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Lake Tahoe ‘castle’ listed at $26 million

This French Renaissance-inspired Castle’ was built in 1983 by Sonoma County architect Robert Symons.
This French Renaissance-inspired Castle’ was built in 1983 by Sonoma County architect Robert Symons. efletcher@sacbee.com

Along Lakeshore Boulevard, one stunning residence after another is perched above the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe.

But locals say only the construction of 570 Lakeshore in the mid-1980s produced so many looky-loos that a solid fence had to be built to prevent traffic accidents.

The French Renaissance-inspired “Castle by the Lake” recently went on the market for $26 million, and the sellers held a private screening Saturday for invite-only clientele.

Completed in 1983, the home was just the second built by Sonoma County architect Robert Symons.

“He designed the home to be a French Renaissance castle. The original owners helped him to design this, and it was their home for many, many years,” said real estate agent Janet Pahl.

After a career as an engineer in the entertainment arena, Symons moved to the Lake Tahoe area with a plan to build and sell custom homes based on his personal taste. But the first home he built, a 3,600-square-foot French Normandy, caused such a stir that he quickly found wealthy clients demanding his services.

In addition to the architectural challenge of matching a time period, the Lakeshore project came with the engineering challenge of building onto an existing structure and foundation, Symons said.

The result is a 7,500-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bath home. Features such as double-paned, stained-glass windows are timeless, but others, like the hideaway tube televisions, could use modernizing.

The home’s sense of history was created by a combination of original work drawn by Symons and crafted on-site, as well as pieces acquired off movie backlots.

The ornate bar and fireplace were used in Warner Bros. movies before they found a place in the home. The fireplace, in the main foyer, was featured in the movie “Camelot,” Symons said.

The leaded glass dome in the kitchen, the master bath overlooking the lake and the well-manicured lawn area are among the standout features of the 1.7-acre property.

A French renaissance-inspired 'castle' in Incline Village, Nev. (Lake Tahoe) was on the market for $26 million in 2015. Completed in 1983, the 7,500-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bath home was just the second built by Sonoma County architect Rob

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