Nick Churton of Mayfair International Realty finds his young heart’s desire on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
When I was growing up there was a childrens’ TV show in the UK called Thunderbirds. It was about a family who ran a great outfit called International Rescue and they spent their time doing good works with a thrilling array of equipment and transport. Their home base was a place called Tracy Island. It was any small boy’s dream to live there.
When I was a little older the James Bond films had villains who always seemed to live in really cool places. Then, I longed to find a cross between Tracy Island and Blofeld’s liar. Well now I have.
On the edge of Lake Tahoe, with its own beach and large boat dock is an extraordinary home with a strong nautical theme. The reception area has a dance floor and indoor swimming pool with large waterfall. The door to the cloakroom is off a submarine. The inside/outside bar is designed around an original 1949 Chris Craft speedboat and the ‘galley’ is a commercial kitchen boasting everything to cater for the perfect party including a pizza oven and even a diamond-encrusted trash chute – how James Bond is that?
The spacious private master suite has a crow’s nest bar with Lake Tahoe panorama, dual bathrooms with large glass enclosed shower and lake views, sitting room, gym and mini-kitchen. In addition there are three theme bedroom suites with mini bars.
Outside by the beach is a BBQ patio, two fire pits and lush landscaping. Of course, just like any International Rescue base, there is a piercing spotlight on the top deck that shines out over the lake so you can always find your way home.
Here there is just about everything to thrill small, and not so small, boys – and, I am sure, girls as well for that matter. So I have found my Tracy Island and I hope you do too. It is everything that children – young and old – will adore.
By Nick Churton