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Inside the $12 million geothermal 'cabin' on a secret Lake Tahoe street

Reno-Gazette-Journal logo Reno-Gazette-Journal 10/18/2019 Johnathan L. Wright, Reno Gazette Journal

As you're navigating the residential rapids of Lakeshore Boulevard in Incline Village, one of America's priciest towns, you could easily miss the tributary called Debra Lane. 

A gate spans the top of the street, and you could easily assume it's one of the many gates marking the entrances to multimillion-dollar properties that stretch from the boulevard to the shore of Lake Tahoe. 

Something much more distinctive, however, lies behind the gate guarding Debra Lane: a small homeowners association, just 10 homes, each lying off the private street. 

And each enjoying access to a private pier, boat ramp, buoys and private beach. That beach is especially prized: It's easier to gain entry to North Korea than it is to a sandy stretch of Incline if you aren't a homeowner or Hyatt guest.

The HOA mixes modern mountain luxe, a default style for expensive Tahoe homes, with much more modest abodes of 1960s provenance. Debra Lane has seen only a handful of sales in the past 20 years, according to Washoe County Assessor records, but a home recently came on the market.

Indoor basketball court, geothermal heating, dog suite

That would be 1550 Debra Lane, listed for $12 million through Ryan Mitchell of Sierra Sotheby's International Realty. The house is among the newest and largest on the street, built in 2008 and encompassing nearly 13,000 interior square feet.

1550 is clad in reclaimed barn wood and stone; its beams were fashioned using wood salvaged from the Salton Sea, the saline expanse atop the San Andreas Fault. A series of pedimented bays, with terraces, helps compose the home.

a small house in a garden: 1550 Debra Lane in Incline Village, on the market for $12 million through Sierra Sotheby's International Realty, belongs to a small home owners association with a private pier, boat ramp, buoys and private beach on Lake Tahoe. © Provided by Sierra Sotheby's International Realty 1550 Debra Lane in Incline Village, on the market for $12 million through Sierra Sotheby's International Realty, belongs to a small home owners association with a private pier, boat ramp, buoys and private beach on Lake Tahoe.

The effect is of a stylishly weathered cabin — albeit one with six bedrooms, six bathrooms, multiple fireplaces, home theater, wine cellar, an indoor basketball court, hickory floors, walnut doors and an indoor-outdoor pool with a glass roll-up.

That pool (and the remainder of the home) is heated geothermally using two geothermal wells. Power outage? No problem; the home comes equipped with a generator. There's even a dog den and bathroom right off the mudroom.

Because on Debra Lane, dogs know how to live, too.

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Johnathan L. Wright is the food and drink editor of RGJ Media, part of the USA Today Network. Join @RGJTaste on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

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