Howard Hughes’ former Lake Tahoe home nabs HGTV Award |

Howard Hughes’ former Lake Tahoe home nabs HGTV Award

A look inside the home in Crystal Bay; the property was first listed in 2013 for $19.5 million.
Courtesy Joy Strotz |

CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Howard Hughes’ former Lake Tahoe estate found its way back to the spotlight recently when it was selected as a winner in HGTV’s 2014 Doory Awards.

The Crystal Bay cabin known as Summertide, listed by Chase International’s Karen Bruno, received the most online votes in the Celebrity Homes category. The month-long contest on HGTV’s attracted nearly 50 million views.

Billed as “The Ultimate House Hunt,” the Doory Awards present extraordinary homes for sale to HGTV’s audience, allowing consumers to vote for the homes they find most appealing, according to the television station.

According to a news release about the property, “the Hughes property is a modest mountain home inspired by the great camps of the Adirondacks.”

The main home was built from locally sourced timber in 1934 and has five bedrooms, four baths and an office; a guest cottage was built in 1940. The 5.5-acre property was purchased from the Howard Hughes Corporation in 1995.

“It was an honor to list such an amazing property,” Bruno said in a statement. “It’s understated and elegant, almost kind of perfect for such an intriguing man.”

Bruno first listed the property in 2013 for $19.5 million. It was reportedly one of the many reclusive retreats Howard Hughes escaped to in the 1950s.

“It must have been the ideal hideaway for Hughes,” Bruno said previously about Summertide. “He had become fairly reclusive by the time he bought the property in the early 1950s. The estate offers spectacular views and luxurious details in a very private setting.”

It’s rumored that Marilyn Monroe, who was no stranger to Lake Tahoe love affairs, had a tryst with Hughes at the mountain home, according to Chase International. Hughes was known to cross the lake for high-stakes card games with Ty Cobb and the equally reclusive George Whittell at his Thunderbird Lodge card room.

According to Chase, HGTV partnered with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (of which Chase is a member) and Luxury Portfolio International as the exclusive real estate partners for the awards.

Other categories included Waterfront Homes, International Homes, Tiny Homes, Urban Homes, Historical Homes, Your House Has WHAT?, Gourmet Kitchens, Spa Bathrooms, and Outdoor Retreats.

To learn more about the home and Chase International, visit

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