Vintage, charming Lake Tahoe CA home for sale

A Lake Tahoe home with hidden stone pathways, a lighthouse and 220 feet of water frontage has hit the market for $7.75 million.

“It really is a magical storybook setting that one could never be duplicated under today’s development guidelines,” said Craig Miller, co-listing agent with Katherina Haug of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty.

The classic “old Tahoe” cabin at Boulder Point on Lake Tahoe’s west shore was built in the 1930s and updated in 2000 to modern standards.

“This estate retains the charm and character of its early 1930s heritage,” according to a fact sheet on the home.

Owned by a Bay area family as their vacation home for the past 25 years, the property is located in an area with “very little turnover,” Miller said. Adjacent properties have remained under the same family ownership since the area was subdivided in the early 1930s, he added.

With their children grown and pursuing careers elsewhere, the owners decided to sell, Miller said.

The four-bedroom, two-bath home at 8307 Meeks Bay Avenue sits on .83 acres. Stone steps lead to a deep-water swimming hole and 220-feet of lake frontage. A private dock features an electric boat lift and two deep-water buoys provide additional moorings. There’s even a personal lighthouse just above the water’s edge to lead to safe harbor after adventuring out on Lake Tahoe for an evening boating trip.

“Embracing its old world charm, stone paths meander throughout the extensive grounds, winding amongst massive granite boulders branching off in multiple directions to reveal various hideaways for those seeking solitude,” according to the official listing.

Inside, the home makes extensive use of fir and pine finishes and features a wood-burning fireplace. The main living areas are on the entry level along with one bedroom and a full bath. Bay windows overlook the lake from the living room. Upstairs, three more bedrooms take in lake views.

“Because you are located on the Point, you enjoy very private wrap-around panoramas of Lake Tahoe that easily exceed 180 degrees, not the corridor type views of the lake which are more typical,” Miller said.

An enormous patio sits lakeside with perimeter stone walls, multiple planter beds, outdoor fireplace and wood-fire cooking facility. There’s a two car garage with extensive storage and potential for building living quarters above it.

Miller said a longtime prior owner, believed to be “Budge” Huntley, “apparently made a hobby of building stone walkways, walls and turrets” reminiscent of Thunderbird Lodge at Incline Village.

David Caraccio is a video producer for The Sacramento Bee who was born and raised in Sacramento. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and longtime journalist who has worked for newspapers as a reporter, editor, page designer and digital content producer.

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