S3 Development (“S3”) is 25 years in the making and is spearheaded by the founder, Blake Smith, pioneer and developer of the award winning Somersett Master Planned Golf Community. 

About S3 Development

S3 Development is a visionary frontrunner in the pursuit of bringing leading-edge, modern housing and commercial developments to Northern Nevada as well as being a key player in the revitalization of the Downtown and Midtown districts in the City of Reno between residential land, urban housing, office, retail and mixed use developments. 


S3’s vision for each project is to fuse modern, upscale and elegant features while striving to raise the bar on Northern Nevada real estate development. S3 approaches each project concept with a combination of environmentally conscious technology and design, functionality within a space, and topped off by Blake’s personal affection for classic “understated elegance” architectural and feel. 

S3’s core team, including Director of Finance, and partner, Tiffany Roland, continue to purchase, renovate, and reinvigorate residential and commercial properties throughout Northern Nevada for the purpose of turning them into live-work-play hotbeds for the sophisticated, creative and driven inhabitants of the city.

Our Awards

  • 2002 The Banner Awards - Best Logo Somersett Development

  • 2002 The Associated General Contractors of America - Pinnacle Award Somersett Phase 1 Nevada Chapter

  • 2003 The Banner Awards - Best Overall Advertising Campaign "Look Who's Moving to Somersett."

  • 2004 The Banner Awards - Best Print Ad Somersett Master Planned "Front Yard, Back Yard, The Hole 9-Yards"

  • 2005 The Banner Awards - Best Master Planned Community

  • 2005 Builder Association of Northern Nevada Winner - Somersett Best Planned Master Community

  • 2006 The Banner Awards - Best Website Design

  • 2007 Summit Awards- Somersett Best Retail Project Somersett Town Center

  • 2009 First Mixed Use Leed Silver Project in Northern Nevada

  • 2018 Best Remodel Project- 300 Wells

  • 2018 Best New Home Product- Tonopah Lofts


OUR Founder

A 3rd generation native Nevadan with family living in Nevada for the past 92 years, Blake takes pride in all of his endeavors in the State.  A family man at his core, Blake’s measurement of success is hearing his kids tell their friends their father built “that” property. In fact, the S3 Development brand was derived from the Smith (“S”) family name and his three (“3”) children. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Blake’s Accolades

  • 2011 Keyser Foundation - President's Award Blake Smith

  • 2010 Best of Reno - Blake Smith Best Developer

  • 2008 JA of Northern Nevada - President's Award

  • 2008 Inspirational Achievement - Honoring Blake Smith

  • 2007 Northern Nevada Business Review - “Entrepreneur of the Year”

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