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The advantages of new construction are at once obvious and abstract. The latest in sustainable living features and home technology are near the top of the list, eclipsed only perhaps by the immeasurable experience of being the first to inhabit a residence. Think of it as if “new car smell” was a feeling and you’ll get the idea.

Tucked among the mountain homes in the Lake Tahoe-area community of Gray’s Crossing is a brand-new contemporary designed by MWA Architects and built by Mountain Life Construction. Thoughtful design and quality craftsmanship were wedded to create an architectural standout with mountain charm. There’s nothing cookie-cutter about it.

“I think the high-end finishes the builder selected—like the marble countertops/backsplash, the brushed gold fixtures, the unique light fixtures, the stained concrete floors—are all appealing because they are different than other homes on the market,” says listing agent Kami Boyer of Tahoe Mountain Realty. “He went with warmer brown tones inside and out, which is where design is trending.”

But the 3,788-square-foot home is more than another pretty face. Eco-friendly qualities include solar panels, energy-efficient foam insulation and radiant heating and cooling throughout.

Exterior maintenance is minimal and the landscaping of the one-third-acre lot is designed to protect against fire. A 1,376-square-foot paver patio and 1,100 square feet of covered patio and decks expand the living space outdoors.

The open-plan living-dining room, which has a linear gas fireplace, opens to a patio featuring a sunken 90-inch-long fire table. A second living area offers a cozy space to retreat or watch a movie.

Continuous grain black walnut cabinets, a pantry, marble countertops and access to a covered outdoor dining patio are among the features in the kitchen. A long waterfall-edge island with a sink can accommodate six for casual dining.

The main-level primary suite has its own patio, dressing room and soaking tub. Including an upstairs junior suite, there are a total of four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a powder room.

Other amenities include a heated two-car garage with a workbench, storage closet and attached garbage storage room.

The asking price for 11761 Bottcher Loop in Truckee, California, is US $3.788 million. The property is near trails, open space, downtown Truckee, recreational opportunities, amenities and dining.

Gray’s Crossing contains a mix of primary and vacation homes, Boyer says, mostly weighted toward second homeowners from the San Francisco Bay area.

“This home is set up for multiple families and/or entertaining,” she adds, “accommodating a lot of people and spending quality time outdoors.”


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