Big Bear Lakefront Property of the Week: 701 Cove Drive Big Bear Lake CA 92315


701 Cove Drive Big Bear Lake California 92315

Great location for this 3 bedroom plus den, 2 bath lakefront home in wind protected Boulder Bay. Upgraded kitchen with granite counters, newer tile and carpeting, vaulted ceilings and a real rock fireplace. Two large decks which face east to take in the expansive views of Big Bear Lake, new composition roof and exterior paint. Detached 2 car garage. Boat dock and dock rights included.  Built in 1970, this home covers 1408 square feet and is only 2 miles to the Village and 4 miles to Snow Summit Ski Resort
This home is currently listed with Paul Zamoyta of First Team Real Estate for $829,000.  The sellers started at $985,000 and have reduced the price ever since.  For more information regarding this home, or to get a current list of lakefront homes for sale in Big Bear click here
What’s Unique About This Area
This area is one of the most sought after locations in Big Bear.  The depth of the water is deeper than most areas which means there will be water in front of your property during all weather cycles.  This might not seem like that big of a deal, but in 2005 when we were in a drought and the water was 18′ down at the dam, homeowners in shallow lakefront areas had to walk 50-75 yards through mud in order to get to their boat dock.  It was messy, inconvenient, and unattractive.  Sellers of shallow water lakefront properties had a hard time selling during that time period and we were at the high point of the real estate boom.  So if you are entertaining the idea of owning a lakefront property, make sure you ask your real estate agent about water levels in each area.   
Directions to 701 Cove Drive

Head toward Redlands on I-10.  Exit at Highway 30/330 to Mountain Resorts.  Continue up the mountain toward Big Bear Lake.  Cross over the dam and proceed about 1 mile and make a left on Cove Drive.  The street will twist and turn a little bit, which gives it a nice nonresidential feel, but eventually you will see this property on the right hand side of the street. 


Keeping the Quagga Mussel away from Big Bear Lake

Not too many people are familiar with the Quagga Mussel, but it’s threatening our water ways and is becoming a major problem throughout the United States.  I first heard about this invasive species in our local newspaper, but had no idea how important it was to keep out of Big Bear Lake.  With the discovery of the Quagga Mussel in Lake Mead, the Great Lakes, and Lake Pleasant, the MWD (Municipal Water District) has gone to great lengths to make sure they keep this species away from Big Bear Lake. 

How To Identify

Closely related to another invader, the zebra mussel, they both have black stripes on tan bodies. Unlike the zebra mussel, the quagga mussel shell has a rounded angle. The quagga is no bigger than an adult’s thumbnail but it is slightly larger than the zebra mussel.  It is light tan to almost white, with narrow stripes or blotchy lines. The shell is fan-shaped, with pointed edges at either side.

The Impact

Because they are extreme water/food filters, they eat up the food source of fish and can change the food chain of any lake or small body of water quickly.  They take in lots of pollutants (at levels higher than the surrounding area), which can harm wildlife that eat them.  These tiny mussels multiply by the millions and adhere to and clog motors, water intakes, valves and pumping equipment in boats. 

This is an excellent video from YouTube explaining the effects of the Quagga Mussel on our waterways. 


Boats are the primary transporters of Zebra and Quagga Mussels.  Any vessel traveling from another lake or the Colorado River should remain dry and out of the water for at least seven days prior to entering Big Bear Lake.  All boaters should take the following steps to inhibit the spread of the Zebra and Quagga Mussel:

  • Thoroughly wash the hull of each watercraft once it is out of the water, removing all plants and animal  material.

  • Drain any water through the vessel’s hull plug, and ensure the area is dry.

  • Ensure the vessel’s lower outboard unit is drained and dry.

  • Clean and dry any live-well aboard the vessel.

  • Empty and dry any buckets.

  • Dispose of all bait in the trash.                                

  • The plan for Big Bear Lake and the Municipal Water District

    Boaters applying for permits will be required to complete a survey.  If the boats have been in infested waters then an inspection of the watercraft will be required before it is allowed into Big Bear Lake.  Two mussel inspectors have been hired by the MWD to inspect each boat before launching into the lake at both public launch areas.  Whether you are enjoying the lake for the day, or you’re a lakefront property owner who utilizes the lake multiple times each year, this is a serious issue that everyone must comply with in order to keep our lake safe.




    Big Bear Lakefront Property of the Week: 119 Lagunita Lane Big Bear Lake CA 92315

    119 Lagunita Lane Big Bear Lake California
    119 Lagunita Lane Big Bear Lake California

    119 Lagunita Lane Big Bear Lake California

    Tastefully remodeled lakefront property on the point of Lagunita overlooking the middle of Big Bear Lake.  Centrally located, this 2 story sierra style duplex is within minutes of Snow Summit Ski Resort, the Village, and grocery stores.  Inspiring lake and mountain views from both levels. New drywall, windows and window treatments, new lighting fixtures, hardwood flooring throughout and two custom stone fireplaces. New stainless steel appliances, refinished cabinets, beams and ceiling. Custom cracked tile counter tops, freshly painted interior and exterior including an artist mural on the front of the home. Originally built in 1966, this 3 bedroom 2 bathroom duplex covers 1320 square feet and comes fully furnished. 

    This home is currently listed with Tyler Wood of Coldwell Banker Mountain Gallery Realtors for $888,000.  For more information regarding this home, or to get a current list of lakefront cabins for sale in Big Bear click here

    What’s Unique About this Area:  This particular area is well known for it’s central location and proximity to Lagunita Lodge.  Lagunita Lodge is a timeshare condomium complex which consists of 98 units (1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom condos).  Most of the condo rentals are on the water with full views of the lake and have a lot of amenities.  Lagunita Lodge is a popular vacation destination year round.  

    Directions to 119 Lagunita LaneHead toward Redlands on I-10. Exit at Hwy 30/330 to Mountain Resorts. Continue up the mountain toward Big Bear Lake, cross over the dam and proceed about 3.5 miles to Lakeview Drive.  Turn left onto Lakeview Drive and make a right at Lagunita Lane.  119 Lagunita will be at the end of the cul de sac. 


    Recent Lakefront Sale: 392 Gibralter, Big Bear Lake Closes Escrow


    This nicely refurbished 3 bedroom (or 2 plus huge game room with wet bar) 2 1/2 bathroom lakefront home recently closed escrow.  Vaulted ceilings.  Redwood decking.  New paint inside and out.  New flooring.  Dock slip.  2 car attached garage on a 8525 square foot lot.  Built in 1981, this conventional floor plan covers 1560 square feet with washer/dryer hook ups, and a rock fireplace in the living room.  Expansive lake views.  Centrally located. 

    Closed escrow on July 14, 2008 for $850,000.  This property was only on the market for 3 days.  It was listed for $875,000 and the seller ended up getting an acceptable offer within 3% of their ask price.   It is interesting that despite the negative news regarding the finanicial markets and the real estate market, buyers are still making offers on quality properties and sellers are getting close to their ask price (as long as they price their homes agressively).  This was the ninth property along Big Bear Lake to close escrow this year. 

    For a current list of lakefront properties for sale in Big Bear click here, or if you would like information about past sales along the lake click here.


    Big Bear Lakefront Property of the Week: 174 Round Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

    Quite possibly the best lakefront location in all of Big Bear Lake. This home defines old world charm with all the amenities you would want. Custom granite & tile, rustic wood finishings throughout. Dramatic native rock fireplace. Gorgeous master suite with panoramic lake views. Large family room with bar & fireplace.  This was a 2007 Soroptimist Home Tour winner.  Completely remodeled in 2006, this charming lakefront home sits on an approximate 14,280 square foot lot.  Beautifully landscaped on a private, windprotected spot of Big Bear Lake with deep water and over 115 feet of lake frontage.  Large deck with hot tub and a private boat dock.  Andersen Windows and Doors/Sliders, hardwood floors, all new Electrical, Plumbing, Siding, Insulation and Roofing. 
    Whats Unique About this Area:  This particular area is considered by some as one of the premiere lakefront locations in Big Bear.  You are on the point of Gilner Point but this property faces northeast so you are protected from wind.   Centrally located.  If Big Bear Boulevard is backed up, you can easily get to the Village by taking the backstreets….you cannot do this if you own anything west of Metcalf Bay.  
    Living Room
    Living Room
    Family Room
    Family Room


    Directions to 174 Round Drive:  Head toward Redlands on I-10.  Exit at Highway 30/330 to Mountain Resorts.  Continue up the mountain toward Big Bear Lake, cross over the dam and proceed about 3 miles to Edgemoor Road (the Log Cabin Restaurant is on the northeast corner).  Make a left on Lakeview Drive, and a right onto Round. 
    Currently listed by Tyler Wood of Coldwell Banker Mountain Gallery Realtors for $2,999,900 (reduced to $2,750,000).  For more information regarding this home, or to get a current list of lakefront homes for sale in Big Bear click here
    List Price:  $2,750,000
    Sales Price:  $2,286,500
    List Price/Sales Price:  83%
    Days On Market:  190
    Sales Date:  12/05/2008
    Sold Price Per Square Foot:  $762


    Recent Lakefront Sale: 125 Lagunita Lane, Big Bear Lake Closes Escrow

    Big Bear Lakefront Home Recently Closes Escrow
    Big Bear Lakefront Home Recently Closes Escrow


    Beautiful deep water lakefront property with dock slip and 180 degree panoramic views of Big Bear Lake….recently closed escrow.  This property had a cul de sac location.  Centrally located (1 mile to the Village and less than 5 miles to Snow Summit Ski Resort).  3 master suites (4 bedrooms total), 4 1/2 baths, built in 1983 with a large brick wood burning fireplace, 2759 square feet.  Outdoor bar-b-que, furnace and water heater replaced in 2006.  Alarm with phone in capability, 2 large decks overlooking the center of Big Bear Lake. 

    Closed escrow for $1,000,000 on June 2, 2008.  This property was on the market for 343 days and was sold completely furnished.  The seller started out asking $1,495,000 and reduced their price down to $1,195,000.  The boat dock was in need of repair and the home had a shake roof (not good for insurance purposes and/or fire safety) but the seller was motivated and I think the buyer got a good deal.  In this particular case, the seller got 84% of their asking price after they reduced the property down to $1,195,000. 

    If you are interested in learning more about the lakefront market in Big Bear contact me.  I would love to help you out.


    What’s the Lake Level of Big Bear Lake?

    Municipal Water District Website for Big Bear Lake
    Municipal Water District Website for Big Bear Lake

    You can easily check the water level of Big Bear Lake by going to the Municipal Water District’s website here. They record the lake level every Tuesday. Above is an example showing where the lake level is, how far it is from being completely full, and the elevation of the water. For more information regarding the lake levels and how it relates to property values in Big Bear Lake read this post written by Tyler Wood on The Big Bear Skinny.

    Second Quarter Lakefront Market Update (2008)

    Sold from 3-1-08 to 6-30-08

    Property Address List Price Sales Price Days on Market Closing Date Residential Square Footage

    Square Footage of Land

    125 Lagunita $1,195,000 $1,000,000 343 6/2/2008 2,759


    185 N Eureka $1,295,000 $1,250,000 25 5/13/2008 2,997


    39274 Waterview $1,495,000 $1,350,000 2 5/20/2008 2,848


    38878 Waterview $1,900,000 1,550,000 342 3/12/2008 1,352








    Lake Level as of Monday, July 14, 2008
    Measured at the dam 67′ 8″ (4′ 8″ below full)

    These figures were pulled from the Big Bear Association of Realtors MLS and the Municipal Water District on 7/19/2008. All information herein is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed.

    Need a Dock Built? Here’s a list of Custom Dock Builders in Big Bear Lake

    Boat Dock in Boulder Bay

    Looking at lakefront property in Big Bear Lake?  This list will be helpful if you are in the market to replace an existing dock or if you are putting a dock in for the first time.  Contact the MWD (Municipal Water District) before construction to make sure you know exactly where it goes and to make sure it complies with their guidelines.  The companies below are listed in no particular order and there is no endorsement or recommendation regarding one particular business.   

    1.  Joey Brown, The Dock Guys, PO Box 381, Fawnskin, CA 92333, 909-584-9533

    2.  Patrick Tuel, Shoremaster, Inc, 13264 High Mesa St, Victorville, CA 92365, 760-955-9909

    3.  Eric Jacobson, Lifetime Docks, PO Box 3243, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, 909-866-6035

    4.  Brad Hudiburgh, Southcoast Dock and Supply, 964 Temple St, San Diego, CA 92106, 888-839-3625 or 619-252-1400

    2008 Lake Events for Big Bear Lake, California

    Big Bear Lake-Serene

    May 17

    Adopt-a-Shoreline Kick-Off Volunteer Program for Lake Clean-Up

    May 17-18

    May Trout Classic (Trout Tournament) 909-585-4007

    May 31

    Safe Boating Class (Boating Safety and Certificate)

    June 7-8

    5th Annual Carp Roundup and Bow and Arrow Tournament for Carp

    Entry Form

    June 7

    Optimist Fishing Derby (Kids Fishing Tournament) 909-453-3939

    June 7

    Free Fishing and Boating Day (No Lake Permit or Fishing License Needed

    July 4

    Fourth of July Fireworks (Fireworks Show Over the Lake)

    July 26

    Safe Boating Class (Boating Safety and Certificate)

    Aug 23-24

    Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show (Location: B’s Backyard Bar-B-Que)

    Sept 20

    24th Annual Coastal Clean-up Day ( Lake Clean-up 909-866-3218 )

    Sept 27

    Free Fishing and Boating Day (No Lake Permit or Fishing License Needed)

    Oct 4-5

    Big Bear Lake October Troutfest (Trout Tournament put on by Western Outdoor News & MWD)

    Big Bear Lake Facts

    Lake Level 5/27/2008 = 3’11” below full

    Lake Level 5/29/2007 = 4’1” below full

    2007 Preciptiation at Bear Valley Dam = 37.96”

    Average Annual Precipitation = 36.35”

    Average Annual Evaporation = 3-4′

    Lake Volume = 73,320 acre feet

    Lake Surface = 2,971 acre feet

    Lake Shoreline = 22 miles

    Find out more information about the Quagga/Zebra Mussel by reading the press release.