Possible Answer to Affordable Housing?

The Reno real estate market has been booming! Although prices have dropped every so slightly, the need for affordable housing still remains a hot topic.

The good news? Recently, The Washoe Board of County Commissioners sparked a discussion about a trust fund that would create more affordable housing options in our region. Thankfully, commissioners have already approved the fund and are ready to move forward. The concept of the trust fund was initiated by the nonprofit organization called ACTIONN, where their efforts extend throughout the Northern Nevada region.

Perhaps what swayed commissioners the most were the stories shared by the many supporters who showed up at the chambers during the discussion. From working professionals to retirees, people shared about their dire living conditions, resulting in eviction and even homelessness due to rent increases.

“It’s offensive to me that we live in the greatest country in the world and yet we have people who have to give up their children because they can’t afford a roof over their head.” said Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler.

It’s still unclear how the fund will be acquiesced, but talk about government service taxes came into play. There’s been over 8 months of research regarding this topic, and there’s definitely hope on the horizon for more affordable housing. Stay tuned for more updates when they come!

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New Office in Reno Adds 200+ Jobs!

As a resident of Reno, I really enjoy keeping up with current events by following EDAWN (The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.) Recently they announced that a track and trace solutions company, rfxcel, is relocating its corporate headquarters to our very own Reno, NV. With expectations of opening its doors in December of this year, the new office will serve as rfxcel’s main headquarters. Which means good news for our economy, as the company plans to hire up to 200 employees over the next few years.

“Founded in 2003 by Glenn Abood and Jack Tarkoff, rfxcel is the first company to focus on safety of pharmaceutical supply chain and bring advanced track and trace software to manufacturers, repackagers, wholesalers, distributors, and dispensers. rfxcel’s mission is to enable customers to better manage their business today and deliver value tomorrow.”

Although this is a positive implication of economic growth, Reno is still struggling to overcome a shortage of housing, an overcrowded Washoe County school system, and the overall image of Reno’s downtown city life. Learn more about the challenges (and potential solutions) of our economic system in the NN Business View’s interview with Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of EDAWN.

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Reno is Angry that UNR Homes are in Danger and You Should be too

If you missed it, there’s a huge debate that has swept over Reno regarding the endangered neighborhood of UNR’s Historic Homes. As someone who has a great appreciation for this city, and a fascination of the rich history that lives here, I’ve been avidly following this story as it has progressed. Read on to learn recent news about what we can expect going forward.

Important Update about these Endangered, Historic Homes

 

Recently, Jenny Brekhus, City Council Member at City of Reno, wrote a post to describe her visit with President Johnson & UNR Governor Affairs Person/State Senator Heidi Gansert. She explains that “they confirmed that the UNR homes will be razed soon.” In addition, the properties (and presumably if they are successful in getting City Council to approve abandoning streets & alleys) will be the home of a new Business Building, Parking Garage & Life Sciences Building.) They stated that they need the land readied and the buildings designed, to pursue philanthropic funds for construction.

The state of Nevada has already given planning approval for the Business Building.

As Dr. Alicia Barber states:

“We must not sit by as this university administration makes plans to thoughtlessly and needlessly bulldoze these irreplaceable historic houses as though “progress” somehow necessitates it. To destroy them when so many nearby parcels both north and south of Interstate 80 are crying out for investment should be a crime. This university belongs to the entire state, and I hope others will have the courage and long-range vision to stand up for these houses and what they can remain and become, whether as offices, retail, dining, or housing, to retain this gorgeous tree-lined university entrance, to the lasting benefit of both the city and campus community.”

Comment below if you have any more questions!

Reno Fun: Genoa Tour and Italian Festival

My Favorite Part of the Genoa Tour

I met many older Nevadans on the tour who have been in the agriculture business for a long time. They all had a lot to share about growing up and farming in rural Nevada. I met a 95 year old who others called the “Garlic King” of Yerington, NV. I guess he eventually sold out to the famed Perry & Sons outfit. He was a very nice man who told great stories and had a passion for sharing his knowledge of the past. He was pretty spry for his age. Jumped on and off the bus with no problem all day long!
The farm to table concept whether it was Ranch 1 where they had their own grass fed beef butcher shop in Genoa and also supplied the JT Basque restaurant (where we had lunch.)
Ranch 2 the Bently Heritage Estate Distillery was an important part of the food and drink scene. They all took great pride in growing and raising the grains and animals in a sustainable healthful environment.
Looking forward to putting out the interior photos taken at the Bentley Heritage Estate Distillery.
The tour was a tremendous opportunity to learn about the families who paved the way for all the agricultural opportunity in the Carson Valleys. The tour guides were so knowledgeable. We were hanging on every word as they shared knowledge of the families who paved the road for all of the agricultural abundance. Here is a link to a brief prelude to the tour. JUMP ON THE BUS TOUR 2018.

Another Option to Book a Tour!

If you don’t want to wait another year to take the tour, you can book a tour with Kim, the owner of Genoa Historic Ghost Tours. Prices are only $20 for adults. Email Kim at info@genoahistoricghosttours.com or call 775-220-0605 for a tour! If it’s a brisk day outside, don’t worry you can throw on your hat and gloves and still enjoy a scenic ride.

Italian Festival in Reno NV

The vibe in the crowd, and it was massive, was so cool. It was all about eating good food and socializing with others. I liked how you could buy some pasta and go to all the local Italian families, who just know their family recipe for sauce is the best, and sample the various flavors. A lot of pride goes into the making of the sauce. The live music was excellent, all with an Italian flair.
If you haven’t visited the Italian Festival in Reno, I recommend you check it out next year!

You Have to ‘See See’ Motorcycle Coffee

I was driving in downtown Reno recently, when a new coffee shop called See See Motor Coffee Co. caught my eye. When I saw “CC” on the sign I immediately thought of cubic centimeters and motorcycles. I decided to stop by and grab a cup, but was not at all expecting what I found inside! A world where coffee and motorcycles collide.

When I was a kid, my dad owned a Suzuki motorcycle store in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. My affinity for motorcycles began there, and never stopped growing. My dad had a friend with the very first vintage collection of street and race bikes that I had ever seen. As kids, we grew up learning and loving everything we could about motorcycles, especially RACING. My dad would take us to Motorcycle Speed Week in Daytona, where dealers, manufacturers and the public meet for all things motorcycle and some amazing racing.

So, can you see why happiness came flooding back to me when I walked into See See Motor Coffee Co.?  The moment you step inside, you’ll be greeted by very rare, vintage bikes on display all around the shop. They are rotated out after they have been there for a while.

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Seeing a storefront where motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages could gather and admire these rare classics is pretty cool. I was so intrigued by this concept – I just had to learn more! So I sat down with the manager to get the details on how this awesome shop was born. Read on to learn more about See See Motor Co.

The company started when Thor Drake, the owner and founder, started selling t-shirts to his friends in Portland, OR. But they weren’t just any shirts, and Thor wasn’t just any guy. Thor gained popularity in the motorcycle industry because of his innate talent and skill as a racer. His shirts were just an extension of his natural love for the sport, and his friends and fans couldn’t wait to get their hands on the racing apparel he created. Thor is still a legend, and races to this day!

See See Motor Coffee Co. was born in Portland, with two distinct parts to it: first is the racing company itself, and second is the brick and mortar shop.

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“We make race apparel, racing t-shirts and sponsor riders everywhere. We’re heavily involved in the motorcycle community. And our brick and mortar shop, is a way to create a welcoming atmosphere, where people can gather in worship of motorcycles.” says Jack Beisel, manager of See See Motor Coffee Co. in Reno.

“The storefronts are more a community place. Motorcycling in Portland is a seasonal endeavor, so we created the storefront as year round space for people to gather and talk about cycles in a way that was open, friendly and accessible.”

In addition to selling apparel, and creating a cool place to gather – they also rebuild motorcycles for show and for racing. The motorcycles displayed in their shop are all bikes they’ve sponsored previously or rebuilt recently.

“We’re really friendly with some guys from the Vintage Motorcycle Association. We’ve invited some of them to show their bikes, and they have happily obliged. It’s a win, win – they’re able to display their unique collectibles, and our Reno community can see some special vintage models that no one’s ever seen before,” says Jack.

 

“One of our main goals is to cater to the community and bridge the gap between older racers and their epic stories and the younger generation who are just getting started. We think we’ve found a the perfect ‘apex’ as bikers would say. So, what are you waiting for! Come stop by, grab some coffee and check out the store.”

 


Thanks so much for joining us today, Jack! I’ve obviously found my new favorite coffee spot – which goes beyond a great cup. If you’re interested in motorcycles, or even if you’re not — See See Motor Coffee Co. is a must see. Call me if you’re interested in joining me there one morning! (775) 544-6400.

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Reno Air Races 2018 Recap

You may have heard about the mid-air episode that happened at the Reno Air Races. Two planes bumped each other high in the sky, but thankfully no one was hurt and both pilots landed safely!

Besides this little hiccup, the event went on without a hitch and all the attendees “ooed and awed” over the amazing display of aircraft acceleration and pure talent from the pilots.

Did you miss the Reno Air Races? Not to worry! I captured some footage from the event below. Grab your popcorn and pull up a seat, it’ll feel like you’re right there in the front row!

New Listing: 3025 Show Jumper Court

JUST REDUCED! $516K | 3 BR | 2.5 BA | 2,303 SQ FT

I’m thrilled to list this new home, 3025 Show Jumper Court in Reno NV. This upgraded Toll Brother home is move-in ready for your growing family. Ideally located in the gated community of Willow Bend at the Estates, this open floor concept is definitely a must see.

One of the most appealing aspects of this home is the upgraded, gourmet kitchen. You’ll find a king size walk in pantry, wine fridge and stainless steel appliances, just to name a few.

 

 

 

The white cabinets create a beautiful contrast against the darker hardwood floors, while the modern countertops make the look come together. My favorite part of the kitchen is the huge galley style island.

Natural light fills the home with views of the surrounding mountains throughout. From the manicured backyard you will often see Nevada’s wild horses.

You’ll love the hardwood and tile floors throughout the main level. All three bedrooms are located upstairs along with the laundry room and a bonus area currently set up as a media room.

 

 

 

 

The exterior is beautifully landscaped and welcomes summer BBQ’s or just a nice, tranquil atmosphere to relax and enjoy a good book.

 

 

 

To see more of this beautiful home, take the virtual tour here or call me at (775) 544-6400 for your own person showing!

Diamond Peak via North Flume Trail

This last Sunday I went on a hike with my wife and a couple of good friends on the North Flume Trail. There’s two things I want to share.

First, is the history of “the Flume.” This area above Incline Village and Sand Harbor is quite fascinating! “The flume contained 2-million feet of lumber and 28 tons of spikes and nails. It operated 70-feet above ground in some places, and could transport up to a half-million feet of lumber daily.”

The trees were cut down and placed in the log flume so they could be sent down to Washoe Valley where the wood mills were. ($8M of silver per day came out of those tunnels at the peak.)

While the wooden flume is now completely disassembled, the path still remains and hosts one of the most scenic and spectacular trails in the world. I can’t believe I live so close by, and can enjoy the amazing views so easily.

To get to the hike, take the Mt. Rose highway past the Summit and the Meadows. A mile or so before the Incline Village lookout there is a good size parking on the west side of the highway. The trail head is on the east side.Take the trees up the steep “Incline” and shoot them down the log flume to the wood mills in Washoe Valley. We walked out about three miles and came back to the cars.

On the hike, you’ll be able see Lake Tahoe, the Diamond Peak ski area and some nice, tranquil streams. If you’re interested in extending your hike and getting even more beautiful views, you could park a car at the bottom of Tunnel Creek Road, where the Ponderosa Ranch was originally located, (Tunnel Creek Cafe is now there).

If you’re feeling REALLY adventurous, continue hiking on the Flume Trail past Tunnel Creek Road and get an amazing view of Sand Harbor (see below!) and then Marlette Lake.

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This pic was from a year ago. TOTALLY WORTH the extra hike/bike to get this view!

Did you know Marlette Lake has supplied clean water to Virginia City on a gravity fed flume since the Comstock Era? The water in the aquifers in the Virginia City area is not easy to drink due to lots of minerals and elements, thus all the Silver underground!

I hope you enjoyed reading more about the Flume Trail hike. Make sure to stay tuned and subscribe to my newsletter for more events in Reno and to stay up to date with the real estate market.

Brand New Listing! 3915 Nut Tree Lane Reno, NV

3915 Nut Tree Lane in Reno, Nevada is newly remodeled and ready for potential buyers to take a tour! The plush, custom landscaping welcomes you the moment you open the front gate and step foot onto the driveway.

As you open the doors of this newly remodeled home, you’ll immediately be welcomed by the spacious living room with plenty of windows that naturally make the room feel even bigger.

Do you have anyone in your family who likes music? Enjoy this extra room, perfect for piano playing or relaxing and reading a good book.

Don’t forget about the impressive 1,100 square foot deck and private pond! 

The backyard is fully landscaped and ready to enjoy warm summer nights with breathtaking views – a stellar atmosphere for BBQs with the family or a solo night alone. 

Farm life enthusiasts have the opportunity to start their own, with a large chicken run, fully automated chicken coop, automatic door, water drip system, and custom built animal house perfect for pet rabbits. All with a fresh coat of paint!

Still want more? Discover more photos and take the 3D interactive virtual tour here!

Are you in the market to buy or sell your home? Give Neal Fincher a call today at (775)544-6400. If you want to look for more properties in the Reno Tahoe area, you can search my website.

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