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West Shore- Lake Tahoe

WEST SHORE
LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA 
AREA / COMMUNITY INFORMATION
 
TAHOE CITY “Y” SOUTH TO EMERALD BAY

                                      

The West Shore Area Information by Communities has been organized starting at the ‘Y” (stoplight) in Tahoe City and moving South along Highway 89 ending in the Tahoma/Meeks Bay Area just before the Emerald Bay.

 

 

 

TAHOE WOODS – TAHOE CITY

 

TAHOE PARKTAHOE CITY

 

TALMONT / TWIN PEAKSTAHOE CITY

 

PINELAND – TAHOE CITY
 

ALPINE PEAKS – TAHOE CITY


TIMBERLAND – TAHOE CITY

HURRICANE
BAY - TAHOE CITY

 

SKYLAND - TAHOE CITY

 

TAHOE PINES - HOMEWOOD

 

FLEUR DU LAC - HOMEWOOD

 

TAHOE SWISS VILLAGE - HOMEWOOD

 

HOMEWOOD - HOMEWOOD

 

VILLAS AT HARBORSIDE - HOMEWOOD

 

MCKINNEY SHORES - HOMEWOOD

 

CHAMBERS LODGE / CHAMBERLANDS ESTATES / CHAMBERS LANDING - HOMEWOOD

 

CHAMBERS LANDING - HOMEWOOD

 

MCKINNEY ESTATES – HOMEWOOD / TAHOMA

 

KAILUA PARK / WESTLAKE VILLAGE - TAHOMA

 

TAHOMA - TAHOMA

 

MEEKS BAY / GLENRIDGE - TAHOMA

 

RUBICON - TAHOMA

 

 

COMSTOCK ACRES – TAHOE CITY 
West Shore, Lake Tahoe California
 
Comstock Acres is located less than a mile from Tahoe City, California on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.  This neighborhood is convenient for winter and year-around access.  The beginning of this community is easy to identify by looking for the signs to the Tahoe Tree Company, Rubicon Deli, Truckee River Winery Wine Tasting Room and the Granlibakken Resort on the mountain side of Highway 89.  This area has many newer, larger homes, and an assortment of traditional home styles, along with smaller mountain cabins, and cottages. 
 
This area also has many properties that back to open forest space, along with properties that offer more traditional residential landscaping.  Comstock Acres is close to hiking, biking, beaches, golfing, ski resorts, shopping, restaurants, and all of the recreational activities that Lake Tahoe is known for as a resort, second home, and vacation destination area.  
 

 

CATHEDRAL FORESTTAHOE CITY,
West Shore, Lake Tahoe, California
 
Cathedral Forest is located about one (1) mile south of Tahoe City, California on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.  This neighborhood is between Comstock Acres and the Tahoe Woods communities.  The beginning of this community starts just past the small row of commercial services that currently includes the New Moon Natural Health Food Store, and Stoney Ridge Uncommon Kitchen, Placer County Administrative Office, Comstock Building, The Tahoe House followed by the Comstock Village complex to name a few of establishments that are located on the mountain side of Highway 89 just prior to the turn-off for Cathedral Drive. 

 

The Cathedral Forest area is another small group of residential properties that offer newer, larger homes, smaller mountain cabins, and cottages.  This area is wooded and has many lots that also back to open forest space.  Cathedral Forest is close to hiking, biking, beaches, golfing, ski resorts, shopping, restaurants, and all of the recreational activities that Lake Tahoe is known for as a resort, second home, and vacation destination area.
 
 TAVERN HEIGHTSTAHOE CITY
West Shore, Lake Tahoe, California
Tahoe Sierra Estates, Tahoe Tavern Heights, and Tavern Heights are all located on the lake side of Highway 89, and begin just beyond the Tahoe Tavern Condominium Complex development. 
These small neighborhoods are very nice, easy to access and are close to Tahoe City.  These neighborhoods are easy to locate when traveling down the highway, but harder to distinguish as one area blends into the next.  Tahoe Sierra Estates /Tavern Heights begin just past the Tahoe Tavern Condos, directly across from the well-known establishment The Tahoe House, a popular gourmet coffee and bakery store.  This small neighborhood is a combination of nice homes, a few cabins, and a number of multi-million dollar lake front properties.  Some of the homes in the Tahoe Sierra Estates are also members of a small home owners association, which provides access to a gated beach area, shared pier, and buoy field.
 
 

TAHOE WOODS - TAHOE CITY, WEST SHORE, LAKE TAHOE, CALFORNIA


This community is situated on the mountain side of the highway above Tahoe Tavern Heights/Tavern Heights.  The area is wooded, with some of the upper streets having lake views.  This dead-end subdivision has access to hiking, mountain biking, and cross- country ski trails up to Paige Meadows and some homes have beach and pier memberships with the Tahoe Park Association.
 
 

TAHOE PARK - TAHOE CITY


This neighborhood is located approximately two miles south of Tahoe City.  It is an area that is well-known for their popular homeowners’ association the Tahoe Park Association, which offers a gated beach area just north of the Sunnyside Resort.  The recreation area includes two piers, buoy rental option, playground, manicured lawns, flower beds, and picnic facilities.   Membership in the association is only available to property owners and can not be purchased separately, adding to its desirability.  This neighborhood is a relatively level, somewhat wooded, easy-to-access area, and it is close to commercial services such as the local breakfast and lunch favorite Fire Sign Cafe, mini-market, along with the Sunnyside Resort lodge, restaurant, bar, and summer time favorite lake-side deck area.  Tahoe Park was one of the earlier ones settled on the West Shore and because of that most of the homes sit on the smaller, fifty (50) foot sized lots, so the homes are closer to each other giving it more of a neighborhood feel.  Originally the area had small Tahoe cabins and cottages, with many being built as just a summer home.  Today, you’ll still find the smaller Tahoe Park homes, cabins, and cottages, but you’ll also find newer construction, larger homes.  The more expensive, lakeside homes rarely come on the market and often sell at a substantial market premium. 
 
 

TALMONT / TWIN PEAKS - T AHOE CITY


Talmont and Twin Peaks Estate are accessed by traveling up Tahoe Park Height Drive, a twelve percent (12%), uphill grade road.  Both areas have an assortment of nice, newer, larger homes, smaller Tahoe Cabins, and some homes with spectacular lake views.  The areas back to Paige Meadows for biking, hiking, and cross- country skiing.  Since these subdivisions sit approximately one thousand feet above the lake, they tend to get more snow, but most of the homes also boast greater sun exposure.  As an added bonus, Talmont owners have the advantage of Tahoe Park Association beach, pier, and buoy option privileges.

 

PINELAND - TAHOE CITY


This neighborhood is located on the south side of the William Kent Campground and is marked at the entrance of Pineland Drive with a large totem style carved pine log “Pineland”.  This nice, level, easy access area is very similar to Tahoe Park with a mix of medium to smaller sized Tahoe cabins and cottages, along with newer, larger, homes.  The area is more wooded and is close to the bike path, hiking, biking trails, open space, commercial services and is a short distance to the smaller public beach area between the Sunnyside Resort and the Tahoe Park Association gated beach area, and is approximately 1 ½ miles to Hurricane Bay, which also has public Lake Tahoe beach access.
 
 

ALPINE PEAKS - TAHOE CITY


Considered the one of the most undiscovered areas on the West Shore, Alpine Peaks sits approximately four west of Pineland.  Offering direct access to Alpine Meadows Sherwood Chair Lift located at the upper end of Ward Canyon.  Alpine Peaks is a very small group of higher-end properties.  The tucked-away neighborhood of homes offers seclusion and is an excellent area for the individual who wants a more remote mountain living experience, spectacular mountain scenery, and some properties offer lake views.  Along with the option to access Alpine Meadows via the back-side high-speed, quad chair lift to the resort, home owners also have access to the home owner tennis court.  Due to the location of Alpine Peaks, owners will experience higher snow levels, and winter conditions can prevent access to the area from time-to-time.  While Ward Creek Blvd is a good road, individuals need to consider the additional issues that often come for the different seasons with remote mountain living.
 
 

TIMBERLAND - TAHOE CITY


Timberland is very similar to Pineland in neighborhood style, and is also marked by the carved pine log totem pole “Timberland” at the turn off from Highway 89 to Timberland Lane.  These properties are located in a more forested area, providing a more shady setting with higher snow levels in the winter, and less direct sunshine during the day.  Located in this small development is the
Rideout Community Center (formerly known as the Rideout Elementary School).  This area is approximately three miles to Tahoe City, and is located next to the Ward Creek State Park.  

Timberland is also an older neighborhood with many rustic style homes.  Some of the homes are of a "collector" quality, rich in history. Quaint and rustic, this area is only six blocks long and two blocks wide surrounded by state and national forest.  
Close to Hurricane Bay public beach, this area offers a more mountain-style setting, while still being close to all of the outdoor activities Lake Tahoe is known for.


HURRICANE
BAY - TAHOE CITY
 
Hurricane Bay is a group of split-lake front homes, with a small enclave of mountain-side homes set behind the split-lake row of homes.  These homes boast of panoramic lake views, beach access across the street from their homes, some properties have piers, shared pier access, and/or permitted buoys.  While not as expensive as a lake front estate, these multi-million dollar homes command a market premium even through they directly front Highway 89.
 

A true split-lake front home is a property that has the main highway running between the home (located on the mountain side of the highway, with the other side of the deeded property located on the lake side of the street.  The property may have a second deeded parcel that comes with it, but that parcel contains Lake Tahoe lake line footage with it.  The open lake front footage on the other side of the highway may have public access to it, however, a property with lake front footage assigned to it has the right to ask for a permitted boat buoy(s), and if the property doesn't’t already have a permitted pier built, that property owner may also be entitled to apply to build a pier should the new pier moratorium be lifted. 


 

SKYLAND - TAHOE CITY


Skyland is a small subdivision of homes just before the
Blackwood Canyon turn-off.  This mountain-side community has a mix of homes, older, newer, smaller, and larger.  Some of the properties offer good lake views.  The homeowners association consists of approximately 75 member lots, and they have a buoy field of 31 buoys.  The Skyland Homeowners Association provides member benefits of buoy rental option, gated shared pier access, and an open beach area.
 
 

TAHOE PINES - HOMEWOOD


Located across from the multi-million dollar Fleur du Lac gated complex, which was originally the Kaiser estate, the Tahoe Pines neighborhood is situated.  It is a nice, relatively level, wooded area, easy access, with a mix of small Tahoe cabins, cottages, along with larger, newer homes.  This area has access to a public, open beach area, and offers a voluntary homeowners group, which offers access to a gated pier for a low annual fee.  This is one of the first communities officially residing in the Homewood, California zip code area.
 
 
FLEUR DU LAC - HOMEWOOD
 

Fleur du Lac is a gated community on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe in the Homewood area located approximately five (5) miles south of Tahoe City off Hwy 89 (approximately one (1) mile north of the Homewood Ski Resort).  There are only twenty-two (22) townhomes in this exclusive enclave and each unit comes with their own garage.

 

These townhomes are beautifully maintained with incredible interiors.  A pier, pool, tennis courts, outdoor spa, gym, children's playground, lakefront clubhouse with kitchen and bar, lakefront meeting room, private boat slip for owner's exclusive use in their marina, lake side bocce ball court, on-site concierge services for housekeeping, shopping, transportation and event planning are all available. Fleur du Lac is the one of the finest lakefront developments at Lake Tahoe.

 

This well-known West Shore lakefront location was originally the palatial summer estate of industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (Kaiser Aluminum), which was built in 1939.  Later, the grounds and original buildings were used in the filming of the movie, Godfather II in 1973.  Shortly after the movie was made, a developer purchased the property and demolished the old main house to make room for an exclusive townhome development, now known as Fleur du Lac.   Today, the only structures used in the movie that still remain are the complex of old native stone boathouses with their wrought iron gates.  Fleur du Lac estates are an easy land mark to point out in the Homewood area.      

 
 

TAHOE SWISS VILLAGE - HOMEWOOD


This West Shore neighborhood is to the south of Tahoe Pines and has a number of split-lake front homes in this community.  Another home subdivision that is smaller in size and is very popular due to its home owners association.  They offer members the use the gated beach area, shared pier, and buoy rental option.  It is a nice area that is located less than a mile to Homewood Ski Resort area and is close to commercial services like the lake front restaurant West Shore Cafe, West Shore Sports, and Pisano’s Pizza. 
 
 

HOMEWOOD - HOMEWOOD


Homewood
is known for its lake-side snow skiing at the Homewood Ski Resort and small commercial core services.  The Homewood area is close to the marina, restaurants, and shopping.  In 2007, Homewood Resort  announced plans to expand the resort, creating a smaller version of the Northstar and Squaw Valley Village concepts with new visitor accommodations, new residential properties, and a Village shopping, dinning, entertainment center.  This new, proposed development would enhance the West Shore economic center and provide more resort services.  

 

Currently buyers will find a wide range of home styles from small mountain cabins, cottages, newer construction, to large lake front type estates.  The Homewood area is a forested area, with some properties offering nice lake views with a mix of relatively level lot properties, along with mountain-side homes.

 
 
 

VILLAS AT HARBORSIDE - HOMEWOOD


A new lake front housing development planned by Nate Topal has been in the planning/permitting process since 2005/2006.  Nine, high-end, custom, waterfront cottages using three adjoining lots in Homewood, next to the West Shore Cafe development offering fee-simple/fractional ownership in quarter shares was proposed for approval.  This master plan was reduced in overall size, but was approved in 2007.  Owner amenities may include completely furnished, concierge-style management units with on-site rental and management services, private beach, and buoy option.     


 

MCKINNEY SHORES - HOMEWOOD


Located approximately one mile past Homewood Resort , this group of homes are close to skiing, hiking, biking, and is very easy to get to.  McKinney Shores has its own lakefront homeowner’s association, offering access to a private beach/BBQ area, shared pier, and buoy rental option.  This area holds a few lakefronts and split-lake front properties, along with lake view homes.   The McKinney Shores Home Owners’ Association is a popular choice for owners who want lake access and also want to be a little more removed from Tahoe City. 
 
 
 

CHAMBERS LODGE / CHAMBERLANDS ESTATES / CHAMBERS LANDING - HOMEWOOD


Known for the prestigious lakefront townhome complex “Chambers Landing” the Chamberland area is a vacation-oriented community, with homes, condos, cabins, cottages, and townhomes.  Some home owners have joined the Chamberlands Beach and Mountain Club, which offers their members amenities such as the beach-side swimming pool, private beach area, Chambers Landing restaurant/bar discount, and transportation to nearby ski areas for an additional annual fee.  Those property owners who have the additional club membership typically get a significant sales premium on their homes.  Most of the homes are located on wooded lots, while some home have a forest setting and some have good lake views. 
 
 
 

CHAMBERS LANDING - HOMEWOOD


Located on thirteen and one-half (13.5) acres of Lake Tahoe’s west shore, this gated lakeside community is comprised of only forty-three (43) townhomes.  Owners here have access to a private pier and buoy within the Homeowner’s field.  Lifeguards staff a sandy beach and heated pool.  The community has four (4) tennis courts, the historical Chambers Landing Restaurant, Bar, and pier; which are seasonal facilities, and in the past have included a casual grill on the pier and a lake view restaurant, which is adjacent to the pool.  The historic location at Lake Tahoe was originally settled in the late 1800’s and has been used and enjoyed for generations.  Today, these townhomes offer all of the luxury amenities owners expect in a beautiful lakeside setting.

 

MCKINNEY ESTATES - HOMEWOOD / TAHOMA


This highly secluded, quiet, level and sunny area is one of the most pristine areas for the price on the West Shore.  Located within a short distance to Chambers beach, pier, and Chambers Landing restaurant area, McKinney Estates is easily accessible in both the winter and summer months.  Close to Homewood Ski Area, this subdivision has access to many hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails plus the Miller Lakes off-highway-vehicle road.  A nice mix of mountain cabins, cottages, and larger, newer homes make up this area.  This is an area that offers a lot of house and recreational value.

 

KAILUA PARK / WESTLAKE VILLAGE - TAHOMA


Located next to McKinney Estates, this area is also a mix of smaller mountain cabins, and larger, new, high-end homes.  Located approximately eight miles south of Tahoe City, this West Shore area offers a lot.   

 


TAHOMA - TAHOMA
 

Close to Sugar Pine Point Park and D. L. Bliss State Parks, this area is one of the larger developed housing areas on the West Shore and offers larger, newer homes, small mountain cabins, cottages, condominiums, townhomes, and residential lots.  Due to the upgrading of many older, summer cabins, and the affordability of homes, this is a very popular area.  Hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails are easily accessible for year round activities, plus the option of joining one of the local home owner groups giving owners access to the beach, shared pier, and buoy rental options has made this area very desirable.  Located approximately nine miles south of Tahoe City, Tahoma offer a wonderful forest setting for homes, easy access for year-around use, along with access to limited commercial services and vacation/resort accommodations with the various B&B’s.


 
MEEKS BAY / GLENRIDGE - TAHOMA
 

Located approximately fourteen miles south of Tahoe City, this area provides property owners with some distance from the larger developed areas in and around the Tahoe City area.  Perfect for summer fun with white, sandy beaches and open settings, Meeks Bay has many amenities to offer including the Meeks Bay Resort and Marina providing camping, RV parking, and a pier for boating use.  This area abounds with lake view homes and lake-front properties.    


 
RUBICON - TAHOMA
 
Close to Emerald Bay and D.L. Bliss State Park, this area contains some of the most beautiful private and public sandy beaches.  Spectacular views of Rubicon Bay’s turquoise and azure water permeates the landscape.  Also known as the “Gold Coast”, this prestigious area offers some of Tahoe’s most impressive estates, which are occasionally offered for sale.  Quality and prices vary according to location, views, and the age of the property, but the price tags on these types properties typically is very expensive.
 

Note:  Information and  summaries are based on information from various public sources including the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors - Tahoe Sierra Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  Due to MLS reporting methods and allowable reporting policy, this data is only informational and may not be completely accurate.  Therefore, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and Laura Allen do not guarantee the information’ accuracy.  Data and information maintained by the MLS's may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.   All information is deemed to be reliable, but is subject to change and/or correction without prior notice.  Data Source – Tahoe Sierra Multiple Listing Service, public records and sources.