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South Lake Tahoe Homes

Historically, a destination where people came to get away from it all, the central core of South Lake Tahoe evolved from cabins built for summer vacations and retreats as unique as the people who built them.

Even within the city limits, most homes are close to a meadow, stream or forest. Coyotes, bears, trout, squirrels, blue-jays and raccoons are considered neighbors.

Since many of the original homes were built as second home getaways, most were built as log cabins or small cottages with lofts but without garages.

As the town grew in the 1960s and ’70s, the styles became more diverse. A-frames to full-scale mansions appeared on the South Shore. Soon, schools, stores, a hospital and city services were added as the town came of age.

Now the average three-bedroom home with two baths between 1,200 and 1,600 square feet is in the price range of $300,000. Smaller, “Old Tahoe” homes may still be had for first home buyers and those needing a deal.

As the interest in Lake Tahoe homes boomed over the past year, a great deal of energy was focused on upgrading past decorating trends, without sacrificing the Old Tahoe charm as often as possible.

The terrain in South Lake Tahoe is mostly level making it easier to build on than the boulder-strewn mountainsides surrounding the town. The ease of building also makes the properties more affordable than those on the east, west and north shores. Many South Lake Tahoe homes are within walking distance to the shoreline.

The Tahoe Keys, a waterfront neighborhood with dockside access for individual homes on Lake Tahoe, was developed in the 1970s. It added a new dimension to the community. Large, modern homes set in the sun with sandy beaches was a big departure from the mountainous forest setting of the rest of the town. The subdivision is popular with second home buyers and families.

Common to everyone living in South Lake Tahoe is the peaceful, timeless, awe-inspiring beauty that the Alpine setting offers for free to all who enter the basin.

Price Range:

$145,000 – $529,000

Highlights:

This area offers a heavier concentration of multi-family housing. Duplexes, triplexes and apartments are found among single-family homes. Close to casinos, skiing and shopping. Easy access to highway.

Price Range:

Condos $222,000 – $565,000

Houses $409,750 – $2,990,000

Highlights:

Planned upscale development offers a good mix of condos and houses, many with boat slips. Easy lake access. Indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, outdoor pool, seven tennis courts, private beach, marina and restaurant. Close to shopping.

Price Range:

$355,000 – $530,000

Highlights:

A newer “in-town” subdivision featuring newer homes with contemporary style. Perimeter of the neighborhood backs to large meadow for excellent cross country skiing. Convenient access to shopping and services.

Price Range:

$142,000 – $455,000

Highlights:

This is a popular area for both vacation homes and primary residences. Close to shopping, high school and shopping at the “Y.” Features tall pines.

Price Range:

$285,000 – $498,000

Highlights:

This is a locals’ favorite for primary homes mixed with vacation homes. Near beaches, shopping and services.

Price Range:

$245,000 – $550,000

Highlights:

This neighborhood offers easy access – usually a nice walk – to two public beaches and a public boat ramp. Popular vacation home spot mixed with many affordable primary residences.

Price Range:

$305,000 – $418,300

Highlights:

Nicely wooded, this neighborhood offers a feeling of privacy, yet minutes from town, beaches and shoppi

Price Range:

$208,000 – $590,000

Highlights:

Many properties offer lake views. Easy access to Heavenly Valley Ski Resort, night life and Ski Run Marina and beach.

Price Range:

$218,000 – $398,000

Highlights:

One of Tahoe’s more affordable neighborhoods. Centrally located, with easy access to all services. Popular area for first-time buyers.


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