As if it were plucked straight from the pages of a storybook, a lakefront home made entirely of stone is now being offered by Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty for $3.5 million. Situated on the shores of McKinney Bay on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore, the four bedroom castle-like property features elements of Romanesque and Gothic architecture throughout and comes with a pier, two buoys and 120 feet of lake frontage.
The estate was built in 1929 with stones, boulders and decorative pebbles of every hue and shape. A soaring fireplace is the central focal-point in a living room adorned with 21-foot cathedral ceilings supported by traditional scissor beams. The home also features a formal dining room, a spacious kitchen and three outdoor stone patios with lake views.
The Chaney House was one of three homes Italian stone mason Umberto Sprellio built on the West Shore in the 1920s, including the nearby Fleur de Lac Estates, where the 1974 movie “The Godfather: Part II” was filmed.
“This estate is the true embodiment of one of a kind,” said listing agent Jacqueline Daniels. “While most homes in Lake Tahoe follow a similar mountain modern design style, this home mixes elements of old Tahoe while also being completely unique simultaneously.”
Since being purchased over 45 years ago, the split lakefront estate was converted into one of Lake Tahoe’s most charming bed and breakfasts. Named Chaney House after the late owners, it has provided a unique mountain escape for thousands of guests throughout the years.
Situated on a .71-acre parcel with a circular gated driveway, the property includes a garage with unfinished living quarters above, a bunk house and a large storage shed.
“For a family that wants space and land on the West Shore with direct lake access, this home presents a rare opportunity to blend a desire for a unique architectural design with all of the perks of living lakeside,” said Daniels.
This inimitable listing is in close proximity to globally renowned skiing, year-round outdoor recreation, dining and entertainment. Its lakeside location lets owners revel in all four seasons annually and enjoy living in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.