During the past 2 1/2 years a significant percentage of the people purchasing property on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe are relocating from California and other states with high income tax rates. But it's not just the favorable business climate and lower levels of personal income and business taxes that are attracting new residents to our community. It's also the quality of life and all the amenities that are available for property owners to enjoy on a year-round basis that are enticing individuals and families to move to Incline Village.
Property owners in Incline Village are entitled to partake in a broad array of recreational facilities far superior to anything found elsewhere at Lake Tahoe. There are three private beaches, two magnificent golf courses, a modern ski area with a new base area lodge, a 34,000 square foot recreation center, tennis complex, disc golf course, and numerous parks (including one for skateboarding). You will also discover lots of open space for people and their pets to roam and fantastic hiking and mountain biking trails with some of the best views found anywhere in the world.
Adding to the quality of life is drinking water from the tap that is so pure and clean tasting that it has won awards in nationwide contests. The minimal amount of traffic (except during the busy holiday periods a few weeks each year) helps to reduce stress on a day-to-day basis and makes it very easy to travel around, run errands and get more accomplished in less time than just about anywhere else in America. The relative lack of crime provides a safe environment where people can go outside at any time of day or night and not have to worry about getting mugged or having their smart phone stolen. While other communities have streetlights that come on at dusk in an effort to reduce crime levels, we have virtually no streetlights and people are encouraged to keep their outside lights turned off in the evening so we can all enjoy the beautiful starlight. In most neighborhoods, you can see the Milky Way at night, not to mention the spectacular sunsets with layers of colors that are enjoyed nearly all year round.
High income residents of California are subjected to a state income tax rate of over 13% after the passage of Proposition 30 in November 2012. What this means for the Incline Village real estate market is that many business people are contemplating whether or not they should remain in California or consider relocating to another state that could provide greater economic benefits.
Housing is much more affordable in northern Nevada than in most parts of the Bay Area and when coupled with the Tahoe lifestyle it is a very attractive option. One of the most important things for a business owner to consider is the health and well-being of their employees. If a move to the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe make sense both economically and psychologically for a particular employer it makes relocating a lot easier for everyone involved. And our local school system has one of the highest levels of academic performance and graduation rates found anywhere in Nevada.
The Tax Foundation which is a nonpartisan institute based in Washington DC ranks the state of Nevada as having the 3rd most favorable business climate in America. The uptrend the past 2+ years of price increases for Incline Village and Crystal Bay real estate is being fueled by a combination of purchases by vacation homeowners and high income California residents looking to relocate to our community for both the economic benefits and quality-of-life advantages. As more people realize that moving to the Nevada side of North Lake Tahoe has significant benefits, the demand for homes and condos will continue to increase and put further upward pressure on prices. This phenomenon will likely accelerate as high earning individuals in California seek to keep more of their hard earned money instead of handing it over to the state tax authorities.
Nevada is at the top of the list for anyone considering moving from a state with a high tax burden and a complex regulatory environment. The Reno/Tahoe area is in close proximity to the major urban centers in California and the Reno airport is one of the most accessible in the nation. It is only natural that businesses ranging from a salesperson working at home to Apple Computer are moving some or all of their operations to northern Nevada. Other factors that make Incline Village attractive to individuals and businesses relocating from California are the relatively inexpensive cost of electricity, total labor costs and the great variety of housing. It’s just a short trip up Interstate 80 to the friendly environs of northern Nevada and the unique quality of life that only property owners in Incline Village enjoy.