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Truckee Real Estate

When your looking for a Real Estate Broker,  what are you looking for?  An agent that has experience and one you can trust!!  Let Lee Shontz help you find your dream home or mountain get-a-way.  Lee has been selling Real Estate in the Truckee, North Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Donner, Donner Lake areas for over 30 years.  She offer’s personal service and is a stickler for details.  “Having raised twin girls kept me busy but definitely organization is the key word”.  Not only will Lee keep you posted with new MLS listings and Truckee Market  updates, she will guide you through the listing or selling process with as little stress as possible.  Take a moment to look at her  Testimonials”  (link at top of page ),to see just how satisfied her clients are!!


 An Historic Landmark

The town is named after a friendly Paiute Indian who helped guide the first white settlers through the region in 1844. As the story goes… as soon as the Indian chief saw the wagon train of settlers, he ran to greet it calling assurances of peace. Over and over again he used a Paiute word which sounds like “tro-kay”. The word loosely translates, “everything’s all right”, “it’s O.K.”. The Stevens party believed this was the chief’s name. They referred to him as “Truckee”, and he is known by that name today…Chief Truckee.

 Truckee in the late 1800’s was a rollicking railroad and lumber town, filled with rowdy saloons, gambling halls and bawdy houses. It rose quickly in population when the Central Pacific Railroad arrived in 1868 as part of the Transcontinental Railroad. This development created two major industries, logging and ice-harvesting. Truckee’s fortunes declined after the 1920’s and growth was stagnant until the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley provided an economic rebirth as a ski resort destination. Today, Truckee is once again booming. The town incorporated in 1993, combining the communities of old Truckee, Tahoe Donner and Donner Lake. Burned-out city folks looking for greener pastures and those using technology to work out of their homes have pushed the population to over 12,000 and attracted new businesses.

 Through all of the growth, the character of the old section of Truckee has been preserved. Nearly 100 of the 300 downtown structures were built prior to the turn of the century, and most of those buildings are concentrated along Commercial Row, where visitors can stroll threw shops and enjoy the flavor of the Old West. The town’s general plan guides future growth to preserve the history and environment that has made Truckee one of the best mountain towns.

 Truckee ranks #3 as one of The Best 10 Mountain Towns by Mountain Sports and Living Magazine in their January/February 1999 issue. The article has attracted many new visitors to the town and many of those visitors have been so captivated by its charm and what the town has to offer, they have decided to stay.

 Truckee is conveniently located off Interstate 80, between Sacramento (100 miles away) and Reno (45 miles away). Within a 20 mile radius of Truckee, there are seven alpine ski areas and Lake Tahoe, which is only 12 miles away