Summertide, Lake Tahoe

Offered at: $19,500,000

Summertide is an historic Nevada residence located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe in a sheltered cove at Crystal Bay. Similar to the Great Camps of the Adirondacks the main home, an authentic log cabin likely built from timber on the land, is nestled in forest of 100 year old trees overlooking the lake.

Summertide was created by Tasker and Daisy Oddie. Oddie, originally a New York lawyer, became known as The King of Tonopah for the rich silver mine he owned in central Nevada. He was elected the 12th Governor of Nevada in 1912, then United States Senator in 1920. He assembled the land and built the main house in the mid-1920’s.

Summertide was later purchased by a man from England who went by the name of Bill Wellesley in Nevada but, in actuality, was Lord Christian Arthur Wellesley, 4th Earl Cowley, a peer of the realm and a descendent of the Duke of Wellington. He also owned a cattle ranch in the Washoe Valley which was later acquired by Governor Bob List’s family.

By 1950, Summertide was in the hands of Howard Hughes, who entertained, to say the least, a wide variety of guests from President Kennedy to Marilyn Monroe. The current owners acquired Summertide from the Howard Hughes Company in 1995 as their principal, year-round, residence.

While protecting the character and authenticity of the land and buildings, the current owners completely upgraded the kitchen and bathrooms of the main house together with the mechanical and electrical systems in 1995. Eight furniture makers from the Adirondacks designed and custom made furniture and fixtures in the 1920’s Rustic style. A meadow surrounded by gardens was added to create recreation and entertainment spaces for as many 250 people for lunch or dinner and even more for a reception.

Estate Details

Main house
5 bedrooms/4 full baths
2518 sq ft
Built 1934
2 story
4 car garage
Parcel is 5.5 acres

Cottage on the lake
2 bed/2 full bath
Built 1940
2 story
1343 sq ft
Same parcel – 5.5 acres

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