Our large, 2,700 sq ft cabin is an ideal weekend & vacation destination for families and friends looking to get together for the snow, sun or just plain fun. Along with its great views, it can accommodate multiple families as there are FIVE bedrooms with 10 beds and 3 bathrooms. These are REAL BEDS (2 Kings, 5 Queens and 3 Twins). Upstairs is an entertainer's dream with 2 decks, a HOT TUB and game room complete with a pool table, arcade games and lots of fun things to help you enjoy your stay.
The 10,000 ft. View (actually its 7,000 ft.)
Situated on a quiet street in Whispering Forest and part way up a hill, our large 2,700 sq ft house offers great views of the mountains and ski resorts. It's just 2 miles from Big Bear Lake, 3.7 miles from Snow Summit and 12 houses away from hiking trails and sledding areas in the National Forest.
We often call it a Cabin-House because it's up in the mountains, has high wood ceilings, wood beams, a stone fireplace backdrop and is nestled in pine and juniper trees. It's also a fully functional house with all the amenities you have in your own home plus more. It can easily accommodate multiple families or large groups (MAX of 16 PEOPLE) as there are FIVE bedrooms with 11 beds and 3 bathrooms. These are REAL BEDS with 2 Kings, 5 Queens, 3 Twins plus a sofa bed. The bedrooms are all on the first floor and the entertainment space and kitchen are on the second floor. With its reverse floor plan and as one of our guests commented in their review, it's a nice separation of socialization and entertainment area verses a quiet area for sleep.
This house is an entertainer's dream with a game room that will ensure everyone has a good time. Some of the fun provisions include a 9 foot professional size pool table, air hockey and ping pong games (all separate tables), Arachnid electronic dartboard, full size Shoot-to-Win basketball arcade game with two hoops and an EA Sports PGA Tour Championship golf game where you can choose real PGA pro golfers and PGA tour courses. Our latest arcade game is a Bally Multicade stand up arcade game with 60 classic 1980's games. The games include Pac Man, Ms Pac Man, Centipede, Millipede, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Frogger and Dig Dug. The game room has Red Bull and Jagermeister tabletop fridges for ice cold drinks, a music and music video jukebox, karaoke system , a wall mounted TV and more.
We have tons of fun party games like Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens, Never Have I Ever, Sexxxtions, Apples to Apples, Scategories, All In, Bad People, Hot Seat, Quickwits, Telestrations, The Voting Game, Monopoly, Scrabble, UNOcorns and Been There Done That. We have a game guide (which I can send you before you arrive) with descriptions, recommended ages & number of players, Q&A and reviews about each game. If you like to build puzzles we have a 360 piece "Weekend Puzzle" of the Snow Summit ski resort. We even have a Jenga Giant JS7 Hardwood game that can stack to over 5 feet tall and a giant Connect Four strategy game loved by both kids and adults. Bottom line... there is always something fun to do at our Big Bear Cabin-House!
Most places in Big Bear have a checkout time of 10am and allow the next guests to check-in at 3pm the same day. We do the opposite, still letting you check-in at 3pm but the checkout is at 5pm. That means our weekend guests have pretty much the whole day on Sunday to relax at the house, have a nice breakfast, enjoy the mountains or even hit the slopes one last time. That also allows us to have at least 22 hours between guests to make sure the house is clean, supplies restocked, games operational, propane tanks refilled, Hot Tub serviced and whatever else we need to do to make sure everything is ready for you. Please consider that when deciding what home works best for you and what you are looking for.
And if that is not enough to spark your interest then read on...
Our place is an easy drive from North Shore Drive so you don't need to worry about windy or icy roads, sharp turns or difficulties getting there. We have off-street parking on concrete for up to 6 cars, plenty of free firewood and Big Bear City trash pickup (yes, there is trash pickup in some parts of Big Bear!). We have a new Ariens 28" Deluxe SHO snowblower that can throw snow over 40 feet away. If I'm not there to run it we have a couple of local helpers who can. Its actually kind of fun to use and I've had guests who wanted to give to a try when I was clearing the driveway. In June 2018 we replaced our 15 y/o hot tub with a sparkling new 2018 model Hot Springs Limelight Flash 7-person tub that is really cool. It has tons of room inside, amazing jets, a waterfall, cool lights, WiFi, controls, you name it. We really like it and I am sure you will too. It was $12K but a great investment that we and our guests will enjoy for years.
The open floor plan and layout is great for groups of people as the large kitchen and family room floor connect to the game room along with decks at the front and back. With 1,400 sq ft of indoor space upstairs and over 800 sq. ft. of outside decks, this makes for 2,200 sq. ft. of connected indoor and outdoor "entertainment space" on the second floor. Family and friends can spread out between the kitchen, family room, game room and decks without having to go up and down stairs. The views from the second floor are great as you see over the top of the other cabins looking east, west and south. The five bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor add another 1,300 sq. ft. so there is plenty of room. Our Big Bear Cabin-House is packed with a lot of ways for you to have a good time as well as being affordable for both large and small groups of people to enjoy the mountains.
Our trash pickup is on Monday's so you do not need to take your trash with you to a disposal site like most locations in Big Bear. I've read in reviews of other properties how not having trash cans and having to keep your trash lingering around for days was awful, especially for families with infants (diapers) and small children. Even putting smelly full trash bags outside is discouraged because of animals getting into them at night. Being up on a hill and overlooking the Big Bear Valley we have strong cell signals, something that may be a concern with other places in the canyons and more remote areas. We also have plenty of free firewood in the backyard, another thing that many hosts do not include or charge extra for.
The house is stocked with pretty much every supply you might need and more. We have approximately 50 bath and 20 hand towels, 10 beach towels for the hot tub, plenty of kitchen towels, TP, paper towels, trash bags, kitchen and dish washing soaps, sponges, bathroom shampoo/conditioner/body wash dispensers, napkins, Kleenex, ziplocks, aluminum foil, saran wrap, etc. We are Costco shoppers and stock up on most household things for our guests. There are extra sheets, blankets, comforters and 20 or more pillows. We even have a toiletries basket with things you may have forgotten like bar soap, hotel style shampoo & conditioner, tooth brushes and toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, Advil, Q-Tips, etc. We've entertained so many family and friend gatherings at the house over the years that we tell our guests to just bring clothes, toiletries, personal items and as my Italian mother always says... knock with your foot (meaning your hands are full with food and drinks).
What about parking?
With a large group of people you often have a large number of cars and Big Bear does not allow street parking. People often ask us about parking at the house so I want to describe what we have. We have a concrete driveway that is 33 feet deep and 26 feet wide. We can put four cars in the driveway by pulling two of them side by side all the way up to the garage door and two behind them. An average size car is 15 feet long so four would fit in the driveway but its a little tight. In October 2019 we widened the driveway by 4 feet and poured concrete alongside the garage to add another 600 sq. ft of parking. That's a total of over 1200 sq ft of parking on concrete that can be cleared by our snowblower. We can easily park 4 vehicles of any size and usually can park 5 or 6 off the street with a little coordination and effort.
More about the Space...
There are five bedrooms, all downstairs and a total of 11 beds. The rooms are as follows:
Bedroom 1 - One King Bed - We call it "The Bed" as it really is tall, wide and even has steps to help you climb up for our vertically challenged guests.
Bedroom 2 - Queen over Queen Loft Bed plus one Twin bunk bed (the 2 Queen beds are sturdy enough for two adults on each)
Bedroom 3 - Queen over Queen Bunk Beds (the 2 Queen beds are sturdy enough for two adults on each)
Bedroom 4 - One King waterbed with motionless mattress, dark wood headboard and padded side rails (right out of the 80's)
Bedroom 5 - Queen bed and a roll out twin trundle bed (this bedroom has an attached bathroom and a door to the backyard)
That makes 10 beds downstairs, comfortably sleeping 16 people on real beds, no need for two people on a double, no sleeping on couches, sleeping bags on the floor, etc. Note: It's not a bedroom, but the beige leather sofa upstairs has a pull out bed in case someone wants to sleep on it. With so many beds downstairs it is rarely used but that makes for 11 beds.
In the hallway near the bedrooms we have a new (in August 2019) front loading Samsung washer and dryer set. They are stacked with the washer on the bottom and dryer on top, leaving room on the side for a rack with laundry detergents, towels and other supplies.
The Family Room
For some, the focal point of the family room is the fireplace and for others it's the 60 inch Vizio LCD TV. The fireplace is actually a cast iron fireplace insert and can be set up to heat the house up or used with a screen to enjoy a crackling fire. The TV has Spectrum cable with an HD DVR and a Sony sound system with a wireless sub-woofer. There is a DVD player and a Roku Ultimate Streaming Media Player that can be used with YouTube or your NetFlix, Hulu Plus, Home Media Servers or other accounts. Of course we have free high speed Spectrum Internet up to 100 Mbps download. There are two couches in the family room, a large U-shaped beige leather sofa that includes a lounger, a recliner and pull out bed. The second sofa is a two-seat black leather sofa with recliners. A bean bag chair is also available for additional family room seating.
The Game Room
The game room is the centerpiece of fun in the house. It's separated from the family room by a barn door, which we usually keep open. In the center of the room is a 9 foot professional size pool table that weighs over 1,000 lbs. The 500 watts of lights above it can light up the table, the room or both. There is a two player Shoot-to-Win Basketball arcade game that's 9 feet long, 4 feet wide, 9 feet tall and has 9 balls (that's a lot of 9's - lol). As mentioned above, we have an EA Sports PGA Tour Championship golf game just like you see in many bars and arcades. Our Bally Multicade game has been a big hit. Each game has high scores so those of us who grew up in the 80's playing these games have an advantage and a duty to beat the high score of the youngsters. Stand up games are the way they were in the 80s and how we have them in our game room. Somebody once told me that if you want to sit down to play an arcade game (like a tabletop one) then you should just fire up a PlayStation or Xbox. These are real arcade games with coin slots but set up for Free Play so that you will not need any quarters or money to use them.
Our 2-player Shoot-To-Win basketball game was built in 1994 (I bought it in 2002) and after playing over 82,000 games the electronics went out earlier this year. The manufacturer could not repair the control board so we decided to update it with 2019 Pop-A-Shot electronics. It's now a hybrid with a super heavy duty and durable frame & netting (weighing in at 550 lbs.) but with modern electronics. There are 10 different games to choose from, a control panel to select games and adjust the volume, infrared scoring sensors, music and an announcer that even makes comments about the game. People say that "he" makes the game so much fun as the announcer has quite a large vocabulary. You hear the same phrases quite a bit but there are many of them. Even after hours of play there are new ones we haven't heard come up. He gives both encouraging comments and gives some sarcastic, humorous comments too. I won't spoil the fun by quoting his comments here but he is entertaining and adds to the entire experience. The 10 games also keep the game from getting too repetitive. The instructions are left next to the game and I can send you a copy via email. It is very handy and it gives an explanation of all the games. The music is also quite good. Not just a cheesy multi-tone sound, but real music! The basketball game has been one of the better entertainment investments we've made and guests have told us that it was being played the whole time they were at the house.
The room has a custom made gaming console with a computer and amplifier that is used for music, music videos, karaoke, YouTube and other Internet browsing. We had one guest tell us in a private message that she had been married to her husband for five years and had no idea he liked to sing karaoke. She could barely get the wireless mic out of his hands. There are two Infinity floor standing speakers and two Bose wall mount speakers. The game room also has a 46" Sony LCD TV on the wall that can play either the TV signal from the family room receiver or it can mirror whatever is playing on the gaming console computer, including the words for the karaoke system. We have what most would consider a really cool, all-encompassing video and sound system to enhance the game room.
In the corner of the room are tabletop Red Bull and Jagermeister mini fridges that can be filled up with water, sodas or adult beverages. We try to fill them up with water bottles before our guests arrive to help and encourage people to stay hydrated in the mountains. There is a full bathroom off the game room and an outside deck that is perfect for when you want to get some fresh air or for smokers to go if they want to smoke (no smoking in the house please). We have six IKEA adjustable height Janinge Bar Stools with comfortable scooped seats and a footrest around the game room and at the bar in the kitchen.
The game room has a lot of fun amenities but it is set up more for adults then for kids. It's definitely not a Chuck E Cheese or McDonald's type playground so younger kids need to be supervised by an adult in the room when they are in the game room. The basketballs in the arcade game should should not be taken out of the machine, the darts are for throwing at the dart board and not all over the room, the air hockey strikers and pucks should stay on the table, the karaoke microphones are for musical entertainment and not light sabers, swords, toys, etc. Yes, we've had a few bad experiences with unsupervised kids gone wild.
The recently remodeled kitchen is large with over 50 sq ft. of counter space, making it a great place to prepare those hearty mountain meals. It has a stainless steel fridge with an ice-maker, oven, stove, microwave, dishwasher and a double sink with a garbage disposal. A pot rack with both stainless and Teflon pots and pans hangs above the kitchen bar area. I enjoy cooking and for other people like me you know how its kind of annoying when you are in a cramped kitchen and others are there trying to help. We often have three people in the kitchen preparing and cleaning and with the open floor plan you can still socialize with others in the family room and even the back deck. The floor is wood, which is warm on your feet and makes for easy cleanup.
The kitchen cabinets include dishes, glasses, coffee mugs, silverware, martini, wine and shot glasses. There are a large variety of 25+ pots and pans, frying pans, pancake griddle, cooking utensils, mixing bowls, bake ware, hot pads, can opener, corkscrew, cooking and steak knives. There is a toaster, bender, mixer, food processor, Belgian Waffle maker, 6 quart and a triple slow cooker/crock pot, digital probe cooking thermometer, Keurig 2.0 coffee maker, K-Cup holder/dispenser that we keep full with a variety of pods, a regular coffee pot and filters. We have plenty of dishes, plates and two drawers full of tableware to accommodate large groups. A spice rack and a full spice cabinet contain both common and unique spices for your cooking needs.
Adjacent to the cooking area is a large wood kitchen table and chairs. The table has a leaf to seat up to 12 people. Additional folding chairs are stored in the game room under the basketball game if you need extra seating or serving space plus we have two 6 foot x 30" folding tables that can be set up either indoors or on the back deck. There are 12 dining chairs, 7 folding chairs and 6 bar stools in the house, seating for 8 on the deck, a bean bag chair and a gaming chair. Ceiling fans with lights above the kitchen table and over the couch are nice for air circulation and extra light, especially during the summer.
There are three outside decks, two upstairs and one downstairs. The upstairs back deck is the largest one at 656 sq. ft. It has our new HotSprings Limelight Flash 7-person hot tub. The amazing jets, waterfall, lights, controls, you name it... we really like it and I am sure you will too. We have a spa maintenance company service the tub weekly and we change out the water often so you can enjoy the clean and clear mountain water under the stars. The deck has a propane gas BBQ, outdoor heater, gas fire pit, ping pong table and a new Hampton Bay patio furniture set that including an umbrella, six padded chairs and a bench. We have five propane bottles and try to keep them full for both the BBQ, heater and fire pit.
The deck is partly surrounded by pine and juniper trees and has a great view of the mountains and the Bear Mountain Ski Resort. If you look due south about 20 miles out you can see the peak of Mount San Gorgonio, also known locally as Old Greyback. Its the highest peak in Southern California at 11,503 feet and often has snow till well into the summer. You can have your morning coffee sitting just outside the kitchen on this deck and enjoy the views.
The front deck is off the game room is made out of Trex composite decking and extends over the driveway. It offers a great view of the valley below, the trees and tree tops, both the Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Ski Resorts and a tiny glimpse of the lake. There are some amazing sunset views from the deck and it's a great place to step outside for some fresh air or for smokers to go if they want to smoke (no smoking in the house please).
The downstairs deck is the smallest of the three but is also made of Trex decking and has stairway access to the back yard. It is a great place to keep dog bowls for a pet's food and water or to hang out after doing their "business" if you don't want them in the house. Yes, we do allow dogs and they will love it too. We ask for a limit of two dogs and we don't charge a pet fee.
The back yard is accessible from the downstairs deck by going down a flight of stairs. It is completely fenced in with a gate to the front yard, making it a very dog friendly outdoor area for your pet to safely explore. There is firewood stacked along the back fence if you run out of wood in the house. We have a cord of pine and a cord of eucalyptus that will last us for years. The front yard has a new concrete driveway with off street parking for four cars (33 feet deep and 26 feet wide). Addition parking is available for one to two more cars on the side of the garage which is also concrete. The font door has combination keypad access so you will be able to open the door without a key so no need to travel somewhere and pick up a code or key when you arrive.
We have a four security cameras outside of the house to help us keep an eye on the place when nobody is there. There is a screen on a table in the kitchen that shows you what the cameras see. One points at the bottom of the driveway and the street so we can see how much snow is on the road and if a snowplow berm is blocking people from getting in the driveway. One points at the front porch so we can track who is going into our home (cleaning personnel, spa maintenance, repair technicians, etc.) and one points at the side of the house with the electrical box, cable TV and Internet connections and the 4th one is on the upper back deck pointing away from the house to help us check snow amounts, weather, wind damage, etc. It's on a swivel and can be adjusted to point at the trees next door if you are concerned about outdoor privacy. The deck is visible by the neighbors so it should not be considered private. There are no indoor cameras. Pretty much every hotel you might stay at has outdoor cameras in the common areas. All of our guests have been comfortable with them once they see what they are pointed at but please let us know if you feel otherwise.
CONCLUSION: I know I wrote a book here and if you read my ad all the way to the end I'd like to thank you for that. I like to be very thorough and make sure to communicate everything about the house and what our place has to offer. This is our house and a home away from home that we've had for 26 years. We stay at the house ourselves once or twice a month and are constantly making improvements, adding fun games and activities, and trying to make it the perfect place to get away and relax without anyone ever being bored. I'm proud of what we've done with our home every time I'm there with family and friends and am quite confident you will have a great time if you decide to book it. You will or may have already read in our reviews that I really work with our guests to make sure they have the best time possible. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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