Hawkins House Mansion, 1911

Commissioned by Prince A. Hawkins in 1911, this stately home was designed by famous architect Elmer Grey, whose major projects include the Beverly Hills Hotel, among others. It sits in the Newlands Heights district, on the bluffs overlooking the Truckee River. This area was populated during a time when Reno was rapidly expanding due to the wealth of nearby mining areas, and was considered the most fashionable district, where many prominent families settled. The Hawkinses were one of the first families of Nevada, who dealt in business and banking for over a century. When Hawkins died, his son lived in the mansion until it was sold in 1978 and became the first home of the Sierra Nevada Museum of Art, which later became Reno’s Nevada Museum of Art. In 1988 it was again sold and became home to the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. The classic styling of this home’s interior maintains a historical feeling, while the iconic brick exterior has high curb appeal. Info: $2,185,950, 5 bed, 5 bath, 7,410 square feet, 549 Court St., Reno, Remax Realty

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Crissie Caughlin Ranch House, 1876

This home is a time capsule of Reno’s ranching heritage. Built by a pioneer family, it was first known as the Andrews Ranch and was considered one of the earliest and largest ranches in the area, sitting on 6,000 acres. It was constructed in Virginia City by George Washington Andrews, who then came to an area that was a few miles west of Reno at the time to start the ranch. In 1895, his daughter Crissie married William Henry Caughlin, the local sheriff, and the ranch took on his name. The mansion was moved from Virgina City and carefully reassembled in Reno where Andrews had originally built a smaller home. The smaller building was moved behind the mansion and used as a bunkhouse for the ranch hands. The entire estate was fully restored in 1993 by Crissie’s daughter and passed out of the family’s hands in 2006. In 2008, the property, bunkhouse, mansion, and well were added to the City of Reno’s Historic Register. An expertly restored gem, the home has maintained its historic charm on the outside, with tons of updated features (like stainless appliances) on the inside. Info: $3,290,000,4 bed, 6 bath, 7,749 square feet, 3636 Mayberry Dr., Reno, Keller Williams Realty


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