What's It Like:
The neighborhood started in 1960 as a development around the private Hidden Valley Country Club. Homes have spread to the east and north from the golf course and are slowly creeping up the hills. Hidden Valley is separated from the main part of the city by a public golf course, Rosewood Lakes, and the UNR Main Station Farm. It's quiet and has no thru traffic, though that may change.
The main road into Hidden Valley is Pembroke Dr. A second entrance is Mira Loma Dr., which intersects Hidden Valley Dr. to take you into the heart of the neighborhood.
Learn more from the Hidden Valley Homeowners' Association.
Hidden Valley is on the outside of the McCarran Blvd. ring road. The east side is backed up by mountains and Hidden Valley Regional Park. To the north, the UNR Main Station Farm and Steamboat Creek mark development boundaries. To the south is open space with some marshland where Steamboat Creek spreads out. On the west side, Rosewook Lakes Golf Course provides a buffer between Hidden Valley and more dense neighborhoods along McCarran Blvd.
12 out of 100 - Car-Dependent. (Walk Score describes area amenities and estimates the walkability of a neighborhood using the address entered for its search.)
Real Estate Notes:
Just like anywhere else, homes next to the golf course or up the hill with views command higher prices. With those things in mind, buyers can find prices starting in the low $200s and climbing well past $500. Of course, this price range could change dramatically considering the volatile nature of real estate these days. Homes from the beginning of the development are over 40 years old, with brand new homes available in The Bluffs at Hidden Valley.
Along Mira Loma Dr., at the south end of Rosewood Lakes Golf Course, is a condo development called Heron's Landing.
Flooding has been a problem in areas near Rosewood Lakes and Steamboat Creek. This should become less of a concern as work is continuing on Truckee River flood control, which should give the Hidden Valley area better drainage in the future.
Another issue is what is being called the SouthEast Connector, a proposed road through the Hidden Valley area between Sparks and south Reno. That would end the no thru traffic situation for this neighborhood. The Regional Transportation Commission SouthEast Connector website has details on this issue.
Nearby Public Schools:
Hidden Valley Elementary School
2115 Alphabet Dr., Reno, NV 89502. (775) 857-3150.
Vaughn Middle School
1200 Bresson Ave., Reno, NV 89502. (775) 333-5160.
Wooster High School
1331 E. Plumb Ln., Reno, NV 89502. (775) 333-5100.
Regional Technical Institute
380 Edison Way, Reno, NV 89502. (775) 861-4418.
Reno Main: 2000 Vassar St., Reno, NV 89510. (775) 788-0785.
Calling the Cops:
To ask questions and request information, the non-emergency number for Reno PD is 775-334-2121. For real, life-threatening police emergencies, always dial 911. That also goes for medical and fire emergencies.
Getting Reno City Government Assistance:
The gatekeeper for city information and services requests is called Reno DIRECT. Phone (775) 334-2099 and you'll get a live human (though you might have to wait your turn).
The Mira Loma Center is on the corner of Mira Loma Dr. and McCarran Blvd. There you will find Longs Drugs, Scolari's Supermarket, and numerous small businesses such as restaurants, a gas station and convenience store, and even a McDonald's.
At the corner of Longley Lane and McCarran Blvd. is a cluster of businesses, including another gas station, a car wash, restaurants, auto repair shops, and a bank.
It's only about 5 minutes west on McCarran to the Meadowood Mall. From a shopping standpoint, Hidden Valley is in a convenient location.
Hidden Valley Regional Park is right in the backyard. Its best feature is miles of hiking trails, some of which take you up on the mountains for spectacular views of the Truckee Meadows. If you get up to the ridge, you can see over to the east toward Fernley. Trails are multi-use, so share with horses and mountain bikers.
Rosewood Lakes Golf Course is public and owned by the City of Reno. Even if you don't play golf, it provides a greenbelt and buffer from the busy city.
Mira Loma Park, on the corner of Mira Loma Dr. and McCarran Blvd., has big playing fields and playgrounds for the younger set. Right next door is Rattlesnake Mountain Skatepark, one of the biggest around at 40,000 square feet.