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Big Bend and Cisco Grove Along Old Hwy. 40   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman

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Once Highway 40 was known as the Lincoln Highway, and was the main route across the Sierra between Sacramento and Reno. Little towns such as Big Bend and Cisco Grove were places to eat, pick up some groceries, or purchase a gift before the final push over Donner Summit into Truckee. With the completion of Interstate 80, the commercial establishments along much of Highway 40 died away, but many of the original buildings and character of the communities still exist.

Cisco Grove has Gould Park, a 15 acre swath of greenery on the banks of the bustling Yuba River. From here begins the 20 Mile Museum, which includes dozens of interpretative signs along Highway 40 all the way to Donner Lake. Each sign tells the story of where you are and gives ideas for things to do nearby.

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Cisco Grove contains a host of fascinating buildings, many constructed of rock. Just another mile or so up Highway 40 lies Big Bend. On the way, be sure and marvel at the mini rapids in the Yuba River as you travel underneath Interstate 80.

Big Bend is home to a major Forest Service Fire Station, campground, the popular Loch Leven Lakes trail, and ancient cabins tucked along the Yuba River. A bit further upstream you reach The Rainbow Lodge, and then a series of fascinating cascades which splash over the smooth granite. A few lucky homes sit tucked amongst the rocks enjoying delicious natural pools in their back yards.

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While Old 40 is a leisurely drive, the best way to see Big Bend and Cisco Grove is via bicycle, in fact it is one of the most popular bike rides in the area. The road is lightly traveled, but well maintained, and the ride is pleasant and beautiful. It is also deceptively challenging. From the top of Donner Summit to Cisco Grove feels like a nice gentle descent while riding west, but feels like a long, not as gentle as you thought, ride back to the top. Especially the section between Kingvale and Soda Springs. It feels easier to start in Cisco Grove and warm up with the climb.

Whether you drive or ride, a visit to Cisco Grove and Big Bend, is a perfect way to break up the drive from the Bay Area to Truckee, and will feel like a step back in time.

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Lake Tahoe and Truckee Real Estate Sales are Hot! Hot! HOT!!!   Leave a comment

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Summer is coming to a close and fall is on its way.  Our temperatures may be dropping somewhat, but Lake Tahoe and Truckee’s real estate market is still HOT!  Now is the time to get those homes bought and sold before the winter. Whether you’re looking for the perfect ski cabin, a year round residence, property to build your dream home, or you’re a seller looking to upsize or downsize, now is the time to give me a call so you can take advantage of our sizzling market.

Properties priced well – SELL!  Last week this cute home on Davos in Tahoe Donner sold within 3 days with multiple offers and it sold over asking price.

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3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Tahoe Donner home on Davos.

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Classic mountain cabin in beautiful setting. Open floor plan with wood vaulted ceilings and wonderful wall of windows offering lots of light. Ideal floor plan with laundry room at entry, covered breezeway from garage to home, 2 bedrooms down with master suite and loft upstairs. Kitchen has been remodeled, newer laminate floors in great room, EPA rated woodstove on rock hearth, remodeled master bath. The cabin in the woods you’ve been waiting for.
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This home sold withing 3 hours of being listed!

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The condo at Granlibakken (photo below) sold without even coming onto the market and seller is getting top dollar. It’s an amazing location right next to Tahoe City and Lake Tahoe.  The quiet community of Granlibakken offers pool, tennis courts and ropes course and an in-house rental program.  This charming condo has two bedrooms, two baths, vaulted wood ceilings, sunny deck and views towards the ski and sled hill.  It was offered at $285,000 and a sale is now pending.

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Condo at Granlibakken

 

 

The real estate market here is still strong!  If you are curious about the value of your property, please contact me, Lynn Richardson at 530.582.2422 or 800.926.4975 Toll Free. You may be surprised at what your property is worth.

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The Presidential Election and Its Impact on Housing   Leave a comment

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Every four years people question what effect the Presidential election might have on the national housing market. Let’s take a look at what is currently taking place. The New York Times ran an article earlier this week where they explained:

“A growing body of research shows that during presidential election years — particularly ones like this when there is such uncertainty about the nation’s future — industry becomes almost paralyzed. A look at the last several dozen election cycles shows that during the final year of a presidential term, big corporate investments are routinely postponed, and big deals are put on the back burner.

The research is even more persuasive on the final year of an eight-year presidential term, when a new candidate inevitably will become president.”

We are seeing this take form in the latest economic numbers. However, will this lead to a slowdown in the housing market? Not according to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the National Association of Realtors.

The Impact on Housing Throughout 2016

Let’s look at what has happened and what is projected to happen by these three major entities.

National Association of Realtors

“In spite of deficient supply levels, stock market volatility and the paltry economic growth seen so far this year, the housing market did show resilience and had its best first quarter of existing-sales since 2007.”

Freddie Mac

“Recent data darkened the growth outlook for the first quarter of 2016. However, despite the disappointing economic reports, we still forecast housing to maintain its momentum in 2016.”

Fannie Mae

“Consumers and businesses showed caution at the end of the first quarter…(but) Home sales are expected to pick up heading into the spring season amid the backdrop of declining mortgage rates, rising pending home sales and purchase mortgage applications, and continued easing of lending standards on residential mortgage loans.”

Bottom Line

Even during this election year, the desire to achieve the American Dream is greater than the fear of uncertainty of the next presidency.

 

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