Like most of the Tahoe residents, Chris is a transplant from the Bay Area. She is a Berkeley native but she is been fortunate enough to have had Tahoe as her backyard for over 40 years.
Horseback riding and hiking are some of the things that she grew up with but it was river guiding that changed her life. It took her down the Grand Canyon 50+ times, on rivers all over the Sierra and guiding all over the world from Siberia to Nepal. It was a whole life's worth of experiences packed into a decade. Wanting to become a mother, she planted her feet on shore a little more and became an outdoor clothing designer for TEVA. Chris is exceedingly creative and to date has never lost a costume competition.
Today she lives in Truckee with her contractor husband Paul, and their daughter Amory who is a guide in Alaska and becoming a helicopter pilot. They built their forever home which is a passive solar design, made of all reclaimed materials right on the river in downtown Truckee.
Chris chose a career in real estate so she could help others find this same quality of life, and the job has never let her down. Her creativity benefits her clients because she sees things from every vantage point and pursues every option. In 1994 she built a straw bale house. Since then she has sub-divided land, built spec homes, remodeled properties and helped many other people buy and sell property. She can easily analyze a property and understand it’s best and worst qualities. She has helped people through all types of transactions. If there's something she doesn't know, she'll figure out how to do it. She's the guide in life, not the passenger.
Chris is open to sharing her knowledge and creates videos about all sorts of real estate topics weekly. Watch her videos on her YouTube channel located under Chris Hinkel, you will be impressed. If you mention to her that you've seen her videos she will donate 5% of her commission in your transaction the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.