Hearst Castle designer Julia Morgan created this Rubicon Bay summer retreat in 1939 for coffee heiress and friend Else Schilling. Dubbed "Bow Bay," the property boasts 400 feet of lakefront on 7.35 acres, and houses 7 beds and 7 baths.
If hunting lodge-meets-Gothic is your style, this quirky property will charm the pants off you. The vaulted wood ceilings and beamwork over the main room are stunning, as are the flagstone floors, and spacious kitchen. What we really love, however, is the soothing, nautical feel of the robin's-egg-blue-and-cream sitting room, and the vast back patio anchored by a stone wood-burning oven and open fireplace (hello, spit-roasting!). Price reduced from $20,000,000 to $17,000,000.
· 281 Paradise Flat Lane [Tahoe Real Estate Group]