An Emblem Of Truckee’s Rail History Asks $1.5 Million

A visit to the Campbell House in Truckee, California, is a journey into the rail town’s past.

Set on Donner Pass Road, the Queen Anne Victorian was built in the late 1800s in what today is known as the Brickelltown Historic District. This central commercial hub lies alongside the transcontinental railway line built by the Central Pacific Railroad Co. Passengers on the Overland Route traveled through from points East to San Francisco during the waning days of the Wild West.

1233. The Trestle Bridge at Long Ravine, 878 feet long, and 120 feet high, Central Pacific Railroad — Calisphere

The Trestle on Pacific Railroad (

Many of the early businesses in the 100-acre district have been lost to fire over the years, but among those built from 1870 to the late 1920s are brick commercial structures and homes in various overlapping styles, including Italianate, National Folk, Greek Revival and Craftsman.

front porch queen anne victorian truckee california 10230 Donner Pass Road brickelltown

The five-bedroom house, listed for $1.499 million, is a piece of Truckee history and full of character details (TAHOE MOUNTAIN REALTY).

As a contributing structure to the downtown’s historic designation, the Victorian-inspired Campbell House retains many of its original details.

The entry to the five-bedroom, two-bathroom home is up a flight of stairs and through a glass-enclosed front porch. The windows of the sunny space are topped with filigree in a nod to its design roots.

living room inside queen anne victorian brickelltown 10230 Donner Pass Road truckee

A bright and sunny living room sits beyond the covered porch (TAHOE MOUNTAIN REALTY).

Two separate entrances access the east and west portions of the house, making it suitable for multigenerational or multifamily living arrangements. The mixed zoning would even allow for a downstairs business and a rental.

The west side has 10-foot ceilings, refinished wood floors and Douglas fir trim. A door from the west half allows access to the main kitchen.

bedroom inside queen anne victorian truckee brickelltown 10230 Donner Pass Road

Douglas fir trim and refinished wood floors are found throughout the home (TAHOE MOUNTAIN REALTY).

The main bedroom suite includes a kitchenette with new appliances, a two-burner induction cook-top and a sink. Recent updates include a forced-air furnace and new hot water heater.

The east part of the house takes in 180-degree bird’s-eye views of the streetscape from the living room window seat. A gas fireplace, the eat-in kitchen and a laundry closet are among the features. The kitchen opens to a deck, patio space and gardens.

bedroom inside historic queen anne brickelltown 10230 Donner Pass Road Truckee, CA

There are five bedrooms and two bathrooms. The house also has two separate entrances on the east and west sides of the property (TAHOE MOUNTAIN REALTY).

Doug Flynn and Michael Montalbano of Tahoe Mountain Realty are the listing agents for this piece of history at 10230 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. The asking price of $1.499 million includes some furnishings.

One of the few residences remaining in the commercial core, the restored and updated home is near shopping, restaurants and transportation.

outdoor deck patio queen anne victorian 10230 Donner Pass Road Truckee, CA

Rear decking and a patio create additional living space in the backyard (TAHOE MOUNTAIN REALTY).

Campbell House is about 20 minutes from Lake Tahoe, 5 minutes from Donner Lake and 15 to 20 minutes from the Squaw/Alpine and Northstar ski areas.


During four decades of covering luxury and celebrity housing, I’ve looked into people’s homes, lives and property records through many lenses. I was the Los Angeles Times Real Estate section editor for eight years, the Hot Property columnist for six and did stints as a newspaper reporter, copy editor and page designer. My work for The Times Business, Home and Real Estate sections has garnered in-house and national awards for blogging, editing and feature writing.

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