Bungalow District

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Posted by: Ernesto - 3/8/2007 1:31:18 PM
A bungalow type district is a great idea for where the most residential houses are located but I think this can only be done if further building could be limited to no more than duplexs and promoting more live in homeownership since that way there will be more of a stake in upgrading the neighborhood.

Posted by: Mike Van H - 3/9/2007 11:21:53 AM
Greetings Ernesto! Actually funny you mention that because this neighborhodo is drawing up a plan to do just that, you can find the information here http://www.cityofreno.com/res/comdev/wells/ if you look under 'Third Meeting' you will find working drafts of the Master Plan, which includes incentives for owner-occupancy as well as design regulations for new construction

Posted by: Chris - 3/9/2007 8:16:28 PM
This neighborhood is cute. How much do houses go for in this area?

Posted by: Pamela Love - 3/30/2007 11:35:29 AM
Thank you for your continued efforts to gentrify the Bungalow District of Reno. I bought a 100 year old house on Roberts Street 8 years ago, and have almost completely restored it. It's the one with the mermaid weathervane on the roof. I love my house, and would never choose to live in a tract house again. I think the "apartment behind the house" practice is what ruined this neighborhood. Reno had crooked inspectors that allowed these dumps to be built sometimes without permits! The apartment next to me was built entirely without a permit! Because of the sub-standard quality of construction, it's difficult to get quailty renters. I personally am becoming more involved with the neighborhood and other people that are commmitted to improving the quality of the neighborhood. We just deal with one situation at a time, and hopefully one day things will be measurably better than they are now. Reno's policy is this: if you can build something without a permit and get away with it, then it is considered "grandfathered in." Reno needs to change this attitude and make the illegal building of structures a practice with serious consequenses. Also, there should be incentives for people to fix up their yards and houses. In some cities, people are told to clean up their yards, and if they don't comply - the city hires someone to do it and then they charge the homeowner. I would love to see that happen here!

Posted by: Kitty - 6/2/2007 7:42:46 AM
I was driving around the Wells Ave Bungalow area yesterday. There are some great houses and I sure hope that people keep buying and fixing them up. There is so little old in Reno. Although a more known and popular District is the Newlands area. There are still many great houses in this neighborhood that need someone to love them too. And there are still some good deals to be had. I have never lived in a neighborhood in Reno were people took so much pride in their homes. A great location for walking to Downtown. Tree lined streets, People out walking their dogs, riding their bikes and always willing to though you a complement when they see you have done a little more repair on your home. Thank you to all my neighbors for your support.

Posted by: Matthew A - 7/1/2007 2:18:56 PM
This area is really looking good now that so many of the streets have been redone. My wife and I took a drive down through here the other day and I was very impressed. It is funny how much difference a nice new street and some nice sidewalks can make. A lot of the houses are looking pretty good too. I think this area will make a slow and steady recovery to being one of the nicer old areas in town. I suggest taking a drive some weekend down there. You will see people taking walks and hanging out in their yards. The full grown trees make a huge difference as far as going out to just hang out in your yard. Just try that in some new double diamond development and you will be sunburn city. No offense, though. Those developments are nice in other ways.

Posted by: Barrie - 5/5/2009 2:55:40 PM
Hey, long time no comment. I think it is definitely time for a new comment on this great neighborhood. On April 25, 2009, the first annual Roots for Wells Tree Planting Day went down. Over 80 volunteers showed up to plant 100 trees along the residential streets surrounding Wells Avenue (not ON Wells Avenue itself). This neighborhood has those great parkway strips between the sidewalk and street where you can plant trees for that tree lined street effect. These planting strips provide a great buffer between homes and traffic. 100 trees were purchased with a grant obtained from the Ward 3 Neighborhood Advisory Board and the project was overseen by the City of Reno Urban Forestry Commission. Property owners were surveyed to insure that all trees had a commitment for care. We are definitely doing this again next year when we will bring it to the west side of Wells Avenue. Also, the surveying has begun for the adoption of the Wells Avenue Neighborhood as a conservation district. This is being overseen by the Historic Resources Commission. And, there are quite a few pretty fantastic bungalows selling in the $150,000 range making owning cheaper than renting in some cases. Keep your eye on this neighborhood!

Posted by: Mike Arp - 7/25/2010 6:15:18 PM
I own properties on Cheney St. Are there and grants available for home Improvements for properties in the area? my email is: michaeldavidarp@yahoo.com

Posted by: Mike Arp - 7/25/2010 6:16:40 PM
I own properties on Cheney St. Are there and grants available for home Improvements for properties in the area? my email is: michaeldavidarp@yahoo.com

Posted by: lauren van camp - 3/1/2013 11:44:27 PM
I've been a fan of the Wells B. D. for a couple years (while living in Tahoe) and finally bought a home here last November. I can't believe how much I love living in the "Desert Berkeley" neighborhood -and Reno itself (my "Emerald City on Acid")! As a property owner, therefore concerned about the property value of the 'hood, I wish: - There were more trees, landscaping, greenery in general. (I planted 4 trees in my front yard before escrow had even closed...) - All the chain link fences would magically disappear. Really, the neighborhood would go from quasi-white trash to quaint & classy in a heartbeat if we could just eliminate all of those low chain link fences. (I know, it'll never happen.) Excited to get involved in the neighborhood efforts!

Posted by: Nick - 4/4/2013 11:20:24 PM
Lovely Idea. I wish there was a way to slow down and silence the motercycles on Holcomb avenue though.

Posted by: Mike L - 5/17/2013 1:58:36 PM
My wife and I placed an offer on a home on Thoma Street today. Hope we get it. The interior has been remodeled, it needs exterior TLC. The area is so nice.

Posted by: Mike L - 7/8/2014 7:30:24 AM
Well, we got the house on Thoma on 9/1/2013, what started as a fast clean up and move in, turned into a 6 month renovation and we moved in 3/1/2014. Couldn't be happier. Great area, nice neighborhood and the West of Wells group is a great asset to the community. We met more people here while remodeling than we did in 12 years in the suburbs. Best move we ever made. This part of Reno is improving daily, the number of things to do and see is great.