Located about 15 miles South of Reno, near Mt. Rose and Toiyabe National Forest is an area called Southwestern Reno which is included in MLS area 171. There are three distinct neighborhoods in this area, St. James Village, Galena Forest Estates and Montrêux.

St. James Village

Let’s start with St. James Village. A private, gated community, St. James sits on 1600 acres with homes having at least one acre with several at over four acres. There is a maximum of just over 500 sites and more than 800 acres is set as permanent open space available only to residents. Add to that that this area borders on Toiyabe National Forest and Mount Rose Wilderness and you can be assured that this will stay a small community without any additional outside development. Inside St. James Village are five distinct neighborhoods including, Bennington, Edgewood, Ridge Crest, Timberlake Court and The Woods. Part of the Homeowner’s Association includes year-round maintenance of the common area along with all of the streets as they are privately owned within the community. You can buy a lot and build your own home starting at around $200,000 for the lot or the homes average from the mid $900,000s to over $3 million and are over 90% owner-occupied.

Galena Forest Estates

Next is Galena Forest Estates. This community is located just above St. James Village and Montreux off Mt. Rose Highway. This area was once called “Robber’s Roost” by Mark Twain who said that The Posse that ran between Reno and Carson City was held up by robbers and these robbers “roosted” in this forested area hiding out. Located in the trees of Galena Forest with Galena Creek running through the community, Galena Forest Estates borders on Toiyabe National Forest. Relocating to this community provides mountain living where a majority of the homes are custom. Galena Forest Estates has two entrances from Mt. Rose Highway.  One is on Joy Lake Road which ends at St. James Village and the other is Douglas Fir Drive which eventually connects to Scotch Pines, a gated community located within Galena Forest Estates. Most of the homes in this area are a minimum of one-half to one acre and some of the properties are part of a homeowner’s association while others are not. Over 90% of the homes are owner-occupied and since this is a varied neighborhood, homes can run anywhere from $400,000 up to $1.3 million.


Montrêux is considered to be luxury living in the northern Nevada region. With an 18-hole private golf course, including a 19th hole designed by local LPGA legend Patty Sheehan. The golf course is home to the Barracuda Championship, an official PGA event. Montrêux is also designated by Jack Nicklaus as one of his top five courses. Along with the phenomenal golf course is a 34,000 square-foot clubhouse and 5,000 square-foot Fitness Center all for members and homeowners only. As this was a master planned community, Montrêux is set among the pine forest and is filled with high end custom homes. Almost 95% are owner-occupied and they start out around $700,000 and some go up to $2.5 million. A new development has been added to this prestigious area called Parc Foret.

These homes have outstanding views as they are nestled on a forested area, and since they are a higher elevation, they have great views of Mt. Rose, Slide Mountain, Washoe Valley and the Virginia Range foothills. Along with the secluded home sites, these communities offer hiking, biking and equestrian trails along with a few County Parks nearby. One of these parks is Phillip & Annie Callahan Park, a 25-acre park near the foothills of the Virginia Range off Mt. Rose Highway. This park has picnic sites, horseshoe pits and two playgrounds. Phillip & Annie Callahan Park is close to the Galena Creek trail and the historic Galena School House.  Another park in this area is the Galena Creek Regional Park. This park is located near the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada seven miles up from Interstate 395 off Mt. Rose Highway. Galena Creek bisects the park into two regions. There is the Galena Creek Visitor's Center along with campfire programs and ranger led hikes.  You can fish at Marilyn’s Pond and take advantage of facilities like the Galena Fish Hatchery and an outdoor education camp called Camp We Ch Me. This park offers activities throughout the year including hiking along Galena, Jones and White’s Creeks in the summer and snow shoeing and cross country skiing in the winter. Also included in this MLS area is Mt. Rose Ski Resort, which offers skiing for all levels and ages all at less than 15 minutes away. However to head to downtown Reno, you do have a little longer drive at approximately 30 minutes.

While there are not any major shopping centers directly in this area, Summit Sierra is less than 10 minute drive with popular stores like Coach, Pottery Barn, Orvis, Dillards and more. There are also several restaurants and a movie theater in this center.

Schools for this area are two elementary schools Hunsberger Elementary and Incline Elementary.  For middle school, students are zoned for Pine Middle School or Incline Middle School.  Lastly, high schoolers have Galena High School or Incline High School. For a complete list of schools in Washoe County click here.

With the forested outdoors and breathtaking views, Southwest Reno offers a great home outside of the city in an upscale luxury area.