Laurie Johnson

Affordable Donner Summit Communities

As values escalate in the Lake Tahoe basin, many buyers are finding great values in the eclectic mountainside communities of Donner Summit.

Above Donner Lake, along historic Highway 40 and adjacent to Highway 80, there are many charming neighborhoods such as Serene Lakes, Soda Springs, Cisco Grove, Norden, Kingvale and Pla Vada.

With easy access to Sugar Bowl, Boreal Ridge and the Royal Gorge Ski resorts, homeowners can avoid the crowds and traffic to enjoy family-style skiing. Many mountain homes feature views of Castle Peak and the majestic mountains surrounding Donner Summit.

Mountain lakes and hillside creeks wind through the beautiful high Sierra scenery. The area's close proximity to the I-80 freeway also makes Donner Summit popular among second home-owners.

Serene Lakes

Traveling south of Highway 80, Serene Lakes is situated on 2,400 acres with many available lots still available to develop your mountain retreat. There are also many residences, with lakefront homes at more affordable prices than what is found in Donner Lake or the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Natural mountain springs keep the Serene Lakes full of crytsal clear shimmering water. The area offers exceptional hiking, with campgrounds and meadows. Get away from the crowds and enjoy the privacy that abounds in this exquisite lakeside community.

Soda Springs and Norden

The communities of Soda Springs and Norden are popular because of the family-friendly ski resorts of Soda Springs and Donner Ski Ranch. Nearby, is Sugar Bowl, perfect for more experienced skiers. Lake Van Norden is nestled within this community. The Towle Mountain neighborhood on the other side of the freeway boasts incredibly large parcels with breathtaking views.

These communities offer hikes to nearby mountain lakes that are off the beaten path of the more crowded areas of Lake Tahoe. The Pacific Crest Trail and Castle Peak are also nearby.

Pla Vada Woodlands

Located on the border of Placer and Nevada County (thus the name Pla Vada) this private community was once just a haven for snow mobiles. It has developed into a community with an HOA that plows the roads and provides water, sewer and trash. What makes this community unique is its access to the Yuba River and its surrounding woodlands.

Cisco Grove and Kingvale

Deeper in the Donner Summit and with closer access from the feeder markets of Sacramento and San Francisco, the Cisco Grove community offers homes on both sides of Highway 80. Buyers will find cabins that are near to the Yuba River.

The community of Kingvale captures the lifestyle of the original cabins built in the Donner Summit. Located along the Yuba River, these homes have an old-Tahoe character that makes them unique.

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I currently have a listing in the coveted Towle Mountain Community. Contact me today for more information about the adorable and affordable neighborhoods nestled within Donner Summit.

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