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Overview

Property Details

Updated: Apr 15, 2015
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Custom Home Close To Yosemite and Mariposa.

This newly constructed custom home is just 45 minutes from Yosemite and 1 mile from the historic gold rush town of Mariposa.

Upscale, comfortable and clean, the Oak Meadows House will accommodate 6 people in bedrooms, 2 in the sleeping loft and 2 more in the TV room for up to 10 people total.

It has an easy living, open floor plan with plenty of space to visit, enjoy meals together, or just rest up from the day's adventures.

Historical downtown Mariposa is 1 mile away. Visit the California State mineral museum, or the State's oldest operating courthouse. There are ample shopping opportunities, a variety of restaurants and many excellent antique stores and boutiques.

Public transportation (YARTS) from Mariposa is a convenient, stress-free way to travel to Yosemite. Bus fare includes admission into the park.

The Oak Meadows House is designed from top to bottom as a 'green' building.

It has a passive solar design that was built into the hillside complete with radiant floor heating. The electricity is produced by photo-voltaic panels and the grey water is distributed to the landscape.

There is a convenient recycling center in the kitchen, and the kitchen green waste are composted to improve the garden's soil health.

Recycled redwood was used to create shade trellises to mellow the summer sun on the east side of the house.

This year's improvements:

New memory foam mattresses in all the bedrooms! (one king and two queen beds).

There is now a culinary herb garden for our guests to add fresh flavor to their meals, and an organic vegetable garden to browse. (No promises, seasonally dependent)

We are intent on creating a peaceful, relaxing and healthy space for you to enjoy after visiting the wonders of Yosemite National Park.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

My Name is Al Palisca. My son, brothers and I developed this land and built this house. It is my home.

I moved to California from Pennsylvania in 1978 to explore and enjoy Yosemite National Park. I worked for the National Park Service in Yosemite for 27 years, married and raised two children here and just love it!

I currently live in Prague, Czech Republic for 6-months of the year, and am making my home available to travelers to the Yosemite area while I am away.

Speaks:: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2015

28 Reviews

5
based on 28 traveler reviews

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Premium custom home close to Yosemite - 2 night minimum
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Mariposa Yosemite Area
Palo Alto, CA, USA
5

Would love to call this home!

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 5 and our dog thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The home was comfortable, everything we needed was provided. We only had to provide our own food! Booking with Kathy was easy. Property manager Mike was hospitable and thoughtful, and owner Al was welcoming and clearly devoted to making this place special.
Easy drive down into Mariposa for groceries and meals. Just over an hour into Yosemite Valley, and about the same to the Wawona/Mariposa Grove entrance to the Park as well.
If our travels take us back to Yosemite, there is no doubt that this would be the first place we'd think to stay!
  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Mariposa Yosemite Area
Southern ca
5

Family of five

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful time at this unique house in a quiet setting. Would highly recommend.
  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Mariposa Yosemite Area
5

Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in Al's beautiful custom home in Mariposa and would defiantly go back! The house was clean and well appointed. The heated floor made the home very cozy and inviting. Al was friendly yet unobtrusive. This house is a real gem. We usually stay in the park when we go to Yosemite but wanted more room for our family of 6. It was just a short 40min drive to the park. The house was simply perfect for us!
  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Mariposa Yosemite Area
5

California's Gold!

California's Gold!
  • 5 of 5
I stayed here for a long Thanksgiving weekend with my husband, 6 month-old daughter, and my in-laws. I was concerned at first about how much space there would be and if we were all going to be in each other's way but it was not a problem at all. Plenty of room to escape. The house is beautiful and very well maintained. It has all the amenities you need and the location is perfect. It's quiet and the dark nights are perfect for star gazing.
The house is exactly how it looks in the picture but even better in person. The warmed floors helped to make the place feel very cozy. The kitchen has everything you need to make a Thanksgiving dinner so I'm pretty sure most people won't have a problem cooking in it.
There is plenty to do near the house. We took a day trip to Yosemite (only about an hour to the valley) on Friday and checked out several museums in Mariposa on Saturday. We had wanted to see the giant gold nugget that is in the rock and gem museum (thanks to the late Huell Howser for the tip!). It did not disappoint!
I definitely recommend staying here. We would all love to go back. Thanks, Al, for opening up your beautiful home and sharing it with us.
  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Mariposa Yosemite Area
Colorado
5

Very Comfortable House

  • 5 of 5
My parents, wife, and I stayed in this house for a week and went to Yosemite and surrounding areas during that time. The house was VERY comfortable. The kitchen is well laid out. We cooked breakfast and dinner every night. We were allowed to use some herbs from the garden as well. There is a large open area in the main part of the house, which was great for relaxing after the long days, sometimes next to the fire. The house has patios on either side which were great for sunsets/sunrises. This house was very "green" as it uses solar, and is well insulated. Maintained the same temp day or night. Bedrooms were quite and cozy.

Groceries, gas, etc. are about a mile from the house. The caretaker (Mike) is a really nice fellow, and was very friendly and helpful.

I wish we could have stayed longer.
  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Mariposa Yosemite Area
Orlando, FL
5

Perfect Yosemite House!

  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful vacation we had! This house was the perfect place to stay during our visit to the Yosemite National Park. The house itself was very clean, well maintained, had all the necessities, and was a very comfortable place to rest your feet after a long day of hiking. The house is located up on a hill in a small, but quaint town. This town offers many little shops, restaurants, and bars to explore. Their local grocery store was well stocked and everyone was very friendly.

The property manager, Mike, was extremely helpful, polite, and went out of his way to ensure our stay was perfect.

We are definitely planning another trip to Yosemite and are looking forward to staying at this house once again!
  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Location

From the Owner

Mariposa is a wonderful place to live, work and play. The weather is fantastic and there are many outdoor activities close at hand. The slower, rural nature of Mariposa County is appealing in a wholesome and fulfilling way. Come and unwind, relax and feel the peacefulness of the rural lifestyle while you explore Yosemite and the surrounding area. My brother Mike is the on-site property manager, greeter and maintenance person for the Oak Meadows House. He lives in a separate studio apartment on the land with his two friendly dogs. His presence provides exceptional security, and a knowledgeable local person to help with whatever you might need during your stay, be it driving directions, maintenance needs, or recommendations on what to see or where to dine.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Fresno - Yosemite Airport at 50 Miles Nearest Train : Merced at 37 Miles Car: necessary

Availability

From $275 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Memorial Day 2015
May 22 2015 - May 25 2015
3 night minimum stay
$325
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Independence Day 2015
Jul 3 2015 - Jul 5 2015
3 night minimum stay
$325
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Labor Day
Sep 4 2015 - Sep 7 2015
3 night minimum stay
$325
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$275
From
$300
Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $250
  • Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 11.0%

Our rates are based on 4 guests. Each additional guest is $25.00 per night at time of booking.

Pets are considered and if approved will be charged a Pet Fee of $25.00 per pet/night. There is a two pet limit. The Refundable Damage Deposit is $500.00. The cleaning fee for guests with pets will be $150.00. We ask that pet owners provide all supplies for their pets including bedding/food dishes.

Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

This plans for this house was originally designed by David Arkin and Anni Tilt as a 4 bedroom Straw Bale house. The original house was constructed in Mill Valley, California in 2000 as a straw-bale house and was named 'Natural Habitat'. I modified the plans to allow the house to be built into the hillside here in Mariposa. The Straw Bale walls were replaced with insulated concrete walls that could withstand burial in the earth. The following description of the house is from the Healthy Home Plans website. 'Natural Habitat is featured in the book, 'The New Strawbale Home', received the Western Home Award from Sunset magazine, and was also featured in 'Real Simple Magazine'. This stunning and inspirational family home does not isolate its residents from one another or from the surrounding environment. The architects, David Arkin & Anni Tilt, a husband and wife team, conceived of and designed this home to give the residents a sense of being at home in nature. This four-bedroom home is a showcase of environmental innovations, beginning with its modest size. The smaller claim on resources of all kinds, is where building green really begins. At 1,860 square feet, it is 470 square feet smaller than the average new American house, yet it feels open and unconfined and more than big enough for a family of five. The kitchen, living and dining areas share one generous space with differing ceiling heights, from an intimate 8 feet to a lofty 16 feet, to define each area. While compact, the floor plan still includes a variety of intimate spaces - a separate entryway, a laundry room, and a window covered office alcove behind the kitchen - providing private places to retreat to.' This house is simply a joy to live in with beautiful and abundant natural light filling the living space. The surrounding land is peaceful and private, yet only 1 mile from the town of Mariposa, where you will find everything you need for your stay

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

General

  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Attractions

  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 2180 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, jetted tub
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, combination tub/shower

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

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