LUXURY PROPERTY OF THE WEEK: “I AM GOING TO MAKE HIM AN OFFER HE CAN’T REFUSE”

BY MARK KEAST

So, so many lines to choose from, from perhaps the greatest movie of all time. Godfather II? Or the original Godfather? What was better? Splitting hairs in our view.

Related: Luxury real estate: Opulent Santa Barbara mansion on the auction block

Related: Celebrity real estate: Jennifer Lawrence drops the price on her Manhattan condo to $12 million

Both movies won the Oscar for Best Picture, and vaulted the acting careers of legends like Al Pacino and Robert de Niro, and director Francis Ford Coppola. The sequel is in the news now because the luxury home that Coppola chose to shoot a good chunk of Godfather II is for sale –  located in the Fleur du Lac Estates on Lake Tahoe, and listed for $5.5 million USD (completely furnished).

So for that, you get to buy a piece of movie history – including the scenes where Michael Corleone has his brother Fredo assassinated in a fishing boat, the machine gun assassination attempt on Michael and wife Kay in their bedroom, and the Corleone son’s Communion celebration scene out on the grounds of the estate.

In the movie, the Corleone family had moved to Nevada to sell their interests in the Las Vegas casino business in an effort to make the mafia family more legitimate.

But you also are buying a true luxury home. Fleur du Lac, located on the California side of Lake Tahoe, is a luxury private resort panning 15 acres with 22 private townhomes with the yacht club and marina open to all residents. The project was originally built in 1938 for industrialist Henry J. Kaiser, who built the Hoover Dam and many of the military ships and aircraft in World War II. He named the enclave Fleur du Lac (Flower of the Lake) after his favourite racing boat. Kaiser built several of the structures that are still there – the clubhouse, yacht club and office buildings.

The yacht club and marina are open to all the residents. In addition to tennis courts, there is an exercise facility with locker rooms and steam showers, heated pool and jacuzzi and a private beach. The yacht club has a guest apartment named the Kaiser Suite and there is an outdoor terrace for scenic viewing, a bocce ball court and private marina with personal boat slips. On-site concierge management oversees resort services and there is also a property vehicle and driver available.

The 4,200-square-foot home with four bedrooms and five full baths is located in a prime position lakeside. Renovated and updated to 21st-century standards, many of its original touches remain, such as the interior carved-wood columns, beamed ceilings and walls of glass with lake and mountain views.

Large stone fireplaces grace the great room, library/media room, two of the four guest suites and master suite. The chef’s kitchen is a beautiful spot for an intimate meal or cheerful breakfast overlooking the lake but is outfitted on a scale large enough to feed a sizable crowd. The stairs off the foyer lead to the second-floor bedroom suites where the hallway is washed in light from the rooftop cupola.

The luxury real estate listing is courtesy TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. The home is represented by Katherina Haug, Tahoe City, CA and Craig Miller, Incline Village, NV, both of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty.