Massive Lodge in Mammoth Lakes Hits the Market for $16.4M

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.

Listed for $16.4 million, Victory Lodge in Mammoth Lakes, CA, stretches 16,400 square feet and boasts nine bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms.

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.

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Glass House in Missoula

The owner often sees red-tailed hawks, blue herons and bald eagles from inside this long, thin home with views in all directions.

More than once, Stuart Goldberg has jumped up from dinner to grab his fly-fishing rod and run out the door.

From his table, he can see the fish rising, and because he installed a 9-foot door to allow for the smooth egress of fly rods, he’s able to race down to the river on short notice.

Missoula, MT  is “A River Runs Through It” territory, something Goldberg and his wife, Mindy, took seriously in building a glass house from which they’re regularly enthralled by all sorts of natural phenomena. They’re within the city limits — two miles from Big Sky High School and a grocery store, able to have sushi delivered to their door — but with an outdoorsy lifestyle.

“It’s the house that wants you to look outside,” Goldberg says. “It makes me pause when I walk down the hallway and get a glimpse of sunlight off the river or see red-tailed hawks or catch sight of resident blue herons feeding down on the river bottom.”

The Goldbergs have listed the house for $6.5 million, which includes 71 acres, plus 50-percent interest in 78 acres next door.

The long, thin home has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, with views of the Bitterroot River, national forests and recreation areas.

Whitetail deer regularly give birth to fawns within 50 feet of the house, because they know coyotes and other predators will not come that close.

“I have a photo of a bald eagle that dropped a fish on my driveway, then sat on a tree for four or five hours figuring out how to pick up the fish without running into my car. I moved the car, and he picked up the fish and flew away,” Goldberg recalls.

He and his wife built the home in 2011 on the site of an old dairy founded by Michael McCauley, an early settler of the area who convinced the military to build Fort Missoula nearby. The fort became an internment camp during World War II, and today it’s a historical museum.

Goldberg bought the property after seeing it with a real estate agent who took him and his business partner to the top of nearby McCauley Butte to show them what an incredible view a house would have from there. “We drove down the mountain and said, ‘We can’t let that happen,’” he says.

He, his business partner and a business owned by Goldberg and his father bought the property and an adjoining 140 acres. They developed 19 acres of it to raise enough money to put the remaining acreage into conservation. Only two homes are allowed to be built on the property, including the glass house. The rest of the property is now being sold separately.

Because of the land’s conservation status and the protected national lands around it, Goldberg says, “you could get on a horse outside the front door of our property and ride the horse across the river — which you can do at some times of the year — and basically ride that horse through public land until you got to Oregon.”

The listing agent is Keith Lenard of Hall & Hall Partners.

This article was published by Melissa Allison on Zillow Blog.

‘Blue Sky Home’ in Wine Country

This house perched on a wine-country hillside gives away little when you approach it from the driveway — just a bold wall that reveals the owners’ favorite color.

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Swing open the large, pivoting front door, though, and you’re hit by a giant view beyond a wall of windows.

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The home, designed and built for a local family in the wine business, is Casa Cielo Azul — the “Blue Sky Home.”

“He designed the house to create a sense of surprise,” said Cyd Greer, the listing agent with Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley. “You don’t really have a sense of what you’re in for when you get there.”

Mexico-trained architect Juan Carlos Fernandez designed the modern home, which was built by contractor Mark Grassi. The owners, who recently sold a Napa Valley winery, asked for an easy-living space that incorporated the color blue.

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The sophisticated and private home combines indoor and outdoor living with walls of windows that fold away to access an outdoor terrace with a fireplace and infinity-edge pool.

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Touches of blue carry through the home’s design, such as blue tile in the master bathroom. It also has an outdoor shower, a spa, and a kitchen that centers on a very large marble island.

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Also included on the property: a separate 1-bedroom, 1-bath guest house, a barn-style 1,255-square-foot 2-bedroom, 2-bath second home with a cathedral ceiling and rustic modern kitchen.

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“When you’re in this house, it is very hard to take your eyes off this view,” said Greer. “It’s a very easy-living house. It just feels right.”

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660 Linda Falls Ter, Angwin, CA
For Sale: $4,500,000

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Emily Heffter, a reporter and writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties, and other real estate topics. Read more of her work here.

This Modern Mountain Retreat Is Ideal Place to Unwind

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.

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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.

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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.

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Enjoying panoramic views of the Carson Range, the modern mountain retreat currently lists for $2.65 million.

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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. 

Rustic Contemporary Farmhouse in Vermont

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Yurt in the Colorado Wild

In most cases, living in a yurt requires a commitment to a more minimal, off-the-grid lifestyle. However, opting for tight quarters can often yield incredibly relaxed settings. A case in point being this little red dual-action yurt that punctuates vista views of the La Garita Mountains in Creede, Colo.

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Currently a backcountry lodging establishment, the 28-acre property consists of three separate parcels on the edge of Campbell Mountain and sits almost completely ensconced in a national forest. The three parcels have been zoned to allow for the building of a main house and a guest house on each.

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Included in the $750,000 list price is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom yurt that offers a cozy 741 square feet of living space. The yurt has been completely remodeled and now sports metal exterior siding for better protection against the elements.

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The wilderness lodging company business will also be conveyed in the sale. The business’ website notes that since the property is privately owned, forest permits are not necessary in order to operate the business, and the area has previously been approved by the county for “yurt rental use.”

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Mark Richter of Scenic Mountain Properties has the listing.

This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on Realtor.com. To see the original article, click here.

Teepee Tiny Home in Cascade, Idaho

Tiny homes come in all sorts of small shapes and diminutive sizes, but few are as to-the-point as this teepee in Cascade, Idaho.

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The living quarters at this quaint $110,000 offering are tight – two bedrooms, a half bath, a kitchen and a wood stove are crammed inside a cozy cabin of 826 square feet and a bath house is found outside.

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Then again, when your life steers you to a teepee out in the middle of nowhere, it’s clearly less about the accommodations and more about the simpler things in life: clean air, a bubbling brook and a wood deck for rocking back and forth whilst taking in those pure mountain views.

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Rick Carr of Donnelly Idaho Realty is the agent for the little listing.

This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on realtor.com. To see the original article, click here.