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Old 05-31-2007, 02:03 PM
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We've been back from Reno for a few days now. The first big difference we noticed was the weather. Reno was blue and beautiful, extremely low humidy (we had to buy lip protectant for our dry lips), warm in the daytime, crisp in the morning and late at night. Our area currently is hot, humid, and buggy. I, with my asthma and allergies, breathed easily in Reno and had a lot of energy. Since being back to Northern Illinois, I'm sneezing, my eyes are swollen nearly shut, and it is so humid that no one is out walking in our usually bustling neighborhood.

We spent two full days touring housing developments. Lots of homes are for sale, but I don't know if there are any more on the market than anyplace else....it doesn't look any worse than here. We spent quite a bit of time in the Sommerset area. There are big discounts on many inventory houses there; even after the discounts, many of the houses still seem overpriced. But, it is all new housing and the area is very beautiful. We loved the Del Webb recreation center in the Sierra Canyon development, but the houses were not the nicest for the price in Sommerset. Before the discounts, we would not have been able to afford the other places, but since the price reductions, we would have a choice. We found that Del Webb offered the fewest discounts and was unwilling to offer any changes to their models (except for stated options). Other developers were willing to change doorways, plumbing, etc. Everything in this Northwest area looks new and nice...schools, grocery stores, plazas, etc.

We drove down to Double Diamond also...slightly older homes but lots more shopping, restaurants and activity. Many houses for sale down in this area also. Sommerset housing is built into the hills, and Double Diamond and other South Reno areas are flat with mountains all around them. Both were very nice.

All of the people we encountered everywhere were extremely friendly and unpretentious. We probably talked to at least 100 people -- everyone said they loved living in Reno. We spoke with 5 or 6 people who had left the area looking for a better place to live, but all came back within a couple of years and said they would never again leave. Only one older man we encountered wanted to return to Michigan. He had only been there for two months and he was homesick. His wife was frantic -- she didn't want to go back.

What I felt most of all was that I felt comfortable and at home there. The neighborhoods seemed as nice, clean, and safe as the one which has been our home for 19 years, and the people were as friendly and nice as those from our home town in Western New York. I have a little more to say, but I have to run a few errands now. Be back later.
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:17 PM
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Glad you liked the area. Here's another resource for you. It's a link to a Reno-related real estate website. Read through the past posts and you will find discussions about prices, list v. sales prices, past speculation leading to current conditions, and other stuff about the market. Many of the discussion revolve around the Sommerset master planned community. I found it informative. Here's the link: r e n o . r e a l t y . b l o g BTW, I have no relationship with the website, in any form whatsoever.

If you'd like a little smaller place than Reno, be sure to check out the Garndnerville/Minden area in Douglas County. It's right on US395 about 45 mintues or so south of Reno.

Good luck with your search!
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:40 AM
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Glad you enjoyed it! Did you look at Caughlin Ranch or the Skyline Blvd. areas at all? Both very nice areas in SW Reno (off of McCarran Blvd.) w/ mature landscaping and predominently well-maintained homes ranging from 5 years old to over 40 years old. Caughlin Ranch also has a clubhouse which is nice. You also might want to consider Arrowcreek. ArrowCreek (http://www.arrowcreek.com/ - broken link) If you're looking for something a bit more "charming" I suggest looking at Brighton Manor or Glen Manor/Camden Place at Virginia Lake Crossing. SilverStar Communities (http://www.silverstarcommunities.com/default.aspx - broken link) Out North, there are some VERY nice homes in the Spanish Springs area of Sparks, but traffic is a bit crazy at rush hour and will likely remain so until the new McCarran/Pyramid overpass is completed in 2-3 years. It's at least worth looking in to, check out the homes in Wingfield Springs. Wingfield Springs Realty, Sparks, Nevada

As for the Double Diamond area, I live there and like it quite a bit. I only wish there were more variety in the architectural style of the homes (too much stucco for my taste). Still, there are lots of walking trails, traffic is a bit hectic on South Meadows Pkwy., Double R Blvd., & Gateway Dr. M-F, but on the weekend it's nice and quiet. FWIW, they are building several thousand more homes in the area (Bella Vista Ranch).

As for the people, after travelling around quite a bit, I agree that people in Reno are generally speaking, quite friendly. It must be all the sunshine we get!

....check out my blog for more info. on development in Reno/Sparks. RENOvation: The Uprise of Urbanism in The Biggest Little City in the World

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Old 06-02-2007, 08:59 PM
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House prices are dropping- alot. If you make an offer on a home, make sure you have a good buyer's agent who knows the market and what you should be paying. I live in Caughlin Ranch, its a very nice area. Most people in Caughlin Ranch are over 40 but there are a few young families. If living 'outside' of Reno appeals to you, I saw some great looking homes on the golf course in Fernley (about 30 miles from Reno) for under 300k. Also, Dayton is very pretty. I'm not sure if you can 'email me' through this site, but if you can - feel free to and we can talk more.
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:19 AM
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Default Reno Trip Report - Part 2

Sorry I didn't get back sooner to finish my report.

Garth, thanks for posting the link to reno.realty.blog. I had been following that blog for some time and was considering calling Diane Cohn before we left on the trip but my neighbor, who is a realtor, said she could hook me up with someone out there. She said someone would call me but no one did, so I may yet contact Ms. Cohn when it gets a little closer to the time we actually plan to move. I love her blog!

jwaters, thanks for all of your ideas on other places to check out...we will do that. Arrowcreek is waaaaay above our budget. I liked your blog...loved the photos.

2sleepy, thanks for your input also. We would want to live in Reno, not the outlying towns. On another trip, we visited both Dayton and Fernley and neither place was for us. Honestly, Reno has everything we are looking for in a retirement spot. We didn't make it to Caughlin Ranch....I think housing is at the high end of our budget.

So, here are some of my other comments:

Wind: Most of the Reno threads discuss wind. Yes, we did notice it while we were there. We also noticed that because of it, we weren't bothered by bugs...a big plus.

Downtown: I know Reno has been working on the downtown area, and we found it very clean and safe. We walked around at all hours and never encountered any problems. We did see a handful of probably homeless people sunning themselves, but they seemed to be just enjoying sitting in the sun.

While walking around downtown, we wandering into what we thought was a casino but turned out to be a huge bowling center (later, as we talked to locals, everyone asked us if we had been to the National Bowling Stadium...all seemed to be proud of it and happy for the business it is bringing to the area). We smelled delicious food there and found the source! It was from the attached Cue and Cushion sports restaurant. This was the best food we had on our entire trip. Delicious! Very generous portions...one shared sandwich would have been more than enough for both of us but we didn't know that. I would have eaten all of my meals there, but my husband likes to try different places. If you are looking for a fine dining experience, or quiet atmosphere, DON"T go there...it is loud, bright and noisy. If you just want great food, this is a great place.

One evening we ate at a downtown place called the Silver Peak Grill & Taproom. We went there primarily because my they brew beer. My husband brews his own beer, so whenever we travel, we always seek out the local breweries. We tried three different beers, and my husband's brews were better than any of them. The food was okay, but nothing special. The atmosphere was young and fun, lots of college kids....very lively, and we enjoyed that.

Another thing that appealed to us about the city is that lots of seniors were working in every imaginable type of job. This is important, because with today's economy, one never knows when a few extra dollars might be necessary. Most of those we spoke with though, just wanted to work a few hours a week for something to do and for spending money (casino money haha). We were told over and over that if you want a job, you can get one.

Here are a couple of fun stories:

We were staying at Harrah's and they have this crazy casino. You have to go up an escalator, cross a little casino area, and then down another escalator to get to the other part of the casino. By the second day, we finally figured out that one part of the casino was on one side of the street, and the other part was on the other side of the street, and we were actually going up to cross the bridge over the street and then down to the other side of the street. So, when we wanted to go to the other part of the casino/hotel, we realized it was just faster to run across the street. On our third day there, we asked an employee where something was, and the employee started giving us the directions to go the long way to the other casino. When we said we would just run across the street, the employee said, "But then you'll have to deal with all that traffic." Well, when we went to cross the street, for as far as we could see, there were only three cars coming. Whew! How we survived "all that traffic" is a mystery!

Our other story was about the Reno police force. I was chatting with an officer one day, and asked if he watched the show RENO 911. He laughed a little and seem embarrassed to admit that he did. I told him not to think that anybody really thought that the police were as goofy as the those on the show. He looked around (like he wanted to make sure our conversation was private), and said, "Well, some of the time they pretty much are." That cracked me up and added to Reno's charm (I love the show).

Finally, in choosing Reno as a retirement spot, my guess is that we will rent for 6 - 12 months before buying a home. We want to be sure we will be comfortable with our choice of neighborhood. Each time we have been to Reno (every two - three years), it has changed. We want to really explore the neighborhoods, see them at all times of day and in all seasons to see where we would feel most at home. While we didn't get information, we passed by many rental areas while we drove around. Several looked as though they had been built to be condos or apartment homes, but did not sell so now were being offered as rentals.

Last question (for now), have any of you natives had experience with the hospitals or medical centers in Reno, both inpatient and outpatient? Where would you go if you had to have surgery? I notice that there are several "women's clinics" -- anybody have recommendations?

I'll post more if I think of anything else.
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:25 AM
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Thanks for the interesting info. Did you find anything negative there? How was the weather?
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:34 AM
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Boy Norm, you are quick!

The weather was beautiful. Cool in the AM, gradually warming throughout the day till about 2:00PM; then, just as gradually decreasing in temp till dark and again cool....sweater weather....loved it. Loved the lack of humidity. It is horrible where we live....my allergies are killing me and I feel like I am breathing from the bottom of a swimming pool with all of our humidity. I wish I could convince my husband to retire tomorrow...I'd be out of here!
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:35 AM
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P.S. The only negative I found was that I had to come back to Illinois for now.
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:14 AM
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Okay Mimi I'm ready to move.
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Old 06-05-2007, 10:38 AM
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Thank you Mimi for your posts so many have been very negative it's nice to see such a positive take on Northern Nevada. My husband and I will retire about this time next year, we purchased 5 acres 110 miles north of Reno and so far every trip has been wonderful. The folks that we've come across have been helpful and real down to earth, very nice to see these days.

We are so much looking forward to our move, I'm glad you posted the question about health care facilities, previous posting don't show it to be very positive and hoping for some additional input and truely hoping for a positive take on them.
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