The Osprey Estate gets national attention

Staff report • October 6, 2009 From The Reno Gazette Journal Online

One of Lake Tahoe’s few modern luxury lakefront homes received national attention recently when it was featured in both the Wall Street Journal and Architectural Digest. The Osprey Estate, located on the shores of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, is on the market with Chase International for $34 million.

Architectural Digest described how the 71,000-square-foot contemporary home with guesthouse and library strikes a balance with the pristine surroundings. The estate’s design comes from its owners — a renowned inventor and his wife, an accomplished interior designer — who collaborated with architects Eric Thiele and Roderick Ashley in designing the home. The landscape architecture was one of the last projects designed by the late Robert Murase, a noted Portland, Ore., landscape architect.

With a flat roof, floor-to-ceiling windows, an abundance of natural light and striking outdoor sculptures, the October issue of Architectural Digest noted that the home was a “smart, simple building, so light on the land and rich in contextual detail.”

“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.”

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