Vacation Rentals for Summer of 2009 !

These homes are fully furnished and can be rented for as short as one month at a time.
Call Donna for details: office: 970-627-3103, cell phone: 970-531-3333.
Toll-free 866-296-1949. We will find the best match for you.

2-3 bedroom cabin at The Harbor, by Shadow Mountain Lake, 1½ miles south of
Grand Lake Village, across from Rocky Mountain National Park: $2,200 per month
for thirty day periods, June through September ($2,800 for July).

Lake House across Hwy. 34 from Lake Granby. Close to boat launch. Short walk
to fishing and beaches. $1,100 per month + heat and electricity.

Columbine Cabin $800 per month + electric.

Singing Elf Inn River Cabin: $2,200 per month includes utilities
(currently reserved from June 15-August 15) additional timeslots are available.
Located close to the heart of town and National Park trails.

There are several listings on our site that will be pulled from the market to allow them to be
rented during the busy summer season. These homes are currently clean and vacant so as to
be as appealing as possible for buyers. We try to avoid having a home being both rented and
on the market at the same time because that tends to make things difficult and potentially unfair
for one party or the other. Summer renters often bring in extended family members;
sometimes even a wedding is involved. We cannot expect renters to suddenly
find an alternative place after they have reserved a location and made
plans that reach far beyond the home.

You do not have to wait for us to get everythng online here. Call us toll-free 866-296-1949
and let us know what kind of place you would like to rent, ideally for several
weeks or months at a time. We are going to start a "rent to own" program,
wherein your rent at certain places can be used as a partial down payment
on any property that is directly listed through Mountain Lake Properties!
Call us toll free, or use our local line 970-627-3103 and we will give you
a preview of what is going to be available, when, where and how.
(When in Grand County, you can leave off the 970 area code).
Or send your rental inquiries by email to

Long Term Rentals (6-12 month leases) are available; this list changes constantly.
We will put you in touch with the owner directly; they will check your credit and references.
Call us toll-free 866-296-1949 and let us know what kind of place you would like to rent,
if you are looking for several months at a time.

The following homes are available to be rented while they are still for sale.
These are leased at a reduced rate because you may occasionally be interrupted
for a few minutes for us to show the home. We would always give you at least an hour's notice.
When the property is firmly under contract with a qualified purchaser, you will be given thirty
days' notice and will need to move out.

Affordable Lake View Cottage just two miles south of Grand Lake.
Great Room plus two bedrooms and plenty of room to expand. Lots of parking to the side
and back. Lake access across National Forest land is just two blocks away.
936 sq. ft. heated per county records, 1440 sq. ft. total. $184,900

Grand mountain views from upper level of Grand View Villas.
Elevated wood ceiling and river rock fireplace in great room. Master suite plus guest

bedroom and bath, detached garage. Ideal location near the entrance to Grand Lake Village.
Enjoy walks to lakeside beaches and to boardwalk shops and restaurants.
Furnished at $209,900

For short term nightly rentals, try from the following list
that we often update on our mini-yellow pages.
Cute small cabins in town: Daven Haven and Wildwood cottages 627-8144
Black Bear Lodge (overlooking Shadow Mountain Lake) 627-3654, 800-766-1123
Grand Lake Vacation
- wide selection 800-627-8530, 627-9234 303-929-1734 (Log cabin on 7 acres)
Western Riviera Motel & Cabins, along the shore of Grand Lake, Events too: 627-3580
Grand Escape Cottages by the Boardwalk: 627-3410
Cabin near Columbine Lake: Deer Drive Retreat
Moose Lake Lodge, Cabins by Sun Valley Lake: Stan & Rhondda Wells 303-740-7441
Grand Lake Getaways: cabins, condo: 303-980-1204
Gateway Inn at the entrance to Grand Lake: 627-2400
Columbine Cabins 627-0800
Rapids Lodge
by the river 627-3707
Grand Mountain Rentals (some lakefront homes) 627-1131 or 877-982-2155 - wide selection
Home on Grand Lake: Steve & Ginny Paul, 800-495-6207
Inn at SilverCreek: 887-2131; private rented affordable lodging by Sol Vista ski area - Fredia Price 816-674-7245
Ski in/Ski out Condo at Sol Vista 720-529-8734 (vrbo #110608) look for Grand Lake, Colorado entries - an excellent selection

Notes about Renting in Grand County

Grand County is primarily a resort area, and the rental market caters to nightly and
weekly visitors, rather than to the local population looking for a year round place to live.

Who Rents and When?

Typically, most homes and condominiums in the Grand Lake area are leased on a nightly
basis from Memorial Day weekend through the end of September. Then, the owners of
the properties offer a 6-8 month lease for the winter.

There are two types of tenants for winter rentals:
Locals who work as employees at the restaurants and shops here
Also, people who would love to own a vacation cabin of their own but cannot afford
one will take a lease for 6 months or so. This way, they can use the cabin as their own,
coming and going each weekend, bringing guests if they choose to entertain, and best of all,
can leave all of their winter clothes, groceries, and ski, snowmobile or ice fishing equipment
here rather than hauling it back and every weekend and staying in motel rooms.

The advantage to you as a property owner is that you make more money by offering nightly
rentals during the summer, and can block off time for yourselves. Just tell the rental agent
well ahead of time, "We'll be up for Fourth of July, Buffalo Barbeque weekend, etc."
It can be available the rest of the time. The property management companies in town can quote
you their fees for managing nightly rentals; these cover cleaning, checking the renters in and out,
booking the reservations, etc.

At the end of this section, read about renting short term on your own through Vacation Rentals by Owner.

How Do I Find a Long Term Rental?

Our office, Mountain Lake Properties, keeps a list on hand of people looking for places to live
and of people offering places to live, and we will be glad to put you in touch with one another.
We recommend that you run a credit check on prospective tenants.

What's Involved in Getting into a Long Term Rental?

"Do you have pets?" is often the first question you will be asked. Many homeowners
prefer no pets, and many condominium covenants do not allow pets for tenants;
many condominiums allow pets only for owners.

Before you move in, expect to sign a lease and pay first and last month's rent plus a
security deposit, which is usually equal to one month's rent. You will need to put the utilities
(electricity, telephone, cable TV, internet, natural gas or propane, if applicable) in your name
and pay the appropriate deposits for these as well. The electric company customarily asks for
a deposit. So, in addition to your monthly rent, keep in mind the cost of utilities each month and
the fact that the heat will be higher during the winter months.

One bedroom rentals for long term are typically $600 per month plus utilities. Two bedroom units
are typically $850-1,000 per month and 3 bedrooms rent for closer to $1,200+ per month, plus utilities. Vacation Rentals by Owner is a popular web site used by a lot of Grand Lake owners
who rent out their cabins individually. By putting photos and info on this site and monitoring it
themselves, they sometimes generate even more nightly rentals on their own. With this, you pay
a small membership fee and then just pay the cleaning person.

You do have to be willing to monitor the web site and take an occasional call. Most families book
on line, but it is good to have a live person (ideally, you) on the telephone if they do have a question.

We have a list of dependable cleaning people who live here, and you just make arrangements with
one of them to do the cleaning and snow removal. Since they would go in as soon as a group checks out,
they will notice if anything is missing or damaged. People who pay these kinds of rates per night would
rarely cause any damage or take things. When you make the reservation, you will probably get their
credit card number anyway, so that you will have an option to charge them if necessary. Access for the
cleaning person and for your guests would be by means of a lockbox, on which you or the cleaning person
can change the combination as often as you wish.

Take a look at
for an example. This is a small cabin across from Shadow
Mountain Lake that has rented exceptionally well through

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