Old Southwest Reno is Reno’s oldest neighborhood and consists not of subdivisions but of skillfully laid out ‘addresses’. This very popular area features the Historic District and surrounding streets. Loose boundaries are from the Truckee river on the north to Plumb Lane on the south; west of South Virginia Street to Hunter Lake Drive or so. The main section of the Old Southwest is between the Truckee River and South Virginia Street. Its huge tree-lined streets and a mix of well-preserved historic residences, close to downtown, make this one of Reno’s most desirable areas. The homes are unique to this area – many are small brick homes, sitting beside large mansion style properties. You could say these homes are custom! The houses date back to the early 1900’s thru 1976 when homes were built one at a time, each one different than the next.
These homes are not inexpensive! Even the smallest home in this area will run you $200,000 or more, many not even 1800sf. As you can imagine, most lot sizes (other than the large mansions) are no more than a third of an acre. The larger, more historic homes/mansions will set you back up to $1.8 million+. Brand new properties (on parcels recently returned to vacant land) are running in the mid $400k’s to mid $500k’s for 1700-2100sf. The popularity of these homes is due to the allure of owning a unique and historic property, the close proximity to the Downtown corridor, as well as the delight in renovating one of these creations! Neighborhoods in this area include Hunter Lake, Arlington, California/Historic District.
Schools zoned for this area are Hunter Lake, or Mt Rose Elementary, Swope Middle School and Reno High School. Located close to the Truckee River and Downtown Core, most everything is within 10-15 minutes away, including medical facilities, dining, entertainment, gas, groceries, financial services, and recreation.