Big Bear Lake west is populated with vintage lakefront homes often set amongst outcropping of boulders and soaring pine trees. The west end of the lake is generally home to deeper water lakefronts always offering convenient lake access.
The far end of the western most public street in Big Bear, Cove Drive, is home to Papoose Bay Estates. This is a small association of a few dozen west facing homes - some are lakefront homes and some are off the lake. The homes off the lake have use of boat slips via the Papoose Bay Estates marina. Of course, the homes on the lake are allowed their own docks just like any other lakefront property. The lakefront homes in Papoose Bay Estates sit on Fisher Cove which is generally calm, quiet, wind-protected, and quite deep.
All residents have use of the association's tennis courts and a communal area for small gatherings. HOA fees are about $800 per year. Vacation rentals are not allowed in this community.
The rest of Cove Drive is not part of Papoose Bay Estates and offers a variety of newer homes and classic Big Bear lakefront cabins.
Just east of Cove Drive sits Boulder Road and Peninsula Lane. Both these streets face Boulder Bay, one of Big Bear's most iconic and recognizable landmarks. As one would imagine, many homes on these streets are surrounded by - or perched atop - giant boulders and feature spectacular, wind protected views.
Peninsula Lane itself is almost entirely composed of homes atop the boulders. This street is unpaved and is not maintained by the city of Big Bear Lake, yet is generally well kept and easily accessible.