Spend a day or two on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore and you’ll understand immediately why it’s called the “Magical West Shore”. Known for its beauty and outdoor activities, there is so much to see and do on the magical West Shore. It is a unique, unspoiled area of natural beauty that provides a vacation lifestyle unmatched anywhere.
Sleek varnished wooden boats and water skiing over clear sparkling blue water are two things that immediately come to mind when you think of the West Shore. Also rich in Tahoe History, the West Shore has some of Tahoe’s most historical sites due to early Tahoe generations settling in the neighborhoods that exist today. In fact, you can still purchase “Olde Tahoe” cabins or lake front estates built in the early 1900’s which are characterized by handmade stone walls and chimneys with extensive use of log and knotty pine. These vintage homes that exist today are an absolute delight to view, let alone own.
Some of the most notable historical sites include: The Ehrman Mansion, a stately old three story summer home built in 1903 in Sugar Pine Point State Park. Also in Sugar Pine Point State Park is General Phipps Cabin, an original log cabin built by the famous general. Sugar Pine State Park was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics cross country events. Emerald Bay with Vikingsholm Castle is one of the most photographed locations in the word, built in 1929. Chambers Landing dockside bar is the only pier bar on the lake, built in 1875 as the first boathouse on Tahoe. Today Chambers Bar is famous for its signature adult beverage, The Chamber’s Punch, another word that comes to mind when you think West Shore! View historically significant vessels reaching back to the late 1800’s at Tahoe Maritime Museum in Homewood.
As a resident of the West Shore, some of the best scenic hiking, sandy beaches, restaurants, bike paths, skiing, camping and backpacking are at your disposal. Those who are avid boating enthusiast can find a home with small, organized HOA’s offering buoys and piers. It is no secret that the finest lakefront estates are found on the West Shore. Real estate offerings today include lakefronts, balanced with a mix of charming old homes mixed with new. Currently there are some very historically rich properties available. Any way you look at it, the West Shore is the Best Shore.