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Constance Alexander’s straw-bale, all-electric home in Minden is warmed courtesy of Nevada’s consistent winter sun, and her house’s thick stucco-finished walls hold the heat for hours. Alexander only pays for power from January to May. During the rest of the year, 14 solar panels on the roof generate electricity to run her lights and appliances, and the power company banks the excess in a process known as net metering.
Bed and breakfasts are about an experience. After you check in, you take a tour and learn about the history of the house. Later, you sit down for tea with the innkeeper and other guests. In the morning you wake to a gourmet, home-cooked meal, followed by hours of lively conversation over coffee in a tranquil garden. Guests that are used to hotel travel find that these “beds” are more than just a place to lay your head.
When Tim Hafen and Janet McJunkin brainstormed the design for their new Pahrump house, they each had definite ideas. Influenced by 1920s-era Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley, he said no flat roof. She, who loves the southwest, said no straight lines. The result: a burgundy-hued home with a tower, a hint of Tuscany, and curves everywhere.
In total, Riverside Artist Lofts has 35 residential units that occupy five of the building’s six floors. Sharing the ground floor with Sierra Arts are Parasols Boutique, Dreamer’s Coffeehouse & Deli (which also exhibits local artists’ work), and Wild River Grille. The latter two open directly onto the Riverwalk, Reno’s public plaza along the Truckee River. This puts Riverside Artist Lofts right in the heart of Reno’s downtown renaissance.
At one time Linda Faiss and her husband, Bob, were living the American dream, content in their home overlooking the Boulder City Golf Course. That was until six years ago, when they stumbled across a lot on the outskirts of town with spectacular views of Lake Mead and Fortification Hill showcasing impressive pink and purple sunsets. It turns out it was the ideal location for them to live “green.”
Preservation of local history is a way of life in “living ghost towns” like Unionville, Midas, and Cherry Creek. All founded after silver or gold were discovered nearby, the towns once boomed to populations into the thousands—large enough that the homes of current residents are far outnumbered by ruins. Three of many such towns in Nevada, they are, like the rest, a curious, vibrant mix of historic and modern, of ruin and restoration, of old-timers and newcomers.
When he was riding a fence line in Wyoming more than a decade ago, little did Mike Elliott know that one day he would be making fine Western furniture for clients around the country. It’s been a dozen years since Elliott moved his fledgling Western Designs business to Minden, where he honed his innovative style.
Designing a holiday arrangement doesn’t have to be tough, but it does take some planning. To create a knock-your-socks-off piece, you can follow suggestions from Reno’s Briarwood Finer Flowers and Gifts and Ralph Jones Display of Las Vegas.
Nevada’s luxury motor home lifestyle includes Basecamp, Airstream’s smallest travel trailer, which merges lean function and swaggering style; Airstream’s new product lines, such as the International CCD and Classic; and the Jayco Recon ZX, a quad-swallowing monster without sacrificing comfort.
If you take a guided bus or boat tour of Lake Tahoe this summer, you’ll likely find yourself stopped outside the “Villa Costa,” a 20,000-square-foot abode at Zephyr Cove, on the lake’s east shore. Your guide will tell you that when the home was originally completed in 1963, it was called the “Villa Harrah,” after then-owner and gambling pioneer William Fisk Harrah.
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