Site of TV's 'Bonanza' on sale for just $59 million

by Placerville Newswire / Jul 12, 2016 / comments

by Riley McDermid, San Francisco Business Times.  Looking for the perfect Tahoe getaway from the Bay Area and have $59 million burning a hole in your pocket? Then you're in luck, because an estate where the iconic TV series "Bonanza" was filmed just hit the market.

Dubbed "Sierra Sunset," the 31-acre estate is located in Zephyr Cove has been a haven for prized racehorses. Listed by Sotheby's International Realty, the main, almost 17,000-square-foot home has eight full bedroom suites, most with fireplaces and lakeside terraces, as well as a wine room, home theatre, game room and separate craft room.

"It's rare to find such high quality construction and direct sandy beach front with boating amenities," co-listing agent Lexi Cerretti told the Business Times. "Couple this with 31 acres and equestrian stables, and we truly have world class estate on Lake Tahoe's coveted Nevada shore."

The property also comes with a 378-foot stretch of sandy beach and pier with boat hoist, a 15-stall barn, 13-acre horse meadow and two separate properties including a 1,348-square-foot caretaker’s quarters and two-bedroom guest house. But perhaps more importantly to lover's of classic television? The estate is straight out of history.

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"The property’s meadow is recognizable to those who followed the hit series 'Bonanza,' NBC’s longest-running Western that was filmed along Tahoe’s shores and aired between 1959-1973," said the prospectus on the property. "The opening scene was filmed in the meadow at this beautiful property, with views of Lake Tahoe in the background."

The property is co-listed between agents Cerretti and Dan Spano, of Sotheby’s International Realty.

"What's special about the private location is the proximity to world-class skiing, dining and entertainment just minutes from the front gate," Spano said in a statement. "Both South Lake Tahoe and Minden Airports are easily accessible for private jets, and the Nevada address is coveted for tax reasons."