Your Fernley Nevada Resource Guide
Fernley offers a rural lifestyle with big city amenities within a 30-minute drive. Set in the eastern foothills of the Virginia Mountain Range, Fernley has spectacular mountain views, hiking, camping and water recreational areas are within a short drive from Fernley and the ski resorts of the Lake Tahoe area are only 90 minutes away. The factors that drive this growth are lifestyle, career opportunities, a state government that is business friendly, education at all levels, a tax structure that is friendly to residents and businesses, and a great climate.
The greater Reno area is consistently ranked high as one of the best places for business and careers and Fernley plays a big part in this recognition. Fernley is home to the Crossroads Commerce Center that consists of 5,000 acres located along Interstate 80 and just 14 miles east of the new Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, consisting of 30,000 acres. Many Fortune 500 companies have located their distribution centers in the Nevada Industrial Park including Amazon.com, Trex, Johns Manville, MSC Industrial Direct, UPS Worldwide Logistics, Quebecor World Nevada, Sherwin Williams and several other companies with national prominence.
Fernley is located at the intersections of Interstate 80, US 50 and US 95A.
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Fernley Real Estate
In Fernley, your home buying dollar goes much further than in the surrounding communities of Northern Nevada and California. The fact that Fernley home values have been hit hard by the foreclosure crisis. Homes in Fernley now start around $95,000. A beautiful home on the Fernley Golf Course starts at at $111,000 (Nov 2008). The average price is currently $120,000-$160,000.
Fernley has a diverse housing market that has something for everyone. Your choices range from entry-level homes starting in the $100,000 range all the way up to finely appointed homes in the $300,000 plus range. In keeping with Fernley’s rural lifestyle, there are homes on one to five acres lots that are zoned for horses. Since incorporating in July 2001, Fernley’s City Council has adopted a community master plan. This master plan carefully facilitates the growing industrial parks with residential, educational and recreational facilities required to provide an economically stable community. The Fernley Builders Association works very closely with the city to ensure that home values and rural lifestyles are maintained. Fernley presents an excellent opportunity for the renter. Houses and apartments (many brand new) are available as well. Rents are comparably lower than the Reno market beginning at just $600 per month.
The Fernley City Council governs the activities of the Fernley Utility which provides a municipal water system and waste water treatment system (sewer). The Fire Department has just expanded their building and service vehicles and there are paramedics on call 24 hours a day. A sheriff sub-station is provided by Lyon County.
Recreation in Fernley
Fernley is literally surrounded by public outdoor recreation opportunities. Fernley sits in the middle of BLM (Bureau of Land Management) over 85% of the State of Nevada is public lands. Pyramid Lake is 15 miles to the north, Lake Lahontan is 12 miles to the south, the Fernley Wildlife Management area joins Fernley on the East and the Truckee River to the west. Lake Tahoe is also just a short drive away. Fernley’s central location makes recreation including boating, water skiing, camping, fishing and swimming easily accessible. In Fernley there are 4 community parks that have facilities including a lighted tennis court, basketball courts, skate park, lighted baseball and softball fields, indoor pool and rodeo grounds. Off road adventure include a professional ATV and Motocross race track and the Reno/Fernley Raceway and a Paint Ball Gaming Facility.
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Environmental Factors in Fernley
Fernley is similar to the Reno/Sparks area being semi-arid at the elevation of 4,200 feet with surrounding mountain ranges rising to 10,000 feet. No air quality problems nor restrictive regulations on air quality exist at this time. Average annual rain fall is 5 inches with no severe winter snow conditions. January’s average low is 27.9 degrees and July’s average high is 92.3 degrees.
Fernley is truly the transportation HUB of Northern Nevada, served by major US interstates and highways, superb affordable rail service, and air transportation. Interstate 80 traverses westward into California with connections to US 395 North & South into Reno and I-5 North and South in Sacramento. It continues west to San Francisco and the Pacific Rim transportation facilities. Eastward it extends all the way across the United States finally ending at the Atlantic Ocean. US 95A North and South services the Idaho and Las Vegas markets respectively. US 50 East and West also connects in Fernley. In addition to the roadways hub, Fernley is also on the Main Line of the Union Pacific Railroad with spurs into the 5000+ acre (and expanding) Nevada Pacific Industrial Park located in Fernley. Tiger Field is available for the private plane enthusiast. Reno/Tahoe International Airport is just 28 miles away.
And don’t forget about the “Loneliest Road in America”. Located on Alternate Highway 50, where the Loneliest Road In America intersects with Interstate 80, Fernley offers plenty of roadside motels, casinos, restaurants and gas stations. Here, travelers can stock up on supplies before heading out onto the Loneliest Road.