$1.6 Million Homes in California – The New York Times
Bear Valley | $1.6 Million
A Norwegian-style chalet built in 2008, with one bedroom and two bathrooms, on a 0.4-acre lot
Inspired by a 14th-century Norwegian farmhouse on display at a Scandinavian museum, the current owner built this house using wood from old-growth redwood trees and hired Norwegian artisans to do much of the interior detailing. The location, in the Sierra Nevada, attracts skiers looking for powdery snow and challenging slopes. Bear Valley is considered more remote than ski areas closer to Lake Tahoe, and many residents use snowmobiles to get around in the winter. During the summer, the scenic hiking trails are a big draw.
The Bay Area cities are about three and a half hours away. Sacramento and Reno, Nev., are about a two-and-a-half-hour drive.
Size: 1,350 square feet
Price per square foot: $1,185
Indoors: The driveway is long and ends at a footbridge leading to the hand-carved front door.
Just inside are stairs with a hand-carved railing inspired by a staircase in a 17th-century Norwegian church. They lead up to the main level, which has radiant-heated floors, a wall of windows and a sitting area anchored by a fireplace. There are two hand-carved beds tucked into opposite corners of this room, and additional sleeping space is available in a loft, accessible by a ladder. Around the corner, there is space for a dining table.
The radiant-heated floors continue into a kitchen that has a double-doored refrigerator, a stainless-steel sink and more windows overlooking the property.
The primary bedroom, on the entry level, has a built-in bed hand-painted with the same floral motif that adorns the doors and ceiling beams. The en suite bathroom has a hand-painted bathtub.
A second full bathroom is one level down, next to a maintenance space with a new boiler.
Outdoor space: The home’s builder, a scientist and inventor, worked on the restoration of several Nordic labyrinths, and a replica of one is on a flat part of this lot. A small patio, connected to the main house and a storage shed by a stone path, offers sweeping views of the redwood forest.
Taxes: $13,920 (estimated)