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.


About S3 Development

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. S3’s vision for each project is to fuse modern, upscale and distinguished features while striving to raise the bar within Northern Nevada real estate development. S3 approaches each project concept with a combination of environmentally conscious technology and design, functionality within a space, along with the company’s continued design criteria of “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

  • 2018 The Bann-er Awards -Best New Home Product- Tonopah Lofts

  • 2018 The Bann-er Awards- Best Remodel Project - 300 South Wells

  • 2016 Summit Awards - Re-Use/Repurpose Project of the Year - 1401 South Virginia

  • 2016 Mayor of Reno - Certificate of Appreciation - 1401 South Virginia

  • 2015 Summit Awards - Office Development of the Year - 1 East Liberty

  • 2009 First Mixed Use Leed Silver Project in Northern Nevada - Somersett

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

  • 2006 The Bann-er Awards - Best Website Design

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

  • 2005 The Bann-er Awards - Best Master Planned Community - Somersett

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

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

  • 2002 The Bann-er Awards - Best Logo Somersett Development

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


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

  • 2010 Best of Reno - Best Developer

  • 2008 JA of Northern Nevada - President's Award

  • 2008 Step 2 -Inspirational Achievement

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

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