The historic “Heigh Ho Lodge” boasts one of the most pristine settings on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Once part of the Hills Bros. compound of properties in the legendary Old Brockway section of Lake Tahoe, this enchanting home is a rare find. You will understand why Walt Disney frequented this property when visiting the area. Crystal teal waters greet you every morning and your days will be filled with wonder watching the landscape change from moment to moment, day to day. With 5+ bedrooms and many bonus areas, this is the ideal property to create traditions that will stay with your family for generations. Built in the ‘30’s, this home captures the quintessential “Old Tahoe” feel that is only enhanced by the updates completed in 2005. The opportunities to enjoy the Lake are just steps away and shops, restaurants, and world class skiing-just a short drive. You are invited to join the legacy of the Heigh Ho Lodge where your family can write your own stories now and for years to come.
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- Immaculately maintained historic home
- Located on a private road
- Lakefront setting on expansive white sand beach
- Panoramic Lake Tahoe views
- Almost 170 feet of lake frontage
- 2 buoys
- Thoughtfully updated in 2005
- Convenient access to skiing, restaurants, shops
Historic Old Brockway, California
(An excerpt from “A Short History of Brockway Springs” taken from www.angelfire.com)
9922 Lake Street is located in historic Old Brockway, California, a secluded enclave of homes and estates offering soaring pines, massive granite boulders, offshore rocky islands, a perfect southwestern exposure and an historic past known as a playground for Hollywood celebrities and wealthy California families.
Brockway became most famous during the period from about the mid-1930s to the early 1960s when Hollywood discovered this Tahoe hideaway. During this time Brockway was primarily a summer community of second homes for wealthy families from the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California who would take up residence for the summers. 9922 Lake Street was part of the original Hills Brothers family estate. Ingrid Hills, wife of Rueben Wilmarth Hills III who was the grandson of the founder of Hills Bros. Coffee, called the estate, “a little island of bliss” and stated that “much of their family’s social life would really occur in Tahoe.”¹ Other prominent families with retreats in Brockway included the Buck (oil) family whose massive land holdings sit on the Nevada side of Stateline Point, the McGinniss family and Howard Hughes.
Frequent visitors of this era included Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. The house at 159 Speedboat Avenue was built by the producer of the Crosby/Hope “Road” films and reportedly was the site of wild memorable parties. Celebrity visitors to Brockway at this time included Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Dean Witter and Joseph Kennedy.
The Hollywood era was epitomized when Frank Sinatra bought the Cal-Neva Lodge in 1960. The Frank Sinatra Showroom hosted many of the top celebrity acts of the era and was frequented by Sinatra’s friends, including Dean Martin, Trini Lopez, Marilyn Monroe, the McGuire Sisters and the infamous “rat pack including Peter Lawford, brother-in-law of John F. Kennedy. The most famous of those visitors was President John F Kennedy who reportedly had a tryst with Marilyn Monroe in one of the cottages below the main Cal-Neva Lodge.
Unfortunately, Sinatra’s lengthy list of friends included underworld figures Sam Giancana and mob “moll” Judith Campbell Exner. These connections lead to televised hearings before the Nevada Gaming Commission that ultimately cost Sinatra his gaming license for the Cal-Neva in 1963. Sinatra was forced to sell the Lodge, bringing an end to Brockway’s “Hollywood” era.
¹ SFGate, July 15, 2015, Obituary for Reuben Wilmarth Hills III.