The Details that Matter When Choosing a New Home

Posted by carrlong on March 18th, 2015

Purchasing a new home will most likely be the biggest financial decision of your life. Aside from deciding which city to live in, you should consider a number of different factors that will affect your quality of life for years to come.

Once you've been pre-approved by a bank, the next step you should take is to determine which neighborhood is best for you. Use the following list to help you decide what area of Tahoe is best for you:

The Amount of Noise in the Neighborhood

Lake Tahoe Luxury homes are some of the most sought after real estate in California. Part of the reason so many people like to purchase real estate in the Tahoe area is the general tranquility of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

During the summer months, Lake Tahoe gets very busy with tourists flocking to the area for vacation. If parties and crowded camp sites aren't for you, try to stay from any properties located near Lake Tahoe Blvd. along the lake. Consider looking for homes near Bijou Park or in the Tahoma area. Both offer relatively quiet living spaces while still being close enough to a variety of amenities.

Truckee is another popular city that is located only a few minutes drive from the lake. While the town stays relatively quiet, you might experience a variety of noise from concerts held at Truckee River Park during the summer months. The downtown area is home of bars, restaurants and shops, so living near Bridge Street might not be for you. Consider real estate in Pine Forest instead.

Homeowners Association and any Local Ordinances that Could Pertain to You

Are you moving to a neighborhood that is controlled by a homeowners association? These associations often perform essential functions, including keeping the area clean, enforcing basic neighborhood rules and maintaining public properties within their jurisdiction.

Ask about the financial strength of the association and what type of fees must be paid every year before you decide to purchase a home in that neighborhood. Because Lake Tahoe is a tourist destination, the town might enforce ordinances that you're not accustom to. Check to see if any of these ordinances pertain to the particular area you're considering for your purchase.

The Quality of Internet and Cell Phone Service

Lake Tahoe luxury homes are located on the California/Nevada border in one of the most beautiful mountain settings in the country. Because of the elevation of the area and the large amount of trees that grow in every neighborhood, cell reception can become a little sketchy at times, and the quality of wireless Internet might not be good either.

If both Internet and cell phone services are essential for you, test your phone multiple times and ask local residents about the quality of the Internet service in your prospective neighborhood.

Local Amenities: Restaurants, Grocery Stores, Entertainment and More

The Lake Tahoe area has a lot to offer local residents. From shops and restaurants to bars and grocery stores, you'll have plenty to do all year long.

A considerable amount of snowfall affects the area for more than six months every year. If you're worried about being snowed in for days at a time, consider purchasing a place within walking distance to a local grocery store and gas station, if possible.

Besides this, you'll want to familiarize yourself with what type of shopping options are close to you and what activities are available for you and your family.

About the Company:
Carr Long Real Estate has over 50 years of combined experience helping families live and play in the North Lake Tahoe area. As a professional Lake Tahoe luxury real estate team, Carr Long brings a history of high productivity, a strong work ethic and two valuable office locations in the Village at Northstar and The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Their expertise areas include The Village at Northstar, Northstar single family homes, Northstar condominiums, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Lake Tahoe, Martis Camp, Lahontan, Old Greenwood, Gray’s Crossing, Schaffer’s Mill and Tahoe Donner.

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