Bow Bay – $20,000,000

Bow Bay

281 Paradise Flat Lane, Rubicon Bay, California, United States, 96142

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a leading provider of real estate services in Northern California, announced today that 281 Paradise Flat Lane, a nine bedroom, eight bathroom, more than 4,000 square foot Rubicon Bay estate with approximately 400 feet of lakefront sandy white beach, will be officially listed for sale later this month at $20,000,000.  The property was personally designed by legendary Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan and will now be listed by Sales Associates Christy Curtis and Dwight McCarthy with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Bow Bay, as the home is known, is quietly tucked away on more than seven private wooded acres of Lake Tahoe’s exclusive Gold Coast, located on Rubicon Bay on the lake’s west shore.  It was designed in 1939 and built in 1944 as the summer home for Else Schilling, coffee heiress and a friend of Morgan’s from San Francisco.  Morgan, who had recently returned from traveling through Bavaria and Austria, had developed a new interest in architecture from that region and worked with Schilling to create a home reminiscent of those located in Austria’s Tyrolean Mountains.

The first floor of the home has spacious, paneled rooms ideal for entertaining.  The large living room, with stone floors and massive fireplace, features a high ceiling with dramatic open truss work reminiscent of an Austrian hunting lodge.  The room’s shutters and interior friezes are intricately decorated with some romanticized Austrian hunting scenes.  The stone flooring and cozy wall paneling is continued through the dining room, kitchen, butler’s kitchen and main floor bedroom.  Also on this level is Morgan’s interpretation of a nordfriesische bauernstube, a German phrase for a unique style of room where people gather to eat, drink and enjoy themselves.

Upstairs is the master bedroom and bathroom, a large bedroom with separate bath, and two smaller bedrooms and bathroom with access to the back stairs that lead to the kitchen.


“The home has a certain romantic, fairytale atmosphere to it which is a testament to Julia Morgan’s design,” said Curtis.  “It is simple and functional, yet perfectly suited to the surrounding woods, mountains and lake.  And the views are absolutely stunning.  This amount of beautiful, sandy lake frontage is a rare treat on Lake Tahoe.  This is a truly magnificent gem.”

Price: $20,000,000
Size: 6,000 Sq. Ft.
Bedrooms: 9
Bathrooms: 8
Speciality Items: Designed by Julia Morgan in 1939 for Else Shilling, 400′ of Lake Frontage, 7.35 Acres, Tennis Court, Guest Cottage.
Address: 281 Paradise Flat Lane, Rubicon Bay, California, United States, 96142

The outside of the home is equally magnificent with its regional inspirations apparent in the exterior stone and wood work.  Its steeply pitched roof echoes the shape of nearby trees and mountains, with the lake side of the building being primarily glazed.  Adjacent to the lake is a large patio with a massive stone fireplace and bar-b-que ideal for cooking and entertaining.  Also on the grounds is a tennis court and separate four-bedroom guest cottage that was designed with the same flair as the main home.