Looking at moving to Truckee end of July. Can anyone give me pointers on Good/Bad areas? SChools?

Asked by Allison Corso, Patterson, CA Mon Jul 8, 2013

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Allison Corso, Renter, Patterson, CA
Mon Jul 8, 2013
THANK YOU TO ALL! What a great response! I can only imagine how wonderful the town is! I do have a 7th grader and a 5th grader. We will be looking more full time :) I can not thank you all enough for such great responses. and for the rapid response.
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Sun Mar 29, 2015
Hello Allison, These links may assist you with crime statistics:

Theses links should have the answers to any questions you may have on schools:

The inventory is quite low currently but you should study RENT vs BUY options as you may qualify to buy with minimum out of pocket expenses and pay less than rent in many cities. You may qualify to buy FHA with fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down or as low as .5% half percent down payment program. You may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary.

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Olja Mihic, Agent, Tahoe City, CA
Wed Jul 10, 2013
Hi Allison,

You will not regret your move! There are really no bad areas around here, though some are a little further ... or steeper.

Depending on what you are looking for there are several things to consider: price range, are you comfortable driving in the snow, will you need access to the highway, do you prefer a woodsy feel or a town feel etc.

I have descriptions of all the neighborhoods on my website: http://www.charmingcabins.com/truckee/ (click on link below), you will also see all the real estate available for sale at the bottom of the page for Truckee, so you can get an idea of neighborhoods, but here are some of the neighborhoods in short:

Tahoe Donner: up a very steep hill, so difficult winter driving, though beautiful and serene - variety of price points available and HOA amenities
Sierra Meadows: very popular with locals, close to town, HOA and pool, level access, little more expensive
Prosser: popular with the locals, woodsy feel, level access, little further from town, but close to a pond
Armstrong tract: close to school, up a hill though not as steep as Tahoe Donner, some views of Donner Lake.
Donner Lake: popular with vacationers, some highway noise, Donner Lake at your doorstep, older homes for the most part.
Down town: very close to shopping and dining, some highway noise, Victorian homes subject to architectural review, small lots.
Glenshire/Devonshire: Few miles from Truckee, level access, easy access to Reno, HOA with pool, more value for money, some horse properties.

Olja Mihic
Coldwell Banker
530 448 6633
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Tamara Grosv…, Agent, Truckee, CA
Mon Jul 8, 2013
My kids attended the very sought after Spanish immersion school which is part of the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District. I would be happy to answer your questions. I also prepared a list of area schools if you would like a copy please send an email and I will forward it to you.
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Dave Westall, Agent, Tahoe City, CA
Mon Jul 8, 2013
I would be happy to help you learn about the different neighborhoods within the Town of Truckee, the school system, and to provide you insight so that you are knowledgeable about your new town. This is an exciting time for you and your family and I would be glad to help you out in any way possible. Please feel free to call or email me anytime as I am always available.

Best regards, Dave

David Westall, Realtor
Tahoe Riverfront Realty, Inc.
CA DRE# 01796995
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David Wright, Agent, Truckee, CA
Mon Jul 8, 2013
Buying or renting? or do you already have a place lined up here? kid's ages? where will you be working? Answers will determine best areas to look for first choice.

Exciting move, outdoors oriented area to raise kids.

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Thomas Gross…, Agent, Truckee, CA
Mon Jul 8, 2013
Welcome to town!
Thankfully, I can say there are no "bad" areas. Full-time neighborhoods are Olympic Heights, Prosser area, Glenshire and Sierra Meadows/Ponderosa areas. At Donner Lake and in Tahoe Donner, you will get more second home owners, but they have their fabulous amenities and settings. New home developments are Winter Creek, Martis Camp, Lahontan, Old Greenwood. Of course there are resales available in these areas, as well, but the majority of the homes are new builds.
As a Board Member of the Excellence in Education Foundation and parent of a Truckee HS student, I can also say we've got some excellent educational options. Truckee has two elementary schools - Truckee El and Glenshire. Glenshire covers the residents of Glenshire, Olympic Heights and Prosser Lakeview, while Truckee El covers the rest of town. Sierra Expeditionary Learning School (SELS) is a wonderful new addition to the education front, covering grades K-8. There is one middle school - Alder Creek and one HS, Truckee HS that are a part of the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District. Here is a link to their page to give you an overview, http://www.ttusd.org/
SELS http://www.truckeecharterschool.org/en/
Of course there are a number of educational options outside of the District parameters, Sugar Bowl Academy, Custom Learning Academy, Forest Charter School, Squaw Valley Academy and the new Squaw Valley Prep.
There is so much to say about the area that I can't do it justice here. We moved here from the East Coast in '99 and have never looked back. It's a true small town sense of community - you'll get to know people so easily - everyone is really friendly and outgoing. Good luck! Call if you have other questions, 530-386-1929. I'm happy to answer any and all.
Barb Wilkinson
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Anna Grahn-N…, Agent, Truckee, CA
Mon Jul 8, 2013
Welcome! What grades are you in need of for schooling? Sometimes looking for housing close to work is helpful; and sometimes that's not possible. Where will you be working? All of Truckee is mostly considered 'good area' - some neighborhoods have HOAs providing both amenities and 'government' and others don't, which may change the feel of the surroundings. Let me know what else you may be looking for....
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Lisa Nance, Agent, Truckee, CA
Mon Jul 8, 2013
Hi, Allison. Great questions. There are several different neighborhoods here in Truckee, each with it's own feel. The schools are great. Glenshire Elementary is in the Glenshire neighborhood, and many of the full time residents live there, so there are a lot of families to connect with. It has amenities such as a pool and clubhouse, tennis courts, etc. The Tahoe Donner neighborhood is great as well, Prosser Lakeview is beautiful and the price points are similar to those of Glenshire. The entire area is beautiful. I suggest a trip up here to check it out. I am from your area, as well, having moved here from Denair just over 4 years ago. We came sight unseen and never want to leave!
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Nicole Reitt…, Agent, Truckee, CA
Mon Jul 8, 2013
Hello Allison-
I assume you have children by the school question... There are (2) main, public grammar schools in Truckee-- Glenshire Elementary & Truckee Elementary. Both are good; I prefer Glenshire, however. The middle school is Alder Creek & public high school is Truckee High School. There are mixed reviews about the academics at Truckee High, but I have not experienced them firsthand as my child is too young yet.
As for areas, Glenshire is a very nice, family-friendly area with mostly locals (95+%), same with Sierra Meadows and Prosser. Tahoe Donner is good, as well, & has terrific amenities, but it's made up of many second homeowners, If you wanted to be more part of the full-time, local community I would not recommend Tahoe Donner as my top choice.
Other communities are Gray's Crossing & Old Greenwood, however these are very similar to Tahoe Donner with a heavy mix of second homeowners.
Hope this helps.
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