There really isn't a bad area for families, it's just going to be what you prefer.
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A 3 bed/2bath home with 1300 sq ft on almost 3/4 of an acre in Truckee (Glenshire neighborhood) just came on the market for $299K. Please let us know if we can help you with this.
Luca and Alisa Adriani
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Truckee is an area that homes can be found in the $300K range. In the last quarter of 2012 with January and February of this year included, 27 homes sold for less than $300K. Half of those were short sales or foreclosures. My question to you would be is this for a second home or are you looking to move here permanently? I think the answerer to this question would help me guide you toward certain areas. Currently in Truckee there is only one listing ( a 2 bedroom) that is listed under $300K. However, there are 11 homes currently in escrow in Truckee listed under $300K. So homes do come up under $300K. You just have to be ready to pounce when the home you want comes on the market. Kings Beach may be another area of interest. There are homes that come up under $300K in that area as well. Hope this helps. Please let us know if we can be of service Tim. We are always here to help.
If your family has a ton of activities in town you may want to look at Sierra Meadows, Prosser Lake View, and other areas near town that have great access to the bike trails and planned pedestrian sidewalk the Town of Truckee is building soon.
One question: are you looking for a vacation home or full-time residence?
All of the areas everyone has mentioned are family-friendly, however Tahoe Donner has many second homeowners while Glenshire, Prosser & Sierra Meadows has predominantly full-time residents.
Something to consider.
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