The Essence of Tahoe

Luxury Lake View Just Steps to Tahoe Lakefront/Beachfront

4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, Accommodates up to 12

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Luxury Home with Hot Tub/Pool Near Lakefront/Beachfront and Skiing

6 Bedrooms, 5.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 18

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2 Great Locations, 2 Great homes

Out of about one million vacation homes on TripAdvisor ours was picked as one of the TOP 10 LUXURY homes worldwide. Our Home was FEATURED in an article titled "10 extravagant ski lodges that will bring your vacation to the next level". Here are a couple of quotes from the article "We teamed up with TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals to find 10 of the best high-end rental properties you can take advantage of this winter", and "At The Essence of Tahoe, a home in South Lake Tahoe, California, guests can enjoy two master suites with unobstructed views of the lake. "

Here is what our guests are saying.

"We have never had such a relaxing vacation in the 30 years we have been married! Thank you Hutch for an amazing experience! Summer Dream"

"Stunning home and Stunning Views!!! The photos do not do this house any justice!"


"If you are looking for an amazing property to spend some down time with family or friends, I highly recommend this property."

"The eighth wonder of the world has been discovered this place is AMAZING; it is beyond luxury with high-end everything"

"Tahoe Luxury at its Finest"


"Best Rental We've Ever Stayed At"

"Fantastic Lakeview House"

"If you are visiting Tahoe and don't stay here you will truly be missing out."

"Tahoe luxury at its finest. The house has everything you can possibly need"

"What an amazing house for family/friends/loved ones to celebrate special occasions in luxury and style"

"Absolutely Beautiful!"

"Awesome Beach House"

Amenities – Essence of Tahoe

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Amenities and Accommodations for The Essence of Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe, California

Accommodations:  4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths (accommodates up to 12)

Enjoy a stay in our spacious 2500 sq. ft. custom home just 200 ft. from Lake Tahoe, with Lake and Mountain views from WALL TO WALL in the 2nd floor and the two bedrooms on the 1st floor. Our home is perfect for groups of couples, families, extended families, or 2 families traveling together. With 4 bedrooms, including 2 Master Suites, both families have plenty of space.

Located on flat property, just steps from the beach and across the street from Reagan Park on the California side of South Lake Tahoe, our family-friendly home has something for everyone, for all seasons. Our home also includes a rooftop deck, large enough for entertaining or simply relaxing and taking in the breathtaking Lake and Mountain Views.

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After a long day on the lake or the slopes, unwind in the King Size log bed while watching Satellite TV on the Flat Screen in our first Master Bedroom. Relax on top of our 400-thread-count Egyptian Cotton Sheets, under the ceiling fan hanging from our cedar ceiling.

In the Connecting Bathroom, you can take a relaxing shower with 6 Shower Heads including 4 Body Jets, step out onto our Heated Floor, and dry off with our Egyptian Cotton plush towels. The Master Bathroom also offers honed rock tile countertops, vessel sinks, jetted spa tub, makeup mirror & hair dryer.


Our second Master Bedroom has maximum privacy as the only room on the 3rd level. This bedroom includes a Queen Size log bed, 400-thread-count Egyptian Cotton Sheets, ceiling fan and recessed lighting, in addition to the Connecting Bathroom, which has a pedestal sink, shower, travertine tile, hair dryer, and Egyptian Cotton Towels.

The 3rd bedroom of the house, located on the 1st level of the home, has a Full Size Bunk Bed, accommodating 2 adults or up to 3 children. This bedroom has Lake Tahoe views and shares a full bath with the 4th bedroom. It is located just off our second living area with futon, rocking chair, Flat Screen TV, Satellite, and PlayStation 2 Video Game System with games.

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The 4th bedroom, with views of Lake Tahoe, is equipped with a Queen Size oak bed, down comforter, and 400-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton Sheets. This bedroom, located on the lower level of the home, shares the full bath with the 3rd bedroom. The 1st level also houses the 2nd living area and laundry room with washer and dryer.

Our luxurious home features a wonderful floor plan designed by one of Lake Tahoe’s premier builders. The kitchen, dining, and living area all open to one another, making the layout perfect for entertaining or just gathering. Watch over 50 channels of High Definition Satellite TV (including HBO) on our 50″ Flat Screen TV from the comfort of our Hudson Bay Leather Couch, love seat or chair with ottoman, or warm up in front of our floor-to-ceiling stone Natural Gas Fireplace.

Take in the beautiful lake views from Every Window while listening to music on our Surround Sound Stereo System throughout the living area. The living room also features a unique Copper Ceiling with ceiling fan and recessed lighting. We also offer board games and cards for downtime, unlimited local calls on our landline, and Wireless Internet. The 2nd level also has a stacked washer and dryer, and you’ll find a full-size washer and dryer on the 1st floor too.

kitchenIf you plan to cook during your stay, you’ll enjoy preparing your meals in our fully-equipped top-of-the-line kitchen, which includes:

• Custom Granite on our ample counter space and Center Island
• Stainless Steel GE Monogram Professional Refrigerator
• Stainless Steel GE Monogram 6-Burner Gas Range
• Thermador Dishwasher
• Thermador Microwave
• Convection Oven
• GE Trash Compactor
• Contemporary orange and yellow Pendant Lighting
• GE Beverage Center Wine Refrigerator
• Plenty of cooking gear, dishes, and utensils
• Coffee machine
• Toaster oven
• Blender
• Ice maker

Our walnut-finish counter-height dining table, which comfortably seats 8, is located right off the kitchen and living area and just steps from our Balcony. We also have 3 additional barstools available at the kitchen counter to accommodate all guests. The knotless Cedar Ceiling over the dining area includes a wrought iron Chandelier and recessed lighting.

Built in 2006, the exterior of our home has a modern design with a homey feel in quintessential Lake Tahoe architecture. Relax on the Balcony off of the Dining Area or cook dinner on the Gas BBQ Grill on our Rooftop Deck. The large deck is perfect for entertaining or just relaxing and enjoying the views. The home has a 2-car garage and parking for 2 additional cars in the driveway.

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The home is situated just steps from the beach of beautiful Lake Tahoe, across the street from Reagan Park, and 5 min to Heavenly Ski Resort, making it an ideal year-round location. Although there are plenty of nearby eateries that you can walk or bike to, we recommend renting a car during your stay. Reagan Park and the beach, just across the street, offer plenty of activities for adults and the kids, including volleyball, play areas, and swimming.

During the winter, Reagan Park also has a perfect hill for sledding or just playing in the snow. Tahoe is also known for its casinos, of which you can find 5 in S. Lake Tahoe: MontBleu, Harrah’s, Harveys, Horizon, and The Lakeside Inn. Other activities include golfing, rafting, fishing, boating, hiking, ballooning, and of course skiing and snowboarding.

We are just 5 min from Lake Tahoe Airport or about 1 hour from Reno Airport. If you plan to drive, we are 4 hrs from San Jose, 3 hrs from San Francisco, 2 hrs from Sacramento, 1.5 hrs from Reno, and 45 min from Carson City.


  • Other Amenities
    • Our Home Features Many Unique Amenities and Upgrades. The Living Room Has a Stone Fireplace, 50″ Flat Screen TV with Satellite Channels, Surround Sound Stereo System, and Unique Hammered Copper and Cedar Ceilings. Our Kitchen Has Top-of-the-Line Appliances, a Double Oven, Gas Range, Custom Granite Countertops, Contemporary Lighting, and a Wine Refrigerator. This Open Floor Plan Allows for Maximum Views of Beautiful Lake Tahoe. The Home Also Features 2 Master Suites, One with a King Bed and Flat Screen TV, Another with a Queen Bed and Ceiling Fan. Both Have Connecting Bathrooms with High-End Sinks and Showers. The 3rd and 4th Bedrooms Share Another Living Area, Which Includes a Flat Screen TV with Satellite and a PS2 Video Game System. We Also Provide Wi-Fi for Our Guests. Step Outside and Enjoy Cooking on Our BBQ Grill or Entertaining on Our Rooftop Deck, or Relax on the Balcony Just Off of the Dining Area.
  • Other Activities
    • Our Home is Less Than 200 Ft. from the Beach of Lake Tahoe and Across the Street from Reagan Park, an Ideal Location for Weddings or Just Playing with the Kids. Nearby Beaches Include Round Hill Pines Beach, Sand Harbor, Skunk Harbor, Lester Beach, Angora Lakes, Lakeside Beach and Marina, Zephyr Cove, Pope Beach, Kiva Beach, Baldwin Beach, Emerald Bay, Meeks Bay, Nevada Beach, Kings Beach and Sugar Pine Point. For the Winter Visitors, the Home is Located Just 5 Minutes from Heavenly Ski Resort, One of Lake Tahoe’S Largest Ski Areas. Other Nearby Ski Areas Include Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Homewood Mountain, Northstar, Mammoth, Mt. Rose, Boreal, Sierra, and Diamond Peak. the Town Has Plenty of Eateries that Are Easily Accessible by Foot or Bike. When You’re Not Out Exploring the Great Outdoors, Test Your Luck at One of the Nearby Casinos: Montbleu, Harrah’s, Harveys, Horizon, and the Lakeside Inn.

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Our Vacation Rental Features


  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace


  • King Bed
  • Bunk Bed
  • Two Queen beds
  • Convertible Bed


  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • TV (Satellite)
  • DVD
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Stereo System
  • Jetted Tub in Bath


  • Full Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils Provided
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Ice Maker

Outdoor Features

  • Gas/Electric BBQ Grill
  • Deck/Patio
  • Balcony


  • Lake View
  • Mountain View


  • Telephone
  • WiFi (Wireless Internet)


  • No Pets Allowed
  • Kid Friendly
  • Smoking Not Allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Activities (nearby)

  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Shopping
  • Casinos
  • Sightseeing
  • Restaurants
  • Kayaking/Conoeing
  • Marina
  • Sailing
  • Boating
  • Waterskiing
  • Parasailing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Downhill/Alpine Skiing
  • Ballooning
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sledding/Tubing
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Cinemas/Movie Theaters
  • Live Theatre
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Ponds
  • Recreation Center
  • Miniature golf

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird watching
  • Eco tourism
  • Gambling casino
  • Horseback riding
  • Outlet shopping
  • Paddle boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic drives
  • Sight seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage therapist
  • Medical services

Nearby Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly fishing
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice skating
  • Jet skiing
  • Mountain biking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water skiing
  • Water tubing
  • Whitewater rafting





5 Star Reviews

5-star-rating Absolutely Beautiful!
I can not say enough about this beautiful home and our experience! We rented “The Eseence of Tahoe” for a week in July and it just wasn’t long enough! We were ready to move in and stay indefinitely! The views are amazing and the house is immaculate and laid out well for multi families or intimate families. It is extremely kid friendly (little ones may have to be watched as there are stairs) I was amazed at the layout and the convenience of this beautiful home! It has full baths on each floor and an extra guest bath on the main floor as well. We never had a shortage of bathrooms or showers! TWO washers and dryers which is unbelievable! The decor is inviting and beautiful and yet comfortable enough that you don’t have to worry about breaking anything. Very tastefully decorated! They spared nothing when it came to the comforabilty as well as the fine details of this home! Each bedroom has its own unique style and privacy as well as two complete master bedrooms with baths! The pictures you see is what you get!! I was a tad bit worried about crossing the street to go down the the water, however, it is a very quiet street and you are at the water in seconds! We were able to anchor our boat and SeaDoo’s in the water where we could easily see them from the house. We have 6 children and 7 grandchildren and they all came up at different times and stayed. But we slept 12 people in this home easily with plenty of room to spare! There are plenty of deck chairs and tables tucked away neatly for the renters convenience as well as a Bar-B-Q on the very top deck which over looks the water as well. And the nights on that deck were incredible! Beautiful views – even at night! I have never met a more accommodating and attentive owner than Hutch! He answered every question we had and promptly! He sent an email to make sure we were settled and to see if we had any questions or concerns. We are already looking at our schedule to come up during ski season. We spent every day down at the water and every night out in the yard or on one of the two beautiful decks. Quiet and friendly neighborhood. This is not a rental – it is a home that you can rent! We have never had such a relaxing vacation in the 30 years we have been married! Thank you Hutch for an amazing experience!

5-star-rating Summer Dream
Upon arriving at this home, we were immediately taken aback by how incredibly beautiful the view was, much more than then the photos reviewed online, and literally across the the park/waterline. Tried as we might, we couldn’t take a single photo over a weeks time that captured the essence of the location and view.

We were lucky enough to stay in this gem over the 4th of July holiday. We’d never been to Tahoe during this holiday and it didn’t disappoint. Plenty to do within a few minutes drive, from renting bikes, water sports, the casinos, beaches, shopping, and more. The homeowners have thought of every detail. Many a memory made on this trip and hope to return soon.

5-star-rating Simply wonderful
Outstanding property with thoughtful details and wonderful service. From beginning to the end the owner was responsive and over-exceeded our expectations. The property was super clean and contained everything for a memorable relaxing weekend gateway. The location is great and close to everything and right on the lake.

The pictures on the site are great, but they can’t compare to the real beauty of being there in this property!
We came in right after Christmas with our parents and college and high school kids. The house was ready and waiting for us. Lake Tahoe had lots of snow before our arrival. So, it was picture perfect!

The house is located across from the park on the lake and has amazing views from the big picture windows from most rooms. It is centrally located with a short drive to the grocery store, ski resorts, shopping, restaurants, etc.
We skied at Sierra, Homewood, and Heavenly and did the snowmobile tour from Zephyr Cove. There is so much to do close by, we had a hard time choosing what we wanted to do everyday.

This house is beautifully built and well appointed. It has an awesome kitchen with top of the line appliances. We were able to cook great dinners, play games and just spend time together in this great spot. The master bath has a great shower or a jetted tub for soothing your aches after a day on the mountain!

If you are looking for an amazing property to spend some down time with family or friends, I highly recommend this property. It is not furnished and equipped like a typical rental, more like you are a guest in a beautiful private home.
The owners of this property are great to deal with, very organized and efficient. There were great instructions in the property to answer any questions you might have in your stay.

If your planning a trip to the South Lake Tahoe area, I highly recommend this property. We will definitely be back!

5-star-rating Best Rental We’ve Ever Stayed At
I cannot speak higher of this vacation rental! This house was extremely clean, had a stocked kitchen (pots, pans, plates, etc.), stocked paper towels and TP (crucial for 10 guests when you get in from a long drive), games, 2 Washers & Dryers, and more!! Not only that but the location was perfect for a quick run to the grocery store, 5 minutes to Heavenly, a couple steps from sledding, and an immaculate view of the lake. My group and I celebrated my sisters birthday and we made dinner at the house every night, slept comfortably and was able to be on the Heavenly lifts by 845 the next morning. I hope that we can rent this house again next year, it was just PERFECT!

5-star-rating Amazing Home, Perfect Location
This home was everything I could ever want in a vacation rental. My husband and I live on a tropical island and every year we like to take a vacation with our kids to get away from the heat and just relax. This house was not only extremely spacious, but it was tastefully decorated, clean and had many upgrades that we aren’t used to seeing in vacation rentals. We were pleasantly surprised in every room. The large kitchen is equipped with everything you would need to cook and entertain friends and family. Lots of breathing room and huge windows facing the lake make for many moments where you just stop and take it all in.

The master bedroom is beautiful and the master bathroom is something out of an interior decorator magazine. The floors are heated which is nice when you’re getting out of the HUGE multi-spouted shower. There’s also a nice big tub for soaking.
My son (5 years old) loved playing downstairs with the PlayStation and they provide an assortment of games to play with which I imagine will suit several different age categories.

They have 2 separate sets of washers and dryers which is nice when you have lots of laundry to do.
You can tell the owners of the house have put lots of effort and love into making this a special home. The house is definitely luxurious but at the same time has a sense of warmth and comfort. We loved it and plan on staying there again in the future.
The house is very close to what felt like the “main” part of South Lake Tahoe. Close to Safeway, restaurants and the Heavenly Village which has shopping and the gondola ride.

The kids loved having the park right across with the playground area.
I’d highly recommend this home to families with children, multi-family travelers or just about anyone that likes to stay somewhere luxurious, comfortable and with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe.

5-star-rating Beautiful Lakefront Home
I reserved this home to celebrate my 50th birthday with a group of girlfriends. The home was gorgeous! Immaculate, beautiful furniture and décor and a dreamy cooks kitchen. The bedrooms were roomy and very comfortable and the view from both decks was amazing. I highly recommend this rental property.

5-star-rating Luxury lakefront house
My family and I stayed this past Labor Day weekend in this beautiful lakefront home all I can say is wow!! This house has it all!!!

5-star-rating Fantasic Views!
We rented this spacious home for our family get-together, which easily accommodated 9 of us. We ended up spending most of our four days there enjoying the lake views from the warmth and comfort of this wonderful home! When we ventured outside, it was to take long walks on the beach which was a stone’s throw away! The home is beautifully furnished, very comfortable and well-appointed.
The location is fantastic – with the beach right there and shopping a few miles away. We would definitely recommend this home, so much that we look forward to making this home our annual retreat.

5-star-rating Fantastic Lakeview House
I stayed at this house with my husband, 2 children (4 yo & 8 mo old) and my parents. This house has so much space and is so well layed out. There was ample room for all of us. The interior design is very tasteful, and it is clear the owner spared no expense with the appliances and decor. The home was so clean, and we felt so comfortable. The view of the lake is just breathtaking. There is a quaint park and the shore, we also discovered a kids playground. There is a lovely trail through the wetlands by the river outlet just up the road. The house is centrally located, and is close to the markets and diners. It is less than a 10 minute drive to Heavenly resort, gondola ride, shops, movie theater and restaurants. That being said, you still feel like you are in a quiet secluded spot as the house is situated in a lovely residential district. Hutch was so easy to talk to, and was available at all times via phone or email. We will definitely be returning to this property. For as long as it’s available, this will be our first choice Tahoe vacation rental!

5-star-rating A GRAND HOME!
This is a lovely home – high end everything with beautiful lake views. Easy access to anything and everything you might want to do while visiting Lake Tahoe. We hiked, we rented bikes, we did some boating, all within minutes drive of the house. This house feels like Lake Tahoe and it’s surroundings – tall, pretty, welcoming, comfortable and a breath of fresh air compared to most Tahoe rentals.
The rental process was easy and organized with clear instructions provided at every step. We would definitely rent again!

5-star-rating Awesome Beach House
We had a great time, enjoying rooftop Barb-Q deck, great kitchen and house layout, and being steps from the beach and park. The low water leaves a long shallow beach that is great for playing in the water, especially with kids “ShoalTopia”. Walk to North upper truckee river and marsh trail, stores and restaurants.

We plan on returning this winter for a ski trip and next summer trip.

5-star-rating Amazing home, fantastic experience
Overall, we had a great experience in this place- exceeded our expectations.
We were on a family vacation and had 9 adults and 3 children with us. The house comfortably fit us in and there was plenty of rooms to have privacy and the kitchen was large enough to accommodate multiple people. The house is well fitted with appliances, utensils, plates and cookware. Additional bonus was 2 sets of washing machines -very useful with young kids especially after a beach visit.It is conveniently located near shopping, grocery stores, etc. There is a great roof top terrrace with grill etc if you like grilling.
The owner of the home has been very friendly and helpful prior to and during our stay. He is prompt in his communication and checked with us if all was OK as soon as we arrived.  We loved it and will definitely be back soon.

5-star-rating Stunning home and Stunning Views!!!
The photos do not do this house any justice! We had our 4 adult children and their spouses with us. There was plenty of rooms to have privacy and retreat when you didn’t want to be in the mix of the crowd. The commercial grade appliances made it easy to cook for the 10 of us and all the utensils, plates and cookware you could need were there.

The finishes and furnishings throughout the house are of the highest quality!
It is conveniently located near shopping, grocery stores, ski rental and Heavenly Village and Ski resort.
The owner of the home has been very friendly and helpful prior to and during our stay!
We loved it and will definitely be back to stay here again!!!

5-star-rating Beautiful Upscale Lake Tahoe Home
Driving up to this gorgeous house made me sit up in my seat with excitement. I was not disappointed! The exterior is only a little taste of how beautiful this home is. Attention to detail shows throughout in the construction, furnishings and amenities. Overlooking a grassy knoll and the lake, just perfect. An area downstairs with a flat screen and games kept the teens occupied for hours. The rooftop deck with a stunning lake view was the perfect place for wine appetizers each afternoon. The house is spacious enough for everyone to spread out and relax. We lacked for nothing as the kitchen is well appointed with everything you can think of, there are also board games& DVD’s, The location is perfect: across from lake, walking trails, bike paths and just a quick jaunt around the corner for groceries and other necessities. When we did have questions (like “how do we turn on the deck lights?”), the owner was quick to respond via email and provided us with his phone number for any other inquiries. Everything worked well, there are detailed instructions provided for just about everything at the property, so it was easy going the whole week. I have already let the owner know that we will be back to enjoy his amazing home again soon!

5-star-rating The Essence of Tahoe
Wow!! This property exceeded my expectations. We are the over 50 gang and the home couldn’t have been more perfect. I say home because that is just how it felt. The view is a million dollar view, The home was top notch and the owners paid attention to every detail of this home. The Layout was great!! I had my family of 4 then my sister and her husband and my lovely parents who are in their 80’s. We had more than enough room and everyone had their private bathroom. A Must if you are staying with others. You know what they say about location. Location, Location, Location. Steps to the beach, minutes from the casinos, the grocery stores and the ski lifts .The neighborhood is so very quiet. Wish we had reserved this home for a longer period of time. Next year we know we will be back and stay in this wonderful home. So on that note, Hutch we thank you again for the use of your wonderful home and we hope to be back very soon. — KIM and Bob

5-star-rating Luxury at Its Finest! Owners are professional and fast response time
The owner made our experience stress free and was very fast in responding to my inquiry. The pictures do not do any justice. This is by far the nicest house on the block. It is steps away from the beach and has easy access to local stores and shops. This place is super spacious and the kitchen was top notch. I would highly recommend this place and we plan to come back here on our next trip back to California.

Amazing views, outrageous house best rental I’ve experienced. Already planning a return trip! The pictures don’t do it justice. The owner Hutch made the experience smooth and effortless.

5-star-rating Amazing home away from home!!
If you are planning a trip to Tahoe and are looking for an amazing place to stay, look no further! The Essence of Tahoe was our home away from home for 4 days, it was warm, inviting, comfortable, decorated beautifully and has some amazing views of the lake from inside the home or from the 2 decks facing the lake. The kitchen has top of the line appliances and some amazing lighting throughout the house. Ten members of my family that went said they would love to make this a yearly trip with us staying every time in this wonderful home and I have to agree with them, we’ll be back next year!!

5-star-rating Impeccable Home
This home is absolutely beautifully done. It’s clear that the owners spared no expense on the finishes. The appliances, the lighting, the bathrooms – it’s just gorgeous. We really enjoyed the layout of the floorplan too – the kids were able to have their own “quarters” downstairs, even with their own Living area and TV. The location was perfect. Aside from the obvious amazing view, this home is super close to all of the Tahoe attractions (Heavenly, restaurants, casinos). We thank the owners for opening up their impeccable home to our family. What a nice getaway! — Robyn