About this listing
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Discover an architectural gem just a short walk from the beach, Heavenly Ski Gondola (just voted #1 Ski Destination by USA Today) and Heavenly Village. Nestled behind a private meadow and a pair of twin pine trees is our "Chalet de Celeste". Our contemporary mountain home was just completed in 2012 emphasizing natural materials with an artful combination of Italian marble and travertine, tumbled river rocks, Brazilian mahogany, glass railings, floating staircases, hand scraped hickory floors, Miele appliances and Grohe finishes throughout.
Surrounded by protected pine forest, the Chalet contrasts rustic elements with a distinctive contemporary design. Although inspired by the Swiss mountains and traditional elements, no modern luxury has been spared. Traditional and vernacular materials, such as wood, stone and glass, create the modern accents of "Alpine chic". The exterior is reminiscent of traditional Wood-Strickbau Chalet styles of the Gomsertal Valley in Switzerland.
The entry terrace to the Chalet has a stone barbecue grill to prepare light meals outdoors while enjoying refreshments. Surrounded by pine trees, it is also a good spot for bird watching. During summer, the outdoors are a serene setting for guests to relax in the hammock. Summertime sunsets are particularly beautiful, at this time of day the treetops are bathed in hues of gold and rose. In wintertime, the idyllic meadow directly across the Chalet transforms into a snow covered area for fun sledding with children.
Entering the Chalet through a slate warming room, the heart of the custom home is the great room. This encompasses the open kitchen, the dining area and the living room. The gourmet kitchen has walnut Studio Becker cabinets, Miele stainless steel appliances, a built-in wine fridge, under and above cabinet lighting, and ample cookware. The white Calacatta marble island seats three. The open-plan kitchen combines a contemporary style of living with authentic mountain atmosphere. The combination of wood, stone and glass reinforce the traditional Chalet feel.
The dining table and benches are made from reclaimed Indonesian teak wood with seating for 10. The living area has ample seating on the brompton cocoa leather sofa and club chair. The 60" flat screen can be seen from all areas of the great room. There is also an iPod integrated in-wall home theater system. The vaulted floor-to-ceiling windows soar to 30 feet high and automatically lead the eyes out to the picturesque pine tree valley and mountain views. This is the perfect place for entertaining, shooting a game of pool, and relaxing after a long day of skiing next to the glass enclosed gas fireplace.
An elegant custom floating wood and glass staircase beneath angled skylights leads from the living area to the master suite. This is truly a retreat with a spa-like master bath with his and her vanities, Italian travertine walls and floors, a walk in multi-head steam shower and granite bench, heated floors and towel racks, and Toto washlet. The steam shower offers a relaxing and rejuvenating therapy for weary muscles from skiing or outdoor activities. The master bedroom has 20 foot high vaulted ceilings and windows, queen sleigh bed, and full pine tree views.
The other two bedrooms are on the first floor. The first has a queen sleigh bed. The second bedroom has two twin sleigh beds. There is a bathroom next to the lower bedrooms with a dual head shower and soaking tub, glass blocks, linen closet, dual vanities, heated floors and towel racks, and Italian ceramic walls and floors. The washer and dryer are on this level as well.
There is a spacious light filled Library loft above the living room, offering a wide selection of coffee table books along with travel guides, novels, board games and reference materials. The open Library loft has floor to ceiling windows that overlook the pine forest meadow in front of the Chalet. This part of the home is perfect as a second living area for the kids or as a private sleeping retreat for the in-laws. The leather sofa in the living room can also be converted into a queen sized bed.
The home is adorned through out with custom artwork and furniture of which many pieces are designed by members of our family.
On the back side of the property a jetted wooden clad hot tub awaits sunken into its own private outdoor terrace, featuring a dressing area surrounded by the Sierra Nevada pines. This is a great place to lounge around, soak, and enjoy time with friends and family. Here one also finds a sun umbrella set between two teak loungers.
There is private parking for up to 2 vehicles on the property.
We designed this Chalet to take full advantage of the natural light and Heavenly Valley mountain views, and hope you enjoy the stunning combination of natural materials and exquisite product selections that truly set our dream home apart.
-- 10 minute walk from the Village at Heavenly Valley with ice rink, restaurants, movie theaters, galleries, shops, and direct access to the ski lifts.
-- Unique custom home
-- Heavenly Valley open meadow and pine forest views, perfect place for a toboggan ride in winter
-- 43 custom designed windows and skylights
-- Vaulted ceilings with 25 foot tall front windows
-- The only floating staircase in all of South Lake Tahoe
-- Custom furniture and artwork
-- Rustic modern design
-- Double vanities, underfloor heating, and heated towel racks in all bathrooms
-- 8 foot slate Brunswick solid wood pool table
-- Wine fridge
-- Ceiling fan
-- Dining table seats minimum 10 people
-- Slate entrance warming room
-- Queen sleigh bed in large master
-- Mr, Steam steam shower with bench in master bath
-- Toto washlet
-- Free high-speed Internet and Gigabit wifi
-- Glass front Jotul gas fireplace
-- 60" plasma TV with HD cable, Netflix, Pandora, wall-mounted TV's in all bedrooms
-- iPod integrated in-wall speaker and entertainment system with Bluetooth
-- Washer and dryer
-- Fenced-in for privacy
-- Hypo allergenic dust mite covers on all mattresses and pillows
-- Electric vehicle charging outlet
-- Large outdoor bear box
-- Built-in stacked stone outdoor gas barbecue grill
-- 1000 feet of outdoor patio and deck areas with hammock, cornhole, sun loungers and umbrella
-- Sunken outdoor hot tub
-- Ski-in access for advanced skiers
Sleeping Configurations-- All 3+ bedrooms offer high-end sheets, linens and towels
Bedroom #1 Upstairs Master: 1 Queen
Bedroom #2 Downstairs: 1 Queen
Bedroom #3 Downstairs : 2 Twin
Library Loft #4: 1 Queen / 2 Twin Convertible Bed(s)
Living Room #5: 1 Queen Convertible Bed
Guests will have access to the entire property during their stay.
Interaction with Guests
In case guests encounter any problems during their stay, our 24 hour local concierge is only a phone call away.
Guests will be provided with a list of our host's favorite local places.
Modern Lake Tahoe was shaped and landscaped by scouring glaciers during the Ice Ages, which began over a million years ago. To this day, it remains an exclusive destination for year round fun and relaxation.
The Sierra Nevada mountains are a spectacular backdrop in summer as well as winter when snowfall attracts skiers. In summer, guests can enjoy beach picnics along the 71 miles of shoreline along the lake with breathtaking views and clarity or explore the myriad of hiking trails tucked into the foothills. Year round activities include skiing, horseback riding, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, water sports, and golf and tennis.
Enjoy the High Sierra summer away from hectic everyday life. With the clarity of the lake and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides, Tahoe attracts lovers of:
Secret and secluded Beaches
Stand up Paddleboarding
Boating and Cruising
White Water Rafting
Gondola, Cable Car and Tram Rides
Hot Air Ballooning
Rope Courses and Zip Lining
Each autumn, from late September through mid-October, mature kokanee salmon, transform from silver-blue color to a fiery vermilion, and run up Taylor Creek, nearby the Chalet. The Lake Tahoe basin and Sierra rivers, lakes and streams also hide Mackinaw, Brown, and Rainbow Trout species 16-36 inches in length.
In winter Tahoe becomes an enchanting magical winter wonderland. Thanks to the destination's high altitude and annual snowfall, the 25,000 acres and 200 chairlifts of skiable terrain rise to peak elevations above 10,000 ft. The average snowfall of 504 inches are draped across 15 mountain resorts perfect for all kind of winter sport activities such as:
A short walk to the village center itself offers a plethora of attractions off the largest alpine Lake in North America. Stroll the village for a spot of shopping and enjoy it's convivial après-ski atmosphere by day or night.
The sunny slopes of Heavenly Mountain Resort, the largest ski area in California and Nevada, conveniently located 3 minutes drive from the Chalet with 4,800 skiable acres, are attractive for families, pleasure and ambitious skiers alike.
We are located a short 5 minute walk to the Heavenly Shuttle that stops outside the Americana Village on Pioneer Trail, which brings you straight to the Heavenly Gondola in the heart of the downtown Heavenly Village in 5 minutes. They have day lockers you can rent there to store your boots/shoes. Alternatively you can just walk to the gondola directly and that takes around 15 minutes. Alternatively, driving to the California Lodge parking lot takes 3 minutes from the Chalet.
I have heard that if you are a good tree skier there is ski in capability. Many of my favorite restaurants are located around 10 minutes or less walking distance from the Chalet, including Naked Fish, Base Camp Pizza, Cafe Fiore, and Blue Angel Cafe. I leave detailed maps in the Chalet for all my guests.
The Edgewood golf course, home to the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament held each July, is located one and half miles away and also offers scenic views of the surrounding region.
--Lakeside Beach on Beach Road-- 0.8mi / 4min
--Heavenly Ski Resort Gondola-- 0.8mi / 4min
--Harrah's Lake Tahoe-- 1.0mi / 5min
--Cafe Fiore-- 1.0mi / 3min
--Tahoe Queen Boat Cruise-- 1.0mi / 4min
--Lakeside Beach and Marina-- 1.1mi / 5min
--The Naked Fish Restaurant-- 0.5mi / 2min
--Heavenly Village Cinemas-- 0.5mi / 2min
--Raley's Supermarket-- 0.5mi / 2min
--Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course-- 1.6mi / 5min
--Zephyr Cove-- 4.8mi / 13min
Hiking trails along Rocky Point going up Heavenly Mountain Resort are accessible just outside the front door. Guests are provided with a pair of walking sticks for local explorations during their stay.
Other Things to Note
From arrival through departure, Chalet de Celeste is an intimate retreat designed for the discerning traveler, a home away from home between the mountains and the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe.
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Most importantly, please take the time to read the House Manual provided to you by Airbnb upon successful booking of the Chalet, we guarantee this will help answer 90% of the common issues you will want to know leading up to your stay.
Please remove shoes/boots upon entering the Chalet and leave them in the slate mudroom, leaving prints or marks on the wooden floors may lead to forfeiture of your deposit. Use the slippers provided to prevent any transfer of natural woodfloor stain onto your socks.
Do not make loud noises in the Chalet or out on the hot tub from 10pm to 8am and please be respectful of the neighbors. Throw away all garbage you bring out to the hot tub area before check out, at times snowfall can cover up your garbage for the next guests to see, so please be respectful of the Chalet and leave the entire house in the same condition as when you checked in. Any new stains left on the white Calacatta marble kitchen counters and backsplashes will be considered damage and not normal wear and tear. This is a no smoking property and pets are not allowed. Absolutely no candles in the house. Please dispose of all cigarette butts, cigarette ashes and excess BBQ/fireplace ashes in the garbage bins in the bear box located at the front of the driveway at the street. Guests agree to take precautions for their own safety. Please do not move any furniture. Guests agree to take responsibility for any damage done to the house, furnishings, and property during their stay. Host will not be held responsible for any lost or stolen items belonging to Guests. There is a $50 fee for lock outs, $50 fee for coming out to jumpstart a car, and a $20 fee for lost keys.
Please treat our home with love and kindness, and happy travels. :)
Mark was very communicative before our arrival so it was easy to find the house and get in. Neighborhood was great. Quiet, but really close to a lot of entertainment.
This was a beautiful and unique modern ski chalet. We were happy to find labeled switches for lights, ample living room space for fun and meals, an easy to use hot tub, and stunning bathrooms. Another perk is the 2 minute, $6 cab ride to or from the casinos.
A modern und very nice accommodation, in a central location, but the neighborhood is very quiet. Uncomplicatd access to the house and everything you need for the stay is existing. We had a great time there, thanks.
Good location. Comfortable. Great house with lots of nice details. Love the hammock out front.
I am so sad to say we did not have the best experience with chalet de celeste. I say that I am sad because the place is truly gorgeous and I had so much excited anticipation for our group to stay there. This place has a very thick set of rules and expectations (the tone of which felt very punitive and different from other air b&b experiences I have had). For all of the structure around the place, I did not hear anything from the host about check in. Day of I sent an airB&B message early and still nothing. Finally when we were driving there and about an hour away, I texted and thank goodness I did. The host was about to board a flight and be unavailable. I have no idea how we would have checked in otherwise. For the price you pay per night here, we were pretty surprised by the supplies in the kitchen. You should definitely bring your own stuff to cook with, the essentials provided are really the bare essentials. We stayed in the summer and there was no air conditioning (which we later learned is a "Tahoe thing") but also the house fan did not work and the upstairs has no curtains so the upstairs really does insulate heat all day when the sun is shining. When we inquired about the fan/air conditioning, we encountered a very rude property manager (who is your communication point when you are there) who made us feel like we were stupid because we did not know that people in Tahoe don't have an air conditioning system--we are not stupid, we just had not visited Tahoe before. It was unpleasant. Several folks staying with us commented that the place was also not well cleaned, a few with a dust allergy had a hard time as a result.
A primer to reading the House Manual that is provided after successful booking... some guests may find this list exhaustive or overly punitive, however we kindly ask that you please respect our wishes and we want you to know that even when our own family stay in the chalet, we always follow our own rules, as we do whenever we stay in other host's Airbnb's around the world. I wished you had contacted me about any problems during your stay as opposed to just leaving a review, when you had texted me before check in, I was about to board a flight but I responded to you within minutes.
I find some of your comments strange because the entire house was double checked before your arrival and on your departure and everything worked fine, including the ceiling fan, along with the kitchen supplies which are in fact stated in the House Manual and include pots and pans, baking items, plates, a rice cooker, coffee maker, slow cooker, mixer, and blender. If for any reason your group reacted to any dust that was in the house rather than from the pine trees outdoors, all you needed to do was contact me and I would have sent the cleaning service to visit free of charge. We just had ladders set up to clean all 42 windows of the house inside and out upon your arrival so the cleanliness issue is surprising.
I do apologize on behalf of the manager that you called and said was rude. I will make sure to make a note of this, as this is the first instance I have had of someone mentioning anything of the sort. Our manager has traveled to the chalet during snowstorms before to start our cars belonging to our guests, so again, this is a bit surprising to hear.
From your overall tone, it does sound like you were a bit unfamiliar of what to expect from Lake Tahoe and renting a vacation home in the mountains. It can be a beautiful and relaxing place, and whenever I go up I like to get out of "city mode", just take a break and be amongst the nature.
Mark has a beautiful home in South Lake Tahoe that's perfect for a small group and lovely in the summer time too. It's walkable, if you need it to be, quiet if you want it to be, and just a lovely place to spend some time. Highly recommended.
Our first ever visit to Lake Tahoe was perfect mainly because of this beautiful chalet! The rooms were comfortable, the kitchen very functional with everything you'd need. The bathrooms were amazing! My whole family loved the place.
It's close to the marina, which has a few restaurants, shops, and tourist activities. Also very close to groceries and other stores. Although we didn't meet the host, he eased us into our stay by recommending restaurants and leaving a Tahoe guide book with flyers and activities around the area. Will definitely rent this house the next time I visit.
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About the Host, Mark
I am an avid traveler and have visited more than 30 international cities and countries in the States, Europe, North, Central and South America, and Asia. This enjoyment has served as an inspiration for me to design places with every amenity and convenience to other frequent travelers like myself.