In addition to being one of South Lake Tahoe’s most historic neighborhoods, The Al Tahoe is also one of South Lake Tahoe’s most diverse neighborhoods.
Located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, houses in Al Tahoe range from small original cabins and chalets built in the 1900’s to newer cabins and multi-million dollar lakefront homes. In between, there are duplexes, triplexes, multi-family dwellings and small apartment buildings as well. Most of the homes in Al Tahoe are built on 5,000 square foot lots, but some homes are on double lots. Al Tahoe remains one of the more affordable neighborhoods in South Lake Tahoe.
The Al Tahoe Hotel was built in the area in 1907 by Almerin Sprague. He named the hotel after himself, and even long after the hotel was gone the name of the neighborhood stayed. Prior to Sprague building the hotel, the area was part of Thomas Rowland Estate which covered most of South Lake Tahoe. In 1946, Los Angeles businessman Aram Harootunian bought the Al Tahoe Hotel and the surrounding land. He started selling sub-divided lots in Al Tahoe for $10 down and $10/month with no interest! Harootunian family members still reside in the area as do descendants of other pioneering Lake Tahoe families like the Bartons.
The Annual Wagon Train comes through South Lake Tahoe every June. They will stop along the way at Al Tahoe’s Lakeview Commons for a BBQ and Western entertainment. Lakeview Commons is also becoming the new hub of activity in town, with live concerts on Thursdays through the summer months. festivals, weekly community events, and national sports competitions.