Beautiful Lakefront Rubicon Bay Custom Estate Hits the Market for $20 Million

We’re excited to announce that 281 Paradise Flat Lane, a nine bedroom, eight bathroom, more than 4,000 square foot Rubicon Bay estate with approximately 400 feet of lakefront sandy white beach, is officially listed for sale at $20,000,000.  The Lake Tahoe gem was personally designed by legendary Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan and is listed with Christy Curtis and Dwight McCarthy.

Bow Bay, as the home is known, is quietly tucked away on more than seven private wooded acres of Lake Tahoe’s exclusive Gold Coast, located on Rubicon Bay on the lake’s west shore.  It was designed in 1939 and built in 1944 as the summer home for Else Schilling, coffee and spice heiress and a friend of Morgan’s from San Francisco.  Morgan, who had recently returned from traveling through Bavaria and Austria, had developed a new interest in architecture from that region and worked with Schilling to create a home reminiscent of those located in Austria’s Tyrolean Mountains. 

The first floor of the home has spacious, paneled rooms ideal for entertaining.  The large living room, with stone floors and massive fireplace, features a high ceiling with dramatic open truss work reminiscent of an Austrian hunting lodge.  The room’s shutters and interior friezes are intricately decorated with some romanticized Austrian hunting scenes.  The stone flooring and cozy wall paneling is continued through the dining room, kitchen, butler’s kitchen and main floor bedroom.  Also on this level is Morgan’s interpretation of a nordfriesische bauernstube, a German phrase for a unique style of room where people gather to eat, drink and enjoy themselves.  

Upstairs is the master bedroom and bathroom, a large bedroom with separate bath, and two smaller bedrooms and bathroom with access to the back stairs that lead to the kitchen.

The outside of the home is equally magnificent with its regional inspirations apparent in the exterior stone and wood work.  Its steeply pitched roof echoes the shape of nearby trees and mountains, with the lake side of the building being primarily glazed.  Adjacent to the lake is a large patio with a massive stone fireplace and bar-b-que ideal for cooking and entertaining.  Also on the grounds is a tennis court and separate four-bedroom guest cottage that was designed with the same flair as the main home. 

For more information on Bow Bay, please contact Christy Curtis at 800.587.2856 or CCurtis@cbnorcal.com, Dwight McCarthy at 530.913.2274 or DMcCarthy@cbnorcal.com, or visit the property online at www.bowbayattahoe.com.

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