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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Graham’s at Squaw Valley, California

Graham’s at Squaw Valley, California

Graham’s Restaurant at Squaw Valley, California Graham’s at Squaw Valley in a hidden gem!  If you’ll be up in the greater Squaw Valley (Olympic Valley) ski resort area and are looking for dining options, Graham’s at Squaw Valley in the place to have a wonderful meal and evening!

Graham Rock is the owner and restaurateur of Graham’s at Squaw Valley, and he personally oversees all of the operations and takes great pride in providing a wonderful dining experience.  His smile and warmth always make me feel like I am family each and every time we’ve been at his restaurant.

Graham’s at Squaw Valley, California Graham’s is one of my favorite places to have dinner here in the North Lake Tahoe area.  You’ll love the atmosphere and old world charm that the restaurant offers.  The wood burning fireplaces are warm and inviting in the winter.  In the summer you’ll enjoy dining on the deck and the views of the majestic mountains, so it’s a place you’ll enjoy all year long.

Graham’s at Squaw Valley, California Graham’s at Squaw Valley features California Cuisine influenced by Old World Mediterranean recipes from Europe.  Their menu varies with the seasons and they have an extensive wine list.  Where Grahams really shines for me is with their amazing staff and service.

Graham’s at Squaw Valley, CaliforniaThey customized several dishes to meet my dietary restrictions last week when we had dinner at Grahams at Squaw Valley.  Check out this vegetable dish with a parmesan cheese crisp.

Graham’s at Squaw Valley, California

We also had the Ahi appetizer and the Buffalo Rib Eye at our table.

Graham’s at Squaw Valley, California

Save room for dessert. While Graham’s always has a nice selection on the dessert menu, the Tarte Tatin is a home run winner and shouldn’t be missed!  I would have had a picture of it, but it looked and smelled so amazing when it was served at the table that we had already eaten most of it before I realized I hadn’t taken a photo to share with everyone – simply delicious!

If you’ll be in the greater Olympic Valley – Tahoe City area and are looking for a place to have a wonderful dinner check out Graham’s at Squaw Valley.

Graham’s at Squaw Valley – 1650 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, California 96146. 

For dinner reservations or private parties call (530)581-0454 

Enjoy a wonderful meal and evening at Graham’s at Squaw Valley!

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.

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Carnelian Bay Homes for Sale Market Report – Year End 2012

Carnelian Bay Homes for Sale Market Report – Year End 2012

It’s that time of year to review how the Carnelian Bay area real estate market has performed.  Here is the Carnelian Bay homes for sale Year End 2012 Market Report.

Carnelian Bay Homes Sold Market Report – Year End 2012:

Sold Sales: Carnelian Bay had 78 single family homes sold in 2012, which is a 77% increase in volume over 2011 levels.

The Carnelian Bay single family home sales price remained flat with an average median homes sales price of $417,000. The median average days on market was 149 DOM.

Carnelian Bay Homes for Sale Market Report – Year End 2012

Cash Sale Transactions: The number of cash sale transactions for the Carnelian Bay area increased slightly to 38%, which is just above the Tahoe- Truckee Regional average of 34%, or 1 out of every 3 home sales has been a cash buyer.

Absorption Rate: The current absorption rate is at 3.83 months, which indicates a Sellers’ market as of 01/02/2013.

Distress Sales:
Distress sellers (bank foreclosures- real estate owned (REO’s) and short sales) has declined and dropped to 22% of all homes sold in 2012, which is a 50% improvement over 2011.
distressed levels.


Active Homes for Sale:
There were 23 Active– available homes for sale in the Carnelian Bay area as of 01/02/2013. They ranged in price from $239,000 to $6.785 million, with an average median asking sales price of $1,075,000.

Of the 23 homes offered for sale there are only two (2) short sales, no (Zero – 0) REO (Bank Foreclosure) listings, or only 9% of the current listings are distressed, which is a clear sign that the market is stabilizing.

Pending Home Sales: There are eight (8) pending home sales in Carnelian Bay area and they range from $239,000 to $869,000. There is one (1) is a short sale, and one (1) REO/Bank Foreclosure.

For more detailed Carnelian Bay 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 Carnelian Bay area, or would like to know what your Carnelian Bay home may be worth, call Laura Allen at 530.414.1260.

More about Carnelian Bay:

This North Shore community is centrally located, and is close to Kings Beach and Tahoe City.  Its location makes it easy to get to Northstar, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, or Homewood Ski resorts.  It is close to all of the Lake Tahoe recreational activities such as boating, hiking, biking, tennis, golf, miniature golf, skiing, shopping, and restaurants.

Carnelian Bay Homes for Sale Market Report – Year End 2012

The Carnelian Bay neighborhood is a mix of some smaller, older, Tahoe cabins, newer luxury mountain homes, and lakefront properties.  Some of the more well-known neighborhoods in Carnelian Bay are:

Cedar Flat

Ridgewood

Agate Bay

Carnelian Bay has great public beaches, and a small commercial core area making this area very desirable.  Centrally located between Tahoe City and Kings Beach on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, the Carnelian Bay area is very popular with second home owners.

Carnelian Bay 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.

Carnelian Bay Homes for Sale Market Report – Year End 2012

Tahoe Ski Resort – Snow Report – December 22, 2012

Tahoe Ski Resorts – Snow Report – December 22, 2012

Ho, ho, ho, Lake Tahoe has new snow! On the West Shore of Lake Tahoe  this afternoon I measured about 18″ of new snow here at the lake level, so you can just imagine how much more snow they’ve recieved at the ski resorts!

This monster snow storm will continue through Monday, and most Tahoe ski resorts  are expecting to receive another 5+ feet of new snow.  We should have amazing skiing conditions for  the Christmas – New Year’s holiday week!Tahoe Ski Resorts – Snow Report December 13, 2012

The Tahoe 2012-2013 Ski Season has arrived!

Here’s a list of local Tahoe area resorts with their open status and snow base amounts.

Base totals as of December 22, 2012:

Ski Resort

Open Status

Base Inches

Location

Alpine Meadows

Open

39″ -68″

Alpine Meadows, CA
Boreal Mountain Resort

Open

49″ – 65″

19749 Boreal Ridge Road
Soda Springs, CA
Right off I-80
Diamond Peak
Open

24″ – 36″

1210 Ski Way
Incline Village, NV
Donner Ski Ranch
Open

NA

19320 Donner Pass Road
Norden, CA
Granlibakken

Open

30″

725 Granlibakken Road
Tahoe City, CA
Heavenly

Open

30″ – 53″

3860 Saddle Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Homewood Ski Resort
Open

55″

5145 West Lake Blvd.
Homewood, CA
Kirkwood

Open

52″ – 61″

35 Miles SW of South Lake Tahoe
Off Highway 88
Mt Rose Ski Tahoe

Open

52″ – 94″

22222 Mt Rose Hwy Highway 431
between Incline and Reno, NV
Northstar

Open

21″ – 67″

Off Hwy 267, Truckee, CA
Sierra-At-Tahoe

Open

33″ – 73″

1111 Sierra-At-Tahoe
Twin Bridges, CA
Highway 50
Soda Springs
Opening
Dec 14, 2012

44″ – 65″

10244 Soda Springs Road
Soda Springs, CA
Squaw Valley USA

Open

18″ – 80″

1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA
Sugar Bowl

Open

38″ – 97″

629 Sugar Bowl Road
Donner, CA
Tahoe Donner Downhill
Open

15″ – 45″

11603 Snowpeak Way
Tahoe Donner
Truckee, CA
The holidays should be amazing here in Lake Tahoe.  Get ready to enjoy our new snow!  For more specific ski resort information, check out their websites. Now is the time to plan a trip to Lake Tahoe, and have some winter fun.

Tahoe Ski Resorts – Snow Report December 13, 2012

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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.

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Torchlight Parade – Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California 2012

Torchlight Parade – Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California 2012

Torchlight Parade – Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California 2012If you’ll be spending the holidays here in the North Lake Tahoe area, one local Tahoe favorite is to watch the Torchlight Parade at Squaw Valley, California on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012.

The Torchlight Parade will begin at 6 p.m. and the best viewing will be at the KT Base Bar area.  Events do start on time, and if you do get there a little early you’ll have time to grab a hot chocolate from Starbucks in the Squaw Valley Village, or to get a libation at the KT Base Bar.

Dress warmly as the weather is forecasted to be cold and with the big winter weather snow storm we are about to get in the next few days right before the big holiday, you may need extra time to just get around.

My family went last year, so check out last year’s Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade video in Squaw Valley.  Get ready for some Tahoe holiday magic!

Here are the details:

Torchlight Parade – Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California 2012 Torchlight Parade – Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California 2012

Where: KT Base Bar, The Village at Squaw Valley, Olympic Valley, CA.  While you’ll be able to see the Torchlight Parade from any location that has a view of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort Mountain, being at the KT Base Bar is going to give you a great place to view the event.

When:  Monday, December 31, 2012 –  6 p.m.

For more information on all of the holiday events going on in Squaw Valley, check out their website: http://www.squaw.com/

If you’ll be in the greater Tahoe City area for the holidays make sure you watch the holiday Torchlight Parade in Squaw Valley this year!

See you at the Torchlight Parade on Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California!

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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.

Torchlight Parade – Christmas Eve in Squaw Valley, California 2012