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The Richardson House

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The Richardson House – Johnstone Studios

Driving Directions

From I-80 East take Central Truckee exit and turn right, follow road through round-about and head east on Donner Pass Road. Turn left on Spring Street and head up the hill, The Richardson House is on the right - address 10154 High Street.

Eco-Friendly Notes

All guests are required to recycle.

This is the first home in the region to have a 'BEAR Aware' contract in place which was developed in tandem with The BEAR League specific to The Richardson House.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

The Richardson House is managed by Chelsea Walterscheid, President of the Truckee-Donner Historical Society (TDHS). A portion of all house proceeds are donated to the TDHS. The home is owned by regional philanthropists Kent Young and Christina Stoever Young.

When the home is not being rented by vacationers, it is available for complimentary use to all regional not-for-profit organizations and is used almost every week by these organizations for board, special event and planning meetings.

The Richardson House is a magnificently restored Victorian home located in the high Sierra town of Truckee, California. Built in the 1880s when Truckee was a Wild West railroad town, the home was situated on a hill above town by a wealthy businessman. Today, the home remains the centerpiece of Truckee as it overlooks the historic downtown and the Truckee River. Trains still pass through this once bustling railroad town, stirring echoes of a time that is sure to excite the imagination.

The outside grounds feature a gazebo where visitors can enjoy wine and cheese before walking to one of Truckee’s award-winning restaurants and numerous, quaint shops. Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing evening or live music. Truckee’s got you covered. Its prime location provides visitors with quick access to the area’s numerous recreational activities ranging from skiing in the winter to fishing, hiking, and everything else under the sun in the summer.

Lodging Style and Amenities

Lavishly resplendent, a stay at The Richardson House combines history and elegant luxury with modern amenities. No details were missed in the meticulous restoration of the grand home, whose antique furnishings, fixtures, Victorian textures and rich, inviting hues engage the senses at every turn.

Each of the home's seven private rooms have their own distinct character and are designed to provide historical ambiance, luxury and comfort and include the following:

Feather beds Complimentary wifi Stereo system Laundry facilities Cable TV Children’s play room with TV and DVD player Large, modern kitchen with two ovens Porch with rocking chairs Beautifully landscaped Fenced yard Large gazebo BBQ Within walking distance to restaurants and shopping in downtown Truckee Disabled accessible On site handyman House Manager/Concierge House massage therapist on call

Extras: If you plan to arrive late in the day or simply want to have a few favorites on hand, personal shopping for up to 15 items is available.

Recreational Opportunities

The Sierra Nevada (Spanish for “snowy mountain range”), stretches 400 miles from Northern California down to the state’s Central Valley. Its massive, granite backbone touches part of Nevada and is home to Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous United States. The Tahoe basin encompasses a special and beloved region of the Sierra, which have been inspiring visitors for hundreds of years. This pocket of the Sierra is world famous and for good reason; beautiful Lake Tahoe highlights the area and the Pacific Crest Trail runs along her rim.

The opportunities to experience these mountains are endless, and you will see many locals living the mountain lifestyle during their free time. Hiking and mountain biking enthusiasts are in their glory for the never ending vistas, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, peaks and mountain meadows filled with Lupine and Mule’s Ear to traverse. Summertime drenches the area with warm, high altitude sunshine but there are crystalline, blue waters to jump in and cool off. With water sports, kayaking, canoeing or relaxing on the beach, visitors are able experience all that the alpine belt has to offer.

The fun doesn’t stop when winter covers the peaks and valleys with snow and the skis, snowshoes, snowmobiles and boards get dusted off. From the Truckee Tahoe area, some of the world’s most famous ski resorts can be reached within a short drive; Sugar Bowl, Royal Gorge, Northstar, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak, and Mt. Rose to name a few.

In fall, the mountains light up as Aspens, Alders and willow bushes turn fiery red and goldenrod yellow against the China blue Sierra skies. In spring, the rivers are gorged with snow melt as they rush to fill Tahoe’s cavernous depths.


Seasons Open

Year Round


Rate Range

From $1,100 per weekend, two night minimum


  • Eco-Friendly
  • Locally or Family-Owned Business

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