Northwest Tahoe, California

Northwest Lake Tahoe offers residents the perfect blend of peaceful living with urban excitement. Compared to other ski resort communities such as Aspen, Jackson Hole and Vail, homes in Lake Tahoe are nearly half as expensive while offering many of the same recreational opportunities. There is one major difference, however; in Tahoe, the lake itself is also a major attraction and one that can be enjoyed year round. From boating, fishing and waterskiing to sun bathing and many other beach front activities, the lake helps draw visitors to its waters throughout the year.


The tourists have made a tremendous impact on the local economy and since residential and commercial development here is in an environmentally sensitive area, growth is limited, property is at a premium and hence, always in demand. This has helped to stabilize the housing market and ensure positive returns on investment for those fortunate enough to call Lake Tahoe and Northwest Tahoe their home. The tourism industry also helps to drive commerce and strengthen local business. Lake Tahoe is considered the playground for San Franciscans and this helps feed the second home market.

Employment & Amenities

Residents of Northwest Tahoe work throughout the lake region, either in town or in larger nearby cities such as Reno and Truckee. The job market ranges from industrial, agriculture and transportation to hotel, gaming, entertainment, retail, restaurant and financial. For those who own vacation homes or have moved here to retire, properties in Northwest Tahoe allow homeowners to escape the hustle and bustle of city life while enjoying the finest Mother Nature has to offer. There are 18 ski resorts in and around the lake, as well as an array of hotels and casinos. During the winter and early spring months, the ski slopes come alive and one of the most popular, Squaw Valley, is located right here in Northwest Tahoe. Squaw Valley has hosted the Winter Olympics as well as the Winter X Games and is considered the premiere ski resort in Nevada and California. Squaw Valley has its own resort and the Village at Squaw is a unique compilation of restaurants, retail and gift stores and specialty shops. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy beautiful mountain, lake and resort views while strolling through this pedestrian indoor/outdoor mall.

The Lake

In the warmer months, the Lake literally comes alive with beach activity. Popular spots along the north shoreline include Carnelian Bay's namesake beach and Patton Beach, Crystal Bay's Speedboat Beach, Burnt Cedar and Ski Beaches in Incline Village and the entire Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Many of the beaches have boat launches and are the perfect places to camp out for a day of fun in the sun. The lake's water temperature is around 68 degrees in the summertime, which makes swimming very refreshing.


Northwest Tahoe High School is located in Tahoe City and several middle and elementary schools also have campuses in Northwest Tahoe such as Northwest Tahoe Middle School and Kings Beach Elementary School, which has a Spanish Immersion School within a school. Sierra Nevada College is located in Incline Village, Truckee Meadows Community College has a campus in Truckee, and University of Nevada, Reno is about a 45 minute drive.


Overall, Northwest Tahoe is a wonderful place to live. The many towns and small cities situated throughout this mountain community are filled with cultural amenities, attractions and recreational opportunities for all to enjoy. Despite its reputation as a major tourist destination, Northwest Tahoe also possesses the socioeconomic infrastructure to support full-time residents. From top notch medical facilities, schools, roads and utility resources to conservative commercial and residential development in addition to a commitment of supporting locally-owned businesses, the communities in this section of the lake have united together to create and maintain a high quality for their homeowners.

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