Truckee real estate news: Alder Hill property offers intrigue, history |

Truckee real estate news: Alder Hill property offers intrigue, history

Special to the Sun-Bonanza

Repurpose and up-cycle have become common practice in home renovation, but it takes more than pallets and barn wood to be truly innovative.

A home on Alder Hill in Truckee is infused with the history of the Southern Pacific Railway, with reclaimed materials included in integral elements of the home.

The stone fireplace is built with 14 tons of granite from a tunnel on Donner Summit while post and beam construction hail from the Kings River Bridge. Paneling came from a holding area in Deeth, Nev., and a derailed boxcar is used for storage.


The History

The home was built in 1980 by Jim Dobbas, who did salvage work for Southern Pacific Railway. Many of the materials used came directly from the source (rather than a salvage yard).

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The granite was procured when tunnel 41 in Truckee was expanded to accommodate larger freight cars. The beams are particularly large, and came from a bridge originally built in 1916 in Reedly, Calif.

A train derailment that took place during the home's construction fortuitously provided Dobbas with storage containers in the form of boxcars. He kept one near the home, where it still stands today.


The Home Today

The current owners have maintained the home¹s livability and appeal with several upgrades and renovations.

The four-bedroom/three-bathroom home sits on over nine acres and is equipped with a spiral staircase, hot tub, pantry, wine closet, attached greenhouse, and extensive (boxcar) storage.

This one-of-a-kind mountain home is now on the market for $1,250,000. For more information, contact Trinkie Watson with Chase International at 530-582-0722 or visit

This article was provided by Chase International. Headquartered at Lake Tahoe since 1986, with 10 offices in the Tahoe-Truckee-Northern Nevada region — and one in London — Chase and its exclusive affiliations handle a large share of the country's property. Visit to learn more.