Lake Tahoe, Nev., (Feb. 8, 2010) - Obama White House designer Michael S. Smith's sophisticated, yet inviting design style is reflected throughout a stunning Lake Tahoe
residence now offered by Chase International for $19,950,000.
Known for his work with Hollywood celebrities and most recently the first couple's Pennsylvania Avenue residence, Smith's low-key luxury sensibility was a perfect fit for the
owners of this stunning 10,000 square-foot home (including exercise room and wine cellar) set on the sandy shores of cobalt blue Lake Tahoe.
"StoneGate is an extraordinary home," comments Smith, who has written two home design books. "The attention to detail and craftsmanship is unmatched on Lake Tahoe.
It can hold its own with the most beautiful homes in the world."
According to listing agents Shari Chase and Kerry Donovan, Smith's lush country lodge décor compliments a home that features unrivaled quality construction from its mechanicals to the
impeccable artisan stone masonry and ironwork.
Chase and Donovan, who represent many lakefront homes, explain that with its private pier, sandy beach and buoys, this gated estate really has it all.
According to these Lake Tahoe real estate experts, this caliber of property is very hard to come by.
"StoneGate is for a buyer who desires and appreciates attention to detail where no expense has been spared," says Donovan, of Donovan Group of Chase International's Incline Village office.
Acclaimed Tahoe builder John Brink believes "the quality of a home lives in the details" and nowhere is that more evident than in this five-bedroom, 10-bathroom estate that was completed in 2006.
"The owner hired and gave creative license to the team consisting of an extremely talented architect, Larry Henry, an award winning interior designer, Michael Smith, my
lead project manager, Pete Dittle and myself to collaborate on the design and construction of his home," Brink says. "It was a quality-driven project where we used only
premium materials and left no design or construction detail to chance; the result being a truly extraordinary home that we are all very proud of."
Like an exquisitely wrapped gift, the wrought-iron gated drive creates an enticing prelude of the detail and craftsmanship that lies ahead. Similarly, upon entering through the massive
Alder doors, one's line of sight is drawn to the end of the corridor, which connects the front of the residence to the primary living spaces and concludes with a dazzling view of Lake
Tahoe. Natural flooring mined in Colorado, Jerusalem Gold Grand Granite and Southern Yellow reclaimed vertical pine and wrought iron are the residence's signature design materials.
The 10,000 square foot home was aptly named StoneGate for its impressive exterior granite stonework. The main living area features a grand living room, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen
and master wing, which includes the library.
With its sunlit lakeviews, 22-foot high-beamed ceilings and massive granite hearth, the grand living room epitomizes mountain elegance. Paned French doors provide access to the stone patio and
barbeque. Adjoining the patio is a level landscaped lawn and garden. And best of all, a lovely private sandy Lake Tahoe beach is just a few steps down an adjacent stone path.
The gourmet kitchen showcases a 60-inch Wolf range with double ovens and a French country ceramic hood rising to the beamed ceiling. Perfect for entertaining, a butler's pantry provides an
additional prep area, wet bar and auxiliary refrigerators and freezer.
The richly appointed master wing offers a library complete with wood burning fireplace, plus a full bathroom.
The master bedroom has high-beamed ceilings and picture windows that beacon the natural light and English garden views during daylight hours, and starlit skies by night.
Encompassing a magnificent space, the master bath features Waterworks fixtures from London, a double steam shower and spa tub.
An impressive open winding stone staircase leads to the second floor lower living area, which includes three guest suites and a family room accessed on each side with French doors.
Opening out to the backyard and close to the pier, a separate valet garage offers room for summer furniture, kayaks, and other Tahoe recreational gear.
The lower third floor level offers an exercise room with a full bath, cork flooring and windows with garden courtyard views. Also on this level, is a temperature controlled
wine cellar with 1,200-bottle capacity. The upper third floor level features a private executive office with full bath and a peek of the lake as well as a staff or guest
quarters with full bath, kitchen, den and sitting area.
And finally, two symmetrical double car garages with convenient built-ins flank the entry.
StoneGate is listed at $19,950,000 with Chase International. For more information or to arrange a private viewing of the property, contact Shari Chase at 775.588.6132;
firstname.lastname@example.org or Donovan Group's Kerry Donovan, at 775.750.2190; email@example.com.
The current issue of Luxury Home Magazine of Greater Sacramento | Lake Tahoe | Truckee features a magnificent Lake Tahoe Luxury Home listed by Shari Chase and The Donovan Group of Chase International for $19,950,000.
Obama White House designer Michael S. Smith's sophisticated, yet inviting design style is reflected throughout a stunning Lake Tahoe residence. Known for his work with Hollywood celebrities and most recently the first couple's Pennsylvania Avenue residence, Smith's low-key luxury sensibility was a perfect fit for the owners of this stunning 10,000 square-foot home set on the sandy shores of cobalt blue Lake Tahoe.
"StoneGate Lake Tahoe is an extraordinary home," comments Smith, who has written two home design books. "The attention to detail and craftsmanship is unmatched on Lake Tahoe. It can hold its own with the most beautiful homes in the world."
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Financial Times online (FT.com) has posted an article on their website listing attractive high end properties in forested locations around the world.
One of our current listings in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, dubbed "Stonegate", is featured in the article.
In the article under the "Why" section, Financial Times Online writes, "This is a great base from which to explore the forests of the California/Nevada border. There is hiking and mountain biking on offer in the summer, and skiing in winter. The house's interior is opulent - with a gym, wine cellar and spa bath - and was created by President Barack Obama's interior designer, Michael S Smith. Nevada has one of the laxest tax regimes in the US."
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