (deputy sheriff/fire department) substation is less than a quarter mile away.


Rates & Availability

Bear Valley Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Winter season rate
Nov 20 2016 - Apr 30 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Housekeeping $70
Tax Rate 10.0%

The rental agreement must be with an adult, 21 years or older, with a copy of photo id.

Renters pay the $200.00 cleaning deposit. One month rentals require a purchase of damage protection via the VRBO system. Custom arrangements can be made for 2+ month lease during the Autumn season. One month rentals are available only during the Seasonal Autumn pricing.

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Bear Valley Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Tub over shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Loft bedroom with queen size bed Main living area has double-bed futon and twin bunk on top. A rollaway bed is available for a sixth guest.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Ski locker included.

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