Reno Nevada is also known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”; the name Reno is also almost synonymous with getting a divorce or gambling. Nowadays this former watering hole for those on their way to the Gold Rush has a population of just over 500,000. It is a bustling, sophisticated metropolis that has boundless opportunities for hiking and recreation within fifty miles of the city perimeters. You can choose to lie in areas that are close to the glittering downtown core with its wonderful LGBT bars and casinos, or you can live in a more rural area that is closer to the parks and recreational areas on the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake.
One real perk of living in Reno is that glamorous Lake Tahoe with its fascinating faux European architecture and summer boating, swimming and fishing, plus skiing is not far away in the winter months. Every summer hipsters who live in Reno are also not that far away from the annual Burning Man, which takes place in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada (100 miles to the north.)
There are all kinds of gay festivals and events in Reno including the annual Reno Gay Pride parade every August, the Reno Vanity Entertainment Festival featuring dances and fashion shows and the Reno Rainbow Fest that takes place in July. It is also home to America’s first gay rodeo run by the High Sierra Rodeo Association. There are also very interesting LGBT groups consistently throwing fun events including Reno’s Biggest Little Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Silver Dollar Court and the Reno Rainbow Bowling League.
This is a city that is so gay-friendly in general there is no real “gayborhood.” There are pockets in the city where crime might be heavier or the residents less accepting which is why it is a really good idea to talk to a resident Reno gay realtor about the best places for a gay person or couple.
There are many different interesting neighborhoods to live in; the most gay-friendly tend to be closest to downtown. A good example is the Wells Avenue neighborhood and shopping area which is a mix of historic business and homes and which is known for its many diverse restaurants.
Old Southwest Reno is a neighborhood right next to downtown that is a mix of well-preserved houses from many different areas. It is close to the Nevada Museum of Art and Reno’s Riverwalk district.
If you want to live in a lovely rural neighborhood nearer the mountains there is a development called Hidden Valley in southeast Reno that is near the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course. The homes here are sprawling and ranch style with some acreage on each property.
While looking for a property to invest in, you can stay in one of the many gay-owned hotels in Reno. Circus Circus on Sierra Street has special rates for Pride visitors and Harrah’s Reno Hotel has many golf and ski packages so you can check out the nearby recreational areas. For more information about Reno you can go to the City of Reno official website at www.reno.gov.