Tahoe History and Lakefront Exclusivity Offered at Fleur du Lac Estates, West Shore
Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to present two of the finest waterfront offerings on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore. The enclave, Fleur du Lac Estates, is a somewhat mysterious property stretching over 15 lush acres on Tahoe’s magical shoreline, gated and surrounded by a rugged stone wall. A Yacht Club, Boat House, Marina, and just 22 private Residences make the historic compound a much-sought-after retreat. Behind iconic iron gates you will adore the meticulous grounds and properties, some dating back to the early1900’s. Ownership offers the pinnacle of rich Tahoe history blended with exclusivity, amenities, services, and luxury. Today owners enjoy the epitome of “carefree” Tahoe lakefront living, all just hours away from its original socialite residents in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Napa Valley.
Fleur du Lac was originally constructed in 1938 as a hideaway for Henry Kaiser, who is most known as the prime contractor for the Hoover Dam as well as his creation of liberty ships during World War 2. When Kaiser purchased the property, he wanted to host a party to celebrate the completion of the Dam on the shores of Lake Tahoe, dedicating more than 300 construction workers to the project in 8-hour shifts, 24 hours a day. Once a “Mansion” was completed, it served as a vacation destination for Kaiser and the heads of five other companies that were instrumental in the Hoover Dam project, including the builder of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Trans Alaskan Pipeline. In addition to constructing 17 large residences, there were servant’s quarters, small cottages, a Yacht Club, marina, and a Boat House. The compound was nicknamed after Kaiser’s favorite hydroplane “Flower of the Lake” (Fleur du Lac) which was stored in the Boat House. Kaiser was a racing enthusiast and one can only imagine the shoreline dotted with SF socialites enjoying a day of racing.
After Kaiser sold the estate, it went through a series of transitional uses from the 1960s to 1979, including serving as a private school and movie set for many on-location scenes for Francis Ford Coppola's film, "The Godfather II." The main residence was the Lake Tahoe extension of crime boss Michael Corleone’s connections in the film. My husband, a Tahoe native, was invited to try out for a main child role as Al Paccino’s son during the filming, but that would have required him to remove his cowboy hat, which he was unwilling to do. To this day his older sister revels in making the cut in the film that he did not.
Fleur du Lac has changed hands several times over the years, and more structures have been built on the property. Not until the 1980’s did the secretive compound begin to refurbish existing key structures and transform original homes on the property to individually-owned “condominium” homes. Even so, Fleur du Lac remains the stuff of legend around North Lake Tahoe. As an owner or invited guest, you can step back in time and relive an era of Tahoe’s history well removed from public view.
Fleur du Lac Amenities and Services
It's not surprising that today homeowners of the upscale Fleur du Lac Estates want to invest in the best while safeguarding the historic setting. “Our community has always embraced the history of this setting while looking toward protecting its future," says Lane Murray, General Manager at Fleur du Lac Estates. This is a mountain and lakeside homeowner’s association where every home has a dedicated slip in the marina, resort-style services are the norm, and aesthetics of the community are vigilantly upheld. Nestled amidst stunning mountain peaks and world-famous ski resorts, Fleur du Lac Estates can experience heavy snowfall during the winter months. The property is just five minutes from the proposed new Homewood Mountain Resort. The association staff is committed to making life easy for property owners no matter how much snow Mother Nature delivers each season.
- Privacy: gated campus with on-site Maintenance Supervisor.
- World Class Amenities: boat slip (boats to 30’) for each residence, the Yacht Club, the Boat House, the Kaiser Suite, two tennis courts with viewing pavilion, swimming & wading pools, outdoor spa, gym, bocce court, and park-like landscaping.
- Luxury Services: on-site maintenance and home care, chauffeur services, concierge, pre-arrival heat and system checks, daily mail and newspaper delivery, and more!
- Leasing: Winter Lease Rate: 6+ month lease, from $10,000/month, Summer Lease Rates: 6+ month lease, from $22,000/month
Exclusive Fleur du Lac Lakefront Properties Offered For Sale By Sierra Sothebys’ International Realty
4000 WEST LAKE BOULEVARD #13 | $3,995,000
Fleur Du Lac Residence No. Thirteen is perfectly positioned to capture Lake and mountain vistas from its spacious interior. A remarkable level of craftsmanship and detail are found throughout this fine home including imported granite and marble from an Italian quarry owned be a previous owner. The library and main living areas are located on the entry level with three suites upstairs. Patio with fire-pit and BBQ overlook landscaped grounds to Lake Tahoe and beyond.
- 3 En-Suite Bedrooms
- 4 Baths
- 2 Car Garage
- 3,754 sq ft
- Furnishings Negotiable
- Year Built 1990
4000 WEST LAKE BOULEVARD #19 | $4,650,000
Fleur Du Lac Residence No. Nineteen stands as a tribute to the handcrafted mahogany masterpieces that to this day grace the waters of Lake Tahoe. It’s 3 bedroom suite + library/den (or 4th bedroom), 4 bath plan has been beautifully furnished courtesy of Blair Morgan Design. Its coveted corner location is only steps from the beach and water's edge, capturing southern vistas across Lake Tahoe. Three wood burning fireplaces, and attached garage complete this exceptional offering.
- 3 En-Suite Bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
- 2 Car Garage
- 3,516 sq ft
- Furnishings Negotiable
- Built in 1983
For more information or a private showing, please contact Samantha Swigard at 530.363.2776