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Old 03-25-2012, 01:50 AM
 
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After months of searching where to move my family I gave up until I thought of Reno. Been looking into it more and more. Reno seems to have everything we are looking for. Camping and fishing in close proximity. Definitely slower than Vegas, and crime has to be lower. I'm assuming schools may be better. Close to the bay area, which my wife and I both have family, and sports. I would consider UNR better than UNLV. just have a few questions:

1. Should I be concerned with Radon? I'm guessing most new homes are built with that in mind and I should be fine, or NOT? We make 80- 85 a year so are not looking to buy in the slums if Reno has any such area. i'm sure there is a few small pockets.

2. I looked and Renown is hiring for both of our trades. Is this a good medical group? I work for the county hospital in Vegas. Good hospital, just in DEEP debt.

3. Does Reno have a diverse culture? We are pretty much a Filipino family, but I always had a diverse group of friends. I actually dislike being around a lot of Filipinos, but I don't want to be the only Asian in the neighborhood either. Even though we get mistaken for being Mexican or Hawaiian anyways.

4. Is the landscape relatively green? It has to better than this Vegas desert landscape. Rocks all over my yard making a mess, when I could have green grass for the kids to play.

5. Why shouldn't I move my family there? Living in Vegas, it is obvious that Vegas will always pop up on the worst places to raise a family. What could possibly put Reno / Sparks area in category?

6. Things I want most, a slower pace, green landscape, and low cost of living. Would you agree Reno fits in that category?

7. How is the school system? Clark County is getting worse.

We will take a trip there for the weekend in July to get a good feel for the city and neighborhoods. Perfect time to get outta the 105-110 heat!

Thank you for anyones input.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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Its not green its fairly brown but not Vegas brown. The older established neighborhoods have trees etc. and the nearby foothills have a tree line.

I too was originally from the Bay Area and we went there often to take our kids and expose them to museums and other cultures. Reno does not offer much on the cultural landscape

The camping/fishing is great, the nearby lakes are all high mountain and so they are cold for swimming etc but close by.

The schools in my opinion are getting much worse, the state as a whole has crappy schools and in N. Nevada you have less options.

The economy is crappy, there are very few jobs and while Renown might have job postings I would make sure you had them in hand before you arrived.

The real estate market, like Vegas has totally tanked so you can pick up a lot of house in a great neighborhood for very little money compared to the past 15 or so years. The one concern I would have is that since the housing value has dropped so much the ability of a lower demographic to buy into what used to be a pretty high end neighborhood will eventually affect that neighborhood and change its demographics.

Radon, I don't know a lot about the subject. Our home had a plastic lined crawl space that was put there when it was built. The house is 15 or so years old. I don't know if that remained the trend or not
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:28 PM
 
Location: NW Reno
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Default Radon Info

The University of Nevada has some information about radon for our area. Generally, I would consider the Reno/Sparks metro area to be low, but there are certain areas that have had historically high levels (zip codes 89509 89511). This website has all the info about it. Be sure to click on the Nevada Test Results link for specifics on zip codes in Washoe County.

Nevada Radon Education Program
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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1. Should I be concerned with Radon? I'm guessing most new homes are built with that in mind and I should be fine, or NOT? We make 80- 85 a year so are not looking to buy in the slums if Reno has any such area. i'm sure there is a few small pockets.

I've never heard of a radon problem here, but I'm guessing Vegas is significantly more irradiated from hundreds of nuke tests very close to Vegas.

2. I looked and Renown is hiring for both of our trades. Is this a good medical group? I work for the county hospital in Vegas. Good hospital, just in DEEP debt.

Haven't heard any bad financial news with Renown. They are the largest health provider around here.

3. Does Reno have a diverse culture? We are pretty much a Filipino family, but I always had a diverse group of friends. I actually dislike being around a lot of Filipinos, but I don't want to be the only Asian in the neighborhood either. Even though we get mistaken for being Mexican or Hawaiian anyways.

Ouch, Filipino hater! Reno has 6% Asians which is not as big as in Cali but not bad.

4. Is the landscape relatively green? It has to better than this Vegas desert landscape. Rocks all over my yard making a mess, when I could have green grass for the kids to play.

There are many areas and homes w green grass, but for the most part, we're just like Vegas except 4500 ft closer to the sun, so colder at night and in the winters.

5. Why shouldn't I move my family there? Living in Vegas, it is obvious that Vegas will always pop up on the worst places to raise a family. What could possibly put Reno / Sparks area in category?

Reno/Sparks has much less crime and the casino industry is only 8% of employment. There are more outdoor activities here and Vegas is sleazy and gross.

6. Things I want most, a slower pace, green landscape, and low cost of living. Would you agree Reno fits in that category?

Yes, no, same. I think it costs the same to live here as Vegas, except if you want a drink at a nightclub in Vegas, then it's like 3X more expensive in Vegas.

7. How is the school system? Clark County is getting worse.

Washoe is pretty good, but as with most cities, the further out you go, the better the schools. Look into moving to South Reno, south of McCarran Bl. McCarran Bl is our ring road. Or far NE Sparks.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:17 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies. My wife and I will be out there this summer to check the whole area out. I noticed outside the McCarran ring seemed to be the line for better neighborhoods. I like the NW or way east in Sparks. I'd like my boys to go to Mcqueen or maybe Reed High School. IDK

South Reno is very pricey, while we could afford a home there, I'm not willing to pay such high prices. The real estate is a bit higher in Reno than in Vegas, but again Vegas is at the bottom. All the investors are buying up everything in our desired price range anyways, which is making our housing market a false recovery.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:25 AM
 
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Radon is found in soil. The only way to tell if you have it is to do a test. Your neighbor might not have uranium in the soil and be ok but your home could have it. It depends on the soil and the soil only. So it does not matter if the home is 1 year old or 100 years old.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:57 AM
 
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Yes when buying I'll make sure a radon test is done. Thanks...
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