by Rodric J. Hurdle-Bradford
The phrase ‘one-of-a-kind’ is often used in architecture and design, but perfectly captures Martis Camp, a 2,200-acre residential recreational community nestled in the high Sierra Mountains between Truckee and South Lake Tahoe.
Built by DMB/Highlands Group, a joint venture of two community developers with experience in the region, Martis Camp has already sold 405 home sites out of 650, with 60 properties already sold in 2012 and over 100 homes currently under construction.
“Usually you have to choose whether to live at a golf or ski environment, but at Martis Camp we have both,” says Brian Hull, Martis Camp spokesman. “Martis Camp fits perfectly into the landscape. People see how enriched the environment is and how it allows them private time to spend with their family.”
Martis Camp features a wide range of home design selection, from barrel roof homes that mimic the rolling landscape, to a rustic cabin constructed of reclaimed trestle wood, to eco-friendly family lodges with solar systems.
“The experience of both developers really shows at Martis Camp,” says Hull. “The evolution of Martis Camp has created a true year-round setting for the family, whether you are three years old or 83 years old.”
The offerings include state-of-the-art community buildings, including the Gate House, Camp Lodge, Family Barn and Lost Library. At over 50,000 square feet, Camp Lodge is home to luxury dining for formal occasions and a day spa and health club for everyday living. The Family Barn is the main family destination, with an indoor basketball court, movie theater and a 1950’s-style malt shop restaurant.
For the best of outdoors and entertainment in one setting, Martis Camp offers an outdoor concert park with a capacity of over 500. Lyle Lovett leads a list of past headlines that also includes popular acts from the California and Nevada music scenes. Bookworms enjoy the Lost Library, an 800-square-foot house tucked into a tree.
The newest prize jewel in the Martis Camp treasure is Lookout Lodge, a ski lodge that spans over 8,000 square feet. The upper level of the lodge is the restaurant and lounge area and the lower level–which houses the building’s main entrance–also has a storage space for residents. Valet parking and a private shuttle are available to increase convenience. Over 300 members attended the grand opening on July 6, 2012.
“Our members were so excited to go into the building and help usher in a new era at Martis Camp,” says Hull. “Lookout Lodge serves as a beacon of light for all the families that like to ski in the winter.” Martis Camp has attracted a new, younger and affluent demographic from northern California that has truly helped launch the reinvention of the area. “In today’s environment it is never easy to make a purchase in real estate,” says Hull. “But when people experience Martis Camp, it is like they have reached a reflection point where they want to make more time for their family. Martis Camp is truly a unique place.”