It is fairly seasonal with the major season being Winter, but Summer is also busy with hiking, biking and fishing. Spring is often an extension of Winter as the ski season can last into June some years.
I'd say the quietest time is Fall, also one of the cheapest times to visit if you are looking for property in the area.... more
The term "Best" is a bit of a subjective term, but I will assume it to mean closest to ski access:
For Luxury Homes, Juniper Ridge, Grayhawk and Altis are very close to ski access and most have views to complement their great locations.
Other Neighborhoods such as Majestic Pines, Mammoth Slopes, Mammoth Knolls and Timber Ridge Estates are within walking distance to the various ski access points. I've included Mammoth Knolls only because it is relatively close to the Village at Mammoth and the Ski Gondola. It is also close to the ski-back trail at the Village at Mammoth.
As far as condominiums, there is a large list having good proximity to ski access: White Mountain Lodge, Lincoln House, Grand Sierra Lodge, Westin Monoche, Juniper Springs Lodge, Eagle Run, Sunstone, Summit, 1849 Condominiums, Snowbird, Sierra Megeve, Silver Bear, St. Anton, Chamonix, Mammoth Fireside Mammoth Estates, and many more. Attached is a link to help you find properties near ski facilities:... more
This is a very good question and one that comes up frequently in Mammoth Lakes. Many people purchase a single family home with the expectation they will use it part time and then rent the home on a nightly basis as a means of off setting their mortgage payment. The fact of the mate is owners of property in "Resort" zoned areas may rent their homes on a nightly basis. There are not a significant number of homes available in Mammoth Lakes with this specific zoning, therefore homes affording nightly rentals are somewhat limited.
Homes in RMF zoned areas may get a special permit from the Town of Mammoth Lakes in order to rent on a nightly basis.
Owners renting any property on a nightly basis need to treat the rental like a business and must get a Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Certificate from the Town of Mammoth Lakes. They must also file for a business licenses and remit a 13% TOT fee to the Town of Mammoth Lakes on a monthly basis. This can be done electronically as a convenience for those not living in the area.
I've attached a link to the Town of Mammoth Lakes for your convenience... more
I forgot to add that there is also a hotel planned for the area just between the 8050 building and Fireside at the Village, this hotel is currently being called "The Inn at the Village" and it is currently undergoing a subsequent Environmental Impact Review through the Town of Mammoth Lakes.... more