I Used To Be A Kirkwood Snob

| Trish Hall

April 2, 2014 Heavenly Our family decided to buy two area season passes back in the Summer of 2011 when they are the best value.  We decided that we would buy both Kirkwood and Heavenly passes since we live so close to the “Heave”.  As you probably know, that was the year the Kirkwood was purchased by […]       [Read More]

April 2, 2014 Heavenly

Our family decided to buy two area season passes back in the Summer of 2011 when they are the best value.  We decided that we would buy both Kirkwood and Heavenly passes since we live so close to the “Heave”.  As you probably know, that was the year the Kirkwood was purchased by and made part of the Vail Resort System, the year we didn’t need two passes.  Shoulda known.  Well, we are dyed in the wool Kirkwood skiers and now find ourselves really loving the strengths of both mountains.  Heavenly puts out a great product, even in these dry years.  This video was taken today, not even on a powder day.  There is so much terrain that the diligent can make fresh tracks days after the storm.  Kirkwood does get much greater snowfall and they have overall better coverage right now plus there is still hiking/traversing to be had. I say we have the best of both worlds, two outstanding mountain ski areas within a short drive from home.  Kirkwood, for days when there’s more time for driving, and Heavenly when time is short.  All this to say, Heavenly ain’t so bad after all.

It Still Looks Like Autumn

| Trish Hall

From my last post till this one,  it’s still not looking much like winter.  I am hopeful that it will snow like crazy and we’ll be skiing powder soon.  Don’t be sad for us though, there’s lots to do here in Tahoe.  Heavenly has amazing snow making capability and that snow is great, especially on the […]       [Read More]

1388269125955From my last post till this one,  it’s still not looking much like winter.  I am hopeful that it will snow like crazy and we’ll be skiing powder soon.  Don’t be sad for us though, there’s lots to do here in Tahoe.  Heavenly has amazing snow making capability and that snow is great, especially on the upper Nevada side.  I went skiing with two of our grand children, ages 3 and 4,  last Saturday and had a great time on the appropriate slopes.  The gondola ride is always a hit.  There is pretty amazing mountain biking to be had on the sunny side of Tahoe Mountain, on a whole bunch of trails that were cut late last fall.  Super fun.  I took this photo at Sawmill Pond one afternoon when I was finished ice skating, the ice wasn’t perfect, but the views were.  All this to say, just cause there isn’t a whole bunch of snow, don’t let that keep you from coming up with  bikes, skates, running or hiking shoes and skis.

 

Different topic, the inventory is pretty low right now with 151 available single family homes in the City and County areas.  There were 120 single family homes sold in the past three months with an ever decreasing number of short sales and bank owned properties at a combined total or 21 (14 shorts sales and 7 REOs).  FYI.

2917 Springwood South Lake Tahoe- Great Views- Impeccable Finish

| Joel Dameral

This ultra custom home was designed and constructed by a local artistic builder as his personal residence and showroom. The designer materials and custom finish only add to the quality of this lake view home backing to 311 acres of public land. Upon arrival you are greeted by the Aspen Hollow designed landscaping that surrounds […]       [Read More]

This ultra custom home was designed and constructed by a local artistic builder as his personal residence and showroom. The designer materials and custom finish only add to the quality of this lake view home backing to 311 acres of public land. Upon arrival you are greeted by the Aspen Hollow designed landscaping that surrounds the entire property. The first floor offers a private guest suite and game room. The game room contains a media closet wired throughout the entire property. A seven foot hot tub with amazing views is just steps from the back door. A one of a kind stairway lead you to the living room with its impressive floor to ceiling natural quartzite gas fireplace with a juniper mantle surrounded by built in cherry cabinets. The impeccable quality finish continues into the kitchen with cherry lower and alder upper cabinets, stainless Jenn-Air appliances, and Bellagio granite countertops and backsplashes. No detail has been spared here- true Tahoe Elegance.  All  this for only $875,000.121371[1]

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Autumn is in the Air

| Trish Hall

We are into the season of Autumn for sure, the wind is blowing and the sky is cloudy.  With this season comes the serious real estate buyers.  Typically this time of year is my busiest.  To verify that statement, I searched the volume of sold listings in 2012 Summer verses Autumn and see that the sales of single […]       [Read More]

Jon Paul LeavesWe are into the season of Autumn for sure, the wind is blowing and the sky is cloudy.  With this season comes the serious real estate buyers.  Typically this time of year is my busiest.  To verify that statement, I searched the volume of sold listings in 2012 Summer verses Autumn and see that the sales of single family residences were up nearly 10% Summer over Fall.  This year’s Summer season the number of sold single family properties was 221.  I’ll check to see what this Autumn’s sales numbers come in when Winter arrives.  This is a trend I’ve noticed during my 26 years in the industry.  Seems like you all come to Tahoe to enjoy the Summer season but when school starts up again and it’s not so busy, you’re more focused on the business of finding your own piece of Tahoe.  It’s much easier to get around when the traffic has diminished and your trips have a singular mission.  This season is my favorite here in Tahoe with the mosquitos long gone, the sun lower in the sky showing off the contours of the mountains in the shadows and the changing of the Aspen leaves from green to gold.  The typically calm days are great for paddling on the Lake and the increased moisture settling the dust on the trails is also great for hikers and bikers alike.  Yup, this is a great time to get business done, but don’t be so singly focused that you can’t get out on the Lake and the trails, but do some and get your piece of the Lake Tahoe Life.  This photo was taken by my friend Jon Paul and shared with his permission, www.jonpaulgallery.com.

A Break From the Smoke

| Trish Hall

When I woke up this morning and realized that I could see Mt. Tallac clearly, not masked by smoke.   I jumped out of bed packed my backpack and drove to the trailhead with my trusty terrier Smitty.  We have been inundated with smoke from the Rim Fire near Yosemite for the past two and […]       [Read More]

When I woke up this morning and realized that I could see Mt. Tallac clearly, not masked by smoke.   I jumped out of bed packed my backpack and drove to the trailhead with my trusty terrier Smitty.  We have been inundated with smoke from the Rim Fire near Yosemite for the past two and a half week , so to wake up without the oppressive haze and smoke was a welcome break.  The trail was uncrowded as most folks changed their plans for the Labor Day Holiday, those that did brave the forecast were treated to bright blue skies and mild temperatures.  A perfect day for hiking.

I realize that someone reading my recent blogs may think I don’t really work, but rather play all day here in Tahoe.  On the contrary, I just completed several transactions and a few of those were first time  homebuyers.  Mary and Greg, Jeremiah, Jacob and Liz  were some of the people I was able to serve during that very rewarding and sometime scary process of buying that first home.  For me, they are the most rewarding transactions and certainly the most labor intensive, but it is a labor of love, for sure.  Thanks for your confidence guys.

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