The Benefits of Owning a Home in Tahoe Donner


Lake Tahoe offers many diverse communities, each with their own unique character. What makes Tahoe Donner special is that it has one of the largest homeowner associations, with amenities that cannot be found in other neighborhoods. Spanning 7300 acres in the mountain overlooking Donner Lake, it also has a golf course, and a cross country and downhill ski area. Home to  locals and second home owners alike, it offers newer architecture and a lifestyle catering to the outdoors.


From Highway 80, take Donner Pass Road, the first Truckee exit, and cross back over the highway toward Truckee. You will see Northwoods Blvd on your left, which leads you up into Tahoe Donner, where you will pass Coyote Moon Golf Course on your right. The neighborhood rambles around the mountain north of Truckee and offers both easy access to Old Town Truckee and Highway 80. As your choice for your second home in Lake Tahoe, it is by far the easiest commute to Sacramento and the Bay Area.

Tahoe Donner Homeowner Association

Homeowners enjoy an 18-hole golf course during summer, with access to a private beach and marina at Donner Lake. It is also home to one of the area’s only equestrian centers. The recreation area features three outdoor swimming pools, 60 miles of hiking and biking trails and several restaurants.

During winter, kids can enjoy learning to ski at a family friendly ski area with many available instructors. Additionally, there is plenty of cross country ski trails with incredible views. The 2 lift ski area has 17 trails that include four black-diamond runs and a mile-long beginner track. A carpet conveyor ensures ease of access to the practice hills for children. The area also boasts dog-friendly trails for hiking and cross country skiing.

But it is perhaps the sense of community organization that makes Tahoe Donner such a great choice for your mountain retreat. The members only Trout Creek Recreation center offers fitness training, kids club, pools and spas.  During winter, kids can enjoy the snow-play area that is open to all for a small entrance fee.

Renting Your Tahoe Donner Vacation Home

Because of the amenities, if you own a second home and plan to offer it as a vacation rental, you will find an eager market of renters. With online rental platforms like AirB&B and, homeowners can easily manage the rental process themselves. However, you may still need a property manager to maintain the flow of renters in and out if you are unable to prepare the property for renters. Additionally, keeping the property shoveled and checking heat settings to ensure pipes do not freeze is also something a property manager can help you with.

Home Prices in Tahoe Donner

Lots in Tahoe Donner allow you to design your own custom-built home and range in price from $49,000 in surrounding areas, to under $150,000 in the heart of Tahoe Donner. Some homes have breathtaking views of Donner Lake and the Pacific Crest, while others are located in the well designed neighborhood streets that wind throughout the mountain. There are entry level homes in the $500,000 range with others offered for sale over $3 million. The diversity of choices ensures you find your perfect home. (Prices from October 2019)

Whether you are thinking of buying or selling your home in Tahoe Donner, I am a specialist in this neighborhood and would love to help you. Contact me today!