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R-C Neighborhoods: They love it in Chambers Field

by Nancy Hamlett

If you take a survey today most Carson Valley residents will tell you that there isn’t a bad neighborhood in the whole valley. Yet some developments stand out as being unique, distinctive, or a little bit out of the ordinary – like Chambers Field.

What makes Chambers Field a wonderful place to live?

“It’s the character of our neighborhood that draws the residents to Chambers Field,” said Didi Chaney who owns Valley Jobline in Minden. Chaney and her husband Ron, a juvenile counselor in Carson City, have lived in Chambers Field for nine years with their children Colin 17, Daniel 16, Andrea 14, and Jenna 11.

“We have an awesome view of the mountains – 360 degrees – and we have space around us. This is the lifestyle we were looking for when we searched the Carson Valley for our home.”

Chambers Field sits on the edge of the valley’s ranching community, just a block or two north from Kimmerling Road. According to Robert Kimmerling who developed the land with David Pumphrey in 1979, the subdivision was once part of the Kimmerling Ranch and it was named after the original settlers who first irrigated the land, Byron and Myron Chambers.

This rural ambiance is another part of the subdivision’s appeal.

“Because of the farms surrounding our homes, the farmers routinely rotate their cattle and some mornings you wake up to a lot of mooing,” said Chaney. “The sound of the water rushing through the irrigation ditches . . . the Arabian horse farm nearby with its incredible animals . . . the peacocks and peahens crossing the road, all add to creating a peaceful country setting.”

Susie Forst and her family have lived in Chambers Field since 1985. When they built their home on the 2-acre lot there were only 5 or 6 other families living there.

“We are originally from Ohio,” said Forst, a hairdresser at the Hairport in Gardnerville. “We bought the lot because it totally faces the Sierras and we liked the area because there were more cows than people. Now we like the area because our neighbors are so great.”

Camaraderie can knot a neighborhood together, and this closeness flourishes in Chambers Field. Most of Forst’s neighbors have lived there a long time, and even if she doesn’t know them well, she knows everyone by sight. Forst’s husband, Jim, is a test engineer with Bentley of Nevada, and her children Joseph, James, Jessica and Jacob all have friends in the neighborhood. Forst said that it is like having an extended family.

“Kids live behind us and kids live in front of us,” said Forst. “We always have a house full, and it’s just like they are part of my family.”

“We have retired folks in the neighborhood who help grandparent our kids,” said Chaney. “My oldest son wants to become a pilot, so Paul McCabe took my two sons flying one day. The Bodenstein girls eventually got too busy to baby-sit for us, but were great role models. We’ve even had a Fourth of July neighborhood parade with flags, music and kids on bikes.”

Chaney continued to remember times when she borrowed her neighbor’s oven to cook a Thanksgiving turkey, and car pooling with neighbors for ski club.

“Harold Rollins didn’t even know Lorraine Grant when he came to help her clear part of the brush with one of his big machines after he husband died,” said Chaney. “We have a lot to be thankful for in our neighborhood.”

Bill Romanowitz and his wife, Carole, a third grade teacher in Dayton, have lived in the Carson Valley since 1990. They moved to Chambers Field in 1992 after living in the Ranchos.

“Chambers Field really isn’t different than any other neighborhood,” said Bill Romanowitz. “It just has more of the things I like, and less of the things I don’t like.”

For Romanowitz, the peace and quiet are an added plus.

“There isn’t a lot of traffic,” said Romanowitz, a paramedic with the East Fork Fire Protection District and the father of Natalie 12, Christopher, 10, Adriana 5, and Matthew just 7 weeks old. “So I don’t worry as much when the kids are out riding their bikes or playing. I like the size of the lots, 2 acres, and the lot next door to us is currently vacant. It’s like a park for the kids.”

Romanowitz said that he and his wife are close to their immediate neighbors, but with four kids, “We’re pretty busy. There’s not a lot of time to socialize. But we are all friendly.”

Forst likes to walk in the neighborhood with friends and neighbors. “It’s quiet and peaceful,” she said. “And at night there are no lights so that you can see the stars. It’s a wonderful life.”

“There is a spectacular stellar view that always humbles me,” said Chaney. “It is especially marked on those evenings when the reflection of the moon off the snow capped mountains reminds me of the serenity that our home and neighborhood affords us.”

“The views are out of this world,” said Romanowitz. “Chambers Field is a nice place to live. It suits exactly what we want.”

Additional quotes:

Bill Romanowitz: “One of the reasons we moved here is because it has a rural atmosphere, yet it is close to town.”

Susie Forst: “I don’t take the view for granted. Everyday the first thing I do is open the blinds and enjoy the sight.”

Susie Forst: “I’ve enjoyed every minute we’ve lived in Chambers Field.”

Didi Chaney: “Yes, you could say we love it here.”

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