by Lauren Vikander

Ritz-Carlton Residences Lake Tahoe

Picture a place where nature intersects with society and your backyard offers all of the possibilities of the largest alpine lake in North America. This is the privilege and the pleasure of many who have departed the overcrowded beach communities and sweltering urban landscapes for something pure and untouched. For decades, Lake Tahoe has been the destination to ski in California, where scores of snow enthusiasts from all over the world come to get a piece of the Sierras. Yet, in the summer, the community’s charm really comes to life and a whole different culture emerges. One of elegant wooden boats, private parties and lazy 80 degree days sipping champagne enjoying the natural wonderland.

The event of the season is the annual League to Save Tahoe fashion show/benefit. Started in the summer of 1969, the show debuted big names Bill Blass and Sax Fifth Avenue at the infamous Rubicon Beach, where models walked barefoot in the sand. Today with a proper catwalk, luncheon and exclusive shopping opportunities backstage, the benefit is widely anticipated. Since its inception, designer Oscar de la Renta among many others have joined the prestigious roster confirming this is the event to see and be seen attending. Yet, the best thing about it is, it’s raised over $15 million to conserve the lake ensuring its blue waters can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Concordant to the understated lifestyle demanded by attendees and idea of conservation, world-class destination Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe (the first Ritz-Carlton to receive the eco-friendly LEED certification) just released a limited number of luxury penthouse residences. Perched mid-mountain at Northstar, each residence boasts 180 degree views of Sierra Crest, Martis Valley and Carson Range while offering the legendary service and amenities of the resort.Reminiscent of the intimate neighborhoods on the lake, The Residences are destined to become a favorite gathering place for friends and family.

Unlike any other community in the Sierrifcia, here owners will enjoy priority access to the exclusive facilities, services and members only clubs like infamous Shaffer’s Camp. Yet, understated elegance is what this property is known for and designers stayed true to this theme within The Residences as well. Crafted with natural stones, rich woods, and earth tones each home is uniquely attune with nature. Even the custom show homes designed by Jay Jeffers, named one of the country’s top interior designers by Elle Décor Magazine reveal the perfect marriage of the mountains and cosmopolitan style. These unprecedented fully equipped residences bring a hip sophistication to the classic Ritz-Carlton style and are available for purchase to those seeking move-in ready penthouses.

Outside your door, a natural paradise awaits. Lake Tahoe offers an array of world-class alfresco activities year-round. There is truly something for everyone whether you are into fashion, boating or simply sipping champagne and enjoying the breathtaking views.