Scenic View Homesites at Nakoma
By Dan Gallagher
The question I get most when engaging with clients looking for Northern California land for sale at Nakoma is, “Do you have anything with a view?”
In my attempt to be a composer of concise blog articles, I must confess that at times I’m tempted at being pithy by saying, “Yes, we have something with a view.”
But that doesn’t do justice to the impressive range of homesites available at Nakoma, especially when comparing land for sale in Truckee or land for sale in Lake Tahoe. Other items of note are that all homesites at Nakoma offer high-speed internet, water service and underground power.
With those details out of the way, let’s dig a little deeper into mountain view real estate at Nakoma. And first we have to tell the story of its geography.
LAY OF THE LAND
The Nakoma Community is a 1,280-acre development with more than 1,000 feet of elevation gain from top to bottom. The landscape takes in several substantial ridges, two distinct geological types, and a deep gorge through which flows the “wild and scenic” Middle Fork of the Feather River.
And that’s not all: Nakoma is nearly surrounded by the Plumas National Forest and boasts line-of-sight to numerous Sierra peaks.
I tend to break scenic views up into the following groups:
Lakes Basin Peak Views: Some homesites that have an aspect to the south and west are blessed with world-class views of the majestic Lakes Basin peaks — Eureka Peak, Mills Peak, Mt. Washington, and Mt. Elwell. These are the most sought-after views for a couple reasons:
Cool factor: These peaks are key recreation spots for Nakoma residents and it’s incredibly cool to mountain bike the Mills Peak Trail with friends and afterwards have a celebratory beer on your deck, feasting on the view of the very same mountain.
Slope effect: given our relative position to the Lakes Basin peaks, Nakoma has views of the north and east faces of these peaks, which carry snow longer than the south and west faces. This often means snow-capped views from November to July.
It’s also worth noting that the slope effect that provides for the snow-covered slopes on Mills Peak are also at play in Nakoma, and many of those south/west facing slopes will tend to be drier and less forested than north/east facing slopes. Some examples of this are:
There are, however, a handful of lots that are outliers in that they are lush, forested and offer great views of the peaks in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. They are:
There are a number of lots that have views to the north with vistas of Smith Peak, Penman Peak, and other mountains on the north side of Humbug Valley/Delleker. While these views may take in less snow, many have views into the intermediate valley and the Middle Fork of the Feather River. My current favorites amongst these are:
There are several volcanic ridgetops in Nakoma that, while not heavily forested, are often graced with picturesque, old-growth Sierra Junipers amidst desert-like landscapes. Homesites located on these ridges enjoy breathtaking views that take in all the aforementioned peaks. A few of these are:
Nakoma is the only community in the Truckee-Tahoe region where you’ll find homesites that offer views of a dramatic, wild-and-scenic river canyon and high-Sierra peaks. like these: