My family moved to South Reno from Southern California three years ago, and it has provided opportunities we never had before.
We are saving roughly $30,000 per year by living just 30 miles east of the California border. That meant my wife could afford to stay at home with our kids instead of returning to work immediately after they were born.
It meant we could buy our first home, which is only three years old, within one year of living here for only $200,000. Our house payment is $1000, which is half what we were paying for rent in California.
We pay no sales tax, no corporate tax, 6.35% sales tax and the cost of things like registering vehicles is a fraction of what it is in California.
We are 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe. We hike, kayak, camp, ski, fish or do some other outdoor activity virtually every weekend.
The Reno Aces Triple A baseball stadium has revitalized the downtown area. In the summer, we have some sort of cultural festival every week.
I have not been in a single traffic jam since living here. If something is 15 miles away, it takes 15 minutes to get there. No smog.
Virtually every one of our neighbors is from somewhere in California, and came here because they were sick of being taxed and regulated to death in California.
Reno was named one of the top 10 places to live in the US by Sperling's. Men's Home Journal ranks it one of the top 25 places to live, and ranked Old Southwest Reno one of the top 30 neighborhoods in the country.
Completely surrounded by mountains. One of the easiest airports you will ever fly in and out of. Two hours from Sacramento, four from the Bay Area.
Basically, it's like living in California, minus all the rules, taxes and regulation.