Chiara and Ron Gajar
Archive for May, 2009
Friday, May 29th, 2009
We are visiting the beautiful island of Grand Abaco located in the northern Bahamian islands east of Ft. Lauderdale Florida. The flight here showcased an incredible show of lightning storms. Luckily, they were way off course but provided entertainment for awhile. The weather here is perfect, the ocean warm, the sand is fine and white and the time is definitely island time. We are staying at Bahama Beach Club, a first rate resort in the small island town of Treasure Cay.
Last night we enjoyed pizza night at the Tipsy Seagull, the local open air bar at the marina. It is the place to be on Thursdays as locals and visitors alike enjoyed delicious pizza and the singing Chris and The Burners. The dance floor was packed and including the graduating 8th grade class from a local school. It was definitely a fun night for all.
Sunday, May 24th, 2009
For sale: Lawrence Realty is please to announce a new real estate listing… a Located in the desirable Hurricane Bay along the west shore of Lake Tahoe, this split lakefront home enjoys gorgeous lake views, stunning finishes and a great floor plan. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath beauty was designed by the well known and respected architect Nick Kromydas of Cox and Kromydas Architectsin Truckee, Ca. and built by Greenwood Homes out of Incline Village, Nv.
Gorgeous Lake Views
The theme of the home while building was: green, modestly gracious in size and solar. As per the owner… “The interior and exterior finishes are impeccably coordinated and green, our interior designer, Leslie Kalish, spent many extra hours reconfiguring and researching the finishes to be certain elements were from recycled and green. Designer, Marcio Decker, of Home Concepts in Truckee, Ca. transformed bathrooms into works of art. ”
At buyer’s option a 50% interest in a lakeside parcel and a TRPA legally permitted buoy can be purchased at an additional charge. For more information visit Lawrence Realty on the web.
Lake Tahoe Beauty
split lakefront on Lake Tahoe, California.beautiful
Friday, May 22nd, 2009
Here is our wonderful experience with the quality and freshness of community supported agriculture.
About a year ago we were visiting friends in Santa Cruz. While there, they picked up this box full of an amazing selection of fresh, local grown vegetables which they received thru Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). CSA is an organization of farmers promoting a model of growing and eating that creates a direct connection between you and the farm. We were thrilled to find a farm (Mountain Bounty Farm) in Nevada City that delivers produce to Truckee and immediately signed up. We pay up front for the season (summer or winter). They use the money to buy the seeds and grow the produce, when it is time to harvest the pick what is ready to eat each week and deliver it the day it’s picked. For about $25 a week we get a box full of the freshest, tastiest produce and enjoy a variety of produce based on what they planted and what is ready to harvest. Last fall we went to the farm for their fall harvest festival and had a tour of this small farm (about 4 acres) where our veggies our grown. To see the produce growing and meet the farmers in person was a beautiful circle true to the CSA model.
Saturday, May 16th, 2009
Squaw Ski Chalet, located in the Granite Chief subdivision, one of Squaw Valley’s few ski in ski out properties, is in escrow.
Lawrence Realty is a happy to announce a slight pick up in the real estate activity in Squaw Valley. We have seen a few more inquiries and showings. Most recently we able to open escrow for a home listed at $4.5M. Squaw Ski Chalet is a newly constructed home with ski in ski out access. Check out the video on www.SquawSkiChalet.com.
Sunday, May 10th, 2009
This wonderful mother’s day weekend was full of fun at Squaw Valley.
Yesterday was the 19th annual Lake Cushing Classicand it was as eventful as ever. Only a few competitors actually crossed the pond which means there were a lot of cold and wet competitors being dragged across the pond by Ivan (our beloved special tickets guy at Squaw) in the inflatable kayak. This year’s winner was “Two Men and a Baby” or something like that. Three people came down on 4 skis. The two middle ones were monoskis sliced 3/4 of the way up the back with two bindings mounted on each. So yes, all three were skiiers were connected and they crossed the pond. So of the costumes this year included 4 penguins, a gorilla, Tigger, the Cookie Queen and Cookie Monster, two octomoms (yes, they had 8 baby dolls strapped to them), and so on. Since fewer contestants crossed the pond this year, there were a lot of really good and possible painful crashes. It was sun and fun for all.
Today, Mother’s Day, is also the last day of spring skiing for Squaw Valley. I went for a few runs and the snow is great. Quite a few people were hiking from Granite Chief up Emigrant, skiing Mainline Pocket, hiking up to the Palisades, skiing National then to Sun Bowl and over to KT22. A great day for some skiing and hiking. There is plenty of snow for more skiing this year, but there are not plenty of paying customers so Squaw will be closed for skiing until the next season. See you then if not sooner.
Friday, May 8th, 2009
The sun is shining, the spring skiing is amazing and there are plenty of fun things to do. Last weekend for Spring skiing which I hear is great… a friend hiked today from top of Shirley around Siberia to North Bowl for smooth spring snow. The Lake Cushing Crossing is tomorrow and should be eventful as usual. And then there is mother’s day, if you can’t be with your mother take a minute to remember the woman she is (was). Happy spring to all.
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
Snow is melting...
The grounds must be happy soaking up all the rain that has fallen in the last several days. More rain is expected for tomorrow and then the sun should be out for a few days. Yeah. Squaw has seen little ski traffic this week, in fact on Sunday all the lifts were closed due to the rain. When the sun shines there should be time for the last few spring skiing turns of the season.
Here’s a photo of KT22, the dirt is coming thru but with all the rain I would have expected more to wash off the last few days. Just goes to show how much snow we really had late this season.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
Squaw Valley’s 19th Annual Lake Cushing Crossing scheduled for May 9th at 2pm.
Next weekend, in conjunction with the final days of Squaw Valley skiing for the season, will be the year end fun of the 19th Annual Lake Cushing Crossing. This is a highly entertaining event in which competitors attempt to cross the recently thawed pond (lovingly know as Lake Cushing) located at the bottom of the mountain run. Competitors may choose their mode of transport which includes skis, snowboards, monoskis, and variety of other contraptions. The judges look for… actual success of crossing the pond along with style, costume, and such as their rank the competitors in the categories of ski, snowboard and other. It is a hilarious community event which always draws a large crowd to soak in the sun and watch the fun. In past years Shane McConkey was usually a participant and true to his exploring self, always coming up with a new way to cross the pond, and most times with great success. His participation and lively addition to the event will be missed this year, though we all know he will be there in spirit.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
Just a quick weather Squaw Valley weather report.
It has been raining for the last two days, great for the environment with summer coming soon, but not so good for the remaining snow. There was a break in the rain this morning and Squaw was actually avalanche blasting so there must be some snow accumulation on top. The rain has started up again so I am not on the mountain checking it out today.
Friday, May 1st, 2009
Lawrence Realty just attended the spring retreat for Luxury Real Estate in Las Vegas in an effort to promote Squaw Valley real estate. Luxury brokers gathered to network, learn and share information.
We just returned from a great three days in Las Vegas where Larry, Ron and I attended the 7th Annual Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat. We were joined by luxury real estate brokers from across the country and around the world with about 120 attendees representing 7 countries. The conference included several speakers, including Olympic Gold Medalist, Mary Whipple, who’s team defeated the three time gold medal defender Romania, in the sport of Womens’ 8 Rowing. Mary spoke with such passion about the path to achieving her Olympic dream and related it to the same integrity, hard work, devotion and passion in being successful in business.
Larry, Chiara and Ron with Mary Whipple
In addition to the speakers, small group sessions allowed us to focus on topics which are prevalent in our current times, including blogging and short sales.
And finally, there were several social events creating the opportunity to meet and talk with our fellow brokers, and thus gather the pulse on the real estate markets around the country and internationally as well. This was also our opportunity to promote Squaw Valley real estate to luxury brokers from a variety of locations.
As I found while attending the previous conference in Paris, markets are localized and specific. However to generalize the vibe, brokers are starting to see activity happen which is definitely an improvement for all. Almost all are experiencing some foreclosures, short sales and REOs within the lower end of their markets, however the quantity varies from market to market. In most cases, these types of sales are happening less frequently then the media lets us believe. In the case of a few, multiple offers are starting to come around again, especially in the lower end of markets.
In conclusion, we enjoyed our time in Las Vegas and send our thanks to the Luxury Real Estate network for another great conference.