Inside The Stunning Lake Tahoe TownHomeThat’s Been Named ‘House Of The Year’

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View of Lake Tahoe from Ms. Mansouri’s Fleur du Lac  condo.

A luxurious waterfront home, made famous as the setting for “The  Godfather: Part II” where Fredo Corleone met his watery demise was recently  named The Wall  Street Journal’s 2013 House of the Year

With 51 homes in the running, the “finest condominium” — as the listing would  have it, won with nearly a million reader votes.

The home is part of a 15-acre and 22-unit development called Fleur du Lac  Estates and it is located on the western shores of Lake Tahoe.

The 4,100-square-foot condo is located on the western  shores of Lake Tahoe in a private gated community known as Fleur du Lac Estates.

The 4,100-square-foot condo is located on the western shores of Lake Tahoe in a private gated community known as Fleur du Lac Estates.

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The 2013 median for waterfront homes in this area was  $4.7 million, according to a Tahoe Luxury Properties report.

The 2013 median for waterfront homes in this area was $4.7 million, according to a Tahoe Luxury Properties report.

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Living in this luxurious private community means having  an exclusive boat slip mere steps away from your door.

Living in this luxurious private community means having an exclusive boat slip mere steps away from your door.

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Residents are provided with 24-hour on-site security as  well as a concierge service that handles requests like …

Residents are provided with 24-hour on-site security as well as a concierge service that handles requests like ...

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… renting out industrialist Henry Kaiser’s boathouse  from the 1930s. Here is an exterior view of the 80-year-old boathouse from the  condo.

... renting out industrialist Henry Kaiser's boathouse from the 1930s. Here is an exterior view of the 80-year-old boathouse from the condo.

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Kaiser is most known for being the prime contractor for  the Hoover Dam as well as his creation of Liberty ships during WWII. Here is an  interior view of the stunning boathouse.

Kaiser is most known for being the prime contractor for the Hoover Dam as well as his creation of Liberty ships during WWII. Here is an interior view of the stunning boathouse.

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Ms. Mansouri spent $3.5 million on a three-year gut  renovation of the home. Her main goal was to maximize views of the lake so she  replaced interior walls with glass panels.

Ms. Mansouri spent $3.5 million on a three-year gut renovation of the home. Her main goal was to maximize views of the lake so she replaced interior walls with glass panels.

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She told the WSJ that this is the most popular view  among visitors to the house.

She told the WSJ that this is the most popular view among visitors to the house.

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The home was designed with 13 separate sound zones. The  different zones act like studio booths and keep noise from  penetrating other  parts of the home.

The home was designed with 13 separate sound zones. The different zones act like studio booths and keep noise from  penetrating other parts of the home.

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Ms. Mansouri’s home also has the wiring capability for a  professional DJ booth. This is a photo of her bar with mounted flatscreen  television.

Ms. Mansouri's home also has the wiring capability for a professional DJ booth. This is a photo of her bar with mounted flatscreen television.

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The home has five fireplaces with the largest one  measuring in around 6 feet high.

The home has five fireplaces with the largest one measuring in around 6 feet high.

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Realtor Bill Murphy said he has received inquiries from  about 50 prospective buyers, according to the WSJ. Murphy imagines sailing  enthusiasts as likely buyers of the property.

Realtor Bill Murphy said he has received inquiries from about 50 prospective buyers, according to the WSJ. Murphy imagines sailing enthusiasts as likely buyers of the property.

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Ms. Mansouri was attracted to the regional skiing when  she decided to make Lake Tahoe her primary home. This is the view from the  kitchen table.

Ms. Mansouri was attracted to the regional skiing when she decided to make Lake Tahoe her primary home. This is the view from the kitchen table.

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The wood flooring throughout the main level of the home  is Sapele mahogany imported from Africa.

The wood flooring throughout the main level of the home is Sapele mahogany imported from Africa.

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Ms. Mansouri is selling her condo because she wants to  be closer to her office in the San Francisco Bay area. This is a view of the  upstairs master bedroom which leads into …

Ms. Mansouri is selling her condo because she wants to be closer to her office in the San Francisco Bay area. This is a view of the upstairs master bedroom which leads into ...

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… an all-glass shower designed to extend the master  bedroom’s lake views into the bathroom. Ms. Mansouri calls this her “spa  bedroom.”

... an all-glass shower designed to extend the master bedroom's lake views into the bathroom. Ms. Mansouri calls this her "spa bedroom."

Here is another view of the master “spa bedroom,” which  is one of the home’s 5 bathrooms.

Here is another view of the master "spa bedroom," which is one of the home's 5 bathrooms.

A dry sauna is hidden behind a two-way mirror door next  to her walk-in closet.

A dry sauna is hidden behind a two-way mirror door next to her walk-in closet.

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Ms. Mansouri lives alone, but her home has four large  bedrooms like this one pictured here. Each bedroom comes with its own full  bathroom.

Ms. Mansouri lives alone, but her home has four large bedrooms like this one pictured here. Each bedroom comes with its own full bathroom.

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The home entered market a little over 4 months ago at  the reduced price of$6.499 million.

The home entered market a little over 4 months ago at the reduced price of$6.499 million.

 

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