The Neighborhood

Today’s Bear Valley is a master planned community, founded in 1954 by cattleman Bruce Orvis. It was a highway toll station from 1863 to 1910, and for thousands of years before that it was a summer home to the Washo Tribe. The Old Subdivision has dirt roads and no architectural controls. The New Subdivision has paved county roads, underground utilities, and architectural controls. Subdivision roads are not plowed in winter; homeowners and guests park in community lots in the village center and go over the snow to the cabins. There’s a well organized oversnow transport system. Condominiums and shops in the village center area are always accessible by car.

Fast Facts

  • Bear Valley Village is home to the Sheriff and Fire Department
  • A preschool and elementary school
  • A large volunteer search and rescue force
  • Mental health services and more

Fees and Assessments

  • Lake Alpine Water Company – Water – $339 Qtr
  • Bear Valley Water District – Sewer – $229.50 Qtr

Bear Valley Village Has

  • 426 Single Family Lots
  • 271 Single Family Homes
  • 160 Condominium Units