Bank Owned Tahoe City

Believe it or Not this cute Single Family Home is only 1 block to the beach. 

Lovely home in near Lake Tahoe with three bedrooms, 2 full baths, some very nice remodeling done and light, bright interior. Huge deck for relaxing and
entertaiing as well as a two car garage. Owner-occupant purchaser may be eligible for up to 3.5% towards closing costs and a 2 year home warranty,
restrictions apply.                                                Just a short walk to Skylandia Beach.

Dollar Point Homes Summer Sale 2011

Summer is here and most of the homes sale this summer  are already on the market. 

Dollar Point currently has 26 homes listed for sale. The prices range from $679,000 – $3,750,000 for a lakefront.

There are 3 Lakefronts on the market in Dollar Point and 7 Lake views. Here is a sampling of the Dollar Point homes. If you would like to keep informed of the Latest Dollar Point Homes contact me and I can update you immediately.

Bank Owned Lakefront at Tahoe

Looking for a great deal on a Lakefront? Checkout this Bank Owned Property.

This contemporary single family home with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths,  a 1 car garage is listed at


Located on the edge of Lake Tahoe, this lakefront home features phenomenal views of the lake and mountains. A spacious living area with a fireplace, a
large kitchen with a combined dining room, and an additional living area with a separate entrance are just a few of the features that make this the perfect
vacation spot. Excellent rental potential and a prime location in the heart of Kings Beach.

Tahoe’s Sugar Pine Point Celebrates July 30th

Sugar Pine Point Beach

 Sugar Pine Point is Having a Celebration many Free Activities for all Ages.

Saturday July 30th

10:00 – 4:00

Welcome to Living History Day!

For More Information go to:

We hope you will have a fun time with us at

Pine Lodge.
Living History Day
Last Saturday in July
Parking fee per car

Sugar Pine Point State Park  Tahoma, CA 96142

(530) 583-3074

Ehrman Mansion  Saturday, July 30, 2011

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Living history day is an event where we sweep you back to the 1930’s for a fun, historical time.

Tahoe Donner Living

Tahoe Donner is exactly what many people have in mind when they picture theirmountain dream home.  Tahoe Donner is often the first choice for second home owners in the Truckee area. The 6,000 acre planned mountain community offers many amenities and a terrific location, with super easy access from Interstate 80, and very close to town for shopping, dining, and more.

Just North of Highway 80 on the west side of Truckee this established community has many advantages. With 6,000 units, Tahoe Donner is the largest subdivision in the market and features many greenbelt areas and open spaces.

Home styles range from small A frame style cabins to luxury custom homes.Settings range from shady pine forest, open meadow views, to spectacular panoramic mountain views. Quiet streets curve up into the mountains through lush woods, and grand natural cedar cabins sitting under clear blue skies among the tall pines.

Amenities include an 18 hole championship golf course, downhill and cross country ski areas, three swimming pools, new fitness center, equestrian center and beach/boat launch facility on Donner Lake.  The Trout Creek Center with fitness facilities, pools, spas, sauna, and summer day camps for kids.

How much are Tahoe Donner HOA fees and who pays these fees?

The Tahoe Donner HOA fee for 2011 is $1330. The HOA fees are collected from every property owner and owners with multiple properties pay the annual fee for each piece of property owned. Condo owners also pay the Tahoe Donner HOA fee. Each property is entitled to 4 picture I.D.’s for family members.What are the Tahoe Donner Amenities and who can use them?
Tahoe Donner has a number of amenities including: Trout Creek Recreation Center (2 pools, gym, spas, steam room, sauna, locker rooms etc.), Northwoods Club House, Golf Course, Downhill and Cross-Country Ski Areas, Donner Lake Private Beach and Marina, Tennis Complex, Equestrian Center and the Alder Creek Campground. Only the Golf Course, Ski areas and Equestrian Center are open to the public.

Is there a fee to use the Amenities?
All the amenities have a use fee. Tahoe Donner homeowners may purchase an optional Recreation Pass($220 per year for 4 family members) which allows unlimited use of Trout Creek, Northwoods Club House, the Tennis Complex and Donner Lake Beach and Marina. Without a “Rec” Pass there is a once per day fee to use the amenities. Guests are required to pay the daily fee to use the amenities. Homeowners pay a discounted use fee from the public rates for Golfing and Skiing. Homeowners may also purchase a discounted season pass for the Golf Course and Ski Areas.

Old Tahoe Cabins, Lodges & Estates

Old Tahoe Cabin

I define Old Tahoe Homes as Cabins or Estates that were built before 1950.  These Lake Cabins or Estate where primarily used in the summer. Families would come from the San Francisco Bay Area either by train or by car and send 2 or 3 months, at Tahoe.

Quaint Old Tahoe, built in 1935. This Cabin is located a lot that goes from street to street in Lake Forest Glen just east of Tahoe City on Lake Tahoe’s Northshore.Currently listed for only $250,000. This property has lots of potential.
Tahoe Lakefront Estate

Lakefront Cabin : Many of these cabins where not built for winter use, so the insulation isn’t what it is on newer homes. Still the Old Tahoe Cabin and Estates are some of my favorite Properties.  Often the lots are bigger or have the best locations.  The cheaper cabins where set up in a more Camp Like setting. These can be found in neighborhoods such as Tahoma on Lake Tahoe’s west shore, or Kings Beach on the Northshore of Lake Tahoe, or on the West End of Donner Lake.

Camp Style Cabin

Tahoe Camp Style Cabins This Old Tahoe Camp Style property entaisl several cabins on one property. This gives you flexiblity to enjoy all the cabins with your group or rent a few and use one or 2. This property is located on North Lake Blvd. Currently listed at $750,000.
Old Tahoe Cabin with Updated Kitchen
Classic Old Tahoe Cabin build in the 50’s on large lot. This Single Family Homes is beautifully remodeled with updated kitchen and modern bath and master bedroom. This is a short sale and located on a very desireable street called Huckleberry on Lake Tahoe’s Northshore just east of Tahoe City. HOA has Pier, bouy and beach. Listed at Only $525,000.
Classic Old Tahoe Campfire 
Located at 3885 West Lake Blvd. This Old Tahoe Estate even includes the classic rock campfire pit for real campfires.

Old Tahoe Camp Firepit

Extensively Remodled Grand 1911 Old Tahoe Lodge is beautifully Landscated with Blackwood Creek adjacent to the property. Only 1 block to the beach or the trail to Eagle Rock. This is the dream single family home of many on Lake Tahoe’s Westshore.

Old Tahoe’s have a  charm and character that is difficult to duplicate. The Honey Glow of the aged wood is something special.  If buying an Old Tahoe or remodeling  I recommend you take the time in picking out the details. I have a wonderful designer I work with you can help you make it a magical place.

Interior Charm

You may want to follow this blog as I will definately have more to say about Old Tahoe’s.  Contact me if you’d like to discuss your old tahoe, or buying an old tahoe.

Sasha’s Pick for Best Property Values

Meeks bay beach
Best Value Lakefront Home @ $1M
Private Beach and 1.7 acres of 1/2 interest in this incredible property.
Pier and 2 buoys. This property is going over a Remodel.
Price Dropped from $2.95M to $1Million
MLS 20102718

Located in quiet area of Truckee, yet close to down.

Coldstream CabinImagine 20 acres …Open Space, Covered Porch. Mountain Craftsman’s finishes.  1 bedroom , 1 bath


 MLS: 20111530


PinedropPinedrop Lane:Located on a quiet non-through street on Tahoe’s Northshore just a short drive to Large Sandy Beach and Northstar Ski Resort. This 4 bedroom 2 bath Old Tahoe Getaway is perfect for privacy with a large lot and green space across the street.    Listed at $499,000 MLS 20111654

Bank Owned: Rare Opportunity:  Located on Tahoe’s west shore In Homewood is only 2 blocks to the lake. This Old Tahoe Cabin built origanally in 1912 has been nicely updated with 6 bedroom and  5 bath this Single Family home has 3728 Sq Ft.  and a large lot. 

Listed at $599,000 MLS: 20111522

 A Boater’s Paradise Private Pier and Own buoy

mckinney pier

McKinney Drive
Incredible Location on the west shore. Vacant lots surrounding home are owned by conservancy giving the property a very private feel. Comes with private beach, pier and own bouy.
MLS 20111646
Naturally, If you have any questions regarding these properties or any other properties on the market, feel free to contact me.

Hikes for Kids and Dogs around Tahoe

I’ve been hiking around Tahoe since I was 12 years old.  Now I enjoy hiking with my Daughter Makeala age 4. Here is a suggestion of Hikes you can take with Kids 4 years plus.

Makaela at Shirley Canyon - Notice the hiking shoes

My First Pick for Summer and Fall is Shirely Canyon
It’s in Squaw Valley and the trail starts at the end of Squaw Peak Road.  It is sometimes difficult to find the trail head.
Here are the directions to the trail headI like to use when hiking with my daughter Makaela and my dog Korry: Follow Squaw Valley road up past the Tram Building and past Squaw Valley Lodge.  Continue on as the road as it raps around the the right. It will wind through some condo complexes and dead end. Mostly like you will see cars parked along the gravel road.  If you look up you will be directly under Granite Cheif.

Shirley Canyon Trail

On the Shirley Canyon trail you can go all the way to Shirley Lake,  about 2½ miles each way to Shirley Lake, passing gorgeous waterfalls and canyon boulders. It is sometimes difficult to find the trail going uphill, stay to the left of the creek; going downhill, stay to the right. The trail diverges and disappears at times but just keep following the creek.  Carry water. Bring a Swim Suit, Sunscreen, Good Hiking Shoes, a camera and a smile.
I rarely make it all the way to Shirley Lake, but enjoy the hike as we go.  We usually stop 30 -45 min. up. Take a break, eat maybe swim depending on the conditions, and then turn back.
5 lakes Trail Near Alpine Meadows: Distance is 2 miles up to the first lake. Elevation gain: 1000 feet: Bring a Swim Suit, Sunscreen, Good Hiking Shoes, a camera and a smile. BRING LOTS OF WATER!
This is a great hike for kids 7 years and older who are fit.   This is a great hike to take kids to really explore.  I suggest starting before 10:00 am. The climb is continous for the 2 miles and it is a fairly steep.    The Five Lakes trail is dramatic yet tranquil surroundings,and there are many places to relax, fish or swim. Dogs are welcome, however make sure they aren’t inclined to chase wildlife or other hikers.

Meet at the 5 Lakes Trail Head near the west end of Alpine Meadows road . The  trail has many switch backs towards the Five Lakes plateau and up the through Alpine Meadows Valley

The two mile trail maintains little more than a slight incline, but still gains nine hundred feet of elevation before reaching the lakes. With the Kids take lots of breaks. I don’t recommend it for children under 8 years or who aren’t fit. Bring lots of water and make it lots of stops. On the warmest Tahoe days this trail lacks a great deal of shade, but the lakes themselves provide plenty of cover from the sun and opportunities to cool off in the waters.

5 lake Trail

A four mile hike roundtrip takes you to the lakes and back, but if you want to explore the lakes themselves, add another mile or so. Trails exist between all the lakes, making them nicely accessible.

This summer due to the high snow levels, I don’t recommend this hike until mid July when the snow has retreated, the Five Lakes Trail is one of the easiest and most accessible hikes in the Granite Chief Wilderness. So you’ll see other hiker on the trail. Once you’re at the lakes themselves you’ll have plenty of chances for private space.

These are the two hikes to start with. I promise I will update you on other hikes as the summer goes along. You can follow me on Twitter if you’d like updates.

4th of July Free Concert Fireworks at Squaw Valley

Celebrate 4th of july at Squaw Valley. Skiing all Weekend. Free Concert and Fireworks on Sunday July 3rd. Come check it out.

Fireworks at Squaw Valley

Free concert with Big Head Todd and the Monsters at Squaw Valley | Squaw Valley USA – Lake Tahoe Ski Resort.

Squaw Valley

4th of July Fireworks around Lake Tahoe

If you are planning on watching the fireworks at Tahoe…Remember. It is cold in the mountians at night. I recommend a very warm coat, hat and maybe even a blanket. Bring the beach chairs and enjoy the show.

Fireworks over Lake Tahoe

Tahoe City – Fireworks at Commons Beach at 9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4 (free).Incline Village – Free fireworks Monday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. off Incline Beach.

Truckee – Fireworks scheduled for Monday, July 4 at West End Beach at Donner Lake at dusk.

If you have to head home on Monday you can enjoy the fireworks on Sunday Night July 3rd.

Kings Beach – Annual fireworks display Sunday, July 3 (free). Also a deck party celebration at the North Tahoe Event Center, beginning at 7 p.m.

Squaw Valley USA – Free fireworks Sunday, July 3 at 9:15 p.m.