Thank you to Levi and his TMA team for providing the homeowners another special “Last Tracks” event last night.  Homeowners, space is limited so get on the list for the next event!     

Idaho continues to make national headlines.  With accolades building up year after year for Boise,  Idaho is now the fastest growing state in the country.  People are flocking from all over the USA to find their piece of Idaho.  Tamarack Resort’s real estate market is up over 70% from 2016, and also captured the largest sale price of a home in Valley County last year.  Nearly half of all buyers in Tamarack in 2016 were from out state, including CA, FL, GA, TX, and AZ.  Last ski season the New York Times did a large piece on the re-birth of Tamarack Resort.   Now the Wall Street Journal is uncovering more of our secret treasure in the area.  The link below is a great read from the WSJ on January 4th:  McCall, Idaho:  A Ski Spot Without the Glitz  “This former Idaho logging town attracts newsmakers and VIPs seeking an outdoorsy lifestyle away from the crowds of nearby Sun Valley; Dick Enberg’s legacy home.”       WJS Article Jan 2018

Full article below:

McCall, Idaho, is no Sun Valley—and many folks hope it stays that way.

While the resort town of about 3,000 has the requisite glacial lake and powdery ski slopes, McCall has retained the simple charm and small-town feel that’s less evident in Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho, to the southeast. Those two towns have been reshaped, in part, by the influx of finance, tech and media titans—as well as celebrities—drawn to the annual Allen & Co. Summer Conference, which started in 1983.

If anything, McCall’s lack of glitz has made it more attractive in recent years to newsmakers and other VIPs looking for a lower profile vacation spot.


McCall of the Wild

Outdoorsy types are flocking to McCall, Idaho, a former logging town where luxury homes have a low-key vibe.

Large new homes are sprouting up along the lake where log cabins used to sit. There is no more land available along the lake to build, and about a quarter of the lakeside homes have been built in the past two decades.
Ms. Cox, 47, in her home’s great room.
Sportscaster Dick Enberg and his wife, Barbara, recently finished building this home before Mr. Enberg’s death last month.
Michael and Crissy Hollenbeck recently bought this five-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,288-square-foot house in McCall with Mr. Hollenbeck’s sister, Heather Mercy, and her husband, Shawn Mitchell, for $223,000. Shown here is Cadence Mitchell and Kai Hollenbeck with dogs Chloe and Sandy.
The median sales price of homes in McCall is currently $320,000—much lower than the $502,000 in Sun Valley, a well-known resort to the southeast. Some 70% of McCall’s houses are second homes.
The Shore Lodge on Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, is owned by Alscott Inc., a company owned by Joe Scott, grandson of the grocery magnate Joe Albertson, which also owns the Whitetail Club.
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“This wasn’t about fur coats. It was about people loving the outdoors,” says Bill Whitacre about why he and his wife, Joan, bought a second home in a 1,300-acre luxury golf-course community called Whitetail Club.

Mr. Whitacre, the CEO of Simplot Co., an agricultural concern, bought a 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom house and a 1,500-square-foot barn with two bedrooms in 2012 on 2.5 acres for about $1 million. The couple then spent about $350,000 on improvements.

When he’s inside, Mr. Whitacre, 64 years old, spends most of his time in a small, bare office, working and planning motorcycle trips. “This is where I come to decompress,” he says.

A home at Whitetail Club owned by Bill Whitacre, the CEO of Simplot Co., an agricultural concern.
A home at Whitetail Club owned by Bill Whitacre, the CEO of Simplot Co., an agricultural concern. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Mr. Whitacre and his wife, Joan, bought the 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom house as a vacation home. It also has a 1,500-square-foot barn with two-bedrooms.
Mr. Whitacre and his wife, Joan, bought the 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom house as a vacation home. It also has a 1,500-square-foot barn with two-bedrooms. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Whitetail Club has lured some notable sports figures, including NBC sportscaster Heather Cox, and football coaches Dirk Koetter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chris Petersen from the University of Washington. Chuck Pagano, former coach of the Indianapolis Colts, has been seen on the golf course. Legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg, who died last month at age 82, recently finished building a home at Whitetail.

Increasingly, young families from Silicon Valley, Texas and San Francisco are buying homes in and around McCall as weekend and summer getaways.

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“I’d never set foot in Idaho. We’d thought of Idaho as potatoes and Boise,” says Jane Butler, 48, a managing director at Google. She and her husband, Ian Kennish, 46, formerly a senior director at Yahoo and now a stay-at-home dad, wanted a lakeside house near a ski mountain to spend vacations with their two children. They considered Lake Tahoe, but found it was crowded and expensive—not to mention what can be a 10-hour drive in the winter from their Hillsborough, Calif., home. Besides, Tahoe felt too much like Silicon Valley, with the same vibe and intensity. Friends suggested they check out McCall, and in 2014 the couple bought a furnished house at Whitetail, where home listings currently range from $1.2 million to $2.9 million.

Sportscaster Dick Enberg and his wife, Barbara, recently finished building this home before Mr. Enberg’s death last month.
Sportscaster Dick Enberg and his wife, Barbara, recently finished building this home before Mr. Enberg’s death last month. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Ms. Butler declined to say what they paid for their four-bedroom, 4½-bathroom, 4,700-square-foot home, only that it would have cost far more in Tahoe. The trip to their Idaho house takes about three hours—a 1½-hour flight to Boise and then a half-hour charter flight to McCall. It’s a two-hour drive from Boise.

The wallpaper with the birds was his wife’s touch, Mr. Enberg said in an interview last month.
The wallpaper with the birds was his wife’s touch, Mr. Enberg said in an interview last month. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Residents say the small, former logging town, settled in the 1880s on the shores of Payette Lake, has only changed a little in the past few decades. It’s still normal to ski all day on nearby Brundage Mountain without waiting in line, and there’s no residential mail delivery—everyone has to go to the post office. Aside from a Subway sandwich shop, there are no restaurant franchises. The inclusion of a Starbucks inside a newly remodeled Albertson’s grocery store last year was big news.

McCall’s high-end home sales have seen an uptick. Seven houses sold for more than $2 million in 2017, compared with four in 2016 and none in 2015, according to Ambre Little, executive of the Mountain Central Association of Realtors. Still, the median sales price of homes in McCall is currently $320,000—much lower than the $502,000 in Sun Valley. Some 70% of McCall’s houses are second homes, says Bob Crawford, a broker with Crawford Olson Real Estate Services.

Large new homes are sprouting up along the lake where log cabins used to sit. There is no more land available along the lake to build, and about a quarter of the lakeside homes have been built in the past two decades, says Boise-based real-estate agent April Rinehart, who sold five homes along the lake in the past year that range from $1 million to $4 million.

Ryan Stratton, 40, an accountant in Boise who spent vacations in McCall as a kid, bought in October what he says was a steal along the lake in McCall: a 1948, 2,000-square-foot log cabin for about $600,000. (It was listed at $925,000.) “McCall still feels like the place I grew up, except maybe the boats are fancier,” he says.

Whitetail Club was started by Doug Manchester, a La Jolla, Calif.-based hotel developer who currently is President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas. During the housing crisis in 2008, Mr. Manchester sold Whitetail, including the golf course and Shore Lodge hotel, to Joe Scott, grandson of the grocery magnate Joe Albertson, Rich Hormaechea of RMH Co. and John Sabala, Mr. Manchester’s son-in-law.

NBC sportscaster Heather Cox and her husband, Bill, bought a 3/4-acre lot at Whitetail Club in 2010 and built a 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bathroom vacation home.
NBC sportscaster Heather Cox and her husband, Bill, bought a 3/4-acre lot at Whitetail Club in 2010 and built a 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bathroom vacation home. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Ms. Cox, 47, in her home’s great room.
Ms. Cox, 47, in her home’s great room. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

In 2010, Mr. Scott, who grew up summering in McCall and is a bone fide Idahoan, acquired sole ownership of the club and lodge through his company Alscott Inc., although Mr. Sabala still owns a significant amount of land there. In 2016, the club bought Mr. Manchester’s former 11,000-square-foot mansion along the lake and spent about $8 million remaking it into the resort’s clubhouse.

“We wanted a place with incredible amenities for all our members,” says Dan Scott, Whitetail’s president and general manager and the half-brother of Joe Scott.

Of Whitetail’s total 233 lots, which go for between $292,000 to $1.2 million, 102 have been sold. About 50 homes have been built, including 14 cabins built as speculative houses. There are five full-time residents.

Kristi Mitchem, 47, a banking executive, and her husband, Thomas Mawhinney, 49, a venture capitalist, bought a 2.8-acre lot in 2007 in Whitetail. They declined to say what they paid for the land, but a comparable lot would cost between $1 million and $1.2 million today, according to club management. The couple then built a 14,000-square-foot home, spending about $200 a square foot—far less than what it would cost in Tahoe, Ms. Mitchem estimates.

Kristi Mitchem, 47, a banking executive, and her husband, Thomas Mawhinney, 49, a venture capitalist, bought a 2.8-acre lot in 2007 at Whitetail Club. They declined to say what they paid for the land, but a comparable lot would cost between $1 million and $1.2 million today, according to club management.
Kristi Mitchem, 47, a banking executive, and her husband, Thomas Mawhinney, 49, a venture capitalist, bought a 2.8-acre lot in 2007 at Whitetail Club. They declined to say what they paid for the land, but a comparable lot would cost between $1 million and $1.2 million today, according to club management. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The couple then built a 14,000-square-foot home, spending about $200 a square foot.
The couple then built a 14,000-square-foot home, spending about $200 a square foot. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The couple, whose main home is in Woodside, Calif., say they love the energy and buzz of the Bay Area, but they wanted somewhere to go where their children could get away from the “grit.”

Heather and Bill Cox also were looking for an antidote to Silicon Valley when they moved from Atherton, Calif., to Boise in 2000. They bought a ¾-acre lot at Whitetail in 2010 and finished a 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bathroom vacation home there in 2013.

In the summer, they and their two children, 10 and 12, golf and go waterskiing and wakeboarding. In the winter, the children are there every weekend for ski team. “It’s like a little bubble here. It’s so safe. It feels private,” says Ms. Cox, 47.

Mr. Enberg initially bought a 2-acre lot at Whitetail in 1995 for $500,000 because he was friends with Mr. Manchester. Having never built a house, he went to McCall two years ago intending to sell his land. Instead, he and his wife, Barbara, decided to build, and they recently finished a contemporary mountain house.

From left, Shawn Mitchell and Heather Mercy, with their daughter Cadence, purchased a home with Michael and Crissy Hollenbeck, pictured with their son Kai and dogs Chloe and Sandy.
From left, Shawn Mitchell and Heather Mercy, with their daughter Cadence, purchased a home with Michael and Crissy Hollenbeck, pictured with their son Kai and dogs Chloe and Sandy. PHOTO: GABE BORDER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Mr. Enberg, who was interviewed shortly before his death, said that building the house was “absolutely a romantic move on my part” and that he wanted to leave something for his children and grandkids that still felt simple and authentic.

Michael Hollenbeck, 44, a software entrepreneur, recently bought a five-bedroom, 2,288-square-foot house for $323,000 with his wife, Crissy, sister Heather Mercy, and brother-in-law Shawn Mitchell. The property features vaulted ceilings and large windows overlooking a public golf course and a pond. Mr. Hollenbeck, whose primary residence is in Boise, says the family plans to spend weekends there together and to rent the house out. There’s no sense of grandiosity, Mr. Hollenbeck says. “It’s a place where Idahoans can still hang out.”

Write to Nancy Keates at nancy.keates@wsj.com

Appeared in the January 5, 2018, print edition as ‘It’s the Real McCall.’

 

Shuttle Service to Rock Creek, Twin Creeks and Clearwater
HOLIDAY SHUTTLE SERVICE

Dear Homeowners,

We’ve received nearly 15” of snow in the last 6 days and we now have open ski terrain from the summit to the base. But, we need Mother Nature to give us one more significant storm before we can open the Rock Creek Poma or the Buttercup Chairlift.

In lieu of these lifts, our team will be offering complimentary shuttle service from the Rock Creek, Twin Creeks and Clearwater neighborhoods. The shuttle will operate daily from December 23 to January 8, or until Rock Creek Poma and the Buttercup Chairlift are opened.

If you reside in these neighborhoods, and want the shuttle to pick you up at your home or return you to your home after skiing, just call 208-325-1009 to schedule a time.

Thank you for your patience, and we hope you have a great holiday season!

Sincerely,
The Team at Tamarack Resort

TAMARACK HOMEOWNERS:  Please join us at the last house on tour, 442 Sugarloaf Place, for a Tamarack Homeowner Social sponsored by Tamarack Realty. 4pm-6:30pm.   Complimentary Appetizers and Beverages will be offered.  Take the whole tour or simply ski into this gorgeous, slope-side luxury home at the end of the ski day.

 

Come join TSMET (Tamarack Sports Mountain Eduction Team) at the Seven Devils Pub on Saturday, December 9th from 4-5pm.  Learn more about our ski program as you mingle with our administration, staff and coaches, including our world class ski coach, Barrett Stein.  Training and race schedules will be provided.  Drinks and appetizers will be provided by Tamarack Realty.   www.TMSET.org.    Follow TMSET on Facebook, look for this logo:

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WELCOME DANA BRIZEE

We are happy to announce the appointment of our new Head Chef, Dana Brizee.

Dana grew up in Twin Falls, ID, and graduated from the College of Southern Idaho. He also attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He then apprenticed in France and New York City for many years. Two of the chefs he apprenticed under were Georges Blanc and Charlie Palmer – both awarded Michelin stars.

Dana has worked in boutique restaurants and large restaurants such as Smith & Wollensky in Miami Beach. Dana was most recently working for Thomas Cuisine Management which operates the food service at the new Boise JUMP center and does offsite consulting for food service start ups.

Dana is an avid skier with a daughter at the University of Idaho. Dana began his new position this week and reports to Shari Disney.

SEVEN DEVILS | OPENING NOVEMBER 24

Seven Devils will be opening on Friday, November 24 and will operate Friday-Sunday through December 3. Then, the restaurant will open with a 7-day-a-week schedule on the resort’s projected opening day of Friday, December 8.

Operating Hours November 24 to December 3:

Fridays – 3pm to close
Saturdays – 11am to close
Sundays – 11am to close

PROOF EYEWEAR

Proof Eyewear is the Official Eyewear of Tamarack Resort, and our friends at Proof have extended a discount to homeowners. Make a purchase at www.iwantproof.com and use the code FREESTYLER55 to save 55% on your purchase.

Of course, the team from Proof Eyewear are part of the Tam Fam. You can see more of their story here.

We are often asked what the draw is to Tamarack Resort.  Perhaps it is the beautiful surroundings of the Payette River Mountain Range and the multitude of lakes, rivers and protected lands; or the masterplan of this boutique all-season resort with over $600MM in infrastructure including gorgeous architecture throughout, yet well planned conservation of the healthy forest in which it lies; the well built properties by the previous Developer and many magnificent luxury custom homes nestled throughout creeks that sit slope side or on brilliantly designed ski access trails; maybe it is the rare and unique access to a great ski mountain, a well designed Robert Trent Jones Jr Golf Course, miles of vast downhill and cross country trails, and a 21 mile long lake reaching 80 degrees in the summer, and still skiable in late October.  But yet, those who come and stay awhile get it.  It’s this weird thing coined the Tam Fam.  From homeowners to employees, this Tam Fam attitude of love for the resort, graciousness and respect towards one another, the desire to live life and love life…they have all humbly stepped up throughout the difficult young years of this resort to ensure the legacy will continue from their hard work, dedication and  sacrifice.   There’s nothing quite like this.  Just ask any homeowner or employee of Tamarack Resort.  If fact, take a look at this sincere and heart felt testimony from Miles and Cristy who just upgraded from their two bedroom townhome to a three bedroom chalet. Click on this IMG link below to see their video:

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