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.
Towering castles and romantic cottages are hitting the market across the U.S.
Looking for a place to live happily ever after? For the whimsical at heart, we’ve collected homes for sale that look straight out of a fairy tale.
450 Brickyard Rd, Woodstock, CT
For sale: $45 million
With glimmering spires, sweeping great rooms and 8 royal bedrooms, this home is fit for a modern-day Cinderella.
See more Woodstock homes for sale.
157 Pilgrim Dr, Edwards, CO
For sale: $7.25 million
A prince on horseback wouldn’t seem out of place here. The English estate is set back among tall aspens, exquisite gardens and an enchanting brook.
See more homes listed in Edwards.
436 Liberty Church Rd NE, Ranger, GA
For sale: $899,900
Located on 28.7 acres of green pastures and rolling hills, this 4-bedroom, 4-bath castle is a private getaway suited for royalty.
See more Ranger listings.
12225 SW 164th St, Vashon, WA
For sale: $995,000
“Welcome to Candyland” reads a sign by the front door of this home. With animal-shaped topiaries, a charming carriage house and decor fit for a tea party, the property is like a life-size doll house.
See more Vashon Island homes.
450 Mendham Rd, Bernardsville, NJ
For sale: $12.885 million
Built in 1896, this European-inspired home has a touch of whimsy at every turn. From formal gardens to an entertainment-level replica of a Parisian street scene, there’s something for everyone.
See more Bernardsville listings.
19 Lawes Ln, Garrison, NY
For sale: $3.9 million
With hand-cut stone, hand-milled mahogany trim, Tudor chimneys, herringbone brickwork and more, Langhurst Lodge has the Old World charm reminiscent of a Grimm fairy tale.
See more homes for sale in Philipstown.
163 Spruce Ridge Ln, Snowmass Village, CO
For sale: $7.9 million
Surrounded by tulips and lush landscaping, this French-style chateau offers an idyllic slice of Colorado paradise.
See more Snowmass Village listings.
2687 Stewart Rd, Sundance, UT
For sale: $2.94 million
This home combines castle-like luxury with a storybook setting. According to the listing description, “you are greeted by majestic views of Stewart Falls and Timpanogos Cirque through every window.”
See more Utah County real estate.
6868 S FM 373, Muenster, TX
For sale: $795,000
In Muenster, TX, your own private palace awaits. The home is royally appointed with gorgeous hardwoods, a fireplace, coffered ceilings, elegant living spaces and more.
See nearby listings.
21128 Bellini Dr, Topanga, CA
For sale: $2.999 million
Nothing says “storybook” like a classic Tudor estate. Up a winding stone path, the home boasts a grand foyer, a private hilltop gazebo, fireplace and rose garden.
See more homes in Topanga.
This article was published by Catherine Sherman on Zillow Blog.
Looking to get away this winter season? This modern retreat on Founders Ridge at Martis Camp in California’s High Sierra strikes us as an ideal place take in some fresh mountain air and unwind in front of a roaring fire.
Nestled among mature pines and rock outcroppings, the slanted-roof contemporary in Truckee, Calif., is a far cry from some of the massive mountain getaways found around the California-Nevada border. However, it’s hard not to like the coziness of this two-bedroom, two-bathroom home, which complements its summit setting perfectly with a mix of timbered hues, pitched beams and modern conveniences.
Inside, the sleek modern dwelling soaks up its rustic landscape though towering windows, while vaulted ceilings brighten wood-paneled spaces with a wealth of natural light.
Enjoying panoramic views of the Carson Range, the modern mountain retreat currently lists for $2.65 million.
Katie Tyler of Tahoe Mountain Resorts Real Estate is the listing agent.
This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on realtor.com. See more photos and the original article here.
This rustic red contemporary farmhouse looks right at home in its picturesque mountain setting and worth every penny of its $2.9 million price tag.
Tucked away in Stowe, Vt., the 3.5-acre property combines contemporary farmhouse architecture with sublime summit views to create one of the most coveted retreats in the area.
Sporting a red-paneled façade, the main home offers five bedrooms and an interior decor that can be described as country-contemporary — exposed beams, stone finishes and other cabin-like qualities in a modern mold.
Enveloped in mature foliage, the home’s various porches, patios and Euro-style decks provide the ideal spot to rock away summer nights with views of a kidney-shaped swimming pond and Mount Mansfield. Manicured gardens and landscaping only enhance the relaxed atmosphere.
Pall Spera of Pall Spera Company Realtors is the listing agent.
This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on Realtor.com. To see the original article, click here.