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Walking Distance to a “Wet Woody”

View from the Carnelian Bay Lakefront

If incredibly convenient access to Garwoods restaurant and bar and its iconic drink, the Wet Woody, is your cup of tea (or your cup of Wet Woody – and yes, that’s the last time I’ll use that phrase in this article), this lakefront property may be for you. Not only is this house right next door (stumbling distance) to Garwoods, but like the Carnelian Bay favorite, it is also right on the Lake.
A nice place to relax

The most amazing part of this story? You can own a prime piece of Tahoe north shore lakefront property for $1,325,000, or maybe less, $1.325 mil is the “asking” price.
Carnelian Bay Tahoe Lakefront

One million three hundred twenty five thousand dollars is a screaming deal for anything on the lake, let alone on the north shore in a protected and centrally located bay. While some may not appreciate having Garwoods as a next door neighbor, it doesn’t diminish the fact that the property sits on one of the most beautiful sections of one of the world’s most beautiful alpine lakes.

Carnelian Bay Lakefront Interior

Obviously its owners have come to the point where they are very, very serious about selling, but looking at its asking price history, that has not always been the case. The 4 bedroom, 2 bath home (with a 2 car garage) was originally listed at $2.5 million on March 6th, with the price coming down to $1,999,000 on July 28th. Its current price reflects a huge drop from the almost $2,000,000 asked in July, and a gargantuan drop from the original 2.5 million dollar original asking price! I asked Paul Smith, the listing agent, about these very substantial price drops, and his answer was simple: “They just want to get it sold!” If this price doesn’t do that, I don’t know what will.

Carnelian Bay Lakefront, Lake Tahoe, $1,325,000 [Lake Tahoe MLS]

[Chris Anderson is a Tahoe based writer and real estate professional. You can contact him at chris@tahoetruckeehomes.com or go to TahoeTruckeeHomes.com.]

Living Large for Small Change on Tahoe

Tahoe Lakefront

I never really heard the term “Lakefront” until I moved to Lake Tahoe. Now, as a realtor in Tahoe, I hear it all the time – mostly in relation to the ultimate in luxury living on the most desirable lake in the country. Affordable? Not usually. Lakefronts are generally reserved for the very rich or those who bought back in the days of the dinosaurs when land was cheap. However, while “cheap” and “Tahoe lakefront” are terms that will probably never go together again, “sort of affordable” seems to have come back into vogue.

Check out this property in Rubicon on the west shore of Tahoe. While 1.6 million may seem like a lot of dollars, that is a bargain that hasn’t been seen in Tahoe for quite a few years. According to my recent MLS research, the average sales price for a lakefront home in this area going back to 2005 is $4,882,941, and no home has sold for anything close to 1.6 million; the next lowest sold price was $2,350,000 (that’s the sold price, not the asking price). Granted, most of those homes were larger and more grand than this little guy, but it gives you an idea of how even the most desirable real estate in the world (and this property is that) has become more attainable than it has in years.

Keep in mind, not all lakefront locations are created equal. Rubicon is an extremely beautiful part of the lake. Even if you don’t live there you will probably boat that direction (if you have a boat). This isn’t a large house, or even a new house (it was built in 1931), but only a fraction of your purchaser’s check would go toward the value of the house.

Check out the views of the turquoise water from the living room and deck. You can’t buy views like that! Well, I guess you can – for 1.6 million. Did I mention that is a bargain?

Rubicon Lakefront, Lake Tahoe, $1,595,000 [Lake Tahoe MLS]

[Chris Anderson is a Tahoe based writer and real estate professional. You can contact him at chris@tahoetruckeehomes.com or go to TahoeTruckeeHomes.com.]

When Men were Men and Mice were Movies Stars…

[Editor’s Note: Because I know soooo many San Francisco residents love to visit Lake Tahoe regularly for any number of great things the Lake Tahoe area has to offer, and because I know you all love yourself a little real estate, I have found a talented writer/Realtor up there to share some insight. This is his first post. Please welcome him.]
Walt Disney slept here! Seriously. When I moved from Orange County to Tahoe, I thought I was leaving my Disneyland connection behind. But right here on the north shore is a little slice of Disney. Called the “Heigh Ho Lodge” because Walt himself was a frequent guest back in the day, this 1.6 acre lakefront estate includes over 280 ft. of south facing sandy beach along with 3 separate houses: a guest house, a caretaker’s house, and a 6 BR main house that sleeps 21. You could fit all 7 dwarves, Snow White, Mickey Mouse, and Walt himself and still have room for 11 more overnight guests!
At a touch under $9 mil, I only need to save $9 million more to afford it. But if you have ever spent any time at Buck’s Beach (a public beach just down the street from the Heigh Ho Lodge) you know why this property is on my short list of dream houses. The north shore enclave of Old Brockway is one of the most beautiful parts of the lake – granite boulder mini-islands dot the crystal clear, turquoise sandy bottomed shallows, beckoning anyone in possession of an inflatable raft and a couple cold Coronas.
Did Walt drink Corona? Maybe not, but I’m sure Mickey did.

-“Heigh Ho Lodge, Lake Tahoe, $8,995,000 [Lake Tahoe MLS]

[Chris Anderson is a Tahoe based writer and real estate professional. You can contact him at chris@tahoetruckeehomes.com or go to TahoeTruckeeHomes.com.]