Martis Camp is a Mount Tahoe luxury real estate dream come true
Northern California’s Lake Tahoe region is arguably the best place in the state for year-round outdoor activities, from world-class mountain biking in the summer to epic skiing in the winter, plus hiking, camping, and all kinds of lakes. Activities that occupy their seasonal areas. It’s an attractive spot for a second home for anyone looking for an active, year-round lifestyle, no matter what your jam. Located on the California side of Lake Tahoe (which includes a stretch of Nevada south of Reno as well), Truckee and Tahoe City are both true mountain towns with good health care, solid schools, and chef-driven, year-round restaurants. Communities that thrive in the context of health tourism. And the real estate market remains smart, even as it returns to normal after the madness of the pandemic boom in 2020.
When Martis Camp, a luxury community located a few miles from Truckee, broke ground in the early 2000s, all the talk was about the Tom Fazio-designed golf course. While this 7,751-yard course, which opened for play in 2008, is still a big draw, it’s all the other amenities combined that make Martis Camp different from other luxury communities. Now in its second decade, Martis Camp is really showing its character as a place to call home.
I recently spent a long weekend at Martis Camp doing an experiential deep dive into the community’s array of resort-like amenities and touring the homes available. There is a palpable tranquility here, and part of this ambience is due to the essential nature of its mountain ecosystem, but the rest can be attributed to the excellent design, which has an experimental focus built on top of the clearly significant architecture. “People come for the amenities, and they stay for the authentic mountain experience,” describes Brian Hull, president of Martis Camp Realty. Many real estate developments have a clubhouse, a restaurant, and even a spa, but Martis Camp has created a wonderful community where people can come together around common interests, and this, combined with a range of resort-style offerings, is what makes Martis Camp a Quite possibly the best place to own a luxury custom home in the Mountain West.
Much of daily life revolves around the Family Barn (especially if you have kids), which includes a casual restaurant, two bowling alleys, an art workshop, a basketball court, and pinball machines — and is adjacent to the pool, tucked nicely into the woods. Outside is an amphitheater where concerts are held and food trucks come out, and up the hill is a 50,000-square-foot inn that includes another sit-down restaurant, a café, a full-service spa (with its own adult pool), and an impressive fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. The community also offers tennis (and pickleball, of course), a park, and a trout-stocked pond.
There are two features that I consider to be icing on an already delicious cake: There is direct access to the Northstar California Resort (which means you don’t have to drive to the Northstar entrance a few miles away but can access the slopes via Martis Camp’s private service lift), which is a plus. It’s time to live here, not to mention access to the adjacent Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, the finest accommodation and dining in the area. The newest addition to Martis Camp’s long list of amenities is the Beach Shack, a lakefront site with loungers, paddleboards, kayaks, showers, a full lunch menu, and a bar. Residents can reserve a space here to take advantage of home ownership, and a shuttle service is also available to take you to the beach if you don’t want to drive.
But what about the houses themselves? I toured 10 homes over two days (there are only 19 currently on the market), and was struck by their architectural diversity, ranging from what I call Mountain Zen (with subtle Japanese influences) to minimalist contemporary to modern Western, all custom-designed by architects on Good knowledge of the specific logistical and aesthetic requirements of the environment. There are a total of 671 homes on 2,177 acres, with lots ranging in size from 1/3 of an acre to 4 acres. Although this seems like a very large community, when you are on site, it feels much smaller, very wooded, and private. Even homes on smaller lots aim for maximum privacy. Suffice it to say that, at Martis Camp, you can have the home of your dreams in a community you may have even dreamed of even your wildest imagination.
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