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Old 05-06-2015, 06:58 PM
 
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I've lived here for 35 years, having moved from a major metropolitan city. Reno really doesn't have much crime, you could do far worse in many other places. There are pockets/areas where I would not walk at night. Along old 4th Street, on the side street behind the casinos especially east of Virginia St near the bus station, near the Greyhound station, old Sparks downtown, there are always a few residential areas to be careful of. But generally, Reno is a safe place.

Midtown is an up and coming area these days. A few years ago I wouldn't go there because housing was falling into disrepair with lots of rundown rentals and not a whole lot of good things going on. These days Midtown has all kinds of new restaurants, brew pubs, eclectic shops. Lots of 20 and 30-something professionals are buying up the houses and doing rehabs on some cool older homes. There is enough activity in the area in the evenings that I don't find it to be a place to avoid after dark. I wouldn't walk alone in the wee hours, but it's not a scary neighborhood to me.

And of the suburban neighborhoods are fine. Northwest, South, Spanish Springs, Cold Springs...all good. Any area has a few bad apples so just know who your neighbors are. Since I've lived in my house for almost 30 years the house next door has been a rental the whole time. And yes, we've had some awful neighbors at times and we have had to call the police on occasion. But I believe that exists in any neighborhood these days.
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:16 PM
 
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I've lived here for 35 years, having moved from a major metropolitan city. Reno really doesn't have much crime, you could do far worse in many other places. There are pockets/areas where I would not walk at night. Along old 4th Street, on the side street behind the casinos especially east of Virginia St near the bus station, near the Greyhound station, old Sparks downtown, there are always a few residential areas to be careful of. But generally, Reno is a safe place.

Midtown is an up and coming area these days. A few years ago I wouldn't go there because housing was falling into disrepair with lots of rundown rentals and not a whole lot of good things going on. These days Midtown has all kinds of new restaurants, brew pubs, eclectic shops. Lots of 20 and 30-something professionals are buying up the houses and doing rehabs on some cool older homes. There is enough activity in the area in the evenings that I don't find it to be a place to avoid after dark. I wouldn't walk alone in the wee hours, but it's not a scary neighborhood to me.

And of the suburban neighborhoods are fine. Northwest, South, Spanish Springs, Cold Springs...all good. Any area has a few bad apples so just know who your neighbors are. Since I've lived in my house for almost 30 years the house next door has been a rental the whole time. And yes, we've had some awful neighbors at times and we have had to call the police on occasion. But I believe that exists in any neighborhood these days.
Now that's just funny turn on the evening news here, there is always reports on someone being stabbed or shot.... My advise stay away from Reno move to the out skirts Spanish Springs, Cold Springs, heck even Stead
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:19 AM
 
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I've lived here for 35 years, having moved from a major metropolitan city. Reno really doesn't have much crime, you could do far worse in many other places. There are pockets/areas where I would not walk at night. Along old 4th Street, on the side street behind the casinos especially east of Virginia St near the bus station, near the Greyhound station, old Sparks downtown, there are always a few residential areas to be careful of. But generally, Reno is a safe place.

Midtown is an up and coming area these days. A few years ago I wouldn't go there because housing was falling into disrepair with lots of rundown rentals and not a whole lot of good things going on. These days Midtown has all kinds of new restaurants, brew pubs, eclectic shops. Lots of 20 and 30-something professionals are buying up the houses and doing rehabs on some cool older homes. There is enough activity in the area in the evenings that I don't find it to be a place to avoid after dark. I wouldn't walk alone in the wee hours, but it's not a scary neighborhood to me.

And of the suburban neighborhoods are fine. Northwest, South, Spanish Springs, Cold Springs...all good. Any area has a few bad apples so just know who your neighbors are. Since I've lived in my house for almost 30 years the house next door has been a rental the whole time. And yes, we've had some awful neighbors at times and we have had to call the police on occasion. But I believe that exists in any neighborhood these days.
utsci, I appreciate your detail and not being extremely bias like some people tend to be. Midtown seems like a fun place to go out every now and then, but I don't think I would want to live there or downtown. I would be looking out more in the suburbs or outlying areas that are still 15-20 mins from everything. One area I have found and really like is the Damonte Ranch area in south Reno. Northwest Reno west of the 659 also looks really nice. The Cold Springs area seems pretty nice as well. Those would probably be the main areas that I would look to live.
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:11 PM
 
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If you're going to be looking in the Damonte Ranch area, which is very nice, be aware that there is a flood zone affecting parts of that area. Here's the Reno.gov info page:
City of Reno : Double Diamond Flood Map Changes
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:53 AM
 
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Wow, I never would have guessed a flood zone would be right there. Thanks for the info, that is extremely helpful.
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:54 AM
 
Location: WA
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Great. The flood zone doesn't cover the entire area -- but you can take a look at the PDFs to see what it does cover.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:15 AM
 
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Yeah I checked out those maps. It seems like a relatively small area. Is this area in the foothills?
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:34 AM
 
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> foothills

No. This is the valley, I'd call it.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:43 AM
 
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Oh ok. Do you happen to know how far from the mountains Damonte Ranch is?
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:46 AM
 
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No, sorry. There's always Google maps, or perhaps someone else will explain. We can see the mountains from here (we're in South Meadows) ... maybe they're five miles?
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