Interesting visits: Fleur du Lac

The Lake Tahoe house in "The Godfather: Part II" is real!
The Lake Tahoe house in "The Godfather: Part II" is real!

Fans of “The Godfather” may be interested to learn that one of the principal houses from “The Godfather: Part II” is none other than Fleur du Lac, located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. And while the residence is the Lake Tahoe extension of crime boss Michael Corleone’s connections in the film, the real-life story behind the building is similarly interesting.  

The estate consists of 17 homes, which today have been carved into luxury condos. They were built, however, as a hideaway for Henry Kaiser, the tycoon behind the Hoover Dam, in 1938. When Kaiser purchased the property, he wanted to host a party to celebrate the completion of the Dam there, and so he had more than 300 construction workers dedicated to the project in eight-hour shifts 24 hours a day. 

Once the compound was complete, it served as a vacation destination for Kaiser and the heads of five other companies that were instrumental in completing the Hoover Dam project. In addition to the residences, the compound had servants quarters and a yacht club designed for socializing. 

Since it was first constructed, Fleur du Lac has changed hands, and more structures have been built on the property, somewhat spoiling the effect of the original location. The main Fleur du Lac mansion remains the stuff of legend around North Lake Tahoe, as it is closed to the public and cannot be seen from the road. Some of the buildings have turned into meeting spaces or banquet halls, providing lucky invited guests with a glimpse inside of this secretive compound. 

Still, fans of the movie love knowing that the mythical filming location is really a part of Lake Tahoe and its lore. It’s just a half hour drive from Pelton Pines in Incline Village, so your family could go for a visit. 

Nestled amongst the Tahoe pines in the popular neighborhood of Mill Creek, this charming affordable cabin is the perfect getaway for family, friends and four-legged companions! Situated on half an acre, with enclosed yard, wrap around deck and BBQ, this rustic light, bright, open-plan cabin is conveniently situated within walking distance to the Hyatt Regency Resort, Spa and Casino, as well as the sandy shores of Lake Tahoe. For ski enthusiasts, enjoy our locals’ best kept secret, Diamond Peak Ski Resort for easy skiing, snowboarding and a superb children’s ski program – all less than 5 minutes away. Alternatively, Northstar, Squaw, and Mount Rose are all within easy reach too! Whether you seek an action-packed Tahoe adventure or just some rest and relaxation, this cabin offers a warm, inviting base for every mountain and lake enthusiast! Available for long-term lease.

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