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Old 06-06-2007, 06:36 PM
 
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Thanks to Mimi2007 for the idea of posting this. I too am looking to move to Reno - in the next year or two. I went for 4 days last month - my second trip out.

Husband and I drove all over the place - every main street, down to Carson City (had to see it at least), up to the border, west to the border, east to Virginia City (what a hoot) and the highlands. Saw model homes, visited friends, caught a concert at the Silver Legacy, and of course took a side trip and enjoyed a bloody mary on the beach in Tahoe.

I'm in SoCal, so unlike Mimi, I see the housing as being extremely affordable. And now that the market's in the dumps (for now), with lots of inventory and sluggish sales, I think the next couple years will be a good time to buy.

I think sales will catch up with the inventory and I think development will resume. Baby-boom retirees and the great California exodus are a trend I see happening for the next decade at least.

What a lovely area. Truly. I love the sagebrush of the Western landscape. I like dry and sunny as opposed to humid and cloudy. You can keep the damp northwest states. I want that sun.

Reno is so driveable. You can live on one side of town and work at the other and commute easily. We drove all hours and during a holiday. No traffic jams to speak of. Even Tahoe had lots of parking on this holiday weekend.

I like the Sommerset area too because of the beautiful hills and views and proximity to town. My friends bought in Arrowcreek last year and that's nice as well.

I see the area as a boomtown. The old casinos and hotels need work, but I'm glad the town doesn't seem to depend on them as much anymore.

I'm ready for a change.
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Old 06-12-2007, 12:23 PM
 
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purehapa,

Thanks for your post. I actually was reluctant to post anything good about Reno in my trip report....I liked the place so much that I wanted to discourage any more growth. Maybe that's what everyone is trying to do...scare us off with stories about the wind. Well, then I thought about how very nice so many people are on this board that I should be honest. So, honestly, folks, don't move there. You won't like it. It's full of......wind.....
hahahaha

I can't wait till we can return!! Maybe September.
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Old 06-12-2007, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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LOL. Trying to scare us huh.
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Old 06-12-2007, 05:41 PM
 
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Riiiiiiiight, uh, I forgot - y'all don't want to move there, it sucks. Heh-heh!

Honestly though, all the naysayers who post nasty things - it's just what the web attracts sometimes. You should read the trollish posters in the California forums. You'd think it was just a big hell hole with gangs on every street. Yeah, that's why millions of folks happily live there. I'm happy here but my hubbie and I have reasons for wanting to move.

If you're thinking about moving - visit the places first. I had people tell me how redneck Reno is and rundown and such, but when I asked those people when they went to Reno, they said "oh 15-20 years ago I went to gamble" - what! They're basing their entire view on that? Visit it for yourself and see.
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:06 PM
 
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booooooo....windy....boooo....don't go Did I scare you???

lol

We first went to Reno about 20 years ago, and it did seem little a friendly, dingy little town. But each time we have gone back, about every 2 - 3 years, it has gotten nicer and nicer and now, well, it just felt like home!

And for all of the wind naysayers, we live in the Chicagoland area. They don't call Chicago "The Windy City" for nothing. A tornado hit in bordering Wisconsin a few days ago and we got the residual wind....I thought our house was going to cave in.

Tressa, are you in the process of building a house, or did you buy property that had a house on it?
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:07 PM
 
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oops, think I posted to Tressa on the wrong thread. Sorry
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Lovelock, NV - Anchorage, AK
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oops, think I posted to Tressa on the wrong thread. Sorry
Thats ok I caught up with you,

we bought 5 acres of raw land, had the power brought in 2 years ago, last year we put up a big shop and now we are in the process of drilling a water well, next year we will put a big house on it and then move in for the winter months and Alaska for the summer months. Our family is all up here with my grand babies so will be up here quite a bit. How about you did you buy a place already or still looking I'm sure you said so in your previous post but I don't remember.
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Old 06-13-2007, 05:16 AM
 
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Your place sounds great, Tressa. Are there other home owners out in your area? We are still looking. Our last trip to Reno, a couple of weeks ago, was to make sure that was where we thought we would be happy in retirement. It had been our number 1 place for several years, but when housing costs kept escalating at a nosebleed pace, we were unsure if we could afford what we wanted. Since things have slowed down and there is a huge inventory of homes in the area, we feel confident that we will find a house in our price range when my husband is ready to retire anytime in the coming year.
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Lovelock, NV - Anchorage, AK
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Your place sounds great, Tressa. Are there other home owners out in your area? We are still looking. Our last trip to Reno, a couple of weeks ago, was to make sure that was where we thought we would be happy in retirement. It had been our number 1 place for several years, but when housing costs kept escalating at a nosebleed pace, we were unsure if we could afford what we wanted. Since things have slowed down and there is a huge inventory of homes in the area, we feel confident that we will find a house in our price range when my husband is ready to retire anytime in the coming year.
Mimi I sent you a personal message, hope you don't mind.
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:43 PM
 
Location: CA Coast
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Elko is where you need to look. In my not so humble opinion anywhere else in Nevada, or the whole US of A is second to Elko, if, you are an outdoors person. If you like hiking, horses, jeeps, motorcycles, fishing, hunting, anything outdoors.

America's most beautiful mountain range is also America's least visited wilderness. The Jarbidge Range lying 80 miles north of Elko, the Rubies another beautiful range lies directly east.

I am serious here, I have all over this country can I think the most beautiful mountains in the country are the Jarbidge.

I just drove down I80 past Rye Patch where Tressa plans to live, I understand the attraction there, but, even the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe does not hold a candle to northern Elko County.
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