7.9 out of 10

Martis Camp

39.321794 -120.162599
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"Good for Golfers with Deep Pockets"

Martis Camp is one of the newer residential developments in the Tahoe/Truckee area, selling its first lots in 2006. Already the development has made a name for itself as a premier golf and ski community with family-focused luxury amenities.

Martis Camp is a private, gated community on 2,177 acres of pristine Sierra forest in the Martis Valley, midway between the north shore of Lake Tahoe and downtown Truckee.

Development is capped at 653 lots, and more than 400 have sold so far. Homes are custom-built to suit their owners, but all have a rugged mountain look, whether traditional or modern, employing rough stone and natural timbers.

The Tom Fazio-designed golf course opened in 2008 and was an immediate sensation. Golf Digest ranked it the third-best new private course in the country in 2009, and Forbes named it one of the 12 best private golf communities in America.

The community adjoins the Northstar California ski resort, and Martis Camp club members have direct access to Northstar via a private, door-to-door shuttle that takes them to a new, 8,000-square-foot members ski lodge and express ski lift.

There are two club memberships available for property owners at Martis Camp. The “social” membership comes with the purchase of a developer lot plus yearly dues of $8,500, giving members full access to all amenities and two opportunities a month to play golf.

The “golf” membership costs $15,000 a year on top of a $120,000 initiation fee, giving members full access to all amenities and unlimited use of the golf course. Property owners also pay monthly homeowner association dues of $250.

Martis Camp’s luxury amenities are available year-round, although for most residents the development remains a vacation destination, especially during the summer months and ski season. Most owners come from the Bay Area.

Lots accommodate two types of homes.

Third-of-an-acre “cabin sites” are intended for homes up to 3,200 square feet, and prices for the land range from $550,000 to $900,000, according to one of Pacific Union International’s top real estate professionals in the Tahoe/Truckee region.

“Estate sites” range from three-fourths of an acre to 3 acres, and land prices can go as high as $2.1 million.

Cabin sites with homes already built sell for $2.7 million to $3.2 million, while estate sites range from $3 million to $6 million.
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  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
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"The Ultimate in High Sierra Living"

Martis Camp is an upscale golf community unlike any other. While the award-winning Tom Fazio golf course is the focal point during the summer, it is great overshadowed (literally) by Lookout Mountain at Northstar-at-California's ski area during the winter. Owners in Martis Camp have the unique experience of living on a golf course, but having a back door into one of Tahoe's friendliest ski resorts. Through the Martis Camp chair lift and Lookout Lodge, a member's only 8,000 square foot base lodge for Martis Camp owners only, skiers and riders start the day in style, and end the day in relaxation. In addition to these obvious marquee amenities, Martis Camp also boasts of many other activities, such as fishing in the stocked 3 acre fishing pond, relaxing with a good book and a cup of cocoa in The Lost Library, walking, bicycling or running the nearly 26 miles of interconnecting trails, enjoying a malt, playing a round of bowling, taking in a flick, or listening to an outdoor performance at the Family Barn, playing tennis at the Tennis Pavilion, gardening in the Community garden, enjoying a spa experience at The Lodge (and dine al fresca afterwards on The Lodge's back deck). The list goes on and on for family entertainment and activity. While the community is predominately vacation home-owners, there is still a very familiar feeling when visiting the amenities. The staff does an incredible job of making you feel not only welcome, but at home. You can't beat the surroundings, with majestic pines towering all around, views of the Pacific Crest, Lookout Mountain and the Carson Range from many homesites and most amenities, and National Forest land bordering 1/2 of the community property. If you have been bitten by the Sierra bug, and want to enjoy it in the ultimate sense, then Martis Camp was designed especially for you.

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