The colorful history of Truckee dates back to 1894, when the Stephen-Townsend-Murphy party was migrating west, trying to cross the Sierra before winter set in. A friendly Paiute Indian offered assistance in guiding the party to California. His name sounded like “Tro-kay” to the white men, who dubbed him “Truckee”.
Logging has been a key industry in Truckee over the past century, along with the railroad. In the late 1800's, the town gained a reputation as a wild Old West town, with plenty of saloons and a red-light district. After the 1920's, Truckee began a 40-year period of little growth and development, particularly during and after the War years. Finally in 1960, the Winter Olympics were held at Squaw Valley, putting the Truckee-Tahoe area on the map as a major destination resort for year-round recreation.
The Truckee Real Estate market offers a variety of housing opportunities in both small and large subdivisions, all with different personalities. As we talk about the "Greater Truckee area" we are referring to all the neighborhoods of Truckee homes stretching from about 8 miles east of downtown Truckee and to the east of Donner Lake, not including Donner Lake, and the neighborhoods north of Truckee - in the Prosser Lake area - and south of Truckee along Highway 267, not including the Martis Valley and Northstar areas. Take a look at our Communities Area Map page to locate the Truckee Real Estate neighborhood areas on the map.
Subdivisions in the Greater Truckee area include: Downtown Truckee, Safeway Area (Donner Trail, Gateway Park, Meadow Lake Park), Gray's Crossing, Armstrong/Biltz Tracts, Old Greenwood, Olympic Heights, Ponderosa Fairway Estates, Ponderosa Palisades, Ponderosa Ranchos, Martiswoods Estates, Sierra Meadows, Sierra Pines Townhomes, and many more.
Visit our various community pages to learn more about the specific Truckee area neighborhoods:
If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at 530.205-6902 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.
Click on the photos to learn more about the homes listed here.