We’re all very well aware that the pandemic’s not over. But what have we learned so far, when every trip outside one’s bubble is a potential health hazard? As pollution and noise from transit slowed down, at one point to almost a grinding halt barring necessary travel? Like climate change, with COVID-19, the enemy to fear is ourselves.

During this time, an essentials journey that’s isolated and on your own two feet is a way to distance while getting some exercise and me time. Being a pedestrian is one personal way we can reduce carbon emissions, and these Tahoe/Truckee homes are on the market today within easy walking distance of town centers for essentials and socially distanced soirées.


Photo courtesy Century-21 Tahoe North

Thin Slice of Heaven

Kings Beach has never been more accessible or affordable in this skinny little cabin, complete with an enclosed backyard that includes a deck and spa, a large kitchen, classic hardwood floors, and a wood stove. Plus, don’t you want to live on a street called Golden? Sounds ideal. Add that it’s walking distance to the lake and commercial establishments, and that the price was reduced by $10k in June, and you’re golden. Sold.

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Info: $439,900, 2 bed, 1 bath, 970 square feet, 8653 Golden Ave., Kings Beach, Century-21 Tahoe North

Photo courtesy Coldwell Banker Select

As Easy as 1-2-3

Situated conveniently between Big Blue and Tahoe Drive businesses, this beautiful and spacious home makes things simple. No wonder its address is 1, 2, 3! Fancy a morning dip in the Jewel of the Sierra followed by a steaming cup of coffee in close proximity? This three-bedroom delight is your gal.

Info: $698,000, 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,253 square feet, 123 Juanita Dr. #57, Incline Village, Coldwell Banker Select

Photo courtesy Tahoe Mountain Realty

Historically There

DPR is where it’s at in Truckee: You’ve got all your modern grocery and other conveniences on the upper end past the freeway underpass, and all your small family-owned mom and pops on the stretch within historic downtown. For a large family or group, this Queen Anne Victorian has five bedrooms and a giant, landscaped backyard. Yes, it’s expensive, but this bad boy is zoned for commercial purposes as well as residential, so you’re welcome to run your very own cafe/bookstore (okay, maybe that’s this author’s dream; find your own!) out of the large, unfinished basement.

Info: $1,775,000, 5 bed, 2 bath, 1,957 square feet, 10230 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, Tahoe Mountain Realty

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