Gondola Vista is literally steps from the city of South Lake Tahoe’s lively jam. But you’d never know it, as the community lies largely hidden amidst the trees. From your front door, you can emerge from the towering Jeffery and Sugar pines and quickly be ensconced in hum and bustle of a town that boogies in both Nevada and California. Imagine an epic powder day right to your back door from one of Heavenly Ski Resorts best runs. Nevada’s casino gaming is on abundant display. As are the many restaurants, showrooms and the outdoor summer amphitheater within the casino corridor. Heavenly Village, which begins at Stateline and stretches into California offers remarkable shopping, epicurean exploration and exceptional people-watching from umbrella-covered patios. The Gondola Vista Community Is Centrally Located Within Walking Distance Of South Lake Tahoe’s Vibrant Town Center – Live Music, Golf, Shopping, Dining And Gaming .
A Rare Opportunity Is Born
It All Began With Two Parcels of Paradise
Gondola Vista was originally part of the 725 acres of land owned by local Rancher Jack Van Sickle. In the late 1990s, Jack sold 155 of those acres and donated the remainder, creating what is now Gondola Vista’s “backyard” — a 725-acre paradise of virtually untouched Tahoe magnificence called Van Sickle Bi-State Park. Regulators may have allowed building within the Tahoe Basin. But they certainly haven’t thrown open the gates to any contractor with a dream and a hammer.
Regulators have recently granted building permits to certain highly regarded developers. Locally owned Gondola Vista Development Company LLC purchased 3.43 of those exquisite acres. Once the plan to create Gondola Vista Estates was finalized and where once there was a moratorium, now there’s limited – mind you, very limited – new-home construction.
Gondola Vista, located on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, is one of the most notable of these new developments.
In a deft land purchase, the Gondola Vista development team opted to construct their luxurious modern rustic homes in a secluded, tree-shrouded rise overlooking the vibrant town of South Lake Tahoe. Paradoxically, the community is hidden and ensconced among the Jeffrey and Sugar pines, yet literally within steps of practically everything Lake Tahoe.
A Level Above
It’s a lofty name. For over 40 years, this luxury builder has lived up to its namesake, maintaining the kind of reputation required to sustain nearly half a century of success. And the kind of reputation worthy of creating one of the rarest real estate developments in South Lake Tahoe today — your Gondola Vista home.
Local contractors Clint Schue and Brett Yochheim, co-owners of A Level Above Construction have created luxury homes in the region since the 1990s. Their developments are recognized for sustainable, energy efficient, well-insulated, soundproof homes with minimal environmental impact. Gondola Vista has upgraded the sewer/drainage systems to reduce sediment run-off and preserve lake clarity. Boulder and trees within the project area have been repurposed with either building materials or landscape features. The family-oriented company prides itself on cross training their 100+ employees to maintain year-round employment. More than 100 local subcontractors, several of whom they’ve employed and mentored to launch their own businesses have been involved with Gondola Vista. Yochheim’s plaudits include the Serrano El Dorado Hills home as the 2001 Street of Dream Homes highlighted in Sunset Magazine.
GML Architects of Reno, Nev., are the Architects for the development and have designed projects since 1983 including public, governmental, judicial, correctional, commercial, medical/research, healthcare, multi-family and residential facilities in Nevada, California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Idaho.
Transcends Interiors of Reno helped create distinct and memorable feel for each home with inspired décor that embodies Tahoe’s towering pines, crystal blue lake and snow-capped mountains.
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