Pandemic office protocol has left many Bay Area professionals with the option to work from anywhere—and Lake Tahoe beckons.
RnR Vacation Rentals leases homes for up to 60 to 90 days, an amount of time many Bay Area residents are locking in for workcations.
As real estate trends go, this one might have some staying power: Workcations, or toiling from any number of gorgeous spots around the globe, has been embraced by countless Americans, especially in the Bay Area. As long as there’s Wi-Fi, remote workers now realize they can be productive from a beach bungalow or mountain hideaway and stay connected to their teams.
Many of the properties leased by RnR Vacation Rentals are expansive enough for large families and guests.
For Stu and Diana Roberson, owners of Lake Tahoe’s RnR Vacation Rentals (rnrvr.com), the boom in business started happening last year, when they noticed a steady stream of Bay Area renters requesting longer stays. The couple, who manage more than 80 homes that can be rented for 30 to 90 days, say they also had requests for larger properties to better accommodate families and guests. (Insider tip: Prices for a month’s stay typically cost less than a two-week stay at the same home. Plus, there are no taxes.)
“At RnR, flexible living was already popular, but the pandemic took it to a new level. We’ve seen the demand explode—and the trend continuing through this summer and fall,” says Stu, who, before launching RnR with Diana nearly a decade ago, worked for Apple, Electronic Arts and Interactive Pictures. Diana worked at ComputerLand Corporation before landing at several networking companies including 3Com and Broadcom.
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Their tech backgrounds have led to innovative approaches to managing high-end real estate. RnR became the first property management company in South Lake Tahoe to adopt new technologies like its advanced yield management pricing (which determines rent based on supply and demand) and mobile guest applications. RnR homes feature video security and digital locks.
For Bay Area residents looking to blend work and play this summer, the Taylor Creek Visitor Center is a perfect warm-weather destination with day-hiking trails. Visitors also can view aquatic life in the underground Stream Profile Chamber on the Rainbow Trail or visit Kiva Beach on the south shore of Lake Tahoe located a short walk down the Lake of the Sky Trail.
Many properties boast game rooms for entertainment.
Paradise Park hosts the seasonal Meyers Mountain Market, a summer favorite on Wednesday afternoons. Look for fresh produce, artisanal crafts and food trucks. Families also love the park for picnics, tennis, basketball, kayaking and fishing. It’s the type of place where renters will feel like a local—and have up to three months to savor it all in between Zoom meetings and deadlines.
Photography by: COURTESY OF RNR VACATION RENTALS