This is the story of how/why we got here.
Linda first took Gary up to the Graeagle are in Aug, 1993. She knew the area from her time there as child visiting with her family. (Click HERE for the history on this). They were pregnant with their first born, Alanna Jean. They stayed at White Sulfur Springs Ranch (WSSR) right on route 89. Gary became intrigued with the area but it wasn’t until later that the magic really set in.
In future years, they continued to stay at the Ranch in the summers until the owners decided to sell. What happened next to While Sulfur Springs can be found HERE.
Occasionally they had dinners at Gray Eagle Lodge (GEL) in the lakes basic area. When WSSR shut down, the decided to stay at GEL one year. Alanna was six and Claire was only three. Cool streams, a waterfall, fabulous food and great company. They even had a game room for the kids. This continued every summer and slowly, they started to bring other families with them. This became a summer tradition. Each year they would visit the lakes, hike, kayak, play golf and go horseback riding.
Gary’s fascination with the area grew and one year while visiting with Linda’s family in October at the Feather River Inn, they started talking about buying property in the area.
Finally in 2005, they found a parcel of land they liked in a subdivision called Gold Ridge. It was an odd shaped piece but it would do. This was just before the start of the “great recession” and property (and housing in general) was at a premium all over the country; Graeagle was no exception. They paid top dollar – but they were “in”. Just needed to build the home…sometime in the future.
The real story about that piece of property (lot #10 in Gold Ridge subdivision 3) was that it wasn’t their favorite – just that it was available. Their favorite was two lots over, #8. To them, it was the premiere piece of land in that area. Straight at the end of the cul de sac with a hill and view. However, it was not for sale and owned by another family. Until…
…their neighbors (Rick and Chris Bugna) devised a “land swap” scheme. They purchased lot #8 from the owners who opted not to build there. What they wanted was lot #10 as an extended property. So the Russells and Bugnas sold each other their respective properties – the Gold Ridge land swap of 2011. It was at then the momentum to build really got going.
In Jan, 2018 Gary/Linda contracted with John Berg to design the plans and do the drawings. John just happened to be their neighbor in Gold Ridge and had just sold his home. John knew all about the area having built his own home there. While Gary/Linda were sorry to see John and his wife Kim leave, they felt good about John designing the home as legacy to the area. Linda did much of the design work with John and the plans were completed in April, 2018. Gary/Linda contracted with Wed Boyd (John’s partner) to serve as GC.
The plans were submitted to Plumas County in July.
Below are a series of pictures of our trips through the years with various friends.
From previous years…