Incline Village and Crystal Bay are made up of a number of different subdivisions each with their own character and special attributes. While a lot of attention has been focused lately on properties in the Lakeview and Mill Creek Subdivisions, the parcels on the East Slope provide some of the most spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and nice sunny settings that you will find anywhere in our community.
If you are traveling uphill on Country Club Drive the streets on your right that are carved into the mountainside comprise the neighborhood that is generally referred to as the East Slope. While you still can find the occasional cabin or chalet that was built in the 1960s or 1970s there are a significant number of newer homes that exude a mountain style elegance and luxury that will satisfy even the most discriminating buyer. Since coming out of the Great Recession we have seen a number of properties in this subdivision undergoing major transformations including the occasional tear down and rebuild project.
As of this writing there are 25 single-family homes on the East Slope listed for sale on the Incline Village MLS. Prices range from a rather modest $699,000 for a fixer-upper on Chipmunk Court all the way up to nearly $15 million for a palatial estate on Champagne Road. Many of the properties have street to street lots of one half-acre or more. You will occasionally find nice size chunks of U.S. Forest Service land strewn throughout the neighborhood which helps to provide an additional sense of privacy and makes some parcels more desirable than others.
With excellent sun exposure, properties situated on the East Slope tend to stay pleasantly warm in the winter time. Even the largest houses will generally have moderate heating bills when compared with similar size properties in other parts of Lake Tahoe. Some homeowners have taken advantage of the power of the sun by installing solar panels which help to further reduce their monthly utility bills. And you would be hard-pressed to find a better place to enjoy spectacular sunsets!
Adding to the ambience are a few creeks that will generally run all year round in a normal hydrology cycle. Even with three consecutive years of below average snowfall you can still see and hear these creeks tumbling down the mountainside as we approach autumn. A wide variety of native wildlife call the East Slope their home including bears, deer, coyotes, along with the obligatory rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks. If you keep an eye on the sky you may be lucky enough to see hawks and eagles soaring overhead either searching for prey or just riding the thermal currents.
Trying to determine a fair market price for a single-family home on the East Slope can sometimes be a bit of a challenge because it is not just an exercise in calculating dollars per square foot. The smallest house currently on the market is only 1550 square feet yet it sports an asking price of $1.3 million due to the fantastic panoramic lake view that you will find at this property. Eighteen of the twenty five houses listed for sale are in excess of 3000 square feet with seven places containing over 5000 square feet of living space.
The large lots in this subdivision lend themselves very well to supporting grand lodge style houses along with mountain modern and even contemporary designs. Homes on the upslope tend to have driveways that are carved on an angle uphill into the mountainside while houses on the downslope very often have relatively short, level driveways or sometimes just a parking pad. Many of the places built on the downslope have a level entry into the great room and maybe even a master suite on the same floor with guest bedrooms, family rooms and game rooms located on the floors below. The architectural styles and landscaping are as varied as the tastes of the plethora of property owners in this subdivision.
What you will not find on the East Slope are large condominium developments. There is one significant group of freestanding condos located at 725 Fairview Blvd. known as Incline Pines. Otherwise, this neighborhood is characterized by single-family homes on relatively large lots. The proximity to the Diamond Peak Ski Area and quick access to the Mount Rose Highway are additional benefits enjoyed by property owners in this locale. If you like abundant sunshine, spectacular lake views and colorful Tahoe sunsets, then the East Slope may be just the right place to focus your search for a property on the Nevada side of North Lake Tahoe.