Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Alibi Ale Works


This building in downtown Truckee on the corner of Bridge Street and Jibboom Street holds a long history dating back to the 1940’s. What was "Coffey’s Garage" has since been home to a couple of banks and a Crossfit gym. Locals are excited about the latest business taking charge of this building. Alibi Ale Works is now open with an entirely updated interior offering a comfortable gathering space. Having roots in the area, this is the second location for Alibi. Their Incline Village location has been in operation since 2014 after a Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Now, adding a special something to downtown Truckee, Alibi is serving up 22 draft beers daily, delicious food bites and live music. 


BeerThere is a constant rotation of beers on draft with 22 offerings each day. Every beer is made with 100% Lake Tahoe water. Whether it is dark, light, hoppy or sour, each one has a delicious character. I tried the nitro beer on draft that day. It was the Coconut Brown that surprisingly had a of flavors in the smooth nitro cream.
  

FoodThe specialty here is nachos. Love nachos? With 7 different varieties to choose from, be prepared for your idea of nachos to be turned upside-down. Start with the Korean nachos and finish off with the s’mores nachos! Small bites are also offered like cheese, olives and a vegetable platter.
  

MusicMusic is offered multiple nights a week with everything from mellow solo artists to high energy bands that will get the crowd out on the dance floor. I am excited to experience this new music venue myself with room to move and great bands like locals Coburn Station and Muzicka, a 16 piece folk band from Czech Republic.
 

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Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Thunderbird Lodge

The Thunderbird Lodge 

Lake Tahoe has over 2 million years of history. One of the most fascinating and intriguing stories lies within the walls of the Thunderbird Lodge. In 1939, the Thunderbird Lodge was completed on the shores of Lake Tahoe along with a yacht to get to and from the Lodge for George Whittell, Jr., one of the wealthiest men in California at the time. This estate was part of 20 miles of shoreline, now comprised of several buildings on a six acre parcel on the east shore of the lake. The history of the property is rich with tales about the 600 foot long secret tunnel, exotic animals, a card house built especially for poker games with friends like Howard Hughes and an aviary that was home to over 40 birds. This architecture blends many elements with stone masonry, ironwork and woodwork. Couple the architecture and boat-in location with the flamboyant lifestyle of George Whittell, Jr., this piece of Lake Tahoe has endless stories to tell.
 


This property is now part of the Thunderbird Lodge National Historic Site and open for tours. Legend springs to life as you discover the lighthouse room, old lodge, servant’s quarters with original kitchen, as well as the underground tunnel leading to the cavernous boathouse. In the boathouse see the legendary wooden speedboat, Thunderbird, card house, gardens, waterfalls and fountains.
 


There are many ways to experience this bit of Lake Tahoe history. Make it a special night and join in the winemakers dinner hosted at the Thunderbird Lodge. Gourmet dinners are paired with California winemakers as a fundraiser for the property. As the sun sets, the views are unparalleled. 
  

Other tour options include viewings by land, boat or kayak. By boat, try the continental breakfast and picnic lunch. This four hour tour will cruise the shores from Zepher Cove to the site location. A day on the Lake is heavenly. By land, try the Friday afternoon wine and cheese tour. This tour offers more time to explore the gardens and waterfalls while enjoying good wine and snacks. This year, the waterfalls are sure to be impressive. By Kayak, the adventure begins at Sand Harbor and includes a luncheon along the way, a truly unique experience.

This is the summer to discover the mystery and the legacy of the Thunderbird Lodge.

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Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 


Tahoe-Truckee Market Update: August, 2017

Tahoe-Truckee Market Update

August, 2017 

Prior year comparisons would indicate that year-to-date production for the local real estate market has been sluggish. Indeed, 6% fewer residential sales have transacted year-to-date leading to an 8% reduction in total real estate volume when compared to the first seven months of 2017. 

A deeper examination reveals that, while certain pockets of the market have hit saturation, the majority of the region continues to thrive. While average price has dropped slightly over this period from $849,000 to $827,000, median price has surged ahead by 10% from $539,000 to $595,750. 

Rising median price contrasted with a slightly diminished average price indicates more homes selling in lower price points.  Translated, primary neighborhoods have outperformed resort communities showing strong demand for full-time homes, investment properties and perhaps, a more modest lifestyle. 

For example, Tahoe Donner, the common denominator community combining primary and second homes, has sold 6% more homes at 5% higher prices than the same period last year. Martis Camp, a phenomenon that has driven the local market to new heights in recent years, has sold 36% fewer homes taking almost $50 million in sales volume out of the market compared to last year.

The combined performance of Gray’s Crossing, Old Greenwood and Lahontan show an identical performance to last year at the same time having sold 28 homes at an average price just above $1,500,000.

Reasons for this shifting dynamic are many; tight inventory creating fewer selections for consumers, a general shift toward more conservative second home purchases or, perhaps, saturation of qualified purchasers for the most expensive local offerings. 

July, 2016 began what may have been the most prolific 90 day period for real estate sales ever in the Tahoe Truckee region. While 2017 may not live up to these lofty standards, we are undoubtedly headed toward another sensational Q3 by historical standards. 


Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance


August 10 – 11, 2017

The first Concours d’Elegance was held in 1972, just after companies stopped making wooden speedboats and made the switch to fiberglass boats. This year we look forward to the 45th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance. The event is staged at the historic Obexer's Boat Company in Homewood on Lake Tahoe’s beautiful West Shore.




Every time you see a wooden boat on Lake Tahoe, it’s hard not to marvel as it speeds by or pulls up to the dock as you sip cocktails on the Sunnyside deck. The Councours event brings all the wooden boats and wooden boat lovers together for an action packed weekend. On display are exquisitely maintained boats restored to the highest level of authenticity as they appeared when they were shipped from the factory. Boats and boat enthusiasts will travel from around the world to share their passion for wooden boats.
 

The weekend kicks off with the Opening Night Gala. The event takes place at the Tahoe Maritime Museum with wine, cuisine, music, art and dancing. Other social events that surround the Councours are the Men’s Grill and Ladies Luncheon that includes a fashion show. These are classic events that have become tradition for many who attend each year. The Concours d’Elegance is a timeless event that merges the history of Lake Tahoe with the finest setting and entertainment that Lake Tahoe has to offer today.

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Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tahoe Summer Sports

How Many Sports Can You Do In A Day?



Tahoe is a mecca for summer sports. Each day spent here is full of more things to do than hours in the day or days in the week. This year there is one more to add in there, skiing. Squaw Valley has decided to stay open on Saturday’s as long as conditions permit.  One of my favorite days consists of trying to fit in as many sports in one day as you can. With the long days, how many can you fit in? Load up the car with all your sports gear and get ready for an epic day.



Boating Sports
As the sun rises, the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe are flat and clear. Get out on a boat and water ski, wake board or try out surfing behind the boat. Breathe in the clean crisp air, jump in and feel the rush of the chilling blue water.



Snow in the Summer Sports
With Squaw Valley open on weekends, it’s time to head to the mountain. Put on your best retro outfit, summer shorts or maybe a bikini. Take the funitel up to mid-mountain and then head to Shirley Lake chair. The slopes are North facing here and some good corn turns will be found.



Biking & Hiking Sports
With thousands of trails in North Lake Tahoe, an adventure out in the woods is waiting. At the base of Squaw Valley, Shirley Canyon trail is beautiful this year with a raging river and multiple waterfalls along the way. This is a hiking only trail. For biking, head out of Squaw Valley and pick up the Western Sates trail just outside the Squaw entrance on HWY 89 towards Tahoe City or head up to the Tahoe City nordic center for a web of fantastic trails that wind up the hill for Lake Tahoe views and endless wildflower viewing.


Swimming Sports
The hot summer is warming up at this point. It’s time to jump in the lake. My favorite is going to Donner Lake. The South side of Donner Lake where there are 37 public piers. Pick your favorite spot or on busy days, share with other patrons. Look out…. Cannon ball! SPLASH!
  



Paddle Board & Kayaking Sport
To top off the day head to Waterman’s Landing on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe and rent a paddle board or kayak. Get out on the water just in time for the sunset. Even better, plan it for the full moon and stay out as late as you can! This month, the full moon falls on Monday, August 7th.


You did it. You earned it. Now it’s time to eat. Close by Waterman’s Landing is Gar Woods, a great spot for dinner and their famous Wet Woody drinks. If you come back to Truckee, treat yourself to a dinner at Truckee Tavern where each cocktail is carefully hand crafted with top notch ingredients.



Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wanderlust at Squaw Valley

July 20 – 23, 2017

Back for the 9th year, Wanderlust is a four day festival based out of Squaw Valley, CA.  This is a one-of-a-kind event that lets you choose how to find your happy or “true north" right here in the center of the natural beauty that surrounds us.  The 4 day event offers 4 different components.  When mixed together as you choose, it’s time for a weekend of inspiration. 



Yoga and Meditation
Whether you are a beginner or well-seasoned yogi, you’ll have an ideal day at Wanderlust.  Meditation sessions occur daily, and a wide range of yoga classes are offered all day in many different settings.  Relax in the studio with vinyasa flow or yin classes.  Branch out and challenge yourself with paddle boarding or aerial yoga.  Whatever you choose, you will be learning from the worlds best instructors. 


Live Music
Headlining music this year features Little Dragon, DJ Drez, Lettuce and Ron Artis II + The Truth. Listen, dance and enjoy the sounds in to the night with likeminded people.  The deep sounds of the music combined with the towering mountain backdrop makes for an unforgettable experience.


Adventure
Get out into your surroundings.  Expert guides will be hosting trail runs, peaceful sunset hikes, electrifying bike excursions, stand up paddle boarding on Lake Tahoe and downhill mountain bike adrenaline sessions.

Learn
Immerse yourself in the inspiring ideas of thought-leaders at Wanderlust Speakeasy.  These are focused on intimate and casual lectures covering a variety of topics from health to politics to personal empowerment.  


Food
The food co-op is a place for the best local vendors with offerings like superfood smoothies, kombucha and on the go food. Don’t miss out on the Farm-to-Table dinners offered.  A chance to enjoy a delectable organic meal with friends and panoramic views at the top of High Camp at Squaw. 

The Wanderlust venue is open to everyone in the Village at Squaw Valley.  All classes, speakers and music will require a ticket.  Tickets range from $20 for a one day music ticket to $505 for the full package of a 4-day experience.  


From Moscow to Vienna to Brooklyn, Wanderlust is taking the “true north” around the world.  We are lucky to have this in our back yard.  Take advantage this weekend and experience what everyone is talking about.  

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Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012 


Friday, July 7, 2017

Tahoe-Truckee Market Update

Tahoe-Truckee Market Update

July, 2017 

Contemplating a year wherein sales volume is down nearly 6% and average price flat compared to prior year does not often foretell of a banner year. Nevertheless, at midyear, 2017 appears poised to top all 12-month periods in recent memory for real estate activity in the Tahoe Truckee region. 

An overwhelming winter artificially restrained activity for the first two quarters despite exceptional demand for resort property. As such, many purchases have been deferred to the latter half of the year which traditionally produces 57% of annual sales in a “normal” year.   



With interest in the region surging and inventory steady at a balanced 6-month supply, it is not a stretch to imagine an even more exaggerated bias to the latter quarters.

Despite challenging conditions, price ranges and neighborhoods traditionally associated with primary ownership have been pulsing with activity including a rarely seen phenomenon of multiple offers driving prices above asking in many cases. Such activity during “shoulder season” often foretells similar results for resort property during peak summer months and into fall. At midyear, median price has risen by 8% for the entire region; an exceptional metric given that the most premium real estate transactions are yet to come. 


While mountain resort properties saw a meaningful boost as winter’s grandeur became increasingly apparent, the real impact is likely to be felt in fall as consumers make decisions based upon the season to come.
  


In the meantime, Tahoe lakefront properties, the historical standard bearer for elite homeownership, are experiencing a return to preeminence after having taken a backseat to Martis Camp’s astonishing rise. A number of magnificent waterfront properties, both turnkey and raw land, have pulled the wealthiest consumers back to the Tahoe Basin.

While the performance of real estate will be subject to various economic cycles, the majesty of the mountains will remain immune. Time spent with family and friends enjoying a setting among the most beautiful in the world is a value that defies price. 



Katie Tyler

Realtor®
BRE 01442453
c 530 277 1012