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Half-dozen projects in pipeline

by Jo Rafferty

More than 2,000 homes will be built in Douglas County over the next four or five years, officials say.

Several housing developments are in various stages throughout Carson Valley, with three of them scheduled to have homes completed later this year.

“There’s a lot of activity going on here in the Valley,” said Coldwell Banker General Manager John Hamer. “The market is extremely well. It’s in good health.”

Six developments – Monte Vista, Park Place/Monterra, Virginia Ranch, Anker-Park, Landmark Homes and Hearthstone – are in Gardnerville and Minden and one, Eagle Ridge, is located in Genoa.

The Monte Vista development, to be located between Winhaven Homes and Highway 395, is in the process of being built.

Rob Anderson of Anderson Engineering, the civil engineer representing four of the developments, said the roads in phase 1 of the Monte Vista subdivision will be paved in the summer and homes will be available then. When finished, the development will provide about 140 single- and multi-family homes. The project includes a new road, Monte Vista Avenue, and a grocery store.

Construction will soon begin on the Park Place/Monterra development, with some homes available this fall. The 260 homes are to be built between Winhaven and Minden Elementary School, and will be bordered by Muller Parkway and Heybourne and Buckeye roads.

“I suspect Park Place/Monterra construction will begin in about six weeks,” said Anderson.

Anker-Park, to be constructed between Gilman Avenue and Heybourne Road, extending to Buckeye Road, will consist of about 650 homes, according to Anderson.

Marketing research is being conducted on this development.

A 226-acre site at the south end of Gardnerville is destined to be the Virginia Ranch subdivision.

The development, 32 acres of multi-family and 135 acres of single-family homes, has just been approved and is still in the design phase, according to Anderson.

“Virginia Ranch and Anker Park are quite a ways off,” said Anderson.

Site grading has already begun for the Eagle Ridge subdivision off Jack’s Valley in Genoa. Building sites are selling for $400,000 and up, said Hamer, who added that even with no roads in yet, 45 of the 55 homes have already sold. Some of the homes should be completed by late summer or fall.

Two more subdivisions are also planned for Minden.

Directly southwest of the Monte Vista project is Minden Village. Currently under construction, more than 15 businesses will open at this 18-acre commercial park in the next few months. The Minden Village Hearthstone subdivision, built by Syncon Homes, will consist of 50 1,100-to-1,700 square foot homes.

Landmark Homes, to be located south of the Swim Center on Highway 88, is another development that will provide an estimated 30 new homes in the region.

Phone calls on the status of Minden Village were not returned and comments on Landmark Homes were not available at press time.

Besides lower real estate prices than most areas of California, Hamer said the main reason people are attracted to the Carson Valley is the blue skies.

“We still have people wanting to relocate here because it’s a nice place to live,” Hamer said. “We have an average of 300 days a year of blue sky. People love blue skies.

“Home buyers come from California. California has been feeding us with new business for years, and will continue to do so.”

Nevada State demographer Jeff Hardcastle estimated that the population of Douglas County rose 5 percent from July 1, 2003 to July 1, 2004. Gardnerville’s population increased the most in the county, rising 17.4 percent from 4,316 to 5,067. Genoa’s population rose 6.6 percent, from 229 to 244, and the town of Minden went from 2,870 to 2,945, 2.6 percent.

— Jo Rafferty can be reached at jrafferty@recordcourier.com or 782-5121, ext. 213.