This 134 acre Landmark Tahoe lakefront Ranch is now offered for sale for only the second time in history. Shakespeare Ranch boasts vistas as grand as Montana with nearby ski resorts steeped in Olympic heritage that rival Aspen and Vail, a lakeside golf course more intimate than Pebble Beach, and a yachting paradise on par with the Caribbean. The community offers a preeminent year-round lifestyle like no other single destination in the World with the added Nevada tax benefits – all just four hours from the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, and under an hour by air.
Property highlights include over 423 feet of sandy shoreline on Lake Tahoe, a 397-foot shared pier with boat lift, 5 boat buoys, and nearly 40,000 square feet of improvements including a historic entertainment barn built in 1865 with chef’s kitchen and plans for a new approximately 10,000 square foot estate home. There are 17 guest homes and cabins all named for Shakespeare works feature 22 bedrooms, 9 kitchens and many garages centered around a green with gazebo, in close proximity to the common buildings and amenities. The 5,111 square foot Entertainment Barn was built in 1865 then moved to its present location and restored by the current owners, outfitted with a gourmet kitchen and wine room for celebrity events. “They don’t make barns like this in Texas,” President Bush told the owners when he visited the Ranch one summer.
Named for the protected meadow (glen) and year-round stream that flows through it (brook), the original settlement was founded in 1860. During the late 1800’s Glenbrook was home to the largest and most productive lumber operation in the Tahoe Basin. When the mining rush in the Comstock ended around the turn of the century, the lumber and mill town gradually transitioned into a summer resort community. With just a few small inns in the meadow and at the shore of Glenbrook Bay, the first visitors to the area arrived by stagecoach and by steamer from the West Shore. In 1906, the Bliss family assembled the Glenbrook Inn which included buildings from the original Jellerson Hotel and Lakeshore House. By the early 1900’s the once busy lumber operations had all but disappeared and Glenbrook had become the bucolic site of the Glenbrook Inn and Ranch. With railroad service from Truckee to Tahoe City and steamer service across the lake to Glenbrook, the Inn became the fashionable summer resort of affluent vacationers from around the country.
The current owner of the Ranch began his love affair with Tahoe as a youngster during family summer vacations at the lake. Buying their first property in Glenbrook over 30 years ago, the family gradually acquired parcels around the original Glenbrook Inn and Ranch that now compromise this idyllic compound. The name is derived from the towering rocky outcrop, Shakespeare Rock, where early settlers claimed they could see the cameo profile of the “Old Bard”. Over the past 25 years, they have relocated and restored many of the historic structures and buildings and have worked with architect Marc Appleton in designing and new construction, taking great care to maintain the historic integrity of the original Ranch. The owners have been faithful stewards of this precious land holding and have helped to revive many of the old traditions such as the Rodeos that date as far back as the 1940’s and have added wonderful new traditions for the community to enjoy.
Shakespeare Ranch combines vistas a New England style village and lies within the gated community of Glenbrook, the oldest settlement in Nevada founded in 1860 and modeled after “The fairest picture the whole earth affords” describes the four season glory of Lake Tahoe, memorialized by Mark Twain. The tradition continues today as generations gather by the beach with pier and cabanas, riding to the clubhouse by golf cart for lunch, tennis, or a round of golf. Just minutes from California by boat, harboring Nevada tax benefits.
The annual “Glenbrook Rodeo” is a tradition dating back to the 1940’s, revived by the current owners in 2000, featuring bull riding, bronco riding, ribbon roping, and barrel racing. In addition to the rodeo, there are carnival games and a silent auction followed by an extraordinary dinner prepared by restaurateur Emeril Lagasse at the Barn. The evening also features a top-notch private performance by a surprise A-list entertainer. Past headliners have included Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Lionel Richie, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Kenny Loggins and the band America.
Outside, the buildings frame a large central grass courtyard, the site of many parties on warm summer evenings, and fireside events when the snow flies. There is a grand Pool House with indoor pool and fireside dining, a fully equipped gym, an art loft, an executive office suite, a staging kitchen for catering, and guest bathrooms. There are horse stables with paddocks, a green house, vegetable gardens, animal enclosures, rodeo grounds with pens and bleachers where the annual “Glenbrook Rodeo” is held, and the iconic Shakespeare Rock monolith lies within the estate, a backdrop for this awe inspiring hamlet. Plans and permits are underway for a new main residence across from the shore with lake, meadow and mountain views. This grand home, along with the other remodeled cabins and guest homes, are the vision of renowned architect Marc Appleton. The new home is designed in the New England vernacular, in keeping with the historic clapboard and shingle style homes of this lakeside community. Plenty of space for entertaining is designed in the wrap-around deck, and grand spaces with indoor/outdoor living. Private living quarters will feature en-suite bedrooms on the second floor, with elevated views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra, beyond.
The Historic Community of Glenbrook, NV consists of an area of approximately four square miles at Lake level elevation of 6,250’, with a full time population of less than 250 residents and fewer than 300 homes. Of the approximately 750 acres within the community, only about 150 acres have been developed. The half mile of sandy beach amidst boulders and pine trees appears to have been taken from a Wyeth painting on the bold Maine coast, with waters so crystal clear boats appear to hover over their shadows cast above the Caribbean hued bay. Ideally located just a three to four hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and Northern California Wine Country, and within 20 miles from two major jet serviced airports, Glenbrook, Nevada offers a unique accessible location tucked into the wilderness behind the community gates. No other land holding on the shores of Lake Tahoe can be created in the image of the historic Shakespeare Ranch, with its fields and streams, forest and mountain, sandy beach and crystal waters that open to some of most accessible, yet unspoiled shoreline, hidden coves and boulder bays alongside well provisioned harbors, waiting to be explored.