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Old Southwest Reno neighborhood
Old Southwest Reno.
Photo © Stan White
I've had neighborhood envy about Old Southwest Reno almost since I got here. The mix of dwellings were built over the span of Reno's history and include that of Myron Lake, Reno's official founder. There are little brick cottages from the divorce trade era, ornate mansions perched above the Truckee River, and modest homes of everyday people. It's a quiet and comfortable place with narrow streets shaded by the big trees you find in vintage neighborhoods. Around these parts, it's seen as a cool place to live. Home prices here have held up well in the housing bust, making it still too pricey for me, so my envy continues.

A national magazine, Men's Journal, has also noticed Old Southwest Reno. In a recent article titled The Best Neighborhoods in America: West, it was cited as one of America's "coolest hoods" among some 30 cities. Amenities mentioned include our abundant sunshine, whitewater recreation in the Truckee River, skiing just up the hill, reasonable cost of living, and proximity to a resurgent downtown.

Ellen Oppenheim, president and CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority (RSCVA), had this to say about the Men's Journal mention - "I am thrilled to see the Reno Old Southwest neighborhood ranked as one of the top neighborhoods in America. The article highlights the many reasons why our region is so popular with visitors and residents alike. A ranking like this in a major magazine will tell people about our great weather, outdoor recreation opportunities and all the new development taking place in the destination, reinforcing the need to visit Reno-Tahoe to see it first-hand."

Source: Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority (RSCVA) press release.

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May 13, 2011 at 10:15 am
(1) David Hughes says:

Mens Journal magazine is right on, I have lived all over the US and never seen an area that offers the ambience, proximity to the downtown, culture and the river like the Old Southwest neighborhood of Reno.

February 16, 2012 at 12:57 am
(2) Sean Leeson says:

Reno has a resurgent downtown? If anything, it’s everything but. So glad I don’t live there anymore.

April 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm
(3) joni soma says:

…sean leeson, we are glad you don’t live here anymore also.

December 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm
(4) Gilbert Properties says:

We agree that old southwest Reno is very cool. We restore vintage/historic homes in Newlands Manor, Newlands Terrace and Arlington Heights – the heart of old southwest Reno. Our vintage rentals include Greystone Castle and Casa del Rey, on Joaquin Miller Drive.

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