Truckee Neighborhoods & Subdivisions

Truckee offers a variety of housing opportunities in both small and large subdivisions, all with different personalities.


Lahontan is one of the few private gated golf club communities in the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe area. It includes the Tom Wesikopf designed 18-hole and nine-hole Par 3 golf courses, an unprecedented variety of year round family recreational amenities and 910 acres of Sierra parkland. Lahontan has been meticulously crafted to offer an incomparable golf and living experiment rivaling the finest private golf communities in the nation.

Martis Camp

Martis Camp is another one of the few private golf and ski communities. Most importantly, Martis Camp has the ONLY private ski access to Northstar. The development prides itself in keeping the Tahoe tradition (embracing all that is epic about Truckee/Tahoe) while introducing innovative design that captures imagination. Tucked in the heart of Martis Valley, elevations range from 5,900 – 7,100 feet which provide compelling views. There are a maximum of 653 home sites in 2,177 acres. Estate and Cabin home sites range from 1-4 acres.


Catering to the full-time, seasonal or second homeowner, Northstar is an all season, family-oriented destination resort with many amenities such as tennis, golf, horse back riding and of course skiing in the winter. One of the finest mountain villages, the new Village at Northstar is flourishing. Featuring luxury condominiums, a variety of shopping options, galleries, restaurants, a year-round skating rink, and the five star Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe Hotel.

Old Greenwood

Situated on 600 acres of towering pines and blue-sage covered hills, Old Greenwood offers a magnificent setting for the Tahoe mountain lifestyle. Just 99 homes sites along with Custom Homes, 15 villas and a number of Fractional Ownerships are situated along-side a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. Special membership to the Tahoe Mountain Club is available for owners of Old Greenwood allowing you to experience some of the finest amenities in the entire area.

Olympic Heights

Perched on a south-facing hill between downtown Truckee and Glenshire, this neighborhood offers a unique advantage in a region with long winters – lots of sunshine. This area is perfect for passive solar homes. Along with fabulous views of Martis Valley and the back of Northstar, it is also next to a meadow that deer use in their annual migrations. Olympic Heights is an older neighborhood and consists of both full-time and part-time owners.

Prosser Lakeview Estates

Located off HWY 89 north, this neighborhood offers a quiet area with lots of trees and snow. Consisting of both primary and secondary residents, Prosser Lakeview provides easy access to fishing and camping on Prosser Reservoir as well as miles of equestrian and mountain/dirt biking trails. Properties on Prosser Dam Road are zoned for horses.

Prosser Lake Heights/Pine Forest

These two communities offer a limited amount of spacious home sites surrounded by 130 acres of permanent open space. This area is located off HWY 89 north (across from Prosser Lakeview Estates) near Alder Creek Middle School. Expect lot’s of trees and open space for hiking and exploring!

Sierra Meadows/Ponderosa Palisades/Ponderosa Ranchos/Martiswoods Estates

Lots of families share these four adjacent neighborhoods with second homeowners who want to be close to the Truckee/Tahoe Airport on Hwy 267 and the Northstar ski hills. Sierra Meadows has a Homeowner’s Association with a tennis court and a pool. The remaining three areas do not have an association or amenities. However, these areas feature some larger parcels/lots, zoning for horses and are close to miles of riding trails.

Tahoe Donner

Tahoe Donner is one of the largest developments in Truckee and affords all the amenities that one could want in the mountains. Amenities include campsites, equestrian facilities, cross-country and downhill skiing, golf course, pools, tennis courts, private beach and boat facilities at Donner Lake, two restaurants, Recreation/Workout center, and a clubhouse…just to name a few. Amenity cards allow unlimited use of most of these amenities. Property owners receive discounted rates at golf, equestrian and ski services. Tahoe Donner is approximately 83% second home owners.


Secluded on 475 acres in Martis Valley, Timilick Tahoe is a very nice golf and mountain residential community. Cozy and private, the community features 218 home sites and a small number of Timilick mountain lodges – luxury Townhomes designed and built by the award winning team behind the acclaimed Yellowstone club.

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

Truckee Clean Up Day

For the past 10 years, the Town of Truckee has held a town-wide Clean up Day and Townwide Block Party on the first Saturday in June.  This year, the tradition continues! Former Mayor, Maia Schneider, was the brain child behind this unique concept, and we’re proud to say that Dickson Realty has been involved since its inception.

There are  check-in stations in most of the local neighborhoods and everyone from small children (with parents in tow) to senior citizens spends an hour or so cleaning up roadside trash in their part of town.  Trash bags are provided, as well as water and snacks to keep you going, and even a limited edition t shirt for all participants. After your shift, you can join your neighbors and friends at the Truckee River Regional Park for a down home BBQ for all volunteers.

2014’s Clean up Day had over 800 volunteers collecting over 3 tons of trash – an awe-inspiring, and a bit frightening, amount!

As a resort area, it makes sense to put our best face forward as the height of the visitor season approaches, and thus, many local businesses help to sponsor this event.  This is also a great teaching moment for our kids, and a way for each of us to take ownership of this lovely spot we call “home”.

So, grab your work gloves, and some friends, and let’s IMAG0470make our part of the world a better place.  You need not pre-register to participate, just show up at one of the check-in stations on the day of the event.  You’ll find a list of those stations here.  See you at the BBQ!

Royal Gorge Acquisition – A Success!

Royal Gorge, the nation’s largest cross country ski area, has been saved!  Protected from development and preserved for the enjoyment of future generations, this tremendous conservation effort was spearheaded by the Truckee Donner Land Trust and The Trust for Public Land as part of the Northern Sierra Partnership. 

In just five short months, $11.26 million was raised, meeting the December 20th deadline for the purchase.  More than 1,000 people donated to the campaign. In addition to public funds raised by the Nature Conservancy, Sierra Watch and other conservation groups, a huge amount of private donations came from Sugar Bowl and Serene Lakes residents as well as other private donors.

The Truckee Donner Land Trust will own the land and will lease it in the winter to Sugar Bowl for management.  In addition to 2,829 acres of Royal Gorge and the Royal Gorge Nordic Center and 355 acres above Donner Lake, the acquisition includes an area from Sugar Bowl, around Lake Van Norden and Van Norden Meadow, to the bottom Serene Lakes with part of the shoreline, across the crest of the Sierras down to the upper portion of the North Fork of the American River Canyon.

Royal Gorge is a truly unique property, embedded with great historical significance, offering world class recreation opportunities, an abundance of wildlife and a diversity of natural resources.  The preservation of Royal Gorge proves that working together, conservation efforts can succeed.

Dickson Realty’s Future Location!

It’s official now! In our proud association with Dickson Realty here in Truckee, we are pleased to announce that, in the not too distant future,  the offices of  Dickson Realty will be moving to a new location — the corner of Donner Pass Road and Northwoods Boulevard.

Demolition on the old structure is nearly complete.  Construction will begin shortly on a brand, new building.  In the interim, we anxiously await our future home!

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