Meyers, South Lake Tahoe’s “Gateway”

Next up on our updated neighborhood descriptions is Meyers.  Locally known as the “Gateway” to South Lake Tahoe, tourists know Meyers as the first place to stop for a quick refreshment or restroom break after making the tour along Highway 50. Like most Tahoe neighborhoods, Meyers has its share of older classic cabins and A-Frames built when a plan was in place for an area ski resort back in the 1960’s, ranch style homes, larger contemporary styles and small estates. There are approximately 475 homes within the area with an average lot size of 6,000 square feet. Many of the homes feature gorgeous views of the surrounding mountain ranges and rare Western Juniper trees. Some of the homes even back the golf course, National Forest and the Truckee River.

Popular features found throughout Meyers are the Tahoe Paradise Park, Lake Baron, developed bike lanes and two golf courses. There is also a large grocery store, restaurants, bike rentals, California Conservancy headquarters, a visitor center and the Truckee River. To learn more about the Meyers neighborhood, click here.

Tahoe Island and Tahoe Island Park Neighborhood Profile

As summer approaches, we thought it would be fun to take a refreshed look at the various neighborhoods found throughout the South and East shores of Lake Tahoe. Our first featured neighborhood is a combined area of Tahoe Island and Tahoe Island Park. This in-town area is quiet, centrally located and is made up primarily of single family residences. There are a few multi-family units scattered throughout. Entrance to this area is commonly accessed by way of 3rd Street, Tahoe Keys Blvd and from Emerald Bay Highway. Throughout the area, there are approximately 400 homes offering a variety of construction years, style and and size. The majority of these homes were built between the 1960’s and the 1980′s. During the 2000′s as folks were choosing to drive less, there was a new trend among locals to build homes closer to the lake. Now, there are a number of classy new homes throughout Tahoe Island and Tahoe Island Park. Homes throughout the area in the Tahoe Island and Tahoe Island Park area range between 1,000 to 2,000 SF of living space with an average lot being between 7,000 – 9,000 square feet. A popular reason folks love living in this neighborhood is that the general topography is level allowing “less-stress” living conditions during the winter. There are even areas within these neighborhoods with special amenities such as homes with mountain views, some backing lush alpine meadows and some even backing the tranquil sailing lagoon. Some homes even haves rights to boat docks within the Tahoe Keys Marina. Adding to the convenience of this area are nearby restaurants, shopping, and public transportation. Many residents are most enthused by the bike trails providing easy access to the Lake Tahoe beaches and recreational activities. To preview homes currently for sale in this neighborhood, click here.

South Lake Tahoe’s Tuesday Night Beach Night is Back in Action

Canoe PosterApproximately 10 years ago, we found ourselves lamenting over the fact that a glorious Lake Tahoe summer had just passed and we had not made it to the beach.  Not once.  We had let our busy schedules get in the way.  How ridiculous is that?  Here we were living in one of the world’s most sought after recreation destinations and we letting mundane routines take over our lives.  “Never again” we swore to ourselves.  At that very moment we made a vow that we would never let excuses get in the way of our living the Tahoe lifestyle so many just dream about.  Collectively a group of family and friends came up with the idea of a weekly potluck dinner at the beach.  Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Tuesday evenings after work became our focus and “no stress/no mess” was our goal.  If someone want to prepare a gourmet dinner to share – great.  If someone wanted to pick up a bucket of KFC – fabulous.  Bring your own dishes and utensils, beverage of choice and a dish to share and just get to the beach.  This was as complicated as it got.

Ten years later, we are still at it.  Some participants have moved away and new members have joined us.  Some babies are now rascally kids and new babies are appearing.  Some folks show up randomly, some are there every week.  Bald eagles fly over head, Canadian geese beg and the setting sun always puts on a show.  It’s Tuesday night in Tahoe and Beach Night is underway. Take a look and see why we are so enthralled with Tuesdays.

Must be Nearly Summer. Kingsbury Grade Construction is Almost Here.

image by theresa Souers

image by theresa Souers

Starting this May, if your Tahoe plans involve traveling over Kingsbury Grade, you should read the following information posted with the Record Courier.

“With only 200 days of actual work time to strip 13 inches of pavement and base off four miles of Kingsbury Grade, the state plans to close the highway at the summit in early May.
While residents and businesses will be able to go up the grade from Highway 50, only emergency and bus traffic will be allowed past the barrier at Tramway Drive for the first month.
The state is hosting two public meetings, 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ridge Tahoe and 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Douglas High School in Minden.
The approximately $15 million project will reconstruct pavement and make drainage, safety, curb and gutter, sidewalk, lighting and other improvements on areas of Kingsbury Grade from just east of Daggett Summit to the intersection of Highway 50 at Stateline.

“Construction, scheduled to start in early May, will follow a very aggressive schedule to complete the project by July 4, 2015. During month directly prior to Memorial Day and another month after Labor Day, Kingsbury Grade will be closed to through traffic near the summit, just east of Tramway Drive.  Construction will also continue during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with Kingsbury Grade open to through traffic, but nighttime construction-related lane closures and delays to be expected. The road will be open with one lane in each direction during daytime hours, weekends and holidays through these summer months.
The public can sign up for construction alerts and see additional project information at or by dialing 1-844-888-ROAD.

“Kingsbury Grade is a vital thoroughfare,” NDOT Project Manager Pedro Rodriguez said. “Working with contractor Q&D Construction, we’ll reconstruct the roadway and road base to a 13-inch depth, help prevent continuing pavement deterioration from natural springs below the roadway, improve lighting and visibility and do a lot more to keep the road open, accessible and safe into the future. It’s our goal to complete this project as quickly and as effectively as possible for everyone who uses and commutes on Kingsbury.”

The project uses the construction manager at risk process, which brings project designers and contractors together at the start of the project with the goal of completing it more quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.
The first Kingsbury Grade Pavement Reconstruction Project public information meeting will be held Wednesday at the Ridge Tahoe, located at 400 Ridge Club Drive in Stateline, and the second will be held Thursday at Douglas High School located at 1670 Highway 88 in Minden.

Both meetings will provide the same information and will be held in an open format, with the public invited to attend any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to discuss the project and provide comments. A project presentation will be given both evenings at 5:30 p.m. Comments can also be made before April 4 online at, by e-mail at or by mail to NDOT Project Manager Pedro Rodriguez, 1263 South Stewart Street, Carson City, NV., 89712.

Meeting accommodations for the disabled or those with limited English proficiency can be made by contacting (775) 888-7171.”

South Lake Tahoe Vacation Rentals May be Assessed on their Personal Property?

Pushy“Surely this is a scam” I reacted when my friend and an owner of a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental showed me a letter she had just received.  This letter, stated that since she has an active TOT (transient Occupancy Tax) license with the City of South Lake Tahoe or El Dorado County (doing the right thing), she was subject to “business property tax assessments on furniture and equipment used in the rental activity.”  This letter went on to say that the assessor will “calculate the value to be assessed on the 2014 tax roll.”  Keep in mind that they are referring to “furniture, laundry and kitchen appliances, furnishings and any other equipment used int the rental activity.”

Oh, it gets better.  Evidently some law states that pro-ration of value between rental and personal use is not allowed.  They then provide the property owner with a form to fill out declaring all of the items in the house, their value, on and on.  Are you kidding me?  Oh – and another thing.  These letters were mailed with a date of March 24th and stated that the law says this form needs to be returned by April 1.  However, in their kindness they are giving everyone an extension until May 7th without penalties.  After May 7th, they will add an additional 10% penalty.  10% of what???  Is there going to now be a police force to see if someone is truthful in regards to their furnishings.  Is someone going to admit they purchased a $5,000 pool table or simply state that they purchased it on Craig’s list for $100?  What if they don’t know the value?  The Assessor gets to make that call?  Yet, once again, we find ourselves in an environment where folks will feel the defensive need to lie.  Perfect.

I have so many questions.  How did this slip through the cracks?  Why didn’t anyone know this was coming down the line?  I have called numerous sources involved with property management and not a one of them heard about this until their clients, upon receiving their letter, started calling.  Another question, what about those that purchased their properties fully furnished/turn-key AND those furnishings were included in the purchase price?  Think about it.  Their subsequent property taxes were based upon the purchase price therefore these folks are ALREADY paying taxes on the personal property (at least that’s how I see it.)  WAit.  If someone is operating their vacation rental via VRBO (Vacation Rent by Owner) and using their computer from a remote location, are they going to need to claim the cost of that computer?  What if they drive their car to the property to open it up for a client.  Do they need to report the car as a business tool and pay additional taxes on that?  Remember, the law says no pro-rations.  I just don’t see the logic here.  What a pitiful approach to scrap together more dollars.  Let’s face it.  South Lake Tahoe is one small corner of El Dorado County yet we are the ones that will feel the repercussions.  Already folks are grumbling about this being yet another way to discourage investing in South Lake Tahoe.  Our economy is based on folks coming and staying in Tahoe.  While they are here, they spend dollars on lodging/meals/entertainment/clothing/recreation . . .  The folks purchasing vacation homes are not getting rich with their rentals.  In most cases, they are trying to subsidize the costs for a more long term investment and often plan to use the home in their retirement.  They are already paying property taxes/utilities/management fees/TOT taxes/insurance/(I am probably overlooking a dozen others.)  Folks owning vacation rentals are one of the main reasons the rest of us are lucky enough to live here.

Perhaps I am missing something.  If you can see the logic, please call and explain it to me.  I am truly open to hearing another point of view.  But if this sounds ludicrous to you as well, I am asking you to make some noise.  The letter states that inquiries should be addressed to Lynne Petty (the supervising accountant auditor) at 530.621.5716 OR by emailing  Do it! You should also try calling the main Assessor’s office at 530.642.8148.  By the way, I am also in the process of reporting this matter to the California Association of REALTORS® with hopes of getting some strong voices in our corner.

I don’t own a vacation rental and wont be subject to this additional revenue source.  Never-the-less, I’m mad as hell.

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