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Beach Area Neighborhoods
Most visitors to the Lake Tahoe area are not even aware of the existence of this very special, private area located just near the famed Emerald Bay. Cascade Properties is a secluded, gated community with very few higher-priced homes. Residents enjoy the privacy of this location yet are only a few minutes from shopping and downtown South Lake Tahoe only 6 miles away.
This is one of South Lake Tahoe’s most historic areas. The Tallac Historic Site has beautiful grounds complete with gardens, the original main house, dining hall and guest cabins that were once used by the elite visitors to Lake Tahoe in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Located just south of The Tallac Historic Site is an area comprised of lakefront homes known as Camp Richardson and Jameson Beach. Camp Richardson is a flurry of activity in the summer with boat rentals, cabins, live music, a large campground, restaurant and marina. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are also popular here during the winter activities. Since it is such a highly desirable location, there are very few homes available to purchase.
Gardner Mountain is another of the more sought-after neighborhoods in South Lake Tahoe because of its family-friendly feel, and great location. It is very near to the South Lake Tahoe High School and close to the major intersection commonly known as the “Y”, where Highway 50 and Highway 89 meet. This area is popular not only with the locals but also with vacationers due to the location being close to shopping, restaurants, Camp Richardson, Valhalla and Beaches. This area also hosts many of the yearly festivals such as Oktoberfest, The Renaissance Festival, The Kokanee Festival as well as the Great Gatsby Festival. There are great biking and hiking trails that lead to Fallen Leaf Lake and are used for cross country skiing in winter.
The “Y” Area
This South Lake Tahoe area is located in the central part of town, where Highway 50 meets Highway 89 as you leave the south west end of town either heading towards the west shore and north to Tahoe City, or South towards Sacramento and the Bay Area. Many starter homes are located in this area and are affordable for first-time home buyers. The area is very close to shopping, bike routes, the beaches, campgrounds and dining. It is considered the “entry point” to South Lake Tahoe for visitors coming up to the Lake from Sacramento and the Bay Area, and is about a 20-minute drive east on Highway 50 to the Stateline/Casino area. Most homes in this area are on 5,000 Sq. Ft.-wooded lots at lake level, so views are limited. It is great for those who wish to be close to Camp Richardson and the public beaches of South Lake Tahoe, which are only a bike ride away.
This prized, unique neighborhood is the only development of its kind here in South Lake Tahoe. Located on the lake shore and inland with man-made channels backing to large homes and condominiums, the Tahoe Keys is a true boater’s paradise. It is a 750-acre private marina resort community with 1,220 homes and 335 town homes/condos all located on 11miles that make up the waterways and channels. All homes are either beachfront, on a channel that accesses the lake, or border a land-locked lagoon or back up to a meadow on the South Upper Truckee River. Here you will find the higher end homes and condos that go for a premium price. Many of the homes in this community come with a boat dock right out the back door.
The community is also conveniently located in the central part of town and close to recreation facilities including Heavenly Valley Ski Resort, four golf courses, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, para-sailing, hiking and biking. The casinos and nightlife are minutes away, as is the marina restaurant/bar, boat storage, boat rentals and supplies for boaters. It is also the home of the annual historic wooden boat show which draws hundreds of boat enthusiasts from around the country.
Located just off of Tahoe Keys and Highway 50, this area is primarily made up of vacation and 2nd homes due to the great location. The neighborhood is maintained by a Homeowners Association that takes care of snow removal and has a “townhouse” feel to it. It is just a few steps from the South Upper Truckee River, a large meadow, miles of trails and of courses Tahoe’s beautiful beaches. It is also near Heavenly Ski Resort, shopping, casinos and dining.
Fallen Leaf Lake
This area is a remote, seasonal 2nd home/summer vacation spot with high-end lake front homes and cabins, most of which have been in families for generations and rarely do any go on the market for sale. If they do, they are quickly sold before most of the public is even made aware! It is a gorgeous boating and fishing community with a scenic waterfall, marina, general store, campground, and hiking and biking trails, but roads become impassible in the winter due to snow and few homeowners open their houses until Spring.
Upper Truckee Areas
One of South Lake Tahoe’s largest residential neighborhoods is known as the North and South Upper Truckee areas. Homes in the Upper Truckee – Angora Highlands area have larger lots and undeveloped parcels of land mixed in, creating a private environment. This is a wonderful area for the home owner seeking to build their custom Tahoe Dream Home, or you can purchase a new home at a great price. This is partially due to the tragic fire that occurred in 2007 known as the “Angora Fire” which destroyed over 250 homes in its path. Rebuilds on existing lots went up all over the area, but many homeowners chose to sell off their lots to new buyers. Prices in the area range from the entry level to the upper end price range. The Upper Truckee areas have beautiful views and great access to the surrounding hiking and biking trails.
This area at one time served as a Pony Express station, stagecoach stop and trading post back in 1851. Approximately 3,000 residents live in the area and take full advantage of the multitude of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, cross country skiing, golf and river rafting and is located just southwest and out of the City of South Lake Tahoe – about a 15-minute drive. Meyers is also closer to the Kirkwood and Sierra at Tahoe ski resorts that offer different ski terrain than Heavenly Ski Resort. Meyers also has a grocery store, gas stations, lumber/building supply store, restaurants and two golf courses right in the main area of town.
Country Club Estates
The homes in this neighborhood tend to be a bit higher than average due to its “Country Club” theme. This theme is based on its proximity to two public golf courses and has a lot of newer homes with golf course and mountain views. The Upper Truckee River is very close and access to kayaking and fishing is readily available. This area offers the sense of being secluded, yet you are minutes away from Highway 50 and the Y shopping area.
This South Lake Tahoe neighborhood is at the far west end of Pioneer Trail where it joins with highway 50 near Meyers, between the Meyers and Pioneer Trail neighborhoods. It’s a popular neighborhood with a lot of full time residents in a secluded, wooded setting. The location offers easy access to three different ski resorts, cross country skiing, biking, hiking, many creeks to explore, wild flowers and loads of wildlife nearby. The highly acclaimed Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School is a short distance away and offers parents a great educational opportunity for their young children.
For many reasons this is consistently one of the most sought after neighborhoods. These include the newer constructed homes and breathtaking mountain or lake views that most homeowners get to enjoy. Montgomery Estates is located out of the City limits in El Dorado County, but only by a few miles, offering mountain living with city convenience nearby. There are five areas that make up Montgomery Estates: , High Meadows, Golden Bear, Kokanee Estates, Cold Creek and Meadow Lakes. Each area has its own unique appeal making Montgomery Estates a very popular area to live.
The Al Tahoe neighborhood is a highly desired neighborhood for those seeking the “Old-Tahoe” feel. It remains one of the more affordable areas that include the majority of the much-desired Tahoe Cabins that date back to the early 1900s. It does include, however, some very pricey lake front homes as well because part of this community actually borders the South Lake Tahoe shore.
If you are wondering who or what ‘Al Tahoe’ is, the Al Tahoe community of South Lake Tahoe is named for Almerin R. Sprauge who built the Al Tahoe Hotel in 1907, naming it after himself. When a post office was established there in 1908, he became the area’s first postmaster and the community of Al Tahoe took its name from this hotel. Al Tahoe is also the home of the entertainment/sports events venue and gathering place known as Lakeview Commons. Formerly El Dorado Beach, Lakeview Commons Beach is now home to “Live at Lakeview”, a weekly live music event complete with a newly constructed amphitheater and concessions, which make for a real community highlight during the summer months. BBQ grills and picnic tables make for a family-friendly place to enjoy the beautiful sunsets over Mt. Tallac on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore. Parking is readily available so nearby homes are not impacted.
The Sierra Tract neighborhood is the perfect place for the first-time home buyer with most of the more affordable homes located here. Centrally located between the Truckee River and Trout Creek Meadows, there is easy access to/from both main arteries of Highway 50 and Pioneer Trail, providing you with commuting options. Homes that border the Trout Creek Meadow have beautiful expansive meadow and mountain views. If you are looking for a great value on a first home, vacation or investment property, Sierra Tract is a great place to get started.
Bijou 1 & 2
Bijou is broken down into areas 1 & 2 and it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in South Lake Tahoe. It was founded in 1929 by William Bliss, son of D.L. Bliss of Tahoe’s famed lumber industry. In the early 1900’s William developed Bijou Pines, which was an area of 50′ x 100′ lots advertised to families on which to build their Tahoe summer cabin. Homes in this area tend to be more expensive than in other areas in South Lake Tahoe and many homes offer meadow and mountain views. The community is located between Highway 50 and Pioneer Trail just of Ski Run Boulevard. Bijou 1makes up most of this neighborhood and contains the Bijou Community Park located very nearby on Al Tahoe Blvd. The park has a basketball and volleyball court, bike and skate park, as well as a playground, a disc golf course and a very popular dog park.
Bijou 2 is much smaller on the west side of Highway 50 and Johnson Blvd, and is centrally located near the casinos, the Heavenly Ski Resort and access points to the Lake. This location makes the area great for primary home owners. The average house size is three bedrooms/two baths and is great for families who want to be near to all the great amenities found with in-town living. There is an historic 9-hole golf course set in a meadow with vistas of Heavenly Ski Area and Freel Peak called the Bijou Golf Course. It is excellent for cross country skiing and nature walks during the off season. Nearby is also the Lakeview Commons Beach which is now home to Live at Lakeview, a weekly live music event complete with a newly constructed amphitheater and concessions, which make for a real community highlight during the summer. BBQ grills and picnic tables make for a family-friendly place to enjoy the beautiful sunsets over Mt. Tallac on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore. The City of South Lake Tahoe Recreation complex is also very close and includes a year round ice skating rink (and local Hockey Team that competes here), an indoor swimming pool, outdoor playground and an indoor gym. Shopping, restaurants and other amenities are also very close.
As demonstrated by its name, Heavenly Valley is located at the base of the world class ski resort, Heavenly Ski Resort, which is part of the Vail Corporation out of Colorado. The resort has recently expanded its attractions to include summer activities as well as skiing and snowboarding. It has truly become a year round playground and draws millions of vacationers to our area each year. Homes in the Heavenly Valley are close to the ski lifts, restaurants, the main Ski Marina and tourist attractions, shopping and the Stateline casino corridor. Homes in this neighborhood include condos, A-frame homes, large estates and cabins located on the hilly streets leading up to the main ski areas and have beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. Homes in this area do not normally stay on the market long.
This neighborhood is an exclusive, gated area with lake front homes that are primarily used as vacation resorts. It was established in 1924 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is made up of 100 acres of private homes with a Home Owner’s Association and security. These homes rarely go on the market as the area is very exclusive and usually family-owned second residences.
As clearly expressed by its name, Stateline is the neighborhood located at the northeast end of South Lake Tahoe at the California/Nevada border. This neighborhood is as close as it gets to the majority of activities in the South Lake Tahoe area. Since gaming is not legal in California, it all begins as soon as you reach the Nevada border with a number of hotel/casinos attracting a large number of tourists each year. Summer is chock full of entertainment with the very popular, Harvey’s Casino Summer Outdoor Concert Series. This large, outdoor venue brings very famous musicians from all musical genres in June, July and August and is a major highlight for visitors and local alike.
The Heavenly Ski Resort, Edgewood Golf Course, fine dining, shopping and public beaches are all within walking distance. The area is zoned to offer just about any real estate opportunity you can think of including single family, business opportunities, vacation rentals or commercial development properties.