DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? Truckee / Tahoe Real Estate Shows Promising 2018


With a new year just around the corner, it’s always a good thing as a Truckee and Lake Tahoe architect to know what the future holds; not just for our own well-being yet for our clients throughout the West.

This past week, Tahoe Luxury Properties posted a blog about recent Lake Tahoe and Truckee real estate statistics and included the graphic noted above.   I must say that the information is a good way to end a year that started with one of the most significant snowfall records in history which led to a summer filled with endless fun on the lakes and streams, and now ends with stats that show a promising future for real estate in the Truckee and Lake Tahoe region.

All combined, it seems that the world continues to hear about all the benefits that come with living the good life in and around the High Sierra.

Growth in the number of Q4 transactions can be attributed to the strong economy, rising equity markets, and the popularity of Tahoe as a second home destination, highlighted by a strong past winter and a summer of perfect weather.”

It’s always interesting to hear the local’s insight about all the good things that are happening throughout the Reno/Lake Tahoe region.  Got some news of your own about real estate predictions for 2018? I’m all ears …

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Finally, on behalf of the Borelli Architecture family, have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and white and wonderful New Year to come!

James P. Borelli


With the holiday season upon us, I have been thinking about what lovely wine I will be bringing to the neighbors this year.  And with wine on my mind, I happended to  come  across an article about a family who wanted to incorporate a wine cellar into their new four-story vacation home in Truckee, CA.

Leave it to those who live a good life to continue the quest for the best!

As one who has invested my whole career in designing estates and mountain homes in the Lake Tahoe and Truckee regions, the story mirrors many of my own clients’ quests to have the best of all worlds.  And why shouldn’t they?  As the classic ad slogan of Smith Barney once noted “They EARNED it.”

There are many factors to take into consideration before one can creatively start to think about incorporating this fine asset into any home.  Among the list is overall size, capacity, climate, access, location, and for those who sip only the finest of the vine:  security.

This particular wine cellar had its challenges: according to the story “…  it took more than a month for the excavation crew to dig down below the home’s foundation walls in order to make the space tall enough to stand in. Crews carried out dirt and rock by hand, in buckets, up 82 steps to the road above where it could be hauled off.”

The story finished with a visual that is just as important as the overall design … “the wine cellar incorporates exposed beams, natural wood shelving, and soft lighting to highlight the couple’s extensive wine collection.”

If you have ever dreamed of incorporating a wine cellar into your existing home, or have plans to build a new home in Truckee or the Lake Tahoe region, I’d be happy to swap ideas about cool designs for wine cellars, and my favorite blends, at any time.

Cheers to a festive Christmas season ahead!

James P. Borelli
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