Due to the very limited employee housing at Northstar, we have created this guide as a resource to help you make Tahoe your new home as quickly and as easily as possible.
The Lake Tahoe Region is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Located in the Sierras Nevada mountains and sitting at 6,225 ft, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Among all the communities around the lake the towns of Truckee, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, Incline Village, and Carnelian Bay are closest to Northstar. Some of our team members also choose to live in Reno which is just shy of 40 miles away. For more info see what’s in the area.
When searching for your residence consider drive time to work, your vehicle capabilities in varying weather conditions (regular and snowy), and if you are on a bus route. It is possible to take a bus from Incline Village to Northstar that goes through Kings Beach. It is also possible to take a bus from Truckee to Northstar and from Tahoe City to Northstar. The main TART routes are a free service to all passengers.
HOW TO FIND ROOMMATES?
When looking for housing, one of the hardest parts can be finding other people you can share the space with. We highly recommend sharing a room or space with someone in your same department. This will most likely help you align your schedules and possibility allow you to carpool to work. You may also post an add on Craigslist or Facebook: Northstar Employees, Northstar Housing, Burton Academy.
You can also take this short survey if you would like our Housing Coordinator to try to help match you to potential roommates.
HOW MUCH IS RENT?
Rent prices might be higher than you are used to due to location and the recent housing boom. One may expect to pay $400-$1000 to rent a room in a house/condo and $1500+ for a private studio or one bedroom. A 3 bedroom house can cost anywhere from $2000-$7000 per month to rent. Some people choose to share a room to cut costs down. In addition to high rent prices, gas and groceries tend to be higher in the mountains. You should plan for that when budgeting how much rent you can afford.
WHERE TO SEARCH FOR RENTALS?
Housing specific apps or sites are an easy way to find housing in the area Zillow, Craigs List, Trulia. If you are willing, you can post an ad to find some other people to share a house with. When searching on Craigslist please be careful of scams and protect your personal information. Sometimes it is possible to find available rentals by driving around the area to look for rental postings. They often will have their phone number on a sign for people to call.
Facebook can be a useful tool, and is probably one of the fastest ways to find a place to live in Tahoe. Many groups require membership approval to post or message on their boards.
Tahoe Truckee People
A grassroots community of primary residents in the North Tahoe-Truckee region, this Facebook page is where locals suggest looking for housing. This is not a public page.
North Lake Tahoe/Truckee Renters Network
Another Facebook page formed due to the surge of primary residents turning to social media to find housing. This is a place specifically designed to connect locals to open housing. This is not a public page.
Truckee Tahoe housing
This is a public group that helps network people together for rental housing in the area. It has many helpful posts about current events in the area as well.
When searching for a place, another option is to have a Realtor help you find something. A quick internet search will help you find someone willing able to help you. Some links such as Redfin and Coldwell Banker will help you find a Realtor or provide more reliable information about rentals. It may be fruitful to reach out to a couple as they will probably try to push their own clients’ rentals first. This route can also be helpful as they may be aware of others who are looking and might be able to connect you to them.
OTHER HELPFUL LINKS
Landing Locals helps homeowners connect with local employees through online long-term renting property platform. There have ben more postings on this site in the past few months, so this is a great place to look!
Sierra Village Apartments in Truckee
A good place to look for two, three and four bedroom apartments
Coldstream Commons in Truckee – Fall 2021
There are about 48-unit affordable housing units adjacent Donner State Park. Sign up to be notified about the waitlist opening for these units.
Find local residential housing listed in the classified ads.
The Housing Connection 530.583.0880
Get access to resources for making your relocation process a bit easier. The Housing Connection is a fee-based rental search program.