Peaked or not, the COVID-19 pandemic means we’re all whistling a different tune these days. But in an effort to put positive vibes out into the universe or whatever, we’re moving on from talking about this pandemic, and offering some home selections to purchase in advance of the next one. (Yikes, maybe not so optimistic after all.) Anyway, these three selections will give you views in front of which to contemplate your life and the very existence of life itself, whether that’s a lake, river, or mountains.

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Peep the Lake

Enjoy a centrally located yet private cabin on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. The massive deck offers sunny warmth and lake views, while inside is cozy woodwork and vaulted ceilings. The main level provides most of the living space, with the kitchen/dining area, living room, master bedroom, office area, and two bathrooms. To access the second level — a loft/second bedroom — utilize the pull-out stairs. Nearby the cabin is food and fun, including restaurants and beach access.

Info: $549,000, 2 bed, 2 bath, 916 square feet, 5080 Nevada St., Carnelian Bay, Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

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Thrive Riverside

Fancy the Truckee trickling through your backyard? This little baby of a residence is the perfect spot for riverside solitude. Inside is an open floor plan with a living room, kitchen/dining area, den, and a single bedroom — all of which are connected by reclaimed oak hardwood floors. The property is on a septic system, with a well, wood-burning stove, and electric heat. There’s also a hot tub on site, from which you can gaze out at the Truckee River as it rushes by. No flood insurance required, by the way.

Info: $699,000, 1 bed, 1 bath, 1,008 square feet, 8630 River Rd., Truckee, Ormsby Real Estate

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DIY on 103 Acres

… I mean, why not buy 100 acres and build a house with the exact views you want? This property lies within Nevada County and is accessed from Floriston, off Interstate 80, via a dirt trail. The property spot is accessible with ATVs and dirt bikes, and the current owner recommends nothing wider than those on the trail. APN: 048-050-029. Interested parties should contact the owner via email (skier_guy77@yahoo.com) or cell, (530) 388-8038.

Info: $125,000, 103 acres, Floriston Way, Floriston