Welcome Home to Northern Nevada ~ Living in the Reno-Sparks-Lake Tahoe Area

Located in the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, the breathtaking Reno-Sparks-Lake Tahoe area is not your average vacation destination. From the arts to the cultural splendor, from the casinos to its unprecedented natural surroundings, Reno is a city rich in both tradition and fresh entertainment.

If you live in Northern Nevada you will discover just how  close  you are to 18 world-class ski resorts, many just 45 minutes from downtown Reno, and several of the nation’s best golf resorts.

Reno is located just minutes from the world-famous Lake Tahoe, one of the countries recently rated most beautiful lakes in America, and you will also have access to some of the area’s superb sport & recreational facilites including the National Bowling Stadium, the National Automobile Museum, the Reno Aces Ballpark, the Reno/Fernley Race Trackand world-class fishing, hiking, biking and numerous other outdoor activities.

Location ~

Reno is located in Washoe County, Nevada, in the Northeast Tahoe region to the very west of the State. I80 (east-west) and HWY 395 (north-south) connect the city to surrounding areas. The Reno-Sparks cities are north of Carson City, the states capitol city, about a 30 mile drive on HWY 395. We are east of northern California, approximately 250 miles from San Francisco, CA and only 130 miles west of Sacramento, CA.

One of my favorite things about living in this area the location. We are close to Yosemite National Park, Lake Shasta, a couple major league baseball teams ( the Oakland A’s and SF Giants) and a couple professional football teams ( the Oakland Raiders and the SF 49er’s). My family tries to make at least one game each, if not more, each year to see a little baseball and football. I feel to lucky to live so close so many great venues.

Weather  ~

At 4500 feet altitude, the Reno area offers four distinct seasons with very few extremes. Average temperatures range from winter lows in the 20’s to summer highs in the 90’s.

Low humidity (another reason why I love this area so much) characterizes the area, making the cools days seem not so cool and the warm days not so hot.

Reno’s coldest month is December when the average temperature overnight is 20.7°F. In July, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 91.2°F. The sun shines more than 300 days a year.

The driest month in Reno is July with 0.24 inches of precipitation, and with 1.06 inches January is the wettest month. As you can see, rain is a bit scarce but snow is often plenty!

Employment ~

When people think of Reno, they usually think gambling. However, over the last couple of decades, Reno and Sparks have become much more than just gaming cities. With many prominent corporations residing in the area, and many more (Apple ) who are planning to move their businesses here, INC Magazine rated Reno as the sixth best spot to do business for a mid-sized city. The city has excellent business incentives, including Nevada’s tax benefits, an abundance of office and commercial space that a  play key roles in attracting businesses like Microsoft Licensing, John Deere Company,, Intuit, Cisco Systems, NOW Nutrition, Ralston Foods, International Gaming Technology and, to name only a few, to this area.

Nevada’s tax structure plays a key rule in attracting business to Northern Nevada. Nevada’s tax structure continues to be one of the least burdensome in the country, allowing both business and employees to flourish. Here is what many are finding so attractive about Nevada:

Nevada has no:

  • Corporate Income Tax
  • Unitary Tax
  • Inventory Tax
  • Estate and/or Gift Tax
  • Personal Income Tax
  • Franchise Tax
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Special Intangible Tax
Additional advantages of doing business here in Nevada is:
  • Stockholders, directors and officers need not live or hold meetings in Nevada
  • Directors need not be stockholders
  • Officers and directors of an Nevada Corporation can be protected from personal liability for lawful actos of the corporation
  • Nevada corporation may purchase, hold, sell or transfer shares of its own stock
The University of Nevada, Reno, the Small Business Development Center and Truckee Meadows Community College provide employment and job training. The regions largest private non-gaming employers are Renown Health, IGT, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, UPS and Wal-Mart. Our industry sectors include wholesale trade, transportation & utilities, government, retail trade, leisure & hospitality along with professional & business services.

Education ~

Schools in the Reno/Sparks area are part of the Washoe County School District. There are 64 elementary schools, 16 middle schools, 12 comprehensive high schools plus Picollo Special Education school, Truckee Meadows Community College Magnet High School, Washoe High School, and the Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology.

The total student enrollment in Washoe County is a little over 63,000. The district offers a full spectrum of curricular offerings from special education to gifted and talented at all the schools. It offers special programs in alternative education for at-risk students, drug education and for all students an agressive program in sex and AIDS education, and so much more!

Universities & Colleges:

University of Nevada, Reno

  • Truckee Meadows Community College ~ 775-784-1110
  • Orvis Nursing Center ~ 775-327-5000
  • Career College of Northern Nevada 775-856-2266
  • Morrison University ~ 775-850-0700
  • Regional Technical Institute ~ 885-861-4418
  • University of Phoenix ~ 775-828-7999
  • Sierra Nevada College ~ 775-831-1314
  • Desert Research Institute ~ 775-673-7300

Transportation ~

The Reno/Tahoe International is the only major airport in the Reno-Sparks-Tahoe areas with many destination point around the world. Our airport consistently receives high reviews and rankings for being one of the most efficient airports in the United States and Canada. The airport revenue structure is believed to be part its success. The Reno/Tahoe International Airport receives 70% of its revenues from non-airline sources, thus keeping landing fees low and during low economic times, its lessons the airlines dependance or airline traffic and traveling passengers.

Reno offers railroad service for passengers and freight. These services are provided by Amtrak, Union Pacific & Southern Pacific.

Greyhound Bus Lines operate in Reno with many services in and out of Reno.

Citifare Bus Lines serves Reno and Sparks year round. Their goal is to meet and serve the needs of Washoe Counties citizens, streets, cities and regions. Citifare is part of the Regional Transportation Commission.

Parks & Recreation ~

With all of the natural wonders of the Reno – Sparks – Tahoe regions at our doorsteps, we have access to some of the nations best recreational opportunities. This area has several departments taking care of our parks and outdoor facilities:

Each department has complete lists of parks, events, hiking trails, swimming, biking, kayacking, sports complexes, tennis courts, and classes that our community has to offer its residents.
There are so many great things to do in and around the Reno-Sparks-Tahoe area, that I just cannot list them all. But I can provide you with a couple of my favorite things to do in and around the area:
  • Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe ~ hands down my favorite place to bring the kids for a day of sand, sun and swimming. It is located at Lake Tahoes north shore, Incline Village. It is only a 45 minute drive from Reno.
  • The Sparks Marina ~ Best place to walk my dog and job. The 2 mile walking/jogging path is perfect for a relaxing evening stroll or early morning run.
  • Rancho San Rafeal ~ One of Reno’s finest and funest adventures. It is where you will find the Great Balloon Races each year, an amazing and fun dog park, just ask my girl Wonda, and one of the most beautiful and divers gardens in Nevada ~ The Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Here you will find 12 acres covered with groves of trees, wetland habitats, outdoor courtyards and secluded gardens. It is not wonder young couple wed here each year.
  • Truckee River Walk/ Riverwalk in downtown Reno ~ My favorite places to dine outdoors (The Wild River Grill & Campo) and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Truckee River. Here you can enjoy outdoor movies in the summer, go kayaking or rafting, enjoy Artown Reno each July, people watch, buy a cup of coffee or an ice cream cone.
  • Galena Creek & Recreation Area ~ The center includes a weather station, exhibits, gift shop and book store. The park is simply stunning! You can hike, enjoy running fresh water streams, fish, picnic and relax. Dogs welcome. Located on the Mount Rose Highway, just south of town.
  • Mount Rose Ski Resort ~ not a state park but it is my favorite place to go snow skiing. It is perfect for half day skiing when you just have to hit the slopes don’t have a lot of time. Located just 20 to 30 minutes from Reno and Sparks, it is affordable, easy to access, offers great skiing with views of Lake Tahoe and Reno.
I could actually go on and on about all the things I love to do in Northern Nevada. These a just a few! Please feel free to contact me, click on the provided links to learn more about this fabulous Reno-Sparks-Tahoe region.

Housing in Northern Nevada~

Reno and Sparks is currently seeing a steady increase in home prices and home sales. Our real estate market has quietly turned into a sellers market as there appears to be more home buyers than available homes for sale.

As for the housing choices available to home buyers, Reno and Sparks both have a good range of options available to them in both price and style.  While most homes are single family dwellings, apartments and condominiums are readily available. There are also many gated communities, 55+ & older communities and golf communities for those looking for private living. Elegant, lakefront and luxury homes are also to be found in Northern Nevada.

View a full list of homes available for sale right here:

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