Johnson Lane in Carson Valley
The Johnson Lane area is located in the northeastern corner of the Carson Valley. You can access the neighborhood by one of two roads that intersect Highway 395 – the two roads are Johnson Lane and, more recently added, Stephanie Way. The Johnson Lane area is laid out much like a grid and is, for the most part, all residential. Along the southern side of Johnson Lane there are some smaller light industrial buildings. The largest business located in the Johnson Lane area is the Starbuck’s Roasting Plant of Minden.
People have been living in the Johnson Lane area for decades, however, it is within the last ten years that it’s growth exploded. The most recently built communities are Wildhorse, North Fork Trails, Saratoga Springs, Bramwell Estates, and Skyline Ranch. These developments are nestled in the foothills of the east side of the valley among pockets of older homes. In Wildhorse, North Fork Trails and Saratoga Springs, homes are located on lots from 1/4 acre to 1/2 an acre. In Skyline Ranch and Bramwell Estates, you’ll find 1 acre parcels. Most older homes in the area are also on 1 acre, so the area has a very laid back and spacious feel.
The Johnson Lane area is bordered by BLM land to the North and the East, providing excellent access to miles upon miles of hiking, biking and exploring trails. The other breath-taking feature of this area is the views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. In most of the Johnson Lane area you can see all the way from Mt. Rose to Kirkwood, and everywhere in between. The views of the valley and mountains are incredible, every season of the year.
The area is also very close to services in South Carson. It is only a 5 mile ride to get to all the big box stores at the top of the hill, featuring Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and more!
There are still lots available for sale in the Johnson Lane area. Saratoga Springs has 20+ lots left ranging from 1/3 to 1/2 acre, starting at $169,900. This neighborhood has over 35% open space, with walking trails, a park, and protective CC&Rs. In Bramwell Estates, there are 1 acre lots available, with the lowest starting at $150,000. This development also features protective CC&Rs. Most 1 acre lots range in price from $169,900 to $225,000, down considerably from their high prices of just a few years ago. Many lots do not have any Homeowner’s Association or CC&R restrictions, making them very appealing to people with recreational vehicles or hobbies that require outbuildings.