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Old 02-07-2010, 08:17 PM
 
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I am considering relocating to the Reno area in the spring from Chicago. I need advice on good areas to initially rent. Also interested in any other constructive advice or tips on experiencing a successful relocation. Also I work in the healthcare field in Occupational Therapy and would appreciate info on area hospitals, home health agencies, and nursing facilities that are good employers
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Looking to rent a house, condo, or house? In general, good areas to look are northeast Sparks, Spanish Springs, Northwest, and Double Diamond/Del Monte. The two major hospitals are St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and Renown Hospital. Both have had extensive recent additions and renovations. A third, smaller hospital is Northern Nevada Medical Center in east Sparks. There seem to be LOTS of jobs in your field, just in checking the major career search engines.

You'll have to adjust to the much smaller size of Reno, of course. It is a pleasant town in a beautiful setting and the climate is pretty moderate. Hot as hell in the summer but very, very low humidity.

Good luck!
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC missing home Reno NV
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Spanish Springs is far away from everything, although it is pretty new and has pretty neighborhoods, plus the traffic can be horrendous (probably not for you coming from Chicago lol) because they need to fix those roads to accommodate all the new housing they built out there.

What are you looking for in a place to live? what are your expectations coming here? RenoRich touched on the hospitals here. My sister is employed on-call with Renown and likes it. I have visited both emergency rooms and they seemed to treat us pretty much the same.

so im curious, where else are you considering?
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Old 02-11-2010, 02:21 AM
 
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Thanks thus far for the responses, they've been helpful. I actually spent 3 months (March-June 2008) working a temp position at Renown and I did enjoy it. I have active licenses in IL., NV, and CA currently as well as considering OR. The overall cost of living is lower in NV (absence of state tax helps as well). I lived in Las Vegas for 18 months and although I love the climate there, not much else about the city is appealing to me. No California is also a draw with the ocean and overall beauty but costs there are a killer and So. California not really for me (except possibly San Diego). In todays economy and difficult job climate I feel fortunate to have such flexibility due to demand in my field. I have a few months to decide all pros and cons, needing to make a decision by early May if I decide to take an initial 13 week assignment with one of several "travel companies" that have offered assignments. Again, thanks for the imput and appreciate any additional thoughts tou may have.
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:33 PM
 
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Well RARAM, I just relocated from Chicago to Reno about a week ago. Depending on your neighborhood, try checking out The View. I went to look at the complex on the advice from a new friend and I loved it. It has a very River North kind of feel but seems to be kinda out of the loop. Unfortunately in my limited experience, I can't seem to find the kind of neighborhood I am looking for. Hip, trendy, tons of art galleries...I'm sure you feel me here. So, I have kinda resigned myself to just finding a really nice place to live and then being in close driving proximity to the galleries I like. Local art seems to be lacking though again, I have only been here a week. I moved here sight unseen as I did with Atlanta and Houston as well. So, it's always been a big mystery as far as places to go at first. Also, in the Sparks area, I have noticed that the Spanish Springs area seems to be pretty nice, as is the Marina area. Though I will say that SS seems to be pretty far out. It took me about 20 minutes to drive 10 miles at 5:30 pm , so traffic while definitely not Chicago standards, can be questionable for such a small city. I think my best advice is when you come here, learn the side streets and the routes around I-80 so that you can avoid the highway traffic.
As far as hospitals, Renown is the only one I'm familiar with. I'm staying with a friend of my family and she works there and loves it. There is another one in Downtown but I'm told that it is not exactly that great. I guess it just depends on what you are looking for...and the type of care that you would like to provide.
So, I've noticed that the NW and SW are pretty decent. Downtown is definitely not the level of Chi-town. People who live far out NW seem to kinda trip out about the "inner city" living which is kind of hilarious to me...people are people you know. Plus, I like the flavor of living IN the city vs. living in the suburbs...I'm not that kind of guy, you know.
I know that I have given you very little useful advice but since I just made that trip, I wanted to speak up. Let me know how it goes for ya. Take care and drive safe, bro. WY (if you take 80) is the longest drive of your life. LOL. I've never been so happy to be done driving as I was when I got here. lol!!
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:11 AM
 
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Default StraightEdge.73 said "I moved here sight unseen..."

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StraightEdge.73 said "I moved here sight unseen..."
and this statement piqued my curiosity. How did you come to this decision?

May husband and I live in Orlando, now, and are also contemplating a move to Reno. In fact, we will be looking at houses in May. I have been lurking on these boards for several months now, just absorbing all the information. We are VERY excited about this choice and welcome as much insight as we can get.

Thanks for all the good (and not so good) info.
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:48 PM
 
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and this statement piqued my curiosity. How did you come to this decision?

May husband and I live in Orlando, now, and are also contemplating a move to Reno. In fact, we will be looking at houses in May. I have been lurking on these boards for several months now, just absorbing all the information. We are VERY excited about this choice and welcome as much insight as we can get.

Thanks for all the good (and not so good) info.
I'm an adventurous soul, I suppose. After thousands of miles traveled and multiple major markets, I've learned that wherever you go is mostly the same. So, moving here sight unseen gives me an ample opportunity to really learn the city from a fresh perspective, not marred by others opinions. That's just the kind of guy I prefer to be.

Good luck with your move, y'all.
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Old 03-25-2010, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Monticello, FL
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I am seriously thinking of moving to Reno from the Tallahassee area in Florida. Before moving to Florida 3 years ago, I lived in Sacramento, CA for about 20 years. Reno is a great city! It may not have much of an arts community, but it does have a university, all the shopping/dinning you need, symphony, good weather (most of the snow gets dumped in the sierras to the west) and lots of outdoor activity opportunities. Plus, Tahoe is right there, and there is nothing more beautiful and peaceful than Tahoe - ok, ok - my opinion. For me, it's close enough to my family and friends in CA without having to deal with actually living in the 'Formerly Golden State' - a term coined by a radio host out of Reno. I just got offered a job that will allow me to live anywhere and so I expect to be back out-west by this summer. Oh, yeah, locals don't spend too much time 'downtown'. But the shows and the Sunday brunches offered by the casinos are nice!
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Old 03-27-2010, 01:22 PM
 
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Reno's a wonderful place, for the most part.
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Old 03-28-2010, 06:23 AM
 
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Wow my post has renewed interest. The time is getting closer and I should be out there late May/ Early June. StaightEdge 73, hope things are going well for you and thanks for all your early impressions, hope to get followup reports...lol. 2bunnies and SierraGirl, take the plunge you won't regret it. Not sure if everyone knows, I did spend time out west from June 06 to Sept 08, including 3 months in Reno (March 08 through June 08) working a temp assignment @ the downtown Renown...hey that rhymes , wasn't that bad StraightEdge 73. So I do have some knowledge on preferences and opportunities. Anyways, working on setting things up for the BIG move, still undecided on final living destination and job (although working through a travel healthcare company for this) but all is falling into place nicely. As Mr. Prometheus stated and i'll reiterate Reno is a wonderful place...for the most part. Again thanks for the info and looking forward to the great west soon.
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