4 reasons to buy a second home in South Lake Tahoe

Published Date: October 19, 2023

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Lake Tahoe has long been a vacation destination, popular with regional residents and a must-see for many global travelers looking to experience a gem of the American West. The lake spans the California-Nevada border and is generally divided into two main regions: Tahoe North and Tahoe South. North Lake Tahoe is dotted with small towns, but the area’s main draws are outdoor recreation and quiet relaxation. An aura of luxurious tranquility has bolstered the region’s high-end reputation — with higher prices to match. The south shore once catered to more casual tourists with an array of souvenir shops and inexpensive roadside lodging. Over the past couple of decades, however, the region has undergone a dramatic transformation. Visitors to South Lake Tahoe — the name of the largest town and a reference to the region as a whole — now have a multitude of upscale hotels to choose from, as well as nightlife and entertainment options not available in the small towns to the north.   If you’re looking at real estate, there are many reasons to consider buying a second home in South Lake Tahoe. 

The south shore has something for everyone

Tahoe’s southern region offers an ideal combination of outdoor and indoor activities. From your second home in South Lake Tahoe, you can experience the area’s natural beauty, abundance of recreational activities and breathtaking views while enjoying the amenities of an entertainment destination. Kayak by day, then try your luck at the casinos at night. Or hit the slopes at Heavenly Ski Resort, then cozy up with a craft cocktail at the Heavenly Village. Whatever your interests, there’s no shortage of options in South Lake Tahoe.

It’s an ideal family destination

During the snowy season, families can ski or snowboard at one of several nearby ski areas. Heavenly is the closest to the south shore, spanning the border towns of South Lake Tahoe, California and Stateline, Nevada. It’s Tahoe’s largest ski resort, with multiple base lodges and a 2.4-mile gondola providing spectacular views. Two other ski areas, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood, are within 45 minutes of South Lake Tahoe. For kids (and kids at heart) who prefer to slide their way down the slopes, Adventure Mountain, about 12 miles south of South Lake Tahoe, offers the region’s largest groomed tubing and sledding area. In warmer months, canoe or kayak on the lake, hike to a local waterfall or try whitewater rafting on the milder rapids of the south fork of the American River or the Carson River. Families with second homes in South Lake Tahoe can also take advantage of the many local summer and day camps, including sports camps, art camps and classic camp experiences. 

Adults can play all day — and night

If you’re seeking some grownup adventure, but not the rugged mountaineering kind, you have plenty of options. Play a round at one of the area’s championship golf courses, book a sightseeing or dinner cruise or check out the galleries and shops around town. If luck is on your side, go all in at one of Stateline’s world-class casinos, which offer premium gaming, dining and entertainment. Later, dive into the vibrant South Lake Tahoe club scene or kick back at a brewpub and sample local craft beers. 

It’s easy to explore the rest of the lake

Despite its alpine setting, most areas surrounding Lake Tahoe are easily accessible. For people with second homes in South Lake Tahoe, it’s a scenic, one-hour drive to the north shore. The western route takes you along the California side of the lake, with several quaint towns and state parks to explore, including Emerald Bay, where you’ll find Lake Tahoe’s only island and historic Vikingsholm Castle. The eastern route passes through Nevada, with stellar views and a chance to stop for a refreshing swim at Sand Harbor, a state park on the northeast shore known for its great beaches and home to the annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.  

Find a second home in South Tahoe

Discover your Tahoe home away from home with Pacaso. Our luxury second homes offer the benefits of  true ownership without the hassles of maintenance and upkeep. As a co-owner, you purchase the amount of ownership that meets your needs, allowing you to get the most out of your second home. View our Tahoe luxury listings, and take the first step toward co-ownership in one of the West’s most beautiful locations. 

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