If you’re going to live in Tahoe, with all its lovely seasons to enjoy, you should probably pick a house that makes as much of a statement as your choice to live here. We all drive by that one house down the street with the broken windows, crumbling chimney, and empty Pabst Blue Ribbon cans strewn about the yard, pretending it doesn’t exist. But now, you don’t have to worry about that run-down home or even lame neighbors, because you’ll have the most classy and unique home around. And let’s face it, if you can afford these places, your neighbors are probably opting for Cristal over PBR.
Best Bang For Your Buck! (based on price per square foot)
This Dollar Point home has all the bells and whistles, with lake views and nearby pool access, too. The large landscaped yard is complete with walking paths surrounded by native plants. View your gorgeous sunny yard in summer through huge windows, and enjoy it with plenty of guests, as you’ve got four bedrooms to go around. Oh, and did you want stone flooring in your kitchen? It’s got that too, plus a nook for an office, two big decks, and a huge living room. Bask in your living space as you teach yoga for 200 people, or just keep it all to yourself. Info: $1,395,000, 4 bed, 3 bath, 10,018 square feet, 137 Marlette Dr., Tahoe City, Sotheby’s Realty
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This Tahoma home is unique in so many ways, including creative landscaping, tons of wood-framed windows, an interior spiral staircase, a giant sliding glass door in your dining room, and more. It features a 100-year-old fireplace and passive solar design utilizing many huge windows. The home is also a part of the Chambers Landing HOA, meaning you’ve got pool and beach access, plus tennis courts, and yep, that’s right, tons of that famous slushy Chambers punch right down the street. Info: $1,775,000, 4 bed, 3 bath, 4,000 square feet, 405 Ellis Rd., Tahoma, Chase International
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Windows, windows … did I say windows? Tons of light is the major bonus of this stunning Truckee palace. Large-paned windows fully line both sides of this house, making it practically see-through from the driveway, with crystal clear views out to the beautiful forest and mountains from inside the home. What could be better than a two-car garage plus giant deck to complement this already awesome spot? Think: ultra-chic interior including granite countertops, porcelain sinks, live-edge bathroom vanity, trendy chandeliers, and more. It’s mountain modern and then some. Info: $4,295,000, 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 3,500 square feet, 8249 Ehrman Dr., Truckee, Martis Camp Realty
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