Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 16,180, reflecting an increase of 2,316 from the 13,864 counted in the 2000 Census.
The town’s original name was Coburn Station, commemorating a saloon keeper. It was renamed Truckee after a Paiute chief, whose assumed Paiute name was Tru-ki-zo. He was the father of Chief Winnemucca and grandfather of Sarah Winnemucca. The first Europeans who came to cross the Sierra Nevada encountered his tribe. The friendly Chief rode toward them yelling, “Tro-kay!”, which is Paiute for “Everything is all right”. The unaware travelers assumed he was yelling his name. Chief Truckee later served as a guide for John C. Frémont.
This area sits across from the Factory Outlet stores off Donner Pass Road. The neighborhood houses mostly primary residents and has beautiful views. Some areas may have freeway noise from Interstate 80; however, many homes have beautiful panoramic views of Donner Lake.
Both families and second home owners reside at Donner Lake, most within walking distance of the water. History buffs and nature seekers are drawn to this area bordered by the Donner Memorial State Park on the east and Donner Summit on the west. Up Old Highway 40 are the Historic China Wall and Rainbow Bridge. At the west end of the lake, the local Park District maintains a beach with a snack bar and playground. People can purchase a season pass or pay-per-use charge. A public boat launch & public piers on the north side are also available. There are Homeowner's Associations with private beaches/docks for some properties.
These neighborhoods off Donner Pass Road are near the Tahoe Forest Hospital and behind the Truckee Donner Public Utility District. The areas are comprised mostly of primary residents. Donner Trail is popular for its close proximity to downtown and its southern exposure. Gateway and Meadow Park are some of Truckee's oldest neighborhoods, developed in the 1940s. Within walking distance to everything!
Among the more popular family neighborhoods is Glenshire, located about six miles east of downtown Truckee making it a closer proximity to Reno. The Homeowner’s Association offers tennis, a pool and clubhouse. There are also many horse properties with equestrian trail easements. Within Glenshire are smaller areas including Cambridge Estates, the Meadows, Juniper Hills, Sierra Bluffs, Tahoe Boca Estates, Elkhorn Ridge and Juniper Creek Ranch. Glenshire is made up of mostly full-time residents and one of the two Truckee Elementary Schools is located there.www.glenshiredevonshire.com
Gray’s Crossing is another golf course opportunity. Featuring a Peter Jacobsen/Jim Hardy 18 hole golf course. Bike through the extensive trail system throughout the development. Gray’s Crossing offers an array of ownership opportunities. The development includes 377 home sites and 23 Town- home residences. It currently includes membership in the Tahoe Mountain Club featuring many high end recreational amenities, on and off site.www.grayscrossing.com
Lahontan is one of the few private gated golf club communities in the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe area. It includes the Tom Weiskopf 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 experience rivaling the finest private golf communities in the nation.www.lahontangolf.com
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.www.martiscamp.com
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, horseback 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.www.northstarcalifornia.com
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 alongside 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.www.oldgreenwood.com
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.
Located off HWY 89 north, this neighborhood offers a quiet area with lots of trees and snow. Consist- ing 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.
These two communities offer a limited amount of spacious home sites surrounded by 130 acres of open space. This area is located off HWY 89 north (across from Prosser Lakeview Estates) near Alder Creek Middle School. Expect lots of trees and open space for hiking and exploring!
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.www.sierramntmgt.com
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 predominantly comprised of second home owners.www.tahoedonner.com
At 475 acres, Schaffer’s Mill features 218 single family homes and 188 Mountain Lodges. Homesites range from .25 to .75 acre, and Mountain Lodges range in size from 2,200 to 3,100 square feet (for 3 and 4 bedrooms). The community’s beautiful clubhouse features a Sports Shop, restaurant, bar, a movement studio/workout facility, an swimming pool and hot tub, men’s and women’s locker rooms and a community gathering lawn known as Schaffer’s Square. Set in the beautiful Martis Valley, between historic Truckee and stunning Lake Tahoe, Schaffer’s Mill is a great four-season family community.www.schaffersmill.com
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