There’s a couple standing back-to-back at the massive front door, both speechless, one taking in the view of Martis Valley to the north and the other facing the artfully framed atrium that unveils as the door swings open. Their state of wonder has only just begun as this 6,867 square-foot Martis Camp estate dishes up a steady diet of eye candy and architectural awe, elements that make this the ideal setting for entertaining friends and family. The tone is set before even setting foot within as a patio with firepit offers valley views from the front landing. Beyond the entry is a wall of windows to the back patio and gardens, a stone path climbing into the forest and the trail system that calls to those who like a healthy dose of nature in their day. Left of the entry is a light, airy, sublimely modern living space. The great room has lofty windows and soaring ceilings with boldly attractive I-beams. Nestled into this area is a large nook with twin game tables and a glass wall revealing the private swing in the side yard. There’s a large fireplace and a wall of stone and metal that doubles as storage for the wall of Weiland window doors that slide out of sight, providing endless conversation and a seamless connection between outdoors and indoors. The dining room, as well as the kitchen with butler pantry and large granite counter, share this scene that reaches out to the nearby covered/heated dining cove. Further into that veranda is a firepit, barbecue bay, and hot tub, all with rubbernecking views of the forest above. On the main level of this 6 bedroom / 6.5 bathroom home – accessed by glass hallways overlooking the gardens and patio – is a guest suite with fireplace, deck, and a large bathroom with forest views and a sauna adjacent to the shower. Further along is an office with access to the patio and forest. Left of the great room is another bedroom, as well as the primary suite with fireplace and elevated views enjoyed from both the bathtub and private deck. Adjoining this suite is a private office. Up the custom staircase or via the elevator is a large media room with expansive views of Martis Valley and the Carson Range, a bedroom overlooking the patio and forest, another bedroom with valley vistas, and a charming kids’ room with queen bed below and twin bunks above.
The exterior is a handsome display of modern architecture with striking lines of stone, metal and wood. The winding, circular drive arrives at the base of the front steps, leading to a home that never ceases to amaze or entertain and that may leave you, as it has with so many before, in a pleasant state of speechlessness.