Hello from beautiful Squaw Valley!

The weather has been great with moderate temperatures throughout the summer; wonderful for hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, barbequing, boating and attending an endless supply of concerts! River rafting got a very late start due to high water conditions downstream but many have taken advantage since the water was released beginning the first weekend in August. What a great summer once it got going!

Looking for activities for the rest of the month, here is Squaw’s calendar link for August: www.squaw.com/event-calendar-summer Don’t forget about free music in Tahoe City on Sundays, Tuesday Bluesdays in Squaw, Truckee Thursdays, and Kings Beach music on Fridays! Too much to list!

Real estate sales are continuing with many deals to be had. All pricing has come down so now is the time to get your Squaw getaway! All of our listed properties at the Squaw Valley Lodge are priced competitively and the Sellers are prepared to negotiate. Come see us and take a tour of what you could own! We have comfortable deluxe studios with a variety of views, a top floor, south facing one-bedroom unit, top floor studio-lofts with views of KT-22, and a spacious, top floor two-bedroom with fireplace, laundry, outside decks and fantastic views of Red Dog, KT, and Headwall! What’s your ideal floorplan? We may have an additional deluxe studio coming on in the next few days, please check with us or our website to find out more! Of course all of the properties in Squaw Valley and beyond can be seen at our popular website, here’s that link: www.squawvalleyrealestate.com

Between us we have over 47 years of real estate experience in Squaw Valley! Whether buying or selling you can trust we will have your interest at heart. As always, please come on by the Squaw Valley Lodge; email or give us a call for the most up to date information. We always welcome a conversation or even suggestions of what you would like to see in this blog. Also, don’t forget about our property management division, Squaw Tahoe Vacation Rentals; we now manage properties outside of the Squaw Valley Lodge assisting with Vacation Rentals, Ski Leases, and Long Term Rentals at very competitive rates! You may contact our property manager Anna locally at 530.583.2130, toll free at 855.583.2130 or email her at: rentals@squaw-tahoe.com

We hope you enjoy the remainder of the summer as we head toward another fantastic fall season. Have a relaxing Labor Day weekend!

We’ll see you soon in the outdoors!

Norm Anderson & Bob Gebhardt

Wow, straight from winter to summer, directly; we mountain folk don’t bother with spring! How did that global warming work for you this year? This Fourth of July weekend we can all ski at Squaw, or Alpine Meadows, or Mammoth Mountain! There is still lots of snow and the runoff is making for great waterfalls, river flow and a full Lake Tahoe!

This weekend kicks off the summer play season with a multitude of events and activities in Squaw Valley. July 2-4 will offer: skiing, snowboarding, KT Concert series kickoff, Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, Cushing Crossing, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and fireworks! Later in July is the Soaring Kites and Music Festival and the Wanderlust Festival. Here’s SV USA’s July events link: http://www.squaw.com/event-calendar-summer/2011-07
To see the July happenings in the North Lake Tahoe area follow this link from the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus: http://www.gotahoenorth.com/events?x_LocationID=&x_StartDate=07%2F01%2F2011&x_EndDate=07%2F31%2F2011

Squaw Valley is a great home base. In winter you are already at one of the top ski areas in the world and all you have to do is throw down some coffee and go. In the summer, otherwise known as road construction season, you don’t have to sit in traffic as they do on the Lake’s West Shore or from Tahoe City to Kings Beach and beyond. You can choose to go there or go the other way! There’s plenty of activities in Squaw but if you want/have to leave you can choose to turn left out of Squaw. Hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, picnicking, touring, shopping, roller blading, eating out at great restaurants, or just touring; there is so much to see. So many just focus on Lake Tahoe that they never have experienced Lakes Basin, Graeagle, Sierra City, Downieville, Jackson Meadows, Portola, Feather River, and so much more! And that’s if you make it past all that Truckee offers! Sure, you really should visit the Lake at least once but opportunity awaits in the path less followed!

Squaw Valley real estate is trading at values from about ten years ago. One bedroom/Studio units (560-650 sq/ft) are selling in the $250,000 to $300,000 range and two-bedroom condos are ranging from $317,500 to $560,000. Most of these are the result of the Resort at Squaw Creek auction a few weeks ago or from foreclosures and short sales. The Squaw Valley Lodge had one foreclosure last year, that’s it. The other resort’s and development’s selling prices are dragging the values down in Squaw. Most of the pricing at the SV Lodge is competitive and most of our Sellers are ready to negotiate a good deal. Of course all of the properties in Squaw Valley and beyond can be seen at our popular website, here’s our link: www.squawvalleyrealestate.com

As always, please come on by the Squaw Valley Lodge, email or give us a call for the most up to date information. We always welcome a conversation or even suggestions of what you would like to see in this blog. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend!

We’ll see you soon in the outdoors!

We are now into the final weekend of skiing and snowboarding in Squaw Valley! This Memorial Day weekend has tons of events and activities scheduled excluding the 21st Annual Lake Cushing Crossing which is rescheduled for July 3rd! Headwall and KT are scheduled to be open this last weekend. Here’s Squaw’s events link: http://www.squaw.com/spring-operations-events

Also coming up is the deadline for Squaw ski passes for next year; you need to buy your pass by June 15th or you pay more, probably much more! Here’s that link: http://www.squaw.com/season-pass

So far I’ve heard that Alpine Meadows and Mammoth Mountain will be open July 2nd – July 4th; Squaw has yet to make the decision at this press time! There is still tons of snow on the hill, it will be a very long time for it all to melt, a very long time!

The hiking up Shirley Canyon ought to be amazing at some point with epic waterfalls! So far there is still too much snow for the bluebird hikers to make it up. One source has told me that there is about forty feet of snow in the Shirley Lake area! It will be a long time before spring makes it there.

Sales continue in Squaw at very reduced prices. The economy is not picking up and there are sellers needing to get out from under their debt. Sales pricing is about where we were at about 2002 to 2004. Pricing is off about thirty to forty percent from its peak in 2008. Sales of one-bedroom units are ranging from about $250k to $300k and two-bedroom units are selling in the $400k to $500k range! Of course this excludes some of the auctioned units at the Resort at Squaw Creek which sold for even lower!

The Squaw Valley Lodge units are competitively priced and all pricing is negotiable. Most recently we closed escrow on a top-floor studio with extended loft; it was listed at $599k and sold for $575k with over 900 square feet of upgraded living space facing KT! With the extensive amenities, superior location, and great management it’s no wonder the Squaw Valley Lodge holds value better than most of the other developments! Come on by and see why; we are open every day. Until then, check out our upgraded website and links!
www.squawvalleyrealestate.com

Spread the word; our new property management arm is up and running with more property owners signing up! Check out this new website too! www.SquawTahoeVacationRentals.com!

See you in the outdoors!

Norm Anderson & Bob Gebhardt

Hello From Squaw Valley!

This is the last big month of skiing and boarding in Squaw and there are many activities for everyone coming up this month ending with the Lake Cushing Crossing.  Skiing at Squaw continues each weekend through the end of May; that’s Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until closing on the 30th.  The mountain will also be running Monday, May 16th due to the Amgen Tour departing from Squaw Valley!  The Amgen Tour of California starts/ends Sunday May 15th in South Lake Tahoe and ends at Northstar; on Monday it departs from Squaw Valley and finishes in Sacramento.  Click this Squaw Valley USA link for events happening in Squaw Valley including the Amgen Tour.

Real estate in Squaw Valley continues to move.  Below are the sales of Squaw Valley condominiums since January 1, 2011 and all of the current listings of homes and condominiums in Squaw Valley.  Also, the current Squaw Valley Lodge price list. Read the rest of this entry

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Welcome to Squaw Tahoe Real Estate! Bob Gebhardt and Norm Anderson are the Squaw Valley real estate experts with combined experience of over 46 years of selling real estate in the Squaw Valley area. Bob & Norm have had the most sales at the Squaw Valley Lodge and have been selling real estate since 1985. In addition to serving Squaw Valley real estate, they also work the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee real estate markets. Our website has up-to-date information regarding the squaw valley real estate market, current local weather, snow & ski conditions, dining recommendations, links to Summer & Winter activities and other great bits of local information. Click on the link to begin your Lake Tahoe real estate search.

Wow, what a great President’s Weekend!

Eight feet of new snow and the ski and boarding conditions couldn’t be any better! After shoveling and snow blowing all week my back is tired but I can’t wait to take advantage of the blue skies and cold temperatures. Tomorrow Squaw opens Silverado, shhhhh, don’t tell anyone! Later this week we may get some more ‘freshies’ but right now it’s already incredible. I hope you’re here, enough said!

Did you hear about the $50 million worth of upgrades to Squaw by the new owners? This is exactly what Squaw needs and the new CEO, Andy Wirth is bringing in the best planners of ski areas to compete for the business! The future of Squaw Valley looks very bright and with the implementation of their ideas perhaps shiny too! Here’s the link to the article in the Reno Gazette Journal, check it out! Read the rest of this entry

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