Clear Creek Tahoe restores historic Julia Morgan-designed Twin Pines lake house

When private residential golf club Clear Creek Tahoe renovated Twin Pines for its residents and members, it envisioned a welcoming retreat where they can relax while sipping a glass of wine or reading a book and looking out onto the scenic lake. The private lakeside home designed by famed architect Julia Morgan – known for her work on the Hearst Castle – will be used year-round for those wanting to unwind after a day on the lake or skiing at the adjacent Heavenly Ski Resort.

The team wanted members to feel comfortable, like they are in the home of a family friend who had been entertaining on the lake for decades – as evidence through the collections of local postcards, antique tobacco pipes, water skis and snow shoes, a mahogany bookcase with historic books on Tahoe, and down-filled furniture from nearby shops displayed throughout. The result is a warm and cozy destination that members have already begun to enjoy with their friends and family.

In addition to the antique collections displayed throughout, the home features relics of a simpler time, including vintage silver, a British Butler cart, a turn of the century canoe, fishing rods that date back to the 1930s, a double-sided sofa and additional seating that creates multiple conversation and reading areas, a stunning piece of Roseville pottery, catchers’ mitts from the 1930s and a custom-made 96” dining table that seats 12 at the wind-sheltered outdoor patio with fireplace. The house has a library, full-service kitchen and men’s and women’s lounge areas for members to enjoy. It has 180 feet of wide, sandy beach, impressive lake views, a pier, floating dock, lift and a dramatic indoor/outdoor granite fireplace.

Twin Pines is a quintessential Old-Tahoe, Julia Morgan-designed estate that has been restored to its former glory. Rather than bringing in a designer to completely overhaul the spirit of the home, designer Jim Smith took it back to its roots as a welcoming retreat from the outdoors. Much thought has been put into every item selected for display so that guests for years to come know they are enjoying Tahoe at its finest.

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