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I had the pleasure of touring the famed Martis Camp community this week, and needless to say it exceeded my grandest expectations. No expense was spared by the DMB/Highlands Group, which is responsible for the planning, and execution.

The premiere, exclusive, gated community stands out from its neighbors by offering private access to the Northstar California Resort via the Martis Camp chair lift, among other unparalleled amenities in the Truckee/Tahoe region.


Martis Camp is located on 2,100+, forested acres in the Tahoe basin. It gracefully combines golf course living with accessible, Lake Tahoe skiing and riding, while maintaining a family friendly environment. The 18-hole, Tom Fazio course is complemented by a kid-friendly, all ages and skill levels, putting park. The Outlook Lodge conveniently located adjacent to the Martis Camp chairlift provides the invaluable service of ski valet, making it painless to get the kids geared up and on the slopes. The lodge is bustling in the winter as they offer breakfast, lunch and après ski specials.

The 50,000 sq/ft Camp Lodge is a centerpiece of the luxury community at Martis Camp. Enjoy formal dining, a day at the spa, a soak in the hot tub and endless mountain views from each vantage point. There really is no comparison in the region to the plush amenities at Martis Camp.

Martis Camp is also unique in its variety of custom-built homes. Their architectural review process allows for larger, more creative construction than many of the surrounding gated neighborhoods. The 30 active homesite listings at Martis range from .5 acre parcels to 2.5 acre estate sites with prices spanning $865,000-$3.1M.


There are currently 17 completed construction and resale residences at Martis Camp. Smaller, cabin, homes close to the heart of the amenities start at $3.5M, while the expansive 9,000 sq/ft estates peak at $15M.

9501-wawona-ctMy favorite Martis Camp listing, 9501 Wawona Court, seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor space. The great room smoothly transitions into the outdoor patio, opening to the surrounding forest. The well-appointed five-bedroom 6-bath property is conveniently located near the Lookout Lodge and Martis Camp chairlift, making it a skier’s getaway paradise.

The Martis Camp homebuyer seems to be characterized by young, wealthy, Northern California families. The first-class amenities and the very private mystique of the community has allowed Martis Camp to prosper and thrive through the peak of the recession, when other member-only clubs saw a drop in demand.

The Martis Camp market continues to push the standards of the luxury real estate industry in the Tahoe/Truckee region and beyond. It remains to be a magnet for consumers seeking the ultimate best in terms of second home, resort communities.

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