The Richardson House

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.

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Latitude: 39.328524 Longitude: -120.187512 Elevation: 5883 ft
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Christina Stoever Young

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.

Seasons Open

Year Round

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.

Rate Range

From $1,100 per weekend, two night minimum

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.


Our family stayed at the Richardson House over New Years and I absolutely recommend staying here! The historical architecture, the gorgeous antique furniture and the ambiance helped to create a very special weekend for us.

Stephanie Quay, 8/18/2010

A beautifully restored period home in perfect taste, with first class amenities. A joy to see, and to enjoy staying in.

peter d'arbon melbourne australia, 8/18/2010

This delightful, historic home has been a wonderful setting for several CLA events: Enrollment Opening Night, Summer Cooking Camps, and Informal Business Meetings. All three events have provided a comfortable venue and show the amazing flexibility of the Richardson House. The home's ambiance and turn of the century craftsmanship make the experience! Thank you to Chelsea for all the support in making these events successful!

Lisa Crosby, Executive Director of Custom Learning Academy, 8/19/2010

The owners have paid such attention to detail, focusing on highlighting or refinishing the details only found in fine craftsmanship that make this historic home so special. Special attention to comfort ensures an overnight stay of luxury.

Tourine Johnstone, 8/19/2010

The Richardson House is a wonderful spot in a great town. I would recommend it highly.

Ted Stoever Sr, 8/19/2010

Have you ever wished you could take a step back in time to another era? Well, this is the perfect opportunity to take that journey and enjoy the Richardson House and garden views.

Jacqueline Stoever, 8/19/2010

We are so very proud of the owners and managers of this wonderful historic mansion for caring not only about the home and their guests, but also about the wildlife who live in the same beautiful neighborhood here in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Wish everyone could be so ’evolved'.

Ann Bryant, BEAR League executive director, 8/19/2010

The Richardson House is a splendid choice of vacation rental for a family or large group. It's dignified and comfortable rooms combined with close proximity to Truckee's great shops and restaurants make it a judicious choice.

Jennifer Wathen, 8/22/2010

The relaxing ambiance of The Richardson House which offers comfortable living, convenient position, easy parking, and a variety of indoor and outdoor living areas, makes it a most desirable destination for holidaymakers in any season of the year.

Max and Faye Young, 8/29/2010

The first time I passed through the front door of this marvelous historic residence I was blown away. Christina and Kent have done a remarkable job at restoring and creating a home-away-from-home for anyone who has the opportunity to spend a night (or several)in this grand Victorian. A perfect example of how another historic downtown Truckee owner values its history!

Billie Cornell, 8/31/2010

Our family has had the pleasure of attending both business and social functions at The Richardson House, including a stay overnight. The building has been beautifully restored both inside and out and offers modern conveniences while maintaining the ambiance of a historical landmark. The rooms are beautifully furnished and the entire home is warm and welcoming. We would highly recommend The Richardson House and look forward to our next stay.

Tracy Doughty, 9/4/2010

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