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Biz Beat: Wildlife photographer organizing tours

Sara Thompson

Wildlife photographer Jim Stamates of South Lake Tahoe is starting up In the Rhythm Tours, and the first adventure is a trip to Costa Rica.

Stamates, owner of Low Impact Photography, said he’s still taking reservations for the trip from April 1 to 11, but his March tour filled up in 48 hours. He’s been a professional photographer for more than 35 years.

Stamates said he’s spent two months in each of the past two years in Costa Rica. He said the tour will take people to dine at places popular with locals and immerse individuals in the nature and culture of Costa Rica. He also will offer tips for photographing wildlife.

He said the focus will be on getting everyone involved in the natural rhythm of nature, rather than the unnatural rhythms of their everyday activities.

The tour, limited to 12 people, will cost $1,950 per person. Everything is included except airfare, alcoholic drinks and personal shopping, such as souvenirs.

For more information, call (800) 367-5772.

Chase International agent Jon Kirkpatrick helped a real-estate investor purchase Eddie Murphy’s house, located in Granite Bay.

Kirkpatrick is based in the Zephyr Cove office and represented the investor during the transaction of the 11,200-square-foot home, which also included a 5,200-square-foot guest house.

The mansion sold for the highest price ever in the Sacramento area at a cost of $6.1 million.

The home includes 10 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a 12-seat movie-screening room, video arcade, pool, 12-car garage and health club-sized gym with an adjoining tennis court, 20 TVs and a $200,000 Schimmel Pegasus grand piano. Also included were children’s bedrooms with “Shrek” and French village themes.

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