AAUW tour showcases Heavenly Valley homes
The South Lake Tahoe American Association of University Women’s 2008 Home Tour has been scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. June 21. Six Heavenly Valley properties, including five private homes with spectacular views and a luxurious bed-and-breakfast, will be featured.
Proceeds from the biennial home tour are used by the South Lake Tahoe branch of AAUW to award scholarships to women graduating from Lake Tahoe Community College and to send local middle school girls to Tech Trek, the weeklong science and math camp at Stanford University.
The first home, a tri-level Craftsman, contains views of the surrounding mountains and Forest Service and Conservancy lands. It has both environmentally friendly and efficient features that add to its beauty and livability while reducing maintenance. The use of specific designer colors, natural wood, feng shui principles and local photographs enhance the Tahoe experience.
A colorful half-acre garden welcomes you to the second home. With its 360-degree views revealed by its many windows, the home snuggles into its environment. Inside, the home features many thoughtful details in every room.
As you enter the third home, an extraordinary view of mature sugar pines, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra greets you through a 34-foot-high window wall. The home features exquisite craftsmanship in every room, with the furnishings arranged to take full advantage of the spectacular views.
The owners of the fourth home hope to live forever in their bright and airy home with its views of mature pines and “peek-a-boo” view of Lake Tahoe and the mountains. The location is what drew the sellers to build their home in this neighborhood of emerging multimillion-dollar homes. Light refreshments will be served in this lovely setting.
The fifth property is a fun, funky house of wood, stone and glass, which has served sometimes as a home and sometimes a restaurant over the years. Many original, outstanding craftsmanship qualities remain. Visitors are welcomed by the snow goose etched on the glass entryway door, with a huge stone fireplace dominating the living room.
This year, home tour guests also will have the privilege of viewing one of the premier B&Bs in California, the Black Bear Inn. Inspired by some of the West’s great lodges, it captures their majestic style on a more intimate scale by incorporating hand-hewn log trusses, natural stone and rustic antiques. The stately great room boasts a 34-foot ceiling, a massive wrought-iron chandelier, a magnificent 34-foot-tall river-rock fireplace, and expansive picture windows with views of the beautiful and magical grounds and individual cabins.
Tickets for the tour are $25 each or five for $100. They may be purchased at Curves, 2482 Lake Tahoe Blvd.; Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, 3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd.; and Sidestreet Boutique, 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd. For more information, call (775) 588-9571 or (530) 542-0486.