A multifaceted gem in a sparkling sapphire setting, Clear Creek Tahoe is about to shine as the premier private residential club on the eastern shoreline of Lake Tahoe, which balances on the border of California and Nevada. Ensconced in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and fronted by the largest high-altitude body of water in the United States, the exclusive community plans to build around its already exquisite emerald centerpiece, a Coore & Crenshaw–designed golf course.
Beginning in November, the first phase of development delivers 121 estate lots (from 1.5 acres to almost 5 acres) discreetly dispersed throughout 1,576 acres of varied terrain—all amidst the greatest expanse of national forest outside of Alaska. Following phases call for an additional 147 estate lots and 98 cottages (from two- to four-bedroom) to be offered as early as next year.
Already in play, however, is the 18-hole course (created by Bill Coore and golf great Ben Crenshaw) and its invite-only private golf club. The pristinely maintained links will be complemented by a new clubhouse complex to be completed by 2019. Amenities will include a restaurant showcasing Executive Chef Adrianna Hyman’s internationally inspired menu focused on locally sourced ingredients; a dedicated wine enclave; a family center with a pool and a flume waterslide; and three tennis courts (two Har-Tru surfaced and one grass). In addition, a spa sanctuary and 8,500-square-foot fitness facility is expected to be open by the 2017 season.
Latest among the litany of enticements is the recently acquired Twin Pines, a lavish lake house designed by acclaimed architect Julia Morgan (responsible for Hearst Castle) that dates back to 1936. The wood-hewn haven boasts its own 180-foot stretch of beach, a private pier, and easy access to Heavenly Mountain Resort for lift-serviced skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.
Besides bucolic escape, Clear Creek Tahoe also provides financial respite in the long run. Lots, starting at $350,000, are situated on Nevada’s side of the lake, which offers residents a potential tax break—added allure to an already polished presentation. (clearcreektahoe.com)