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November 22, 2008

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Russell Valley

November 18, 2008

HOBART MILLS/RUSSELL VALLEY

 

This area is about 7 miles North, North East of Truckee.  Russell Valley can be accessed by traveling North from Truckee on Highway 89 to Hobart Mills road or traveling North from Prosser Reservoir on Dog Valley Road.  Hobart Mills road is paved within 1 mile of Dog Valley Road and plowed to Dog Valley road in the winter.  The area is made up of wooded areas and meadows.  It is remote.  This area is comprised of parcels of land 1 acre and above.  Some parcels are developed and others not.  These properties are on septic systems and use well water. 

 

If you like serenity, this is a perfect area.

 

 

Prosser Lakeview Estates

November 18, 2008

 

PROSSER LAKEVIEW ESTATES 

 

This area is just minutes North of Truckee off Highway 89.  It is wooded area with some view parcels.  This is a developed area, but the area is on septic systems.  Many of the properties, in this area, back up to undeveloped US forestland.  There are also many hiking trails leading to Prosser Lake.  There are no homeowner dues or amenities.  There are no townhouses or condominiums in this area.  Grade school children are bused to the Glenshire elementary school.

Serene Lakes

November 18, 2008

SERENE LAKES

Serene Lakes is a 1,041-lot alpine community, approximately 4 miles off Interstate 80, at Soda Springs. It is 4 square miles of beautiful land, surrounded by the Tahoe National Forest on two sides, offering exclusive Lakefront and view properties in the High Sierras. Serene Lakes is located 171 miles from San Francisco, 84 miles from Sacramento, 43 miles from Reno and 12 miles from Truckee. The elevation ranges from the lake level of 6870’ to a high of just over 7,000’.

Originally these lakes were called Ice Lakes and most USGS and USFS maps still refer to them that way. The Overland Emigrant Trail, dating back to approximately 1846, crosses through the area.

The climate consists of an average rainfall of 14.8 inches per year and an average snowfall of 400 inches per year. The snowfall has ranged from a low of 159 inches in 1980-81 to a high of 1,226 inches in 1982-83. This is a lot of snow! Some residents enter their homes through the 2nd story windows/doors during peak snow times. The winters are longer. When the town of Truckee is free from snow, Serene Lakes still usually has snow on the ground. The temperature ranges from 5 to 50 degrees in the winter and 56 to 85 degrees in the summer. The lowest temperature on record is –9 degrees.

Serene Lakes is surrounded by land owned and managed by the US Forest Service and Royal Gorge. The area is in Placer County, with the county seat in Auburn. All paved subdivision roads are county roads with snow removal and road maintenance done by the county. There is only “off-road” parking from November to April to facilitate snow removal. Portions of some streets, where there are no homes, are not plowed. This doesn’t interfere with access to homes in the winter, but the route you take to your home may have to be altered during the winter months. Homeowners provide their own snow removal in their driveway areas during this time.

Utilities

PG&E services the area, but there is no natural gas. Electricity, propane, and oil heat the homes. Cable television is available except in that area that is served by underground utilities. Garbage service is available on a weekly basis. A school bus serves the area.

The Sierra Lakes County Water District provides water and sewage handling. The drinking water comes out of the upper lake (Serena), is treated, and then stored in a 300,000-gallon (underground) tank. Sewage is pumped out of the development to the Donner Summit PUD is Soda Springs. Currently water and sewage is $1,827 per year, and can be paid in two installments. There is a “standby fee” of $60 per year for vacant lots. There is also a water tax of $.45 per $100.00 on the land value only paid annually.  Fee’s can change and borrower strongly advised to check with local authorities for correct amounts.

Fire protection

Structural fire protection is provided by Donner Summit Fire Department. The US Forest Service and the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection protect the wildlands.

Homeowner’s Association

There is a homeowner’s association. Joining is not mandatory, but encouraged. The dues are $50.00 annually for improved property and $25.00 for unimproved land. There are recorded CC&R’s relating to this subdivision. The CC&R’s are very outdated and very unenforceable since there is no governing body to enforce them. The homeowners do try to live by and follow the appropriate CC&R’s. There is an architectural review committee to help homebuilders with the building process. Their purpose is to keep the area looking like a mountain community and to correct any glaring errors the builder might have in this area of extreme winter weather conditions.

Recreation

Swimming is prohibited in Serene Lake, but allowed in Dulzura Lake. There are no motorized boats allowed on the lake. The fishing is excellent. The Sierra Lakes Property Owner’s Association maintains a recreation area that includes a sandy beach, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and picnic areas.

Sugar Bowl, Soda Springs, Boreal Ridge and Donner Ski Ranch are all within 10 minutes by car. The Royal Gorge cross-country ski area operates on the property adjacent to the Serene Lakes subdivision. The other ski areas within twenty miles are Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Northstar.

Tahoe Donner

November 18, 2008

TAHOE DONNER

 

Tahoe Donner is a planned community.  The development of this area was started in the early 1970’s.  It has 6,000 lots varying in size, but averaging ¼ acre each.  Approximately 70% of all lots are now built upon.  Of those with houses, one third are permanent residents of Truckee; the other two thirds are used as vacation homes.

The vacation homes are used by the owners or rented out.  There are yearly homeowner’s dues and an optional yearly recreational fee.

 

As part of the planned community, many amenities are available for use by the property owners in Tahoe Donner.  Below is a brief description of those amenities.  Entrance to most of the amenities is limited to property owners and their guests.  Owners who have paid the annual recreation fee are admitted free.  There is a nominal fee for guests. 

 

 

 

Trout Creek Recreation Center

This is a great fitness and aquatics complex open daily from 6 AM to 10 PM year round.

 

There is a large recreation pool open from mid May to mid September.  Adjacent to the large pool is the children’s wading pool and family spa.  There is also a lap pool (reserved for those 18 years and over) and another spa next to it.  The lap pool is open year round.  This facility also included a steam room, dry sauna and shower area.

 

Behind the recreational pool are a basketball court, playground equipment, and a large lawn, picnic, and barbecue area.

 

The fitness room (ages 14 years and over) has a variety of weight and aerobic equipment.  There are professional fitness trainers available for private sessions for a fee.

 

Outside the recreation center there is an area, which become the snow play area in the winter.  Plastic disks and sleds are available for sledding on the gentle slopes.  It is great fun for kids and adults.

 

 

Beach Club Marina

Tahoe Donner has its own sandy beach and boat ramp on Donner Lake.  This facility is open from Memorial Day to mid-September.

 

There is a rental fleet of two person kayaks, pedal boats, canoes, rowboats, sailboards and sailboats.  There are sailing and sailboard clinics and lessons available.  This area also has volleyball, barbecues, picnic tables and a dock for fishing.  There are many activities that take place at this facility in the summer such as the full moon canoe and board rides.

 

 


 

Tennis Center

The tennis center is open in its entirety from mid-May through mid-October.  The nets are put up as soon as the snowmelts off the courts and taken down after the first sign of snow.

 

The tennis center is top notch.  It has eleven courts, two practice courts, ball machine, pro shop with retail merchandise, locker rooms, lounge with TV and barbecue area.  It has a full staff including a great pro and assistant pro which give clinics and lessons all summer and put on many wonderful tournaments and events.

 

 

Golf Course and Driving Range

The golf course is open from mid-May to mid October, however opening day can be delayed due to the length of winter or closing can be moved up if there are early snow falls.  This facility is open to the public also.  Weekend and holiday times in peak season are held for property owners until noon on the Friday proceeding the weekend.  At that time the remaining times are released to the public.  Twilight starting times from 3:04pm through 3:36PM are reserved exclusively for property owners and their guests.  Property owners do pay for golf, but at a much-reduced rate from the public rate.  Property owners, beginning at 6:30AM may obtain reservations up to 12 days in advance.

 

 

Tahoe Donner’s championship 18-hole golf course is one of the top-10 rated courses in Northern California.  It is 6,917 yard, 71.2 par course.  There is a driving range, pro shop, snack bar, restaurant and lounge.  The pro and staff are available for lessons and give clinics.

 

 

Equestrian Center

The equestrian center is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.  It is open to the public, but property owners can rent horse and reduced rates.

 

Property owners may board their own horses here.  The center itself has a large group of horses used for trail rides and lessons.  There are also hayrack rides and western barbecues.

 

 

 

 


 

Tahoe Donner Ski Hill

The ski hill is a 120-acre ski bowl with 14 trails, one quad lift and one double lift.  This ski area is open to the public.  Property owners pay a reduced rate for lift tickets.

 

It is a premier “learn to ski” area or where you want to go if you only feel like skiing for a couple hours.  There is a ski rental shop, restaurant and lounge.  Lessons in skiing, snowboarding and telemarking are given.

 

 

Nordic Ski Center

In the winter, the Equestrian Center becomes the Nordic Ski Center.  It is open to the public, but property owners pay a reduced rate for its use.

 

Some of the best cross-country terrain can be found in Tahoe Donner. Its 70km of groomed trails offers terrain for all levels.  Tahoe Donner offers the only Nordic night skiing in the area with its 2.5km of lighted track.  For the long distance skiers, there are warming shacks to rest and have something to eat.

 

 

Other Facilities

Tahoe Donner has others amenities for property owner use. 

 

There is the Northwoods Club House where the Tahoe Donner offices are located.  That facility has meeting rooms and a restaurant and lounge open Thursday night through Sunday night.  Outside the building is another swimming pool for summer use.

 

There is a campground on the banks or Alder Creek.  There are 42 campsites for tents and RV’s up to 40 feet.  There are showers, laundry, electrical hook-ups, etc.

 

There is a storage area for RV’s and boats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAHOE DONNER

 

Tahoe Donner is a planned community.  The development of this area was started in the early 1970’s.  It has 6,000 lots varying in size, but averaging ¼ acre each.  Approximately 70% of all lots are now built upon.  Of those with houses, one third are permanent residents of Truckee; the other two thirds are used as vacation homes.

The vacation homes are used by the owners or rented out.  There are yearly homeowner’s dues and an optional yearly recreational fee.

 

As part of the planned community, many amenities are available for use by the property owners in Tahoe Donner.  Below is a brief description of those amenities.  Entrance to most of the amenities is limited to property owners and their guests.  Owners who have paid the annual recreation fee are admitted free.  There is a nominal fee for guests. 

 

 

 

Trout Creek Recreation Center

This is a great fitness and aquatics complex open daily from 6 AM to 10 PM year round.

 

There is a large recreation pool open from mid May to mid September.  Adjacent to the large pool is the children’s wading pool and family spa.  There is also a lap pool (reserved for those 18 years and over) and another spa next to it.  The lap pool is open year round.  This facility also included a steam room, dry sauna and shower area.

 

Behind the recreational pool are a basketball court, playground equipment, and a large lawn, picnic, and barbecue area.

 

The fitness room (ages 14 years and over) has a variety of weight and aerobic equipment.  There are professional fitness trainers available for private sessions for a fee.

 

Outside the recreation center there is an area, which become the snow play area in the winter.  Plastic disks and sleds are available for sledding on the gentle slopes.  It is great fun for kids and adults.

 

 

Beach Club Marina

Tahoe Donner has its own sandy beach and boat ramp on Donner Lake.  This facility is open from Memorial Day to mid-September.

 

There is a rental fleet of two person kayaks, pedal boats, canoes, rowboats, sailboards and sailboats.  There are sailing and sailboard clinics and lessons available.  This area also has volleyball, barbecues, picnic tables and a dock for fishing.  There are many activities that take place at this facility in the summer such as the full moon canoe and board rides.

 

 


 

Tennis Center

The tennis center is open in its entirety from mid-May through mid-October.  The nets are put up as soon as the snowmelts off the courts and taken down after the first sign of snow.

 

The tennis center is top notch.  It has eleven courts, two practice courts, ball machine, pro shop with retail merchandise, locker rooms, lounge with TV and barbecue area.  It has a full staff including a great pro and assistant pro which give clinics and lessons all summer and put on many wonderful tournaments and events.

 

 

Golf Course and Driving Range

The golf course is open from mid-May to mid October, however opening day can be delayed due to the length of winter or closing can be moved up if there are early snow falls.  This facility is open to the public also.  Weekend and holiday times in peak season are held for property owners until noon on the Friday proceeding the weekend.  At that time the remaining times are released to the public.  Twilight starting times from 3:04pm through 3:36PM are reserved exclusively for property owners and their guests.  Property owners do pay for golf, but at a much-reduced rate from the public rate.  Property owners, beginning at 6:30AM may obtain reservations up to 12 days in advance.

 

 

Tahoe Donner’s championship 18-hole golf course is one of the top-10 rated courses in Northern California.  It is 6,917 yard, 71.2 par course.  There is a driving range, pro shop, snack bar, restaurant and lounge.  The pro and staff are available for lessons and give clinics.

 

 

Equestrian Center

The equestrian center is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.  It is open to the public, but property owners can rent horse and reduced rates.

 

Property owners may board their own horses here.  The center itself has a large group of horses used for trail rides and lessons.  There are also hayrack rides and western barbecues.

 

 

 

 


 

Tahoe Donner Ski Hill

The ski hill is a 120-acre ski bowl with 14 trails, one quad lift and one double lift.  This ski area is open to the public.  Property owners pay a reduced rate for lift tickets.

 

It is a premier “learn to ski” area or where you want to go if you only feel like skiing for a couple hours.  There is a ski rental shop, restaurant and lounge.  Lessons in skiing, snowboarding and telemarking are given.

 

 

Nordic Ski Center

In the winter, the Equestrian Center becomes the Nordic Ski Center.  It is open to the public, but property owners pay a reduced rate for its use.

 

Some of the best cross-country terrain can be found in Tahoe Donner. Its 70km of groomed trails offers terrain for all levels.  Tahoe Donner offers the only Nordic night skiing in the area with its 2.5km of lighted track.  For the long distance skiers, there are warming shacks to rest and have something to eat.

 

 

Other Facilities

Tahoe Donner has others amenities for property owner use. 

 

There is the Northwoods Club House where the Tahoe Donner offices are located.  That facility has meeting rooms and a restaurant and lounge open Thursday night through Sunday night.  Outside the building is another swimming pool for summer use.

 

There is a campground on the banks or Alder Creek.  There are 42 campsites for tents and RV’s up to 40 feet.  There are showers, laundry, electrical hook-ups, etc.

 

There is a storage area for RV’s and boats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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