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Old 07-09-2008, 07:25 PM
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Hi All,

I've recently got a job at UNR and will be moving in a few months. I have some questions to help me prepare for the move; it's a loong way to go

Before I begin though, please don't respond by just posting all the negative things about living in Reno. I've been through the other threads and seen most of it (wind, economy, driving, crime, 'browns', schooling) and none of it really applies. On that note, I'd also seriously suggest that any of the people who dislike these reasons (apart from the schooling probably) never consider moving to Southern Australia... you would *really* hate it here

So, with that out the way, here are my questions.

My husband and I would be looking at renting a place preferably on the outskirts of town but nearer the Uni. We have two huskies we are bringing over and they would need room to move. Does anyone know if such things exist, and are easy to find, or is it mainly apartments? We were thinking the rent for something like this would be around $1000/month?

Secondly, as mentioned we have two huskies. My husband was hoping to race them over there. We do dry track racing here, and he was hoping to continue that and do snow racing in the winter. Are there any groups that anyone knows of that he could get in contact with?

Coming from the 'driest state in the driest country', I am very used to living in drought. Due to the lack of water we have severe water restrictions (not allowed to water our gardens etc). Are there such things in place in Reno? Also, apart from the frost, is it still possible to grow things in a veggie patch?

Lastly, my husband will also need to find work there. We have heard about a couple of the poker gaming companies there that have soft. eng. jobs in the computer graphics area. Does anyone work for, or know anyone that works for, any of these companies? If so, can you give me any details about working conditions and employment rates etc?

Thanks in advance for your advice/help.
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:54 AM
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You will love it here.

Around the Uni there tends to be more older houses that are rented out. Your target price sounds right, but I haven't rented in a while. Check craigslist.org for prices. There is also plenty of cheaper living out in Stead and the North Valleys. The McCarran and Mae Anne area has plenty of apartments and it is a good area. Stay away from Niel Road. My area up on the hill in New Suburban Northwest usually has a house or two for rent. If you look to buy, I have a realtor that can hook you up.

You will be next to the largest dog park you have ever seen in your life. I am talking acres.

Just over the hill in Sierra County (Sierra City... yeah those 49'ers were creative, lol) and Plumas County (Quincy) there is a HUGE amount of snowmobiling. Some of them may be into the dog sledding or know of somebody that is.There is plenty of snow for it in the winter.

We do not have any current severe water restrictions, but it has happened before. People on this board make Reno sound like Saudi Arabia or Iraq. It is not. We have a good water supply. The Sierra and Carson range make sure of that. The only restriction is you can only run irrigation twicw a week on certain days determined by your address. Beyond that you are free to water by hose.

IGT is one of the best employers in town. They are around the corner from my office. There are always open positions there. If I was a software eng. I would definately work there. Monster.com, careerbuilder.com and craigslist.com are all good places to start. Also when looking for tech work here, look in the Sacramento and Bay Area listings for Reno jobs. They like and need to import tech people from out of area, due to the lack of qual. people. The area economy is largely hinged on mining, gambling, Ag, warehousing/shipping. They need IT people for all of them, but we are in short supply. Well the good ones at least.

If you love history you will love this area. Particularly Gold Rush and Comstock Load history, Old American West history, Native History etc. People like to say Nevada has no Culture. They are wrong. They come expecting New York or Chicago, then are disappointed when they don't get that. It is different. We have Opera and Symphony, but it isn't the NYC MET. BUT at least we have it. Many people scoff at the cultural and social offerings of the area, but their biggest mistake is that they fail to "get it". They are so busy wishing it was something else, they never see the beauty of it.

Like my wife and I say,"When you have lived in many cities all over the country and world, they are all the same thing."

My best description of Reno: All cities suck, but here it sucks just a bit less, and that is a big thing.

Edit* Also there is plenty of hiking, hunting, shooting sports and camping of various levels of intensity and solitude.

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Old 07-12-2008, 12:07 AM
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Thanks heaps for all that information, just what I was after

I think the hubby is hoping to get a job at IGT... he's just finishing a PhD in the computer graphics area and wants to get out and do some 'real world' work now.

We have the same manner of water saving measures here, except that you can only water in summer and only once a week by hose. You can't water at all with irrigation unless it's a drip system (they bought the tougher restrictions in the year after we installed our lawn sprinkling system *sigh*). Apparently we're in the worst drought in recorded history, heat waves like you wouldn't believe in summer :/

And I fully agree about loving the city you're in. I love my home city, most say it's boring and 'a big retirement city'. Reno is apparantly the biggest little city, while Adelaide is probably the littlest big city We get the winds and the dirt and dust on the outskirts of the city (it's a big sprawled suburban area around the cbd), but we have some of the most beautiful wilderness areas.... not a lot of green most of the year, but all the wide spectrum ochre colours of the land to enjoy! We do have the ocean very close, but I think the snowy mountains in Reno will more than make up for that. I've been in snow once in my life, and the hubby has never even seen any. The arts and history of the area sounds wonderful too

So yeah, we cant wait to start the new experience!!
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:55 AM
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Oh there is plenty of snow to go around!

Definitely more green than where you are coming from. Plus, it is only 3-4 hours from the Pacific coast.
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Old 07-18-2008, 10:56 AM
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Smile Coming to Reno

Seralick, I think you will like Reno. We have been here 14 years coming from San Diego. It has grown very fast especially the past five years and there are more and more "big-city" businesses and services now.

One thing that impressed us was that most everyone is very friendly and easy-going. With the growth, sometimes traffic gets to be hectic but, we like living here. You may need to get used to a higher altitude since the city is at 4,400' at the airport. We live northwest of Reno at 5,200' and get more snow, colder winter temps and hotter in the summer as well as more wind.

If you do go to work for IGT, you will be with an excellent company. They are a customer of mine and have a strong reputation as a "good" employer with decent pay and benefits as well as a great work environment. Wishing you the best on your move!
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