Budget Breakdown: A Bay Area Couple Turn an A-Frame Cabin Near Yosemite Into a $600-a-Night Rental

They spent $125,000 refreshing the ’70s home with finishes and decor that are meant to make it feel like a beloved family retreat.

In 2021, after five months of searching for an A-frame home near Yosemite that they could turn into a short-term rental, Aria Massoudifar and Sam Salehyan found a Zillow listing for one and that same day, put in an offer. Built in 1973 and last renovated in the ’80s, their newly purchased home in Pine Mountain Lake was dated with dark-gray shag carpets throughout the loft and downstairs living area, dark wood paneling covering the walls and ceilings, and vinyl flooring in a walled-off kitchen that had quartz countertops, also in gray, that matched the bathroom counters.

The living area is the main showcase of the home with soaring pine ceilings, 20ft windows and a stone walled fire place.

Aria Massoudifar and Sam Salehyan purchased this 1,360-square-foot A-frame cabin in Pine Mountain Lake to renovate and turn into a short-term rental.

Photo: Alta Projects

But the cabin, steps away from the local golf course and the town’s marina, had classic A-frame style with 20-foot-tall windows, a rock-wall fireplace, open-beam knotty pine ceilings, and a lofted sleeping area. Aria and Sam were confident that they could turn it into the kind of place they’d like to stay while enjoying the Sierras.

“The Yosemite area is special to us because its natural beauty is so overwhelming and magnificent that it makes everyday stress seem small and irrelevant,” says Aria. “The problem is, when we stay here, we often have a hard time finding rental or hotel options that feel updated and modern.”

The crown jewel of the down stairs bathroom is a custom basalt stone sink sourced from Etsy seller AegeanMarble. Alta Projects was inspired by the stone that’s seen throughout Yosemite National Park, most notably in El Capitan.

The crown jewel of the refinished downstairs bathroom is a custom basalt sink sourced on Etsy from Aegean Marble. The stone is found throughout Yosemite National Park.

Photo: Alta Projects

Black tile covers the downstairs shower.

Hunter Green tile by Fireclay covers the downstairs shower.

Photo by Alta Projects

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