Glenbrook, Nevada - 210 miles east of San Francisco, 45 miles southwest of Reno, 20 minutes to Incline Village, 9 miles north of Stateline, Nevada. The Pines is located just south of Glenbrook, the site of Lake Tahoe's first shoreline sawmill and the largest lumbering settlement in the 1870's and 80's. On the west side of Highway 50, The Pines is 15 minutes from Carson City and Highway 395, which runs from southern California to the Canadian border. Fifty-five minutes to Virginia City and 20 minutes to the famed Ponderosa Ranch at Incline Village.
The general area, which has approximately 8,100 year-round residents, is managed by Douglas County. The South Lake Tahoe airport is capable of handling both commercial and private air carriers and is conveniently located 30 minutes away; Carson City Airport is 30 minutes, the Reno Tahoe International airport is 55 minutes away.
There are 17 major ski resorts within the Tahoe area; Heavenly and Diamond Peak at Incline Village are within 20 minutes. The Edgewood Golf course is 10 minutes south; Genoa Lakes and Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch are within 20 minutes. Recreation abounds with scenic hiking, fishing, boating, biking, golf, winter sports and casino entertainment. Excellent local shopping, dining and sightseeing; fine public schools and parks within minutes. The tax climate is very favorable: no personal State income tax or inheritance tax and low property taxes.
HISTORY: Originally 26 acres and named Whispering Pines, the property was developed in the mid 1930’s as a summer retreat for the Scripps/Howard Newspaper family. It later sold in the ‘50’s and again in the 70’s, and was home to an old Tahoe family for nearly three decades. Four parcels were divided and The Pines is the result of the two most magnificent parcels on Lake Tahoe’s shores. The Guest House was built in 1996 and the Main Residence built in 1998. Today, The Pines is one of Lake Tahoe’s largest privately held estates and without question, one of the most remarkable.
PROPERTY: Upon entering The Pines you are directed past the caretaker’s house towards the water through magnificently landscaped grounds which include a three hole golf course with practice green, swimming pool and spa, waterfalls, a covered bridge, trout ponds, and gigantic granite outcroppings. There are two private buoys and boathouse with 27-foot slip, shared pier and wide sand beach. The property consists of a main residence, guest house, second guesthouse or caretaker’s home, detached garage building/current gym and shop. There is room for expansion for an additional three holes of golf or coverage available for a tennis court and sports pavilion. A private recreational beach easement is in place for the two adjoining properties. Water rights consist of 12 acre-feet and a well, which services all three houses at The Pines.
MAIN RESIDENCE: Designed of lateral clear-heart stained redwood accented with dramatic Montana lodge poles, natural stone and granite with a treated wood shake roof. Built in 1998, The Pines is a contemporary two-story mountain-style residence constructed of the finest materials and craftsmanship throughout. The architecture has taken every part of the environment into consideration while achieving a comfortable floor plan for easy day-to-day living. Dramatic multi-level windows showcase Lake Tahoe’s panoramic views and the beautiful Sierra Nevada from almost every room.
ENTRY LEVEL: Impressive double etched glass and rustic cherry wood doors open to the entry, which leads to a large window-walled gallery with slate floors and copper wallpaper. The entry leads to the lakefront living room with dramatic 35’ Douglas fir ceilings. A double-sided natural granite, ceiling-to-floor fireplace with two staircases on each side make this room the heart of this warm and welcoming home. The staircase railings are artistically created of wrought iron made by a master craftsman. Custom designed Zeluck windows, engineered to withstand 120 mile an hour sustained winds without leakage are used throughout. All windows are mahogany clad exteriors with cherry interior trim. Dramatic steel beams wrapped with chiseled wood and rustic cherry flooring accentuate the vastness of this room.
On the backside of the Living Room is a circular alcove, which has an inviting SPA ROOM with two story window walls. The lakefront dining room with fireplace has built-in cabinetry, and adjoins the butler’s pantry and wine room. A POWDER ROOM is just off the dining room. The KITCHEN is grand in style with a cozy living area with a natural stone wood burning fireplace and state-of-the art appliances. Details include rich rustic cherry cabinetry, unique Kirkstone Slate countertops, top-of-the-line Thermadore appliances, Sub-Zero refrigerator, freezer, and a commercial Thermadore gas range with a hammered copper hood, four warming ovens, two Miele dishwashers and Sub-Zero ice maker. Access to a pantry, laundry, bathroom, garage and swimming pool are conveniently located.
At the other end of the home, and also accessed from the entry, is the OFFICE with southwest views of the lake and double doors leading to the lakefront deck. The floor in uniquely designed in a quilt-like style made of cherry burl wood. A powder room is located in this area. A game room and bar with spectacular views of the lake is located on the south side of the house. The bar includes two icemakers, refrigerator and refrigerated drawers for entertaining ease. Adjoining the bar is the theatre room, which is engineered for exceptional sound, space and volume and is heavily sound proofed and currently upgraded. It is air-conditioned, has a 10-foot screen, Sony projector and built-in media storage. Other features on this level are the storage rooms and access to one of the garages with parking for three cars.
UPPER LEVEL: Travel up either of the beautifully crafted rustic cherry circular staircases which are reserved exclusively for the luxurious and elegant master wing, plus four guest suites and guest sitting area. Step through the impressive eight-foot cherry doors to the spacious master suite with dramatic cathedral ceilings of alder, a granite gas log fireplace, electric shades, and a private lakeview deck. The luxurious master bathroom has individual sink areas and closets. The counter tops are honed academy black granite with chiseled edge. The floors are large flamed granite panels. There is an environmental shower with dual showerheads, four hyrdo-heads, a waterfall and steam system, a spa bathtub and an enclosed stacking washer and dryer. The gymnasium (which could be used as an office) adjoins the master suite. Overlooking the granite outcroppings, this is a peaceful and very private setting perfect for exercise or meditation.
Leaving the Master Suite Wing on one end of the residence, you cross over a breezeway to three guest suites, all beautifully designed with a variety of finishes including acid washed tumbled marble, environmental showers, large walk-in closets, private decks and a guest sitting area with a ceiling to floor gas log fireplace, built-in bookshelves, and a complete mini kitchen with refrigerator. This area also accommodates HAL’S ROOM, which is the command center for the entire automated house control system. At the far end of the upper level is the dormitory that is a multi-use room with impressive wood beams offering triple aspect lake and mountain views. This room would be an excellent office, library or playroom and is adjoined by a bathroom. There are service stairs leading to the kitchen area.
AMENITIES: A sophisticated Creston automated control system is in place with touch screens throughout the house that control lights, temperature, audio/video and security. The entire house is wired with fiber optic cable for future upgrades. Hydronic in-floor heating throughout is fueled by propane and boiler system. The air handling system provides filtered and humidified air, and the entire house is ducted for air-conditioning (seldom a need at Lake Tahoe). With fire sprinklers throughout, the home is located across the highway from the Glenbrook Fire Station. The music system operates both inside and out. Pathways are flamed granite. Decks, turn-around drive and garage aprons are hydronically heated.
The garage holds three parking spaces and there are two independent vacuum systems. Television reception is by satellite. Multiple satellite receivers allow viewing of different channels simultaneously in most locations. There are two Sewer Lifts Stations with an alarm. THE GUEST HOUSE: The Guest house is a replica of the historic main house at Whispering Pines. Charming in every way, this home is approximately 3,000 square feet and consists of four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The exterior is clear-heart redwood half-rounds. In the great room, the original beams, carved fireplace mantle and wagon wheel light fixture were used, all dating back to 1935. The interior walls and ceilings are knotty pine and the great room overlooks the swimming pool, beach, lake, pier and boathouse.
The bedrooms are magnificently decorated and have planter shutters and built-in dressers. Some of the bathroom fixtures are of original vintage.
The kitchen has custom Ann Sacks tile, a gas log fireplace, Sub Zero refrigerator, Viking range, Bosch Dishwasher and icemaker and laundry area. French doors lead to the patio with an outdoor fireplace and dining area, which is perfect for entertaining. Distressed 6” plank pine flooring runs throughout. The garage houses the Snow Melt system and Water Treatment center. There is a vacuum system and garage with four parking spaces.
THE SECOND GUEST OR CARETAKER’S HOUSE: Remodeled, this charming two-story home has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The interior is knotty pine with a wood burning fireplace, white tile kitchen and baths, and wooden blinds. There is a large back yard and a stand up basement. This house is conveniently located by the shop, garage building and main entrance gate.
Property Features Include: Historic Home, Ski & Mountain Property, Waterfront, 4 Fireplace(s), Gated Entry, Yes, Yes, 9 car, 11 Plus Parking Spaces,Gated Parking,Open Parking,, Propane, Hydronic, Radiant, In Floor, Fireplace
Views Include: Water, Sunset, Sunrise, Mountain
Amenities Include: on golf course, Yes, Yes, Lakeside, Putting green, 3 hole golf course, Pier & Buoy
Architectural Style: Lakefront Estate with 3 residences
Lot Acres: 13.6
Guest House - Other
Pool House - Other