I love it when my friend Karen, who also happens to be my real estate agent, calls me. Usually, she's planning a trip by my house, or we're coordinating a bluebird slopes day. But this call came a little out of the blue. Not pre-text, no warning. Just her number on my caller ID. "You know how you thought you'd never get into John's new project? she asked. "Someone backed out ... but you've gotta get up here to check it out." We had wanted to buy into this project for a while, but had been half-heartedly looking at other places since Mountainside had been sold out for over a year.
By that weekend we were in Karen's truck, battling backhoes and work trucks to park in front of unit 7. Within minutes we were getting the grand tour of a more finished unit with builder John Hooper. Todd was immediately impressed with the clear pride that John takes in his work. He was more than happy to chat us up and point out all the special touches he'd added. Not only is he a premier builder in the area, but he's also a local.... like a 35+ year local. So he understands the importance of light, the drama of snow removal, the importance of parking, etc.
The townhouse is a 3 level home, with only utility spaces on ground level. I suspect that's because as a long-time Mammoth guy, John also understands that 70% of the year, first floor properties are under 20 feet of snow. The ground floor garage will have 2 oversized, high clearance spaces plus ski storage and an owner's closet. Todd's eyes lit up, though, when he noticed that the garage is already wired for e-vehicle charging. Super exciting so he can avoid the queue at the Tesla station in town. I think at that point, Todd was ready to sign on the line.
Luckily, John was happy to show us the living spaces, which are more what excites me. I had to use my imagination, because the home was still studs and insulation, subfloor, stubbed plumbing and dangling electrical.
The second floor is living, kitchen, bath and a bunkroom. The top floor is reserved for 2 masters, both with plenty of space and en-suite baths, plus a laundry space.
What did we do decide to do? Did we sleep on it? Did we talk it over? Well, let's just say that by the end of the day, we were in John's office, choosing finishes.
Mary Beth is the owner of Adventure Refined, where she offers true luxury Mammoth Lakes homes to guests. In her spare time she runs a ranch, loves a test pilot, and raises 4 boys & a Rhodie rescue.