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Old 03-26-2020, 03:54 PM
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In view of the recent grim and troubling Corona Virus situation, I'm compelled to post a few issues in regards to this and other continuing or on-going developments in the Lake Tahoe area. First of all, the Corona Virus threat has thrown a wrench into the already tight housing and employment issue. My wife and I retired to the Lake Tahoe area last year. Housing was already at a premium, even then. Now, it's a BIG risk for anyone thinking they can just arrive up here and find employment and/or housing.

Due to the Virus outbreak, stores and casinos have either closed up or cut back employees, leaving dozens and dozens of locals in "panic mode". Since we arrived here, in April of 2019, housing has jumped in cost fairly dramatically. Gone are the days when you could find a job to get you by and even afford a small room somewhere. My advice would be to direct your interests to other areas of the state where more resources would be available to assist you.

The growing homeless population here in Lake Tahoe is looking (and acting) more desperate than ever. A few robberies and even beatings have been reported by desperate individuals. The increasingly hard-core real estate organizations have managed to tighten up the already tough real estate market here. In other words, if you're not bringing a healthy bank account with you....chances of finding (either buying or renting) a place of residence are quite slim. Money speaks loudly, right? So consider that.

Unless you have something pre-planned, with either employment or housing, you're taking a HUGE risk thinking it's "business as usual" here at Lake Tahoe. Things have changed here...and not for the better, unfortunately. We don't see any noticeable improvement for any of this, any time soon. The "big money element" is dead set on converting Lake Tahoe into a place for those with money. Period. Or, you can disregard this warning and venture forth. GOOD LUCK! You'll need all you can get.
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Old 03-31-2020, 11:49 AM
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This isn't too surprising. The wealthy have always desired "preferred seating" if you know what I mean As for homeless, if it's the ones setting up crap shelters and stuff on nearby land I guess they are too liberal to find a jail cell or show them the border It's all over other parts of the State so nothing real new. Tahoe has always been (and most likely will continue) to be an exclusive area commanding those kinds of prices to live, eat and play.
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:58 PM
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My wife lived here in Lake Tahoe in 1994 through 2000, working at one of the local casinos. She tells me her first rental was $750.00/month for a three bedroom house, and it was a nice house, not some run-down dump. A second rental she had was two bedroom with a loft bedroom and a large garage for $725.00/month, also a very nice house (I actually saw that one). So the general dramatic rise in rental prices, seen these days up here, was not readily apparent back in those years. And she didn't search high and low for these rentals, either.

It's this current mind set that has set it's course on turning Lake Tahoe into a place for the elite and/or those with deep pockets. We've read in local web postings that the silicon valley "techies" has been quietly investing in properties here, including Zuckerberg himself, who has reportedly purchased two huge estates. No surprise, right? But something that sheds a more realistic light on just what's underway here. Little sympathy or empathy for others. We figure it's only a matter of time before previously listed parklands get "refigured" on the real estate market here and suddenly become open for development. The price of progress? We think it's a terribly unfortunate situation, but perhaps inevitable.
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