What do you get when you cross local artisans, mountain views, and a love of gambling? It sounds like a lame joke you’d overhear at a bar, but the answer is one of the most private homes in the Sierra Nevada.
Pulling in to the circular drive, you’ll likely be in awe of the large, stone-covered entrance.
However, the real jaw-dropping moment happens when you step inside the great room. A soaring 30-foot ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows surround an antler chandelier. And it’s not just any antler chandelier.
“It is the largest elk and deer horn chandelier ever constructed,” said listing agent Gwen Banta.
As with the great room, nature is a theme running throughout the rest of the home. The carved wood beams are the work of local craftsmen—but they weren’t easy.
“The construction of this house was such a feat, the main part of the construction itself took four years,” Banta said. The builder “tried to use as many local artisans as possible. All of the beams were split and hand-carved by local people.”
In addition to the nine bedrooms, the massive lodge also has plenty of entertainment and relaxation rooms. There is a spot for an indoor gym, sauna, and event room.
“The event room was originally used as a casino. The owner loved gambling and had several antique slot machines. There are still a few of the antique gaming equipment pieces in there as display,” says Banta.
The sale price includes furnishings, so those pieces of old Las Vegas could be yours.
Stepping onto the back deck is another moment worthy of pause.
The property sits on protected land just off Gull Lake. Beyond the lake you have views of the snow-capped Carson Peak. “You can even see the June Lake ski lift in the distance,” Banta said. And if that isn’t enough nature for you, Yosemite National Park is nearby.
It’s easy to see why the Sierra Nevada mountains are a sought-after spot, and Banta believes this lodge will appeal to a certain clientele.
“The ideal buyer is someone who wants a home for generations. It is the kind of house where—as extraordinary as it is—it is meant to be used. This is a comfortable house,” Banta says. Of course it wouldn’t hurt if the family also had a love for games of chance or an affection for antlers.
Published by Angela Colley on realtor.com.