Why is “south-facing” such a great description to add to homes for sale? It’s not that south is our favorite direction (we actually prefer west, a-thank you). It’s because south-facing equals more sunshine! That’s right, the homes selected this month offer more time for natural light to cheerfully invade your home, meaning happier humans, pets, and plants. Plus, with these homes, you’re inviting in Mother Nature’s way of naturally helping with the snow piled on your driveway (sayonara, Frosty the Snowman). 


Photo courtesy Allison James Estates & Homes

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Home

Location, location, location. This home hits the spot with views of both Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada, plus an open floor plan to let the natural light spread throughout. Because you’re smack between Northstar California Resort and Lake Tahoe, plus on over a quarter-acre, there’s recreation for any and every season. And with four bedrooms, the whole family can fit comfortably. Don’t forget to enjoy the little things this home could offer you, like the pine railings and river stone fireplace.


Info: $889,000, 4 bed, 3 bath, 2,459 square feet, 7675 Forest Glenn Dr., Tahoe Vista, Allison James Estates & Homes


Photo courtesy COMPASS


Not only is this baby south-facing, it’s also lake-facing and mountain-facing. Honestly, it’s a dream Tahoe home. You’re right off the main drag, meaning easy access to and from anywhere. Inside is a very open and bright feel with wood flooring, loads of windows, and cathedral ceilings. If you don’t fancy a swim in Donner Lake, there’s always the hot tub on the (also south-facing) balcony. Cue the dreamy, hazy afternoon sunlight without worrying about the cold. The place was built in 1968, so it has the perks of older charm with many updates for a more modern feel.

Info: $825,000, 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,488 square feet, 13108 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, COMPASS


Photo courtesy Trans-Action Realty 500

Senior Living in Sun and Style

For those of you looking to settle down in an adult (55+) community, this house has your name all over it. Enjoy being part of the Sierra Canyon by Del Webb community, with plenty of activities to enjoy like golf, pools, and groups to socialize in. Then there’s the house itself, with hardwood floors, granite slab countertops, cherry cabinets, a gas fireplace, and even a bay window in the master bedroom. Time to let the sunlight flow in and let that Vitamin D make you a happier version of yourself. This baby is fresh on the market, so grab it before it’s gone! 

Info: $385,000, 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,440 square feet, 9385 Chalkstone Way, Reno, Trans-Action Realty 500


  • Alex Hoeft

    Alex Hoeft joined Moonshine staff in May 2019, happy to return to the world of journalism after a few years in community outreach. She has both her bachelor's and Master's in journalism, from Brigham Young University and University of Nevada, Reno, respectively. When she's not journalism-ing, she's wrangling her toddler or reading a book — or doing both at the same time.

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