Hiking couple turned vision of modern Mount Charleston retreat into reality
Avid mountain hikers Amanda and Nick Toor’s Valentine’s Day excursion to Mount Charleston resulted in more than a romantic day trip.
“We absolutely fell in love with the mountain,” Amanda said about the 2016 excursion. “It was snowing and so beautiful and pictur-esque. We were like ‘maybe we should get a house up here.’ ”
Their search led the couple to an oversized 0.37-acre Echo View lot that bordered national forest land. Set among the stunning backdrop of Mount Charleston’s peak, the property included a 2,000-square-foot cabin, built in the early 1990s.
“I would describe it as your grandma’s old cabin,” Nick said.
“It did everything to hide the views.”
Although the cabin needed renovation, the property did have much the couple desired: breathtaking mountain views, pine trees and a gradual slope.
Roughly a year after purchase, the couple began renovations. Capturing the views was essential for their remodel as was creating a dog-friendly environment for Rani, Pico and Marina, the couple’s three dogs.
“Our dogs absolutely love it here,” Amanda said of their companions, who join them on hikes and trips to the mountain.
Enlisting the help of Emily Taylor of Paddiwacks Inc., the couple worked to bring their vision of a modern mountain retreat to life.
The renovation project took more than a year to complete. The result is a 1,858-square-foot, three-level cabin featuring two bedrooms — including an upper-level master suite. There is also tiered landscaping, a bocce ball court, two outdoor decks and a three-car garage with additional uncovered parking.
The project began by taking the interior down to the studs. Removing a sunroom, bedroom and upper-level library with spiral staircase led to enlarging the closed and fragmented main living area. The result features an open space with kitchen, dining and family room.
Adding a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass allowed the natural light to flow in and captured stunning vistas including Mount Charleston’s peak.
“It’s all about the views,” Nick said. “We wanted to see the views
all the time.”
Large pocket doors open to an expansive upper-level deck.
“When we are having a party or just here by ourselves, we keep the doors open,” Nick said.
Incorporating natural earth tones, the uncluttered interior integrates gray, wood-grained porcelain tile, a reclaimed wood vanity and stone sinks. Splashes of color throughout enhance the modern aesthetic.
The cabin’s gourmet kitchen has quartz counters, two-tone cabinetry and a granite-encased farmhouse sink. A black tile floor-to-ceiling fireplace creates a focal point for the main living area.
The upper-level master suite has a bank of windows, automatic blinds, barn doors and a seating area that showcases the views.
The lower-level family room, with additional seating and big-screen TV, opens to a deck and tiered yard with a hot tub, fire pit, seating area, water feature and large hammocks.
The new, dark-gray vinyl exterior siding blends with the alpine surroundings.
The luxury cabin at 246 Seven Dwarfs Road is listed for $1.6 million through Angie Tomashowski, broker of Mount Charleston Realty, Inc.
Photos by Tonya Harvey