Friday, May 30, 2014

Tahoe Rim Trail: Week 1

The 165 Mile Club K2TRT (Katie2 Tahoe Rim Trail) Challenge Begins! 

The summer of 2014 is the summer we will run, walk, hike or crawl the entire circumference of  Lake Tahoe on the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT). "We" being my friend and colleague Katie Chappell and me.  We will be completing a section each week for a total of 14 sections and over 165 miles!  These runs will be a fun and refreshing way for us to recharge and appreciate this amazing place we live in!  In addition to getting out and sharing the stories of our adventure, we have decided to dedicate each run to a local charity.  After each segment is completed, we will celebrate by sending a donation to the dedicated charity for that given week. We feel so fortunate to live in such an amazing place and want to use this as an opportunity to give back to some of the groups that support the community and make Truckee/Tahoe such a great and beautiful place to live. Our total personal contributions upon (fingers crossed) completion of our goal will total $5,600. 

Week 1: Tahoe Meadows to Tunnel Creek

Due to snow levels, gate closures to access points and our knowledge of the trail, our first section started at Mt. Rose Meadows and ended at Tunnel Creek just above Incline Village.  This left us with an extra 3 mile steep descent down to HWY 28 where we parked one car.  

This was a perfect day for our first journey.  The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing just right, our running vests had arrived… just one small problem… Katie Chappell realized she forgot her shoes when we got to the trailhead!  That was not going to stop us.  With a quick trip to the sports store in Incline Village we were up one new pair of running shoes and off on the trail through Mt. Rose Meadows heading South.

Our trek started in a beautiful meadow with wildflowers and panoramic mountain views. We weaved our way though dense trees, rock outcroppings, and soft sandy trails for a relatively level cross country run. We were continually surprised and awe stricken as each turn revealed a new vista of Lake Tahoe or on the other side the Carson Valley back over to a breathtaking view Big Blue. The miles flew by and before we knew it the run was at an end! We finished with gigantic smiles on our faces, slightly sore feet and a nice cold beer at Tunnel Creek CafĂ©. 

After successfully accomplishing our first segment with 12 miles under our belt, we will proudly be sending a celebration donation to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.  The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is dedicated to maintaining this 165 mile trail that winds around through the ridge tops of the Lake Tahoe Basin, crossing six counties and two states.  Thank you for building, maintaining and preserving a priceless part of Lake Tahoe since 1981.

To learn more about the Tahoe Rim Trail click here

The goal now is to pick up each week where we left off the week before.  This week we will have the climb back up Tunnel Creek to start where we left off on the TRT and continue to Spooner Lake. Our Week 2 designated charity will be the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. 

Wish us luck, follow our adventure here on my blog and maybe we'll see you out there on the trail! 

Katie Tyler

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Monday, May 26, 2014

North Tahoe Farmer's Market 2014

Summer Farmer's Market

It's a short season for Farmer's Markets in the Tahoe area, so when they come to town, everyone comes out for a taste of Summer!  With everything from fresh fruits and veggies to fresh fish and bread to local coffee and a little craft.  Tahoe City has kicked off the season early this year with their first market last Thursday and Truckee will be the longest standing market going into October.  Come join in the fun, fresh atmosphere and pick up the freshest core ingredients for your meal.  

My favorite farmer's market is about 45 minutes away from Truckee at Sierra Valley Farms.  There's nothing like a farmer's market on the farm and as the only "on-farm" farmers market in the state of California, what a unique opportunity.  This is a great day trip activity.  Every Friday from now until September 19th the farm comes alive with fruits, vegetables, fresh seafood, local grown beef, pastas, flowers, wines, cheeses, specialty condiments, fresh baked breads and deserts for sale.  Make sure to be there at noon for the cooking demonstrations by some of the most prestigious chef's in the area followed by a tasting of their creation.  You will find Gary Ramano, owner and operator of Sierra Valley Farms at many of the other famers markets but joining him at the farm is something you will be talking about for the rest of the summer! 
North Tahoe Farmer's Market Schedule ~ Summer 2014

Sierra Valley Farms
1329 County Road A23
Beckwourth, CA 96129
Fridays: May 30 through September 19
10am to 2pm 

Truckee River Regional Park
10500 Brockway Road 
Truckee, CA 96161
Tuesdays: June 10 through October 14
8am to 1pm 
Downtown Truckee in association with Truckee Thursday's
Donner Pass Road
Thursdays: June 12 through August 21
5pm to 9pm 

Tahoe City
Commons Beach
Thursdays: May 22 through June19;  August 28 through September 25
8am to 1pm 
Tahoe Lake Elementary School
375 Grove Street
Thursdays: June 26 through August 21
8am to 1pm 

Incline Village
1115 Tunnel Creek Road
Incline Village, NV 
Thursdays: May 1 through September 25
4pm to 7pm 
Village Market Parking Lot
770 Mays Blvd
Friday and Saturday: June 13 through August 30
10am to 2pm 

Crystal Bay
The Tahoe Biltmore
5 US HWY 28
Fridays: June 6 through September 26
9am to 1pm

Katie Tyler

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Martis Camp Lot 90 & 91 - Just Listed

Just Listed! 

Homesites 90 & 91

I just listed two fantastic neighboring properties in Martis Camp that present a rare opportunity either for two individual buyers to to come and choose the site that suits their project best or for one buyer to purchase both sites for a  truly unique and private almost 3 acre compound right on the 7th fairway. The details on each site are listed below, and each represent a real value in the Martis Camp market through a combination of price, views, orientation and overall location in the Martis Camp community. Both sites have Martis Camp social memberships available to transfer for access to all of the renowned amenities nearby including the Camp Lodge, Family Barn, Putting Park and Activities Pavilion and the Lookout Lodge and ski connect. 

10632 Olana Drive

Lot 91

With the Martis Camp Tom Fazio golf course as a backdrop, this site is a perfect place to build your mountain dream home.  At almost 1.4 acres, there is plenty of room to capture fairway and mountain views from indoor and outdoor living spaces.  The front side of this site has filtered Carson Range & Northstar views, the back side is slightly elevated above the gorgeous 7th fairway. If you like a more private feel, this site is for you. The building envelope is tucked in the trees on a level site. Enjoy the fabulous Tahoe sun all year round on your back patio and enjoy the sound of the summer breeze through the gorgeous pines that surround the property

10638 Olana Drive

Lot 90


A tremendous value in Martis Camp! Perched on the edge of the 7th fairway, this spacious and  level homesite has a very inviting feel.  There are numerous opportunities for a home to capture fairway and mountain views while maintaining privacy with the mature trees on the site.  A large building envelope gives you ultimate design flexibility and you will appreciate the site's ideal orientation which enjoys the sun all day long. Whether you want to start with a guest house for immediate use and take your time building the main home or complete the project at once, this site provides the perfect canvas for you to get started on your Tahoe dream getaway.

Click here for more details or give me a call today for a private tour. 

Katie Tyler

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

FREE Summer Concert Series in Truckee and Tahoe City

Summer Concert Series in Truckee and Tahoe City

The full swing of summer is right around the corner and with that comes the sound of FREE summer concerts both in Truckee and Tahoe City.  These are great events for the whole family to join in and be part of the community as you dance the night away or sit back, relax and listen to the beats.

Tahoe City: Commons Beach

Sunday - June 22 through September 7th 
4pm till 7pm (some shows start early at 3pm)
Commons Beach Park
400 North Lake Blvd. 
Tahoe City, CA 96145
What: This 12 week concert series brings in local, regional and national performers.  This is an event that locals look forward to every week.  With a large lawn area, beach and playground, this is the perfect spot to spend a Sunday afternoon.  Local food and drink vendors are available with delicious options such as BBQ, ice cream, sushi and more.  You are also welcome to bring your own food and drink.  

Click here for more information

Truckee: Regional Park: "Salty" Gebhardt Amphitheater

Wednesday – June 18th through Mid-August
Regional Park Amphitheater
10050 Brockway Road
Truckee, CA 96161
What: This outdoor amphitheater with elevated lawn spanning up from the stage is the perfect setting for a Wednesday night community gathering featuring an array of fun music.  With a decomposed granite dance floor in front of the stage, don't forget your dancing shoes!  

Pack up the family, a low back chair or blanket, a picnic dinner and something to drink every Wednesday and Sunday night this summer. Don't miss out, there is some serious fun to be had!   

Katie Tyler

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Donner Summit Canyon: Day Hike

Donner Summit Canyon: Day Hike

In 2011 the Truckee Donner Land Trust acquired 260 acres of the lower part of "Summit Canyon" below Donner Pass and just above Donner Lake's West End.  This opened up a whole new recreation area for hiking, biking and picnicking.  Especially interesting for it's history as the original Dutch Flat Donner Lake Wagon Road in 1864 and for decades, the main route over this part of the Sierra.  

Last weekend I took the family to explore this new area.  We ended up doing a 3 mile round trip up to the Donner Lake lookout.  This is the perfect afternoon activity with everything from river crossings, history lessons and breathtaking views. 

There are many trails to explore but we decided to follow the well marked path and signs pointing us to the viewpoint.  This is a mellow hike that starts off forested and and quickly crosses a river, winds through a marshy meadow and gradually climbs upwards.  You are thoroughly rewarded as you finally emerge through the trees and peak out over the landscape down to Donner Lake.  Waiting for you at the top is your very own picnic table!  

Remember to bing a lunch and enjoy some PB&J's as you gaze at the breathtaking view.  
If you still have more energy in store, you can get back onto the main trail and head even further up the canyon to see the original 1867 Rail Road tunnel, China Wall, petroglyphs and old advertisements painted on rocks while you walk the actual route of the old highway with continuous views of Donner Lake.  If you do reach the top of the summit you can then connect to the Pacific Crest Trail and in the future this will be a connector to the Donner Rim Trail.  

This is an amazing new addition to the Truckee hiking trails.  I recommend getting outside and exploring for yourself!  

Click here for a trail map

Katie Tyler

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Surf Air comes to Truckee

Surf Air 

Surf Air is the first All-You-Can-Fly private membership airline and the Truckee airport is now one of only 6 destinations offered.  For a monthly fee of $1,559, members can fly as often as they wish between the 6 destinations offered with more destinations coming soon.  This is a whole new level of  First Class travel.  With Surf Air you will fly out of private air terminals on 7 seater Pilatus planes and have complimentary parking.  Pre-arrival time is just 15 minutes before take-off.  A Surf Air concierge will be there to meet you and take you to the aircraft.  Step into a relaxing way to travel with BMW-designed, plush leather seats with plenty of room, free snacks, beverages and no baggage fee.  

This is great news for the Tahoe Truckee area making access to all the fun, recreation and beauty that Tahoe-Truckee has to offer.  

For more information go to

Katie Tyler

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Martis Camp Lot 133 Just Listed

Lot 133 Holmgrove Court
Martis Camp 

Just Listed

A rare find at Martis Camp! 

Located on the corner of Valhalla Drive and Holmgrove Court, this large 1.9 acre homesite presents many different building options.  Imagine views of Northstar out your front door and a greenbelt out your back door all perfectly situated for a sunny south/west orientation.  

Bordering the property line is a greenbelt area that connects to open space, extensive forest service land and the Martis Camp trail system.  The mountain adventure is right outside your door.  To join the fun at the practice range, Camp Lodge and all the amenities, you're just a short walk away.  You will appreciate the privacy, size, location, views & character of this site.  Your dream home is already underway with land survey and soil test included with purchase.

Click here for more details and call me today for a private tour! 

Katie Tyler

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Tahoe Truckee Market Update - April, 2014

Tahoe Truckee Market Update

April, 2014

Spring has delivered its typical confusing weather to the Tahoe region, supplying one of the most significant snowstorms of the year followed by an extended run of perfect, 70 degree days. With the closing of ski season and oncoming of golf, hiking and biking season, a shorter-than-usual transition period appears imminent.

The Tahoe – Truckee real estate market has not missed a beat with a flurry of sales activity in the month of April. In total, 93 residential properties closed escrow producing $64,878,510 in sales volume.  The luxury segment continues to be in high demand with 16% of total sales coming from the $1 million and above price segment. 

With the rapid economic growth of our Northern California feeder market and their unyielding desire for a retreat in a beautiful environment, the fundamentals of Lake Tahoe Real Estate are nearly as strong as they have ever been. The introduction of communities that cater to the changing demographics of our consumer continue to thrive as evidenced by four sales within Northstar Mountainside including three Home Run Residences ($1,800,000 - $2,205,000) and another Ritz –Carlton Residence ($2,750,000). With two additional sales pending, Home Run has just four homes remaining. Similarly, The Ritz-Carlton Residences are now past the halfway point in sales.

Martis Camp produced two sales of “cabin” properties in April from $2,960,000 - $3,000,000 and continues to have steady stream of homesite sales and construction starts on new luxury homes.

While 93 sales represent a slight decrease from the same month in 2013, this is easily attributed to the scarcity of available property for sale.  In fact, 93 closings nearly mirror the 9-year average for transactions in April.

The first quarter of 2014 saw explosive growth in values; an increase of 30% year over year based upon a remarkable run of sales within elite-tier properties including Tahoe lakefronts and top quality resort homes. While values continue to rise, the overall market is showing a statistical regression to the mean as more low and middle-tier homes come on the market and quickly sell.  In April, the average sales price of $695,000 represents a 7% increase over the same month in 2013. Median price has improved 17% over the previous 12-month period.

This “normalizing” is neither negative nor unexpected.  Current inventory for the overall market is a perfectly balanced 6-months supply, a slight increase over previous months that is typical of the period immediately following ski season.  When segmented by price, inventory below $1,000,000 has just 4 months stock. This short supply allows luxury sales to carry an even greater weight in representing the performance of Lake Tahoe Real Estate.
Steady progress is forecast for the coming months with 187 properties pending sale at a median asking price of $452,850. This is nearly identical to the April median sales price which was led by a number of lakefront properties ranging from $3,150,000 - $7,900,000 in addition to the Home Run sales mentioned above. The expiration of ski leases and changing of seasons often results in increased listing activity. Spring arrived sooner than usual this year prompting this cycle to begin early.

A glorious summer is in the making whether measured miles of trail or real estate sales. Tahoe Mountain Resorts will continue to be your resource for all things Tahoe.

Katie Tyler

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