The WSJ just named its House of the Year: a 4,100-square-foot Lake Tahoe condo boasting water frontage, a $6.5M price tag, and strangely ho-hum interiors—particularly considering the paper has a robust history of showcasing the most wild and crazy happenings in real estate megadeals. So what's the draw? It's all in the setting. This chunk of land is right where Francis Ford Coppola sent Fredo Corleone to die in 1974's The Godfather: Part II. Terrible HDR listing photos—or are they renderings? Unclear, but in any case the WSJ has better images—aside, the place seems to have a rich history, even without the Corleone connection. Miles away from the lakeshore that's become something of a rich-people colony, the condo is part of a 22-unit development initially built in the '30s by Henry Kaiser, who, per the Journal, was "instrumental in the creation of the Hoover Dam." The plot didn't become a gated luxury sprawl until the '80s, when it was reborn as Fleur de Lac Estates. This particular unit comes with 13 "distinct sound zones" and a professional DJ booth, and is lined with floors slatted with mahogany from Africa.
· 4000 West Lake Boulevard 2 Homewood, Calif., 96141 [Sotheby's Realty]
· The House of the Year [WSJ]
- Fredo Corleone
- Francis Ford Coppola