I have been fully immersed in the world of Tahoe real estate since 2012. As a highly productive team member and agent at Carr Long Real Estate, I have played a major role in helping to establish the firm as one of the top brokerages in the Tahoe market. My approach to work is thoughtful and diligent, and I have helped many families smoothly navigate the process of buying or selling a property in Tahoe. My clients are always at the forefront of my mind, and I am fond of each relationship that has developed.
Life is full of chapters. The one chapter that has remained constant in our lives is our love for Lake Tahoe and Northstar. Our first introduction to Tahoe was hours after the big quake of 89 that took out the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. My husband and I were currently living in Little Rock, Arkansas and staying in San Francisco for a convention. We were riding a double decker tour bus just having completed a tour of the Muir Woods. We had circled down by the wharf and dropped several families off at the World Series game and had ventured back up to Market Street when the ground started shaking, glass shattering, concrete dropping from tops of buildings. Our thoughts at first were simple – let’s get out of here. We rented a car and headed for Tahoe. Love at first sight! Lightning can strike twice!
I first visited Lake Tahoe when I was in middle school, attending summer camp at the Presbyterian Conference Grounds in South Lake Tahoe. That was the beginning of my love of the Sierra—the mountains, lakes, streams, wildflowers, and seasons.
When I married David Brown in 1972, I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sierra, and I’ve lived at Northstar permanently since 1973! David was one of the first 5 real estate professionals hired by Fibreboard, the company that was the original developer of Northstar, so I’ve watched Northstar grow from a small, family-centered ski area into the world class resort and real estate development it is today.
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Like many East Coast transplants, the decision to move west was an easy one after laying eyes on the Sierra for the first time. The transition would prove even easier coming from the long winters endured growing up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. Prior to migrating, I had been living in New York City where I attended New York University. After ten years of many New York minutes I decided it was time for a change. I have now called Truckee home for about a decade and continue to find new aspects of this mountain lifestyle to enjoy with each year that passes. Whether it is the immediate connection to the outdoors, the community's natural proclivity for wellness, the quiet nights, or the clean mountain air, I would not trade this lifestyle for any alternative. In the wintertime I enjoy skiing as much as I can, and in the warmer months you will always find me running emphatically around the tennis courts and throughout the local mountain trails. I am proud to be the newest member of the Carr Long Real Estate team and look forward to helping others find their place here in Truckee.
I've been involved in real estate and land development for most of my life. Like father like daughter, I'm a second generation civil engineer turned real estate agent and investor. A career in civil engineering and years of managing family investments cultivated an appreciation for managing details, checklists, and timelines, as well as understanding the many nuances of real estate and development. Tahoe has been my playground since I was a teenager and where my husband and I have biked, skied, climbed, and flown paragliders down countless mountains and trails in the Sierra Nevada Range.
I arrived in Truckee in 1992 and I never left because Truckee’s beautiful, natural location touches my heart. I’m the eldest of 5 children of two doctors who raised us all in the SF Bay Area. Immediately after graduating from Cornell University, where I swam for the Cornell Swim Team and earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, I moved to Truckee to pursue my interest in marketing through positions with the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee/Donner Chambers of Commerce. At the same time, I attended night school at the University of Nevada to earn my MBA, completing studies in finance, investment analysis and venture capital.
Having been a Lake Tahoe Realtor since right out of college, I am proud to carry on a well-established family tradition in the real estate business. I was born and raised in North Lake Tahoe and take enormous pride in helping clients navigate the various lake shore, golf and ski communities that I have always called home.
I have had the immense good fortune of growing up and living where others choose to vacation. Gifted with a father in the Ski business, my family has called Vail, Colorado home for over 30 years. At the age of 5, my family took a hiatus from Colorado, as my father was recruited to help develop the Ski & Snowboard School at Northstar, and the Village at Northstar. I attended elementary school at Truckee Elementary, and truly learned to ski on the slopes of Northstar. I really came to love this area, the smell of the ponderosa pines, and the massive blizzards that bring feet of snow.
It’s a common story...I moved to Tahoe City 25 years ago, to ski for one season after college and then promptly forgot about leaving…
I came for the winters but I stay for the summers. I am very fortunate to call North Lake Tahoe & Truckee my home. I feel grateful to be raising a family here. My husband and I ski as much as possible and love living in paradise with our two daughters and two dogs. The Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe are truly a national treasure and the benefits of living here for over the years have enriched my life in so many ways. I love sharing my knowledge of the area and our unique real estate market with others. My passion is cultivating lifelong clients, who are interested in living an amazing Tahoe lifestyle. I enjoy getting to know people and helping them realize their real estate dreams. My approach is to make sure folks feel well advised and supported during the transaction from start to finish.
Growing up, I spent many summer vacations and winter weekends with my parents and siblings in Tahoe, always yearning to come back for more time in these mountains and crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe. I was lucky enough to spend my full first winter in Tahoe in 1993, moving here full time in 1995 after graduating CU Boulder, and have called North Lake Tahoe and Truckee home ever since. After 5 years in the hospitality industry, I moved into Property Management, managing multiple Homeowner Associations – ranging from small condominium complexes to large luxury home communities. Learning the benefits and hindrances of various types of properties, Property Management proved to be an excellent jumping point for me to transition into Real Estate full time in 2005. I use my foundation in property management and customer service to provide clients with an experience driven by a strong work ethic, attention to detail, personal service and results.
Originally from Utah, Debbie grew up recreating in the Wasatch mountains. Her passion for the outdoors and sports performance wear brought Debbie and her husband Josh to North Lake Tahoe in 2002. Together they built a business representing the global lifestyle brand Oakley in Northern California/Northern Nevada and were recognized as 2002 Rookie of the Year Top Sales Performance in North America.
I take pride in being an honest, trustworthy agent who continuously goes the distance to exceed my clients' needs and expectations. I have been successful in the industry since I started in 2005 because I work hard, have a likable personality, and always have my clients' best interests in mind. I have found my niche in real estate, and thoroughly enjoy the entire process from start to finish. I embrace the fact that every transaction is unique and requires multiple layers of skill, persistence, and positive flow.
It is a familiar story amongst many locals, I originally moved to Tahoe to ski and… stayed. After earning a BA in Economics at Hobart College in Geneva, NY, I came to Lake Tahoe and found employment as a patroller with the Squaw Valley Professional Ski Patrol that first winter in 1976. In subsequent years I brought the idea of an avalanche rescue dog to the forefront and had the first canine on full time duty at a ski resort in the western United States. The off-season from skiing was spent working in construction, soon as a foreman overseeing and coordinating into the mid 1980’s the building of numerous fine custom homes in the area.
My Tahoe-story began when I arrived in Tahoe full-time in January 1988, after falling in love with the mountains and Lake Tahoe as a “weekend warrior” during my years in San Francisco. As is often the case with Tahoe residents, I was attracted to the area for the winters, but stayed because of the summers. My real estate career began in 1989 as a rental agent in Tahoe City for one of the largest property management firms. I quickly transitioned to real estate sales and have been an active, full-time real estate agent since 1990, listing and selling homes, condominiums, and vacant parcels from Tahoe’s west and north shores to Truckee, Incline Village and Reno. Most recently, my wife Trina Padden and I were owner/brokers of Padden Properties, a boutique real estate brokerage specializing in Northstar and North Lake Tahoe area properties.
After years of living in some of America’s most beautiful places including Maui, the US Virgin Islands, and Steamboat Springs, I finally settled in Tahoe and put down roots in 1986. I’ve been an avid skier, hiker, and yoga practitioner all my life and picked up mountain biking, and the aerial arts since coming to Tahoe. You can often find me performing at local venues. I began my real estate career in 1988 in Squaw Valley and spent many years in developer sales all around Lake Tahoe, both in California and Nevada, culminating at an exclusive property in Northstar. I’ve also had my real estate broker’s license in both states since 2001.
I am so proud and excited to join forces with my husband, Tyler O’Neal, as a real estate team! He was born and raised in Tahoe with real estate in his blood and following in the footsteps of his father. After we built our new home in Gray’s Crossing, Tyler joined Carr Long Real Estate because he recognized how their strengths aligned with his and how he could maximize the Carr Long Real Estate platform to grow his business.