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Lookout House in Lake Tahoe

Five of the best houses near Lake Tahoe in the US

Lake Tahoe sits on the state line between California and Nevada and is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts year-round. We have rounded up five houses that make the most of the area's scenery and sports opportunities.

Lookout House by Faulkner Architects

Lookout House by Faulkner Architects

Sitting at the base of the Lookout Mountain volcano near the town of Truckee, you can ski straight into Lookout House. A ramp connects directly to the ski run next door, so that its occupants can make the most of the snow in winter.

Concrete walls open out onto terraces and balconies at every level, and some of the windows are glazed with red glass to create dramatic vistas and interiors.

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Martis Camp 506 by Blaze Makoid

This holiday home sits in a ski and golf community between Lake Tahoe and Truckee. New York architecture firm Blaze Makoid clad the house in blackened cedar to blend in with the landscape in the summer months and stand in stark contrast with the snow in winter.

Floor-to-ceiling glazing in the living areas frames views out over the Carson Range mountains.

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Faulkner Architects designed the dwelling near Lake Tahoe

Forest House by Faulkner Architects

California practice Faulkner Architects used expanses of board-formed concrete and glass for this house tucked away in an area of woodland on the north shore of Lake Tahoe.

The black steel rainscreen that covers some of the exterior walls is made of slats designed to imitate the bark of a tree.

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Alpine Meadows Cabin by Studio Bergtraun

Alpine Meadows Cabin by Studio Bergtraun

Studio Bergtraun built this house in Lake Tahoe for a family of outdoor sports enthusiasts who wanted to be close to the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Clad in panels of corrugated black metal, the house has a themed interior decor that includes a chandelier made out of ski poles.

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Burnt Cedar by Faulkner Architects

Burnt Cedar by Faulkner Architects

This house was designed for a family that goes boating in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. Double-height windows frame views of the lake and are shaded by a deep roof overhang.

A six-car garage has room for the occupant's car collection, which includes a 1974 Volkswagen Thing and a 2016 Tesla X.

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