• Gabriella Viola

Living in Lake Tahoe: Pros and Cons

Updated: Jul 10

Living in Lake Tahoe: Pros and Cons

Thinking of moving to Lake Tahoe and/or wondering what's is like to live there? Then read on...

Lake Tahoe, known for its spectacular scenery and year-round outdoor recreation, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in both California and Nevada. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to live there full time? In August of 2019, I decided to pull the trigger and move from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe. As an outdoor photographer, I fell in love with Tahoe's jaw-dropping beauty and wanted to be able to photograph it every day. After living in Tahoe for roughly 9 months, I decided to put together a list of pros and cons based on what my personal experience has been like. I hope this list is helpful to anyone who is contemplating a move to Lake Tahoe and wants an inside perspective. Here are some of the pros and cons of living in Lake Tahoe. Let's start with the good...

The views expressed in this blog post are subjective

and based on my own personal experience.


Living in Lake Tahoe comes with a lot of perks. Here are some of the biggest ones.

1. Spectacular Scenery

Secret cove beach in Lake Tahoe Nevada
Lake Tahoe's stunning east shore
Aerial view of Chimney Beach in Lake Tahoe Nevada
Aerial view of Chimney Beach

The scenery in Lake Tahoe is nothing short of magnificent. In fact, it’s the number one reason why I moved here. The phenomenal clarity and color of the lake is something you have to see to believe. Adding to the beauty are the snow-capped peaks and alpine forests that surround the sparkling lake. Being able to wake up every day and enjoy such stunning scenery is a huge perk of living in Lake Tahoe.

2. Photographers Dream

Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe California

Sunset in Lake Tahoe Nevada

With its granite peaks, towering forests, and turquoise beaches, Lake Tahoe is an outdoor photographer's dream. In addition to the beautiful scenery, there's ample wildlife to photograph such as black bears, eagles, and coyotes to name a few. If action/adventure photography is your thing, there's plenty of opportunity for photographing skiers, rock climbers, wakeboarders, paddle boarders, etc. Lake Tahoe also has an ever-expanding local art scene. South Lake Tahoe hosts an art walk once a month, and the community as a whole is very supportive of its local photographers and artists. So if you're a photographer/creative type, you'll be in good company.

3. Outdoor Activities

Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Sand Harbor Beach
Paddle Boarding at Sand Harbor Beach