Friday, July 01, 2011

Tahoe Fireworks schedule

Fireworks get under way at Kings Beach Sunday, July 3. Dusk

Squaw Valley USA - Free fireworks Sunday, July 3 at 9:15 p.m. Big Head Todd Concert starts at 7:30 Doors at 6pm. Free

Tahoe City’s 64th annual fireworks celebration begins at 9:30 p.m. at Commons Beach Monday, July 4.

In Truckee, the Truckee 4th of July Fireworks is scheduled for Monday, July 4 at West End Beach at Donner Lake at dusk. Tickets are $6 per person (in advance only) and are available through the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District for TDRPD residents. Call 530-582-7720 for information.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Things to Do in Tahoe Week of 6/27

Truckee Thursdays ~ Downtown Truckee
Jun 30, 2011 (Thu)
5-9 pm Downtown. Every Thursday 5 to 9pm. Live entertainment historic walking

Foothill Farmers' Market ~ Thursdays at Commons Beach, Tahoe City, CA
Jun 30, 2011 (Thu)
Foothill Farmers' Market ~ Thursdays in Downtown Truckee, CA
Jun 30, 2011 (Thu)
8am-1pm Foothill Farmers' Market Association Celebrating 21 Years of Farmers'...

Astronomy Hike (1-2 miles) at Tahoe Meadows
Jun 30, 2011 (Thu)
7:45 PM Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for this short trip through...

Starlight Cinema: Shrek - The Final Chapter, Incline Village, NV
Jun 30, 2011 (Thu)
7:00pm Bring your lawn chairs & enjoy fun family movies. The night will begin...

3,000 Words Fundraiser ~ High Fives Foundation, Biking for a Better World and Arne Backstrom Memorial Fund
Jun 30, 2011 (Thu)
5pm - 2am FiftyFifty Brewing Co. (Truckee CA) will host 3 000 Words a fundraiser...

Sheila Ross and Friends at Cottonwood Restaurant, Truckee, CA
Jun 30, 2011 (Thu)
6 pm ~ JAZZ RETURNS TO COTTONWOOD. Reservations are highly encouraged at...
Conversations with Helen Smith at Vikingsholm
Jun 30, 2011 (Thu)
4:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception in the Vikingsholm...
Wine & Nine in Incline Village, NV

Jun 30, 2011 (Thu)
5:30pm Join us Thursday evenings and play 9 holes of golf followed by wine... more>
Comedy Night - Crystal Bay Club Crown Room

Jun 30, 2011 (Thu)
8:00 pm Gabriel Rutledge,Owen Straw & Darlene Peterson more>

Kings Beach Music on the Beach

Jul 1, (Fri) - Aug 19, 2011 (Fri)
6pm ~ Get your beach chairs and dancin' shoes ready for some great music...
Ski and Ride at Squaw Valley- Independence Day Weekend
Jul 1, (Fri) - Jul 4, 2011 (Mon)
9am-2pm With over 800 inches of snow we are going to open for skiing and...
KT Concert Series at Squaw Valley
Jul 1, (Fri) - Sep 2, 2011 (Fri)
6-8:30pm In its inaugural season the KT Tribute Series occurs on the first...
KT Concert Series at Squaw Valley ~ STUNG a Tribute to the Police
Jul 1, 2011 (Fri)
6-8:30pm ~ Enjoy music from the Police. In its inaugural season the KT Tribute... more>
Music on the Beach ~ The Blues Monsters-Kings Beach
Jul 1, 2011 (Fri)
The Blues Monsters – July 1 presented by Rockwood Tree Service and Hooked...
George Souza at the Cottonwood Restaurant, Truckee, CA
Jul 1, 2011 (Fri)
6 pm ~ The Happy Man shares his many gifts Reservations are highly encouraged... more>
Headphone Union at Truckee Thursdays
Jul 1, 2011 (Fri)
6:00 pm Downtown Train Station - Headphone Union is a progressive electro/funk... more>
Bourgeois Gypsies - Bar of America in Truckee
Jul 1, 2011 (Fri)

Gary Clark Jr. at Crystal Bay Club Crown Room
Jul 1, 2011 (Fri)

Late Night with Epcot & PRSN at Crystal Bay Club Casino, Crystal Bay, NV
Jul 1, 2011 (Fri)
11:00 pm Crystal Bay Club Red Room. more

2nd Annual Squaw Valley 4th of July Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
10-6pm Friday and Saturday July 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday July... more>
Beerfest & Bluegrass 2011 - Live Bluegrass & Beer Tasting Festival at Northstar Resort

Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
2-7:30pm Sample cold frosty beers from over 30 regional and local breweries... more>
Toccata Presents 6th Big Blue Summer MusicFest with BAROQUE TO BROADWAY, Incline Village, NV

Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
7:00 PM Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus launches its 6th Big Blue Summer... more>
Family Day at the Lake

Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
2-6 pm Please join the NTFRC for Family Day at the Lake and help celebrate...
Cedar House Sport Hotel’s Summer Hiking Series ~ Various Locations

Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
10 a.m. Cedar House’s Summer Hiking Series includes Ellis Peak on July 2...
Tahoe Maritime Museum Truckee Annex Open House

Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
All Day The Museum's annex will be open for viewing by the public.
An Evening with Mark Twain - Adults, Incline Village, NV

Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
6 pm McAvoy Layne is the Ghost of Mark Twain. Relive Mark Twain’s western..
Truckee Running Festival

Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
7 am. Truckee River Regional Park. 7 am. Kids races 5k 10k and half marathon.
George Souza at the Cottonwood Restaurant, Truckee, CA

Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
6 pm The Happy Man shares his many gifts Reservations are highly encouraged...

5th Annual Incline Village Red, White &Tahoe Blue 4th of July Kids Bike/Scooter Parade

Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
8:45 am Kids Bike/Scooter parade starts at 9:45am at the Grog & Grist parking...

Late Night with Shane Suffriti & Haylestorm at the Cyrstal Bay Club Casino, Crystal Bay, NV
Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
11:00 pm Crystal Bay Club Red Room. DJs - Electronica.

Annual 4th of July Tent Sale at the Golf Courses at Incline Village
Jul 2, (Sat) - Jul 4, 2011 (Mon)
9am-4pm Putters golf bags and outerwear all at reduced prices. Special in-shop...
Headphone Union at Fat Cat Cafe in Tahoe City, Ca
Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
9:00 pm Headphone Union is a progressive electro/funk jamband hailing from... more>
Super Diamond
Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
9:00 pm The full Neil Diamond experience. Crystal Bay Club Crown Room.
Jelly Bread - Cutthroat Saloon, Hyatt Regency, Lake Tahoe, NV
Jul 2, 2011 (Sat)
9:00 pm Dirty ensemble chops rich vocal dexterity and solid lyrical flows...

2nd Annual Squaw Vallye 4th of July Fine Arts and Crafts Festival Squaw Valley USA
Jul 3, 2011 (Sun)
10-5pm Friday and Saturday July 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday July...
Kings Beach Fireworks Celebration & Deck Party

Jul 3, 2011 (Sun)
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm The Deck Party starts at 6:30 pm at the North Tahoe Event...
Sierra Senior Services Pancake Breakfast
Jul 3, 2011 (Sun)
Truckee Donner Senior Apartments Estates Drive. 8 to 11 am. Sponsored by...
The Mark Sexton Band-Commons Beach, Tahoe City
Jul 3, 2011 (Sun)
Concerts at Commons Beach more>
Big Head Todd and The Monsters at Squaw Valley
Jul 3, 2011 (Sun)
7pm ~ With the glow of the summer sun just dipping over the mountain peaks...

Fireworks at Squaw Valley USA
Jul 3, 2011 (Sun)
9pm Celebrate Independence Day at Squaw Valley. Catch our Fireworks show...

7:30 am The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) the Tahoe Rim Trail...
Free Birding Hike with Tahoe Rim Trail Association
Jul 3, 2011 (Sun)
7:30 AM Birding Hike (1-2 miles) The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science...

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band Jul 3, 2011 (Sun)
10:00 pm Plus after party w/ Groove Session- Free in the Crystal Bay Club...

The English Beat, Truckee Regional Park
The original pioneers of English Ska music
This SATURDAY, JULY 3rd, at the Truckee Park Amphitheatre
Jul 3, 2011 (Sun)
8:00 pm Great popular band from the 80s. Get your dancing shoes on and get...
Bourgeois Gypsies - Bar of America, Truckee, CA

Irons & Wine, Incline Village, NV
Jul 3, 2011 (Sun)
4:30pm Join us Sundays for 9 holes of golf with on-course wine and appetizers... more>
Family Tees at the Mountain Course, Incline Village, NV
Jul 3, 2011 (Sun)
3pm Enjoy an afternoon of golf with the whole family. Play from the 75-yard...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Who in their right mind wants to put a plant in Kings Beach?

Hey Everybody that cares...Its time to WAKE UP!

If we don't stop the proposed biomass plant in KB, Libery Energy is going to ram this down our throats. Don't think a biomass plant is going to have an impact?

Here is what I found out in the Sierra Sun:

"INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Smoke emissions, heavy trucking traffic, pungent smells and noise — they all accompany biomass operations in Loyalton, and it's possible they can disturb residents residing in proximity, a regional expert said.
Burning biomass in Loyalton, large semi-trailer trucks haul wood and green waste into the plant, Turner said. Once it's burned, it emits smoke, water vapor and other assorted chemicals into the atmosphere; the amount emanating from the plant's smoke stack varies according to type of the wood, he said." Sierra Sun

Why-Economics. They want to burn our wood fuel to power a few thousand homes in the area without having to truck the fuel as far. They want a higher profit margin.

Read more below:

Friends of Lake Tahoe was created to protect the Lake Tahoe region and halt the construction of a disastrous biomass power plant in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Children at Risk: Placer County and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) are planning to build in the Tahoe Basin (North Shore - Kings Beach) such a facility, just off Highway 267, less than a mile from the water, within 1000 feet of an elementary school, in a high density population area. If approved, it will operate 24/7, 365 days a year and burn all the forest waste in a radius of at least 30 miles that is currently trucked out of the Basin to Loyalton, just north of Truckee, for burning in a biomass plant located there.

Environmental Degradation: It will pollute not only from Incline Village to Tahoe City but, due to the nature of the air inversion ecology of Tahoe's Basin, it will cast a haze that will drift and drift over the entire lake and degrade air and water quality everywhere.


Please be reminded, however, no biomass power plant will reduce open burning or increase the removal of forest fuels thereby reducing wildfires! These are separate issues!

AN ECONOMIC MISTAKE: Start up funding coming from earmarks not unlike those that funded the famous "bridge to nowhere," a Kings Beach power plant will cost millions to build, is totally unnecessary, and will require subsidies of precious tax dollars. It needs to be stopped.

CLASSIC BUREAUCRACIES AT WORK: Charging forward with a well intended idea but implemented in the wrong place ecologically (a basin subject to air inversions), a biomass burning power plant located in Kings Beach will endanger a precious congressionally declared outstanding national resource: Lake Tahoe! It is both sad and frightening. It should be located at Cabin Creek, out of the Basin.

DISINFORMATION OR BUREAUCRATIC CONFUSION?: Running what many consider to be an overly ambitious campaign replete with questionable claims, both Placer County and TRPA have stated in official governmental documents to have supporters and partnerships regarding the project proposed for Kings Beach, from the Environmental Protection Agency to the University of California, that don't exist. Challenged as to the veracity of such claims, they have now recanted, citing "inadvertent" language errors in such documents

Ignorance is NOT Bliss: Exploiting fears of wildfires and ignorance of current practices regarding open burning and the removal of forest wastes for disposal outside the Basin, they suggest connections to wildfire and pollution reductions that don't exist and won't occur. And, we anticipate that the current environmental study of the proposal, awarded without competitive bidding, will be seriously flawed.

Donate, Read More, and Take Action! Browse the website to learn more and become a Friend of Lake Tahoe. Please help us fight this because together we can stop this foolish project!
Sign the Petition!

Study the "Policy Positions" in this Website. Review the "Myths" associated with this Biomass Project.
Read the Executive Summary!

Donate Now!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Important Amgen Tour Info-Road Closures

The Amgen Bike race will be back in Tahoe on Sunday and Monday. Riders are on the roads now training-give 'em space. Roads will be closed as they move through and then re-open. See below.

May 11, 2011(Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.) – As the 2011 Amgen Tour of California makes it way through the Lake Tahoe region, residents and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead for rolling road closures – slight delays allowing the cyclists to pass – on Sunday, May 15 (Stage 1) and Monday, May 16 (Stage 2).

According to race officials, roads will close 20 to 30 minutes before the peloton passes and a few minutes after the cyclists go by. Tour course logs (with times and locations of rolling road closures) can be downloaded at;click on the News tab. The public is encouraged to park in designated parking lots, also on the website, and bike to points of interest on the race routes.

Sunday, May 15 – Stage 1
The Stage 1 2011 Amgen Tour of California around Lake Tahoe, Sunday, May 15, will be assisted by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and El Dorado County Sheriff’s office.

In support of this event, Highway 50, (Lake Tahoe Boulevard) and State Route 89 (Emerald Bay Road) north of the “Y” will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 10:10 a.m. to approximately 10:45 a.m. for lap one. It will again close at approximately 12:45 p.m. and re-open at approximately 1:15 p.m. for lap two. The timing for the second closure can vary greatly depending on the speed of the race and how spread apart the riders get for their second stint through the city.

For times when the tour will pass a street or road in South Shore click here.Officials suggest providing at least a 30-minute window on each side of the time listed. All times are approximate.

In North Lake Tahoe, the CHP is handling the rolling road closures on both the California and Nevada sides of the lake. Based on the Race Day Map, motorists can expect Highway 28 to be closed approximately 11:20 to 11:55 a.m. at the Tahoe City Y during lap one and between 2:20 to 2:55 p.m. during lap two. In Kings Beach, it’s 11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. for lap one and 2:45 to 3:20 p.m. for lap two, as well as noon to 12:35 p.m. in Incline Village.

Monday, May 16 – Stage 2
On Monday, May 16, the Amgen Tour of California will be coming from Squaw Valley USA through Truckee. The Truckee Police Department, in conjunction with the CHP, will be providing traffic control for this event while it is in the Town of Truckee.

The event will enter Town limits on State Route 89 (SR-89) from Squaw Valley. It will continue northbound on SR-89 to Donner Pass Road, make a left turn onto westbound Donner Pass Road and continue on Donner Pass Road along Donner Lake, up to Old US-40 and the Donner Summit area.

Road closures will be of a short duration as the cyclists pass major intersections and should start about 9:50 a.m. on SR-89 and West River Street, and at about 10 a.m. at SR-89 and Donner Pass Road, progressing westbound on Donner Pass Road to the Donner Lake area and finally exiting Town limits by 10:30 a.m. Motorists can expect delays of up to 20 minutes at each of the major intersections. CHP officers will accompany the cyclists on motorcycles.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution and follow directions of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff, Truckee Police Department and CHP officers, as well as race officials as the race passes by. Times for the Amgen Tour of California race are approximate, based on average speeds of the peloton and are subject to change.

For a complete calendar of Tahoe’s 10-Day Countown, events leading up to the race (May 5-14), as well as activities during Stage 1 (May 15) and Stage 2 (May 16), click tohttp://www.TahoeAmgenTourofCalifornia.

Ideas on Places to watch:

South Lake Tahoe to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort via West Shore
The first option is following the peloton from the start (10:30 a.m.) in South Lake Tahoe as it makes its way west through the commercial core and onto Emerald Bay Road (between 11:09 a.m. - 11:16 a.m.) on the West Shore, then into Tahoe City (11:49 a.m. - 12:03 p.m.) and Kings Beach (12:11 p.m. – 12:29 p.m.). From Kings Beach, the riders will continue on Highway 28 to the East Shore, while spectators will turn north onto Highway 267 (Brockway Summit) and head to the finish line (3:12 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

South Lake Tahoe to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort via East Shore
The second possibility has spectators taking in the start in South Lake Tahoe and experiencing the festivities at Lake Tahoe Expo at the Horizon Casino Resort after the riders have left. Spectators are then advised to head onto Highway 50, heading to the East Shore and catching the riders in Crystal Bay (12:15 p.m. - 12:34 p.m.) or Incline Village (between 12:21 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.), before making the turn north onto Highway 267 and gettting to the Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort for the finish (3:12 p.m. - 4 p.m.).

Brockway Summit
Per the California Highway Patrol, Brockway Summit (Highway 267) will close 20 to 30 minutes before the race passes. Spectators who are interested in viewing the finish should be over the summit before the racers come through.

Lake Tahoe's Best Climbs – Kings of the Mountain
Another option involves staking out a spot along Lake Tahoe's scenic race course. According to the region's cycling gurus, some of the best spots are on a steep climb or at the bottom of a precipitous descent.

"The climbs are ideal," said Dean Schaecher, an avid Lake Tahoe cyclist and owner of The Pour House wine bar in Truckee. "As the cyclists ascend, their speeds slow, which gives spectators an opportunity to see these racers up close and personal. But equally as engaging, although I hesitate to mention it, are the downward slopes, when if you take it too fast – well, it's what we call carnage."

Iconic Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe's most photographed areas and a fantastic spot to watch the racers, predicted to top the summit between 11:09 a.m. and 11:16 a.m. This is the first of three Kings of the Mountain race finishes for Stage 1. Parking here, on the West Shore, is tight with only two parking lots available: Eagle Falls Trail Head and Vikingsholm Visitors Center. Spectators' best bet is to get there early.

Another ideal viewing area is Spooner Summit on the northeast corner of the lake, where Highways 50 and 28 intersect. It's also where the cyclists will make the long and steady ascent to an elevation of 7,150 feet around 12:50 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. This is the second King of the Mountain finish. There are three parking lots here: Spooner Lake State Park, Snow Park and the Tahoe Rim Trail Access Road.

The last climb is over Brockway Summit on Highway 267 to 7,000 feet and is the last King of the Mountain finish, which is expected to take place between 3:03 p.m. and 3:52 p.m. Parking is extremely limited with just a few pull out stops and hiking trails parking.
And for those that just can't get enough "carnage" during Stage 1, the descent of Emerald Bay on the West Shore has riders reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour into the flats of Homewood (11:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.). The Spooner Summit descent has cyclists going even faster – 45 miles per hour – as they descend back toward the lake to the tunnel at Cave Rock. After cresting Brockway Summit, the lead group will plunge down a rapid descent into a hard left turn onto Northstar Drive (3:09 p.m. - 4 p.m.), where both sprinters and climbers will set-up for a high-speed blast to the finish line at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort (3:12 p.m. - 4:03 p.m.).

As part of the Stage 2 route from Squaw Valley USA to Sacramento, May 16, the 1,000-foot climb up Old Highway 40 to scenic Rainbow Bridge (10:55 a.m. – 11:02 a.m.) offers spectacular views along with close ups of the riders. However, there is only one parking lot at this summit.

The Stage 2 Start at the Village at Squaw Valley (10:15 a.m.), under the Olympic Rings, might be a better option, especially as racers make a celebratory one-and-a-half laps around the village before departing onto Squaw Valley Road. Spectators can see cyclists fine tune their bikes before checking in with race officials, and after the start they can enjoy leisurely meals at nearby cafes and restaurants.

Other Ideal Viewing Venues – Special Viewing Parties
Lake Tahoe's commercial cores are perfect for viewing the Stage 1 peloton as many are hosting special viewing parties, such as South Lake Tahoe's MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa, the official start of the race (10:30 a.m.), as well as Heavenly Village and Embassy Suites; Ski Run Blvd. (10:39 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.) the "Y," where 89 and 50 intersect, a BMX Demo will be taking place showcasing Olympic medalists (10:47 p.m. - 10:50 a.m.); Homewood Moountain Ski Resort on the West Shore (11:45 a.m.); Tahoe Tree Company, just outside of Tahoe City on the West Shore (11:49 a.m. – 12:03 p.m.); Heritage Plaza in downtown Tahoe City; Tahoe Vista State Recreation Area in Tahoe Vista; Blue Onion CafĂ© and the Old Brockway Golf Course in Kings Beach (12:11 p.m. - 12:29 p.m.); the historic Crystal Bay casino corridor (12:15 p.m. - 12:34 p.m.); Incline Village on the North Shore (12:21 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.) with a party at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe; and Zephyr Cove on the East Shore (1:30 p.m.).

Along the Stage 2 route, a fantastic viewing spot is the Truckee "mousehole" (10:37 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.), the site of the King of the Mousehole Sprint, where Highway 89 crosses under the Union Pacific Railroad through a narrow 25-foot wide concrete arch structure, as well as along Donner Pass Road (10:38 a.m. - 10:42 a.m.).

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Egg Hunts for Tahoe City, Truckee, Incline Village


Tahoe City. EASTER EGG HUNT. Annual Easter egg hunt offers fun for the entire family at Commons Beach. Egg hunt for kids, Golden Egg hunt for parents, pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, games and more. Bring your camera.10 a.m. Rain or shine. (530) 583-3440, ext. 14.

Incline Village. EGGSTRAVAGANZA. Community egg hunt on Incline Beach from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages infant to 11 years old. Have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. (775) 832-1310.

Truckee. EGG HUNT. Community Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District at the Truckee Regional Park at 11:30 a.m. Easter Bunny arrives at 11 a.m. Bring your own basket. Face painting and other activities. Free. (530) 582-7720.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bring Your Gas to Tahoe

Gas prices suck.....hard earned money out of your pocket, there's no denying it. You don't drive a Prius to Tahoe in the winter because you can't. Even if you put chains on. It just doesn't hold enough stuff. Boots, skis, snowboards, food, clothes, the dog. It just won't work. My in-laws refuse to try even when its just those two. So you bought an SUV (when gas was A LOT cheaper) to handle the job and now you can carry it all-you might still be crammed but you don't have to get out to deal with chains. That's the blessing, the curse is that your Suv could have up to a 28 gallon tank. I did the math according to Tahoe prices: $4.49 x 28=$125 to the man and you don't own Chevron stock.

Are you going to let that stop you from coming up this weekend? I hope not.

Tahoe hasn't been the economical choice for fun in a long time-maybe that's a sad lament but just like buying in Tahoe its an emotional decision. Its about the recreation and change of pace and all that entails. Relatively gas is cheap.

If you want some advice: don't buy gas up here. There I said it but we all know its true. Top off in Auburn (stop at Ikeda and pick up a pie)and you'll have enough gas to make it to the mountain and the store and back to Auburn. Don't hammer the gas on the way up-stay in the slow lane, talk to the kids and cruise up stress-free.

Whats going on in the middle east has pushed the price of crud to its highest level in almost three years. Soon we'll break the $5 mark. Whats the cost of freedom? -its buried in the ground.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Why do properties come on and off the market?

A client asked me today why properties seem to bounce on and off the market so much?

She was watching some listings and noticed two of them had fallen off the active list.

Here's my answer:

Properties come off the market for various reasons-here are some.

1. They've been on too long and want to be re-listed as new in the MLS after 30 days.
2. They are going into foreclosure and the seller has pulled the plug.
3. They are going to be listed with another broker.
4. They don't want to sell anymore.
5. They are going to re-fi the note and its a bank requirement to be off the market

At the beginning of the winter-in Tahoe, some also come off to go into a ski lease. We typically see them come back on in May/June.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Market Update

2011 Weekly Real Estate Market Report

North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Region MLS

Residential and Lot/Land Properties

Week of: March 14th to March 20th

Active Inventory Summary:

Active Listings: The active inventory for residential and lot listings went down slightly from 1,550 the previous week to 1,532 active listings in the market; 1,057 residential properties and 475 lots and land listed for sale. Coldwell Banker has over 15% of the active listings in the market.

REO-Short Sale Listings: Of the active listings, there are 149 properties listed as short sales, (9.7%) and 52 properties listed as REO sales, (3.4%).

Months of Inventory: Based on the current inventory and sales for the previous 30-day period, the market has over 12-months of inventory available. The inventory of homes and land at today’s prices continues to favor the buyer interested in an investment property, vacation home or moving up to a larger home or better location.

Sales Summary: Year-To-Date

Total Sales 2011 Vs 2010:

For 2011, there have been 232 properties sold in the market as compared to 229 for the same period in 2010 which is a 1.3% increase in sales.

Of the properties sold, 60 have been REO’s, (25.9%), and 33 have been Short Sales, (14.2%) which results in 40.1% of the properties sold being a distressed property. In 2010 for the same period, there were 59 REO sales and 28 short sales or 38% of the total sales.

For the year, there have been 157 properties sold priced below $500,000, 63 properties sold between $500,000 and $1,000,000 and 12 properties sold over $1,000,000.

Median and Average Sales Prices 2011 Vs 2010:

The median sales price for properties sold year to date went up from last week to $370,000 and the average sales price dropped slightly to $473,892. For the same period in 2010, the median sales price was $400,000 and the average sales price was $517,352 which is an (7.5%) and (8.4%) decline in price respectively year over year.

Last Week’s Sales: For the week of March 14th a total of 16 properties sold which is down considerably from two very strong weeks. Of the properties sold last week, none of the properties sold were priced over $750,000.

Pending Sales: Currently there are 150 pending sales in the market which went up slightly from the previous week with 12 being a short sale and 38 being REO properties.

Market Activity Summary:

Last week’s sales took a breather from the two previous weeks which were the highest two weeks of the year. There were 16 properties sold in the market which is a little below the average of 21 sales per week. Not sure if weather had anything to do with the drop off given that we have had tremendous snow storms in the area which has impacted travel to the mountains. With great snow in the mountains and spring approaching we are hopeful of good things to come.

The hottest segment of the market continues to be homes priced under $500,000 as roughly 68% or 157 properties have sold in this price range. Sales of homes priced above $1,000,000 have continued to be off from last year as only 12 properties have sold year to date in this price range. The mid range market sales, $500,000 to $1,000,000 are almost identical as in 2010 with 63 properties sold or 27% of the total sales.

Distressed properties, REO and Short Sales represent 40.1% of the sales in the market. However, there is still considerable interest in non distressed properties as many are priced at levels that are too good to pass up.

Median and average sales prices for properties have gone from double digit decreases to a more reasonable single digit decreases. Median sales prices have decreased by 7.5% to $370,000 while the average sales prices have decreased by 8.4% to $473,892.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Get Ready-no more drought!

Its official, Governor Jerry Brown is going to declare an end to the three year drought Wednesday. I heard he's going to land on the deck of one of the mothball ships in Suisun Bay in a flight suit and declare "drought operations to be officially over. " Thanks Jerry.

There will be (in small type) a disclaimer at the bottom of the banner that reads: "Despite the good hydrological news, the governor's office said in a statement Monday it is critical Californians continue to conserve water. " Ya right, make us feel guilty.

Its about the level. For the boat owner its going to mean more ramps open, easier access to the east shore but for the beach goer its going to get ugly. Moms are going to be getting up at 5am to put towels down on what little spec of sand is going to be left at Bucks Beach-and then coming back at 9 with Starbucks in hand. Its not the Westin Maui ok? And Commons is going to be grass. Its just not the same-going to the beach on...the grass. The wait to get into Sand Harbor is going to be backed up to Incline. You'll see. I think we're going to have to have a massive amphibious invasion of the holy grail......the Incline Beaches (IVGID)-sounds more military. Or cut a hole in the wrought iron bars. For sure, fake HOA passes are going to go around. Its going to bring the issue of beach access to a whole new level.

So enough water and snow already. I want to get to the beach before its too late. Its going to be 63 on colossal melting? I hope everybody has their Ark built......too little, too much. You can't win.

But if you've been thinking of buying a is a good time.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Digging out

I spent a good part of yesterday digging out after Tahoe's version of the "Perfect Storm." Which is when moist air comes up from the south Pacific and the cold air comes down from Alaska...and they collide right over Tahoe and BANG! 14 feet at the top of Squaw-I'm not sure over how many days, but it seemed like 10. Which immediately brings up my argument that it wasn't perfect at all.

You see a perfect storm would come in, lay down about three feet of the fine white stuff and clear up for a day-then it can come back in and do it over and over until May if it wants. This was just a relentless, pounding-caught in the surf-let me up for air kind of storm in Tahoe. But I quibble. We need the water, right? I don't know ask the plow guys if it was too much of a good thing.

My street in Tahoe City was about 4 feet wide Sunday morning. (kindly see exhibit #1)I was digging out Sunday admittedly because I'd fallen behind. I had to knock the ice dams down, the giant cornices off my roof and push snow off the tops of the snow banks so that I could put more up there (Snowbank Management). Then I hear in the distance the tell-tale rumble of the berm cutter-can't be, thought they'd thrown in the towel. But alas it wasn't the giant "dog-eater" we're so used to seeing on highway 28 but some kind of midget variety they pulled out of Marysville-I'd heard. Anyway it did the job and in an hour they had our street back to where we couldn't tell if your neighbor had the same clothes on as yesterday as you went by them mirrors scrapping. Who's supposed to pull over and let the other guy pass? There's a whole new etiquette right there.

So I got things tidy and had a look around and there is a LOT of snow. I've never seen so much snow on some of the roofs and it brings up a serious point. Shovel. Snow load is real and if we get some warm water we're talking water weight up there. If you have a flat(er) roof it should be considered. But also shovel decks, stairs and get the snow away from the siding. I hear its dangerous to the have gas meter buried. Not to mention the gas exhaust vent or the drain/waste pipes that are usually coming out of the roof. I know my neighbor has six feet of snow on his roof and I'm not sure if he's really thinking about all the issues. I happen to have a pretty steep pitch but not everybody does.

If you need a snow shoveler around Tahoe Let me know. I would be happy to connect you with them.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Squaw Does it again

Well I haven't written a blog post in over a year-shame, shame, so in an effort to maintain continuity I'll start off a long streak of not writing by writing about a similar topic and then move on-I hope....

With new ownership at Squaw there has been a lot of speculation about what might happen to our half price passes, not to mention rumor (sigh) and innuendo about the reported offer in on Alpine and the mega resort in the works. What? No really, so called "highly reliable" sources are talking about about it after being sworn to secrecy or be "banned for life" from Squallywood...
I trash talk but people are talking about it.....who knows.

Management even sent out a survey earlier in the year and it looks like they even listened a little bit but I still don't see my own run on West face yet but here's the deal:

Season Passes

Squaw Valley USA season passes are on sale. Below are complete details on pricing, blackouts and perks. Thank you for skiing and riding with us. Guaranteed lowest prices valid through June 15, 2011.

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Senior/Young Adult

Child/Super Senior (76+)

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Senior/Young Adult/College

Child/Super Senior (76+)

Blackout Dates:
December 26-31, 2011
January 14-15, 2012
February 18-19, 2012


Senior/Young Adult

Child/Super Senior (76+)

Blackout Dates:
December 26-31, 2011
January 14-15, 2012
February 18-19, 2012
All Saturdays in January and February.

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Squaw Valley USA Season Pass Benefits

(Bronze, Silver and Gold all receive the following benefits):

  • Passholders are eligible for one adult full day lift ticket at half day rate on all blackout dates (for blacked out passes). Tickets are non-transferrable and for passholder use only.
  • Bring a friend and receive $10 off of an adult all day lift ticket or $5 off a senior, youth or child lift ticket. Valid when winter pass is valid only, limit one discount ticket per passholder, per day. Passholder must be present for purchase.
  • 30% discount on Adult Snowsports School private half-day lesson (3-hours) with 24-hour or more advance reservation required, up to five people (non-holiday)
  • Invitation to the Annual Passholder party
  • 15% off Squaw Valley USA retail purchases
  • 15% off Winter Season Parking Passes
  • Free summer Cable Car rides
  • All passes include night skiing when night skiing is in effect

Even More:

  • Turn in your spring lift ticket and we'll apply up to $30 off your spring or 2011/2012 season pass. Not valid on complimentary or promotional tickets. Pass purchase must be made on same day as ticket purchase.
  • College passes can be purchased in advance of the June 15, 2011 deadline. Proof of full time student status (current student id, copy of course registration and official, signed letter from Registrar stating full time (12 credits or more, student status at an accredited college for the 2011/2012 season). must be provided in fall prior to pass validation.
  • Prices are guaranteed through June 15, 2011 only.