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Southwest Reno Caughlin Ranch


Often considered the most convenient and desirable area in Reno, the Southwest primarily consists of three neighborhoods. Nearest to downtown you’ll find Reno’s “old” southwest area. Tree-lined streets and brick homes built 1920 – 1960 dominate the landscape. Here it’s not uncommon to see a million dollar+ next door to a well-tended bungalow. Walkability and a great sense of community abound. 


Farther southwest the topography changes a bit allowing for hillside homes, larger lot sizes and some commanding views of downtown. Here, the Lakeridge Shores development surrounds one of the most playable golf courses in the area. Finally, to the west and adjoining the river lies Caughlin Ranch. This 2,300 acre master planned community is known for its beautiful custom homes, delightfully tended common areas and big views in every direction. Schools are mostly considered very good. Local tip: We simply can’t overstate the overall convenience of this area. Certain portions of this zip code include high density, multifamily dwellings which does skew the census and sales numbers a bit.


2016 Census Data: 89509 (does not include Caughlin Ranch/89519)

●     Population: 33,707 (2016 ACS 5 Year Estimate)

●     Median Age: 44.7

●     Education, Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 44%

●     Median Income: $52,376

●     Average Sold Price:  2017: $465,250 – 2018: $525,000

Downtown Core and Midtown

The urban core of Reno is the heart of the region’s extraordinary revitalization. The changes have been hasty and extreme; just 20 years ago, the core wasn’t considered a very desirable place to live. While the residential choices are somewhat limited, the lifestyle opportunities are boundless. These neighborhoods are rich in world class restaurants and entertainment. However, what really sets them apart are the countless activities within walking distance.


Wingfield Park is the central jewel; home of the Riverwalk District, amphitheatre, and whitewater kayaking/rafting park (How many people can say they have a kayak course in their backyard?) Head south to Midtown for eclectic shopping and restaurants or a visit to the Nevada Museum of Art. Just to the east is the delightful Reno Aces AAA ballpark and National Automobile Museum. Additionally, you can walk/jog/bike along the Truckee River bike path for miles in each direction. Nearby are the area’s two largest hospitals and the University of Nevada campus.


Developments in downtown include The Palladio, Arlington Towers, The Montage, and Park Tower among others, with more under development. Choose from affordable studios to luxury penthouses offering a wide variety of amenities. Midtown contains mostly brick early and mid-century single-family homes with a few newer developments thrown in. As typical of high density neighborhoods, price per square foot and condo maintenance fees are generally higher than areas further from the core. On the other hand, for those craving an urban, carefree and active lifestyle, this is the region’s answer. Local Tip: Best area to live without a car, lots of cyclists and pedestrians.


2016 Census Data: 89501 (these numbers are only available for each zip code and are really only appropriate for the Downtown Core area)

●     Population: 3,892 (2016 ACS 5 Year Estimate)

●     Median Age: 51.0

●     Education, Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 27.6%

●     Yearly Median Income: $24,030

●     Average Home Sold Price 2017: $249,500 – 2018: $275,000

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