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Old 11-08-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Default Relocating to Reno. Where should I live?

Hi guys. I just accepted a job based in Reno and will be relocating to the area in the coming months. I came down for a quick visit but I'm still pretty unfamiliar with the area, but I'm excited to live there. I am 24, single, and have no kids. My position will have me traveling most of the week, so I will generally only be in the area on weekends. I am into outdoorsy things but also like entertainment and nightlife. If possible, I would like to live somewhere close to both of these. I know Tahoe is nearby, but I don't know how difficult it would be to drive in to work during the winter months. Can anyone suggest me some areas that are safe, not out in the middle of nowhere, and close to entertainment and other young people? I am trying not to spend too much since I won't be around a lot of the time, but I still have a decent budget for a place and I like to have a nice place to live. Can anyone suggest some areas in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area to me or some rental agencies that might be able to help me? Thanks.
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:25 AM
 
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Try looking at craigslist for properties. Clark real estate has some good rentals right now. Pretty much everything is close around here. I live out in Spanish Springs and to get to just about anywhere in Reno, it only takes at most 30 mins.
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC missing home Reno NV
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OMgoodness spanish springs! depending on what part you live... there are some places that are really far out there in Spanish Springs. it's a beautiful area, but i wouldn't want to be driving 30 minutes for night life, although every few months drive an hour and 10 minutes to tahoe for the night life

I live in the North Valleys and I love it out here. It is far enough away from the downtown messiness, but close enough to everything. I can get to my sister's place in South Meadows (south part of Reno) in 20 minutes. Downtown is about 10 minutes away from me. What is your budget for renting a place? the more you can spend, the nicer area you will be in. I might be moving and interested in renting mine. LOL. I like to take my dogs out for a good run, there is a bit of open space out by the skate park and they can run for days, it's great fun for them.

Anyways, the northwest is nice too. i would say it's like any other city, if you stay away from down town i think you will be all right. I would stay away from Sun Valley as well. Although there are some nice neighborhoods, you have to drive through crap to get there, no offense anyone.

Where are you moving from? I moved from Northern Cali 4 years ago and still love Reno.
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:28 PM
 
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Default Moving

I'm coming from Seattle, and have pretty much always lived here, so I'm used to a little bigger city. Reno will probably be wayyyy different I'm thinking. I'm coming down in a week or so to look at places. Right now I'm thinking of checking the northwest section of town and looking downtown to see if it's all that dirty or whatever. I've heard mixed things.
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:01 PM
 
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I guess I just don't wanna live too far out in the suburbs since I have no family and won't know anyone really outside of work, so I figure being closer to the busier parts of town would make it easier to meet people
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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You probably won't work downtown unless you are in the casino industry (downtown is not where locals go) . Commuting through town to work and back pretty much sucks, find out where you will work, and get a place on that side of town.

The center of gravity in Reno seems to have moved south.
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC missing home Reno NV
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I guess I just don't wanna live too far out in the suburbs since I have no family and won't know anyone really outside of work, so I figure being closer to the busier parts of town would make it easier to meet people
i wouldn't consider reno as having suburbs like a big city would. I mean everything is relatively close, within 20 minutes of everything anywhere usually. unless you get out Mt Rose highway, which unless you plan on living in a million dollar home, probably wont be the case. Downtown is dirty. im not sure why many cities have that problem... but definitely is the case. I wouldn't want to live anywhere down there, unless you are in a high rise condo but that's all gonna be pricey. the northwest is nice, you can meet people anywhere, you dont have to live the same places you meet them. I lived in the northwest when i first moved here and then straight to the north valleys, and i had no problem meeting people, because yes I went out downtown.

when you visit, you will definitely be able to get a better feel for things I think. You will see that it is so far from a "CITY". it's so small, really, but has everything you need I think.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I agree with what's been said so far. I can totally understand why someone would prefer living in an established area with old homes, mature trees, etc, over brand new far out developments. There are some nice older areas in the southwest quadrant of the city. For example I really like the neighborhood west of the Virginia Lake Park. I would recommend for someone new to Reno-- or any town for that matter to find a month-to-month house/townhome room rental instead of moving straight into an apartment complex. I scanned the Craigslist ads for about a week before I moved in, made a bunch of phone calls, met a few people as soon as I got into town, and made a decision and moved in that same evening. You can usually get nicer places for less $$$ than signing a lease in an apartment complex. I like living in the south end of town because I'm close to work, close to dining/shopping, close to Mt Rose Highway-- hiking, skiing, sightseeing, close to trails, wild horses. Getting downtown at other than rush hour takes only 20 minutes max.

I find that Reno to be very easy to get around as long as you take the freeways. Surface street lights are badly timed, but 395 and 80 move very fast most of the time. Compared to all the other cities I've lived in, traffic in Reno is a joke!
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:20 PM
 
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Okay, so whatever these people are telling you, they are not Reno experts. I live and love this "CITY" yes it's a city and don't let anyone tell you otherwise, they say that because they refuse to accept it's not a small town anymore and they are bitter. Beware, there are alot of naysayers in this city, population wise, its over 300,000, just Reno/Sparks, Sparks is our neighboring city. So you want to be close to nightlife and young people? I'd say the western part of the city would be ideal for you, so would South Meadows, although it's kind of far from downtown but has great amenities and full of young people as well as a large mall called the Summit. Downtown Reno is great, it's been hit hard by the recession but is slowly rebuilding itself, it now has great nightlife, casinos and a 10,000 seat ballpark with a soon to be complete entertainment district complete with restaurants, and a mall portion is coming. Reno's airport is mid sized and will take you anywhere you want to go, entertainment is pretty good, all kinds of entertainers from pop stars to comics perform in Reno on a regular basis, the newest mall, Legends in Sparks is awesome with outlets such as Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and Forever 21. Reno is a great "CITY" and im sure you'll come to love it, just PLEASE don't listen to the naysayers who hate on development and growth, THEY WILL NEVER WIN
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC missing home Reno NV
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Okay, so whatever these people are telling you, they are not Reno experts. I live and love this "CITY" yes it's a city and don't let anyone tell you otherwise, they say that because they refuse to accept it's not a small town anymore and they are bitter.

PLEASE don't listen to the naysayers who hate on development and growth, THEY WILL NEVER WIN
um, what makes you a reno expert? I live in and love this CITY as well

i think you gave a good description of the happenings going on. but where did your negativity come from? I must have missed the posts from naysayers. im hoping you weren't referring to me.
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