In an area where water is increasingly at a premium, Lake Tahoe indeed looks like paradise. The largest alpine lake in the U.S. straddles the California and Nevada border and is a popular destination for both summer fun and winter skiing at nearby mountain resorts. While San Francisco is 180 miles away, Reno is accessible within an hour and the tech sector has been bringing more folks to Lake Tahoe as the ideal place for a true retreat. Strict growth and development ordinances have preserved the abundant natural beauty of the lake and surrounding areas. Mild temperatures, sandy beaches, and crisp clean air lure anyone who dreams of escape. Excellent restaurants, and arts community, and the excitement of a small collection of casino hotels give the area an active nightlife.
On the east shore of Lake Tahoe in Glenbrook, Nevada, Crystal Pines is a modern lakefront estate with over eight acres of prime land. The gated property boasts over 600 feet of shoreline with a shared pier and boathouse. Surrounded by giant Ponderosa pines and massive boulders and reached via a long driveway, this sensational nine-bedroom estate was built in 1995.
The home is a contemporary masterpiece on a grand scale with massive window walls designed to highlight the ever-changing beauty of the lake and trees. Because of the tranquil setting the windows were designed to be a focal point of the home, offering the opportunity to watch the sunrise in full glory from the gourmet kitchen and snuggle into bed at night surrounded by the velvet darkness of the star-filled sky.
Built in harmony with the surroundings and incorporating plenty of light and large boulders, the home’s style leans toward international glamour without losing a sense of the wonders of the outside world. The size and scale of the home allows it to serve as a retreat for friends, family, and business associates alike.
The lakefront dining room seats 20. A 1200 square foot master wing with a kitchen, library, and offices becomes a private home within the home. There are a total of 65 skylights, 2 elevators, 4 laundry rooms and 3 kitchens. Other features include a studio, salon, exercise pool, exercise room, sauna, and massage room. There are also garages for five cars as well as additional parking patios.
Crystal Pines is listed for $27.5 million through Chase International and is showcased by Luxury Portfolio.
Deidre Woollard served as the lead editor on Luxist.com for six years writing about real estate, auctions, jewelry and luxury goods. Her love for luxury real estate led her to work at realtor.com and two of the top real estate brokerages in Los Angeles as well as doing publicity for properties around the world.