Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its depth is 1,645 feet, (making it the second-deepest in the United States). The lake was formed about 2 million years ago and is a part of the Lake Tahoe Basin, with the modern lake being shaped during the ice ages. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides.

For many years following Tahoe’s discovery, the area was virtually ignored. In 1859, however, the Comstock Lode was discovered in Virginia City, Nevada. During the 1860s, Tahoe became the center of commerce involving the silver mines in Virginia City and the Central Pacific Railroad (which was pushing over the Sierra toward the town of Truckee).

lake Tahoe is so many things, but it is never the same thing twice. The same thundering waterfall in spring can become a trickle through a golden Aspen grove in fall. In the winter it becomes your favorite double black diamond, aptly named “waterfall”. It is a balloon ride not just over the Jewel of the Sierra, but over dozens of other majestic alpine lakes. It is a hike to any of these lakes. It is the Lake itself. It is wilderness areas with no motorized access of any kind. And next to that you will find some of the best Jeep trails anywhere. It is a region known around the globe for it’s world call skiing.

The sapphire blue waters present opportunities for fun and recreation wherever you loo. Summer brings fishing, swimming, boating jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing, SUP, wind surfing, kite boarding and miles of shoreline and beautiful beaches of black and tan sand. The 72 mile drive around the lake is among the world’s most beautiful. The view from any of the peaks surrounding the lake is simply spectacular. For those not looking for a hike of any difficulty, the Gondola at Heavenly provides spectacular views.

Winter brings a white coat to the blue world. The attention moves from the beaches to the mountains, from the lakes to the backcountry. The region is dotted with first class ski resorts and the backcountry shows up in more ski and snowboard films than most any other location. The south and north shore have recently added much more slopeside accomodations, working hard to obtain the elusive ski village atmosphere.

West Shore, CA —Considered the “Magical West Shore” by many, there are wonderful cabins and homes among the pines. Some communities have access to lakefront amenities, others are close to beautiful hiking trails.  Sunnyside, Firesign, West Shore Café and Swiss Lakewood Lodge are favorite restaurants.  Bike trail from Sugar Pine Point Park to Tahoe City.

North Shore, CA —More great cabins and homes between Tahoe City and Stateline, Wolfdale’s, Christy Hill, Jake’s, and Garwood’s are among the popular watering holes.

Incline Village & Crystal Bay, NV —This is a very popular location for those qualified to create primary homes with no personal income tax.  It includes a planned community with private beaches and discounts for two golf courses, ski hill, tennis courts and rec center.

East Shore, NV —A beautiful stretch of the lake with least number of homes as most of land belongs to the State.


Local Amenities

Lake Tahoe: Rideout Community Center, Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, North Tahoe Arts Center, Commons Beach, 64 Acres Park, Chambers Beach, Coon Street Boat Launch and Picnic Area, Kilner Park, Kings Beach State Recreation Area, Lake Forest Beach Park, Moondunes Beach, North Tahoe Beach, Patton Beach/Carnelian Bay, Pomin Park, Sand Harbor, Sandy Beach, Secline Beach, Skylandia Park and Beach, Tahoe Vista Recreation Area, D.L. Bliss State Park,Elizabeth Williams Park,Emerald Bay, Meeks Bay Resort and Marina, Kaspian Recreation Area, Sugar Pine Point State Park, North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, Tahoe Maritime Museum, Truckee Donner Historical Society

Truckee & Surrounding: Girls on the Run Sierras, Younglife Truckee, Barcelona Norcal Truckee-Tahoe, Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation Department, Donner Memorial State Park, Bill Rose Park, Floriston Park, Glenshire Park, Meadow Park, Riverview Sports Park, Shoreline Park, Truckee Donner Regional Park, West End Beach at Donner Lake, Community Arts Center, Community Swimming Pool, Donner Lake Boat Ramp, Donner Lake Public Piers, Veterans Hall Building, Donner Summit Historical Society, Sierra Club

Local School System

There are 11 schools located within the 720 square mile attendance area. Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Elementary School K-5th; Donner Trail, Glenshire & Truckee, Middle School 6th-8th; Alder Creek Middle School and High School 9th-12th; Sierra and Truckee. Charter Schools: Forest, Twin Ridges, Sierra Expeditionary Learning School and Coldstream Alternative School.  Private Schools (focus on academics and skiing and snowboarding): Custom Learning Academy, Squaw Valley Academy, Sugar Bowl Academy.  College: Sierra College and Sierra Nevada College.

Community Culture

A top vacation destination-Truckee Tahoe area: Your friends are your family and recreation is everyone’s top priority.  Preserving nature, our lakes/streams/rivers while incorporating green-minded activities, events, etc. There are upscale areas with price tags up to $25 million all the way down to mobile home parks and low income apartments. There are gated communities, Golf Communities, Lakefront, etc.

Local Transportation

Air Access: Reno/Tahoe Airport (40 miles from Truckee), Truckee Tahoe Airport. Rail Access: Truckee Train Depot. Bus Access: T.A.R.T. (Truckee Area Regional Transit), Greyhound, Amtrack, Truckee Transit/Town of Truckee, Ski Shuttles, Dial A Ride, North Lake Tahoe Express. Taxi Service: Anytime Taxi, Bluebird Taxi, High Sierra Taxi and North Tahoe Checker Cab. Limousine Service: Bell Limo/Airport Mini Bus, Reno-Tahoe Limousine & Shuttle Service, Sunset Limo, Truckee Tahoe Transportation.

Community Politics

Truckee Town Council: Joan deRyk Jones-Mayor, Barbara Green-Vice Mayor. There are several non-profit organizations in the area that North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Sierra Business Council, Tahoe Regional Planning Authority, League to Save Lake Tahoe, Lakefront Owners Association, Sierra Club, Sierra Green Building Association, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, Truckee River Watershed Council, High Fives, For Goodness Sake,Tahoe Truckee Volunteer Connection, Keep Sierra Green. Healthcare is a large part of the community: New Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.

Local Traditions

DOGS!  The Lake Tahoe and Truckee community have a love for dogs.

Truckee 4th of July Parade and Fireworks Show. Lake Tahoe Red, White and Tahoe Blue week long 4th of July celebration. Lake Tahoe Restaurant Week in July. Tahoe-Truckee wide Snowfest in March. Tahoe-Truckee Farmer’s Market’s from Spring to Fall. Tahoe-Truckee wide Summer Music and Movie series. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in August. Truckee-Tahoe Championship Rodeo in August. Fall Harvest Festival in Tahoe City.  Haunted Streets Halloween celebration in Truckee-Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley in October. Tahoe-Truckee wide Arts & Crafts/Food & Wine Festival in September.

Job Market/Industries

50% of population are in the service industry, 15% construction, 10% finance/real estate, 5% public administration, 10% retail/trade.  Major employer: Ski Areas, Clear Capital, Golf Courses/Clubs, Grocery Stores, Schools, Health Care, Lumber Co, Sanitation.

Thriving Small Local Businesses

Sierra Business Council, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association-North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Merchant Association & Restaurants all for the Buy Local program.

Local Property Taxes/Financial Responsibilities for Property Owners

Property tax is .012% of purchase price.  Others: 1/2 Title and Escrow fees, County Transfer tax, HOA transfer fee and/or doc prep fee, Prorated HOA dues, utilities/snow removal/landscaping bills, appraisal fee, inspections