1849 Mountain Rentals
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About 1849 Mountain Rentals

1849 Mountain Rentals’ began in 1984, and its roots are steeped in Mammoth Lakes history. The name stems from the organization’s start as the 1849 Condos’ reservation company. Its program has now expanded to feature multiple property complexes bordering Mammoth Mountain’s Canyon Lodge.

The History of 1849 Condos

1849 Condos was named after the year of the California Gold Rush. It also gives a nod to Mammoth Lakes’ beginnings (and brief duration) as a gold mining town. The condominium complex also lends itself to Eastern Sierra history. In 1974, 1849 Condos’ The Lodge (or Phase 1) was a unique building architecturally. The concrete structure was the first of its kind. It was developed by Dennis “Pancho” McCoy, Dave McCoy’s (founder of Mammoth Mountain) 3rd oldest son, after his tenure as a Downhill competitor in the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. The Lodge (Phase 1) was originally part of a proposal intended to develop a condo complex encompassing several condo “towers” extending from the location of The Lodge (Phase 1) down Lakeview Boulevard to the first stop sign. The property plans included a train that would take skiers up the hill to Mammoth Mountain’s Canyon Lodge. Local 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Andrea Mead Lawrence, led action to stop the development, comparing the project to the “Great Wall of China.”

The original cost of a two-bedroom unit was $39,000. The cost of a three-bedroom was $45,000. In the development stages, the prices were $10,000 more than other complexes in Mammoth Lakes, and it’s told that buyers commented that they were aware that the price wasn’t substantiated. The proximity to skiing and the connection to the McCoys made a strong enough argument. Subsequently, Dave McCoy also purchased a unit at 1849 Condos and called it “home” for over ten years. He resided in the complex’s only penthouse, unit 410.

In 1984, Phase 2 (now called the Townhomes) was developed. The 1849 Condo complex remains the largest and most prominent complex in the Canyon Lodge area in Mammoth Lakes and is still revered for its proximity to the slopes.

Changing Phase 1 to The Lodge and Phase 2 to Townhomes

As time went on, the names, “Phase 1 and Phase 2,” didn’t hold the significance as they once had, and new owners felt the names were a nebulous description of their cherished mountain homes. In 2019, the homeowners voted on new titles that they thought best described their mountain oasis. And so now Phase 1 is referred to as The Lodge and Phase 2 is referred to as the Townhomes. 

Written by Whitney Lennon, as told by Bob Tanner, former General Manager of 1849 Condos.

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Info@1849MountainRentals.com(760) 934-7525
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826 Lakeview Blvd (POB 835)
Mammoth Lakes, California
93546
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