Tahoe Legacy Magazine Winter 2015

23Dec 2014
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Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce the Winter 2015 issue of Tahoe Legacy, a bi-annual publication featuring extraordinary homes and lifestyles of Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and the surrounding Sierra Nevada region. In every issue we feature content that speaks to Lake Tahoe’s good life. In this issue, read about some of the area’s most venerated art galleries, get an insider’s look at stellar wine cellars and peruse a Gallery of the region’s most exceptional homes.  This year, we are privileged to showcase some of Lake Tahoe’s most iconic real estate offerings to-date. Never before has such a grand combination of ranch, lakefront and forestland been offered for sale at once in Lake Tahoe’s rich history. This rare offering includes: historic Shakespeare Ranch with 133 acres of lakefront ranchland (page 35); Squaw Valley Homestead, arguably the most coveted landholding in Squaw Valley (page 26); and High Canyon Ranch, encompassing 321 acres of one of the last remaining privately owned large acreage parcels in the Sierra Nevada mountains (page 42).   From the oldest settlement at Lake Tahoe to Squaw Valley’s storied past, these significant land holdings are intrinsically tied to the earliest western settlers and visionaries at Lake Tahoe and embody the pillars of Lake Tahoe’s greatness – sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, alpine meadows, wooded forestland, backcountry recreation and Olympic heritage.  All of the properties we represent are uniquely exquisite on their own merits and we look forward to seeing who will become the intrinsic stewards of our region’s past and future.   Aside from representing these historically significant landholdings, it’s been a thrilling year for Sierra Sotheby’s. We expanded our reach to include Truckee with two new offices located in Tahoe Donner and the Westgate Shopping Center. And with the ability to create significant exposure through exclusive partnerships with the world’s most noteworthy media and real estate focused websites in the world, we are committed to bringing the world to the front door of the people and properties we represent. Pick up a copy at one of our seven Lake Tahoe offices located throughout Lake Tahoe and Truckee or peruse our ONLINE VERSION.

Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty | 775.832.4900 | SierraSothebysRealty.com

Seven Lake Tahoe Real Estate Office Locations:
Incline Village | South Lake Tahoe | Squaw Valley | Tahoe City | Tahoe Donner | Truckee | Zephyr Cove

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Guide to Holiday Happenings In Lake Tahoe

19Dec 2014


December 12 and December 18
Noel Nights at The Village – Northstar California
Grab your jackets, mittens and scarves for both of these family friendly events. Free sleigh rides, ice skating performances, face painting and more!

December 13
Reno Santa Pub Crawl
Join thousands of Santa’s for the largest pub crawl in the country! Enjoy food and spirits all while benefiting local charities.

December 13
Santa Ski Crawl – Mt. Rose Ski
Ski in your best holiday garb! Discounted lift tickets are offered to those in full costume.(775) 849-0704

December 13
Tahoe Adventure Film Festival - MontBleu Casino
Not your traditional film festival! Fast-faced, heart pumping action that you can’t see anywhere else. This is truly an event not to be missed. (530) 318-1688

December 13
Jingle Jog Fun Run – Lake Tahoe Community College
Dress in your wackiest holiday gear for a 5K fun run. (775) 588-1728

December 13
South Lake Tahoe Annual Holiday Parade
Join the holiday fun with the 3rd Annual Holiday Parade. Donations of food items are encouraged. (530) 544-7412

December 18
Free Family Movie Night – Kings Beach
Bring your own snacks, blankets, lawn chairs and enjoy a free family friendly movie. (530) 546-7249

December 19-Dec. 31
Heavenly Holidays
A eventful two week event that features live concerts, an interactive snow globe, ice skating and more! (866) 736-8245

December 20 – Jan. 3
Holidays at Squaw and Alpine
Celebrate the holidays at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows! Look out for Santa on the slopes, cozy up in the village while listening to carolers or ski with Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley. (800) 403-0206

December 20
Gingerbread Workshop - The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Kids are invited to work alongside a Ritz-Carlton pastry chef in this one-of-a-kind workshop where you will work together with your family to build a personalized gingerbread house fit for the North Pole. Holiday beverages included!

December 20
Ski with Santa at Ski Homewood - Homewood Mountain Resort
Santa Clause will be riding the slopes all day handing out candy canes to those on his “nice” list! (530) 525-2992

December 20 – Dec. 21
Solstice Celebration – Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort
Join Santa for a tree lighting ceremony and more. (530) 659-7453

December 20 – Dec. 25
Holiday Festivities – Northstar California
Celebrations packed with lots to do for the entire family! From snowman carving and sleigh
rides to live music and cocktails by the fire, this event shouldn’t be missed. (530) 562-2267

December 20-24
Santa’s Workshop Snowglobe – Heavenly Village
Santa’s Workshop will be recreated in the Heavenly Village inside of a 16-foot snow globe.  Head inside the snow globe to sit on Santa’s lap for a unique photo opportunity. Enjoy holiday music from a live DJ and watch Carolers perform.

December 24-25
Holiday Dinner – Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Holiday‐inspired prix fixe menu designed by chef de cuisine, Jeremy Grossman. Advance reservations are required.

December 25
Christmas Day Pancakes with Santa Clause – Tahoe Donner
Santa will sure be hungry after all delivering all his presents, join him for a Christmas morning breakfast. (530) 587-9400

December 31
New Year’s Eve Fire and Ice Celebration – Northstar California
Enjoy live music, ice skating, roasting s’mores by the fire and an amazing fireworks show (530) 562-2267

December 31
New Year’s Eve Celebration – Heavenly Village
World-class music, games, fireworks, and the world’s only Gondola Ball Drop. Entertainment includes an outdoor concert, ice sculpting performances, fire dancers, a photo booth and face painting. The party continues into the night at one of the many casino nightclubs.

December 31
New Year’s Dinner and Family Buffet- The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Enjoy a sumptuous buffet of seasonal, culinary delights with favorites for the entire family. After dinner, head down to the Village at Northstar and enjoy live music, ice skating and an amazing fireworks show at 9 p.m.

December 31
New Year’s Eve Celebration – High Camp, Squaw Valley
Ring in 2015 with a family friendly dinner. Rockin’ party for 21+ at Olympic House.
(800) 403-0206

Wishing you Happy Holidays from the entire team at Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty! 

Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty | 775.832.4900 | SierraSothebysRealty.com

Seven Lake Tahoe Real Estate Office Locations:
Incline Village | South Lake Tahoe | Squaw Valley | Tahoe City | Tahoe Donner | Truckee | Zephyr Cove

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Bruce and Sandy Soli – Sierra Sotheby’s Agents of the Year

18Dec 2014


With nearly $35 Million in sales to-date, Bruce and Sandy Soli (Team Soli) were recently named Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty “Agent of the Year”. Based in Incline Village, Nevada, Team Soli has built a reputation on hard work, a keen knowledge of the local real estate market and also for their fun-loving nature.

“Representing 55 real estate transactions this year, Bruce and Sandy definitely earned “Agent of the Year”,’ says Peter Strand, President of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty.  They are able to combine energy and enthusiasm with a real focus on providing knowledge and advice to their clients. We are thrilled to have them represent Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty in and around Lake Tahoe and within other organizations in which they participate.”

Bruce is currently President Elect for the Northern California Chapter of CRS, which is an organization focused on professional excellence and education for Realtors.  Bruce and Sandy keep good company within this organization as only the top 3% of Realtors have earned this prestigious designation.

“We started this wild ride back in 2004 and 2014 has proven to be another break out year for us.  We have been running on all cylinders with the addition of Denise Bremer our full time licensed assistant.  We’re so thrilled to live and work in this amazing Lake Tahoe community,” says Bruce Soli.  “This is a sophisticated market and the Sierra Sotheby’s brand elevates both the service and the quality that we offer our buyers and sellers. The Sotheby’s International Realty global network is completely unsurpassed.”

Avid skiers and boaters, the Solis take full advantage of the year-round recreation that Lake Tahoe offers.  “We couldn’t think of a better place to raise our two children.”

Listing Your Home In Winter

17Dec 2014

Shakespeare Ranch, Glenbrook, NV

“Listing your home in The winter may offer a better opportunity for a stronger sale.”   


While winter is not considered the traditional home selling season in most areas, Lake Tahoe’s seasons are what draw many buyers to the area. With recent snow and ski areas open from Christmas, retailers and lodging providers are Continue reading

Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center Offered for $12,000,000

26Nov 2014

Starr Vaughn Equestrian CenterStarr Vaughn Equestrian Center – 7541 Sloughhouse Road, Elk Grove, CA    $12,000,000

Property Overview
72 acres of level to gently rolling terrain, designed in consultation with Robert Jolicoeur (who designed the entire equestrian venue for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics). You are welcomed by a Continue reading

High Canyon Ranch Offered for $20,000,000

11Nov 2014


High Canyon Ranch | East Shore of Lake Tahoe, Nevada

One of the last remaining privately owned large acreage parcels in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is being offered for sale for the first time in modern history. Perched high above Lake Tahoe, adjacent to Continue reading

19th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference Brings the Best to Boston

4Nov 2014

SEATTLE, WA USA (October 13, 2014) – Lake Tahoe-based agent Lexi Cerretti, recently represented Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty at the  Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate’s Annual Fall Conference. The event took place the first week of October at The Fairmont Copley Plaza  in Boston, Massachusetts where the country’s top luxury agents gathered to network and discuss industry trends.

Saul Cohen, president and co-founder of Hammond Residential Real Estate, was honored with the Luxury Real Estate Lifetime Achievement Award during the event’s Gala Dinner & Awards Presentation. Keynote speakers included Kipp Bodnar of HubSpot, who discussed inbound marketing principles and tactics, and Kermit Baker from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, who shared insight on current housing trends.

Members of the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network participated in expert panel discussions on a diverse range of topics including Continue reading

Gear Up at Lake Tahoe Ski Swaps

3Nov 2014

Squaw Family

With colder nighttime temperatures, this week Lake Tahoe ski resorts have been vigorously making snow and prepping for the winter to come while locals are busy stocking their winter quiver with new ski and snowboard gear. With dealers, industry reps and local gear junkies making room for new inventory the Lake Tahoe ski swaps are a popular place to find deals on new and used equipment of all types. Attendees go in search of the latest and greatest technology while others are simply on the hunt to replace what the kids outgrew the year before. Tahoe’s various ski swaps also offer the opportunity to sell your own gear to eager buyers but keep in mind that you must register your gear in advance. Most of the swaps serve as major fundraisers for local nonprofits like the UNR Ski Team and the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation.

We’ve compiled a list of upcoming swaps that guarantee a good find if you get there early: Continue reading

Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Jeff Hamilton as Vice President of North Tahoe Operations

29Oct 2014


Incline Village, NV (October 27, 2014) – Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Hamilton as their new Vice President of North Tahoe Operations. As a highly successful and respected real estate broker with a long history in the Tahoe region, Jeff is a welcome addition to the leadership team at Sierra Sotheby’s North Tahoe group of real estate offices encompassing Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, Truckee and Tahoe Donner.

“I am excited that Jeff has agreed to step into a management role with Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty. Jeff is competitive, experienced, respected, and has communication skills that are second to none.  He is the perfect solution to making sure our clients are receiving the very highest quality real estate experience available, which represents exactly the culture, ethics and overall brand identity that Sotheby’s International Realty embodies. ” Says Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty President, Peter Strand.

As an Olympic medalist and four-time speed skiing world champion, Jeff believes that Continue reading