Mens Journal magazine recently voted The old southwest part of Reno as one of the coolest neighborhoods in America. With its proximity to downtown, the river and the resurgence of the Freight House district it is no wonder we are being compared to Boulder, Colorado. Some of the homes in this area are over a hundred years old and have a lot of history, if you are into quaint brick and tree lined streets, this is the place for you.

California avenues mansion row is where it all started, sitting on a bluff high above the Truckee river with spectacular views and turn of the century architecture. Originally a dirt road it is the center piece of your historical tour of Old Southwest Reno. Jack Dempsey the prize fighter actually lived in a house on California avenue back in the 30's. 

I was selling a house on Donner Avenue that was built in the 30's and one of the original neighbors told me that it was first sold in a Sears catalog. Most of the homes major systems have been changed out, from the original coal shutes to oil furnaces and now mostly natural gas. The houses that fetch the most money are the ones that have been left as original as possible with the hardwoods, original tiles and  fixtures intact.

"Ginger or Mary Ann", you may have heard this before from Gilligans Island. Well Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) grew up in Reno, living in the Old Southwest and graduating from Reno High, she was also Miss Nevada in 1959.

Visit our page at Reno Old Southwest homes for sale and take a look at what all the buzz is about.

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That's really interesting. Reno does have a lot to offer!

Posted by Brad on Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 1:39pm

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