In the past decade mountain architecture has been defined by contemporary styles with clean lines and stark materials. Gated communities in Tahoe are brimming with these sleek and bold designs. However, a response to this trend is taking hold as buyers seek a return to authenticity with softer materials, natural textures, warm spaces, and a natural setting.
With this shift, many buyers long for homes outside of the amenity-driven communities, where they can find a connection to the land. A simple and uncomplicated existence. The picturesque setting is a crucial element of that dream.
“It has been amazing to see the shift in buyers’ tastes in the last year. Of course, many of my buyers are still looking for contemporary homes and man-made amenities, but a large group is choosing an old cabin on a lake, or a nostalgic lodge with acreage. Whatever their tastes, the main goal is to create a place for their family to come together,” said listing agent Jeff Hamilton.
For these buyers, the perfect mountain escape evokes an image of a large stone fireplace, natural wood, rustic finishes, and character.
“In terms of luxury mountain properties, people are increasingly interested in a timeless design—perhaps in direct opposition to the pervasive trend of mountain-modern homes. Homeowners are looking to go back to the basics, with a more transitional style and textures that speak to the home’s rustic surroundings,” said Kyle H. Webb, principal at KH Webb Architects PC, a Vail, Colorado-based design and architecture firm.
One example of this mountain architecture is the world-class estate Taspen Ranch. Located along the eastern edge of Truckee, CA, Taspen Ranch is an award winning authentic mountain retreat set on 60 acres in a forested bowl with miles of views and a year-round aspen-lined stream. The setting is enhanced by a reclaimed antebellum barn main house and two additional period barns, which serve as the guest house and pool house.
“Authentically preserving the past is difficult, since it’s rarely done; but, it’s the only way to create something truly unique and timeless,” said the homeowner, Brenda Given. “We wanted warmth, hand craftsmanship and character, which you don’t typically get from modern design.”
Situated in Truckee’s private Juniper Hills neighborhood and just minutes to Lake Tahoe, Taspen Ranch is currently on the market set at $8.1 million.
Other Homes with an Authentic Appeal
263 Sierra Country Circle, Gardnerville, Nevada
$5,880,000 | 6 bedrooms | 4 baths | 3 half bath
Extraordinary mountain and valley views from this one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece, nestled on 3.77 acres of mature trees and lush landscaping in the prestigious enclave of Sierra Country Estates. Elegance and privacy, with artisan old world craftsmanship and timeless design. Spectacular entertaining and recreation haven with waterfall pool house and spa, integrated media, poolside bar, gym, sport court, and tennis court pavilion. Glass door window walls open to a beautiful outdoor garden setting. Abundant natural beauty and recreation can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. The area offers many golf courses, hiking, biking, and horse-back riding trails. Great location close to the Minden-Tahoe airport, and just a 20 minute drive to mountain skiing or 30 minute drive to Lake Tahoe beaches, boating, and entertainment.
1950 Meadowview Lane, Reno, Nevada
$2,399,000 | 4 bedrooms | 4 baths | 2 half bath
Located in the heart of Reno and in one of the regions most coveted neighborhoods, this stunning estate is second to none… Beyond the gated entry, the lush grounds and gardens are among the best in Reno and encompass nearly two full acres. Relax on the patio listening to the sound of the creek tumble its way to the pond and watch as the reflection of numerous old-growth trees dance across the water. Radiating with elegance, the home offers European luxury and old-world charm.