Reno/Lake Tahoe is one of the few places you can still see the country, or rediscover the sky, valleys and mountain ranges that hold some of our country’s most significant history.

It’s a place to call home; where you can broaden your horizons, build a new business, and experience recreation like you never have before. Once known as the “wild west” and famous for its historical mining era, the High Sierra is still one of the few places that offers a gold mine of opportunities.

Carnelian Bay

A unique place to live. . . Surrounded by National Forest land, quiet Carnelian Bay sits on the North Shore in Placer County. If you’re searching for a special home–your quest is over.

The Lifestyle: Dotted with boats, Carnelian Bay captures the hearts of people who live here in the woods by the water.

Neighborhood Features: Close by Agate Bay subdivision was once home to the Agate Bay Hotel before it was destroyed by the fire in 1940.

Hot Spot: If you live here, Sierra Boat Company will feel like family. It hosts the Tahoe Yacht Club’s annual Wooden Boat Show. Not only will you like the easy livin’, but you’ll love the Carnelian Bay restaurants and boat charters.

Best Homes: Woodsy neighborhoods in Agate Bay are attractive because of the Sun Club pier, pool, and tennis courts. Lakefront estates…some original, some restored, some new…are visible from the road. Also Carnelian Heights is also another favorite spot which offers both new and older homes.

Fallen Leaf Lake

A serene place to live… Fallen Leaf Lake, near South Lake Tahoe, is your ideal destination. This historic community is found in El Dorado County off Highway 89.

The Lifestyle: About 400 seasonal residents savor the dramatic scenery and sense of “Old Tahoe”, the way life used to be. Winters are especially quiet and peaceful for the vacation community.

Neighborhood Features: A general store, marina, and community area are operated during the summer months.Yet all the conveniences of shopping, restaurants and nightlife are just a short drive away in South Lake Tahoe.

Hot Spot: Fallen Leaf is a gateway to Desolation Wilderness, a popular back country area, and Taylor Creek, its outflow, is a renowned Kokanee Salmon spawning grounds in the fall.

Best Homes: Rustic 1920’s cabins with million dollar views, lakefront estates, and modern day homes with classic architectural styling are blended harmoniously in this unique community. The Lodge at Fallen Leaf Lake boasts 35 new luxury homes with underground utilities and a naturally landscaped common area.


A magical place to live. . . Picture clear, dazzling blue water surrounded by majestic mountains. On the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, in Placer County lies a quiet place…natural perfection.

The Lifestyle: If you settle in this small, unincorporated prime area rich in nature coupled with nearby civilization–you won’t be alone. In fact, in the humble opinion of many West Shore residents, Homewood is one of the prime areas in all of Lake Tahoe.

Neighborhood Features: You can’t miss charming Obexer’s Market where locals gather for morning coffee. Nearby is Tahoma, a small community that has a big heart enjoyed by its locals.

Hot Spot: You can spoil yourself by living in close proximity to Homewood’s Ski Area and marina, the new-in-summer 2003 West Shore Cafe/Boutique Hotel, and Homewood Hardware.

Best Homes: Just to the north is Fleur de Lac, 22 elegant town homes built on the old Henry J. Kaiser estate touted for scenes filmed for The Godfather, Part II. Homewood and Tahoma feature modest to luxury lakefront homes and charming woodsy cabins bordering natural hiking trails.


A beautiful place to live. . . Welcome to the West Shore’s Rubicon in El Dorado County, North of South Lake Tahoe. It’s in this small enclave that you’ll find a grand paradise with gorgeous setting that takes your breath away time after time.

The Lifestyle: If you want beauty-look no farther…from the panoramic views of Lake Tahoe to the powerful Sierra. Join the people who reside here in Rubicon and enjoy Mother Nature’s finest work season to season.

Neighborhood Features: You’ll be surrounded by picture-postcard places such as Emerald Bay and Bliss State Park, which is about 8 miles north of South Lake Tahoe, and stunning private and public beaches.

Hot Spot: Rubicon Point is where the cobalt blue hues of Lake Tahoe’s deepest point plunges 1,411 feet below the shoreline.

Best Homes: Discover the exclusive mountain homes of Rubicon Hills and Palisades nestled in the forested hills above Rubicon Bay. You’ll also find some of Tahoe’s most prestigious estates along the beautiful sandy beach appropriately coined “Gold Coast.”

Sierra Valley

A rural place to live. . . Just 25 miles north of Truckee on Highway 89, the 100,000 acre Sierra Valley in Plumas-Sierra County, is the largest alpine valley in North America. And you’ll find out that it has a genuine small town country feel.

The Lifestyle: Crave a slow-paced, family-type lifestyle without being on the fast track? Its laid-back residents do just that. And note, a mere 3,000 people are in the entire Sierra County.

Neighborhood Features: Welcome to wide open spaces peppered with cattle in summer, and roadside cafes. But your big city neighbor, Reno, Nevada…a major shopping and international airport hub with gaming, is within an hour’s drive. Just north on Highway 89, golf communities of Graeagle, Whitehawk and Gold Mountain continue to flourish.

Hot Spot: Stands of shimmering cottonwood and aspen, and sprawling pastures offer a tranquil sight to homeowners and travelers. Rare bird-watching is a phenomenon here, too. Landlubbers can rejoice because Sierra County (especially in the Sierra Buttes Lakes Basin Recreation area), offers camping, fishing, hiking and other activities in a peaceful setting.

Best Homes: Modest homes are available in Sierraville, Calpine, Loyalton and Portola, where gentleman’s ranches are scattered between larger working ranches.

South Lake Tahoe Homes

A fun place to live. . . If you like sunny beaches, ski resorts, and hiking trails, the South Shore is your dream home come-true. Located in El Dorado County, this “mountain city” graces 26 square miles surrounding the Nevada-Stateline.

The Lifestyle: More than 29,000 outdoor-loving residents of all ages enjoy schools, museums and Lake Tahoe Community College, fine dining and a variety of entertainment.

Neighborhood Features: Unique areas include Al Tahoe, Bijou Pines, Lakeside, Tahoe Keys, Tahoe Valley; and outlying county rural areas are Christmas Valley, Meyers, and Tahoe Paradise.

Hot Spot: Skiing anyone? You’ll find challenging slopes at Heavenly, Kirkwood and Sierra-at-Tahoe; and lake activities are plentiful. Or shop on Lake Tahoe Boulevard, full of enchanting restaurants…Enjoy the facelift of South Lake Tahoe and Stateline’s joint $750 million Park Plaza efforts…including a gondola serving Heavenly, Stateline’s casino corridor and the new multiplex movie theater, and ice skating rink. And four major casinos including Harrah’s and Harveys, and nightclubs keep the young at heart smiling.

Best Homes: Take your pick between rustic cabins in Bijou to elegant lakefront homes in Tahoe Keys, Lake Tahoe’s only inland marina, and much more.

Squaw Valley

A superb place to live. . . Located 5 miles west of Tahoe City in Placer County, this historic valley (once home of summering Indians and Basque sheep herders) is renowned for its world-class recreation and spectacular views.

The Lifestyle: Want to find a scenic getaway forever? You’ll find its permanent residents are under the spell of a magnificent valley that provides year-round recreation for everyone.

Neighborhood Features: The valley is surrounded by majestic peaks that tower up to 9,000 feet-a noble experience. You’re only 10 minutes from Lake Tahoe-another area full of outdoor fun.

Hot Spot: Squaw Valley USA hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, and continuing progressive expansion makes it a popular place to ski. Another special highlight is the new Village at Squaw Valley. An aerial tram whisks you 2,000 vertical feet to remarkable views, restaurants, and hundreds of acres of skiable terrain. Squaw Valley also features the elegant Resort at Squaw Creek with an 18-hole golf course, restaurants, and shops. Squaw Valley Stables, and Elevation 8,200 Swim and Tennis Club will also amuse you in the summertime.

Best Homes: You will find that a marvelous cosmopolitan European flair still exists in the homes and condos.

Tahoe City

A lovely place to live. . . Looking for an old-fashioned town? Located in Placer County, this North Shore treasure is a perfect find for you.

The Lifestyle: Its residents enjoy Tahoe City with a small town feel.

Neighborhood Features: Less than two miles from Tahoe City along Lake Tahoe’s calm West Shore lies Sunnyside Marina and Resort, known for its lakeside dining, jazz on the deck and local’s watering hole. This historical landmark was built in 1907, and is a popular summertime destination with boats galore. Dollar Point to the East is another enchanting residential area which boasts a beach, pier, tennis courts and clubhouse for its home owners. Experience the town’s nearby ski resorts: Homewood, Alpine Meadows, and Squaw Valley.

Hot Spot: And forget commutes. Boats are a favorite mode of transportation. Enjoy walking on new sidewalks along Tahoe City’s downtown businesses, shops and cafes.

Best Homes: Ever-popular lakefront vacation destination Tahoe Tavern was the Lake’s first condominium complex. Elegant lakefront homes dot the shoreline from Dollar Point to Sunnyside Marina and Resort.


A charming place to live. . . At the crossroads of Intersate 80 and Highways 89 and 267, historic Truckee in Nevada County greets you. This incorporated little town has a whole lot of charm. You can’t help but stop and admire its surrounding snow-capped mountains and meadows.

The Lifestyle: More than 11,000 recreation-loving people, from families to retirees, love the small town atmosphere. Despite its small size, it has its own airport, schools, and hospital.

Neighborhood Features: Surrounding neighborhoods include Donner Lake, Gateway, Glenshire, Tahoe Donner and Lahontan.

Hot Spot: History buff? You’ll love charming downtown’s Commercial Row’s speciality shops, an historic hotel, and hip restaurants…many in buildings that date back to the 19th century. Donner State Park hosts a memorial to the ill-fated Donner party.

Best Homes: Nearby exclusive Lahontan, a gated private golf course community has created a stir on the local real estate front with its trademark multimillion dollar homes. Northstar-at-Tahoe continues its expansion with new home prices soaring over $1 million. And permanent residents continue to flock to well-established Tahoe Donner.