Lake Tahoe Real Estate

Tristan Roberts - I’ve been a North Lake Tahoe real estate broker with Coldwell Banker since 1999. I'm honest and frank and I'm well respected with our local agents. I excel when egos make situations difficult. I'm dependable and I appreciate the business and the opportunity. From quaint cabins to Lake Tahoe lakefront properties and the new luxury developments in Truckee, I know the markets well, I’m eager to work and I'm backed by an acceptional team of professionals. 

I custom built this MLS website from the ground up to give buyers and sellers more information.  Sites like Zillow and local IDX websites don't give you the information you will find here. We add our comments and extra photos to homes for sale to give you the complete story on the property.  With over 9 years of sales data, you can see if the home has been listed before, photos of the condition of the property when it last sold, and current sales comps to help you understand the likely selling price.  We give you a full market analysis of the region as well as every small subdivision and development.  Enhanced statistics, recent sales, properties in escrow, properties that have been reduced in price and new listings.   With in depth insight on specific subdivisions and developments you get the best possible research to help you with your purchase or sale.  Our custom built search tool enables you to search North Lake Tahoe homes for sale and Truckee real estate listings and pinpoint the home and features you're looking for.  

About us:

We are a team of real estate professionals providing complete service from start to finish when purchasing a North Lake Tahoe or Truckee home. We are honest, frank, and take pride in putting the interest of our clients above our paychecks.  Our agents are well respected in our industry and our local community. From answering questions regarding the pros and cons of specific neighborhoods and locations, to negotiating the offer and contract, to closing escrow and completing the sale, there will be a professional with you every step of the way. For sellers we offer an unmatched marketing plan that combines our active marketing to buyers with the industry leading marketing of Coldwell Banker.  Coldwell Banker is the market leader in the Lake Tahoe / Truckee region. Coldwell Banker has 4 full time lawyers, some of which have helped write the California real estate contracts. No other company has this level of expertise.

Tristan Roberts is the lead broker of the team and is active with every client.  He was raised in Redmond Washington.  His parents were in commercial real estate and residential development.  Tristan has lived in North Lake Tahoe since 1995 and has been the lead broker since 1999.  

Ken Lutz is the team opperations lead and is also active with every client.  Ken grew up in Chicago and prides himself on his midwestern morals and ethics.  He treats people the way he’d like to be treated and is just an honest and good guy.  He has lived on the north and west shore of Lake Tahoe since 1996 and has been licensed since 2001.

Our team also consists of a transaction coordinator and a marketing assistant to ensure every client receives an exceptional level of service.


For homeowners considering selling their property:

Selling a property can be met with mixed emotions.  You may have emotional ties, you’d like your home to sell for the highest price, but you’d also like your home to sell quickly.  Pricing your property competitively is extremely important.  There are a lot of factors that go into finding the value of a home in the Tahoe area.  Which community is it located in?  Are there forrest, mountain or lake views?  Size of the home?  Size of the lot?  Condition of the home?  Is it in an HOA?  Does it sit close to a street or the neighboring homes?  These are some of the basic things to consider.  We look at a property through the buyer’s eyes and assess all determining factors that may help or hurt the value of your home.  You can count on us to be honest and frank with our opinions and to fight for top dollar for your home.


For families looking to purchase a home in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe real estate market.

The Tahoe Truckee market is definitely unique.  We are a second home / vacation market primarily for families living in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Although properties sell year round, sales really heat up in the summer months as this is the time the Tahoe and Truckee region sees the majority of its visitors.  

There are many options when thinking about ownership in the Tahoe / Truckee area including lakefront estates, homes in golf course communities, homes and condos near ski resorts, “Old Tahoe” cabins, new construction and lakefront condo complexes.


Homes for sale in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee:

You can find a wide variety of single family homes in the surrounding areas of Tahoe / Truckee.  From quaint “Old Tahoe” cabins to the luxurious Lake Tahoe Lakefront estates, there is something for every demographic.  There are also many options for home ownership in an HOA which may have lake access and amenities such as piers, buoys, tennis courts, pools and picnic tables.

Condos and townhomes:

Condominium / townhome living has many benefits for out of area owners.  There are many options in the different complexes around Lake Tahoe and Truckee.  Lakefront complexes allow access to the beaches of Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake.  Most condominium complexes have on-site managers and offer pools, tennis courts, b-b-q pits and spas.  Ownership in a condo complex is comforting knowing you can lock the door, leave and have your property looked after.  In general the HOA fees cover exterior maintenance, snow removal, garbage pickup, maintenance of the grounds and common area insurance.  


Vacant land is becoming more and more scarce.  Finding acreage is every harder.  

When looking for a vacant parcel around the Tahoe Basin, it is important to first know if the parcel is buildable.  In the early 70’s, the TRPA (Tahoe Regional Planning Agency) used a system called IPES (Individual Parcel Evaluation System) to score each vacant parcel.  There had to be a score of 726 to be able to build on it.  Recently, the IPES score in 3 of the counties around Lake Tahoe have been reduced to 1, so thankfully we don’t have to worry about IPES scores in El Dorado, Washoe and Douglas counties.  Placer Co, however, still has the 726 IPES requirement.


Featured neighborhoods and communities:

There are many things to consider when choosing an area for ownership.  Would you like access to a beach / lake?  Are amenities important for you and your family?  Would you like to be close to skiing?  Walk to town and restaurants? Walk to the lake?  Depending on your interests, there is an area of Tahoe or Truckee that will meet your needs.

There are many areas that provide a woodsy / Tahoe feel and offer outdoor fun throughout the year.  Three of the featured communities on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe are Dollar Point, Sunnyside and Chambers Landing because they provide access to Lake Tahoe and amenities that make an enjoyable experience when relaxing in the sun or b-b-q’n with family and friends at the beach.

Dollar Point offers a large sandy beach with a pier and the possibility of having a buoy / mooring for a boat.  There are five tennis courts, a pool, b-b-q pits, bocce ball court and a volleyball court on the beach.  This is a great North Shore location being 1 mile from Tahoe City and close to many ski resorts and golf courses.  The family can take the bike path into Tahoe City for a fun day of activity.

Sunnyside is approx 2 miles south of Tahoe City on the west shore and offers approx 1400 feet of lake frontage, 2 piers, picnic tables and b-b-q pits, horseshoe pits and a half court basketball court.  The area is gated and there are also restrooms available.  This is a very desirable area of the west shore due to the proximity to Tahoe City, hiking and biking trails and 3 ski resorts.

Chambers Landing is located on the westshore approx 8 miles south of Tahoe City and 1 mile from Homewood Mt Resort.  There is a large pier which allows plenty of room for your boat to pull up in the summertime, a large beach, pool, tennis courts and the infamous and historic Chambers Bar.  Back in the day you could pick up your mail, get a haircut and have a beer.  Today you can either sit at the bar or head up to the restaurant for a bite to eat.

In Truckee, Tahoe Donner is a very desirable location which offers many options for home ownership and features incredible facilities for everyone in the family to enjoy.  From large new construction homes to a cabin or condo, there are many options.  The amenities associated with the Tahoe Donner Property Owners Association are argued to be the best value for the cost.  Tahoe Donner home owners enjoy a two large pools, a year round heated lap pool, spas, sauna, weight room, cardio room, women’s and men’s locker rooms, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, driving range, golf course, equestrian center, campground and private access to the east side of Donner Lake which includes b-b-q pits, picnic tables and a sandy beach with beautiful mountain views.

There are many other “pockets” in the Tahoe and Truckee region that are great for many reasons.  Feel free to reach out with your goals and needs and we’ll help you find a home that matches your lifestyle.

For the skiers and riders, owning a home near a ski area might be something to consider.  All regions are within 20-30 minutes of the ski areas, but living close to the mountain has it's advantages.

Northstar Resort is great for families because of the terrain, the village and the amenities.  The Ritz-Carlton is located on the slopes of Northstar.

Squaw Valley Ski Resort has incredible terrain for advanced to expert skiers.  They also have a great area for beginners on the top of the mountain which has great views of the Sierras.

There are many golf course communities in the Tahoe Region, most of which are gated, but you can also find homes and condominiums on public courses that rival those gated courses.  Martis Camp is the premier golf course community with unique amenities such as The Big Red Barn, an 18 hole putting course and a private chair lift to the top of Northstar.


Featured property types:

Lakefront homes:

Lakefront living is second to none in most people’s opinions here in Tahoe.  Access to great boating, views of the Sierras, the rising and setting of the moon and the sun.  Lakefront parcels vary in size as you drive around the shores of Tahoe.  Some parcels are directly on the highway and some are a nice distance away from the highway offering more peace and privacy.


Golf course communities:

There are a combination of public and private courses in the surrounding areas of Lake Tahoe and Truckee.  The gated communities are Martis Camp, Lahontan and Schaffer’s Mill.  Golf courses that rival these private course are Coyote Moon, Old Greenwood, Grays Crossing and the Resort at Squaw Creek.  Old Brockway is a great nine hole course that meanders through the woods with views of Lake Tahoe coming up the 8th and 9th fairways.


Ski areas & ski in ski out:

It is difficult finding a ski in / ski out property at any of the ski resorts in the Tahoe region.  With that said, you’ll pay a hefty price if you’d like a nice home on the mountain side.

Northstar has the premier ski in / ski out developments called Northstar Mountainside.

An option would be a unit in a condominium / townhome complex.  The Village at Squaw and Northstar are a short walk to the lifts and they have all sorts of restaurants and shops to keep you satisfied and busy during and after a day of skiing.

Squaw Valley also has The Resort at Squaw Creek which has its own lift to Squaw Valley.  The homesites at Granite Chief are the best option for ski in / ski out home ownership on the mountainside of Squaw Valley Reosrt.


Types of properties in the Tahoe / Truckee region:

Tear downs:

We are coming closer and closer to the point that smaller homes and cabins will be purchased to be torn down.  With vacant land becoming scarce, the best option for some is to find the location they are most interested in and purchase a “teardown” and build a custom home specific to their needs.  Since there are still cabins in the area that were built in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, these are either being completely remodeled or torn down to make way for a new home.



A great way to get into the Tahoe market is to find a home that needs some cosmetic work or possibly a bit more depending on the bones of the structure and the layout.  Most choose to remodel kitchens and bathrooms.  For those a bit more savvy or energetic, a few walls may be moved or removed or an addition or garage may be added.  At the lake, additions and garages are not always a possibility because of the coverage issues in the Tahoe Basin.


New construction:

There are many spec builders in the area offering their experience and expertise in knowing the local codes and working with the specific sub-contractors.  Purchasing a home that's under construction often allows one to personalize colors, furnishings, appliances, etc.  


The process of buying a vacation home:

Research, research, research.  We provide a great amount of information to give you a good start on knowing the different areas and differents markets.  The first step would be to understand how you want to use the property.  Skiers?  Water sports?  Hikers?  Bikers?  Would you like amenities?  There are many great activities to enjoy in the Tahoe area throughout the year so once you’ve envisioned how you will use your home, the specific location may make a difference.  If you do not have a location in mind, we can show you the pros and cons of all the micro neighborhoods.


The upkeep of a property:

The upkeep of a second home in Lake Tahoe and Truckee can seem daunting.  From removing pine needles from your roof, to checking your furnace, to sealing or painting your home, it’s hard to find someone reliable and trustworthy.  We work with the local contractors to coordinate the seasonal “to-do’s” and can help with the stress of owning a second home.  We  offer to check on your home on a weekly or monthly basis or as requested.


Seasonal events and activities:

Truckee / Tahoe has many great events.  Obviously skiing and snowboarding, road biking and mountain biking, wakeboarding and waterskiing are what people immediately think of when “Lake Tahoe” is mentioned.  Rafting, rock climbing, swimming, white water kayaking, lake kayaking, hiking, and birding are other activities visitors enjoy. 

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List Date: Aug 03, 2017

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