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Silicon Valley’s High Tech Mountain Retreat

A gated community situated between North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, Calif., counts among its members bigwigs from Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, and Google. While North Lake Tahoe is a four-hour drive from Silicon Valley, Martis Camp serves as a year-round second-home getaway.

The homes have rustic touches and incorporate rugged materials, but community members are not exactly roughing it. The luxury mountain homes in the community start in the $2 million range, and the community buildings such as the lodge and library are all LEED-certified. The 2,000-plus acre community has an 18-hole golf course, a high-speed quad lift providing a six-minute trip to the Northstar at California Resort for skiing, 26 miles of trails for hiking/snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, as well as dining venues, fitness center and vitality pools.

Will such upscale communities become standard for the titans of Silicon Valley? Homes in Martis Camp sold for a total of more than $90 million in 2011 and $27.6 million so far this year.

The following slides single out one of the houses on the market.

By Colleen Kane
Posted 16 May, 2012

Photo: Vance Fox