Recently I visited with Georgia Chase, REALTOR at Chase International and Sales Director at Clear Creek Tahoe, just outside Carson City, Nevada. I had heard a lot of good things about this development, so I was excited to speak to Georgia and take the full tour.
What’s the story with Clear Creek Tahoe?
Clear Creek Tahoe sits on 2136 acres. We have 853 acres in permanent conservation, which is that beautiful meadow that we’re going to drive through when we go into the property. We have outstanding granite rock outcroppings to the east—those are also in conservation. And we have the National Forest on the west side.
Back in the day, this was all the Schneider Ranch, which was one of the first settled ranches in Nevada. You’ll see a lot of nods to its history as we go through the property.
We’re in phase one right now of the development, which is 177 lots, with 56 mountain cottage homesites and 121 estate homesites.
What kind of amenities does the community offer?
We have many amazing amenities, but our most exciting amenity is a private lakefront residence for our members’ use only up at Lake Tahoe. Situated right next to Edgewood Golf Course, we call it Twin Pines. It’s a Julia Morgan designed home from 1936, and basically, they renovated the old, historic house and turned it into a classic clubhouse.
In the summer, it works like a beach house. You’ve got 180 feet of sandy beach. There’s a boat with a captain, it’s a Hinckley boat, so it’s a beautiful antique boat.
And in the winter, it works like a ski house. They have a shuttle that takes you up to the Heavenly gondola, which is only four blocks away. It’s a great offsite amenity.
That’s amazing, what about onsite amenities?
Onsite, our next exciting amenity is Summit Camp. We’ve got three hard, true clay tennis courts, sports courts and this awesome water slide with a tower built out of hundred-year-old timbers from Schneider Ranch.
There’s a large pool, hot tub, bocce court, poolside grill, lounge areas, game areas and lots of grass for the kids to play on. Located on this beautiful summit surrounded by the mountains and this beautiful alpine landscape, it’s a fantastic place to hang out in the summer.
Further down from Summit Camp, you’ll find our clubhouse campus. There we have a restaurant and pub, our permanent pro shop, and two guest cabins for members’ use. So for example, if you’re building your home, and you want to come and visit the project, you can stay there. They’ll also work for overflow guests later on.
We also have a lot of private hiking trails. My favorite is the Lookout Trail that goes up into those granite rock outcroppings, where you can see the entire Carson Valley. And then there’s the Headwaters Trail, which runs along Clear Creek and loops around the whole property.
Do you have a golf clubhouse?
Yes, we are excited to be putting in our permanent clubhouse hopefully starting late this year. It’s going to be about 20,000 square feet, with a 5000 square foot workout facility in it and larger dining facilities.
The golf course is one of our premier amenities. It’s an 18-hole Coore & Crenshaw mountain course, and it’s the only mountain course that they’ve done. It’s ranked the number one residential course in all of Nevada and 24th in the nation. The golf course has been in since 2009, so it’s really matured and golfs beautifully.
So this is a gated community?
Yes, it is, and Clear Creek Tahoe also has 24-hour manned security. Our beautiful gatehouse exemplifies the architectural style you’ll see all over the property, with timber beams that came right off the ranch. Mailboxes are right here, which is really convenient for people.
This beautiful meadow and all of the expansive area around it is in permanent conservation, so you’re never going to see any development here. The Headwaters Trail runs along that creek and then wraps around that ridge, and it’s a 5.5-mile beautiful hike.
What about fire risk?
The developers have been very proactive with fire prevention. We have fire hydrants every 500 feet. We have three manned fire departments within about 15 minute response time. You’ll notice as we go through, they’ve thinned the forest in here. They’ve limbed a lot of the trees.
Our first homeowners are not experiencing any higher rates for their homeowner insurance, and we don’t have a high fire risk, which is fantastic given the situation in California.
Infrastructure is all in place for phase one. All the utilities are buried underground, and we have county water, county sewer, fiber optic cable, electricity and natural gas servicing the community.
Can we see one of the houses?
Yes, this is one of everybody’s favorites. It’s a beautiful model home built by Santa Ynez valley construction. It’s 2765 square feet. It’s all single-level living. They’re doing a few little punch list items today but I’d love to take you inside.
It’s great, one-level living here, the perfect mountain style to enjoy these panoramic mountain views. We’ve got a fantastic outdoor entertaining space, out on the deck, with a great view of all the other construction activity that’s happening up here. And of course, this homesite gives you this easy access to all the amenities.
So where’s the golf clubhouse area?
The restaurant and bar are straight ahead. The pro shop is to the left and off to the east over here is where our permanent clubhouse is going to be behind these construction trailers. It’s going to be great. It’ll have big views to the Carson Valley and those great, rock outcroppings will be a wonderful backdrop.
The restaurant has a fantastic outdoor eating area with views of the 18th fairway of the golf course, and again, spectacular mountain views.
On the left, we’re approaching the Fairway Cabins. These cabins are very rustic on the outside, like the rest of the architecture throughout the property, but inside they’re very Four Seasons-ish.
Straight ahead, this is future development off that way. We’re getting ready to open 46 new estate lots called the Overlook Estates.
What kind of people are moving into the community?
The people that move to Clear Creek Tahoe are often outdoor enthusiasts. They love the Tahoe area, whether it’s boating, swimming, hiking, biking, golfing, skiing, so we get people that are pretty active. Our biggest demographic is around 57 to 59 years old.
There are also a lot of people looking at this area to save money on their taxes and retirement.
But at the end of the day, it’s really people that just enjoy this kind of environment, and we’re so fortunate because as you’ve seen, we look like we’re hundreds of miles from civilization, but we’re right in the heart of services.
You can be at Costco in seven minutes. Trader Joe’s, Best Buy, it’s all just a few minutes away. It’s only 35 minutes to the Reno airport, and 25 minutes up to our lakefront property, so we are in a great area to access fun and all the services.
So that was Clear Creek. Next, I headed out to see their most unusual amenity, the beach house at Lake Tahoe. But to get the details, you’ll have to watch the video, definitely worth your time:
If you have any questions about Clear Creek Tahoe, please don’t hesitate to contact Georgia or any member of her team. They’re happy to chat and tour you around the property, no hassle, no pressure. But if you’re interested, I do recommend acting sooner rather than later, as sales have been strong.
—By Diane Cohn
What You Need to Know:
- With interest rates around 3.66%, now is a great time to look back at where they’ve been over the past few decades. Comparatively, they’re pretty low!
- According to Freddie Mac, rates are projected to increase to 3.9% by this time next year.
- The impact your interest rate has on your monthly mortgage payment is significant. An increase of just $20 dollars in your monthly payment can add up to $240 per year and $7,200 over the life of your loan.
- Maybe it’s time to lock in now, while rates are still historically low.
Curious how much house you can afford?
Headquartered in Lake Tahoe, Nevada since 1986, Chase International is a dynamic, luxury real estate company with a heart-centered approach, committed to the success of its clients, sales associates, staff and community. With more than 350 professional Realtors® representing homes at all price points, the company is proud to be the market leader, achieving the highest 2018 volume in the region with nearly $1.4 billion in sales. The company currently operates nine offices in Reno-Tahoe—Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Carson Valley, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Truckee, Reno, and Sparks, as well as a marketing and PR firm in London. With powerful international connections in place, Chase listings receive maximum industry exposure to potential purchasers worldwide.
If you’re searching for a Reno-Tahoe home online, you’re not alone; lots of people are doing it. The question is, are you using all of your available resources, and are you using them wisely? Here’s why the Internet is a great place to start the home-buying process, and the truth on why it should never be your only go-to resource when it comes to making such an important decision.
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the three most popular information sources home buyers use in the home search are:
- Online website (93%)
- Real estate agent (86%)
- Mobile/tablet website or app (73%)
Clearly, you’re not alone if you’re starting your search online; 93% of home buyers are right there with you. The even better news: 86% of buyers are also getting their information from a real estate agent at the same time.
Here are 3 top reasons why using a real estate professional in addition to a digital search is key:
1. There’s More to Real Estate Than Finding a Home Online. It’s a lonely and complicated trek around the web if you don’t have a real estate professional to also help you through the 230 possible steps you’ll face as you navigate through a real estate transaction. That’s a pretty staggering number! Determining your price, submitting an offer, and successful negotiation are just a few of these key steps in the sequence. You’ll definitely want someone who has been there before to help you through it.
2. You Need a Skilled Negotiator. In today’s market, hiring a talented negotiator could save you thousands, maybe even tens of thousands of dollars. From the original offer to the appraisal and the inspection, many of the intricate steps can get complicated and confusing. You need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.
3. It Is Crucial to Make a Competitive and Compelling Offer. There is so much information out there in the news and on the Internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates. How do you know what’s specifically going on in your area? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much or offending the seller with a lowball offer?
Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, advises:
“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”
Hiring a real estate professional who has his or her finger on the pulse of the local Reno-Tahoe markets will make your buying experience an informed and educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.
If you’re ready to start your search online, let’s get together. You’ll want someone who is educated and informed at your side who can answer your questions and guide you through a process that can be complex and confusing if you go at it with the Internet alone.
Reno & Sparks
The Reno-Sparks real estate market saw a modest increase in single-family home sales during the first three quarters of 2019. Sales volume increased 4%, while Sparks increased 3%.
Meanwhile, the Reno condo market witnessed a whopping 32% increase in sales volume, as Sparks increased by 25%.
Carson City & Carson Valley
The sales volume for single-family in Carson City homes was up a robust 10% in the first nine months of the year, while condo sales volume rose an impressive 31%.
Carson Valley single-family home sales continue to chug along, with volume up 5% in the first three quarters of the year.
Lake Tahoe & Truckee
In contrast, the overall sales volume for both single-family homes and condos in the communities around Lake Tahoe declined 14% during the same time period.
Truckee saw single-family home sales volume go down by 8%, as condo sales volume increased 13%.
Overall it’s a mixed bag, with the Lake Tahoe areas experiencing general market softening as the valleys stay strong.
See our full Q3 real estate market reports for details:
Questions about your local market? Please reach out to one our local experts.
Headquartered in Lake Tahoe, Nevada since 1986, Chase International is a dynamic real estate firm with a heart-centered approach, committed to the success of its clients, sales associates, staff and community. With more than 350 professional Realtors® representing homes at all price points, the company is proud to be the market leader, achieving the highest 2018 volume in the region with nearly $1.4 billion in sales. The company currently operates nine offices in Reno-Tahoe—Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Carson Valley, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Truckee, Reno, and Sparks, as well as a marketing and PR firm in London. With powerful international connections in place, Chase listings receive maximum industry exposure to potential purchasers worldwide.
Below are 5 compelling reasons why listing your home for sale this fall makes sense.
1. Demand Is Strong
The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase… and they’re in the market right now. More often than not, in many areas of the country, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy the same home.
Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.
2. There Is Less Competition Now
Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal market. This means that in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers. This is especially true in Reno, where supply still runs a little over a month.
Historically, homeowners would stay an average of six years in their homes. Since 2011, that number has hovered between nine and ten years. This has created pent-up desire for many to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years due to a negative equity situation. As home values continue to appreciate, more and more homeowners will be given the freedom to move.
Many were reluctant to list their homes over the last few years, for fear that they would not find a home to move to. That is all changing now as more homes come to market at the higher end. The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until additional inventory comes to market before you decide to sell.
3. The Process Will Be Quicker
Today’s competitive environment has forced buyers to do all they can to stand out from the crowd, including getting pre-approved for their mortgage financing. This makes the entire selling process much faster and simpler, as buyers know exactly what they can afford before shopping for a home. According to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insights Report, the time needed to close a loan is 43 days.
4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move Up
If your next move will be into a premium or luxury home, now is the time to move up. There is currently ample inventory for sale at higher price ranges. This means if you’re planning on selling a starter or trade-up home and moving into your dream home, you’re more likely to find a seller’s market for the home you’re leaving and a buyer’s market for the home you’re purchasing.
Also, according to CoreLogic, prices are projected to appreciate by 5.2% over the next year. If you’re moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage) if you wait.
5. It’s Time to Move on with Your Life
Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?
Only you know the answers to these questions. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market. If you need help making decisions based on your specific, local market conditions, please reach out to any of our agents.
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We’ve had a phenomenal year in luxury real estate in the Reno-Tahoe region. Luxury home buyers continue to choose beautiful Lake Tahoe as the place to purchase their getaway home, while others relocate to Reno, Sparks and Carson Valley for Nevada’s wide open spaces and favorable tax climate. Read on to learn more about luxury trends in our region.
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