Let’s Get Lost In The SierrasAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Ascend, an outstanding project north of Lake Tahoe is coming to fruition– a collection of high-design manufactured homes set in the forest at the Nakoma resort. In a beautiful year-round location, it’s not far from the slopes (with a shuttle to Northstar) and perfect for cross-country skiing out your door. Plus golf and tennis. We had a look at the three bedroom Eureka model, and it’s a perfect example of crisp design, interconnected gathering spaces and very private bedroom suites.
The Team: Nakoma pulled together a remarkably skilled group for Ascend, including Seattle’s innovative GroupArchitect, plus Method Homes, the premier manufacturer of precision engineered prefab, and Mark Tanner Construction to pull it all together onsite.
Trickle-Up Effect: Prefab (AKA manufactured housing) is no longer experimental. And while it may have once been conceived as a solution for low-cost housing, it’s reaching a wider market in the luxury sector, and permits custom finishes.
Frank Lloyd Wright Now: To create a central focus for their project, developers of Ascend purchased the plans for a 1921 Sierra lodge by Frank Lloyd Wright. Completed under the guidance of Taliesen Associates in 2001, it’s an architecturally splendid central gathering place, restaurant and spa. Appropriately, the new homes’ design and execution are indebted to Wright’s original concept for Usonian homes– simplicity, affordability, and respect for the setting.
How Much? The Eureka model at Ascend starts at just under a million dollars. There are two smaller and simpler models in the project that start respectively at $350K and $495K, also by the same team. Head to the Ascend website for more details, floor plans and images. Below, a wintery image of the lodge and its spectacular site.