Have you ever asked yourself how residents of the Truckee-Tahoe area create and sustain their sense of community? Whether you plan to vacation here, live here seasonally, or become a full-time resident, this is an important topic for anyone considering purchasing a home here.
Resort towns are hailed as the places containing the secrets of happiness. But, what are the attributes of a healthy and happy resort community, and how can you fit in as a new homeowner?
If you look closely, you will find a special place that is totally unique to resort town living — real neighborhoods with real full-time residents and a real sense of community and place.
Having lived in Truckee for thirty-eight years, I find that most people have a feeling of belonging, a feeling that residents matter to each other, and that their needs will be met just by being committed to each other and to their community.
Last week, my husband and I attended a Christmas party in the Juniper Hills neighborhood above Glenshire. Most of the parcels in Juniper Hills are twenty acres and most of the homeowners probably chose Juniper Hills for the solitude the area offers while still being close to downtown Truckee. The neighborhood has a diverse group of residents, including artists, engineers, electricians, a fire captain, ski patrollers, business owners, and recently retired transplants from the Bay area and beyond. Although diverse, they all share a common interest in quality of life and the seemingly unlimited array of mountain sports and activities. They also help each other. For example, at the party there was quite a bit of discussion about fire protection and what mitigation measures can be taken for the benefit of everyone.
The Juniper Hills story is just one example of the rich tapestry of towns, neighborhoods, organizations, and institutions throughout the Truckee-Tahoe area. From church groups, to community festivals, to hiking, paddling, skiing, and golfing groups…..the sky is the limit. How about bunco, bingo, pickle ball, or book groups? And, volunteer opportunities are also abundant. Just ask Celia or Greg. They are all lifestyle experts and they can guide you to the right neighborhood based on your lifestyle, your budget, and any other criteria you deem important.
Have a happy and safe holiday season.