Truckee, California

By Kirsten Niper

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PHOTO COURTESY MOUNTAINSIDE AT NORTHSTAR

Mountainside at Northstar’s vision is about connecting to family, nature, others and self. Perched on the side of Northstar, the community offers access to 3,000 acres of skiable, hikeable and bikeable topography. With just 300 residences, connecting to the surrounding environment and community is even easier.

During my visit to Mountainside at Northstar, I explored the residential options in the community. Residence offerings include the 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath, approximately 2,250-square-foot Stellar Townhomes starting at $1.995 million; the Stellar Residences, single-family homes designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and starting at $3.6 million; and the M25 neighborhood, an enclave of 25 home sites ranging from a half acre to 1.5 acres, and starting at $690,000. All homes are ski-in/ski-out.

During my tour of the residences and home sites, I was awed by the mountainous views and ease of access throughout the community. I was also taken aback by the sense of community that is being developed — it is truly one of the top amenities of Northstar. Residents can enjoy the privacy afforded by living in nature, yet they can take advantage of community gathering spaces to get to know their neighbors.

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Residents can lounge and play in the Tree House, a community gathering space with a gym, pool, dining area, lounge and a game room. The outfitters, based in the Tree House, create personalized experiences for residents, including rafting trips, special hiking trips, or a birthday surprise, including a helicopter ride for an owner. There isn’t a task too big or too small; while in the Tree House, I overheard an outfitter reaching out to retailers in the area to track down a kayak for a resident.

“I think the outfitters really separate us from other resort communities,” shares Annisa Crawford of Mountainside Partners, the developer. “They respect the owner’s privacy, but they connect others to the surrounding community and outdoor activities.”

In my visit, I was paired with an outfitter who guided me through the charming town of Truckee, a journey out to see Lake Tahoe, and even a rainy day walk.

Other (still under construction) amenities include a serene yoga studio, cabins for overnight gatherings, an owner’s lounge and a playground.

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PHOTO COURTESY MOUNTAINSIDE AT NORTHSTAR