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Protecting Your Home From Fire

by Lakeshore Realty

With this warm summer season, it is smart to be aware of the fire danger near your home. Below is an article on the fires in surrounding areas along with how to protect your home during fire season. 

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Weather conditions in late summer and autumn almost always create a recipe where fire danger is extreme due to low fuel moisture levels, low humidity, high air temperatures, and unpredictable wind conditions.

The Detwiler Fire, west of Yosemite, has pushed smoke into the Tahoe basin and it's a reminder of the need to do defensible space work at every property. The extremely high snowfall last winter will likely create taller and denser vegetation than normal. With residential homes interfacing with the natural forest environment, the conditions this summer demand vigilance by residents and visitors alike in the Lake Tahoe basin.

Humans cause approximately 90 percent of wildfires with lightning strikes accounting for the majority of the fires created by Mother Nature. It's important now more than ever for property owners to limb up trees, remove dead branches, and thin out the forest within prescribed guidelines to create defensible space around your structure.

Raking up the pine needles on your property (if you haven't already done so) is a simple preventive measure that all homeowners can take. Everyone needs to be extremely careful with any type of fire or flame, as it only takes a couple of pine needles to ignite and start an out-of-control wildfire.

The devastating Angora Fire near South Lake Tahoe about 10 years ago originated at the site of a campfire. Even if someone is attending to a campfire in the woods there is so much combustible material nearby that a couple of sparks or flying embers can easily ignite the extremely dry fuel that's in the forest.

If you have a home with a shake roof this would be a good year to consider replacing it with one made of metal or asphalt composite materials. The vast majority of shake roofs in Incline Village and Crystal Bay are nearing the end of their useful life anyway, and most insurance companies will not write coverage on a property that has a shake roof that is more than 30 years old. Now is an excellent time to get estimates from the local roofing contractors and replace that old shake roof before an unpredictable wildfire creates the potential for reducing your home to a pile of ashes.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Called all kinds of names — hall bathroom, powder room guest bath, half bath, little's girl's or boy's room — it's probably the smallest room in your home.

And, all too often, it's the most blandly decorated room in our home. And worse still, it's probably the room most often frequented by your guests.

So, why not let your imagination and creativity flow into overtime? Make a bold statement in the room. Work on creating a focal point. It's not uncommon for these small room to have no window, and let's face it, there's not much beautiful about a toilet and vanity.

Here are a few ideas you might way to incorporate, when considering giving this room a complete makeover.

1. Start with the vanity: Replacing a plain laminate top with a beautiful granite surface might be just ticket. Or, how about considering some of the handsome furniture pieces that are not only graciously designed but fully functional as well. They are totally designed to give a small powder room a fabulous focal point.

2. Use dramatic wallpaper: It could certainly reduce the boxy feeling these small rooms are typically known for. Think about selecting something exciting and spectacular. Today's faux finish wall coverings come complete with embedded jewels and crystals. Just think of the drama you can create.

3. Your flooring: How about replacing that vinyl with a new tile floor. Even a multi-patterned area rug might add just the right touch to this oft-used space.

So how about it? Get up right now and go and look in your powder room. Could it use a little makeover — or a large redo? If so, contact a remodeling expert to help you create a room your guests will be unable to stop raving about.



Is your bathroom boring or minuscule? Don't despair — colors and patterns can give a lift and fool the eye into seeing a larger space. Remember, it's not the amount of space, but what you do with it that counts.

The first step in decorating and or remodeling your bathroom is selecting the theme or mood you want to portray. Once you've decided, then the creativity begins.

If you want to "open up" your bathroom, select a color scheme that is light — pale colors tend to recede and will visually expand the room. To achieve a sense of the dramatic, you may want to select rich, vibrant colors instead. Deeper colors appear to advance and the room will appear cozier.

Window treatments for bathrooms generally are required to supply function and beauty — privacy is a must. Pleated shades, vertical, cellular shades, silhouettes would all fit the privacy ticket.

All are resistant to moisture and can supply complete privacy. There are many fabric treatments to enhance your bath's décor. Coordinating fabrics can even be used as shower curtains to complete the look.

So, what are you waiting for? If your bathroom is ho hum, wake it up with color and fabric — and who knows, maybe it will help you wake up in the morning too!

Kristen Fencl is an award winning professional interior decorator and owner of the Decorating Den Interiors located in Incline Village. Visit to learn more.


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Incline Village Lakefront Estate Sells for $31.1 Million!

by Lakeshore Realty

Incline Village Lakefront Sale: "Old Forge Estate"

Locals say there is something in the water and we tend to agree. Lake Tahoe is well known as one of the most beautiful and unique places in the world and our homes are no different. Lakeshore Realty is celebrating the sale of The Old Forge Estate, an Incline Village Lakefront and one of Tahoe’s treasured lakefront properties. Boasting 210 feet of prestige beach, nearly 5 acres and over 12,000 Sq.Ft. in the main house, Old Forge leaves nothing to be desired. Not surprisingly, this estate is the most valuable to be sold in the area for over 15 years. Lakeshore Realty is proud to have Brokered this transaction and congratulates Patricia Lantz and Peter Lockhart as the Realtors that represented the property.

See our article in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza Real Estate Section (Page 5)

Lake Tahoe Teardown? Here are four things to consider

by Lakeshore Realty

Lake Tahoe Teardown:

 Lake Tahoe TeardownWhen communities age and inventory becomes tight, a new real estate trend tends to emerge: raze and rebuild.

The Lake Tahoe teardown and rebuild trend is increasingly happening around the north shore of Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side, where Californians desire an escape from high taxes. When a strong economy typically results in a scarcity of nice homes, people struggle to find what they're looking for in the market, said Chris Plastiras, owner and broker at Lakeshore Realty in Incline Village.
"But tearing down and starting all over — it's a huge job," he said.
Ideally, prospective home buyers want a home that's live-in ready. The second choice is usually a fixer-upper that just needs some interior renovations. The last choice tends to be a rebuild.
The best way to ensure costs remain stable is to stick to a cosmetic renovation, but with a rebuild, cost overruns are practically the norm, he said.
For those willing to take on the challenge and the expense, Plastiras offers the following advice.

1. Assess any building issues
The first thing you'll want to determine is whether there are environmental issues such as asbestos, which has to be removed by a licensed abatement company, Plastiras said. In other words, identify the expenses you might not have previously budgeted.
Thorough surveys and site assessments will help buyers determine how much land coverage — the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's (TRPA) term for all man-made structures on a property — will be allowed.
The soil type, tested through either a TRPA site assessment or an Individual Parcel Evaluation System score, determines Land coverage allowances, as do factors such as topography, stream zones and open space easements.
Teardowns that have larger coverage allowances than what would be permitted today are grandfathered in, making this option attractive for buyers who wish to build bigger homes.

2. Hire a good Realtor and planner
Given the environmental requirements that go along with building in the Lake Tahoe Region, Plastiras recommends hiring a realtor and a planner, both who understand the various regulations and restrictions when it comes to demolishing a home.
Plastiras said realtors should be able to walk buyers through all of the regulations that each agency involved in the process will require. Agencies involved in the building process include the TRPA, Washoe County Building Department and the Incline Village General Improvement District.

3. Do your diligence
It's important to have realistic expectations for the process as well as the budget for a Lake Tahoe teardown.
"Start thinking about what it'll cost to get permits, an architect, fees, engineering — then line up a good contractor," Plastiras said. "You don't want any big surprises if you can avoid them."

4. Be patient
Pouring foundations around Lake Tahoe typically can only occur from May 15 to Oct. 15 due to freezing weather. By the time you buy the property, design what you want to put on it, tear down the existing house and build a new one, Plastiras said you could be looking at anywhere from 18 to 24 months from start to finish a Lake Tahoe teardown and rebuild.


Buying A Second Home

by Lakeshore Realty

Here in Incline Village, a majority of our buyers purchase in Incline Village as their second home. Our community provides perfect summer and winter getaways. Forbes described how to make sure buying a second home is the right choice for you:


Things to Know When Selling Your Home

by Lakeshore Realty

Thinking about selling your home? Here are FIVE tips you should know before selling your home:


Things to Know When Buying a Home

by Lakeshore Realty

Thinking about buying a home? Here are FIVE tips you should know before buying a home:


Remodel Tricks

by Lakeshore Realty

Considering remodeling your home? Here are some great ideas to help your remodel go smoothly and cost effective! 

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