Lake Tahoe Neighborhoods & Subdivisions

Agate Bay

A very comfortable neighborhood with moderate to high-priced homes in wooded settings. Homes in this area have excellent rental histories due to the Sun Club pier and pool and two tennis court locations. Lakefronts are close to the highway with easy access.

Alpine Meadows

Located just past Squaw Valley on Highway 89 south sits the charming area of Alpine Meadows. Alpine also caters to the full-time and part-time resident. Known more for its reputation of skiing, Alpine draws the more advanced skiers to their mountain and is a local favorite. Number of home sites and condominiums are smaller when compared to some of the other larger ski resorts making it a desirable place to buy.

Carnelian Bay

Carnelian Bay is located right in the middle of the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Boating is to Carnelian Bay what blue is to Lake Tahoe. In summer, it is life. The Sierra Boat Company a premier US wooden boat builder, opened here in 1952. Annually boat fanatics from around the country trailer their classic woodies to the Concours d’Elegance boat show for a weekend of nostalgic cruising. Carnelian’s two state beaches belong again to dogs, kayakers and sunset seekers. In winter, Carnelian Bay’s central location puts you in decision-making mode; regardless of whether you turn right or left, you’ll be aimed toward the North Shore’s 12 ski resorts.


Chamberlands is a vacation-oriented community. With the pool, tennis and bussing to beach and nearby ski areas, it is desirable for rentals in both summer and winter. Values are reflected in some degree as to whether or not the home has “joined” the Chamberlands Beach and Mountain Club amenities but all have access to one portion of the beach and the public restaurant. Lakefront homes in this area are very prestigious.

Dollar Point

Dollar Point is a prestigious, higher priced subdivision. Amenities include a beach, pier, buoys, pool, two tennis court locations and club house.

Homewood Mountain

Homewood Mountain Resort owns over 1260 acres of the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in the Sierras. Located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe featuring incredible views of Lake Tahoe. Home wood is in the process of a new master plan featuring new day lodges, lifts, housing, retail and vacation rentals. Homes are available within minutes of this area that is referred to by locals as “Tahoe’s Best kept Secret”.

 Kings Beach

Kings Beach is located on the California/Nevada border on North Lake Tahoe. Set against a vibrant blend of colors, flavors and textures, Kings Beach is rightfully known as the north shore’s banana belt, as it stands in the sun’s path from early morning into the p.m. This mountain/beach town throws a sandy welcome to all with a signature downtown public beach. Hip shops, restaurants, side-street vendors – all true to their cultural heritage.

Lake Forest

Homes are mixed in this area with many older cabins and homes. Some are quality upgrades. Some nicer homes are near or on the lake, but rarely come on the market.

Meeks Bay

Down the West Shore, Meeks Bay is perfect for summer fun with white sandy beaches and open settings. This area abounds with lakeview homes.

Rubicon Bay

Located in El Dorado County just north of South Lake Tahoe. It’s in this small enclave that you’ll find a grand paradise with gorgeous setting that takes your breath. If you want beauty-look no farther…from the panoramic views of Lake Tahoe to the powerful Sierras. You’ll be surrounded by picture-postcard places such as Emerald Bay and Bliss State Park, which is about 8 miles north of South Lake Tahoe, and stunning private and public beaches. Rubicon Point is where the cobalt blue hues of Lake Tahoe’s deepest point plunges 1,411 feet below the shoreline. You’ll also find some of Tahoe’s most prestigious estates along the beautiful sandy beach appropriately coined “Gold Coast.”

Squaw Valley

Also catering to full-time and part-time users, Squaw Valley is also a family orientated destination resort. Squaw also boasts a top-notch mountain village with luxury condominiums, shopping, specialty stores, restaurants and the popular Resort At Squaw Creek luxury hotel. Never get bored with the endless activities the area offers. Home of the 1960 Winter Olympic games, many skiers boast that Squaw Valley is the best mountain around for skiing and snowboarding. Others simply visit or buy for the luxury feel the Squaw Valley name has held for decades.

Tahoe Vista

Located between Kings Beach and Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Vista is a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts. You can kayak from one of several hidden beaches, or drop the motorized boat from multiple locations on the North Shore. The area boasts year-round trailheads for mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, a disc golf course, and nature trails. Surrounded by both mom and pop and fancy flair shops and restaurants, Tahoe Vista has a little bit of everything.

Tahoe City

Looking for an old-fashioned town? Located in Placer County, this North Shore treasure is a perfect find for you. Its residents enjoy Tahoe City with a small town feel. Less than two miles from Tahoe City along Lake Tahoe’s calm West Shore lays Sunnyside Marina and Resort, known for its lakeside dining, jazz on the deck and local’s watering hole. This historical landmark was built in 1907, and is a popular summertime destination with boats galore. Experience the town’s nearby ski resorts: Homewood, Alpine Meadows, and Squaw Valley. And forget commutes. Boats are a favorite mode of transportation. Enjoy walking on new sidewalks along Tahoe City’s downtown businesses, shops and cafes.


Provides low to moderate-priced housing and is popular with “locals.” Many older summer cabins are being upgraded due to the affordability of homes and the recent erosion control project providing widening and paving of streets. Close to Sugar Pine Park and Bliss State Park and sharing the beach and pier with Water’s Edge Condos, this area has much to offer for the price.


Timberland is an older subdivision a mile south of Sunnyside with many “Old Tahoe” style cabins and some newer rustic style homes. Some homes are of “collector” quality rich in history. Quaint and rustic it is only six blocks long and two blocks wide surrounded by state and national forest and some beautiful meadows with much old growth timber in the neighborhood and surrounding forest. Timberland has its own water system and its sweet untreated water has been rated by the state as one of the best quality in Northern California. The neighborhood makeup is mostly second homes with a few full-time residents. Hurricane Bay public beach is a short walk from the neighborhood. There is also a new 8 home subdivision named Hurricane Bay Estates.

Propane Problems

With more than 20 feet of snow in some areas of eastern Placer County and Donner Summit, snow loads on residential propane tanks are at an extreme – and pose possible risk of leaks and/or explosion.

In 2011, when similar snow loads were a concern, propane leaks in the Serene Lakes area were widespread, triggering evacuations and the disconnection of power to homes. One leak caused an explosion that completely destroyed a home.

“Snow loads on roofs and decks are a problem throughout the Sierra right now, and everyone should take care to clear those. But the loads on propane tanks are an especially serious concern,” said Placer County Office of Emergency Services Manager John McEldowney. “Residents should dig out and inspect their tanks as soon as they possibly can and call 911 if they smell any gas at all.”

In cooperation with local fire districts, Placer County has issued an emergency alert for the greater North Lake Tahoe area west to Cisco Grove using the Placer Alert system to warn residents of the risk and urge quick action to remove snow from tanks, gas lines and regulators.

Access to all types of propane tanks should be cleared, including underground, sheltered and stand-alone tanks. Residents should contact the Placer County Department of Environmental Health office in Tahoe City at 530-581-6240 before digging into the ground. Residents with questions about safely clearing or de-icing any of their tank components should contact their propane provider.

Placer County encourages all residents to sign up for the Placer Alert emergency alert system to receive the fastest possible notification of dangers near the places they care about – by text, email or phone. Sign up at 

“I’m Bored!”

Not a phrase you hear often here, but sometimes, it can’t be helped.  Maybe you are new to the area and don’t realize all that is available to you in which to participate. Well, we have the answer(s) for you! Whether you like to hike, or enjoy other outdoor activities, it’s here for you.  Like art?  theater? dance? music? It’s all here!  One of the best compilations of area activities can be found here, courtesy of local publication, Tahoe Weekly.  So, get out there and ENJOY!1new

Tying Up Loose Ends


You can feel the change in the air.  The weather is starting to turn and there is a crispness to the days. While autumn is not far off, there are some late summer activities in which you can still partake.  The last of the Summer Movie Series will take place over Labor Day weekend, on September 3rd at 7:30pm at the Homeowner’s Beach (also known as Lot 1).  There will be s’mores and popcorn to go with a fun family movie.  A great summertime treat for the kiddos.  If you have questions, email Sharon Ruffner at

And although winter snows are not too far off, there is still an extreme fire danger situation here in our area.  For 2016, the Serene Lakes Property Owners Association is once again paying the costs of chipping green waste generated by property owners when they clean up their lots with defensible space work.  There is one last chipping date on Monday, September 19th that owners can take advantage of to make sure your lot is in tip top shape.  The chips generated can be blown back onto properties to use as mulch or ground cover.

You must sign up for the chipping program.  It does not happen automatically.  To sign up, go to the Fire Safety page on the SLPOA website and complete the chipping program form.  You must sign up at least one week in advance of the chip date in which you wish to participate.

If you have further questions, you can email, this year’s program coordinator.

And, it probably goes without saying but defensible space is a crucial element to keeping all Summit residents safe.  It improves not only the fire safety and overall look of our community but also our forest’s health.   Stay fire safe!

Summertime Adventures on the Summit

thSummer’s coming!  While planning your vacation or trip up to your cabin this summer, there’s a great option to consider for the younger members of the group.  When hanging with the grown ups ceases to be fun or you are just in the mood for a bit of adult time, check out the camps for kids at Sugarbowl.  They are offering Summer Adventure camps in partnership with the Gateway Mountain Center. Gateway is a leader in outdoor experiential adventure activities.  Their mission is to open young people’s hearts and minds to the natural world; we engage, impel and empower them to become knowledgeable, passionate, conscientious stewards – of themselves, their communities, the environment and our world.

Executive Director, Peter Mayfield, has an amazing resume.  He has designed and delivered creative and successful outdoor educational programs for thousands of California youth.  Peter has served as Chief Guide for the Yosemite Mountaineering School, and as Chief Examiner for the Professional Ski Instructors Association (Far West). As the founder and General Partner of CityRock Gym, the first large urban climbing gym, Peter was a catalyst for the growth of indoor climbing in North America. As a consultant Peter has designed and developed adventure programs for Disney, Discovery Communications, and Posades Resorts.  As a creative mountaineer Peter has succeeded on first ascents on Yosemite’s El Captain and Half Dome, climbed new routes in Peru, Patagonia, and the Alaska Range, and pioneered difficult snowboard descents.  And he has amassed an equally impressive staff.

Camps are arranged for specific timeframes and for specific ages, so that the activities will be age appropriate.  Campers can start as young as four years of age with a nature camp combining easy hikes, water play fun and nature art, storytelling and yoga.

Older campers can enjoy spectacular hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking , stand up paddle boarding, swimming, and whitewater rafting or inflatable kayaking.

And for the oldest age group there is also  an Adventure, Leadership, and Stewardship camp.  In addition to the fabulous outdoor adventures the campers will learn to become a thoughtful citizen of the world . The leadership portion will focus on communication, teaching skills, goal setting, becoming role models, and problem solving. Stewardship themed activities include, a conservation project, studying and employing Leave no Trace practices, teaching younger kids, and learning about sustainability and personal stewardship.

You can find all the information on the camp offerings here. Have a great summer!

Step Back in Time with the Donner Party Hike

Travel is so easy, relatively speaking, these days that we rarely give it much thought. Hop on a plane and you’re on the opposite coast within the same day.  It’s hard to imagine the hardships and triumphs of those who first settled the west, traveling for months through grueling, dangerous conditions to reach their goal.  One great way to step back in time is the annual Donner Party Hike here238-2 in Truckee.  This year’s hike – the 23rd annual – is being held on October 2nd and 3rd.

On Saturday, hikers can choose among six guided hikes with different focuses and skill levels.  Each hike is led by knowledgeable guides who share fascinating details of the area and those who previously settled it.  Hikers can choose the railroad snow shed hike to hear about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad through the area, and the Chinese workers who lived and died to make it a reality.  Other hikes include Roller Pass, where emigrants were forced to winch their wagons up a 35-degree granite slope, or our lovely high Sierra lakes, or the Dutch Flat Wagon Road to learn about where and how the road was built and the advent of motorized transport through the Sierra.

Saturday hikes will begin and end at Donner Ski Ranch located on Highway 40 on Donner Summit. Guides lead groups of approximately 15–20 people to interpretive spots giving detailed historical information focused on emigrant and area history.  The cost for Saturday’s hikes is $45 per hiker; $50 after September 26.

Sunday provides the opportunity for an additional day of history and exploration as part of a two-day Donner Party Hike package. The day begins with an interpretive walk where participants will hear of the grueling travel and mishaps of the Donner Party and the archeological finds of the group in this area. Participants will then drive to Donner Memorial State Park to view the Murphy Cabin Site and Pioneer Monument. Participants are welcome to view the movie documentary and explore the Emigrant Trail Museum at the State Park, admission to the park is included for the remainder of the afternoon. The Saturday and Sunday package is $65 per hiker; $70 after September 26.

More information and the hike registration form can be found at the hike’s website.

Guide photo courtesy of the Donner Party Hike

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