Satisfy your inner Grizzly Adams, Tom Fazio style, at Martis Camp in Lake Tahoe
In the 1950s, owning a "cabin" mean you took a dirt road to get there, wore three sweaters to bed and squatted over a hole in the ground to go to the bathroom.
In modern real estate vernacular, a "cabin" is more likely to look like this custom log home at the Martis Camp luxury development outside Lake Tahoe. It has four bedrooms, four and a half baths, built in bunks for the kids and close access to an ultra-private Tom Fazio course Fazio calls one of the greatest he's ever designed.
Your grandpa might have built his cabin with his own hands, but architect-designed home has top-end finishes and furniture and will run you $3.295 million. It's secluded--40 minutes from Reno-Tahoe International Airport--but close enough to the town of Truckee that getting provisions isn't a hassle.
Martis Camp bills itself as the "best place in Lake Tahoe to own a second home," and its amenity list tries hard to prove it. In addition to the Fazio course, residents can downhill ski, play tennis, work out at the Camp Lodge and zip through three different aerial ropes courses strung through the trees.
If Custom Home 363 (or one of the other already-built places) isn't quite your bag, you can build your own wood palace on one of the available lots for sale within the community. Just keep in mind that a golf membership doesn't come with any of the properties. That'll run you an additional $120,000--but it gives access to anybody in your extended family, and can be passed down via inheritance to your kids.