It started when Ski Magazine declared Truckee the
When East West Partners bought Northstar-at-Tahoe, property values started to climb. Everyone said, “This is great. My house is worth so much more.” All our construction friends built spec homes. The gated, private, golf coursed, subdivision at Lahontan changed the landscape forever. Suddenly, private jets filled the airport.
I occasionally drive up there to wander around a bit. I’m a tourist, now. Cruising in and out of my favorite shops on Commercial Row, I don’t actually buy anything, it’s too expensive ~ like “OH My God, I am NOT paying $600 for a pair of pants!” Sometimes I find things I want at the thrift shop or the little used book store in the alley.
Reading through this post, I realize how sad it sounds. For a few people, it has been a boomtown. But I fear for most locals it is more like KABOOM.