In a subdivision called Paradise Lakes Estates, you’d imagine the ski lake homes would be pretty opulent — but this pad’s lavish features are completely off the charts. But what else would you expect from the dream ski lake home of a longtime skier and architect? Art Border designed this ski lake home as a weekend getaway where he and his family could escape the nearby Los Angeles crowds and enjoy a little quality time on the water with their Ski Nautique. Completed in 2008, the house sits on the shores of a tournament ski lake with stunning views of the Tehachapi Mountains and access to a private airport. Even better, the four-bedroom, five-bathroom palace features the latest in sustainable technology — solar power in the house and boat lift, an artificial lawn, motorized window shades, energy-efficient appliances — so the lucky occupants can live in the lap of luxury without leaving a massive carbon footprint.
What: A two-story house with four bedrooms, five bathrooms and a five-car garage. The second story features a covered patio and sun deck linked by a spiral staircase. The boat dock includes a sheltered slip with a raised observation deck and dive platform. Total living area is 3,352 square feet.
Where: 4608 Emerald Bay Dr., Arvin, CA 93203 (roughly an hour and a half north of Los Angeles)
Who: Architect Art Border, his wife, two children and two
How much: $1.7 million
They said: “With the birth of my first two grandchildren, I’ve experienced the blessing of seeing my family’s favorite hobby span to its third generation at our new lake house. The home is the perfect oasis, where both young and old can get away from the urban grind and share a little paradise.” — Art Border