Lake Tahoe's Martis Camp Opens Lodge Amenity

Lake Tahoe's Martis Camp Opens Lodge Amenity

Residential News » Residential Real Estate Edition | By David Barley | July 28, 2011 2:21 PM ET

Martis Camp, located on 2,177-acres of North Lake Tahoe forestland, has emerged over the last several years as the most successful private club community in the country. In the last 18 months alone, more than 125 families have become owner/members at "The Camp." Over the recent July 4th weekend, Martis Camp opened its signature amenity, the Camp Lodge, driving property sales volume to over $40 million so far this year.

This private golf and ski community is a true four-season destination with easy accessibility no matter where you live, offering acclaimed golf, world-class skiing, swimming, fishing, and hiking to its owner/members. With 98 homes either already built or under construction, the architectural style at Martis Camp varies from sturdy log homes, ski chalets, and classic Tahoe to cutting edge mountain modern designs.

And now, the Camp Lodge, an impressive and iconic architectural masterpiece in its own right, is open for members, their families and guests. The Camp Lodge is the crown jewel in an unrivaled amenity package, which includes a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, direct ski connection to Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, with the Martis Camp Express, a high speed quad lift and planned private Ski Lodge, 18-hole Putting Park, Family Barn with art loft, indoor basketball, soda fountain, Folk School movie theatre and a concert amphitheater, 26-mile community trail network, Lost Library and Park Pavilion with sporting fields and fishing lake.

From its site atop a 70-foot rock outcropping overlooking the 18th hole of the Tom Fazio designed golf course, the Camp Lodge features dramatic 270-degree views of the Carson Range, Lookout Mountain and the Sierra Crest.

"Wow! My wife, Jen, and I spent our first day as members visiting the lodge with a couple of friends and what a great experience!" said Peter Katz of Redwood City, Calif. "Of course the facilities are amazing but the graciousness, service, enthusiasm, sense of humor and pride shown to us by the staff was what left us most impressed and looking forward to coming back."

Influenced by great National Park lodges and established clubs of the 1900s, the goal was to create a building that will have a lifetime of 100 years or more. The result is an iconic architectural masterpiece with a feeling of grandeur and timelessness, yet at the same time, distinctly intimate. Using asphalt roof shingles in a varied pattern, green stained cedar exterior wall shingles and black stained fascia trim boards gives the exterior a timeless color scheme. Indigenous grey granite rock walls and copper trim details complement the timeless theme and are part of a pallet of the finest materials available.

The building is also a showcase and testament to the art of fine detail and craftsmanship, with the most skilled craftsmen in the west assembled to hand craft the stonework, woodwork, ironwork and unique trim detailing.

The interior design throughout the Camp Lodge evokes an arts and crafts feel with quilted patchwork upholstered ceilings ranging from neutral tans and browns in the grand entry living room, to deeper reds, greens and purples in the Cliff room, a spectacular octagonal dining room that anchors the western point of site. Kim Anderson of Vallone Design of Scottsdale, Az. created the thoughtful, charming and exquisite design of the Camp Lodge.

And because there is life after golf, the Camp Lodge will feature a full-service club day spa with a delightful menu of massage and therapeutic treatments, outdoor lap and vitality pools. Other features of the Camp Lodge include resplendent men's and ladies' locker rooms, fitness area, golf shop and community post office.

With four indoor dining rooms and five patio areas, Club members will have their choice of casual and formal dining areas that accommodate small intimate gatherings or large celebrations. The hallway leading to the dining spaces is an accommodating art gallery. The Gallery Hallway will be full of original artwork of the Sierras in addition to other original works. The rest of the clubhouse spaces will be filled with an eclectic mix of appropriately influenced art in the ladies' locker room and spa to more naturally themed art for the men's locker room and fitness studio.

Named Top Second Home Community in the March 2011 issue of Barron's, Martis Camp is a collaboration of DMB Associates and Highlands Management Group -- Scottsdale, Ariz., developers known for some of the most recognized and successful communities in the west.

Beyond its amenity offering, life at Martis Camp is defined by an incredible array of homes and cabins that reflect inspired mountain architecture. Homesites are priced from $525,000 and homes from $1,925,000.

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