A Reno Neighborhood Drinks in Style – NYTimes.com


As Nevada’s second city, Reno was once a boomtown of gambling, vice and quickie divorces. The city struggled as tribal casinos proliferated in neighboring California in the last decade, sapping the demand for just-across-state-lines slot machines and blackjack tables. Never as cosmopolitan as its “Biggest Little City” motto suggests, Reno has long had a night life dominated by second-rate casinos, strip clubs and the diviest of dive bars. Those days, however, are disappearing.

Nowhere is that change more apparent than in the Midtown District, a modest neighborhood south of downtown where a half-dozen new lounges, gastro pubs, craft breweries and cocktail bars have recently opened. In a city notorious for wicked night life, this generation of businesses represents a continuation of a boozy after-dark tradition and a break from Reno’s seedy past. This Midtown, as such, has existed for only a handful of years. Previously, the district was known as the Bungalow District for its many small Craftsman homes. But the area, like Reno itself, battled a sleazy reputation.

At the top of Midtown and one block east of the area’s main artery, South Virginia Street, three-year-old Old Granite Street Eatery (243 South Sierra Street; 775-622-3222; oldgranitestreeteatery.com) is an advantageous starting point for an evening out. The weekday happy hour includes the restaurant’s entire list of craft beers, a well-considered selection of wines by the glass and a menu of satisfying three-for-$10 small plates.

Brasserie Saint James (901 South Center Street; 775-348-8888;brasseriesaintjames.com) opened in a nearby historic building in 2012. Its massive, high-ceilinged interior has been converted into a microbrewery with a roof deck that’s hard to resist on a clear desert night. On first glance, Craft Wine and Beer (22 Martin Street; 775-622-4333; craftreno.net) is, in essence, a glorified liquor store. With a 9 p.m. closing time, a bedroom-size walk-in beer refrigerator and wooden bins of wine from around the world, Craft is more bottle shop than bar. But this being Nevada, the usual rules don’t apply, and this shop is actually both. It has a small selection of wine and beer that is served at a bar alongside the checkout counter, but the staff will also pop whatever you buy — on tap or not — and welcome you to drink there.

For something stronger, walk south to Chapel Tavern (1099 South Virginia Street; 775-324-2244; chapeltavern.com). There’s a lively pool table and a D.J. station for late nights, but more than anything, Chapel is an enthusiast’s cocktail bar. Ask the bartender to make you a drink, and he’ll likely pull out a ladder to hit shelves stocked floor to ceiling with obscure bottles.

A bit more affected, Death and Taxes (26 Cheney Street; 775-324-2630) is the newest project by the owner of the popular Midtown Eats restaurant. In the speakeasy model, the bar is dark, with elaborate chandeliers and superb drinks — and the stiff prices and aloof service to match. Reno Public House (33 St. Lawrence Avenue; 775-657-8449; renopublichouse.com), by contrast, is what a neighborhood pub should be: it welcomes young and old, hip and passé alike, and the bartender will offer tastings of anything on the long, reasonably priced tap list.

After a long night out, go for the dauntingly large platters of huevos rancheros or chiles rellenos at Peg’s Glorified Ham n Eggs (420 South Sierra Street; 775-329-2600; eatatpegs.com) or the potent house-roasted coffee at Hub Coffee Roasters (32 Cheney Street; 775-323-3482; hubcoffeeroasters.com). Reno is now a city of sustenance as well as indulgence.

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Reno ranked 9th best city to live



Reno is getting some good press lately.  With housing prices on the rise but yet still affordable, Reno is a destination place once again.


Known as “The Biggest Little City in the World,”Reno is as much an outdoor recreation mecca as it is a casino city. It’s about 450 miles from Las Vegas, but it’s considered a gaming and nightlife destination in its own right with several casinos and showplaces. It truly shines, however, with an abundance of year-round recreation – from snow skiing to mountain biking. Reno is also home to Nevada’s oldest university, the University of Nevada – Reno.

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SPARKS, 75 QUIVERA LANE | Dominic Gentile, Realtor® | Condos to Castles. We are the first step in reaching your dreams.

SPARKS, 75 QUIVERA LANE | Dominic Gentile, Realtor® | Condos to Castles. We are the first step in reaching your dreams..


This well situated, grand one story country style home takes advantage of maximum light and unobstructed views.  Paved road from Quivera to the home…  This is not common in this area of town.   From its high vantage point, You’ll see sparkling Sparks lights in the evening, a panorama of the valley , beautiful surrounding homes, our changing seasons, and the occasional rain. On over 37 acres, at least 34 acres are undeveloped flat land surrounding the home, perfect for developing horse property.


The home is designed to accommodate the large family and has entertained over 90 people comfortably! Each bedroom has its own bathroom, the massive living area has a focal point of a floor to ceiling natural stone fireplace which is wood burning, also there is a pellet stove with a blower. The heart of the home is it’s kitchen which is open, featuring a 48 inch, 6 burner 2 oven WOLF range.  With many areas to seat people, especially the huge “nook” which is 14 X 26 and counts as part of the square footage. You’ll notice the more than ample counter space.  There is a cultivated 7800 sf yard that has an uncovered patio and is surrounded by a picket fence. There are 2 garages, the dimensions are extra deep 28 X 38. The home has a fire sprinkler system that protects the home home.  The RV garage has 2 bays and is 14″ high with 12″ high doors.  The assessment covers the costs of a 17 mile asphalt road which leads right to the home. The current owners are motivated to downsize and will leave this home with many happy memories of entertaining their large family.  If you have horses there is not a better property in the area for you to ride.   Grab your appetite for open land and come on up and view this amazing piece of heaven.

Western U.S. best for business, Tax Foundation says – The Washington Post


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I need your help!!!  Homes needed for these signs.  If you know of a home or condo that is in need for a FOR SALE sign let me know ASAP.

No home should go without one in this market.   Please give me a call if you see a home that is in need.   The only way to get your home sold is with a HARCOURTS FOR SALE SIGN!!!

Dont waste anymore time.  The longer you wait let longer your HOME will go without making you happy.   Just think if you sold your home Today your home would make you some serious cash.








Say hello to The Warner’s. This cute couple just bought their new home in Reno. What an interesting road it was to the finish line. Mary-Lou and Dennis were a pleasure to work with were calm and collected when things weren’t the most ideal. I want to thank Britanya Hanlon at Wells Fargo Home Loans for making the dream happen for the Warners.

This is the reason I love what I do, Seeing the smiles on my clients faces when they get the keys. BTW… Dennis is smiling on the inside, :-).

Congratulations Warner’s


New Home Owners

New Home Owners

What a journey it was to find the Robbins their new home. This is the reason I love what I do. Back in June I was introduced to the Robbins through one of my Loan Officers at Bank of America, Alyssa Lee. They were looking to buy a new home in Reno because their current home was just getting to small to accommodate their growing family.

So we sat down and came up with a plan to sell their current home and find them their new home. From start to finish it took us just over 30 days to sell their home and move them into the new one.

They were one of the nicest families I have ever worked with in my tenure has a Realtor and couldn’t be more happy for them. I want to thank the Robbins for trusting me with helping them in this very stressful time. This is why I love what I do… Making a difference in people’s lives is an amazing feeling and I welcome the challenges.

One more thing to mention… The day I gave Mr. Robbins his keys to the new home he wanted me to know how thankful he was that I worked with them. He went on to say, “We interviewed a few Realtors and they all said that doing a concurrent close would be impossible. We are grateful to you and all your work and that you NEVER said it could never be done. That is why you will be successful in life, you never give up” Hearing words like these makes me want to be better everyday.

Thank you,


U.S. News and World Report has issued its annual “best colleges” rankings and the University of Nevada, Reno is again in the top tier of “best national universities.”

Top Tier again

Student success, quality of faculty help University crack U.S. News’ ‘best’ rankings

September 10, 2013 
By Jane Tors

Student Union

U.S. News and World Report has issued its annual “best colleges” rankings and the University of Nevada, Reno is again in the top tier of “best national universities.”

In developing its rankings, U.S. News surveys more than 1,600 universities and colleges. Schools in the “best national universities” category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, masters and doctoral degrees and are committed to a productive research program. The University of Nevada, Reno is ranked No. 181.

“The University of Nevada, Reno’s continued ranking in the top tier is a statement about the students we attract, the quality of our faculty and their world-improving research and creativity,” said University President Marc Johnson. “I am enormously proud of the people who make this University a top-tier educational offering.”

In addition to the University’s overall ranking, the College of Engineering and the College of Business are again ranked among the “best colleges” in this year’s survey of undergraduate programs.

The University’s College of Engineering is ranked by U.S. News both as one of the “best colleges” for its undergraduate programs and, announced in the spring, as a “best grad school.” In the 2013 category of “best colleges” for undergraduate engineering programs, the College of Engineering is ranked No. 152. To be ranked, the highest degree awarded must be a doctoral degree and the college must have at least one accredited program by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Seven of the University’s College of Engineering programs are ABET accredited.

The University’s College of Business is ranked No. 222 in the category of “best colleges” for its undergraduate business programs. To be ranked, the college or program must be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The College of Business is also listed in the Princeton Review Best Business Schools guidebook based on the quality of the college’s part-time MBA Program, which is currently ranked number four in the country by Businessweek.

The U.S. News’ measures include a peer-assessment survey with university leaders nationally, graduation rate performance, faculty resources, student selectivity and preparedness, financial resources, alumni giving and a reputation rating based on input of high-school counselors.

Last spring the University achieved a strong showing in the annual rankings of the best graduate programs byU.S. News. Three schools – the College of Engineering, College of Education and University of Nevada School of Medicine – were ranked among the nation’s best. An additional 16 program areas also were ranked among the nation’s best, and this includes seven top-100 program rankings.

The latest U.S. News Best Colleges 2013 rankings are available at http://www.usnews.com/.