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Perfect Sun

said on October 31st, 2010 filed under: Lake of the Pines

Thye View East

Eastern View

The price of a lakefront home can be significantly influenced by the home’s orientation to the sun’s path as it courses through the day from dawn to dusk.  Lakefront homes are most enjoyed, obviously, on the side facing the lake (not the street side).  Decks, porches, patios, and, especially, expansive windows are positioned continue reading…

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Fishing Is For Girls

said on September 22nd, 2010 filed under: Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Lake of the Pines

Can a girl catch a fish at Lake of the Pines?

Sydey's Fish

Sydney's Fish

 

Sydney Scott caught this 18″ beauty off my dock, summer 2010.

Bailey Fink caught this keeper in Shadow Cove, at Lake of the Pines, summer 2009

Bailey's Fish

 Bailey Fink caught this keeper in Shadow Cove, at Lake of the Pines, summer 2009

Ruby's Fish

Ruby's Fish

Ruby Pettit landed this lunker off my dock, Summer 2010.

Lake of the Pines has a good reputation as a bass fishing lake.  You can also catch pan fish and a few catfish, but largemouth bass are the ticket.  The lake has a surface are of about 260 acres with lots of coves.  At the deepest point near the dam, the water is 55-60 feet.  Bass plugs work at certain times of year, but soft plastic worms get most of the fish.  Old timers recommend black, blue and brown worms.  I’ve had my best luck with watermelon green.

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It Never Snows at Lake of the Pines

said on September 16th, 2010 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Whimsy

Old Misc Cannon Stuff 1379

Well, almost never.  At 1500 feet of elevation, we Pinespeeps like to claim that we live “below the snow line.”  Oops.

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These photos are from the winter of 2008.  Granted, this snow fall was unusual for us, but for about a week we needed 4 wheel drive to get out of the driveway.

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The house sparrows complained, “Baby, it’s cold outside!”

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Snow or no snow, everybody has got to eat.

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Should Sellers Seek After-the-Fact Permits?

said on September 14th, 2010 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Negotiating

When homes being prepared for sale, should the seller obtain after-the-fact permits for non-permitted additions?  Non-permitted additions pose a dilemma for both the seller and the listing agent.  Of all the elements of home value, the size of the home, expressed in square feet, is the most important—at least in today’s market when the home appraisers are driving the real estate bus.

Consider this house currently for sale at Lake of the Pines, California.

Acacia front

The county assessor has the house recorded at 1100 square feet.  The current owner bought the house at 1600 square feet.  It includes a non-permitted 500 square foot downstairs suite with a bedroom, den, laundry and half-bath.  At the current market average of $150 per square foot, that downstairs suite is worth continue reading…

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Buy a Lakefront Home You Can be Proud Of

said on August 1st, 2010 filed under: Auburn, Lake of the Pines

Lee lakefront lakeview

Sneak Preview!  This extraordinary lakefront home will be coming on the market in just a few days.  Located in the most perfect position on Lake of the Pines, just outside Auburn, California, this elegant custom home will be shown by appointment only. At almost 4000 square feet it offers high-end finishes and a stunning across-the-lake view.  $1,329,000.  Call Bob or CJ for a private viewing.

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Who Else Wants To Live On A Lake?

said on July 16th, 2010 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Market Trends

Sunset

Now is the best time to buy a lakefront home at Lake of the Pines, California. The lakefront real estate scene is so much more affordable than it has been for many, many years. There was a time when every lakefront home cost at least continue reading…

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12 Reasons Why the 4th of July at Lake of the Pines, CA is the Best Day of the Year

said on July 4th, 2010 filed under: Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Lake of the Pines, Neighborhood Profiles, Whimsy

At Lake of the Pines, California, 4th of July is the best, most fun day of the year.  Houses are decorated.  The population doubles.  It’s bigger than Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween all rolled up in one ball of total happiness.

1.  Everybody, I mean EVERYBODY, shows up.  It lifts your patriotic spirit to see so many people having so much fun. continue reading…

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Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines, and Lake Wildwood: A Snapshot of Homes for Sale

said on June 20th, 2010 filed under: Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Neighborhood Profiles

Here is a comparison of homes sold and homes currently for sale in 3 Nevada County communities:  Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines, and Lake Wildwood.  This data is provided by the Nevada County Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  There are a few more homes sold and for sale in these areas than indicated in this report; some properties, especially bank-owned properties, are represented by continue reading…

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5 Reasons to Hate Lake of the Pines

said on June 13th, 2010 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism

Here are 5 good reasons to NOT buy a home at Lake of the Pines:

1.  Lemonade stands.  As soon as the weather warms up, CHILDREN set up lemonade stands on corners.  They actually think you are going to stop and give them a quarter for their lemonade.  They probably think you approve of how they are learning  the ways of business and self-reliance.  Silly, silly kids.

2.  Walkers on the streets. On any given day scores of Lakers will be out walking on the streets.  Taking their time!  What are they thinking?  Many of them are pushing baby strollers.  Some of them are continue reading…

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Grace Notes at Lake of the Pines

said on May 21st, 2010 filed under: Lake of the Pines

School Bus

Old-timey yellow school bus bumps to a halt ahead of me, flashing red lights, stop sign swinging out. Darn!  Stuck behind this thing all the way up Torrey Pines, the main loop through Lake of the Pines.  How many stops is that?  Four?  Double darn!  Door opens. Driver gets out with her red hand-held sign, taking her time. Doesn’t she know I’m in a HURRY?  continue reading…

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