“Screaming Deal”,Incline Village,Nevada

No it’s not free,nor a short sale,nor a bank owned property…..just a magnificent newly built home on Pine Cone Circle in Incline Village ,Nevada.This neighborhood predates Incline Village and feels like an older Tahoe neighborhood with some newer and some original homes from the 1950’s and 1960’s.This home is almost 8000’but does not feel like a “McTahoe”.It is beautifully designed and furnished with probably way too much detail and money spent regardless of the location.This neighborhood has a private sandy beach and pier for just these owners.Land has a deeded buoy which is a rarity even for a home on the Tahoe lakefront.  http://www.tourfactory.com/idxr409147 .

Lakefront Listings…Something For Everyone!

September 23, 2009

Secret Cove, Incline Village, Nevada

453 Lakeshore, Incline Village, NV

250 Northlake Circle, Crystal Bay, Nevada

Lakeshore Terrace #15, Incline Village, NV

Let’s talk Luxury in Incline Village

September 17, 2009

Location is the key to any property and our listing at www.593Lakeshore has one of the most private and prestigious locations in Incline Village,Nevada. 8 acres on  Lake Tahoe,in Incline,with over 650 feet of frontage.Bordering to the East and West of this property are two other 8 acre parcels .593 has the most optimal terrain,with a combination of large sandy beach on the East side, and Rocky shoreline in front of the main house,for privacy and security.

The gardens are amazing incorporating seasonal floral with the mature growth trees surrounding. www.ospreylaketahoe.com


The main home is of “museum quality”featuring Indiana limestone and contemporary lines thoughout.There is a staff or guest quarters incorporated into the main home.

On the Eastern side of the property are the guest house and conference center which are best described in the  recent Architectual Digest and the Wall Street Journal articles.

On Lake Tahoe, a Modern Guesthouse and Library Strike a Balance with Their Setting

September 11, 2009

Architecture by Roderick Ashley, AIA/Landscape Architecture by Murase Associates
Text by Therese Bissell/Photography by Mary E. Nichols Published October 2009
Original Article and All Credit to architecturaldigest.com

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency imposes uncommonly stringent environmental and design restrictions on new construction—a fact that has contributed to the preservation of one of the country’s marquee lake districts and to no small degree of hand-wringing among architects. Roderick Ashley, for one, was told that the modest bipartite building he envisioned for an Incline Village, Nevada, lakefront site would take at least a year and most likely several trips back to the drawing board to gain approval.

Photography by Mary E. Nichols

Photography by Mary E. Nichols

But that didn’t happen. “We sailed right through,” says Ashley, a principal of TVA Architects in Portland, Oregon, “because, while the design is so non-Tahoe, the construction so non-Tahoe, the scale is right. Our intention was right. We weren’t pushing the boundaries or asking for concessions—we took a minimal approach in differentiating the building from the landscape, which in the end is what everyone wants to protect.”

A retreat consisting of two mirror-image structures housing a guest residence and a studio/library, and mediated by a graveled sculpture garden, the project was commissioned by a philanthropist to honor her late husband. An “inward” composition of 4,500 square feet of enclosed space designed to foster thought and reflection (“The conversation,” Ashley says, “is back and forth between the two buildings”), it nevertheless embraces its forested site and the fabled Sierra Nevada-ringed, cobalt-blue lake it overlooks.

The north shore is a high-premium alpine region where steel-and-concrete construction is an anomaly, as are flat roofs (even though the snow load is less than in other parts of the area). Barely visible from the water or the street, the small compound exists as Lake Tahoe’s secret pocket of modernism—a combination of rigor, understatement and transparency that might well have been a model for this climate had modern technology and sensibilities been factors in past eras.

The two buildings are primarily board-formed (a nod to rusticity), poured-in-place concrete, which appears as an extension of the decomposed-granite soil. Mahogany siding clads the nonbearing walls. Roofs are mahogany-and-steel-faced concrete slabs supported by exposed-steel columns on the interior and a single steel column at each exterior (echoing the verticality of the pines). Floor-to-ceiling glass walls establish the overall, and defining, indoor-outdoor character.

Photography by Mary E. Nichols

Photography by Mary E. Nichols

Essentially one room for entertaining and sleeping—with custom furnishings designed by the owner—the guest residence contains as well a kitchen, a bath and a walk-in closet/dressing area. Completing the plan are a garage and storage for groundskeeping equipment. A Howard Hodgkin monotype commands the main living space as it visually balances, when seen from the graveled garden, the similarly scaled artworks outside.

Across the long stretch of gravel lie the library and the studio, which doubles as a conference room and is adjoined by a butler’s pantry and a powder room. A walkway leads down to the sandy beach. With both buildings, concrete encases the more utilitarian parts not requiring natural light or view exposure, while the glazed rooms extend, seemingly suspended, toward the lake. Deep roof overhangs protect from sun and snow.

Flooring is a concrete aggregate (except in the minor spaces, where it is black granite) from the nearby Truckee River, buffed on the interiors and left rough for the terraces. “The play of concrete is very subtle,” Ashley observes. “It goes from polished and refined inside to a fractured aggregate as it marches out to the garden.”

The landscaping was one of the last projects by the late Robert Murase, a noted Portland landscape architect who, having studied with Isamu Noguchi, honored the ancient Japanese tradition of positioning stones within nature. Carved stone works by Murase and his son Scott, along with their centrally placed arrangement of rusted steel and white marble, are prominent. Lee Kelly’s site-specific works add to the collection, predominantly his Cor-Ten steel sculpture that gives the east side, says Ashley, “both a functional barrier and an abstracted opening to the view.”

Photography by Mary E. Nichols

Photography by Mary E. Nichols

The elder Murase’s graveled garden is a stunning allée lined with Swedish aspens and bridged by a slatted-wood boardwalk, the compound’s connective spine. An essential aspect of the architectural dynamic, the garden is luxuriously spare; however, only three trees were removed from the property and more than 150 new ones planted upon completion of construction. Native plants have been reestablished and left to intrude into the gravel, a ground cover that minimizes soil erosion in the wet months. (Other sustainable elements include the disposal of storm water on-site, radiant-heated floors and a high level of insulation.)

“In order to remain a national treasure, the visual quality of the built environment and the way it fits into the natural setting becomes critical,” reads the Tahoe Region-al Planning Agency’s design standards and guidelines—as if to foretell the addition of this smart, simple building, so light on the land and rich in contextual detail.

View the Original Article and more images at http://www.architecturaldigest.com/homes/homes/2009/10/natural_dialogue_article?currentPage=1
Photography by Mary E. Nichols

501 Lakeshore #58 (Lakeshore Terrace)

February 25, 2009

If you are looking for a lakefront house you may want to consider this incredible opportunity.  Lakeshore Terrace #58 is two units that have been combined into one large unit that “Lives like a House”. Gorgeous finishes, crestron home automation, huge lake view and a FOUR car garage.  Lakefront complex has common pier, clubhouse and buoy field.  A buoy comes with the unit that can accomodate a 40′ foot boat up to 10,000 pounds.  If your idea of Lake Tahoe includes a boating lifestyle…this is it! http://LakeshoreTerrace58.com