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Living a Boating Lifestyle in Tahoe, California

If you have seen some of the Godfather movies there is no need to explain the appeal of Lake Tahoe to a boater. The deep blue lake is enough to make even the most confirmed landlubber want to buy a boat. This community offers much, from world class skiing to boating. Other areas nearby, such as Squaw Valley and Mammoth Lakes, offer lower key and less developed version of Lake Tahoe that could also be considered as retirement destinations.

Lake Tahoe has suffered from much use and development. These activities have been linked to ‘clouding’ of the Lake’s amazingly blue waters. Currently, there is considerable conflict between the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and local homeowners and developers. Housing tends to be extremely expensive, especially near the lake and ski slopes. The Tahoe area includes many different smaller communities located near the lake. Forest fires can be a serious problem as seen in the summer of 2007. Lake Tahoe is located in Placer County in northern California. The lake’s surface is 6,229 feet above sea level. Photo of hotel on the lake courtesy of Wikipedia and Sean O'Flaherty.

Where to Retire in Tahoe and Home Prices

There are a number of towns on or near the lake, all of them relatively small. They include Sunnyside-Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach, Dollar Point, and South Lake.
Home prices have been negatively affected by the housing crisis. There are so many types of houses that prices are in a wide range. Zillow's Home Value Index for Tahoe City was $708,919 in early 2018.

What is special about Tahoe

4 season interest, World class scenery, Great skiing, boating, and outdoor activities

What is not special about Tahoe

It is isolated, particularly when hit by winter blizzards. Not much infrastructure in terms of communities for active adults or people in retirement. Forest fires

Climate and Physical Environment

The area is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California and offers some of the most majestic scenery in the world. View Google Map for Lake Tahoe

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Lake Tahoe does not have much to offer for culture that we are aware of. Can some locals add more information?

Crime

Crime in the Tahoe area is just under the national average.

Medical facilities

Local facilities are limited - the resorts might offer the best care alternatives. Otherwise it might be a long drive in difficult conditions.

Transportation

The drive to San Francisco is about 2 hours in good weather

Valuable Links

Lake Tahoe on Wikipedia

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