Tucked away on the shore of Lake Tahoe lies a charming log retreat fit for a king. And while the estate may not have housed any members of a royal family, its former owner was as close to Hollywood royalty as one could get. What’s more, the home’s history is just as rich as its magnificent natural surroundings.
Howard Hughes was a man of many passions. A pioneer in the worlds of both cinema and aviation, Hughes made a colossal imprint on each of these lucrative industries. However, he may be best known to modern readers through Leonardo DiCaprio’s brilliant portrayal of him in 2004’s The Aviator.
But, besides his success, Hughes was also famed for his reclusive personality, and his later years were spent in isolation from the outside world. In 1950 – four years after the plane crash that had begun his retreat into seclusion – Hughes bought this historic residence in a cove on Nevada’s Crystal Bay.