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Old 01-20-2018, 04:37 PM
 
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Looking around for our "next chapter".

Our "next chapter" consists of (1) a younger than usual retirement (we are 43 and 57 and fortunately have saved more than enough to retire now after years as an insurance executive and college professor), (2) relocating to a place with great weather (we live in Chicago and deal with bitter, cold, gloomy winters and uncomfortable, humid summers), (3) staying active and being outdoors (our unpredictable Chicago weather forces us to exercise indoors most of the year, and as we are retiring - we would like lots to do to stay active and busy), (4) access to arts and entertainment (we enjoy experiencing local arts, entertainment, music and culture), (5) access to great medical care (we're healthy now but thinking ahead as we age), (6) access to a big airport (we like to travel and plan to do more), (7) near great restaurants (some would call us borderline foodies...we're into casual spots and love wine, but like to cook a lot at home too and enjoy quiet evenings), and (8) living somewhere that we will be welcomed (we are two gay guys that have been together 19 years, married for the last 3 of them. We have no children, and we aren't into the whole "gay" scene).

As for our "next house", we are ideally looking for a maintenance free lifestyle, new or newer construction, at least 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms, a garage (at least one car), dog friendly, one level living, outdoor space to grill and enjoy a glass of wine, mountain views, and friendly neighbors. We are not opposed to a single family home, town home, or condo. Our current house is in an affluent small suburb 25 miles west of Chicago worth about $750,000 (and we are able to spend that on our next place too). Our neighborhood is becoming younger, with young married professionals moving in and starting to have children (swing sets, toys, screaming...ugh). We aren't opposed to being near young children, but tend to prefer college age up to the older adult crowd.

We have narrowed it down to Arizona, Colorado, or Nevada. We are drawn to western states with low humidity and sunshine. We donít mind dry heat (but the Florida type humid heat we canít stand). We would rather deal with hot dry summers and sunshine than bitter cold Chicago winters. We have visited the Reno/Tahoe area in the summer and had no issue with the heat.

Based on our situation, could Reno possibly be our next chapter? Coming to visit again and evaluate. Comments appreciated.
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Old 01-20-2018, 04:54 PM
 
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Reno does check a lot of box from your criteria. You get to access all of California to offer minus the tax. The weather is not as good as California but much better than the Midwest.

Reno is very tolerant with live and let live attitude. People are generally friendly too.


My only complaint about Reno is the airport. Not enough nonstop destinations( especially International) for me. Bay area airports are not too far away and we have been using those airports a lot to get to more exotic destinations.
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Old 01-20-2018, 05:25 PM
 
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My only complaint about Reno is the airport. Not enough nonstop destinations( especially International) for me. Bay area airports are not too far away and we have been using those airports a lot to get to more exotic destinations.
That's a good point, but the tradeoff is that parking there is a non-issue and check-in and security lines are generally significantly shorter than at most airports in comparable markets. I love the airport.
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Old 01-21-2018, 06:01 AM
 
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This is the exact reason we've been looking to retire in Reno, in a few years
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Old 01-26-2018, 01:24 AM
 
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Reno checks all of those boxes. Really it's all about where you buy your home here. If you're going to come out to visit and look at potential neighborhoods, definitely look at the homes around Mt Rose HWY and Arrow Creek PKWY (they parallel eachother), the area between Montroux, Arrow Creek and Wolf Run golf clubs. You're backyard is a close up of Mt Rose, very beautiful and close to the mountains. That area is about 15-20 minutes from the north shore of Lake Tahoe, bit longer in the winter. There's also some new construction there, but many homes up there aren't more than 10 years old. home prices here are nothing compared to Chicago, but is skyrocketing upward because of all the tech companies moving into town. (Tesla, Apple, Switch, Google) The influx of that range of people has been changing the city for the better the last 5 years. The downtown/midtown landscape has drastically changed the last 15 years from Casino's/Wedding Chapels to Breweries, fancy eateries, and trendy small niche places to go.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:10 AM
 
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From the looks of it, wind is an issue in your weather, no?
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:33 AM
 
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From the looks of it, wind is an issue in your weather, no?

Yes it is. A day preceding a storm/weather system coming in we'll get bad winds. NW Reno has it the worst. 20-30 mph gusts are fairly normal on these days.30+mph gusts if its bad. It's not a constant wind during a season, it just gets bad the day before a weather front hits the mountain range.
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Old 01-26-2018, 10:28 AM
 
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I don't find it windier than Texas or the Midwest I used to live.

It is just everybody talking about the wind here so you'll pay attention to it and notice it more. The West side up in the hills are windier. The East side is much better.
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:41 AM
 
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We moved here from Chicago suburbs 30+ years ago and have not regretted our choice. There are some down sides that you will not be worried about (schools, science-based jobs) and I think you will enjoy the vibe here. I wouldn't call it a foodie's dream world, but there are some fun places to eat. The airport is easy to get in and out of, but you will need to connect in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Denver, etc for most travel. The weather will make you think you died and went to heaven. The summers are hot but dry. And most winters have just enough snow to make you appreciate why you left the Midwest but yet you do get to build a snowman once in while. Last winter we were dumped on with snow, even in the valley (the shovel was out all the time) and this winter we have not had to shovel even once, just a dusting a few mornings. Most winters are somewhere in between. Like most places, people barely know their neighbors here so I don't think you will find much pushback on lifestyle. Your friends will more likely be your social contacts. Access to do things outdoors is a given here, even for couch potatoes! We rarely cancel anything due to weather. The major medical here is provided by Renown and St Mary's. Renown has always been in a better financial position and therefore owns most of the doctor's offices, imaging sites, and labs in town. Renown is a trauma center. Any doctor and any hospital will be happy to refer you out to San Francisco or other major medical centers for needs that are truly catastrophic.

You will need to visit or rent here for a while to figure out the part of town that you would like to live in. I suggest renting here for a while (vacancy rates are very low but your budget is pretty open to the current high rent situation here at the moment) and take the time to explore different areas. Pay attention to where you are spending most of your time eating out, meeting with friends, shopping, and hanging out. Then you will know where to buy for the long term.

Good luck!
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