Though I have not been a realtor for long, I have been blessed to have seen many high-end mountain modern homes from the perspective of a consumer…or the consumer’s daughter’s boyfriend I should say. Likely the reason I become a realtor, I have spent many hours exploring luxury homes in the Tahoe-Truckee community. Of the many houses I have been fortunate enough to tour, one stood out in particular. Jennifer Benna took my girlfriend’s family up the seemingly endless winding roads of Lahontan to a house that has set the standards of what I would like to live in one day.

“With room to put in a putting green in the front yard, I was ready to move in at a moment’s notice (though I was short a couple million dollars).”

Perched on top of a small cliff overlooking one of the most beautiful golf courses I have seen, this house was the perfect blend of mountain and modern design. Much like a tree house, this home was perfectly positioned between the towering trees and had the same magical feeling that sparked joy and playfulness. The architecture allowed for the house to blend in with nature by way of sliding glass walls that collapse to open up the house to the outside as though you were simply resting beneath a shaded tree as the breeze flowed through the house. Additionally, windows were strategically placed to let natural light in throughout the day.

This was not the most glamorous house, but more akin to a hidden gem in a treasure box that felt made specifically for me. As a cooking enthusiast the custom kitchen equipped with a double island and gas range with the coveted red nobs was everything I could have hoped for in a kitchen. With room to put in a putting green in the front yard, I was ready to move in at a moment’s notice (though I was short a couple million dollars). An added benefit to this house was it’s location in the Lahontan community, which is family friendly and luxurious without the exorbitant price tag that comes with owning a home in the neighboring community.