The A-frame holds a special place in our architectural hearts here at Curbed Ski. Maybe it's the classic 1960s styling or the iconic sleeping loft, but there's something about the quirky A-frame that harkens back to the days when skiing was simpler and a heck of a lot cheaper. This just-listed property in Big Bear, California is a remodeled version of what succeeded so well back in the day; namely things like high-beamed ceilings, a deck, and inviting communal gathering space. But the blend of modern touches like the freestanding kiva-style fireplace and classic A-frame design (that wagon wheel!) make this listing leaps and bounds better than some of the untouched A-frames on the market. This 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath house clocks in at 1,344 square feet and sits on a healthy 8,320-square-foot lot, so there's room for friends if people don't mind getting cozy. And with skiing at Bear Mountain 10 minutes away, the $289,000 house (game room included!) will allow you to live out those dreams of owning a piece of ski country, but without the million dollar price tag.
· 1047 Antelope Mountain Drive, Big Bear, CA [Estately]