5 Great Neighborhoods in the Lake Tahoe Area

Lake Tahoe has an eclectic mix of areas ranging from lakeside to mountainous. Some people may choose to live close to a resort or in a gated community, while others may reside on the water or nestled in the woods. Whatever suits your fancy, here are communities worth checking out.

Photo by: Hayden Hubbard The historic town of Truckee is popular with homebuyers for its easy access to schools, shops and community.

Truckee, Calif.

Truckee is a cute country-style mountain town that exudes historical preservation combined with the new. One of the largest towns (about 14,000) in the Tahoe area, Truckee is positioned 15 miles north of the lake, right off of Interstate 80, just 35 miles west of Reno and 100 miles east of Sacramento. The historical downtown area is the main hangout spot, lined with brick buildings, a train station and the Truckee river running through it. Downtown is where most of the restaurants, shops and bars are located. During summer events, including Truckee Thursdays, the street is closed down and local vendors set up shop selling art, jewelry, clothing and homemade goods.

The Truckee park on the river is one of the best and biggest in Tahoe, complete with an amphitheater that hosts concerts, a skate park, a river walk, baseball fields and more. 

While housing can be pricier and sometimes difficult to find, most residents think it's worth the money considering their access to schools and shops and the sense of community.

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