New Home: Black Bear’s Gem – Christmas Valley Beauty-Walk to River, Fun for Adults, Kids, and Dogs!

Beautiful, clean home perfect for 2 families. This home is a great spot to get away from it all. Newly constructed, it is well designed with downstairs game room and pool table, and 2 large bedrooms each with queen-sized bed. There is a full bathroom downstairs with shower. Also downstairs is the large matching washer/dryer, and the coolest little doggie shower, so even your pup can have a spa day.

Upstairs on the main level is a beautiful carpeted living room, with a rock fireplace as the centerpiece. The large leather couch and chairs face the fireplace. The dining area and kitchen are open to the living room, which makes it great for the cook, who can still participate in the conversation. The fireplace has a gas insert, great for ambiance at the push of a button, and also works to heat the living space.

The large kitchen has stainless appliances, granite counter tops, and wooden cabinets. There are bar stools for chatting with the cook or dining at the counter. The dining table seats 6, with 4 chairs and a bench. There is also a high chair for the little one.

The spiral staircase starts in the living room, and ends at the loft upstairs, which the kids just love! There are 2 twin bunk beds, and a full bed for the older siblings or lucky parents that will be keeping an eye on the kids.

Down the hallway from the kitchen is the half-bath, and the master bedroom. This large room with king bed has the perfect view of Echo Peak from the large picture window. It is fantastic in both winter and summer. The master bath has a separate Jacuzzi tub, and step-in shower. Also in the room is a futon, for a little extra family sleeping space.

Outside the back door is a nicely landscaped back yard, with patio, grass, and a built-in charcoal BBQ-the type that you will find in a park. Christmas Valley is located at highway 50 where 89 heads south to Kirkwood ski resort, near Meyers and Tahoe Paradise. In the winter, this is great location for easiest access to all 3 ski resorts: 35 minutes to Kirkwood, 18 minutes to Sierra at Tahoe, or 18 minutes to Heavenly. But if you cross-country ski or enjoy snow shoeing, you can do that right out your front door, on trails that are for public access on Forest Service land.

In the summer, the best part is the walk down to the South Upper Truckee River, which is literally out your front door. A short walk across the street and along the Forest Service path, and you are at the perfect, secret swimming hole, with shallow slow moving water, a small sandy beach and a few lovley boulders. Even the little ones can play at this shallow spot on the river. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day!

Outdoors, there are paths to walk the dog, ride your bike, or just meander through the woods along the river.

As you venture further from the home, there is easy access to hiking and mountain biking, river rafting and golf. The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail (TYT) and Pacific Crest Trails (PCT) are accessible from the area and are the main Tahoe trailheads for backpacking south to Mount Whitney. The South Upper Truckee Road Trailhead is located at the end of the South Upper Truckee Road in Meyers. It is a paved road to the trailhead and is maintained year-round.

For a beautiful, and easy hike, the Washoe Meadows State Park is a 5 mile drive. The unofficial hub of mountain bike activity in South Shore is nearby. This area has a high density of trails for all ability levels, and will keep almost anyone interested for hours.

During the summer, depending on the water level, there is rafting on the South Upper Truckee river. Fishing season for the Lake Tahoe tributaries is July 1-September 30.

For golfers, there are two golf courses within a short distance: Tahoe Paradise golf course is 1.2 miles from the home, and the Lake Tahoe Golf Course is 2.1 miles.

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