The annual Memorial Day Weekend events are coming up. Each year we look forward to the Saturday of Memorial Day because of the Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast. The firemen make a yummy breakfast for Squaw Valley property owners complete with eggs, bacon, pancakes and more. The fire trucks or open for the kids to explore and the community chats it up. Then we all volunteer to clean up a section of the local roads. Garbage seems to accumulate on the sides of the streets, especially if dogs or bears got into the garbage cans over the winter. We’ve been doing it for years and now our kids enjoy the morning just as much as we do. It is a great community event where you see other friendly faces of property owners in the valley, some of which you know will always be there. If you own in Squaw Valley and have not attended in the past, you should check it out. It’s yummy and fun.
Archive for May, 2010
Big news in Tahoe today. Squaw Valley USA has decided to re-open the ski resort for Saturday and Sunday of Memorial weekend. Yahooeeeee!!! This is just what we needed after all the May storms. We woke to another 3 inches of fresh snow this morning and it has been snowing on and off all day. I am guessing the upper mountain has accumulated some nice snow since the days have been so cold. The resort plans to run the Cable Car, Links and Shirley Lake. Fun stuff. Thanks to Squaw for seeing the need.
Based on these photos you would never guess it is the end of May in Squaw Valley. Look what the weekend brought us locals. When the ski resorts are closed the locals do not want to see the snow, unless it is November. Pretty as it is, I am ready for warmer weather.
As the community continues to grieve the loss of Erik Arnold, we also pull together as a close knit community should. A fundraising event for the Arnold Family has been planned for Saturday May 22 from 5-7pm at the Tahoe City Yacht Club. There will be a silent auction and raffle for a wagon of wine. Let’s all do our part as part of this great community.
The memorial service is the following weekend, Sunday May 30th, 3pm at Chamber’s Landing.
This past week our community is sadly mourning the loss of Erik Arnold… a father, husband, realtor, boater and active member of the community. On May 13th Erik passed away after fighting a long battle with cancer. There has been an outpouring of support from this little mountain community. A memorial service with be held on May 30th at 3pm at Chambers.
It seems our community has been dealing with loss on a far to regular basis. I guess larger communities have similar numbers of losses but in such a small community (made smaller by second home and investment ownership) you seem to know and feel a connection with everyone.
Erik will be remembered for his laugh, spontaneity and zest for life. Our condolences to his family. If you wish to make a donation in memory of Erik, an account has been set up at the El Dorado Bank in Tahoe City.
The Squaw Valley real estate market has been picking up over the course of the year. Here is a listing sure to sell adding to the year end totals. This beautiful home located in the private Creekside Estates subdivision just lowered the price again by $100,000 and is now listed at $1,695,000. Click here to see the details. It is the best value for a home in any of Squaw Valley’s private communities.
“Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts.”
- Coleman Cox
Today I came across this quote and it struck a cord with me for two reasons.
The first is quite simple. We have a woodpecker at our house this spring pecking holes in the siding right outside the kids’ bedroom. Ron is gearing up to defend the house and just bought reflective tape, a sound activated spider and a stationery owl. Hopefully after some weekend installation projects this busy woodpecker will find somewhere else to bang has head against wood.
The second reason this quote caught my attention is in how it relates to the business world in the last year and half. In the real estate sector it has been very important to use your head wisely and keep working hard to make the sales. I’m sure other sectors of business can relate. Our industry has changed due to the increase in distressed sales, the changed economy and the changed mentality of buyers and sellers. Lawrence Realty is doing everything we can to stay current on these changes and be on the cutting edge of our industry so we can well represent our clients. We are using our heads to keep the going and get them closed.
On Sunday we pulled the deck furniture out and Monday brought this winter storm which dropped about a foot of snow. It snowed all day Monday and by the evening it let up. Today was overcast and cold all day. Could have been an awesome powder day if Squaw was open. Oh well. We’ve started to call this month Mayuary. It’s supposed to warm up by the weekend. I hope so. I am ready for summer days.
Larry just returned from the worldwide Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat held in Miami Beach, FL. Attendees at this year’s spring retreat included brokers from from the US, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Europe and all the way from Australia. These Luxury Real Estate conferences allow us to sense the pulse of the real estate market at a global level. The general consensus from the attendees is they have seen a pickup in sales activity in the 1stquarter of 2010 and are expecting activity to continue building in 2010. Most felt that the bottom of the luxury market was hit during 2009. Most felt prices of real estate are beginning to show signs of recovery with some areas posting record high sales price hit their markets this year. We are looking forward to the Fall Conference in Seattle, Washington.
Our office is making a concentrated effort to expose Squaw Valley to the worldwide luxury real estate markets. We are building our network with the 80,000 worldwide members. The real estate brokers of this network are among the top 5% of real estate markets in their respective areas in the United States and in foreign countries. We are working to exchange referrals with them for both buyers and sellers in our markets. As a result of our participation in this network, we can refer our existing clients from Squaw Valley to top brokers in their primary home and multiple vacation home locations across the US and the world. We have already begun this by referring our existing clients to brokers in: the East Bay Area of San Francisco; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Portland, Oregon and as far away as the Turks and Cacaos Islands in the Caribbean. If any of you reading are interested in learning more about this please let us know. We may be able to help you, your family and associates find a reputable broker in other parts of the country and world.
Now is the time to get your Squaw pass for next year. The smokin’ hot prices are back from last season but will only last until May 9th. Adults start at $369 for the bronze pass. Check them out here. In looking back at this past season from a customer’s perspective, I don’t think the pass prices affected the quality of the experience in regards to lines and people on the mountain. Mid week powder days were still crowded. The holidays had the crowds but did not include a lot of locals. The black out days actually seemed to work for crowd control. I better get out there and enjoy my last few days of skiing.