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 …

Just give me a call at 775 831 3060 or visit our Contact page, right here.

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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A Perfect Treehouse for Kids This Christmas Season

During this time of the year our family at Borelli Architecture looks forward to the magic that comes with the season of frosty white snowfalls, Christmas carols, and warm and wonderful holiday memories.  And it is also times like this that we make a special effort to share the season with those less fortunate.

While researching ways to donate to non-profits this year, we found an organization called Treehouse” based in Washington state that collects donations to “Make Holidays Brighter” for children and youth in foster care.

Intrigued by the idea, we researched closer to home for ways that all of us can make a difference this Christmas season for children and youth in our own communities in North Lake Tahoe, Truckee and the Reno/Carson City regions.

We hope you take a few moments to review this list – and then find a little time this season and join us in making the holidays brighter.

Toys for Tots,  El Dorado County / Tahoe Truckee Region 

Toys for Tots, Eastern Placer County / Tahoe Truckee Region

Toys for Tots ~ Carson City, NV

Toys for Tots ~ Reno, NV and Greater Washoe County

On behalf of the entire team at Borelli Architecture, we thank you for sharing the magic of the season with those who need it most!


Jim and Kelly Borelli


How cool is that?  Every day I seem to turn-around and hear more good news about the region in which we live, and this past week was no exception.

Several local news outlets spread the word that “Matador Network” has selected Truckee as “The coolest ski town in America.”  The Borelli team agrees in full – and we’ve thought that for many years.

We’ve been very fortunate to see the region grow into what has become one fine resort destination that is a year-round paradise for those who choose to build a residential mountain home or luxurious estate to share with generations to come. From Martis Camp to Northstar and stunning lakefront estates, there are beautiful homes being built for families to enjoy all that comes with living in and around this ‘cool’ place.

As noted in the Network’s announcement:

With numerous mountain resorts only a short drive away, and the town’s place in the history of skiing and snowboarding, Matador Network described Truckee as, ‘rad because it sits in the middle of more ski areas than anywhere else in the West, and yet has none of the glitz of places like Aspen or Jackson.’”

If you ever want more information about all the benefits that come with living and working in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee area, feel free to reach out and send me a note or give me a call.  My wife, Kelly, and I have resided in the region for over 30 years and are still very proud to call Tahoe/Truckee, ‘home.”


James P. Borelli
Call 775 831 3060 or visit our Contact page, right here