Secret Cove,Incline Village SOLD!

April 14, 2010

Our beautiful listing in Incline Village, Nevada,known as “Secret Cove”,a.k.a.  sold yesterday!

This is the second property sale over $10 million in Incline Village in 2010.

Secret Cove Offers Dramatic Lakeside Views


Lake Tahoe, Nev. (Dec. 22, 2009) – Searching for a room with a view? Chase International’s newest property listing, Secret Cove, offers stunning Lake Tahoe views from virtually every room.


Perched on the dramatic aquamarine shoreline at the juncture of Lakeshore and Highway 28, the 7,130-square Ira Rodman built custom home was built in 1999.


“Some house plans suit the property perfectly and this is one of those,” explains Ira Rodman who has been designing and building custom homes in the Lake Tahoe area for over 30 years.


Unassuming from the road, this extremely private, craftsman-inspired residence is artfully oriented to take full advantage of its dramatic lakeside vantage point.


“This home offers such a unique perspective on Lake Tahoe,” says Kerry Donovan of Donovan Group that is listing the property. “Secret Cove Incline has stunning views from most rooms, magnified by the location on translucent crystal waters.”


The floor plan is simple with elevator access to all levels beginning from the interior door at the three-car garage.


“This means the homeowners won’t have to worry about transporting bulky or heavy items from floor to floor,” adds co-listing agent Megan Warren. “And folks will also enjoy the elevator because it features whimsical Western portraits painted by local artist Beth Cayce.”


With Lake Tahoe serving as the glittering aquamarine backdrop, the home’s main level living area features a great room setting with a massive stone fireplace. The dining room includes a spacious table with seating for 12 under a distinctive custom chandelier that depicts colorful Western imagery by Utah artist Peter Fillerup of Wild West Design. Fillerup’s craftsmanship has been featured in Architectural Digest and Luxury Living magazines.


From its hickory flooring to its massive trestle wood beams, Rodman’s signature craftsmanship is evident throughout. According to Donovan, the ambience is an “elegant Western décor.” The kitchen features high-end Viking appliances and striking custom built knotty pine with furniture finish cabinetry.


Elegant outside living is always just a French door away in this home that has decks, patios and balconies extending from the kitchen, executive office, lower entertainment room and lower floor bedroom suite.


The master floor includes a spa suite and executive office with a handsome fireplace and beautiful private deck. Also on this floor are a wine room and a large home theater complete with hand-carved moldings and hand-painted ceiling depicting the Tahoe night sky. Additionally, there is a powder room and laundry room on this floor.


The guest floor features two bedroom suites and a game room with walk out patio. The home’s four bathrooms and two powder rooms are accented with artistic custom tile work. The master bath shower has colorful stylized fish, while a delightful cowboy rowboat theme can be found in the fireplace guestroom bath.


From the tile work that graces the kitchen and bathrooms to the cast bronze custom chandelier, this residence embraces creative vision at every turn.


Still, many would argue that the real artwork here can be found plein air as Secret Cove offers 80 feet of lakefront frontage, seasonal sandy beach and two permitted buoys. Granite steps lead down to the private cove. The area is landscaped with a mid-slope fire pit area that urges people to sit and enjoy the sun setting on yet another perfect Tahoe day.


Secret Cove is listed at $12,500,000 with Donovan Group, a division of Chase International. For more information or to arrange a private viewing of the property, contact Donovan Group’s Kerry Donovan, Megan Warren or Debbie Hansen at 866.831.8999;; or

Classic Incline Lakefront

April 8, 2010


Timeless Tahoe Compound on the Market


Lake Tahoe, Nev. (April 1, 2010) – Eccentric billionaire George Whittell is most famous in the Lake Tahoe area for his eclectic Whittell Estate along Tahoe’s East Shore. What many people don’t know is Whittell also pioneered the first neighborhood at Incline Village – a neighborhood that predates the community itself. This tucked-away part of Incline is right on the lake’s shore along the historic Pine Cone Circle.


One of the original properties on Pine Cone Circle has now been put on the market. Though the original character of the home still exists on this private lakefront property, the home itself has been completely renovated and decorated by renowned interior designer Catherine MacFee.


“What’s unique about this property is the classic Tahoe feel, offering primarily main level living,” explains Kerry Donovan, one of the property’s listing agents. “Much of the exterior space was purposely not built on, which offers a truly open setting from the front drive to the lakefront.”


Though the home retains much of its Old Tahoe charm, the modern touches of casual elegance and custom craftsmanship are evident throughout. MacFee’s attention to every detail has created the feel of a well-loved family vacation compound.  The home’s complete renovation included the restoration of the original log ceiling and an authentic granite stone fireplace. However the custom crafted curved staircase, built-in cabinetry, luxuriously appointed double master suites, separate bunk house and gourmet kitchen are thoroughly modern upgrades. 


MacFee has masterfully pulled together all the elements of a home, from cushioned window seats filled to the brim with interesting throw pillows to a hand painted linen cabinet to a one-of-a-kind antique carved wooden sink vanity.  Each element catches your eye as it complements the next, whether it’s the canopied master bed or the woolen drapes.  The preeminent Tahoe mountain décor is completely dialed from the deep paint hues to the mix of glossy and tumbled tile to the rich textures used throughout.


According to a California Home + Design article, MacFee studied cabins as far as the Adirondacks to develop a sense of old lodge style, and then updated the look with sophistication. From tribal rugs to exposed beam ceilings, the cabin is a study in that unmistakable combination of elegance and rusticity that has defined Tahoe interiors for more than a century.


“This look relies on layering unexpected textures,” MacFee said. “You don’t know why it connects, but it does.”


The home was originally constructed to take full advantage of its lakefront setting, with windows positioned for lake views in every room. MacFee took further advantage of the home’s spectacular setting by adding a number of outdoor living spaces to the home. There is an expansive outdoor dining and entertaining area that links to a quartzite stone path that meanders down to the boulder-strewn shoreline. Another deck with a fire pit and meditation circle sits just steps from the water’s edge.  Low stonewalls that line walkways and pine needle covered grounds provide a Carmel-like feel to the well-kept enclave.


“This property is the epitome of turn-key,” added Karin Baker, the residence’s co-listing agent. “It was built in 1951 with an extensive remodel and expansion in 1992. Villa Lake Tahoe combines the rustic charm of a bygone era with modern amenities one would expect in a newly constructed luxury home.”


This home, aptly dubbed Villa Lake Tahoe, is a place where a family can hunker down and enjoy all that Tahoe has to offer, right at its doorstep.  The 3,400 square foot home is situated on nearly a half an acre of land and includes one hundred feet of lake frontage. Two buoys are included with the property as well as access to an adjacent pier. A private sandy beach for use by Pine Cone Circle residents only is just steps away from the property. The home, located at 1655 Pine Cone Circle, is being offered for sale at $8,790,000.