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Million-Dollar Homes Lead Tahoe Market in 2017

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (Jan. 4, 2018) – Spurred by a booming high-end real estate market, Lake Tahoe experienced a 17 percent jump in the number of homes sold over $1 million around the lake over the previous year. The median price of a home is up seven percent to $585,000.

Despite an uptick in price and sale of luxury homes, the overall number of homes sold was down one percent. Volume was up 11 percent. The figures are part of a quarterly report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate agency Chase International. The numbers compare all MLS home sales from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 to the same time frame of 2016.

Incline Village saw the biggest increases in sales, with a 27 percent jump in volume, followed by Tahoe City with 12 percent. Tahoe City also had a significant increase in the sale of million-dollar homes, up 26 percent. The median price of a home in Tahoe City is up ten percent to $650,000 while Incline Village has the highest median price around the lake at $1,062,000 (up five percent).

South Shore saw a 32-percent jump in the sale of million-dollar homes. The area also has the lowest priced median home of $439,000, a six percent increase from 2016. The South Shore and East Shore saw decreases in the sale of homes priced under $1 million, six and 25 percent, respectively. Lake-wide, homes priced under a million was down four percent.

“Faster economic growth in recent quarters, the booming stock market and continuous job gains are fueling substantial demand for buying a home as 2017 comes to an end,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors. “As evidenced by a subdued level of first-time buyers and increased share of cash buyers, move-up buyers with considerable down payments and those with cash made up a bulk of the sales activity last month. The odds of closing on a home are much better at the upper end of the market, where inventory conditions continue to be markedly better.”

The sale of high-end condos (priced over $500,000) also showed considerable improvement, with a 51 percent jump. Tahoe City had a staggering 111-percent increase in volume sold.

The sale of million-dollar homes in Truckee was up nine percent with a four percent increase in homes priced under a million. The median price of a home in Truckee is $673,500, up seven percent from 2016.


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Home sales were down around Lake Tahoe in the first quarter of 2017, with overall sales volume dipping 7 percent. The drop was mainly affected by a 13 percent decrease in the sale of homes priced under $1 million and was influenced by the severe winter the Lake Tahoe area experienced. The median home price remained steady with a 2 percent increase to $529,000.

The figures are part of a quarterly report released by Tahoe-based real estate agency Chase International. The numbers compare all MLS home sales from Jan. 1 through March 31 to the same time frame in 2016.

Homes sold for more than $1 million was down 5 percent and overall units sold was down 6 percent. Incline Village saw the biggest decreases with a 52 percent fall in volume and 24 percent decline in units sold. Homes sold for more than $1 million was down 23 percent. The median price of a home in Incline Village fell 8 percent to $870,000.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, noted that February was the warmest in decades, which played a role in kick starting prospective buyer’ house hunting. The same could not be said for the Tahoe area where the region experienced near-record snowfall.

“I’m sure the series of heavy storms had an affect on people’s ability to do any serious house searching,” said Susan Lowe, corporate vice president for Chase International. “In the long run though, our winter with abundant snow will be a big positive for the region.”

Tahoe City saw a 28 percent jump in volume sold, primarily from a 14 percent rise in the median home price ($611,000). The South Shore experienced a 67 percent increase in homes sold for more than a million and the median home price was up 4 percent to $412,000. The East Shore also saw an uptick in homes sold for more than $1 million (25 percent) while homes selling for less than a million dropped 31 percent. The median price of a home on the East Shore rose 26 percent to $965,000.

Lake Tahoe’s numbers are essentially in line with regional trends. NAR reported that existing home sales in the West decreased 3.1 percent in February. The median price of home was up 9.6 percent from February 2016.

The sale of condos around the lake fared much better with significant increases in volume sold. Units sold for more than $500,000 was up 80 percent and the median price jumped 17 percent to $375,000.

Sales were down across the board in Truckee, with record-breaking snowfall and severe winter storms hampering buyers’ searches. Volume and units sold were both down, 29 and 18 percent, respectively, while median home price rose 7 percent to $709,000.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is proud to host the Audi FIS World Cup on March 9 – 12, 2017.

This marks the return of World Cup ski racing to California for the first time in 19 years.

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Athlete: Anna Goodman

Audi FIS World Cup at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is proud to host the Audi FIS World Cup on March 9 – 12, 2017. This marks the return of World Cup ski racing to California for the first time in 19 years. Events held will consist of a Women’s Giant Slalom on Friday, March 10 and Women’s Slalom on Saturday, March 11. Olympic champions like Squaw Valley’s own Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin will compete on the legendary Red Dog run, which also played host to the 1969 World Cup and 1960 Winter Olympics.

VIP tickets are still available. Free standing room viewing will be available near finish arena as well as skier spectator viewing on looker’s left of Red Dog Face. Live stream viewing will also be available at dining locations in The Village at Squaw Valley including KT Base Bar Sun Deck and [email protected]

Check the website for a full list of events, free concerts and other celebrations!

http://squawalpine.com/worldcup

If you are going to be in the Tahoe/Truckee area this weekend, let me know!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!  What are you doing to celebrate???

Here are New Year’s Eve Events!

Fireworks!!!
7 p.m. | Squaw Valley
9 p.m. | Village at Heavenly
9 p.m. | Village at Northstar

 

Torches at Tahoe Donner
Tahoe Donner Downhill | Truckee

Kids ages 10 and older who can ski intermediate runs unassisted are invited to participate in the annual Torchlight Parade at Tahoe Donner at 6:15 p.m. Enjoy a DJ and snacks before the parade. | tahoedonner.com

All ages invited to Squaw Creek
Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley
Ring in the New Year at the Resort at Squaw Creek with something for the whole family. The New Year’s Eve Grand Celebration is tailored to the 21 and older crowd, while Kid’s Night Out is geared toward children ages 4 to 12 and the Teen’s Night Out focuses on ages 13 to 20. Each party features dinner, live music, party favors and entertainment. | squawcreek.com

Fire and Ice at Northstar
Enjoy ice skating and s’mores around the fire before settling in for a fireworks extravaganza at 9 p.m. Start the evening with the Mountain Table Dinner Series on mountain. | northstarcalifornia.com

Wine and Dine at West Shore cafe
West Shore cafe | Homewood
Head to the West Shore cafe to taste the five-course chef’s tasting menu including sweet and savory delights starting with a poached lobster crème brûlée followed by pan-seared black sea bass and grilled lamb chops. Enjoy live music by Ike & Martin throughout the evening and ring in the New Year with a champagne toast. | westshorecafe.com

New Year’s Eve Stella Truckee
Stella at The Cedar House Sport Hotel offers its pop up winter dinner series with one menu and one seating from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Diners are encouraged to ask questions of the kitchen staff, join in conversations and savor the tasting menu. Each course is served with brief comments about ingredients or technique. $227 | RSVP cedarhousesporthotel.com

New Year’s Eve celebrations
The Ritz-Carlton | Northstar
The Ritz-Carlton hosts a buffet of seasonal delights followed by an evening of live music, ice-skating and fireworks to ring in the New Year in the Village at Northstar at 9 p.m. Afterwards enjoy music and dancing in The Living Room. | ritz-carlton.com

Dine at High Camp
Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
After a day on the slopes head to the Village Events Plaza Stage for après and live music with Chi McClean from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a New Year’s Eve dinner at High Camp from 6 to 9 p.m. The festivities really begin with a fireworks exhibition in The Village at 7 p.m. followed by a late night party at the Olympic House from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. | squawalpine.com

New Year’s Eve party
Hacienda del Lago | Tahoe City
The Reggae Ambassadors invite you to celebrate New Year’s Eve from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with reggae, hip-hop, electronica and remixes featuring DJ Ramone, Dub Fyah, live performance by Winstrong plus a champagne toast at midnight. 21 and older only. $10 cover. | hacdellago.com

Winter festival life at SnowGlobe
Lake Tahoe Community College | South Lake Tahoe
The SnowGlobe Music Festival returns for the third year from Dec. 29 to 31 with a stellar line up of headliner DJs and producers including Jack U, Dillon Francis and Chet Faker. Find new treasures from local vendors and watch athletes compete in a big air exhibition. Read more about SnowGlobe in this issue. | snowglobemusicfestival.com

Watch the gondola drop at Heavenly
Heavenly Village | Stateline, Nev.
Fire and Ice meet for a night of celebration in the Heavenly Village. The Fire Groove Dancers will be twirling hoops of flame along to live music from the LA All Stars. Meanwhile the Fear No Ice sculptors fire up their chainsaws for an ice sculpting exhibition. The grand finale includes the Heavenly Gondola Ball Drop at 9 p.m. followed but a fireworks display. | skiheavenly.com

*Information provided by www.tahoeweekly.com

Electric Charging Stations Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies!

On Thursday, November 19 at 3pm at the Pioneer Commerce Center and 3:30 pm at the Truckee Depot the Truckee Donner PUD (TDPUD), Town of Truckee and Pioneer Commerce Center will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies to celebrate the launch of two new Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) public access charging stations in Truckee.

New Truckee PEV Charging Stations Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies

WHAT: 

The Truckee Donner PUD (TDPUD), Town of Truckee and Pioneer Commerce Center will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies to celebrate the launch of two new Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) public access charging stations in Truckee.

One station is located at the Truckee Depot site in historic downtown Truckee and there is a second station at the Pioneer Commerce Center located just north of Interstate 80 – each of the two locations will have two, Level 2 charging stations.

To promote the new charging station locations, TDPUD will be offering free charging for the first month of operation

WHEN: 

Thursday, Nov. 19. Time: 3:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Commerce Center and 3:30 p.m. at the Truckee Depot.

WHERE:

  • Pioneer Commerce Center: located north of Interstate 80, 11025 Pioneer Trail, Truckee, Calif.
  • Truckee Depot: located in the heart of Truckee’s historic downtown, 10065 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, Calif.

WHY: 

The greater Truckee area has seen a dramatic increase in PEVs over the last few years driven by Truckee’s unique position as a major stop on the Interstate 80 corridor, an iconic destination for the area’s many visitors, and as a gateway to Lake Tahoe and the Northern Sierra. In addition, the California Energy Commission has recently made a significant investment in the region with a $200,000 grant to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to produce a Tahoe-Truckee PEV Readiness Plan.

A press release announcing the two new PEV charging station projects can be found via this link:https://www.dropbox.com/s/uxvxy6iuswo97a4/PEV%20Charging%20Press%20Release%20FINAL.pdf?dl=0

Websites: www.tdpud.org; www.townoftruckee.com; pioneercommercencenter.com.

Contact Info.: For information on the event, call 530-582-3931 or visit www.tdpud.org.

Contacts:

Steven Poncelet
Truckee Donner PUD
530.582.3951
[email protected]

Alex Terrazas
Town of Truckee
530.582.2914
[email protected]

Katie Mancuso
Pioneer Commerce Center
530.587.2167
[email protected]

– See more at: http://www.truckeechamber.com/truckee-insights-news-events/article/?a=851#sthash.lkLtUkRR.dpuf

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THE LAKE TAHOE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

This year’s 43rd annual Concours will again be staged at the historic Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood, Calif., on Lake Tahoe’s beautiful West Shore with the two-day show open to the public on Friday, Aug. 7, and Saturday, Aug. 8.

Concours Judges from throughout the United States will have already begun their work using the Foundation’s own nationally-acclaimed 100 point system and score sheet. Their collective goal: to reward those who have restored their boats to the highest level of authenticity and standard as they appeared when they were shipped from the factory. Because multiple first, second and third-place awards can be won in each class, each boat is judged on its own merit and only compared to other boats when selecting Perpetual awards.

The Exhibitors’ Barbecue and Awards Presentation on Friday evening, Aug. 7, is just one of the social events surrounding the Concours. A gala Opening Night Dinner and Dance kicks off Wooden Boat Week, with a Men’s Grill, Ladies’ Luncheon and Fashion Show, and Woodie Over-The-Bottom following — all events open to the public. And as a special thank you to Concours Personal and Corporate Sponsors, there are special offerings including a VIP Lounge and parking at the show, and by-invitation-only Sponsor Dinner.

 

http://www.laketahoeconcours.com/

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We have breaking news…just released by

RealTrends, the Nation’s keeper of statistical information for Real Estate!

Chase International is again, the NUMBER 1 real estate company in the Reno/Lake Tahoe market place as reported by REALTrends. Our 2014 residential sales volume was $939,547,242. Each company in the survey independently submits its results to RealTrends.
The REALTrends report places Chase at number 183 in the top 500 real estate companies in the country. When you consider the fact there are more than 50,000 real estate companies in the United States, you have all worked to make a great accomplishment. Our 2014 sales outpaced its 2013 volume of $865,000,000 by $75 million dollars.
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Don Roger Norman Buys the Pennington Mansion Reno, Nv

The Pennington Mansion is seen in Reno on Tuesday.

Residents of Reno’s Manzanita Lane, meet your new neighbor.

Real estate magnate Don Roger Norman closed on Reno’s Pennington mansion Friday afternoon, officially gaining ownership of the 19,500-square-foot property.

The San Diego-based industrial and commercial real estate developer was represented by Chase International as well as Lance Gilman, his partner in the development of the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

“A couple months ago I mentioned to Lance that I was considering moving to Nevada, as we have considerable investments here, and I wanted to be close to TRI because of all the action out there right now,” Norman said. “Lance told me ‘I know just the right property for you.'”

The identity of the Pennington mansion’s buyer has been the subject of much speculation in the community, with Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk thought by some to be the person looking into the property. Ultimately, the buyer proved to be someone from California — just not the entrepreneur some folks were expecting.

For Gilman, however, having Norman and wife Liza’s move to the area is a positive sign of things to come.

“The Truckee Meadows is no longer home to just struggling gambling towns,” Gilman said. “High level executives and highly skilled, cutting-edge factory and data storage managers are coming in every day now looking for a home.”

The sale puts the latest bookend on the Reno property. The mansion was built in 2005 by hotel casino designer William Pennington, who opened Circus Circus Reno in 1978 with partner William Bennett and also designed Las Vegas properties such as the Excalibur Hotel Casino, Luxor and Mandalay Bay.

In addition to the Reno mansion, Pennington also owned several properties in Las Vegas, Hawaii and other places worldwide. Those properties have since been liquidated by his estate following Pennington’s death in 2011, Gilman said.

Although a Tesla executive ultimately was not the buyer, interest in the Pennington mansion can be still be attributed to the “Tesla effect,” which has sparked an interest in executive properties in the area, Gilman said.

“I’ve got nine other escrows with companies … and all those fellows are looking for executive housing,” Gilman said prior the sale’s close. “We’ve got so much coming at us with companies like Tesla and Switch.”

The increase in activity has prompted Gilman to start a second real estate endeavor focusing on high-end residential properties. Gilman, who is co-director of the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, specializes in commercial properties.

The Pennington mansion sits on a sprawling 20-acre estate in Reno’s Manzanita Lane neighborhood. In addition to its four bedrooms and eight bathrooms, the property also includes a private helipad, pool deck, gym and in-house theater.

The buyer was represented by Gilman and Chase International’s Joya Machabee.

Saturday & Sunday, May 23rd – 24th, 2015

11 am – 7 pm on 5/23 and 11 am – 5 pm on 5/24

http://squawalpine.com/events-things-do/made-tahoe-festival

A unique celebration of all things local! From talented artists to passionate entrepreneurs and philanthropists, the Made In Tahoe Festival celebrates Lake Tahoe’s talented and inspiring creators. Shop for locally made products, sample local food, enjoy live music and performance art. For the full Tahoe experience, take a trip up the Aerial Tram and enjoy panoramic views of the Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Made in Tahoe Saturday Music Schedule

Music

Time

Location

Richard Blair

11am-1pm

Events Plaza Stage

Brad Perry

11:30am-1pm

First Street Stage

Guitar Town

1:30-3pm

First Street Stage

Rapplesauce

2-4pm

Events Plaza Stage

Paul Covarelli

3:30-5pm

First Street Stage

Peter Joseph Burtt & The Kingtide

5-7pm

Events Plaza Stage

Made in Tahoe Sunday Music Schedule

Music

Time

Location

Special Guest

11-11:30am

Events Plaza Stage

Bias & Dunn

11:30am-1pm

First Street Stage

Matt Axton & Purple Curtain

12-2pm

Events Plaza Stage

Tim High & The Mighty

1:30-3pm

First Street Stage

Groove Foundry

3-5pm

Events Plaza Stage

Rak Kandy

3:30-5pm

First Street Stage

Also Featuring: Tahoe Flow Artists entertainment & workshops throughout both days
Plus: Special local live performances on the Community Stage both days.

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2015 Events in Graeagle, CA

 

Longboard Revival Races Set to Race 18-Jan-2015

Weather permitting, the Historic Longboard Revival Series returns for the 2015 season, on Sunday, Janurary 18th. This gala event recreates the racing atmosphere back in the “good old days” right down to the period clothing and authentic skis. Racing starts at noon.

 

TrailFest Casino Royale Event  07-Mar-2015

Support the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship at their 12th annual event on Saturday, March 7th at the Nakoma Golf Resort. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship has been actively restoring that trail system around Plumas County, and they’ll soon be hosting a great event.

 

Historic Longboard Revival Races  15-Mar-2015

EVENT MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SNOW. STAY TUNED. Contests and races commemorating the 1855 origin of downhill skiing. Participants and spectators in period costume.

 

Cowboy Poetry and Music 20-Mar-2015

The Cowboy Poetry and Music Show is packed with great entertainment and food. Artists performing in this event are singer, songwriter Belinda Gail, Richard Elloyan and Walt “Bimbo” Cheney. Corn Beef will be the featured dinner for Friday night, and Roast Beef for Saturday. Visit www.sierravalley.com

 

Easter Egg Hunt Hosted by Graeagle Restaurant 04-Apr-2015

Graeagle Restaurant is planning their annual Easter egg hunt on April 5, 2015! The festivities will begin at 1pm in the park next to the Graeagle Restaurant. Bring the kids to hunt Easter Eggs and meet the Easter Bunny along with the Easter Chicken. Plenty of games and prizes for kids all ages

 

Pancake Breakfast And Easter Egg Hun 04-Apr-2015

The community of Cromberg is coming together to benefit the Long Valley Volunteer Fire Department with a pancake breakfast and free Easter egg hunt to be held at Neighbors Bar-B-Que in Cromberg on Saturday, April 4.

 

Taste of Plumas 11-Apr-2015

Taste of Plumas, Saturday, April 11th at the Plumas County fairgrounds in Quincy at 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available from Plumas Arts, $30 for Plumas Arts members, $35 for general admission, which includes a souvenir wine glass. For more information, call 530-283-3402

 

Cabin Fever Quilt Show 18-Apr-2015

The annual Cabin Fever Quilt Show is happening April 18th, 10 am to 5 pm, & April 19th, 10 am to 4 pm. Location: 100 Pine Street, Portola California, Father Burns Social Hall

 

Quincy Rotary Golf Tournament 02-May-2015

On Saturday, May 2nd , at Plumas Pines Golf Course, the Quincy Rotary will host its 14th Annual Golf Tournament. Registration begins at 10am and the shotgun start is at 11:00 am. For more information, or to register for this event, visit Plumas Pines Golf Resort at www.plumaspinesgolf.

 

1st Annual Blind Pizza Tasting Throwdown 09-May-2015

Join the fun at the 1st Annual Blind Pizza Tasting Throw-down! The event is May 9th and will take place up at the Johnville Ski Bowl Lodge. Enjoy pizza and locally brewed beers, along with local DJ’s mixin-it-up. Entrance begins at 2:00 pm with an hour for people to grab a beer, sign up for corn

 

High Sierra Spring Golf Classic 15-May-2015

5th Annual High Sierra Spring Golf Classic tees off at Nakoma May 15 – 17. Golf tournament starts at 1 p.m. If you would like to participate, call 530-322-3333 or visit esperanzafoundation.org

 

Plumas Eureka State Park–Campground Opens 15-May-2015

TBD – Plumas Eureka State Park campground opens for the season! Make camping reservations online at http://www.plumas-eureka.org/ for more details

 

Junior Fishing Day 16-May-2015

The Graeagle Junior Fishing Derby will take place from 7:30 am until 12 Noon at the Graeagle Millpond. This is a free event that offers an outdoor experience for young children and young families. A limited amount of free equipment is available. If you have your own fishing equipment

 

Graeagle Shop-Hop 23-May-2015

Once again the Graeagle Merchants’ Downtown Graeagle Shop-Hop returns Memorial Day Weekend, May 23rd. You can pick up your passport at any participating downtown Graeagle Merchant shop, and get your passport stamped to win a prize in the drawing. Shop hours vary

 

Greenhorn Dutch Oven Cook-Off 29-May-2015

TBD – Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch will kick-off the season with a Caboodle of Specials! The Dynamite Dutch Oven Cook-off and Community Fun Day This weekend looks mighty tasty; because starting on Friday, May 29th (TBD), the first Friday night barbecue begins!

 

Lost and Found Bike Race 30-May-2015

The Lost & Found course features a perfect blend of pavement, dirt road, gravel road and historic railroad grade. Racers must choose their weapon wisely (road bike, cross bike or mountain bike). The route is 100 miles with 7,000′ of elevation gain and is 80% dirt.

 

Sierra Cascade Street Rodders Show & Shine 05-Jun-2015

The Sierra Cascade Street Rodders (http://chamberorganizer.com/easternplumaschamber/mem_sierracascade) are hosting a Show & Shine, Saturday, June 6th.. Prior to the event, on Friday night, they are featuring a “hangout” beginning at 4 PM. Then, on Saturday, enjoy the “26th Annual Show”

 

Plumas County Picnic 06-Jun-2015

TBD – On Saturday, June 6th (TBD) come out and enjoy all of the activities and picnic at the fairgrounds. It will be a fun filled day with a car show by Sierra Cascade Streetrodders, delicious food provided by several vendors and racing in the evening. This picnic takes place at 9:00 am

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Lake Davis Spring Fishing Derby 13-Jun-2015

TBD – On Saturday June 13 (TBD) and Sunday, June 14 (TBD), grab your fishing pole and join the Lake Davis Spring Fishing Derby. This event is a Fund Raiser for Water Rescue Equipment for the Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District. Pre-registration for this event is $40 both days and $25

 

Horses Unlimited Golf Tournament 27-Jun-2015

TBA – Join the 15th Annual Horses Unlimited Golf Tournament at Plumas Pines Golf Resort (TBA). The tournament takes place from 10 am to 6 pm with a shotgun start at 12 pm. The $100.00 fee includes 18-holes of golf with cart, goodie bag prizes, raffle, and appetizers from Chef Sean Conry

 

Johnsville Historical and Cemetery Tour 27-Jun-2015

TBA – Come join the Plumas County Museum on a fun and educational guided tour of the historic Johnsville Cemetery, (TBA). Participants will meet at the cemetery in Johnsville at 2 pm for a brief historical overview of the town and area. After a visit to the Johnsville Catholic Church

 

Summerfest 28-Jun-2015

The 7th annual concert fundraiser for White Sulphur Springs Ranch happening Sunday, June 28th from 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm will feature a ranch barbeque, music by top entertainers, auction and tours of the house. Tickets are (TBD) per person, and it is suggested you bring your own lawn chair.

 

High Sierra Music Festival 02-Jul-2015

The High Sierra Music Festival happens at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. This 4-day music festival features multiple stages, late night music, on-site camping, great vendors, food & drink. Call 510-420-1529 or visit www.highsierramusic.com

 

Mohawk Valley Independence Day Fireworks Display 03-Jul-2015

FRIDAY FIREWORKS for 2015! The Mohawk Valley Independence Day fireworks display will take place at dusk over the Graeagle Millpond, Friday, July 3rd. For more information about all the big events visit www.graeagle.com/mvid

 

4th of July Street Dance at the Barn 04-Jul-2015

The Graeagle 4th of July weekend Street Dance at the Barn will be Saturday, July 4th this year. Event time and details to come! Watch for more information about this event on www.graeagle.com

 

Fun Run 04-Jul-2015

The 4th of July Fun Run sponsored by Eastern Plumas Chamber. Stay tuned for details

 

Patriot 16 Bike Ride04-Jul-2015

Stay tuned for complete details on this year’s event. Visit Patriot 16 (http://www.patriot16.com

 

Graeagle Fire Department Pancake Breakfast 05-Jul-2015

Annual Graeagle Fire Department (http://graeaglefire.org) Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast, July 5, from 8 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the Graeagle Fire Station #1 located at 7620 Highway 89. For additional information, call 530-836-1340

 

Mohawk Valley Independence Day Parade 05-Jul-2015

The hometown parade will march through the street of downtown Graeagle on Sunday, July 5th at 1:00 PM. Music in the park after, along with more fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. For more information visit www.graeagle.com (http://graeagle.com) and get the details

 

Tri Graeagle Triathlon 05-Jul-2015

Stay tuned for details. http://www.communitymultisport.com.

 

Portola Summer Music Series 17-Jul-2015

The Portola Summer Music Series for 2015 begins July 17 and runs for 6 weeks until August 2. The concerts are free to the public and start at 7pm at the Portola City Park. No host bar and refreshments available for purchase. Entertainment to be announced at a later date. Bring a lawn chair

 

Graeagle Arts and Crafts Fair 18-Jul-2015

Always interesting, the Graeagle Crafts Fair (http://graeagle.com/events/gacf/) will take place at the Graeagle Park in downtown Graeagle on Saturday and on Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm. For more information contact Bridgette at (775) 825-3679.

 

Packer Lake Kids Fishing Day 18-Jul-2015

TBD -> Packer Lake is having their annual Kid’s Fishing Day on a Saturday in July at 8 am to Noon. Expect to have a lot of family friendly fun including: Family Fishing at Packer Lake, Fun and educational activities, Make fish print shirts–bring your own T-shirt

 

Plumas Eureka State Park–Gold Discovery Days 18-Jul-2015

Official date to be determined. Come sample the life of a gold miner and celebrate the 1851 discovery of gold on Eureka Peak and the bonanza that followed in Johnsville through the 1890’s as the Park’s historical area comes alive with many demonstrations and activities. Most venues are free

 

Plumas Eureka State Park–Annual Pancake Breakfast 19-Jul-2015

Date to be determined. Plumas Eureka State Park–Annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 am until 11am at Plumas Eureka State Park Museum located at 310 Johnsville Road in Johnsville. The Annual pancake breakfast is prepared by the Rotary Club. Enjoy music by Code Bluegrass while eating breakfast

 

Graeagle Century Ride 26-Jul-2015

The Graeagle Century Ride, a 101 mile route has 6,615′ of elevation gain and begins in the historic mill town of Graeagle, California. Stay tuned for details. For more information visit www.communitymultisport.com

 

Plumas-Sierra County Fair 12-Aug-2015

Plumas-Sierra County Fair located at the Fairgrounds in Quincy. Come enjoy the fun activities and entertainment. For additional information contact John Steffanic at 530-283-6272 or visit http://www.plumas-sierracountyfair.

 

Graeagle Fall Festival Arts and Crafts Fai 15-Aug-2015

On Saturday, August 15th and Sunday, August 16th The Graeagle Arts & Crafts Fair returns featuring lots of booths with quality, handmade crafts and fine art by the exhibitors. Nothing is imported. Live bluegrass music is also featured along with an assortment of foods and beverages

 

Portola Railroad Days 21-Aug-2015

Portola Railroad Days for 2015 has been planned for August 21 to 23. Visit http://www.portolarailroaddays.com

 

Antique & Collectibles Faire 28-Aug-2015

Annual Antiques & Collectibles Faire happens August 28th, Friday Noon to 6 pm.; August 29th, Sat. 10 am to 5 pm.; August. 30th, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm at the Graeagle Firehall. Reputable vendors will have their goods for you to see and purchase. For additional information call 530-836-6811.

 

Lost Sierra Hoedown 24-Sep-2015

The Lost Sierra Hoedown is four days of simple outdoor living and American music for the benefit of the Johnsville Ski Bowl happening September 24-27th. For more information about this event, or to view the great line up of bands visit http://lostsierrahoedown.com

 

Portola Tree Lighting 04-Dec-2015

To be confirmed. Join the fun at the Portola Tree Lighting and Parade on Friday, December 4th from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. There will be a light parade, best dressed window display contest, match Santa game, scavenger hunt, bake sale, craft fair, photos with Santa and more

 

Quincy Main Street Sparkle Event 04-Dec-2015

Date to be confirmed. Shining bright, the Annual Quincy Main Street Sparkle & Light Parade is set to kick off the holiday season this year in downtown Quincy on Friday, December 4th. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m you can celebrate the magic of the season with the Downtown Merchants Open House,

 

Graeagle Holiday Festival 05-Dec-2015

Celebrating a local tradition, the Graeagle Holiday Festival in downtown Graeagle will happen Saturday, December 5th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. All events are free at this old-fashioned Christmas festival & tree lighting. Come enjoy the spirit of Christmas, visit the little red shops, enjoy

 

Visit www.Graeagle.com for more information on these events

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TAHOE: A Visual History, will be the first comprehensive exhibition and book to survey artworks related to Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake, Donner Lake, and the nearby Sierra region. This exhibition is organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and will be on view in many of the Museum’s galleries.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a 500-page book, designed by legendary San Francisco designer Kit Hinrichs, co-founder of Pentagram. The book will be published by Skira Rizzoli (the largest art book publisher in the world), and internationally distributed by Random House (the largest book distributor in the world).This large format, deluxe publication will serve as the definitive survey of art of the Lake Tahoe region. The book will feature a rich, fabric-covered sleeve and full-color, full-page reproductions.

The exhibition and book will include hundreds of Washoe Native American baskets and historical paintings by artists like Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Hill, photographs by Ansel Adams and Carleton Watkins, never-realized architectural cabin designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, and perhaps most significantly, newly-commissioned artworks by contemporary artist and architect, Maya Lin, who is perhaps most well-known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D. C. and is now known for her landscape-based sculptures. The exhibition will travel to the Oakland Museum of California in early 2016..

 

Another positive report for spring buying season

California is performing well as it heads into the spring homebuying season, at least in terms of homes under offer.

According to the latest California Association of Realtors report, pending home sales in the state soared in February to record the first doubled-digit annual gain in nearly three-year and the third straight year-to-year increase.

This should hopefully translate into improved market conditions and more closed transactions in the coming months.

As a whole, California pending home sales increased in February, with the Pending Home Sales Index growing 24.8% from a revised 89.9 in January to 112.2, based on signed contracts.

The month-to-month increase easily topped the long-run average increase of 17.9% observed in the last seven years.

Statewide pending home sales were up 15.6 percent on an annual basis from the 97.1 index recorded in February 2014. The yearly increase was the largest since April 2009 and was the first double-digit gain since April 2012.

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This comes as good news for the state since it infamous for having a tough housing market to enter.

Dwight Johnston, chief economist for the California Credit Union League, explainedthat California is not changing anytime soon. There is no movement to loosen the problem in the states, and if anything, there are people who are restricting changes.

His tip for how to afford living in California: save.

In the old days, people didn’t need to put as great of an emphasis on saving, Johnston explained. However, now it really requires incomes to rise and people to save more.

Saving for a down payment, allows for a better loan-to-value ratio, keeping a borrower safer from risks of defaulting.

And if borrowers are struggling to save, Trulia (TRLA) outlined simple, but feasible, ways people can save over $10,000 in as little as three years if they just cut back in various areas.

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Interesting Facts About Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe’s water surface area makes up about 40% of the Tahoe Basin, or 191 square miles.

  • Lake Tahoe is about 22 miles long and 12 miles wide with 72 miles of shoreline.
  • The greatest measured depth is 1,645 feet, and averages 1,000 feet. The floor of Lake Tahoe is lower than the surface of the Carson Valley to the east.
  • Lake Tahoe is two-thirds in the state of California and one-third in the state of Nevada.
  • Sixty-three streams flow into Lake Tahoe, but there is only one outlet in Tahoe City
  • The water in Lake Tahoe could cover a flat area the size of California by 14 inches. This is also enough to supply everyone in the United States with 50 gallons of water per day for 5 years. And believe it or not, the amount of water that evaporates from the surface of Lake Tahoe every year could supply a city the size of Los Angeles for 5 years.

Chase ‘N Around Lake Tahoe February 2015

Chase ‘N Around Lake Tahoe
February 2015

Photo by: Julie Wight
THE MONTH OF LOVE…
WOW, January flew by in a blink of an eye! Here in the Lake Tahoe region we rely on the weather gods to bring us rain in the fall and snow in the winter. Well, we haven’t received much of either but are optimistic that this month will be the one! The one to remember.  In the meantime, be and do what you LOVE!

MARKET UPDATE & INTERESTING ARTICLES:

Tahoe Home Prices Continued to Rise in 2014 More Growth Expected in 2015

Lake Tahoe real estate continued to climb last year, as median and average home prices increased seven and four percent (respectively), throughout 2014.Sue Lowe, corporate vice president for Chase International, attributes the decline in sales to availability, that there are simply fewer homes available for buyers re-entering the market. “We like slow and steady improvement,” Lowe said. “It’s a sign of a stable and healthy market. Sales will catch up and further increase home values.”

Read the Full Article

 5 Cities Poised To Be The Next Silicon Valley Tech Hub

 Los Altos, CA, in the heart of Silicon Valley, had become the most expensive market in the U.S. with a median sale price of $2.3 million. This has also spiked rental costs, which commonly exceed $2,000 per month for a one-bedroom.  Which Cities are on the List?

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TOP PICKS – WHAT TO DO

Feb 14th – Saturday

Valentine’s at High Camp

Spend Valentine’s Day with your special someone at Squaw Valley’s Terrace Restaurant. Take a spectacular
Aerial Tram ride to 8,200′ and enjoy and exquisite course prefixed menu that welcomes both couples and families alike. Squaw.com

February 21 & 22
The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour is racing in it’s purest form. Big mountain freeride meets ski / boarder-cross action! Taking place at three Lake Tahoe, CA resorts it’s head to head action four at a time, top to bottom, down a wide open course over natural terrain and snow conditions. Rhalves Bonzai Tour – Alpine Meadows

February 26th – March 8th

Pray, think, dance for snow this season and we’ll have a white-out winter for SnowFest! All the snow-reliant events will be in full-effect: The Naughty Dawg Pull, Whacky Human Bowling, Snow Sculpting, etc. Come and joint the winter white fun for this year’s SnowFest!
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It’s time to fall in love.

Chase International is renown for our heart-centered approach to building relationships and dreams.  A large part of our success is in matchmaking; finding the right person to love your home and finding a home that you will fall in love with.

Give me a call so I can help you find that warm and cozy place for your next romantic dinner. Until then, take your sweetheart to one of our favorite restaurants around the lake.

 

 

 

STAY INFORMED

SquawAlpineGet the latest lift status, weather conditions, lodging deals, events and more at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows by signing up for the Tahoe Ski & Ride Report. Plus, you’ll be entered in the weekly drawing to win 2 Adult lift tickets!

SquawAlpine.com *bottom right hand corner

 

A select group of Tesla Model S drivers have a new option for recharging on the long road from San Francisco to Los Angeles – battery swapping. Off the I5, drivers can pull in and let an automated system pluck out their car’s battery pack and replace it with one that’s fully charged. The whole process takes 3 minutes. Read More

* Chase International will have Tesla charging stations at our offices!  Coming Soon!

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From Our London Office….

A London Eye on the Market
 

Nick Churton of Chase International’s UK office in London takes a look at the year ahead in the international real estate market and finds a great deal to be optimistic about. This is a great time to take stock, look at the months ahead and keep a weather eye on international indicators. Like never before the health of local real estate markets – especially in the luxury sector – is linked to the health of the global real estate community as a whole.   Read More 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinkie Watson, CIPS CLHMS

Regional Lake Tahoe Broker

530 582 0722  800 783 0722

BRE# CA 00326518  NV  001022  

 

“A Boutique Broker with Premiere Properties for Discerning Buyers”

www.TrinkieWatson.com
Selling Lake Tahoe Luxury for Over 30 Years!

Call me for an update on the Lake Tahoe regional market for yourself or your clients!

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    4784 N Lake Blvd                           4000 W Lake #21                  11550 Bottcher Loop
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Lake Tahoe real estate market picked up steam in 2014

 Lake Tahoe real estate market picked up steam in 2014

 

 

The Lake Tahoe real estate market continued its post-recession improvement last year, according to Nevada-based Chase International.

 

The 2014 median sales price of a Lake Tahoe home increased 7 percent year-over-year to $475,000; the average price was $807,088, up 4 percent from the previous year.

Unit sales, however, were down around the lake, with overall sales volume dipping 8 percent. Homes selling for more than $1 million were down 6 percent.

Sue Lowe, corporate broker and senior vice president for Chase, said fewer homes were available for buyers re-entering the market. “We like slow and steady improvement,” Lowe said in a statement. “It’s a sign of a stable and healthy market. Sales will catch up and further increase home values.”

Chase said Tahoe City showed the biggest improvement last year with a 14 percent jump in sales volume, a 24 percent rise in average price ($966,456) and a 7 percent jump in median price ($545,000), compared with 2013.

More details are at chaseinternational.com

 

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8440 River Road, Hwy 89, Bridge Eleven – Squaw Valley/Truckee

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FORE! It is Officially Golf Season!

Here is a list of top Golf Courses in the Truckee Area!

Tee it up!

Old Greenwood Golf Course                 www.golfintahoe.com

Gray’s Crossing Golf Club                   www.golfintahoe.com

Tahoe Donner Golf Course                 www.tahoedonner.com

Coyote Moon Golf Course             www.coyotemoongolf.com

Ponderosa Golf Course       www.ponderosagolfcoursetruckee.com

Schaffer’s Mill Golf Club                       www.schaffersmill.com

Northstar’s Golf Club   www.northstarcalifornia.com/info/summer/golf.asp

Lahontan Golf Club                         www.lahontangolf.com

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One of Lake Tahoe’s most iconic estates, the Thunderbird Lodge, starts summer off early this week, kicking off public tours ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

The Thunderbird Lodge was built in the 1930s by George Whittell Jr. and represents some of the best craftsmanship in stone, iron and wood of the era.

“Two of the most stunning pieces of Lake Tahoe’s history are Thunderbird Lodge and Thunderbird Yacht,” according to the Thunderbird’s website. “The eccentric San Francisco real estate magnate, George Whittell, Jr., built the magnificent Tudor Revival summer estate between 1936 and 1939 and commissioned the Yacht in 1939. Located on Nevada’s eastern shore of Lake Tahoe, the historic site consists of a main lodge surrounded by three cottages, a card house, a boathouse, an elephant house, a lighthouse, three garages, and a gatehouse all nestled in a high desert pine forest.”

New to the National Historic Site this year are recently restored waterfalls. The half-acre man-made falls were originally built in the late 1930s and restored with help of the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, said Barbi Mooberry, marketing and administrative manager at the lodge.

“Originally, Marlette Creek water was diverted through the property, cascaded into the water feature, then into moats surrounding the house, filled pools in what is now the lakeside lawn, and tumbled through a series of weirs into Lake Tahoe,” according to the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society’s winter newsletter. “In addition to the visual effect, this flow supplied irrigation for the ground, domestic drinking water, and electricity via a penstock to a turbine plant generating hydroelectric power.”

In addition to exploring the grounds of the Thunderbird Lodge and viewing the Thunderbird Yacht during tours, guests will also hear a little bit about Whittell Jr., Mooberry said. The stories about Whittell are as varied as they are colorful.

“Numerous legends surround Whittell’s activities at his Lake Tahoe estate, including colorful parties and high-stakes gambling in the card house,” according to the site. “The eccentric Whittell collected a veritable zoo of wild animals that made guest appearances at the Thunderbird Lodge each summer. Whittell’s interest in new technology such as automobiles and airplanes catered to his desire for high speed and risk taking.”

Thunderbird tours:

Public tours by land are offered May 20 through Oct. 18. The tours are $39 for adults and $19 for children ages 6-12. Tours start from the Incline Village Visitor Center at 969 Tahoe Blvd. For more information visit www.tahoe.activitytickets.com.

Friday Wine & Cheese Tours are also available for $100 per person. The tours take place at 2:30 p.m. every Friday in July and August.

A variety of options are also available to reach the Thunderbird by water.

From South Shore: 888-867-6394 or www.tahoeboatcruises.com

• One tour per day, Tuesday through Saturday, June through October

• 10:30 a.m. departure from Zephyr Cove at South Shore

From North Shore: 775-831-4386 or www.awsincline.com

• One tour per day; Thursday, Friday and Saturday; June through October

• 9 a.m. departure from Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village

Kayak tours: 530-913-9212 or 866-830-6125 or www.tahoeadventurecompany.com

• Tuesday paddle tours from Sand Harbor.

Adam Jensen
[email protected]

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We are proud to announce that 3 of our Chase International luxury properties have been nominated for the 2014 HGTV Frontdoor Doory Awards!

Please take a moment to VOTE by June 5for our nominees!

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Tahoe Real Estate Market
Continuing to Show Appreciation
Tahoe Market Home Sale Prices are Up

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (April 14, 2014) –The Lake Tahoe real estate market experienced notable increases in both average and median home prices during the first quarter of 2014, which is good news for sellers.  For Tahoe as a whole, which combines the East Shore, South Shore, Tahoe City and Incline Village/Crystal Bay markets, the volume of sales was down nine percent.  Yet the median home price in Tahoe increased 12 percent and the average price climbed 11 percent to $876,611.  The entire region has had record lows in inventory contributing to the decrease in units sold and volume sold.  The one sector at Tahoe where the volume of sales increased, was at the ski resort communities of Northstar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, by 39 percent.

The most impressive numbers to come out of the region recently were in Tahoe City where sales volume jumped 48 percent over last year at this time, with $53,884,250 in volume sales recorded in 2014’s first quarter.  Tahoe City’s average price increased a whopping 113 percent to $1,314,250, and the median price climbed 51%, from $417,000 last year to $630,000 during this year’s first quarter.

Incline Village showed an increase in average price of 23 percent, to $1,703,476.  The number of units sold in South Shore over $1 million jumped by 100 percent.  And the average price in South Shore increased by 20 percent, to $436,884. The East Shore market was down, due to several large sales that transpired in 2013 and a continued lack of inventory.

These figures are part of a quarterly report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company Chase International.

“There continues to be an uptick of interest and sales in the market’s upper end offerings,” said Sue Lowe, corporate vice president for Chase International. “And in the under $1 million market, prices are continuing to climb.”

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors notes that NAR’s forecast for home sales is to be lower by five percent in the first half of this year versus the same period a year ago.  However, Yun predicts that sales are projected to be two to three percent higher in the second half of the year, and home prices, because of a nationwide inventory shortage, will keep marching higher.

The Truckee market posted some impressive gains with a sharp jump in median price of homes sold—up 29 percent to $635,000 and an average home price increase of 24 percent, to $858,304.  However, Truckee sales volume over this time last year was down six percent.

Headquartered in Lake Tahoe, Nevada since 1986, with ten offices in the region (Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, Graeagle, Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and Reno) and one in London, England, Chase International and its exclusive affiliations handle a large share of the country’s property. With 260 professional Realtors® boasting an array of industry certifications and the highest volume per sales agent in the area, Chase International successfully represents homes at all price levels.  For more information about Chase International, visit www.chaseinternational.com.

Tahoe Real Estate Market
Continuing to Show Appreciation
Tahoe Market Home Sale Prices are Up

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (April 14, 2014) –The Lake Tahoe real estate market experienced notable increases in both average and median home prices during the first quarter of 2014, which is good news for sellers.  For Tahoe as a whole, which combines the East Shore, South Shore, Tahoe City and Incline Village/Crystal Bay markets, the volume of sales was down nine percent.  Yet the median home price in Tahoe increased 12 percent and the average price climbed 11 percent to $876,611.  The entire region has had record lows in inventory contributing to the decrease in units sold and volume sold.  The one sector at Tahoe where the volume of sales increased, was at the ski resort communities of Northstar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, by 39 percent.

The most impressive numbers to come out of the region recently were in Tahoe City where sales volume jumped 48 percent over last year at this time, with $53,884,250 in volume sales recorded in 2014’s first quarter.  Tahoe City’s average price increased a whopping 113 percent to $1,314,250, and the median price climbed 51%, from $417,000 last year to $630,000 during this year’s first quarter.

Incline Village showed an increase in average price of 23 percent, to $1,703,476.  The number of units sold in South Shore over $1 million jumped by 100 percent.  And the average price in South Shore increased by 20 percent, to $436,884. The East Shore market was down, due to several large sales that transpired in 2013 and a continued lack of inventory.

These figures are part of a quarterly report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company Chase International.

“There continues to be an uptick of interest and sales in the market’s upper end offerings,” said Sue Lowe, corporate vice president for Chase International. “And in the under $1 million market, prices are continuing to climb.”

Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors notes that NAR’s forecast for home sales is to be lower by five percent in the first half of this year versus the same period a year ago.  However, Yun predicts that sales are projected to be two to three percent higher in the second half of the year, and home prices, because of a nationwide inventory shortage, will keep marching higher.

The Truckee market posted some impressive gains with a sharp jump in median price of homes sold—up 29 percent to $635,000 and an average home price increase of 24 percent, to $858,304.  However, Truckee sales volume over this time last year was down six percent.

Headquartered in Lake Tahoe, Nevada since 1986, with ten offices in the region (Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, Graeagle, Truckee, South Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and Reno) and one in London, England, Chase International and its exclusive affiliations handle a large share of the country’s property. With 260 professional Realtors® boasting an array of industry certifications and the highest volume per sales agent in the area, Chase International successfully represents homes at all price levels.  For more information about Chase International, visit www.chaseinternational.com.

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An opportunity that rarely comes along! Fleur Du Lac, a prestigious gated community located on 15 beautiful acres alongside crystal blue Lake Tahoe, enjoys superb amenities; yacht club, marina w/slips, gorgeous clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, fitness center and onsite manager and security. Only 22 homes have the distinctive privilege to enjoy all Fleur Du Lac has to offer. This unique townhome is an elegant blend of reclaimed barnwood, stonework & custom touches. Truly the finest of living on water’s edge
Fleur du Lac Estates
Fleur du Lac Estates #21
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Situated on grass over looking Lake Tahoe, steps from great amenities. Large living/dining room w/wet bar, impressive fireplace, floor to ceiling windows, main floor den & full bath, and cooks kitchen with breakfast nook. High beamed ceilings in three en-suites (lakeview master), large loft w/fireplace. Park your boat in your private slip; enjoy updated clubhouse, venue of Godfather II. Gated, onsite caretaker, pool, hot tub, tennis, bocce, gym, concierge services. Beautiful wood finishes, stone flooring.
 
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CA 00326518  NV  001022  

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www.TrinkieWatson.com

 

 

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Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Offer Season Passholders Free Skiing and Riding at Sugar Bowl for 2014-15 Winter Season

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows passholders will now be able to ski and ride at Sugar Bowl Resort in addition to Sierra-at-Tahoe and the eight Mountain Collective resorts

[Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, Calif.] March 7, 2014 – Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have partnered with Sugar Bowl to give their passholders skiing privileges at Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge Cross Country for the 2014-15 season. The partnership represents a new era as independent resorts continue to partner to offer incredible value for their season passholders.

The new partnership with Sugar Bowl gives Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows season passholders access to four resorts in the Lake Tahoe area: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and now Sugar Bowl. Combined, this means skiers and riders can experience 9,650 acres, 69 lifts and 419 runs across 13 legendary Sierra Nevada mountain peaks.

Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Gold passholders will receive four free days at Sugar Bowl and/or Royal Gorge. Silver passholders will receive two free days. All tickets will be redeemable any day of the 2014-15 winter season except for Saturdays and during holiday periods. If tickets are used for Royal Gorge, North America’s largest cross country ski resort, cross country ski rental equipment will be included free of charge.

Sugar Bowl Resort offers 1,650 acres of exceptional skiing and riding across four mountain peaks, and averages the most annual snowfall in Tahoe at 500 inches per season. In addition to their superb beginner and intermediate terrain, Sugar Bowl offers coveted big mountain terrain and gate-accessed backcountry skiing.

“We are constantly striving to provide more value to our loyal season passholders,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “Two years ago, we added value through our partnership with Sierra-at-Tahoe and the Mountain Collective – and we’re continuing that mission now by adding access to Sugar Bowl’s incredible terrain.”

“The spirit of Sugar Bowl is very much aligned with the soul of our mountains,
continued Wirth. “We think the partnership is a terrific fit, and we know our passholders will really enjoy Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge.”

With the new addition of Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows passholders now have access to a total of twelve resorts in North America. The Tahoe Super Pass will continue to offer access to Sierra-at-Tahoe, as well as to Alta, Snowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth and Whistler Blackcomb through the resort’s Mountain Collective partnership.

About Squaw Valley
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is internationally renowned for legendary terrain that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 29 chairlifts, and ranges from an expansive mountaintop beginner area to unrivaled expert steeps, trees and bowls. Off the mountain, families relax in The Village at Squaw Valley around the cozy fire pits or enjoy a host of restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries. Guests can stay in one of The Village at Squaw Valley’s newly upgraded suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcony, for the ultimate slopeside lodging experience.

About Alpine Meadows
Alpine Meadows’ seven powder bowls, summit-to-base groomed slopes, and authentic hospitality are among the many attributes that have made the resort a favorite of the local community and visitors alike. Alpine Meadows offers skiers and riders access to more than 100 trails across 2,400 skiable acres serviced by 13 lifts. With its high annual snowfall of 450 inches, the resort boasts one of Tahoe’s longest skiing and boarding seasons.

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined forces in November 2011, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can access 6,000 skiable acres, 42 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on one lift ticket or season pass.

How Truckee California became a top ski town

How Truckee became a top ski town

 

If you’re a fan of Truckee’s funky vibe, don’t worry: There’s plenty of that left on the main drag.

If you’re a fan of Truckee’s funky vibe, don’t worry: There’s plenty of that left on the main drag. (Janet Fullwood)
The historic railroad stop-turned-ski town of Truckee hasn’t just made a comeback from the recession. It has catapulted back with enough energy to prompt Sunset, National Geographic and Travel & Leisure magazines, among others, to recently rank it among the best ski towns in the West.

And you don’t get one of those rankings without having plenty of “amenities and culture” beyond the ski slopes, as one article put it.

But who needs their endorsement when you can experience it for yourself?

The “March miracle” that Truckee residents and merchants had been hoping for after a spate of dry days indeed made an appearance, sparking a stampede of powder hounds back up the hill.

Crabcakes and lobster rolls are among specialties at Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market, which reopened in January after a five-month closure

Crabcakes and lobster rolls are among specialties at Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market, which reopened in January after a five-month closure due to fire. (Janet Fullwood)

As the first flakes drifted down at the highest altitudes, snowmobile tour operator Larry Hahn, whose Coldstream Adventures takes clients to beauty spots in the High Sierra, was among many who breathed a sigh of relief. “Tomorrow, we’ll be back to business as usual,” he said.

Indeed, the next morning, residents of Truckee woke up to a winter wonderland.

Snow or no snow, visitors to Truckee will find a smorgasboard of activities to keep them engaged in the mountain lifestyle.

“The mountains, the clean air, all the fun stuff to do outdoors … it keeps you young,” says Daron Rahlves, the former alpine racer who is now the name behind Rahlves Banzai Tour, a high-profile ski- and boarder-cross competition that concludes March 15-16 at Sugar Bowl.

Outdoor activities aside, infrequent visitors to Truckee will notice that many new shops and restaurants have blossomed downtown, filling storefronts that went dark during the downturn. Raised planters, sidewalk pavers and small trees wrapped in twinkling white lights line streets that date to the 1870s. And, alas, with the changes came paid parking.

It didn’t take long for Denver-based Marg’s Taco Bistro, a new restaurant in Truckee, to espouse an end-the-drought sentiment.

It didn’t take long for Denver-based Marg’s Taco Bistro, a new restaurant in Truckee, to espouse an end-the-drought sentiment. (Janet Fullwood)

Among new dining spots earning buzz this season is Marg’s Taco Bistro, the fourth location for owner Kevin Sloane, who found a successful formula in three Denver outlets serving internationally inspired cuisine — Mexican, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Greek, Italian — presented in fresh, homemade tortillas. It’s not all tacos, however: the shrimp-stuffed poblano pepper is a standout among appetizer selections, while the habanero margarita delivers a potent, eye-opening punch. Marg’s, located downtown on the north side of Donner Pass Road, sports roll-up doors that will open in summer onto a covered patio with outdoor seating.

More modest in scale, with indoor seating for only a dozen customers, is Morgan’s Lobster Shack & Fish Market, which opened last summer for just a few weeks before the interior was gutted by fire. Repairs took five months, but owners Shawn and Heather Whitney, a young couple from the East Coast, got an enthusiastic reception when they hung up their welcoming lobster buoys and reopened in January. Walls in the tiny restaurant are decorated with photos of Maine lobster shacks (Heather has family in the business), and fresh seafood is flown in six days a week. “Everything else we try to buy locally,” Shawn says.

Small it may be, but Morgan’s fills a gaping hole in the Truckee restaurant scene. Its menu includes generously stuffed lobster rolls (the California version is dressed up with avocado and Sriracha); succulent crab cakes; several chowders and stews; and a lobster/bacon mac ‘n’ cheese dish that takes comfort food to decadent new levels. On a more nutritious scale, the menu board invites customers to pick their fish (halibut, scallops, salmon, lobster, etc.), choose a cooking method (grilled, fried, sautéed or steamed), select a seasoning (eight choices, from blackened to Greek) and have it served as a sandwich, a wrap or atop salad greens.

In summer, Morgan’s will sprout outdoor umbrella tables with Truckee River views and seating for about 40.

Gail Ozanich opened Tahoe Oil & Spice in December. The shop offers tastings of more than 50 olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world,

Gail Ozanich opened Tahoe Oil & Spice in December. The shop offers tastings of more than 50 olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world, along with gourmet condiments. (Janet Fullwood)

Elsewhere downtown, Moody’s Bistro & Lounge, a cornerstone of the Truckee dining scene for more than a decade, has new investors who have made a few changes and also have pumped money into renovating the upstairs Truckee Hotel.

The restaurant, re-branded Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats, now sports an inviting sidewalk seating area with bright-red Adirondack chairs and blazing fire pits. A revised menu retains old favorites and adds new dishes such as a starter, billed simply as “avocado, farm egg, pork belly,” that adds up to far more than its understated description.

Moody’s continues to showcase a diverse group of musical talent on weekends, with an emphasis on jazz. Across the street, the lively Bar of America and Pacific Crest Grill have merged into a single entity serving a casual, unified menu. Just next door is the newish Restaurant Trokay, which has expanded from a tiny bakery to a noteworthy restaurant taking reservations weeks in advance for its French-inspired New American cuisine.

Visitors in search of inspiring libations in Truckee will find haven at two seductive new wine bars and shops, Uncorked Truckee on the main drag and Pour House Wine Shop & Tasting Bar a block over on Jiboom Street.

New since December is Truckee Oil & Spice, an olive-oil and vinegar tasting room in the iconic Flying A gas-station building on the south side of Donner Pass Road. Owner/manager Gail Ozanich, inspired by travel to Tuscany, has more than 50 varieties of oils and vinegars from around the world on display in shiny stainless-steel containers called fustis.

Visitors can tap them for tastes served in tiny paper cups — or, better yet, ask Ozanich to suggest a pairing such as baklouti pepper-infused olive oil from Tunisia blended with ginger balsamic vinegar from Italy, which makes a great basting sauce for chicken or fish.

New boutiques also have made an appearance in downtown Truckee — Kitsch for hipster clothing, Bespoke for artisan jewelry and accessories, California 89, Nox and Tahoe Blu among them. Riverside Studios, an artists’ collaborative that has been around a few years, has a new partner in Pat Blide, who produces sculptures in iron and has watched business stay surprisingly strong all winter despite the snow drought.

Blide and other merchants credit mild weather, clear roads and pent-up demand for a record Christmas season, packed Presidents Day weekend and fairly steady business in between. “Over Christmas,” he says, “I counted 55 people in here at once. You could barely walk down the sidewalk; it was like a New York City street.”

Given the new snow, there are bound to be more days like that.

Contact Janet Fullwood at travel@bayareanewsgroup.com.

Lodging: Lots of choices, from the five-star Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe (www.ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe) at Northstar California to funky cottage places. In Truckee’s downtown dining and entertainment district, the recently renovated Truckee Hotel (www.truckeehotel.com) and nearby River Street Inn (www.riverstreetinntruckee.com) are within walking distance of all the action. On Highway 267, Cedar House Sport Hotel (www.cedarhousesporthotel.com), with its sleek, Euro furnishings, avant-garde restaurant and recreational programming, is a refreshing change from the norm. More economical but plenty comfy is Hampton Inn & Suites (www.hamptoninntruckee.com), where free Wi-Fi and a hot breakfast are included in the rates.

Dining: New kids on the block include Marg’s Taco Bistro (www.margstacobistro.com) and Morgan’s Lobster Shack (www.morganslobstershack.com). For pizza and salad, Best Pies (www.bestpiestruckee.com) can’t be beat. Fine-dining venues on downtown’s main drag include Restaurant Trokay (restauranttrokay.com), Dragonfly (www.dragonflycuisine.com) and Pianeta (pianetarestauranttruckee). A short drive away are the stellar Stella (www.cedarhousesporthotel.com/stella), the historic Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar (www.cottonwoodrestaurant.com) on a hill above town, and the elegant Lodge at Tahoe Donner (www.tahoedonner.com/the-lodge).
Nightlife: Catch live music at Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats (www.moodysbistro.com), Bar of America (www.barofamerica.com), Cottonwood (www.cottonwoodrestaurant.com) and other downtown venues.
Shopping: Park in the lot beside the train station, feed the meter and let serendipity be your guide.
Just for kids: The Truckee Ice Rink (www.tdrpd.com) in Truckee River Regional Park, a half-mile from downtown, offers public skating daily.
Woodward Tahoe (www.woodwardtahoe.com) at Boreal, about 20 minutes west of Truckee on Interstate 80, is an action-sports training center with trampolines, BMX/skate park, skate/ski ramps and programs for all ages.
Alpine skiing/boarding closest to Truckee: Northstar California (www.northstarcalifornia.com); purchase tickets online three or more days in advance for best deals. Sugar Bowl (www.sugarbowl.com) now sells one-day advance-purchase tickets at a discount. Squaw-Alpine (www.squaw.com; www.alpinemeadows.com) offers skiing at two resorts on one ticket; check websites for discount deals. For more short-notice discount deals, check in with Liftopia.com and GetSkiTickets.com.
Nordic skiing: Tahoe Donner Cross-Country (tahoedonner.com/cross-country), with 100 kilometers of groomed trails, is about 15 minutes from downtown Truckee.
Good for a stroll: The Truckee River Legacy Trail (www.legacytrail.org) includes a paved, multiuse trail and a dirt path running 2.5 miles from Truckee River Regional Park northeast along the river.
Events: Rahlves Banzai Tour (www.rahlvesbanzai.com) is a skier- and boarder-cross event with an $80,000 purse; final sessions are March 8-9 at Alpine Meadows and March 15-16 at Sugar Bowl. Spectator access requires a lift ticket. North Lake Tahoe SnowFest (www.tahoesnowfestival.com) features wacky events at various locations; through March 9.

Truckee California gets a boost from Olympics

Truckee gets a boost from Olympics

A crisp mid-February day in Truckee. The Truckee River may be running low, but business in town is booming.

A crisp mid-February day in Truckee. The Truckee River may be running low, but business in town is booming. (Janet Fullwood)

The athletes are home now, some bearing medals from Sochi and some not, but all contributing to global recognition of Lake Tahoe — and the town of Truckee, in particular — as a world-class center of winter sports.

Former alpine racer Daron Rahlves, a 12-time World Cup champion and four-time Olympian who lives in Truckee, was among those cheering on the 16 ski and snowboard athletes with Tahoe ties.

“Watching the Olympics on TV, you heard ‘Tahoe’ and ‘Truckee’ every time a ski event came on,” he said. ” It makes me proud to see so many others out there representing our town and putting it on the map.”

The Olympics no doubt will give traction to Rahlves’ Banzai Tour, a four-stop, open-to-the-public version of the daredevil ski- and boarder-cross competitions that produced the most spectacular crash of the Sochi games when competitors in the men’s ski quarterfinal wind-milled to a chaotic photo finish. (Remaining Banzai Tour dates are March 8-9 at Alpine Meadows and March 15-16 at Sugar Bowl).

The action in Russia also served to energize Truckee businesses that otherwise would have suffered more than they have from the severe drought engulfing Northern California. Hotels sold out, ski shops ran out of rentals and parking places in the downtown shopping/dining/entertainment district were as scarce as USA medals in the Nordic combined.

And it wasn’t just the resorts and restaurants that stayed busy. Young skaters with stars in their eyes whirled until after dark on Truckee’s municipal ice rink, while down the road at Woodward Tahoe, the action-sports training facility at Boreal Mountain Resort, future Olympians inspired by TV coverage lined up to slide down indoor ramps and throw aerial tricks into foam pits.

“Thank goodness for the Olympics; it helped bring out a lot of pent-up energy to drive business not just to the resorts but to the town,” said Tom Just, part owner of Mountain Home Center, whose headquarter location on Brockway Road houses a swoon-worthy collection of high-end fireplaces, spas and furniture targeted to affluent Tahoe homeowners.

“The people not skiing are shopping,” he added. “We fell off a cliff during the recession, but this year, business is back up above pre-recession levels.”

Even midweek, downtown Truckee is bustling with shoppers and diners who in late February were peeling down to T-shirts as afternoon temperatures topped 50 degrees. One of the weirdest winters on record has produced nights cold enough for resorts to make snow and crystal-clear, bluebird days perfect for other pursuits. With no chain controls to put the damper on travel from lower elevations, visitors who might otherwise not risk driving in snow are making the trip up the hill and finding some surprises in store.

“We normally draw a huge cross-country clientele, but not this year — not yet, anyway,” said Patty Baird, who with her husband, Jeff, owns the recreationally focused Cedar House Sport Hotel. “What we’ve been recommending instead is snow shoeing — or hiking where there’s not enough snow. The weather has been perfect for hiking.”

Not that snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing are totally out of the question. Tahoe Donner Cross-Country, with a base area at 6,700 feet, has remained open even on days when there’s not enough coverage to set tracks at the lower elevations.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to be right at the borderline for snow, and at the top we’ve gotten six-foot drifts,” says Peter Werbel, the resort’s assistant manager. “A lot of people were checking in with us during the holidays because the alpine resorts were so crowded. At Christmas, we had entire families trying Nordic skiing for the first time.”

Tahoe Donner’s biathlon clinics, an introduction to the winter sport showcased in the Olympics, have been sellouts, Werbel added. Sessions combine Nordic skiing with marksmanship using laser rifles closely modeled on those used in sanctioned events.

Contact Janet Fullwood at travel@bayareanewsgroup.com.

WELCOME-home EVENTS FOR TAHOE OLYMPIANS

Grab your cowbells and start clanging: Tahoe Olympians just home from Sochi will be welcomed home later this month with two Tahoe events that promise to bring out the crowds.
South Lake Tahoe plans a city-wide party on March 15, while Squaw Valley USA will incorporate a March 21 welcome-home ceremony into a five-day alpine racing event in which several returning Olympians are expected to compete.
South Shore festivities begin at 1 p.m. March 15 with autograph signings and live music at South Tahoe High School, followed by a fire-truck procession down Highway 50 to Myers and on to the Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. There, on their home slopes, Olympians Jamie Anderson (gold in snowboard slopestyle), Maddie Bowman (gold in freestyle skiing halfpipe) and Hannah Teter (fourth in snowboard halfpipe) will be greeted by marching band and choral performances. All three Olympians hail from the tiny town of Myers, population 3,000.
In all, some 16 athletes with Tahoe ties competed in the Sochi Winter Games.
Squaw will welcome all comers in celebrations folded into the March 19-23 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships, a major race event bringing together the U.S. Ski Team and more than 250 club athletes from around the country. Returning Olympians will be feted the evening of March 21 with a parade, fireworks, autograph sessions and live music.
Squaw Valley athlete and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso, who took third in Sochi, will be competing on home turf, as will Olympics competitors Marco Sullivan and Travis Ganong.
“It’s great to get to race at my home mountain and it’s awesome to have Squaw’s support for ski racing,” Mancuso said in a press release. “They did an exceptional job last season, so I definitely look forward to some more great races on home snow during Nationals.”
Also expected on the hill are Sochi medalists Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Andrew Weibrcht and Mikaela Shiffron.
Information: sierraattahoe.com, squaw.com/us-national-alpine-championship
— Janet Fullwood

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15th Annual
Best of Tahoe Chefs
A Kaleidoscope of Color!
Please join us for an evening of Dinner, Wine, Dancing and Chef Auction to benefit the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.  100% of donations support Patient and Family programs & services.

When
SUNDAY
MAY 18, 2014
4:30PM

Where
THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAKE TAHOE

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