Guide to living in Northwest Reno
Northwest Reno is all about family living. Resting on the northwest foothills above downtown, you can look forward to an eagle's eye view of the Truckee Meadows. The feel is more mellow than downtown, but you're only, at most, a 10 minute drive away from the hustle and bustle. If you're in the Old University area, you can look forward to affordable living in an older, charming, quaint neighborhood. If you're in the New McQueen part of town (named after McQueen High School), there's ample opportunities for shopping and easy access to anything else you need.
Who lives here?
Taking into account the low unemployment rate (4.6% as opposed to Reno's overall rate of 7.2%), higher income per capita ($35,083 as opposed to Reno's overall average of $26,945), slightly higher housing prices ($260,129 vs. Reno's average of $224,400), low crime rate (33% lower than Reno's average), and high education level achievement (15.2% of residents in the Northwest have completed their Masters as opposed to Reno's overall average of 10%), it's fair to say that the residents of Reno's Northwest consists of mainly well educated, professional families.
Is this neighborhood easy to walk around or will I want a car?
You'll probably want to own or have access to a vehicle in this part of town. It's a hefty walk to downtown (but doable from certain areas, particularly in the Old University area). Although there are quite a few strip malls and shopping centers, this neighborhood is pretty large, so the odds are you'll want to drive.
What are a few of the favorite businesses that only a local would know about?
There's a plethora of hidden gems in this part of town. You'll find some of the best coffee Purple Bean. You'll also be close to some of the best thai food at Bangkok Express and sandwiches at Beach Hut Deli. Want an amazing place to sit down, relax, and enjoy a pastry, some coffee, and a book? You're in luck with Homage Bakery, family-owned by pastry chef extraordinaire Nicholle Alumbaugh.
Are there many parks and are they dog-friendly?
Reno's Northwest is speckled with many neighborhood parks, but the main attraction is Rancho San Rafael, Reno's 120 acre mecca of fun and enjoyment and the home of the Great Reno Balloon Race. Rancho San Rafael provides a wide range of activities including: barbecue Areas, biking, bird watching, an exercise course, fishing, gardens, hiking, horseshoe pits, horticultural areas, jogging, kitchens, multi-purpose fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, volleyball courts, walking trails, a 3-acre off-leash dog park (complete with a pond and a drinking fountain), and calls itself home to the Wilbur D May Museum and Arboretum.
In the New McQueen area, you're within walking distance to the robust trail system that snakes its way through the neighborhood.
Is parking easy in this neighborhood?
Parking is a breeze in Reno's Northwest. Most commercial areas have expansive unmetered parking lots and street parking is easy too. The only place it gets difficult is around the University. If you're planning on parking there, bring change and your walking shoes. You'll likely need to park in UNR's designated public parking areas as most street parking requires a resident permit.