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Old 11-22-2016, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Considering relocating to Reno area....need input

Growing ever more tired of the BS (politics, mindset, traffic, cost of living, general erosion of basic freedoms, etc.) here in California and have been for a long time strongly considering relocating my family to the Reno/Sparks/Minden area. Think the wife is finally seeing the "light" and she's getting on board with the idea. Would like to get some input from locals on what areas are good, areas to avoid, good school districts (son is 7), etc.

I've been to the area to hang out at the Casino's occasionally, go wheeling at moonrocks, lake Pyramid, and my niece goes to UNR but never really spent much time up there beyond that. I'm in the commercial construction industry (Sr. project manager/project executive-director for general contractor) and I've been doing a lot of research on jobs and seems like the area is doing well and has plenty of opportunities in that regard to support my career. However, I also know the volatility of the market in the area. Seems like that's stabilized a bit as more companies are leaving CA for that area.

Appreciate any input received. In advance of any "no kommifornians wanted here" comments....I can assure you....that won't be a problem. That's why I'm dying to get out of this place...I can't stand them either.
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well if road construction is any indication, Reno is always having it!
There are several off-road clubs and groups in the area as well. You might try hooking up with clubs like the Sierra Stompers or the Nevada 4Wheel Drive Association folks. It never hurts to talk to folks who live and play like you do.

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Old 01-06-2017, 10:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My wife I relocated to Stagecoach/Dayton NV, which southeast of Reno last year. We absolutely love it here, with only one exception, everything is a 1/2 to 1 hour away, if you don't live in the one of the metro area's. To us its not a huge deal, you just need to plan your trips into town. you cant just run tot the parts store and back in 20 minutes.
Housing is going up in price rapidly, and anything in close to Reno/Sparks/Carson will be top dollar. If you look out a little ways, and you can find homes that are still at a tolerable cost/value ratio.

As for jobs in your career field, you should be able to find something in the area. The RTIP is expanding rapidly, as is the home construction industry. I was able to relocate, and stay with my employer, so I didn't need to go looking for a job here, i took mine with me from MI. My wife on the other hand, had to find a new employment when we came out. She is working in south/central Reno, driving in from Dayton every day. not optimal, but tolerable for now. She is looking for for work closer, but hasn't found much in the way of stuff she enjoys doing...

I am not sure about Minden/Gardnerville area, and what that area is like. we haven't ventured down there often enough to understand the housing market, and employment opportunities...

Things we like here:
We can see mountains, in all directions from our home.
Open foothills and desert open to exploration is available with in a mile or 2 of open driveway.
Off-road motorsports opportunities abound in this area.
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We can own and carry pretty much what we want for firearms.
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Old 02-04-2017, 08:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Reno sucks too many crackheads and tweakers. Look into the suburbs like Sparks or Fernley
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Old 02-21-2017, 06:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've lived in Gardnerville/Minden, Carson City, and now finally bought a house in Washoe Valley. If you can swing it with the family/work, Minden/Gardnerville would be the ultimate place to live this side of the Sierra's; you do pay a premium. I like Washoe Valley because I can still work in Reno but don't live in the city, I have some land, back up to BLM land and have a good view of the mountains. I would definitely stay away from north reno/stead/cold springs because traffic in the mornings is heavy southbound and heavy northbound in the evenings. I'd stay away from Carson City as well unless you can afford to live in the more rural areas with some space.

One thing to consider, if you can move to a place outside of Washoe County you don't have to deal with smog checks on any vehicle.

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What are the smog laws in Washoe county? Smog when purchased only or every couple years as well?
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Old 02-27-2017, 05:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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What are the smog laws in Washoe county? Smog when purchased only or every couple years as well?
New vehicle purchases are different for the first few years, and there are different situations but generically smog is required yearly on diesel and gas vehicles. Check out DMV NV for more specific info. There are registrations like classic vehicle, classic rod, old timer etc registrations for different applications.
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I grew up in the Bay Area, and have been in N. NV for almost three years now after eight years in Las Vegas. I can never see myself living in CA again after enjoying the freedoms afforded by the laws of the State of Nevada. I moved up here as the repo man, and have truly seen just about everywhere in the Northern part of this state. Reno/Sparks can be a mixed bag with regards to the neighborhoods. With the influx of cash experienced in the area over the last few years, some of the dodgier neighborhoods are starting to clean up. Moving from the Bay Area on construction foreman money, you'll be impressed with what you can get up here housing wise. Make the move before things get prohibitively expensive.
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