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Submitted by JES on August 21, 2006 - 8:35am

Anyone out there have an opinion on living in the Reno area? There is a Lennar community in south Reno I have been looking at online, but I am just not sure about the area. Recreation can't be beat with Tahoe so close and boating and skiing, but what about the schools, the people, crime and just the general feel fo the place? Is it a nice place to raise a family?

Submitted by Carlsbadliving on August 21, 2006 - 8:59am.

I was born and raised in Reno! I would definetly say that it's a good place to raise a family. It's a great location. Medium sized city yet still close enough to California to be in touch with reality. I always felt that similiar cities like Boise, Salt Lake, etc were too isolated from other large metropotian areas. I think being close to California keeps Reno from becoming too "redneck". And plus they don't have that mentality that everyone from California should go back to California.

You get four distinct seasons and there's plenty to do outside like you mentioned. If you lived in South Reno, you're about 45-60 minutes from South Lake Tahoe. I never moved back to Reno after college mainly due to the lack of job opportunites. I know things have improved lately and it's become a bit more diversfied. In the past, you pretty much had the casino's/tourism and construction. Lately it's really done a good job attracting small and medium sized businesses out of Calif. And it really is nothing like Las Vegas, which is good.

I know that south Reno is growing alot and that part of town, being newer should have low crime. I'd say the schools are probably about average. I don't know how they would compare to any in San Diego. The entire county is one school district.

Submitted by JES on August 21, 2006 - 9:15am.

Thanks for the reply. South Reno seems to be a new growth area and I have found a few new home builders who have projects there. It seems that prices are going down in Reno as well, 5% so far in the past year. They aren't cheap right now, but nowhere near SD prices. 2000 sqft. Lennar homes are around 390-450 in south Reno right now, but that does not include any unadvertised specials that may be going on. Crime is above average, but like you said the newer part of town may be a different story. Anywat, it is worth a look for me!

Submitted by Carlsbadliving on August 21, 2006 - 1:22pm.

I agree, prices in Reno are going down and they will most likely follow the California market down. Just because they are alot cheaper than SD right now, doesn't mean they won't drop another 20-30%.

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