is a twin-city population center extending from one mile north of the junction
of State Route 88 with U.S. 395 then continues southeasterly for a distance of
10 miles through the community.
main town centers are located along both sides of a 4 mile stretch of U.S. 395
which is Railroad Avenue through Minden, becoming Main Street through
both sides of U.S. 395 for a few miles north of Minden are suburban and rural
subdivisions and the Douglas County Airport.
is the political seat of Douglas County. Both towns have councils that are
basically governed by the county commissioners.
four mile stretch through Minden and Gardnerville contains the heaviest
concentration of commercial, both tourist oriented and local, development. The
new Douglas County High School is located at the north end of Minden. Other
schools are contained within the town centers and major subdivisions.
among the various local and tourist oriented commercial enterprise is a major
attraction to the area, the Carson Valley Hotel‑Casino on the north side
of U.S. 395 in Minden. The other large casino in the area is Sharkey's in
recent years, many new developments, including shopping centers, shopping
complexes and office buildings, all of good quality, attractive design and
appearance have been erected along Highway 395. Commercial development is
on‑going with good demand existing for prime commercial sites.
are numerous residential subdivisions within a five mile radius of the town
center, involving moderate to upper value range residential construction. A
steadily growing population basically consists of retirees and those looking for
the less active life‑styles of major population centers. The population
has grown from 13,000 to over 16,000 in the past ten years. 20% of the
population is over 55, with approximately 50% between 25 and 40 years of age.
is no local transportation system. Residents rely on personal conveyance for
local travel. Major bus lines provide long distance travel from the area.
Minden‑Gardnerville area is located 15 miles south of Nevada's Capital
city of Carson, and 60+ miles south of the metropolitan area of Reno which is
the second largest population center in the State of Nevada, having an estimated
300,000 residents. Interstate 80 traverses Reno in an east‑west direction,
connecting with the San Francisco Bay Area 250 miles to the west and traversing
the State of Nevada northeasterly, connecting to Salt Lake City, 600+ miles
world famous Lake Tahoe recreation area is located 10 miles west of Minden via
SR207 over the Carson Mountain Range. Douglas County at the
Nevada‑California state lines is heavily improved with numerous large
hotel casinos which are a major attraction with a multitude of summer and
winter recreational facilities in the lake basin.
395 south out of the area is through Coleville, Bridgeport and Lee Vining into
Bishop, California, 200+ miles distance. U.S. 395 then provides passage through
the Mojave Desert into Southern California and the Los Angeles metropolitan
Basically, the subject is in a rural, mountain surrounded setting providing a good standard of rural and suburban oriented living for residents and visitors.