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.  With decades of introducing a broad spectrum of unique developments throughout Northern Nevada, Blake recognized the various projects lacked a unifying identity.  

S3 Development was formed to become this single brand.

The company will continue to be 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. 

S3 balances its portfolio of developments between residential land, urban housing, office, retail and mixed use.  Most recent projects include:

  • Acquisition and entitlement of 431 single family lots within the Reno / Sparks region

  • Acquisition and repositioning of the 85,000 sq. ft. US Bank building in downtown Reno including constructing a new 2,000 sq. ft. modern stand-alone Starbucks 

  • Three separate mixed use / urban residential properties in the city’s Riverwalk and Midtown districts  

Blake’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.


About Blake Smith

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.


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

2008 JA of Northern Nevada - President's Award

2008 Inspirational Achievement - Honoring Blake Smith

2010 Best of Reno - Blake Smith Best Developer

2011 Keyser Foundation - President's Award Blake Smith


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