What is Today’s Market like in Reno, NV?

There’s no change – this month the demand for affordable housing in Reno is still high. In the last month in Reno/Sparks we have sold 765 homes, with 1,127 active listings.

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To exhaust the inventory it would take only 1.5 months, but in a balanced market it would require about 4-7 months of inventory. This obvious skew is likely because we have 170 listings in the $1M+ market range.

In the last year we’ve sold 138 homes that were $1M+. The average days on market for them were 230 days. The buyers market is in the $1M+ range. All sellers of these pricey homes are taking a haircut to sell them!

The good solid sellers market is $750K or less, assuming the home is priced well and in good shape. That balanced market is $750K-1M.

Are you looking to buy or sell your next home? Give me a call today! 775-544-6400.

Not ready to take the leap? Check out my listings here.

New Listing 2969 Stonebridge Reno NV

Beautiful Home | 5 Bed 4 Baths | $824,900

My new listing is definitely a must see! This stunning single level home is located in the desirable community of ArrowCreek. The large front entry & courtyard beckons a feeling of calm with a quiet running fountain, and beautifully landscaped front and backyard. Inside, the spacious floor plan allows for easy entertaining with a large kitchen and dining room, luxurious fireplace, and expansive, private backyard – perfect for summer nights with friends as you listen to your relaxing waterfall. Within walking distance to the clubhouse, swim and tennis center!

Other important features to note:

  • Quiet neighborhood very low traffic and noise
  • Extensive irrigation system for yard makes makes it easy to water plants and trees in the front and back yard
  • Private gate provides added safety
  • Large master bedroom and bathroom for maximum comfort
  • Large three car garage with access to backyard from both sides of the house
  • Lots of storage space in the home and garage
  • Impeccable landscaping

Want to see more? Check out the virtual tour here.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Check out my other listings in Reno!

Exploring Reno – The Eddy Beer Garden

What do you get when you combine a beer garden, food trucks, community art space, and plenty of oversized lawn games?

The answer is Reno’s newest (and first) container park: The Eddy, right in the heart of downtown. With great food, great drinks, and plenty of learning & socializing opportunities in a super-fun atmosphere, they’ve got something for everybody. I really think this place is going to be one of Reno’s biggest community attractions soon. But why wait even a moment longer to explore it? I visited the Eddy myself recently, and here are my impressions:

“Contain” Your Excitement

Have you ever been to a container park before? It’s a really neat concept – using those giant shipping containers (which are usually in abundant supply, especially near major ports) to create structures that are easily built, moved, and recycled. Lately, container villages have been popping up a lot in Europe, especially as temporary housing for students, refugees, etc.

This is the first such project in Reno, and the design alone makes the Eddy well worth a visit for folks interested in unconventional architecture. It’s a self-contained patio with different areas separated only by container walls and tunnels, and tons of fresh air and sunshine. The developers from Realm Constructors actually took a lot of design inspiration from San Francisco’s ever-popular Biergarten.

What’s On Tap?

When it comes to actually getting folks in the door, The Eddy’s food and drinks are
probably going to be the biggest draws. There are three distinct bars here, each with a different selection of beer and wines available, though their handcrafted cocktails are pretty innovative and definitely worth a look too. If you’ve opened a tab, you can order from any one of these spots without having to change your card – so don’t feel like you have to stick to one area!

Taking advantage of the open-air setup, the Eddy also hosts a rotating selection of local food trucks serving up everything from tacos and wraps to ice cream. Of course, you’re free to bring some grub from home: there’s even a barbecue hut to prepare it in.

Community Living

The Eddy is more than just a place to grab a bite and take the edge off after a long
day at work. Their prime location on the Riverwalk is no accident: they’re aiming to
be an inclusive community space for all of Reno’s residents.

Says Laurel Stout-Stitser, their communications manager: “We call it a collaborative community space, because we are truly a space that was built for the community at large.”

Thought-provoking installations by local artists reflect the mood of Reno today (and they make for a perfect conversation-starter if you’re here on a date). And live music performances and free fitness classes are just some of the events on their shifting calendar. Upcoming events are generally posted to their Facebook page. Despite all the alcohol, the Eddy is actually quite family-friendly during the day. In addition to the music and art, you’ll find plenty of outdoor games like bocce and corn hole (aka beanbag toss) – plus picnic tables, a covered lounge area, and a fire pit. Just note that after 7:30pm, the Eddy becomes a 21+ venue, and they will come around to check IDs.

The Eddy is really a special place, even for Reno. A place to refresh yourself, a hip and trendy center of community, an industrial playground for kids and grownups alike, and a prime spot on the river’s edge. What’s not to love?

2017 Harvest of Homes

The Homes Tour of Reno NV is a special day held by the HRPS to educate people and showcase the downtown area’s beautiful older neighborhoods . Sharing about Reno’s local history is an important goal for the HRPS, and the Tour provides an intimate and engaging way to accomplish this.

The walking tour reveals many stories and hidden gems throughout Reno, especially since residents rarely have the opportunity to step across a threshold into the homes themselves. This Tour provides admirers of old homes a rare glimpse inside some of these special places.

Come join me! The 2017 Harvest of Homes Tour is scheduled for September 23. Save the date!

Reno’s Iconic Nixon Mansion on the market for $13.9M

I attended the Nixon Mansion Broker Open House this last Friday. The beautifully renovated mansion, sits up on the bluff above the Truckee River, and I had the privilege of walking through the doors to learn more about the history behind it all. It’s truly an amazing property, priced at $13.9 million, and rightfully so! Today I’m sharing some personal and professional photos, and a video too ~ in hopes they capture just some of the charm of this unique Reno property.

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The current owners did a fantastic job restoring the home and bringing it back to its grandeur. The Italian villa takes its name from its original owner, Nevada Senator George S. Nixon, who built the prestigious estate on just over two acres.

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The majestic home originally had 33 rooms, and was one of Reno’s first residences to have an elevator.

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A fire left the mansion uninhabitable in 1979, and the current owners purchased the estate in 2002, spending the last decade meticulously restoring the property inside and out.

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Get a closer look inside this home:

Check Out My Personal Photo Gallery:

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More About George S. Nixon

George S. Nixon was born on a farm near Newcastle, Placer County, California April 22, 1860. He was educated in the public schools of that state and worked on his father’s farm until 19 years of age when he entered the employ of a railroad company and studied telegraphy. In 1881 he was transferred to Nevada where he was employed for three years as telegraph operator for the Carson and Colorado Railroad. In 1884 he went to Reno where he was associated with the First National Bank, later known as the Washoe County Bank. In 1886 he moved to Winnemucca where with F. M. Lee of Reno he organized the First National Bank. With his family he moved to Reno in 1906 where he built an imposing residence on the banks of the Truckee River. He was elected to the United States Senate January 25, 1905. He was re-elected to the Senate in January 1911. During the mining excitement in southern Nevada, Mr. Nixon became associated with George Wingfield and they reaped a fortune from the mines, organizing the merger known as the Goldfield Consolidated Mines Company. They established the John S. Cook & Company Bank in Goldfield. He had extensive realty interests in the city of Reno, in Winnemucca including the Nixon Opera House which he donated to Winnemucca as a parting gift to his home city and other parts of the State. His estate was estimated at between $2,000,000 and $3,000,000. Senator George Nixon died in a local hospital in Washington D. C. June 6, 1912 of spinal meningitis.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the Nixon property as much as I enjoyed visiting! It was such an honor to peer inside history and learn more about the place and the person behind it all.

Highlights from Nevada’s Food Truck Fridays

Dear mobile cuisine aficionados,

Grab your napkins, and your appetite and get excited because #FoodTruckFridays in Reno has finally arrived! What’s so magical about this summer-long fest? Well, besides featuring over 30 gourmet food, dessert and craft beer vendors weekly, Food Truck Friday is a great way to get out, socialize, and taste some seriously delicious snacks from 5pm-9pm every Friday at Idlewild Park. It’s happening now through Sept 29.

Join me today on the blog as I share a few photos and some feedback about some of my favorite food.

 

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Food Truck Fridays are always better with family!

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More Photos of Food Truck Fridays

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“The Soul from Seoul” food truck was awesome.

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I love the Japchae noodle bowl. Includes rice, bean sprouts, salad and kimchee.

History of Mackay School of Mines

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In honor of Nevada’s Archeological Awareness month, the Nevada Historical Society offered an interesting lecture about the Mackay School of Mines at UNR ~ which is extra special to me, considering I graduated from there!

I transferred to the University of Nevada in 1981 to attend the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and received my degree in Geological Engineering. At the lecture I learned some key points about the Mackay family and the role they played in establishing the School of Mines.

 

 

Through financial backing and ideas the Mackay’s also helped create a beautiful University.

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Mackay Mines basement, with rubber shock-absorbing cylinder

In 1988 the building was retrofitted to help keep the building stable in case of an earthquake. The building was lifted and a foundation was placed underneath incorporating these rubber “shock absorbers”.

When I was a student at Mackay, the Grad Students had dug out spaces, where this new basement exists, and we would have to go visit them to get help. I was always surprised how primal it was. I found out at the lecture that it began far earlier in the schools history. Apparently there was more space needed for the early grad students, so they did what miners do and began digging below the building. We walked down stairs to get to these catacombs. The original students went down a ladder!

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Thank you for stopping by today!

Reno’s Hottest Property of the Month

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2160 Manzanita in Reno, NV || 1.3 Million

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I’m excited to announce that my new listing at 2160 Manzanita in Reno, NV is hot on the market!! This beauty won’t last long…

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The long, private driveway from Manzanita Lane leads to this fully remodeled home, perched above the 7th & 8th holes at Lakeridge. With expansive views of the pond, fairways and mountains, this property is a dream come true.

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The functional floor plan features a main level with master suite, fabulous kitchen and plenty of gathering space inside and out.

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Just off the kitchen is the great room with vaulted ceilings, which adds to the luxury of this home. Plus, you’re surrounded by stunning views.

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The bedrooms & main rooms overlook the golf course.

As an added bonus (and for the ecologically aware) enjoy the unique feature of your own private geothermal well, which heats the entire home and water!

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And don’t even get me started on the beauty of the backyard…talk about VIEWS!

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More Details about the Home

This original home has been remodeled completely. New upgraded features include:

  • A formal airlock entry area with travertine flooring and tall ceilings.
  • The roof was re-constructed from a flat roof and now has two tall vaulted ceilings with dormers at the upper level.
  • Hand scraped hardwood floors, travertine and high end carpet.
  • All new baseboard, trim and window casing.
  • Old-world troweled finish wall details.

The kitchen remodel includes:

  • cherry cabinetry
  • granite slab counters with metal and glass tile back splash
  • Kitchen Aid & Wolf appliances
  • 13 foot cherry/granite slab bar off the dining area

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There is an additional 360 square foot daylight basement area with a full height ceiling. This space would be ideal for a wine room or shop, and has separate access to the exterior of the home.

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More custom features:

  • Expansive decks and patios.
  • All redwood siding and a 50 year roof.
  • A large 1,066 sf garage with three new quality garage doors and openers.
  • Three furnaces all set up for the geothermal with natural gas back up.

If you want to see more of this home, check out the aerial tour!

For a private showing, please contact me today!

First Bike Ride of the Year ~ Dry Pond Run

I’ve been itching to get outside and enjoy the amazing trails of Dry Pond Run. And with the weather finally getting warmer, I decided this weekend would be the perfect time for my first bike ride of the year!

Today on the blog, I’m sharing some behind the scenes footage I took while on my ride, in hopes to help you better navigate if you decide to be adventurous and try it for yourself. It’s a moderate 13 mile ride, so whether you just enjoy being active or you’ve been riding for awhile, it should be an enjoyable route for anyone. Hope you enjoy!

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Use the Strava app to navigate

Starting Point: Arrow Creek

Here’s footage of White’s Creek. You can see the water raging down from all the snow melt from Tahoe. It’s going to make its way down all these little creeks, eventually ending at the Truckee River, which I’m sure you’ve noticed if you live in Reno that it’s virtually overflowing!

Made it to the top Dry Pond! Not so dry with all the snow melt…

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Just a reminder, I’m always looking to team up with fellow riders so if you’d like to hit up a trail one day, please get in touch by emailing me!

Thanks for reading and watching today. Have you ventured out in nature lately? Share your experience by commenting below!

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