Check Out Lake Tahoe’s Haute New Mountainside at Northstar Stellar Residences

Stellar Residence 3, Mountainside at Northstar
Stellar Residence 3, Mountainside at Northstar

Photo Credit: Chris Beck

The much-needed drenching we’re getting in the San Francisco Bay Area is a wonderful reminder that there’s still good skiing to be had in Lake Tahoe. Now makes for a perfect time to show off on the slopes, and do a little house-hunting while you’re there. We don’t have to tell you that Tahoe is the ideal place for a second, third or even fourth vacation home. We’re gaga over the brand new Stellar Residences, a group of single-family homes that are part of Mountainside at Northstar, Tahoe’s hautest ski-in/ski-out community, and are ready to move in! The community also just partnered with Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma to offer an exclusive, high-end package for the ultimate winter weekend during the endless powder days in Tahoe for the 2016 ski season.

But first, let us tell you about the Stellar Residences, four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath retreats in a ski-in/ski-out location with expansive outdoor living and dining areas, starting at $3.1 million. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson—the masterminds behind Apple Stores, PIXAR Animation Studios, Square HQ and more—these luxurious residences are perfect for the techie elite, which seems to be pouring in from Silicon Valley these days. These modern, progressive interpretations of the mountain home are energy-smart and design-intelligent, with floor-to-ceiling windows for spectacular views and generous indoor and outdoor spaces designed for bringing families closer together. Features of Stellar Residence #3 include:

  • Expansive media room
  • Large outdoor living space with hot tub and fire pit
  • Fireplace in great room
  • Ski room for winter gear with boot warmers
  • Radiant-heating throughout
  • Built to achieve LEED certification: solar-ready and Tesla-ready with energy-efficient lighting and healthy finishes for indoor air quality
  • Whitewashed hickory floors and cabinets
  • Caesarstone counters with Heath tile backsplash in kitchen
  • Quartzite counters in bathroom
  • 100% wool carpet throughout
  • Wolf and Sub-Zero refrigerator, range, microwave and wine fridge
  • 2-year family membership to The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe spa and membership to Tahoe Mountain Club

There’s no better place to dine, spa and enjoy après ski and après hike than The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe so we think it’s so haute that this membership is included when you buy a residence at Mountainside at Northstar. The family-oriented community recently added a Tree House, where concierge outfitters can make anything happen, whether you need help with provisions, laundry or hot tub maintenance. The Tree House also has a family room, pool, fitness center, basketball court and outdoor pod that is a super cool place to simply chill. It’s just one of the latest amenities at Mountainside Northstar, where there are plans underway for rolling huts designed for outdoor elevated experiences for yoga, meditation or glamping; a grotto with a hot tub and yoga platform, a Mountainside Zen Cube, a space specifically designed to inspire and facilitate your ideas, as well as new hiking trails for when the weather warms.

Stellar Residence 3, Living area
Stellar Residence 3, Living area

Photo Credit: Chris Beck

High Altitude Skiing Sonoma-style

Now, here’s the perfect way for you to get a taste of Mountainside at Northstar without having to drive all of the way to Tahoe. Ram’s Gate Winery and Mountainside at Northstar have joined forces to offer “High Altitude Skiing Sonoma-style,” the definitive experience for those who are as serious about wine as they are about après-ski with the ultimate perk of traversing traffic.

Gather your group of eight and set your sights on an early morning departure from Santa Rosa Airport, touching down in Truckee in time to carve first tracks. Mountainside Outfitters equips you with passes for high-speed delivery to the top of Northstar’s Lookout Mountain to enjoy a full-day of taking turns on freshly groomed trails or making the most of the moguls. Break for an on-mountain dining experience, complete with glass of Ram’s Gate wine, at Tahoe’s exclusive Schaffer’s Camp. Return to the slopes and complete your day at Mountainside at Northstar’s Tree House, before heading back to your private jet for the return trip with arrival via chauffeur to Ram’s Gate Winery for après ski fireside before sundown. The High Altitude experience is available for eight guests, by advance appointment only; reservations can be made by contacting the winery at 707.721.8700 or
The price is $14,000 for eight people (or $1,750 per person) and includes:

  • Roundtrip private jet service
  • Private access at Mountainside at Northstar with full-day lift tickets to Northstar
  • Lunch with Ram’s Gate wines at Schaffer’s Camp
  • Full-day use of Mountainside at Northstar’s Tree House
  • Transportation to and from Tahoe Truckee Airport
  • Roundtrip car service to Ram’s Gate and three hours at Ram’s Gate Winery with wine and dinner pairing
  • Equipment rental can be prearranged through Mountainside Outfitters at an additional cost.

Photography Credit: Chris Beck and Jeff Dow