Trinkie Watson & David Gemme were recently featured in an article on the Haute Residence website. Article is entitled Life On The Lake: Realtors Trinkie Watson & David Gemme’s Take on Tahoe Real Estate and was written by Michael V. Hefty and published on September 14, 2012. The article is a series of questions about the Lake Tahoe real estate market including information on local amenities and other insights on what makes Lake Tahoe such a great destination. Click on the link to read entire article.

Life On The Lake: Realtors Trinkie Watson & David Gemme’s Take on Tahoe Real Estate

Article by: Michael V. Hefty

Here are a few questions we posed to sales team Trinkie Watson & David Gemme’ on the Lake Tahoe Real Estate Market, the amenities provided in the area, and insights on the qualities that draw buyers here.

What local amenities does this area have to offer (parks, community center, recreation programs)?

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.

Can you describe the local school system, and what type of education children get here (private, public, charter – focus on sports, the arts, etc.)? 

 There are 11 schools located within the 720 sq 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.

What is the community culture like (i.e. private, gated, urban, diverse, etc)

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.

 What is transportation like to the area’s major surrounding cities, or within the city?

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.

Is there a strong political presence or community leader involvement in this area?

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.

Are there any local traditions that bring the community together? (sports events, charity events, sales, holiday celebrations)?

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.

What is the job market like or major industries that are at the core of this area?

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.

What are some thriving small local businesses that make an impact in the community?

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.

What are the local property taxes like and what other financial responsibilities should a property owner in this area be prepared for?

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.

Please note any Key Listings you have in your area:

4480 N Lake Blvd Carnelian Bay, Ca.

Huggy Bear Lodge – stone & cedar delight with lake views from every room.  Granite floors and fireplaces, carpeted bedrooms. One step into home, then lift access through home to pier; one handicapped-friendly shower.  Beautiful details, max use of spaces, Smart Home, hydronic heat, lots of windows, family room with fireplace and wet bar, Sundeck on deep water pier with 10,000# lift under, 2 buoys.  Surround sound, imported fixtures, Huggy Bear cabinets, Alder finishes, 9-bed bunk room.  Gracious, practical




4812-26 N Lake Blvd Carnelian Bay, Ca. 

Opportunity!  200′ on water, pier, 2-bay boathouse, 3 lifts (2 in, 1 out), 4 buoys.  1986 6-bedroom, 5.5 bath main; 1920s? 3/2 charming cabin with lots of light. Path between the homes that are on 2 parcels. Lovely trees, natural landscaping.  2 decks on main, 1 on cabin; wood burning fireplace in cabin; Regency wood stove in main.  BMPs complete.  Pine wainscotting, ceilings, skylites.  6th BR is large bunk room, may not be square footage of 2,395.  Cabin=1,698 sf. Properties may be avail. separately.



6203 N Lake Blvd Agate Bay, Ca.

Beautiful Loverde Residence Faces Straight South Down Lake Tahoe For All-day Sun And Gorgeous Sunrises And Sunsets.  Enjoy Private Pier With Two Buoys And Williamson Lift.  Light Alder Wainscotting, Doors, Trim; Lots Of Windows, Skylights; Riparian Water Rights For Irrigation; Freeze-alarms In Bathrooms;gas Stubs For Firepit; Wired For Outside Hot Tub; Eagle Windows.  Granite Counters, Ka Appliances, Inst. Hot Water.  Agate Bay Stone From Site; Quartzite Main Floor And Patios..






10315 Hirschdale Rd Truckee, Ca.

Fisherman’s dream!  Opp. to have 3000′ on the Truckee River with fabulous swimming hole.  Add main home; 1200 sf. new view guest w/Alder doors & trim, stained concrete floor.  450 sf. studio cabin w/ woodstove, cabinets, phone; insul. dog house; 5000 sf. insulated metal barn/shop w/4 overhead doors, plumb. for bathroom;10 x 16′ day cabin insul., wired;pump house;gravel pit; road and trails through property, lovely river-side camp/cocktail/bbq spot.  Views to Mt. Rose, east and south.  Underground elec, phone


11645 Alder Hill Road, CA. 

Privacy, tranquility! Green features abound in this Rammed Earth home. Kitchen is envy of our professional chefs. Handicapped friendly with full concrete floors, wide doors, no steps. Hydronic geo-thermal fired heat, planted roof, 24″ thick walls, passive solar, high technology functions, low maintenance, fenced and landscaped lawn/garden with pond, robot mower, Bocce Ball court, trail to historic downtown.




8797 Rubicon Meeks Bay, CA

Lovely Rubicon Properties lakefront with  State Lands permitted private pier, HOA assigned buoy. 8,855 sq. ft. of approved TRPA coverage for great re-do opportunity.  Current cabin has 5 BR, 4 BA, with two suites having separate access at lower level.  Great views, big windows, large main deck for entertaining, covered patio below.  Gorgeous sandy beach.  Lovely trees, gentle slope from home to lake by wood path/stairs.  About 100′ on water. RENTED MOST OF SUMMER;24 HR NOTICE TO SHOW.



242 Four Ring Rd Meeks Bay, Ca.

Beautiful Rubicon Beach with long stretch of white sand.  Peaceful, serene setting way off the main road.  Bathrooms recently remodeled.  100′ on the water.  Tahoe’s yesteryear.   Comfortable home, popular rental through owner.   Also being offered as 1/2 Tenants-in-common interest – $2,950,000 – which seller would prefer.  BMPs complete.  See MLS#20102718





4000 West Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, Ca. #22

Beautifully remodeled corner unit with lots of light.  Relax on your deck or in your living room with an expansive view of Lake Tahoe, lovely lawn and lupine field.  Walk a short distance across the lawn to the HOA pier or pool and tennis courts.  Interior upgrades include Alder doors and trim, granite counters and stainless steel appliances.  It’s a short stroll into Tahoe City for services, shopping and dining.  Get your morning coffee on the way!




4000 West Lake Blvd, Tahoe City Ca. #10

Right on the water with your boat slip just outside the door.  You can almost touch the lake from the living room and kitchen/breakfast area.  Lovely lakeside master upstairs with three large guest suites.  Den or 5th bedroom with fireplace and full bath on main level.  High ceilings, light & bright, planked oak floors, woven copper cabinet inserts, wet bar & fireplace in living room, patio with BBQ. Marina, Boat House (club house), Yacht Club (meeting rm.), pool, tennis, bocce, onsite mgmt, 24 hr. security




11080 Laurelwood Truckee, Ca.

Relax amid the pines in this well-appointed residence, 1 of 11 small acreage parcels located close to the Town of Truckee, middle school, and 18-hole Jack Nicholas Signature golf course. Main level contains public rooms (living room with large custom gas fireplace,dining room, kitchen/breakfast area, media room), master suite, laundry, powder room and a guest suite. Two more bedrooms and a bath located upstairs. Lovely finishes, decks, patio. Bonus areas.




5568 N. Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, Ca.

Large And Wonderful Remodeled Home With Buoy, Swim Platform And Lawn To Lake.  Great Rental History And Commitments Through Next Summer That Need To Be Honored.  Light, Bright And Spacious. Separate But Attached Guest Wing, 4-car Garage With Separate Bay.  Main: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Ba(with Master) Up; 3 Br, 2 Ba, Living Room W / Fireplace, Game Room With Fireplace, Down. Guest:2 Br, Ba, Living Room With Fireplace, Deck.  Parking For 3 Cars.  Long Driveway From Street.. .

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