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From Ritzy to rugged, Tahoes got it covered

Nick CruitSierra Sun

Incline Village, Nev., and Olympic Valley, Calif., are among Americas top 32 small towns with big money, according to a BusinessWeek article released Nov. 26.In addition, Travel andamp; Leisure ranked Truckee, Calif., among Americas top ten small ski towns in a Nov. 30 article.From Truckees rugged individualism to Olympic Valley and Incline Villages high home prices, it seems Tahoe has the ability to offer a range of experiences, all within a short driving distance. Businessweek.com worked with Zillow.com to come up with a list of the 32 smallest towns with the highest home values. With a cap on population of 10,000 people, they only selected one property per Metropolitan Statistical Area, a geographical designation used by the U.S. Census, because otherwise the list would have been almost entirely dominated by towns near New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. With Incline Villages median home sale price of $657,352 and population of 9,639, and Olympic Valleys median home sale price of $545, 888 and population of 912, the two Tahoe towns share the rankings with famous small towns like Marthas Vineyard, Mass., Stinson Beach, Calif., and Haleiwa in Hawaii.If a luxury home isnt what youre after then Truckees rough-hewn charm, and frontier-style faades might be a better fit. After the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, the Lake Tahoe region became synonymous with the stirrup pantsandcheese fondue aprs-ski high life, wrote Jeff Wise and Stacey Brugeman in their Travel andamp; Leisure article. But the glamour and the high prices never quite made it to the little town of Truckee, a historic logging and railway hub just 15 miles away.”