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Old 11-22-2014, 10:40 AM
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Hello all. Writing to seek specific housing/subdivision recommendations for the Reno area. I've reviewed some of the available information on this forum. I am within a quarter-days' drive to Reno. We have visited Reno before, mainly the casinos. Liked the people, liked the peacefulness of the surrounding areas, but don't know much about them.

We are leaving Southern California. Quiet couple, no kids, no problems, no debts, we live and let live. We will be gone for stretches when we travel.

What we are looking for is a single-family home, and probably going to prefer newer construction and open plan, three bedroom and three bathroom would be great. Likely something under 2,500 sq. feet, and possibly smaller, two bedrooms will be home offices for us.

Quiet and no road noise is a must. Want some distance between our place and the neighbors, i.e. I do not want the postage stamp crap you get here in California where people live on top of one another. Can't stand it. Don't need massive acreage, but I'm thinking a half-acre lot, at a minimum, and an acre would be better. Won't need more than that, but if it's bigger and just happens to come with a nice place, we'll take it.

Ideally, it will be a mid-to-upscale home, but hopefully at reasonable prices, $400k or less. If what we want can't be had at that price, we'll pay more (but I don't want to). So, we'll probably want a 2,000+ sq. ft home that is upper-tier, modern, with quality rooms and good kitchen. A nice view would be really great. Paying cash.

Woods: I've seen some areas/developments that appear adjacent to forests or BLM lands. They look very nice. Is it a good idea to purchase a home right next to one of these? Or is the fact they are public a problem with interlopers and noise?

Weather: is there a locale with milder summer and winter weather? If so, please advise.

ISP and natural gas: wired broadband is important, we'll be using it a lot. DSL or satellite internet is a no-go. Also, will want natural gas for kitchen, and perhaps water heater and fireplaces as well.

What we do not need: anything related to schools or kids. Don't care at all about good schools or amenities for children, and frankly would prefer not to pay high taxes for it. Also don't care too much about immediate recreation. If we have to drive a bit for food or fun, that's fine. My thinking is maybe we can get a superior house for less money because we don't need or want to pay for good schools or high taxes.

So please give me a few recommendations for neighborhoods or area/division to visit. Also please advise if there are "estate" or "ranch" subdivisions we should examine that are gated but offer quality living. Please respond, because I am certain to put them on my list of places to visit.
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:59 PM
 
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What we are looking for is a single-family home, and probably going to prefer newer construction and open plan, three bedroom and three bathroom would be great. Likely something under 2,500 sq. feet, and possibly smaller, two bedrooms will be home offices for us.

Quiet and no road noise is a must. Want some distance between our place and the neighbors, i.e. I do not want the postage stamp crap you get here in California where people live on top of one another. Can't stand it. Don't need massive acreage, but I'm thinking a half-acre lot, at a minimum, and an acre would be better. Won't need more than that, but if it's bigger and just happens to come with a nice place, we'll take it.

Ideally, it will be a mid-to-upscale home, but hopefully at reasonable prices, $400k or less. If what we want can't be had at that price, we'll pay more (but I don't want to). So, we'll probably want a 2,000+ sq. ft home that is upper-tier, modern, with quality rooms and good kitchen. A nice view would be really great. Paying cash. I think you will have difficulty finding everything you want for 400k, you might get a 2,000 sq ft house with a smaller lot and a view for 400k but my guess is for what you want with a view, a great house, at least a half acre you would be looking at 500k +. You could get cheaper if you sacrifice the view or go out to North Valleys, or even Spanish Springs, but I don't think your expectations are realistic.

Woods: I've seen some areas/developments that appear adjacent to forests or BLM lands. They look very nice. Is it a good idea to purchase a home right next to one of these? Or is the fact they are public a problem with interlopers and noise? That would probably be Montreaux, and the cheapest house on the market there is $899,000

Weather: is there a locale with milder summer and winter weather? If so, please advise. Reno is Reno, the higher in elevation the more snow you get, if you live on a ridge it's windier, but it would be hard to get the views you want without living above town.

ISP and natural gas: wired broadband is important, we'll be using it a lot. DSL or satellite internet is a no-go. Also, will want natural gas for kitchen, and perhaps water heater and fireplaces as well. Most, if not all homes in subdivisions have Charter Cable or U-verse for internet or TV

What we do not need: anything related to schools or kids. Don't care at all about good schools or amenities for children, and frankly would prefer not to pay high taxes for it. Also don't care too much about immediate recreation. If we have to drive a bit for food or fun, that's fine. My thinking is maybe we can get a superior house for less money because we don't need or want to pay for good schools or high taxes. The Reality is, that good schools are probably going to be found in the upscale areas you want to live in, I don't think you can find a really upscale house in an area with awful schools - they sort of go with the area demographics

So please give me a few recommendations for neighborhoods or area/division to visit. Also please advise if there are "estate" or "ranch" subdivisions we should examine that are gated but offer quality living. Please respond, because I am certain to put them on my list of places to visit.
I would check on one of the Real Estate sites, you can set all the parameters you want, price, size of house, size of lot, etc. See if you come up with something that interests you, then come back here and ask about a specific area - or call a local realtor
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:17 PM
 
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I'm not sure how much upscale on 1/2 acre or more is going to be available.

woods...the only problem is the danger of forest fire. Since most of these are upscale neighborhoods they are pretty private, sometimes gated. But you will be sending a whole lot more to get a home up there. Most of these areas are on the west side of the valley so you will have more snow due to the higher elevation and the sunset comes earlier due to the shadowing effect. Also the snow will last longer on the ground when it does snow. You may want to consider 4 wheel drive if you are considering a higher elevation.

Weather....higher elevation in the foothills = more snow in winter but cooler in summer

ISP and natural gas...you just have to check in each individual location. Broadband is almost everywhere, though I do know of a few places where it is still dial up, mostly rural areas. Natural gas is do-able in most areas but as you get more rural you may have to compromise with propane instead.

Property taxes are the only taxes to support everything in Nevada. Well, we do pay some pretty steep taxes on gasoline for roads. But no matter where you live in Washoe County you are going to pay the property taxes for the schools.

Areas you may want to look at are anything in the north valleys, way out there. There are a lot of older couples out that way as they don't need to commute or get kids to school. There are larger lots out there but very rural, no gated or upscale. But you may find a beauty out there as everything is custom built, although it will be a mixed bag. As long as it meets code it's good to go. The western foothills are more exclusive but will be pricier...Caughlin Ranch, Sommersett, Galena Forest, Saddlehorn. If you don't care about being in the tree line, or less exclusive there is Pleasant Valley, Callahan Ranch, Virginia Foothills, Washoe Valley. West Washoe Valley/Franktown Road is very nice but usually pretty pricy. If you don't want suburban lots then avoid Double Diamond, most of Sparks. But also don't overlook some older homes in Reno near Hunter Lake Rd. Some of them are nice older, well done homes on very large lots for the city. I know a couple who have more than 1/2 acre, just by virtue of how the lots were layed out. Sometimes people who custom built in the city limits bought two lots and have never subdivided them.
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Old 11-23-2014, 02:49 AM
 
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I am doing some early research for my retirement several years from now. Reading your post, I almost could have written it! I live in the Inland Empire right now and the Reno/Sparks/Carson City area seem to have the most to offer. This coming holiday weekend we will be spending time in Reno and doing additional research. I agree with the opinions of the previous posters.

I'm wondering how wide a net you would cast? I think there might be a couple of areas outside Reno which could meet your needs...Spanish Springs (just east and north of Sparks proper) and Johnson Lane (northern Minden). These areas have 1/2 to 1 acre lots available for slightly less cost than the very desirable southwest foothills of Reno.
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:18 AM
 
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For searching on the internet, I have found the Northern Nevada Regional MLS site the best -- nnrmls . com. It seems to give the most options for searching and for me it was best for narrowing down the list from what is available. Click on 'more search options' on their home screen and then click again on 'more options' on the lower left hand side of the next page -- and you will be able to put in your criteria for lot size, price range etc. Some of the search engines on other realtor sites seem clunky compared to this engine.
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:27 AM
 
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I think there might be a couple of areas outside Reno which could meet your needs...Spanish Springs (just east and north of Sparks proper) and Johnson Lane (northern Minden). These areas have 1/2 to 1 acre lots available for slightly less cost than the very desirable southwest foothills of Reno.
The OP wants views and I am not sure about Minden, but I think you would be pushing 500k for the kind of house the OP wants on 1/2 acre *with* views in Spanish Springs, same with the area around Arrowcreek. SW Reno is probably going to be out of reach though unless they are willing to compromise on lot size, or age/condition of home.
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:18 PM
 
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The OP wants views and I am not sure about Minden, but I think you would be pushing 500k for the kind of house the OP wants on 1/2 acre *with* views in Spanish Springs, same with the area around Arrowcreek. SW Reno is probably going to be out of reach though unless they are willing to compromise on lot size, or age/condition of home.
I didn't say it would be easy, but I think it is possible for $400k, or slightly more. We have been looking at 2,500 square feet or so for $450-$500k and there are a few around. So if the USDefault could go down to 2,000 square feet it's a little easier.

The part of Johnson Lane closest to the foothills does have views of the valley. It's only a couple hundred feet higher, but it's enough to get a view. Agreed that the rest of Minden is flat...

When you try to look up "Spanish Springs" in Movoto or Trulia, you get nothing...it falls under Sparks, NV...

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Old 11-23-2014, 04:24 PM
 
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There's really nothing to see in the valley in Minden. However, the surrounding mountains are beautiful from anywhere in the valley.
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:19 PM
 
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Ok, after looking around, there are quite a few houses under $400k, but the amenities are what the buyer is looking for. So, I guess OP needs to be a little more specific...does it have to be turn key ready? how fancy? are you handy?

This one on 3 acres in Golden Valley looks nice...but I would drive through the neighborhood to see the surrounding properties

976 E Golden Valley Road, Reno, NV 89506 | MLS 130011799 | Listing Information

I have friends in this neighborhood and it is very nice, there is a loarge bridge with freeway nearby but even since they have recently built this I do not notice any loud noise (trucks, etc) when sitting on their patio, not the pretiest of views but used to be!, we are there a lot and it's not offensive to me who has lived in the rural quiet for 25+ years here but you should do a drive by, 1 acre

10 Sunbeam Court, Reno, NV 89521 | MLS 140001229 | Listing Information

Very dated interior but nice neighborhood...and a pool! 0.5 acre
14600 Chamy, Reno, NV 89521 | MLS 140001931 | Listing Information

Nice neighborhood, looks well kept and pretty updated, 1 acre

14025 Edmands Drive, Reno, NV 89511 | MLS 140008728 | Listing Information

Here's one in old Reno, there is a large ravine I think behind this house so no backyard neighbors
2371 Camelot Way, Reno, NV 89511 | MLS 140010191 | Listing Information

Nice suburban neighborhood with larger lots, newer house 0.5 acre
10 High Chaparral Way, Reno, NV 89521 | MLS 140010282 | Listing Information

10 acres out there, looks pretty nice
106 Alum Rock Ct, Reno, NV 89506 | MLS 140010633 | Listing Information

Another one out htere on 9+ acres, nice view, needs landscaping (IMO), but I like the cute factor/not run of the mill ranch
205 Appaloosa Circle, Reno, NV 89508 | MLS 140012881 | Listing Information

decorating scheme is a little odd, butif you are handy...nice neighborhood 1 acre
125 Andrew Lane, Reno, NV 89521 | MLS 140012863 | Listing Information

this would be a bit more upscale home on 0.5 acre, nice neighborhood, semi-suburban, has some nice landscaping, not far from the airport but I don't know if it's under a flight pattern, this neighborhood used to have an awesome Christmas lights display, don't know if they still do
6220 E Hidden Valley Drive, Reno, NV 89502 | MLS 140012738 | Listing Information

Not exactly a looker from the outside (but that can always be changed, very desirable old Reno neighborhood as well
1500 Circle Drive, Reno, NV 89509 | MLS 140012988 | Listing Information

West foothills, south suburban, very desirable location but you pay for it
4210 Saddlehorn Place, Reno, NV 89511 | MLS 140011125 | Listing Information

That should get you started in the Reno area anyway...you would probably get more for your money in Minden just because it is a ways from Carson City and Reno, but very nice areas can be had there too. I think the budget does not allow for the more upscale neighborhoods. You would have to go up a bit in price.
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Old 11-23-2014, 11:14 PM
 
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USDefault.... We too are Commiefornia refugees.... We sold our 20 acre almond ranch with a custom built 2860 sq. ft. house and never looked back..... Wife says "best thing we ever did"... I kind of agree with ALL the regulations coming, and with the water shortage farmers are being villanized (for growing food, imagine that!!!)..... Anyway, we looked around the Reno / Sparks area for homes in early to mid 2013... we settled on a home in North Spanish Springs, a development called Pebble Creek. It's 15 miles north of I-80 just west of Pyramid Hwy (Nv 445). It is deserty, near mountains (desert, not forresty), about 20 minutes north to Pyramid Lake, 4 miles south to a grocery store (Savemart) auto parts (autozone) fast food and pizza. Only 9 miles south to Costco, Super Walmart, Home Depot, more flavors of fast food and real resturants. The development started in about 2003, but the original builder went bust (hard to imagine as the homes sold for $800K to 1.2 Mil). A new builder bought the remaining lots and built homes in the $350K+ price range, some with additional detached garages, and they have now started building a new phase. All lots are 1 acre +/- smallest home is 3000 sq ft. Fairly nice standard features (tile roof, tile shower and tub enclosures, tile floors and granite counter tops in kitchen), but slab floors (although NOT as bad as I thought a slab home would be here). We bought new. It took 6 months to build. There have been several of the original homes come up for resale, but they don't last too long. The mountain views are nice and the neighborhood is friendly, but very quiet. HOA is $350 per year. Local TV stations come in great with a small antenna in the attic, Internet is 60 Mb with a cable modem and IP phone is unlimited LD, with VM, caller ID, call waiting etc. all for like $55 per mo. (goodbye AT&T!!!) Nat gas cook top, hot water and forced air furnaces, electric ovens and both gas and electric for cloths dryer... And a big plus... Looking south towards Reno vs. looking north from Reno, the air looks cleaner here.... Originally considered south east and south west Reno. We're glad we expanded our search area..... a lot of house and 6 cars worth of garages for the $$$$..... And it's all new.....

There's also an older development called Bridal Path (about 4 miles south of where we are) on the east side of Pyramid Hwy. We looked at a couple of resale homes there, but decided to go new instead...

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