The people of Tahoe are outdoorsy folks; by and large, Mother Nature’s stewards. The cities and towns in the region have worked to blend in with the natural environment, building mostly cabin-inspired structures for residential and commercial establishments. Doing so certainly whistles the appropriate mountain town tune, but what of those who want something a little different?

We did some digging this month for more modern architecture. Homes that aren’t made of just sticks and stones. Whether it’s a 21st century take on a fire pit, or a funky skylight tower in the middle of your entryway, these three homes add a flare of pizzazz to the usual.

Photo courtesy Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty


Traditional on the outside, remodeled within. This unassuming home off Lakeshore Boulevard may seem like just another brick and mortar residence … until you step inside. The designer finishes, exposed timbers, and amount of white space would cause anyone to squeal. The kitchen alone looks like it came straight out of a West Elm showroom —  those soapstone countertops, though (*heart-eyed emoji*). With this home, you’d be part of the Incline Beach HOA, meaning a small, intimate association of about 20 homes. There’s a private beach, kayak and paddleboard racks, and a tree-lined trail and pier. Best block parties ever. Info: $5,495,000, 5 bed, 4 bath, 4,210 square feet, 1127 Lakeshore Blvd., Incline Village, Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty


Photo courtesy Oliver Luxury Real Estate

Desert Oasis

Modern homes might be a touch more prevalent down in Reno, but this desert beauty gives almost futuristic vibes. Southwest Reno is known for its gorgeous homes and prime location. The two acres here provide ample room for mature landscaping and stellar views of Nevada’s gorgeous sunsets. Then there’s the house itself expansive glass doors and windows blend the indoors with the surrounding high desert, and the vast amount of open space means you could entertain for days. This is an award-winning home and you could live in it. Info: $2,300,000, 4 bed, 4 bath, 4,376 square feet, 350 Juniper Hill Rd., Reno, Oliver Luxury Real Estate

Photo courtesy McCormick Realty

Not Your Grandma’s Cabin

This edgy take on the classic cabin starts us off on our modernized journey. The outside shares the almost-but-not-quite cabin vision, with windows jutting out sharply at all angles, offering natural light throughout while overlooking Donner Lake. You won’t find a single square room in this home, but you will find granite counter tops, custom cabinetry, and Italian decorative lighting. The Vantage electronic home system will attend to all your audio, visual, and lighting needs. Plus, save money with the hydronic heating system throughout the house, guest studio, and garage. Modernization meets Donner. Info: $2,499,000, 3 bed, 3.5 bath, 3,513 square feet, 14234 S. Shore Dr., Truckee, McCormick Realty


  • Alex Hoeft

    Alex Hoeft joined Moonshine staff in May 2019, happy to return to the world of journalism after a few years in community outreach. She has both her bachelor's and Master's in journalism, from Brigham Young University and University of Nevada, Reno, respectively. When she's not journalism-ing, she's wrangling her toddler or reading a book — or doing both at the same time.

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