California only recently got out of the worst period of drought since the U.S. drought monitor began recording it in 2000. According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, “the longest duration of drought (D1-D4) in California lasted 376 weeks beginning on Dec. 27, 2011 and ending on March 5, 2019.” Nevada’s official drought period started at the same time and ended in 2017. But the Tahoe/Truckee region isn’t out of the woods, especially as fire season ramps up. It’s important to be conscious of drought tolerance when searching for a home; here are a few possibilities situated so less water is wasted and we can avoid entering another drought.

Photo courtesy Corcoran Global Living

What better way to ensure a lush yet drought-tolerant landscape than situating yourself directly next to the Jewel of the Sierra? With a rooftop deck equipped with a hot tub and an ample sunning room, this home’s unique architecture and many windows allow the sun to befriend its inhabitants every day. Plus, you’re right amid the natural forest floor, so the drought resistance is built into the environment.

Info: $2,879,000, 5 bed, 6 bath, 5,525 square feet, 490 Teresa Court, Crystal Bay, Corcoran Global Living

Photo courtesy RE/MAX Realty Affiliates-Reno

Give me a hilltop view, but surround me with tall trees, please. Situated in a dense patch of woods, this cabin-style home blends in with the pine forest surrounding it. Plus, the earth is populated with plants native to the Tahoe region and the slope leading down to the lake makes for easy irrigation systems that utilize gravity.

Info: $925,000, 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,718 square feet, 949 Dana Court #17, Incline Village, RE/MAX Realty Affiliates-Reno

Photo courtesy Dickson Realty

This one-of-a-kind riverfront artistic industrial masterpiece on East River Street was designed by David Baker Architects (just a hop, skip, and jump down the road from Moonshine world headquarters). River proximity is another natural way to ensure you can grow things without wasting too much water. This unique wooden home both stands out among its more traditional peers and blends in with the wooded backdrop of the evergreen forest. The river provides an excellent opportunity to add to native foliage and meadow flowers that already grow there.

Info: $1,650,000, 4 bed, 4 bath, 2,666 square feet, 10753 E. River St., Truckee, Dickson Realty


  • Becca Loux

    Becca Loux relocated to Truckee on a mission to tell stories that are fact-checked and data-driven without sacrificing the human element. She is an avid hiker, biker, skater, surfer, boarder, kayaker, sun-worshiper, and all other important "-ers" relating to the outdoors. Becca's wolfpack recently expanded to include a teenage husky named Koda.

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