Looks like Splunk cofounder Erik Swan and his wife Julie are singing a swan song, if you will, when it comes to their swank High Sierra lifestyle. Now up for grabs at $15.5 million is the couple’s Lake Tahoe home, which is tucked away in a highly affluent golf and ski neighborhood nestled between the historic town of Truckee and Lake Tahoe’s north shore. Records reveal they paid “just” $5.4 million for the place back in 2012 when it was newly built — but the area’s desirability has grown considerably since then, and they’ve also upgraded and improved the house as only the one-percent of the one-percenters can do, decking it out with everything from a skate park to a rock climbing wall.
Sited on a double lot that spans nearly 3 acres in the exclusive and guard-gated Martis Camp community — featuring private ski-lift access, an award-winning Tom Fazio-designed golf course, clubby beach shack on Lake Tahoe, a full-service spa and more — the Swans’ cedar-and-stone-clad dwelling was designed by Zak Architecture and Walton Architecture + Engineering, and completed by Jim Morrison Construction in 2012.
A lengthy paved driveway rounds a stone wall before emptying into a paved motorcourt and massive garage, which flank the six-bedroom, eight-bath main house. Inside, the 9,000-square-foot mansion sports wide-plank hickory floors finished with black walnut, teak cabinetry, natural stone countertops, Ann Sacks tiles and custom lighting throughout. There’s also a “nightclub-grade studio sound system” with concert speakers, per the listing, and Control4 home automation and Lutron lighting systems.
All of the expected amenities are in play here: a great room with fireplace, formal dining area, and gourmet kitchen outfitted with a spacious eat-in island, plus top-of-the-line Wolf, Sub-Zero, Miele and Bosch appliances. Floor-to-ceiling walls of glass drink in mesmerizing views of Martis Valley, Mount Rose and the Carson Range beyond. The lower level packs in a media/game room, kitchenette, wet bar and two bedrooms — one of them with bespoke bunk beds.
Upstairs, a duo of hallways on either side of the main living space leads to separate two-story master suites; both have sleeping quarters upstairs, plus a sizable room below that can be used as an office, gym, studio, library or bedroom, per the listing.
But outdoors is where the real magic happens. A series of verandas medander through gardens and descend past a skate park, built-in trampoline, granite hot tub and picturesque manmade creek abutting a waterfall. There’s also a wooden deck with a firepit, barbecue bay, lounge and al fresco dining area. Beneath all of this lies a 2,055-square-foot, one-bedroom guesthouse equipped with a full kitchen, and an 1,800-square-foot garage below the guesthouse — accessible via stairs, a custom glass elevator or rock-climbing wall — with its own soaring ceilings, epoxy floors and “scissor-lift” doors.
Though they’re longtime Silicon Valley locals, the Swans now appear to reside primarily in Malibu. In addition to their Lake Tahoe spread, the couple still owns a lavish estate atop a prime bluff in Malibu’s celeb-studded Point Dume neighborhood, purchased for $17.7 million in 2016. (That house, incidentally, was featured prominently in the Pierce Brosnan film “Some Kind of Beautiful.”) In 2015, the Swans paid Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber $13.3 million for another Point Dume house that was sold three years later to Walmart heir Steuart Walton for $14 million.
A tenured technology exec, Swan likely is best known for cofounding and serving as CTO of the publicly traded, San Francisco-based company Splunk, a leading software platform for analyzing machine-generated data. He now acts solely an adviser to Splunk, which has a current market cap in excess of $24 billion.
Jonas Mikals of Martis Camp Realty holds the Lake Tahoe listing.