So I figured out how to get Google Earth to show me the view from the property I bought on June 21st. I have a lot to learn about Google Earth, but this is surely a clue. At the north end of Clear Lake, you can see the community of Nice. Lucerne is behind the hills to the left. I think the light area in the lower right corresponds to the area shown in the parcel map below adjacent to the intersection of Benson Place and Chandos Trail. From a topographic overlay, not shown here, the terrain on the property slopes from about 1960 feet of elevation on the Benson Place side to 2000 feet at the back end of the lot.