Gorgeous South Reno Property with Views, Views, Views

This beautiful 4,100-sqft. sits on 0.7 acres just off of Thomas Creek Road in South Reno. With 5-bedrooms, 4-bathrooms and a soaring great room, this home is perfect both for families and entertaining guests. Some of the unique design elements include beautifully detailed wooden floors throughout the home, a gorgeous kitchen with new marble and black walnut counter tops and a family room fireplace with custom paneling and marble surround. The kitchen also has a 6-burner range, stainless apron-front sink and appliances.

Enter the privately situated master bedroom and bath to discover an expansive walk-in closet, two-person travertine spa shower and a huge tub to soak in. The other four bedrooms are perfect for living, or you can use them as an office, a gym – or whatever your heart desires!

The outdoor patio has a full outdoor kitchen, var and beautiful barn-beam pergola for dining where you can see beautiful views of Mount Rose. There’s nothing better than enjoying a warm, Reno night with dinner under the stars. The large backyard has a six-foot fence making it completely private and also features a hot tub, field stone-terraced gardens and a new, in-ground trampoline.

You can park three cars in the garage and there’s even additional storage for summer toys. Off-street RV parking is available as a bonus. For our families, this home is zoned for Hunsberger Elementary, Pine Middle School and Galena High School.

This home is incredible! Don’t believe me? Watch the virtual tour for yourself!

Recap and Photos from Reno’s TEDxUniversityofNevada

Have you ever heard of a TED talk?

They’re influential videos from expert speakers on a range of topics from business and science to technology and creativity. Some of the organizations most notable talks come from legacies like Sir Ken Robinson, an international advisor on education in the arts to government, and Simon Sinek, the leadership guru who famously shared “Why Leaders Eat Last”.


TEDxUniversityofNevada Big Takeaways

TED talk events are curated around the globe, and I was lucky enough to catch the annual TED talk event right here in our biggest little city this past weekend! TEDxUniversityofNevada featured incredible speakers including gold medal Olympic skier (and Reno local) David Wise and powerhouse female comedian Anjelah Johnson. The “x” in TEDx signifies that the event is locally organized – which means that this dynamite gathering is put on completely by volunteers! A small team of local folks ranging from University students and professors to small business owners and business professionals has brought the conference to life every year since 2013.

This year’s talks covered every topic under the sun and they were highlighted by three unforgettable musical performances. Michelle Rebaleati shared her use of virtual reality to help someone with advanced cystic fibrosis ski the same mountain he had 30 years earlier. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic questioned why our society promotes incompetent leaders. Mena Spodobalski shared the journey of 48 women who beat breast cancer and competed in a fitness competition after six months of grueling training. The sister-duo of Larkin Poe rocked the stage with their rendition of Ram Jam’s “Black Betty”.

Anjelah Johnson and David Wise wrapped up the 18 speakers and 3 performers. I don’t want to spoil what they shared, but all I can say is you won’t want to miss watching them. After the show, all of the presenters hung out with the 2,000 guests for the afterparty, taking pictures and chatting to share ideas. Just another of the many reasons I love this city of Reno!

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Reno’s Coveted ‘Sugar Loves Chocolate’ Now Offers Classes at TMCC!

If you’re craving something decadent, be sure to stop by Sugar Love Chocolates, a local chocolate shop in Reno that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

I’ve personally been buying chocolates from Sugar Loves Chocolate for four years. I offer the tasty treats to potential clients in their welcome package when they join me for a Tour of Reno. Sugar Loves Chocolate serves excellent hand crafted chocolates! You should definitely check them out. They’re located in “The (very cool) Basement” below West Elm Street, in the old US Post Office by the river.

If you’re REALLY into chocolates, you’ll be excited to know that they’re now offering classes at TMCC! Read on to learn about all the details.

Announcing New Chocolate Connoisseur Classes at TMCC

Sugar Loves Chocolate owner Krysta Bea Jackson has expanded their storefront location and is now teaching a class at TMCC, Northern Nevada’s community college, about creating chocolates!  Whether you’re an amateur, or a serious chocolate snob – get ready to try out your hand at creating one of the most popular and universally adored flavors in the world. (I almost said food groups — that should be a thing, right?)

The next Sugar Loves Chocolate  class is at TMCC on April 10th, 2019 from 6-9pm.

You’ll get to make two recipes in the class and take home roughly 1.5-2.5 pounds of truffles that you made! Sounds amazing.

The owner, Krista, will be teaching how to make a traditional French rolled truffle. This basic truffle is the starting point for most bonbon recipes used today. She’ll also be bringing assorted extra treats for you to create your own truffle recipe.

The class is filling up quickly so if you’re interested – sign up today!

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!


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.


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.


“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.



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!

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