El Dorado County Neighborhoods
Surrounding the city limits of South Lake Tahoe and extending upward and outward into the forests is the unincorporated portion of El Dorado County.
Not as uncivilized as it sounds, a third of the area’s population lives there and many of the same services are shared with city residents. Garbage, sewer, water and ambulance services, as well as gas, electric and propane are all shared or equally accessible.
The area is a little higher and closer to the mountains, which define the Tahoe Basin, so it is known for a heavier snowfall in the winter. Neighborhoods at the base of Echo Summit, like Christmas Valley, North Upper Truckee and some portions of Meyers, easily accumulate 8 to 10 feet of snow in winter’s heaviest months.
The county snowplow crews work around the clock to keep neighborhood roads clear and accessible.
New construction contributes to the growing popularity of the county neighborhoods. Inspired by the redevelopment project going on in town, “Tahoe Mountain-style” buildings are being built to revitalize the look of the neighborhoods and add to the services.
Out-of-town living in El Dorado County offers a diverse mix of home styles and prices, from ranchers and modern/contemporary to chalets and cabins. Most of these homes are near a river, meadow or lake and have large, forested lots. In July, August and September, the fishing season is open on the streams that run into Lake Tahoe. So, the resident could stop by a stream after work or school and catch a fish by dinner. Tahoe Paradise has a great park that offers residents a place to picnic, hike, hold group events, go boating and play games.
Because of the diversity of homes and styles, prices that homes have sold for lately vary greatly.
Recently, homes in the unincorporated area have sold for as little as $110,000. The most expensive was $1,070,000.
With that in mind, animals in El Dorado County are not the only things that are wild.
$309,000 – $639,000
Heavy snowfall, great sun. This neighborhood attracts those who seek all that Sierra living has to offer while enjoying a more rural environment. A good mix of home styles.
$245,000 – $685,000
Membership to Tahoe Paradise Park which features Baron Lake, a wading pool, picnicking, playground and water play. Level lots, mix of homes styles and the Upper Truckee River is within walking distance to many homes.
$321,000 – $630,000
Nicely wooded area with heavier snowfall. Some seclusion due to woods – many properties back Forest Service property. Good mix of vacation and primary homes.
$308,000 – $699,000
Popular vacation home spot with many primary residences. Lots of snowfall. Wooded areas and somewhat secluded properties. Newer, large homes with views off Elks Club Drive. Close to primary thoroughfare.
$329,000 – 1,005,000
Newer, more contemporary homes define several subdivisions. Becoming more exclusive and higher-end. Close to elementary school. Good access to shopping and services.
$235,000 – $689,000
A number of newer, more contemporary homes in this neighborhood. More secluded and wooded. Some properties offer spectacular views of mountains and lake.