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Condo sales are reheating in downtown Reno.

Just as the single-family residential real estate market has finally found its legs in northern Nevada, sales of downtown condominiums are trending upward in sales as well as pricing.

Eager developers jumped on the condo craze in the mid- to late 2000s and flooded the downtown market with hundreds of new condominium residences. For the most part, though, they missed the real estate bubble and brought their properties online just as the northern Nevada housing market began its long downward slide.
Major condominium properties developed in downtown Reno include:

  1. The Palladio, an entirely new property at the site of the old Riverboat casino
  2. The Montage, a complete renovation of the old Flamingo Hilton/Golden Phoenix property
  3. The Residences at Riverwalk Towers, a remodel of the old Comstock Hotel
  4. The Belvedere, a conversion of the old Sundowner property

Helen Graham, president-elect of the Reno-Sparks Association of Realtors, says from January through July 2012 the downtown area saw 80 condo sales totaling $9.18 million.

Hot August Nights Kicks Off August 5, 2012

Hot August Nights plans to keep celebrating the past, even as it looks to the future. The classic car and music celebration - which rolls into Reno for its 26th year today with a pre-kickoff party at the Bonanza Casino - will always be about the cars and music of the 1950's and 60's and the large group of baby boomers who have made it a success for more than a quarter century.

For the first time, General Motors and Ford will be bringing several new Corvettes and Mustangs for what Hot August Nights is calling 'Ride and Drives'. Basically, car fans can take the passenger seat of one of these vehicles and speed through a closed course at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino with a professional driver at the wheel. The entire ride is recorded, showing the passenger's reaction.

Smoke in Nevada Air Friday August 3, 2012

Smoke from a distant wildfire hazed the skies of the Reno area last Friday. The smoke from a California fire turned the skies of the Truckee Meadows to dirty brown. The smoke blew into the area from the Chips Fire, which charred about 4,352 acres in Plumas County about 12 miles southwest of the town of Chester. Air quality generally was good in most locations Friday but worse in others, said Dan Inouye, branch chief for the air quality division of the Washoe County Health District.

The fire was still only about 5 percent contained Friday, but residents evacuated earlier from their homes were allowed to return home, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

The National Weather Service issued a fire weather watch from Friday through Sunday morning for parts of northwest Nevada and northeast California, including the eastern front of the Sierra and Lake Tahoe. Thunderstorms are expected to move into the region from the south late Friday afternoon or evening. Lightning could trigger new wildfires in tinder-dry vegetation, with erratic winds from thunderstorms gusting up to 50 mph, providing the potential for rapid spread of any fires that do start.