Snow Castle in Squaw Valley, Kid-O-Rama Week February 2013

Snow Castle in Squaw Valley, Kid-O-Rama Week February 2013

Snow Castle in Squaw Valley, Kid-O-Rama Week February 2013 Squaw Valley is known for its premiere skiing, and luxury resort living.  This week, February 15 – 23, Squaw Valley will host a week long children event with their Kid-O-Rama extravaganza, featuring a real life sized snow castle!

The Kid-O-Rama extravaganza is just in time for the President’s Holiday weekend!  What a great way to spend the winter holiday than by enjoying all that Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley have to offer!

Don’t let the name fool you, the Kid-O-Rama event will offer non-stop fun for kids of all ages. New this year is an enormous castle made entirely of snow located at the SnoVentures Activity Zone, which is located by the Far East Express chair lift at the east end of the Squaw Valley Village parking lot in Olympic Valley, California 96146.

The snow castle is 5,000 square feet and was built using 30,000 cubic feet of snow and features four towers, three slides, and four staircases.

The Kid-O-Rama Castle is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is FREE to tour.  The castle will remain open provided weather conditions permit use.

Here is the schedule of some of the other Kid-O-Rama events in Squaw Valley this week:

Kid-O-Rama Week, Squaw Valley, February 15 – 23, 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013,  2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Kid-O-Rama Street Party  Meet in the Events Plaza at the Village at Squaw Valley for the Kid-O-Rama Street Party featuring, a DJ, face painting, and glow sticks galore.

Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, 2013, 5p.m. – 7 p.m.  SnowVentures Party and S’mores  After checking out the Kid-O-Rama Castle, enjoy s’mores.

Saturday – Saturday, February 16 -23, 2013, 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Teen Group Ski or Snowboard Lessons – Teens (ages 13-18) can ski, or snowboard on Squaw Valley’s terrain with friends their own age and similar ability levels every morning of Kid-O-Rama week.  Special pricing – $89 for lesson only, or $149 for lesson and lift ticket.  Save $20 by booking online three days in advance.  Call 1-800-403-0206 to book a reservation.

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 3p.m. – 5p.m. Kid-O-Rama Big Truck Night  Who isn’t impressed by a big truck, or the massive machinery that it takes to make the ski mountain a great place to be.  This is your chance to check out the big trucks and equipment that make the mountain work.  Meet the drivers who operate these machines at the Tram Promenade (next to the Funitel) in the Village at Squaw Valley.

Friday, February 22, 2013,  1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Kid-O-Rama Dance Party on Ice The party on ice will take place at the High Camp in Squaw Valley.  Ice skating is $12 for adults, $6 for kids.  Fee includes skate rentals, but does not include the Tram Ticket fee to get to High Camp.

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 11 a.m. –  12:30 p.m. Snowbomb Lil’ Air Mountain Festival Children 12 and younger can show off their park skills.  Registration is $10 on the day of the event and there are prizes for all participants.  Meet at the SnoVentures area at Squaw Valley.  Registration is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., ad practice is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

All Week Long – February 15 – 23, 2013, The Crafts Room will be Open The kids craft game room will be open all week in the Palisades Room in the Village at Squaw Valley.  Kids can play ping pong, air hockey, foosball, and cornhhole, along with arts and crafts.  Game room is $10 per child, and complimentary to Village guests.  For more information www.squaw.com/the-village.

For more information on the Kid-O-Rama week click here.

Take advantage of the upcoming holiday weekend and check out the Snow Castle in Squaw Valley, during Kid-O-Rama Week February 2013!

For all of your Tahoe real estate needs – Laura Allen, 530.414.1260, Broker Associate, REALTOR®, CRS, ABR®, RSPS, ePRO, Previews Property Specialist,  Laura@TahoeLaura.com  DRE# 01473598 www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com ,  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Tahoe City, California.

Snow Castle in Squaw Valley, Kid-O-Rama Week February 2013

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, California

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, California

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaIt’s that time of year when you can almost smell the flowers, or taste the sweet candy.  This year Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

Perhaps you’re a true romantic and you’ll celebrate on Valentine’s Day on February 14, or if you’re like me and my Sweetheart, we’ll wait and go out this weekend.

If you’ll be in North Lake Tahoe on Valentine’s Day, or for this coming President’s Holiday Weekend, here are a few of my favorite romantic area restaurants that are always a hit for dinner.

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaGraham’s – 1650 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA Reservations 530.581.0454 www.dinewine.com

Graham’s offers unique California cuisine with a European influence.  They offer a full bar and an extensive world class, award winning wine list with over 800 bottles to choose from.    The atmosphere is always inviting with white table linens, candle light, and during the winter you’ll enjoy the warmth and glow of the wood burning fireplaces.  Graham’s is located near the Village at Squaw Valley and reservations are highly recommended for this local area favorite.

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaSoule Domain – 9983 Cove Street, Crystal Bay, CA Reservations 530.546.7529 www.SouleDomain.com

Soule Domain offers a variety of California cuisine.  This cozy and romantic restaurant is set in a Tahoe log cabin with a rock fireplace.  You’ll find the mountain charm of this place inviting and romantic.  Soule Domain is located just past Kings Beach, at the California / Nevada Stateline in Crystal Bay.  Reservations are highly recommended for this romantic local favorite.

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaChristy Hill – 115 Grove Street, Tahoe City, California Reservations 530.583.8551 www.ChristyHillcom

Christy Hill offers a variety of seasonal California cuisine with a French influence.  They have an extensive wine by the glass and wine list.  This intimate lakeside restaurant offers wonderful views of Lake Tahoe perfect for a romantic evening.  Christy Hill is located in the heart of downtown Tahoe City, California.  Reservations are highly recommended for this popular lake view restaurant.

All three restaurants will be open for dinner on February 14, 2013 to celebrate this day of love and romance!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’re in the mood for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, California now is the time to make your reservations!

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, California

For all of your Tahoe real estate needs – Laura Allen, 530.414.1260, Broker Associate, REALTOR®, CRS,

Laura@TahoeLaura.com  DRE# 01473598 www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com  Tahoe City, California.

Romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day in North Lake Tahoe, California

5th Annual Black Tie and Tails Event 2013, Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

5th Annual Black Tie and Tails Event 2013, Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

5th Annual Black Tie and Tails Event 2013, Ritz-Carlton, Lake TahoeIf you love your dog, and like to party, get ready for an evening of dinner, dancing, and lot of fun by supporting the local Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe at their 5th Annual Black Tie and Tails fundraising event, this Saturday, February 16, 2013 starting at 5:30 pm at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

If you’ll be up in the greater TruckeeLake Tahoe area for the President’s Weekend, this event promises to be a lot of fun for you and your dog.  Be prepared to see everyone, including our furry friends decked out in their finest black tie attire.

100% of the funds raised benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, so if you’re looking for a way to support the community and the animals the Humane Society helps, this is a fun and easy way to do it.  Here are the details:

5th Annual Black Tie and Tails Event – Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee, California

Tickets – $150 /person + 1 Dog  – Table Sponsorship is also Available

To purchase tickets, or for more information call 530.587-5948, or go to www.HSTT.org

This is a one-of-a-kind event and with only 300 seats it sells out every year!  If you can’t attend, but would like to support the local Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe you can still make a difference with a contribution to the organization.  Every donation makes a difference.

Get ready to show off your dog at the 5th Annual Black Tie and Tails Event this Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe!

For all of your Tahoe real estate needs – Laura Allen, 530.414.1260, Broker Associate, REALTOR®, CRS,   Laura@TahoeLaura.com  DRE# 01473598 www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com  Tahoe City, California.

5th Annual Black Tie and Tails Event 2013, Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Vista Homes for Sale Market Report – Year End 2012

Tahoe Vista Homes for Sale Market Report – Year End 2012

It’s that time of year to review how the Tahoe Vista, California real estate market has performed.  Here is the Tahoe Vista, California homes for sale Year End 2012 Market Report.

Tahoe Vista Sold Market Report – Year End 2012:

Sold Sales: Tahoe Vista area had 28 single family homes sold in 2012, which is a 40% increase in volume over the number of homes sold in 2011.

Tahoe Vista single family home sales price declined -19% with an average median homes sales price of $327,500. 

Most of the price decline occurred earlier in the year when the Tahoe Vista community had a number of short sales and REO/Bank Foreclosure properties on the market. It’s important to note that 11 of the 12, or 92% of the distressed home sales that closed in 2012 in Tahoe Vista area, were listed prior to April 8, 2012.  The current absence of any distressed sellers in the Tahoe Vista market is good news for sellers and price stabilization that should occur in 2013.

The median average days on market was 111 DOM.

Tahoe Vista Homes for Sale Market Report – Year End 2012

Cash Sale Transactions: The number of cash sale transactions for the Tahoe Vista area has increased to 36%, which is just slightly above the Tahoe- Truckee Regional average of 34%, or 1 out of every 3 home sold in Tahoe Vista area was a cash buyer.

Absorption Rate: The current absorption rate for the Tahoe Vista area is at 3.5 months, which indicates a Sellers’ market as of 02/09/2013.

Distress Sales: 
Distress sellers (bank foreclosures- Real Estate Owned (REO’s) and short sales) increased to  43% of all homes sold in 2012, which is a primary reason for the continued price decline in the Tahoe Vista market.  With the absence of short sales and REO/Bank Foreclosures no longer dominating the Tahoe Vista market, we can expect prices to stabilize and move up.

Active Homes for Sale: There are only seven (7) Active– available homes for sale in the Tahoe Vista area as of 02/09/2013. They ranged in price from $375,000 to $4,250,000, with an average median asking sales price of $998,000.

The current inventory levels for the Tahoe Vista area are extremely limited.  Of the seven (7) homes offered for sale, there are none (Zero – 0) short sales, and no (Zero – 0) REO (Bank Foreclosure) listings, – 0% of the current listings are distressed, which is a clear sign that the Tahoe Vista market has stabilized and is turning around.

Pending Home Sales: There are five (5) pending home sales in the Tahoe Vista area and they range from $339,000 to $799,000. There are three (3) is a short sales, and no (Zero -0) REO/Bank Foreclosures.

For more detailed Tahoe Vista, California real estate housing sales data check out my website which has a table summarizing past market sales data information for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006.

If you’d like more information on the Tahoe Vista area, or would like to know what your Tahoe Vista area home, cabin, or lakefront property may be worth, call Laura Allen at 530.414.1260.

Tahoe Vista Homes for Sale Market Report – Year End 2012More about Tahoe Vista, California:

The Tahoe Vista community is located in two areas, directly off Highway 28 between Agate Bay and downtown Kings Beach, or in Upper Tahoe Vista, which is accessed off Highway 267 on the way to Kings Beach, California.

The Tahoe Vista area has some neighborhoods that are walking distance to the public beaches, or are located in an area that is more remote and has a wonderful mountain setting and is just a short drive to the Northstar Ski Resort area.  Many homes in the Tahoe Vista area provide nice views of Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Vista has wonderful, ocean beach type sand, and the beaches are a beautiful sandy white.  The water is more shallow in this area of Lake Tahoe allowing swimmers to wade out and enjoy being in Lake Tahoe. Several well-known public beaches in the Tahoe Vista area are Sandy Beach, Tahoe Vista Recreational Center, and Moons Dune Beach.

Tahoe Vista is easily accessed all year-long and is a nice mix of full-time residents and second home owners.  Some of the more well-known neighborhoods in the Tahoe Vista, California area are:

Kingswood West

Tahoe Estates

Tahoe Vista

Tahoe Marina

Ready to build?  Check out the Tahoe Vista Lots and Vacant Land for Sale Here.

If you’re looking for sandy white beaches and being close to Northstar, and all that Lake Tahoe and the North Shore have to offer, check out the Tahoe Vista community in North Lake Tahoe!

Tahoe Vista Homes for Sale Market Report – Year End 2012

For all of your Tahoe real estate needs – Laura Allen, 530.414.1260, Broker Associate, REALTOR®, CRS, ABR®, RSPS, ePRO, Previews Property Specialist,  Laura@TahoeLaura.com  DRE# 01473598 www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com ,  Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Tahoe City, California.

Tahoe Vista Homes for Sale Market Report – Year End 2012

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Tahoe Mountain Cabin for Sale in Tahoma, California

Tahoe Mountain Cabin for Sale in Tahoma, California

See our current inventory of Tahoe Mountain Cabins for sale in Tahoma, California Here.

New Tahoma, California Listing Details:Tahoe Mountain Cabin for Sale in Tahoma

  • 7082 6th Avenue, Tahoma, CA 96142
  • MLS# 20130140
  • Price:  $249,000
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Home Size:  +/- 918 Square Feet*
  • Lot Size: +/- 0.29 (100’ x 125’)*
  • *Per El Dorado County Assessor Records.

Call Laura Allen at 530-414-1260 to see if this property is still available and to arrange for a private showing of this charming Tahoe Mountain Cabin in Tahoma, California.

You will love the lot setting that this Tahoe Mountain Cabin has to offer!

A wonderful opportunity to own a Tahoe Mountain Cabin in Tahoma, California!  Located on the beautiful West Shore of Lake Tahoe, this charming cabin has a wonderful setting with a larger lot (100’ x 125’) +/- 0/29 acres and majestic pine trees.

This home offers a separate living room area with a stone fireplace that is creates a great gathering place.  You’ll find the old Tahoe kitchen rustic, charming, and with a warmth that will bring you back in time. If you’ve been waiting for the right Tahoma cabin to come along, this is your chance to make your dreams of home ownership in the Tahoe area a reality!

Charming Tahoe Mountain Cabin Kitchen

Tahoe Mountain Cabin for Sale in Tahoma

If kicking back and enjoying the Tahoe lifestyle is something you’ve been dreaming of, imagine having your morning coffee, orange juice, or an afternoon beverage in this charming Tahoe Mountain Cabin.  There is plenty of space up here to cook and dine in.  When you’re done in your mountain kitchen you can relax in the separate living room area that has its own stone fireplace and enjoy the ambience of mountain living.

Click here to see additional photographs of this Tahoma Cabin

Tahoma, California

Looking to buy real estate in Lake Tahoe?  Consider buying a home in Tahoma, California.  Tahoma is one of the more affordable areas on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe with a nice selection of mountain homes, ski cabins, cottages, and lakefront properties for sale.

The Tahoma community is located approximately 9 miles south of Tahoe City and is one of the older, more established neighborhoods in West Lake Tahoe.

Tahoma is located next to the Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park, which is the site of the Hellman-Ehrman mansion, which was completed in 1903, and home to the 1960 Winter Olympics Nordic Ski events, where part of the historic cross country Nordic ski routes are still in place.

Tahoma is close to other well-known historic local landmarks like the Chambers Landing Bar and Pier, which was established in the late 1800’s and is a summer-time favorite for everyone to visit.  Tahoma is also just a few miles from Homewood Ski Resort, where skiers enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.

Tahoma’s close proximity to Lake Tahoe recreational activities such as boating, hiking, biking (dirt and paved trails), tennis, golf, skiing, shopping, and restaurants makes this a great area for those that enjoy being outdoors, and getting away from it all.

Tahoma is a wonderful place to enjoy the Tahoe lifestyle!

Find other West Lake Tahoe and Tahoma mountain cabins in the area here.

Get Tahoma, California Homes for Sale Current and Past Real Estate Market Data – Market Report Here.

If you’re ready to buy, I can help you find the right Tahoe Mountain Cabin for Sale in Tahoma too!

For all of your Tahoe real estate needs – Laura Allen, 530.414.1260, Broker Associate, Tahoe Real Estate Agent, REALTOR®, CRS,   Laura@TahoeLaura.com  DRE# 01473598 www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Tahoe City, California.

Tahoe Mountain Cabin for Sale in Tahoma