Offered at $34,500,000
“This end of the lake will eventually become the most desirable spot for person in the pursuit of pleasure.” William H. Brewer 1863
While ‘Crayfish Cove’ may create real or imaged memories of a basketful of claws & tails at the end of rope tethered to the long pier floating over the lake; others may embrace an eve of midsummer’s dreams rambling along stone pathways wending through wind-swept trees and lovely grassy meadows leading to 618 feet of wide sandy beach; or, up the way to the impeccable putting green –vistas of crystal blue waters the only distraction. The magic of this 8.6-acre lakefront property, originally the estate of the famous Hills Brothers Coffee family, emanates from the historic settlement of Brockway as well as its former inhabitants.
Straddling the California/Nevada state line the estate consists of 8 parcels; seven in California and one in Nevada. The current state line marker is from 1872; the original marker from 1863 remains on site.
Mark Twain remarked: “Architects cannot teach nature anything.” But there are rare occasions when the mind of man and the forces of nature join in the creation of beauty. Remaining true to the original 1920’s flavor, the main residence was rebuilt in 2001 using rich pine-plank flooring and the original handcrafted beams and ceiling planks from the former Hills Brothers estate. Expansive windows frame lake vistas and the landscaped grounds punctuated with granite outcroppings and wind-swept cypress.
Lakefront amenities along the 618′ of sandy beach include a cabana with stone deck, outdoor fireplace and fully-equipped kitchen; a massive crib-style private pier with four boat-slips and three buoys.
Impeccable in every detail, the 9,750 square foot main house provides elegant accommodations with 7 bedrooms, 8 full and 2 half-bathrooms. The great room, sitting area and card room alcove are warmed by a large stone fireplace. Adjoining the great room are a formal lake-view dining room and a chef’s gourmet kitchen with black granite counters, butler’s pantry, breakfast booth, breakfast nook, office, powder room, laundry area and mud room. A magnificent 2-bedroom master suite offers opulent privacy and comfort with 2 full bathrooms, large walk-in closets, a lake-view sitting room with fireplace and an office with built-ins and fireplace. Upstairs, the North guest wing offers a lake-view one-bedroom suite, sitting room, fireplace, spa tub and the magical energy of a kids’ playroom decorated with playful murals and graphics. The South wing has 2 guest suites with fireplaces and jetted tubs and a shared sitting area.
Radiantly heated stone floors flow into the lower-level family/game room with stone surround fireplace, a full wet bar and wine cellar. Coffered ceilings and plush leather seating enhance the 16-seat media room with a proscenium stage providing endless possibilities for those special “children’s theater” performances! Exercise and relax in the fully-equipped gym, steam room, yoga room with ‘Murphy bed” and soothing massage room. A guest suite, powder room, utility room and second laundry room complete this level.
Property offers two separate gated entrances, a 4-car garage, additional parking and sections of heated driveway and walkways.
Just above the main house is the 3,247 sq. ft. Caretaker’s House with a total of 6 bedrooms, 5 full and 1-half bathrooms, a kitchen and kitchenette. The two levels provide separate areas of living, currently occupied by the personal chef and caretaker. Home has a garage, carport and separate driveway.