Archives for June 2011

Quick Dollar Point Sales Update

Only one home sold this Quarter in Dollar Point: 125 Tahoma. This is a very nice home in the upper part of the neighborhood.

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Two lakefront Listings in Tahoe Sierra Estates

Two lakefronts came on the market this month in Olympic. One was on the market previously and dropped almost a full million with its new price. The other is a nice little single-level lakefront with a pier and an attractive price of $2.995m.

This data is from the Tahoe Sierra MLS. Neither of these are my listing.

June in Historic Old Brockway

Three new listings became available in this wonderful Old Tahoe neighborhood. The first is an absolutely beautiful, dare I say ‘quintessential’ remodeled Old Tahoe. It’s on Wave Street with a very large lot, incredibly lush landscaping and filtered Tahoe lakeviews throughout. The charm coming from this house is hard to measure yet it’s been updated beautifully. Immaculate ownership shows in every sanded board: $2.995m. Call or email me for more information on this Tahoe Real Estate Group listing and/or the other two new listings (not listed with my company but I can show you every property in the Tahoe Sierra MLS).

Shirley Canyon Hike

After thinking about it a little bit I realized that the name of the hike prepares you for it. It’s a mix of a relatively common name with another word that conjures up the unknown, the possibly dangerous, and definitely the wild: Shirley Canyon.

This is one of the most deservedly popular hikes in North Tahoe. It’s great because you can do it the easy way, the moderate way, or the really difficult way – put a kid on your back and you’ll feel accomplished when you’re back down. The easy way is to ride Squaw Valley’s Cable Car to High Camp, 2000 feet above the parking lot. The moderate way is to hike up and take the tram down. Of course the most difficult way is to hike up and down the canyon. The other great thing about this hike is that it’s a real backcountry adventure boiled down into 3 or 4 hours. You’ll follow a river, tramp under huge cliffs, see crazy views, and probably get a little lost along the way – everyone does! It’s a great hike with just the dog or with a big group. It can be especially interesting for groups because of the route-finding and decision making that has to happen along the way. Think of it like a ropes course in which your feet don’t leave the ground….

It starts in the curious little condo neighborhood behind Squaw’s tram building. You’ll follow Squaw Creek for a little ways – there are all sorts of swimming holes and pools all along it. Then you get into a beautiful forest before hitting the steeps where you go up in a hurry. Next you pop out into the wide open and you’re on one of the biggest pieces of granite you’ve ever seen. This is where I (and supposedly lots of other people) do what one could call “freelancing.” There are a number of rock cairns that mark the way – kind of. I noticed that there are distinctly different styles and sizes to these little piles and they go up in distinctly different routes. Once you get to the top of this massive crag it’s only about 15 more minutes to get the locally infamous watering hole (no pun) of Shirley Lake. It’s more like a graduated beaver pond and it’s beautiful. Most people picnic here then turn around. Continuing on attracts an interesting mix of personality types – adventurous and spoiled rotten. The former is needed to press on and over the steep hill which leads to the meadow above High Camp. The latter is in heaven upon arrival to High Camp with it’s huge swimming ‘lagoon’ and hot tub, and of course the Poolside Café’s smoky grill. From here you might as well ride the Cable Car down- it’s just too easy not to, plus the hike you just did is worthy of a little treat….


Squaw Creek waterfall

Groups with folks who aren’t avid trampers can skip the hike entirely. A Cable Car ride is a great group activity by itself. It’s extra fun when you can stand in fresh clothes and greet dirty friends as they arrive to High Camp from the trail.

For a more organized adventure you can book a hike with Tahoe Trips & Trails.

The Tahoe Gal

I’ve never seen anyone wakeboard off the back of the boat – well, actually it’s probably classified as a ship. So for that matter the only time I’ve ever seen anyone surf behind any craft bigger than 30’ was in the Gulf of Mex where the locals chase oil ships and ride their wakes at high speeds. No, the girl I’m talking about isn’t built for speed. She’s a full-blown pleasure craft. Her name is the Tahoe Gal and she’s one of my absolute favorite local pastimes/businesses here at the Lake.

Her genius lies in the design because on Tahoe you need a boat that doesn’t draw very much, i.e. one that can go into shallow waters. Seems funny to say that about the 16th Deepest Lake in the World (according to The reason you need that low draw is because of Emerald Bay. It’s the most stunningly scenic part of Tahoe and there’s less than eight feet of water in the channel between it and the main body of the Lake. Any self-respecting tourist boat has to get herself in there!

Well the Gal makes her way into Emerald Bay just about every day and her observation deck is the absolute perfect place to stare up at the massive peaks that come straight out of the Lake and surround the tight bay. While there, you’ll see ‘Vikingsholm,’ an anomaly of North American architecture. It’s a Norweigan-inspired castle from the days when this was private land and the only access was by boat. Speaking of which, see if you’re good enough to brown-nose the Gal’s captain to float over the scuttled barges which were used to bring in the heavy materials for the lodge’s construction back in the 20’s. They’re probably in 30’ of water but with Tahoe’s famed clarity, you can see the eerie behemoths easily. Also in Emerald Bay you’ll go around the only island in Tahoe (Fanette) and see the only waterfall that drops right into the Lake (Eagle Falls). From the Gal you’ll see the remnants of the stone tea house on Fanette Island that was built for the owner of Vikingsholm back in the day.

The Gal is an incredible experience for a date, a rehearsal dinner, corporate functions, and even when the grandparents are in town! You can join in on their regularly scheduled cruises or charter all or part of the boat (there’s a ‘Captain’s Lounge’ on the top deck that’s perfect for private, smaller gatherings). The food is always great, the drinks always mixed perfectly and the times, well, the times are always good….

I have a few favorite things about the Tahoe Gal: They say that employees’ attitudes comes from the top. Well the attitude from the top here is owner Larry Boerner and he is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Enough said! Next, one of my favorite cruises that I witness the Gal doing all the time is the sunset run along the North Shore. Every evening she quietly plies the deep blue waters, following the shoreline before turning to the center of the Lake and heading back to Tahoe City. I’m envious of the folks on her wide decks every evening. And lastly, I’ve always said that being Captain of the Gal would be the ultimate ‘retirement job’…but for now I’m just going to enjoy my own tourist moments on board.