Waterview Cove in Big Bear Lake - Vacation Rental

We looked for over a year at literally hundreds of Big Bear houses before we found Waterview Cove.  Every house we looked at had some problem / flaw that prevented us from buying that house.  This was the only house we found that met all of our requirements for a mountain lake home getaway:

  • Quiet - many BB homes have noise from the road (BB Blvd especially) or the airport (for ex. east BB Lake is in the flight path for the airport).  This house is in a very quiet area at the end of a peninsula.  The only sound you'll hear is the wind in the trees.
  • Water Access - many BB homes don't have easy water access, and many close to the water don't have water access due to private property, slope or other issues.  Our house has direct access to the lake and a secluded cove via a short access road.  You can walk your kayak down from the house, drop it in the water and be on the lake in minutes. 
  • Open usable land - many homes are in neighborhoods that feel like suburban neighborhoods with neighbors all around you or are on steep unusable slopes.  We're on a gently sloping 2/3 acre lot bordering more than an acre of undeveloped land.  You have lots of space to walk or sled in the winter.
  • Trees - We're in a forested setting with lots of trees including trees sheltering the deck.
  • Sun - we didn't realize until we looked at homes in detail that homes w/ southern facing decks can be hard or impossible to use on sunny days as the sun in BB can be intense.  Our house has a northern facing deck which stays pleasant and protected especially on hot summer days.
  • Accessibility - parts of BB are located off of multiple narrow windy roads and/or have long windy driveways which can be difficult to navigate especially in winter.  We're on a primary street just a few minutes from BB Blvd.  The driveway is short and straight and southern facing.
  • Walkability - we wanted a home in a walkable area.  The area is very walkable;  no cars come there except residents -- you can easily walk to the lake, a fishing cove, a public park, a swimming cove, a little mountain market, several restaurants and a marina.    You could spend the weekend here and never use your car.
  • Layout - a lot of homes in BB have odd layouts.  Some were older homes that seemed cobbled together;  some were new homes that just had odd layouts (eg the master off the game room or my personal favorite; a master bedroom with the toilet set basically in the room behind a half glass block wall!).  We wanted a large great room with an upstairs master, a second master, and a separate game room with a connected wing for the kids' rooms.  If you're just a couple you can live on the main floor and never use the stairs;  if you're a family the kids have their own space downstairs but are easily accessible.
  • New Log Home - a lot of homes in BB were built in the 70's or earlier, and have an older, funky feel.  Others are designed like suburban homes.  We wanted a newer home with a true log, wood, mountain feel.  This house with its log beam ceilings, river rock fireplaces, lots of wood walls and touches and extensive mountain decor makes you feel instantly like you're on vacation at a ski resort / lake in the mountains.
  • View Obstacles - a lot of the homes we looked at had electrical poles and wires or funky houses in their view;  this house has an unobstructed view of the trees, lake and mountains on the north shore.
  • Leeward Side for Boat Launching - if you're going to launch a boat, Pleasant Point Marina is the only marina on the leeward side of a peninsula.  It can get windy in BB so docking in a protected area is highly desirable.
  • Stairs to House - some BB homes require you climb multiple flights of stairs to access the house.  The main floor in our house is only a few steps up from the driveway.
  • Garage - many homes in BB lack garages. This home has a nice connected enclosed two car garage.
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