Well it looks like old man winter showed up a little earlier than usual this year. The unusually large snow was a welcome sight for the local ski areas and the school kids who got to miss a couple of days of school. We are looking forward to a snow-packed, fun filled, water producing year.
Studies have shown that may times putting money into the outside of your home produces a greater return than investing inside.
The following popular outside improvement projects will increase the curb appeal or value of a home:
Adirondack chairs—Uniquely-American classic outdoor furniture is made entirely of wood and has a straight back and seat, which are set at a slant to sit comfortably on a hillside or mountain incline, but still be comfortable at any angle.
Gazebo—A gazebo can be freestanding or attached to a garden wall, roofed and open on all sizes to provide shade or shelter.
Planters and window boxes—Planters have become popular because they are both functional and ornamental. Additionally, some can be moved frequently to account for seasonal weather or just to create a change in scenery.
Picnic table—Picnic tables go well on a patio or a deck, but equally as well on the grass or under a tree in the yard. A traditional picnic table is all in one piece so that it wears well without a lot of maintenance.
Trellis—A trellis can function as a unique sun screen or it can be the framework for an outdoor hanging garden. Building it with pressure treated lumber can add life by minimizing rotting and other threats.
Trash can corral or compost bin—While many outdoor projects tend to be cosmetic in nature, here are two ideas that are both practical and pretty. With a trash can corral, you can hide unsightly trash cans and with a compost bin, you can reduce your own carbon footprint in a way that doesn’t take away from the visual appeal of the place.
I have a unique Tahoe Keys duplex condo for sale. It is in the middle of a remodel so it would have to be a cash offer- although the seller is open to any creative solution. It has a 2 bedroom 1.5 bath unit that is currently rented and a studio with full bath and kitchen. The studio is in the remodel stage. The owner has the new kitchen cabinets, stove/oven, 40k BTU gas fireplace, and dishwasher uninstalled on site. He is tired of the project and just wants out. Not in the MLS yet-
It has one garage space, outside parking, keys amenities (pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, boat launching, private beach), a nice mountain and marina view, and 2 boat slips…… A legal duplex with one APN number….
Offered in the very low $300’s
When you finished with this project you could flip for a nice profit or keep it and rent one unit and keep one for yourself.
Call or email me for more information.
The Lake Tahoe basin remains a potential host for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
While local organizations have spearheaded efforts to bring the games to Lake Tahoe in recent years, there is reason for renewed optimism, according to Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki, chairman of Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition (RTWGC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to having Reno/Tahoe selected as the next North American region to host an Olympic Winter Games.
“The latest comments from the USOC are an absolute shot in the arm for the Lake Tahoe region’s latest bid to host the games,” he said. “This will allow us the necessary momentum to create a network and a partnership between Nevada and California that can focus on putting a package in place that makes it compelling for the USOC.”
A shakeup in the United States Olympic Committee leadership has led to a reprioritization of how the committee will approach the bidding process.
USOC Chairman Larry Probst and newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun indicated they may want to pursue a 2022 Winter Games bid.
“Nothing’s off the table at this point,” chairman Larry Probst said during an interview at Associated Press headquarters Tuesday, when asked about a possible 2022 bid.
In the past, the USOC has focused on bringing the Summer Games to a bid city, as the games are typically viewed as a stronger economic engine for the host city.
However, in wake of Chicago’s last place finish in the bidding process for the 2016 Summer Games, the USOC indicated that bringing the Winter Games to the United States could be a positive step in repairing their relationship with the International Olympic Committee.
“The idea is to face in the right direction and start walking,” Blackmun said, “and we’ll know when we get there.”
According to reports from the Associated Press, the two strongest candidates to host the 2022 Winter Games are Denver and Reno-Tahoe.
“We’re really supportive of the USOC and the Olympic movement,” KieAnn Brownell, president of the Denver Sports Commission, told the Associated Press. “We have aspirations from the standpoint of wanting to host international events of all types. We’re going to follow the USOC’s lead and see where that goes.”
Bringing the 2022 Winter Games to Lake Tahoe would give the region an opportunity to dramatically improve its infrastructure, said Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Spokesman Dennis Oliver.
“Lake Tahoe could be the first Olympic site to deliver a Green Olympics with an underlying theme of sustainability,” he said.
Oliver said preparations for hosting the games should include installing a public transportation system capable of serving residents long after the event has concluded.
Oliver also envisions the creation of new more energy efficient hotel accommodations, athletic facilities with minimal impact on the local environment, and a system of feeding the athletes with locally grown agricultural products.
“It would be an event with an underlying theme of carbon neutral and I know a lot of local leaders would be interested in pulling it off,” Oliver said.
“The 2022 Winter Games would be a spectacle and a delight for several weeks,” he said. “But the improvements made to the infrastructure of the Lake Tahoe Basin in lead-up to the games would benefit residents for decades.”
My family is having a huge estate sale at my grandfathers house. The address is 816 Hazel Drive in South Lake Tahoe. The items include antiques (solid brass beds, wagon train stuff, furniture, wood cook stove, and much more), power and hand tools (new and used), furniture, collectibles of every kind, camping, fishing, and hunting gear. There is something priced for everyone. Hope to see you there.
Here are just a few family friendly events for Friday Dec 4th and Saturday Dec 5th.
Friday Dec 4th
- South Lake Tahoe Community Tree and Menorah Lighting from 5 to 7pm. This is hosted by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority at the Visitors Center, 3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The event will feature appearances by Santa and Mrs. Clause along with their elves. Fee sleigh rides courtesy of Borges Sleigh Rides. Complementary refreshments and will be provided. Please bring canned food or a toy to benefit Christmas Cheer. For more info call Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority at 530-544-5050.
- Tahoe Art League Holiday Boutique from 5-7:30 pm. This is located next to the Community Tree and Menorah Lighting. Come in for hot cider and see the unique Holiday gifts made by local artist.
Saturday Dec 5th
- Huge Estate Sale from 8:30-4:00. 816 Hazel Drive in South Lake Tahoe.
- Tahoe Figure Skating Club’s Christmas on Ice at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena from 5-6pm. Local figure skaters perform to holiday music. The Lake Tahoe Elementary Choir will perform. Call 530-416-2324 for more information.
- Breakfast with Santa from 9-11am at the Kahle Community Center located at 236 Kingsbury Grade in Stateline. The pancake breakfast will be prepared and served ty firefighters from the Tahoe Douglas Fire District. Tickets are $2 and pre-registration is recommended. Call the community center for more information 775-586-7271.
- The South Lake Tahoe Branch Library is seeking volunteers of all ages to help make wreaths and tree ornaments for assisted care patients at Barton Hospital form 10 to noon. 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. Enjoy Christmas music and refreshments. Call Jan at the library for more information 530-573-3185
- Chamber mixer with Santa from 2-5pm. Located at 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd #29. Santa will be on-hand for free photos with children. For more information call 530-542-5060.
Hope you have a good weekend…..
Once again we have a lot going on this week in South Tahoe. Here are a few ideas if you are looking for something to do.
- Nov 11 Veterans Day ceremony 11-11:30am at the American Legion Post #795 located at 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Rain or Shine
- Nov 12-14 “The Importance of Being Earnest” playing at the Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theater at 8pm. For more information please call the Duke Theatre Box Office at 530-541-4660 x207.
- Nov 12 Mt. Tallac Leadership fundraising event at Chevys Fresh Mex. 25% fo the total will be donated to this local school. 4-9pm located at 3678 Lake Tahoe Blvd. This is a super fun way to enjoy a great dinner and support our local youth.
- Nov 13 Tahoe Senior Plaza yearly Craft, Bake and Rummage Sale. Stars at 9am. For more info call 530-542-7048.
- Nov 13 The 39th annual “An Evening of Food and Wine Tasting” presented by Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe. Food, wine, silent auction and more. Tickets at 866-801-8652.
- Nov 14th Friends of the Library Book Sale at the El Dorado County Branch Library. Located at 3300 Lake Tahoe Blvd from 10-3. For more info call 530-542-2857.
These are just some ideas. Hope you have a great week. Possible snow tomorrow!!!! Wax the boards and skis.