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Second homes: Bet on having a good time in Reno.

Reno's downtown casinos and nightlife are only part of its charm.


Reno calls itself "The Biggest Little City in the
World." That's meant to say it's a small town with
big-city amenities. But the reality is that its casinos,
shops, restaurants and nightlife play second fiddle
to the main attraction surrounding the city: the great

"Outdoor recreation is huge here because we have
so much sunshine. People love being outside," says
real estate agent Carrie Sieben of LL Realty. "Reno is
the gateway to all of the many activities of northern
Nevada and bordering California, yet it is very

One of Reno's biggest appeals is nearby Lake Tahoe.
But luxury houses in Reno sell for the same as or
less than small condos near the water's edge.
Single-family houses in golf communities start
under $200,000. "Around Reno, you can buy a nice
condo in the mid-$100,000s," Sieben says.

Many second-home buyers find that giving up
immediate access to pricey Lake Tahoe for an hour-
long drive there is worth Reno's reasonable prices,
its big-city amenities and access to skiing, golf and
other outdoor sports. Access is excellent via the
Reno airport.

And Reno isn't without water charms of its own. It
has a Class III whitewater park on the Truckee River
in the heart of downtown. Outside Magazine just
named it the nation's best town for whitewater

There are 11 alpine skiing areas around Reno and
North Lake Tahoe, including Squaw Valley USA,
which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. There are
more resorts at the lake's south end. Despite being a
ski mecca, winters around Reno are mild.
Temperatures can average in the 50s in mid-

Reno also is a golfer's paradise. It's home to the PGA
Tour's annual Reno-Tahoe Open. The Reno Tahoe
visitors bureau claims 50 courses within a 90-
minute drive. Many are bargain-priced, and some
are open year-round.

Lake sports also are a big draw. Pyramid Lake,
nearly as big as Tahoe, lies about 47 miles to the north. Other outdoor attractions include hiking,
climbing, and road and mountain biking.

But not all Reno activities are outdoors. Bowling is
hugely popular. Reno just signed a multiyear deal to host the United States Bowling Congress championships, expected to attract up to 155,000 bowlers annually starting next year. Sparks, Reno's twin city, is home of the nation's largest sporting-goods store, Scheels.

Reno and Sparks form a contiguous metropolitan
area. But Reno's downtown is full of casino hotels,
while Sparks is more residential and has several
desirable golf communities. Second-home options
surround the cities.

"We're seeing the second-home market come back,
with inventory high and prices low," Sieben says.

"A lot of the buyers look at this as a place to
eventually retire, and we have communities that
cater to second-home owners with golf, tennis,
pools and country club amenities."

Call Kelly Now!


Kelly Richmond, REALTOR

Real Estate of Reno Sparks
700 Smithridge Dr.
Bldg B Suites 103 + 104
Reno, NV 89502

email = RenoKelly@RenoKelly.com

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