Magnificent estate more than 400 feet of frontage on Lake Tahoe and with more than 100 years of rich history is on the market for $45 million.
The property has three homes, including a 6,954-square-foot main home and a 2,526-square-foot guest home, while a 1,531-square-foot second guest home currently is in disrepair.
The main house has six bedrooms, five full baths and two half baths and the guesthouse has two bedrooms and 2½ baths. The estate also has a hot tub with views of the lake.
For many years, the estate was the setting for the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s annual Oscar de la Renta fashion show lunch, an event widely considered to be the social event of the summer season at Tahoe and which often attracts as many as 600 guests.
Stewart Edward White, a novelist who wrote adventure stories about the American West, bought this place where built three yurts with wood floors and canvas walls, and escaped to the idyllic spot on the North Shore in the summer months to write.
He named it Brushwood Estate after Rudyard Kipling’s “The Brushwood Boy” because he felt the book about a daydreaming boy who grew to lead a life of adventure reflected the romantic nature of the property.
San Francisco socialites Richard and Ruth Shainwald purchased the property in 1927 and built an elegantly rustic home with large stone fireplaces, picture windows and high-beamed ceilings paneled in warm pine and fir woods. The Shainwalds were known for holding extravagant parties attended by socialites and business magnates.
The home has had only two other owners, including the current seller, San Francisco philanthropist Tamara Fritz, who bought the house in 1996,who meticulously cared for the property and maintained its character.