Cognoscenti have long been drawn to Lake Tahoe. Incline Village’s StoneGate perpetuates the prized tax-haven’s tradition with its 100 feet of white sandy beach, baronial iron-gated mansion, and private pier with two buoys. Massive alder doors open to unveil stunning panoramas of the High Sierra, staged to perfection by renowned Michael S. Smith in over 10,000 square feet of granite-and-pine splendor. The grand living room, 22 feet high and with a massive granite hearth, pairs on the main level with a formal dining room, French country kitchen, wet bar, butler’s pantry, and the master wing—one of five suites and a highlight of the house with its firelit library and Jerusalem gold granite spa bath. Two lower levels accessed by an elevator and open stairway house guest suites, a firelit family room, exercise room, and wine cellar. A third-floor upper level sequesters an executive office, den, sitting room, and staff quarters. Crowning the lakefront romance, an English garden nestling against a backdrop of tall pines lends fragrance and beauty to the inspired setting—a setting that Mark Twain immortalized in his writing and generations the world over have come to love and revere.