Tahoe City Real Estate
For the better part of the last century, Tahoe City has been on lake Tahoe's most popular destinations for dining, tourism and sight-seeing. A lot has changed since the early-1900s, when visitors arrived via steamboat and narrow-gauge rail to take in the view of the lake from the iconic Tahoe Tavern Hotel ... read more
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Lake Tahoe & Truckee Neighborhood Profiles
The elegant Inn at the "Y" has long since burned down to be replaced by two lakefront condo communities ~ Tahoe Tavern and Tavern Shores. Both communities feature stunning views of the lake, private piers, swimming, tennis and more. The condos were built mostly in the late 1960s, and many of the units have been upgraded with more modern kitchens, and finishes. Onsite management offers a central booking system for owners who would like to rent their units when they are not using them. Like many Tahoe rentals, the draw is seasonal, and summer is the most popular season at the Lake.
Tahoe is rich in history, and some of the more elegant condos at the lake stake their claim to fame in the late-1930s, when Henry J Kaiser built "Fleur de Lac," a West Shore estate named for his hydroplane, Flower of the Lake. The sprawling grounds have since been converted into 22 luxury townhomes clustered around the original boathouse.
From lakefront estates, to cabins and lakefront condos, Tahoe City offers a range of real estate options. Newer homes (built in the 1990s or later) mainly feature a traditional mountain motif with knotty pine interiors, river rock hearths and double pane vinyl windows (great insulation value). These properties with 3- to 4-bedrooms tend to sell for around $1 million.
Due to the high demand for Tahoe City real estate, there are almost no bargains to be found here, and even old-style gambrels (think slanted walls) built in the 1960s can fetch $700-800k. It's an area where you will find not only land, but boat slips for sale. A good spot in the Tahoe City Marina (which also offers a boat launch) runs around $250,000 or more,
Tahoe City is a great launching pad for boaters, and fairly close to waterfront bars and restaurants like Sunnyside. Estate properties in Tahoe City often feature private piers with boat hoists and covered berths. Lakefront homes range in price from $5 million to more than $30 million. Some are modest cabins, reminiscent of a simpler era, when lakefront living was not quite the luxury it is today. Others feature sprawling grounds and guest houses, creating the perfect Tahoe retreat.