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The Good Life An Exclusive Magazine Serving the Neighbors of Old Southwest Reno • June 2014

Melinda and Dan Gustin:

A Passion for Old Southwest Reno Preservation

Photo by Paige Wickum


Leslie Henderson REALTOR®

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eslie has been in the real estate industry since 2002. Her work experience prior to entering real estate has served her well as both a fierce negotiator and incredibly successful agent. Her first year in real estate she closed 53 real estate transactions representing mostly buyers and was nominated as “Rookie of the Year” by her peers in her local Multiple Listing Service. She has sold more homes each year since. Leslie’s persistence and tenacity served her very well through the real estate bubble and the surge of short sales. In 2012, she was ranked #6 in the Reno/Tahoe Real Estate Market doing Short Sales almost exclusively. Short Sales are very difficult transactions that require developing a strategy with the bank to get the homeowner relieved from excessive debt on the home due to a change in financial circumstances, decline in market value, or simply life changes. Leslie’s client testimonials and never ending stream of past client referrals

speak volumes about how she handles very difficult situations. Luxury homes are a very special segment of the real estate market. Each home requires a strategy regarding how and to whom it is marketed, and a strong agent to service the property with the attention and presentation it deserves. Leslie’s Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing is a definite asset when it comes to the creative portion of marketing high end homes. Luxury homes are a lifestyle, not just another property. Leslie is an agent that understands this and is able to portray it both in marketing and in person. Leslie is committed to delivering respectful and informative assistance to her clients. Her passion for creative problem solving and collaborative perseverance is essential to accomplishing your real estate goals. And last but not least, Leslie is fun to work with.

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“The manner in which Leslie Henderson managed the complicated and tedious process of short selling my home in Reno was one of the most impressive displays of professional competence I have ever seen. No lesser words could accurately describe what she did. When I arrived in her office at 10 am for our initial consult, I was feeling a bit tight because I knew there were several explanatory letters and financial forms that would be difficult to complete accurately and take weeks. When I left four hours later all the papers needed from me were done. I couldn’t believe it! Although the short sale process would run its course over the next three months, I was finished except for signing and notarizing certain documents Leslie would occasionally send me. We closed right on time and all the bank statements about not pursuing any additional payments were in place. Thank you Leslie. Somehow you made something very difficult look easy.” Robert Winquist, Satisfied Customer

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Vicki Keever REALTOR® (775) 688-4800 Office | (775) 771-5383 Mobile vicki.keever@cbselectre.com | www.vicki.keever.cbselectre.com 6512 S. McCarran Blvd. Reno, NV 89509

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This wonderful unit is one of 7 and rarely been on the market. Features a lovely lush court yard, separate Casita and outside covered patio with fireplace for leisure evening relaxation with views of the Lakeridge golf course.

Must see to appreciate this adorable home in the heart of Old Southwest Reno. This home is overflowing with old school Charm, and has been very well maintained. This home is ready for a new Family!

To view this property call Vicki 775.771.5383 For finance questions call Trish 775.336.6795

To view this property call Vicki 775.771.5383 For finance questions call Trish 775.336.6795

10250 COPPer ClOud| renO Offered at $1,389,000

Situated on over half an acre in the desirable, gated golf course community of Arrowcreek sits this beautiful well-built home. Every room is open and was tastefully designed to take advantage of the stunning surroundings and views.

2633 sPearPOint drive | renO Offered at $567,000

Stunning custom one-level stucco, 2984 sq.ft. home in desirable SW Reno. Formal entry opens to dramatic tall ceilings with massive crown molding & a delightful open floor-plan with striking architectural design.

To view this property call Vicki 775.771.5383 For finance questions call Trish 775.336.6795

To view this property call Vicki 775.771.5383 For finance questions call Trish 775.336.6795

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Happy June to our neighbors and friends! The Good Life is your neighborhood magazine and we are happy to accompany you as summer officially starts this month. In this issue, you’ll met Melinda and Dan Gustin—a couple with a passion for living in a restored Old Southwest Reno mansion. Keep the community calendar handy for family-friendly events this June, and take a peek at our monthly recipe for a cooling summer treat. Learn how to keep your pets safe and happy this summer, and get introduced to two phenomenal local buildings: the Lear theater in downtown Reno and the award-winning Reno Library. School’s out for summer, and that might mean more time for fitness fun! You’ll also meet local yoga teacher Jelena Hardy who tells her story of creating a yoga community in the Biggest Little City. Also, check out our Kids Corner for a fun maze. And residents, keep your story ideas coming—we are devoted to sharing stories among neighbors in our wonderful community. Kindest Regards,

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Feature Story

Melinda and Dan Gustin

Partners in Life, Marriage and Commitment to Old Southwest Reno History and Neighborhood Identity By Linda Herrick

Photo By: Photo Wickum

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ittle did Dan Gustin know in 1984 when his bride-to-be, Melinda, went out for a real estate excursion that the result would be the start of a shared life passion for historical preservation in Old Southwest Reno. Dan and Melinda are only the third owners of the Newlands Mansion, the house which is also known as “the first mansion on the bluffs” near downtown Reno and above the Truckee River. The Newlands mansion was built in 1890 and was the home of Francis G. Newlands, who was a Representative for Nevada in Congress as well as Senator from Nevada. The second owner of the Newlands Mansion was George Thatcher, a wellknown Reno divorce lawyer who was also an early Nevada Attorney General.

Exterior of the Newlands Mansion

Newlyweds Start a Lifetime Journey Dan and Melinda purchased the Newlands Mansion as their home in 1984 just as they married. The thirty ensuing years have been “a journey” as Dan describes the life and shared passion he and Melinda have developed for this historic home. The Gustins’ bought the home from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. At that time, this mansion was in disrepair and almost 6

The restored kitchen interior of the Newlands Mansion May 2014


in a “tear down” condition. Melinda and Dan have renovated this home to reflect its original beauty and preserve its historic charm. Dan shares that he and Melinda still work on the home although they are now “close to finished” on this huge renovation project. Dan and Melinda consider they are “stewards” of the Newlands Mansion they have made their home. What an adventure this has been for this couple! When Dan and Melinda moved into the house, it was far from “mansion quality”. Indeed, they essentially “camped” in the mansion the first year of their marriage as their only heat for a cold winter was in the master bedroom and the kitchen stove consisted of one working burner. The first priority according to Melinda was getting the home in working order for daily life. Getting this home in working order took a community of historical experts and skilled craftspeople along with just plain hard work by Dan and Melinda. Melinda shares that “some wonderful people” helped them with this historical project, such as her parents and especially her dad who she describes as a master craftsman in many ways. Dan and Melinda have had fantastic, collaborative working relationships with local craftspeople and service and home repair partners in the community. Extensive historical research was required due to the home’s significance for Reno history. Every detail was important in terms of preserving the home. As this home is on the National Historic Trust list, significant parts of the exterior cannot be changed so as to maintain the historical integrity of the home. The Newland Mansion, Dan and Melinda’s residence, is the only single family residence in the state of Nevada that is designated as a National Historic Landmark (NHL).

The Gustins are pictured here in front of the Hawkins House, another historic property they own in Old Southwest Reno Photo By: Photo Wickum

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A Living, Local “Museum” As homeowners, Dan and Melinda have followed some guidelines in preserving the historical importance of their home. As much as possible, they work with the many fine local craftspeople in the greater Reno area. Dan and Melinda also strive to buy local in terms of materials, antiques and even appliances. Rugs throughout the home were bought at a local estate sale. Some items were sourced from historic Virginia City and were bought at local Reno auction houses For Old Southwest neighbors interested in the areas historical past, Dan and Melinda recommend the Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS) with website: www. historicreno.org. This organization provides free “walking tours” of historical Reno neighborhoods several times a year for HRPS members. Dan and Melinda are Lifetime Members of HRPS. The couple has been instrumental in preserving other historical Old Southwest parts of Reno such as the Powning District. The Powning District is the first historical Conservation District in Nevada and only the seventeenth Conservation District in the United States. Dan and Melinda’s “mansion”, their home, continues to be their avocation in terms of maintaining the house itself and its historic grounds. The Newlands Mansion has been in the public eye and was profiled on HGTV’s “Restore America” show. Naturally, Dan and Melinda have busy lives outside of their home! Dan is known to many in the community for his role as President of Gustin Sports Productions. Indeed, Dan’s sports broadcasting career has been long and illustrious. In 2009, Dan was inducted into the Nevada Broadcaster Hall of Fame. Melinda continues her work in regard to preserving history locally and at the national level. Melinda is also in the process of attaining her professional degree as a Landscape Architect.

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For those who are interested in exploring the remarkable richness of our city’s historic architecture, consider joining a walking tour conducted by the Historic Reno Preservation Society. June is Historic Preservation Month. Put on your walking shoes and join a Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS) walking tour! A good one to start with is the Historic Truckee River Walk on June 17th at 6pm. Enjoy a relaxing evening on a guided walking tour that starts at the McKinley Arts Center, 925 Riverside Drive, and includes commentary and colorful anecdotes about the history of the area. The walking tour is $10. However, the walking tours are free to members HRPS! See website www.historicreno. org for walking tour listings for June or call 747-4478. Other June HRPS walking tours include: UNR Historic Campus, Historic Neighborhoods and Prohibition in Reno. Join in and enjoy local history! Writer Bio: Linda Herrick is a Neighbor Spotlight and Feature Writer serving the Greater Reno - Tahoe - Incline Village area. She can be reached at lindaherrick1234@att.net 8

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Local Happenings

Historic Reno Theater Reopens with Gusto! By Jenny Luna

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he Lear Theater, the regal white building just across Riverside Drive from the Truckee River reopened this month to host the first performance in twelve years. TEDxReno deemed the theater—once a church and now listed as a historical property in the city, state and national registers—as an excellent location for their second annual event. On June 6, TEDxReno will feature inspirational and entertaining figures such as triathlete and author Danny Heinsohn, executive director of The Reno Generator Matt Schultz, and comedian and actor K-Von, to the theater’s stage for a day-long event of Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED). “The theater’s revitalization is crucial for the rebirth of downtown Reno and will also play an important role in our continued economic recovery,” --Doug Erwin, TEDxReno curator and Vice President of Entrepreneurial Development at the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN).

American architect Paul Revere Williams. For many years, the building served as a place of worship for the First Church of Christ, Scientist. One day during church, Renoites Moya Olsen Lear and her friend Edda Morrison noticed the building’s potential to be a theater. Moya, a philanthropist and the wife of Bill Lear, an aviation innovator, donated $1.1 million to the project of creating the Lear Theater. The community matched her donation with $1.3 million and the building was purchased in 1998. Moya’s vision of the historic and elegant building becoming a community hub for a variety of art performances will again become reality as Artown manages the Lear and plans to continue with needed renovations.

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The Lear Theater had been maintained by the Theater Coalition and hosted performances in 2001 and 2002. With renovations still needed to complete the theater, Artown took over for management in 2012 and the venue is now open for scheduled events only. Artown looks forward to having the building be an incorporated part of the July art festival and part of the renaissance of downtown Reno. The roots of the Lear Theater date back into the 1930’s when the neoclassical building was designed by renowned African

Put on your walking shoes and join a Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS) walking tour! A good one to start with is the Historic Truckee River Walk on June 17th at 6pm. Enjoy a relaxing evening on a guided walking tour that starts at the McKinley Arts Center, 925 Riverside Drive, and includes commentary and colorful anecdotes about the history of the area. The walking tour is $10. However, the walking tours are free to members HRPS! See website www.historicreno.org for walking tour listings for June or call 747-4478. Other June HRPS walking tours include: UNR Historic Campus, Historic Neighborhoods and Prohibition in Reno. Join in and enjoy local history!

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Around town

Reno Library is “Most Beautiful” - Spend Your Summer in the “Coolest Internal Space” By Jennifer Oliver • Photo By: Marc Tiar

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iven the Downtown Reno Library’s exterior angled glass and copper panels, its internal space is a refreshing surprise. Green trees rising from floor to ceiling offer a reception into an atrium-like setting of leafy plants and running water from the fountain on the garden level. Because of its unique architecture and landscaping, Technology Services Librarian Marc Tiar felt inspired to enter the Downtown Reno Library into a national contest sponsored by Gale/ Cengage for the “Most Beautiful Library.” One of the categories was for “Coolest Internal Space” which seemed providential for the garden-like atmosphere. After one week of voting, the Downtown Reno came away as the winner in its category. With that award came a prize of $500. Tiar, who took his inspiration and initiative to enter the library into the contest, was rewarded by determining how the winnings will be spent. Education is near and dear to his heart, specifically the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative. The $500 award, paired with a $500 dollar anonymous cash donation, will be used to support STEM materials for the

Washoe County Library System. The Downtown Reno Library is one of 12 beautiful libraries throughout Washoe County. Please visit us online for more information about library programs and services for you www. washoecountylibrary.us

Summer Reading Program 2014 June 1st - August 31st

Kids, Teens, and Adults can sign up for the Summer Reading Program starting June 1st Read and earn prizes all summer long! The science-based theme carries through all ages and summer programs include author talks, animal ambassadors (including kangaroos), musicians, and more. Bring the whole family to your local library this summer!

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Kids Corner

Keep this handy for your child or for the child in you! Each month, The Good Life features a kids’ activity with a local theme. Enjoy and be a-maze-d!

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May 2014


Neighborhood Classifieds

Have something to sell or give away? To place your free classified, go to www.bestversionmedia.com and click “Submit Content Here.” For free listings, ads must be 40 words or less, nonbusiness related. 1960s Parisian styled dinette with four chairs. 1/2” thick plate glass oblong top. Pearlized black finish, hot pink upholstery on chairs. Unique design statement. Fresh restoration.$600. Can deliver in old SW Reno. 775-322-1339 or email sharpshoot16@ yahoo.com. 2004 FORD F550 Super Duty Crew Cab -ONLY 21900 miles! $40000 (original cost ~ $75,300) -Highwayman Tow Body -6.0 liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel -BANKS Power Pack System -BANKS Speed Brake -Luxury Lariat trim -Aluminum wheels -Air suspension -Call 775-303-2619. CANOE, aluminum body, 19 feet long, Grumman square stern, paddles, PFD’s, complete sailing kit, mahogany dagger boards, rudders, etc. Asking $800 OBO. Call Duane @775-827-5656. LIFECYCLE 6500 Exercise bike, works great, ultra-sturdy, digital display, padded seat. The only non-original part is the seatadjustment pin. Ready to ride! Retailed for over $1,000, similar items on e-bay for $200 and up. Asking $100. Call or text Scotty @775-219-0114. 2007 BMW 335i Coupe, beautiful space grey exterior and all black leather interior. Clean carfax and twin turbo. Upgraded sound system, fully loaded with every luxury. Impeccable maintenance records and incredible details. $23,400. Just 78K miles. Call for much more info. 775-354-6642 or dtrfitness@ gmail.com

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Be in business for yourself and make a little money – all while helping your neighbors! To submit your classified offering services, go to www.bestversionmedia.com and click “Submit Content Here.” Please limit to 40 words and include your age. All submissions will receive confirmation via phone to secure parent/guardian approval to publish. SAMPLES Babysitting Maria, 15 I am Red Cross certified and experienced in taking care of children. I can cook, play fun games, read to your kids, put them to bed and tidy up the house before you return home. Call 555-555-5555. Misc. Services Robbie, 11 I will take out your garbage, and while you are away I can bring in your mail, water your plants, etc. Call 222-222-2222. Duck Tape® Art Natalie, 12 I make Duck Tape® flower pens & pencil pouches. Various color & design combinations. Will make to your color choices. Please contact Natalie @999-999-9999.

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community calendar

JUNE 2014

Keep this handy for hand-picked local and family-friendly events!

June 6-8

June 11-14

@Reno Area The excitement of one of Reno’s most prominent events is condensed into one exciting weekend. Concerts, VIP parties, poker runs, bike games, cruises, vendors and food will create a fabulous mini Street Vibrations Rally. Biker participants can experience the beauty of touring Carson City, Virginia City and Lake Tahoe as well as the local Reno and Sparks area. 775-329-7469

@Grand Sierra Resort, Silver State Pavilion This is the 15th annual Sew Original event in Reno! Visitors will enjoy learning, shopping and creating. The Expo includes a large vendor mall, fashion shows and demonstrations. View thousands of quilt exhibits and enter daily drawings for prizes. 775-971-9266

Street Vibrations Spring Rally

June 6-8

16th Annual Sands EuroFest

@Sands Regency Hotel and Casino, Reno This family-friendly and free event features live music, European cuisine and drinks and craft fair booths. The line-up includes local and national bands including the Young Dubliners and the Gruber Family Band. Times: Friday, June 6, 4-10pm; Saturday, June 7, 11am-10pm; Sunday, June 8, 11am-6pm 775-348-2200

June 7

Hike for Hounds: Pet Adoption Event and Activities

@Galena Regional Park, 18250 Mt. Rose Hwy Enjoy vendors, healthy doggie ice cream, tasty food from GourMelt & music. $20 includes a cool tee & gift bag of dog goodies worth $15. Proceeds benefit Pet Newtork Humane Society and Canine Rehabilitation Center & Sanctuary 9am(sign-up), Event 10am-1pm 775-853-3533

Sew Original Quilt & Creative Expo

June 19-28

Reno Rodeo

@Reno Livestock Events Center Known as the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” the Reno Rodeo is a 10-day event sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association. Reno Rodeo is a non-profit organization made up of over 400 volunteers. The event attracts over 140,000 fans and impacts the Reno/Sparks area economy with over $42 million annually, benefitting the local businesses. The event is televised nationally on CBS, ESPN and Fox Sports. 1-800-325-7328

June 26-29

Reno Rockabilly Riot

@John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks This 4th annual event features traditional and home built cars from all over the country, live music, contests, races and dining! Celebrate Reno’s close ties with the world of classic cars and enjoy good-humored fun for the family. paulabomb@gmail.com

June 7-8

Repticon Reno Reptile Show

@Exhibit Hall at the Reno Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Ave This reptile event features pets for sale, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise as well as live animal classes and free raffles. Exciting, family-oriented fun. 863-268-4273

June 9

Scheels Kids Klub: Make Dad Happy Event

@Scheels, 1200 Scheels Drive, Sparks This free, father’s day theme event offers kids a chance to create an art project for Dad. All kids who attend receive a free ride on the Scheels Ferris Wheel. Appropriate for kids ages 4-12. Time: 6:00pm 12

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The Good Life Presents

Reno Staycation

Pampered at the Peppermill: A Reno Staycation

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s seasons change and temperatures rise, minds often turn toward thoughts of summer vacation. Reno residents are lucky to have an abundance of “staycation” options that are sure to leave couples, families and friends feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after just a short getaway to the heart of The Biggest Little City. Born in 1971 as a neighborhood coffee shop, The Peppermill has spent more than 40 years catering to northern Nevadans as it grew into an award-winning 1,600-room resort spa and casino. The Peppermill’s Passport Rewards Club even offers a locals a 20% discount on nearly all its services and amenities. As the top ranked hotel in North America by Expedia users and Trip Advisor’s No. 1 hotel resort, you’re sure to find a room that offers all the comforts of home – in your very own backyard! After settling in, head downstairs for some top-notch dining in one of the resort’s 10 eateries. Ranging from a delicious New Yorkstyle deli to savory steaks at Bimini and handcrafted pastas at Romanza Ristorante Italiano, you’ll dine in style. For an under-the-sea experience, dive into Oceano’s fresh selection of seafood or go for Chinese at CHI, serving both traditional and contemporary Asian delicacies. For the kids – or just the kid in you – the third floor arcade entertains with games including classics like ski ball and air hockey and contemporaries such as Speed of Light. For those who love to play with higher stakes, the Peppermill’s

82,000-square-foot gaming floor offers slots, table games, tournaments and Reno’s only high-definition Race & Sports Book theater with 100-plus screens for the best sports viewing. The Peppermill also offers a non-smoking slot section and provides the cleanest air possible in its otherwise smoking-friendly environment, filtered by the latest in air circulation technology to avoid drift to other areas of the resort. Adults can also enjoy Peppermill’s 16 bars and lounges offering everything from intimate to hip and happening — including EDGE, a dress-to-impress club that’s touted as Reno’s hottest nightspot. Also known as one of the area’s best, the Terrace Lounge is the perfect place to relax while enjoying award-winning wines, a seasonal open-air lounge, and sweeping views of the pool and Tuscan Gardens. Live acts from around the region also perform nearly every night of the week including Keyser Soze, Jelly Bread and Drinking with Clowns. A Renowned Spa Aside from its dining and entertainment options, visitors from near and far frequent the Peppermill for its Spa Toscana, boasting 24 treatment rooms offering Vichy and dry hydrotherapy, massage, reflexology, Reiki, body wraps, bronzing and skincare. Its three stories feature mosaic-covered floors, stunning fountains and water features, and serene relaxation areas, creating a picturesque reflection of an enchanting Italian retreat. Spa Toscana is also home to the state’s only Caldarium, featuring an indoor pool, sun deck and Secret Garden with spa food service. Spa Toscana’s full service spa has both men’s and women’s Ritual rooms with hot and cold plunge pools, cascading deluge showers, eucalyptus steam and cedar wood saunas.

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Top off your staycation by soaking up some sun. The Peppermill has one of the finest complexes in northern Nevada with both upper and lower level outdoor pools. All pools are heated with the resort’s own geothermal well, allowing them to remain open year-round. The pools, spas and private cabanas create a festive, beach-like atmosphere. Rooms in the Peppermill Tower range from just $80 midweek to $130 on the weekend, catering to most budgets and offering a deeply relaxing, world class local luxury.

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Fitness Spotlight

Jelena Hardy on a Life’s Journey and a Blossoming Yoga Community in Reno

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hen people tell me that they can’t practice yoga because they can’t touch their toes, I usually tell them that the goal of yoga is not the attainment of an ideal body, whatever that means. What I’m sometimes tempted to tell them is this: When I found myself in a war in my native Bosnia as a teenager, I never thought I’d survive the horror, but I did. I never thought I’d be living in the United States one day, but I do. I never thought I’d be drawn to yoga in my late twenties, during a time of great turmoil, but that’s exactly what happened. I certainly never thought my life would completely transform through the practice of yoga and that I’d be opening my own studio in Reno, the only place that ever felt like home.

from the River School Farm in north Reno and another at Billinghurst Middle School, my yoga community grew steadily over the next four years. The decision to open up my own studio arose spontaneously, but felt 100 percent right.

My love for the practice of yoga is secondary to my love for helping people “The practice of yoga, discover that the diamond they’re looking which started as a purely for is already in their possession. This physical experiment, became a simple message is at the root of my teaching. The practice of yoga nowadays doorway for me to open up is often reduced to a form of exercise, in fearlessly to all of life.” which only the young, fit and flexible can excel, leaving others feeling inadequate. The true purpose of yoga is much simpler The practice of yoga, which started as a purely physical and more beautiful than any pose: It is the realization that experiment, became a doorway for me to open up fearlessly all wisdom is within. On the mat we learn to focus, to trust to all of life. On my yoga mat, I learned how to love myself by the breath, to still the mind and to invite the true self to quieting my mind enough to realize that I had not been kind guide us. The rewards of our yoga practice become evident to myself my whole life. The most life-changing realization as we take the lessons we learn on the mat and apply them for me was that all my suffering was a result of searching off the mat, where our real practice is. Touching your toes for happiness and love in all the wrong places: outside of is not required, and is probably not healthy for your spine myself. Completely transformed by this realization, I felt anyway! the pull to become a yoga teacher and share with others this simple and beautiful practice of self-discovery that had pulled me out of my self-imposed darkness. Rishi Yoga is at 1350 Stardust Street, Suite B. A New Home for Yoga in Reno Our studio will open sometime in June. Please visit Six months after completing my training to teach yoga www.rishiyogareno.com, or email Jelena at I moved to Reno from Northern California to be with jelenahardy@gmail.com for more information. the man that would become my husband. After a year of Sometimes, I do reply to the “yogais-not-for-me” statement with my own personal story, but I sum it up simply like this: Your own thoughts about what’s possible and what’s impossible for you are your only obstacle to realizing your own beauty and living in complete peace.

teaching classes at a local studio and a gym, it was time to move on. Even in a makeshift studio space I rented

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RealEstate Update

CURRENT HOMES FOR SALE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ADDRESS 2500 Manzanita Lane 775 California 2570 Greensboro Drive 1950 Meadowview Lane 225 Mark Twain Ave 847 Marsh Ave. 2865 Sagittarius Drive 2020 Willow Tree Lane 1604 Kestrel Court 3405 Eagle Ridge Court 815 Marsh Avenue 343 Urban Road 1855 Wendy Way 1850 Sierra Sage Lane 205 Bret Harte Avenue 1675 Meadowview LN. 135 Mark Twain Ave 2845 Sagittarius Drive 3540 Brighton Way 2255 Hedgewood Dr 1930 Manzanita 4231 Dant Blvd. 80 Rancho Manor Drive 3335 Meridian 3655 Royer Court 835 S Arlington Avenue 217 Bret Harte Ave. 330 Chevy Chase Drive 3770 Royer Court 926 Marsh Court 303 Bret Harte 2633 Spearpoint Drive 4545 Lakewood Ct. 2336 Manzanita 2320 Eva Adams Drive 2205 S Arlington Avenue 840 Lyman Avenue 2001 Lakeridge Dr 643 Manor Dr. 1760 Sandpoint Cir 1520 Nixon Avenue 3345 Prescott Way 602 John Fremont Dr 3285 Trumpeter Court 1830 Skyline Boulevard 122 Greenridge Drive 3660 Salerno Drive 3405 Southampton Drive 2865 W Pinenut Court 1580 Granite Drive

Address 3575 Gibraltar Drive 655 Amber Circle 445 Circle Drive 560 Harbin 2265 Silver Ridge 3770 HEAVENLY VALLEY LN 4350 Warren Way 3451 Skyline View Drive 805 Singingwood 4831 Meadow Springs Drive 3055 Knight Road 470 Circle 4790 Warren Way 1274 Mark Twain 1785 Sharon Way 4875 Cool Springs Dr 4730 Pinesprings Drive 2624 Shadow Brook Court 3645 Brighton Way 3878 Vistacrest Dr 1203 Nixon Avenue 3695 Ranch Crest Drive 3654 Crestridge 2350 Wide Horizon Drive 3323 Marthiam Avenue 3056 Bramble Drive 3920 S Westpoint Dr. 1300 Monroe 3300 S Ranch Vista Court

Beds 3 3 2 4 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 3 4 2 4 4 3 5 3 3 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 3

LIST PRICE $18,500,000 $4,450,000 $2,699,000 $2,499,000 $1,500,000 $1,495,000 $1,460,000 $1,434,999 $1,399,000 $1,176,750 $1,100,000 $924,000 $899,000 $869,000 $855,000 $825,000 $815,000 $799,000 $775,000 $749,000 $699,500 $698,000 $693,000 $639,900 $624,900 $600,000 $599,000 $599,000 $599,000 $575,000 $569,900 $567,000 $559,900 $550,000 $550,000 $535,000 $535,000 $525,000 $519,900 $516,000 $499,000 $499,000 $489,500 $489,000 $480,000 $479,000 $475,000 $475,000 $474,900 $473,000

BEDS 4 7 4 4 3 5 6 4 6 4 4 5 4 4 5 3 5 5 4 5 3 4 3 3 5 5 2 4 4 3 4 4 4 6 3 3 4 4 3 3 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 4 3 4

Baths 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 1 2 2 2 3 2 2 1 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2

#GAR 2 2 1 2 3 2 3 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 2

Sq FT 2068 1628 1056 2013 1680 1587 2303 1416 2060 1809 1781 1188 2740 1185 1828 1989 1780 2760 1620 1959 1392 2565 2531 2207 2422 1991 1832 1831 2272

BATHS 5 7 5 3 2 4 6 4 6 5 3 5 3 4 3 2 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 3 5 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 3 2 3

SQ FT 19500 8868 7279 6385 3281 4168 10018 6516 5364 4707 2732 4269 3372 3746 3090 3220 3021 6441 5370 3634 2775 3342 4012 3272 3472 3026 2660 3506 2506 3107 3276 2984 3326 4056 2658 2816 3029 3514 2184 3152 4724 2747 2188 4040 3994 2021 2908 2828 2408 3403

#GAR 6 4 4 4 3 5 3 2 4 3 2 2 4 3 2 2 2 6 3 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 3

Year Built 2005 1940 1986 1941 1925 2006 2005 1963 1988 2006 1937 1940 1978 1965 1935 1952 1937 1988 1987 1986 1970 1992 1943 1967 2004 1934 2001 1958 2010 1984 1953 2002 1985 1997 1972 1986 1956 1973 1935 1972 1964 1985 1928 1990 1954 1944 2001 1982 2000 1976

DOM 629 651 195 388 64 34 22 36 245 804 179 40 23 11 83 126 47 13 201 29 451 18 251 32 151 7 42 32 18 321 83 5 357 11 5 224 13 42 130 125 231 41 33 224 73 19 123 11 49 15

ADDRESS 1175 Sentinel Circle 2140 Lakeridge Drive 1570 Kestrel Court 4900 Plumas Street 2310 Pleasure Drive 3470 Cashill Boulevard 2070 Driscoll Dr. 3040 Deer Run Drive 1230 Patrick Avenue 865 Monroe 701 Hillcrest Drive 2455 W Moana Lane 1450 Rainna Court 3237 Susileen Drive 2201 Hunter Lake Drive 3670 Ranch Crest 536 W Taylor Street 3608 Grand Teton Court 1190 Pineridge Drive 1785 Marla Dr 1181 Sageberry Court 2350 Overlook Court 4505 Tosco 2275 Wide Horizon 635 Saint Lawrence Avenue 3075 Natalie Street 4490 Interlaken Court 1601 Palisade Drive 2666 Chaparral Drive 3830 N Westpoint Drive 2100 Barnes Boulevard 4010 S Westpoint Drive 395 Chevy Chase Street 1460 Lillian Way 3640 Brighton Way 2160 Alamo Square Way 2790 Markridge Drive 1405 Humboldt Street 3995 Skyline Blvd. 2311 Sunrise 2735 Skyline Boulevard 1404 Patrick Street 220 Martin Street 2380 Gold Ridge Drive 4945 Pinesprings Drive 1635 Phillips Street 3865 Squaw Valley Circle 3443 Skyline View Dr. 1460 Rainna Court 3882 Vistacrest Drive

LIST PRICE $472,000 $469,900 $465,000 $450,000 $449,900 $445,000 $443,900 $440,000 $439,900 $439,000 $439,000 $429,000 $428,500 $427,700 $424,500 $399,900 $399,900 $399,000 $397,500 $395,000 $394,000 $389,000 $379,000 $375,000 $364,780 $359,000 $359,000 $350,000 $350,000 $350,000 $350,000 $350,000 $349,900 $349,900 $344,900 $344,900 $344,900 $330,000 $329,900 $329,900 $325,000 $325,000 $320,000 $319,000 $317,800 $315,000 $312,000 $310,500 $303,299 $300,000

SOLD HOMES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD Year Built 1992 1959 1950 1963 1987 1974 1977 1985 1974 1976 1968 1958 1977 1940 1959 1977 1986 1986 1986 1990 1939 1991 1990 1985 1986 1987 1993 1954 1995

DOM 146 44 149 103 39 109 89 89 123 34 43 32 140 23 9 25 301 210 32 49 75 167 330 26 51 60 41 36 131

Asking Price $269,900 $249,895 $265,000 $279,000 $263,000 $270,000 $282,000 $279,000 $285,900 $279,900 $289,900 $289,900 $299,900 $285,000 $299,900 $299,000 $299,500 $303,900 $299,500 $319,900 $337,500 $339,900 $329,000 $319,900 $320,000 $327,000 $350,000 $367,000 $342,900

Sold Price $250,000 $254,000 $255,000 $260,000 $263,000 $265,000 $265,000 $270,000 $277,675 $279,900 $280,000 $280,000 $283,000 $285,000 $290,000 $294,500 $299,500 $300,000 $305,500 $306,000 $320,000 $320,000 $320,000 $325,000 $325,000 $327,000 $335,000 $335,000 $341,300

Address 1530 Romero Way 620 Nixon Avenue 2865 Juliann Way 1165 Dennison Dr 5 Heath Circle 3705 Brighton Way 1535 Davidson Way 3195 Heatheridge 1020 Riverberry Drive 3594 Skyline View Drive 1145 Mayflower 2777 Mayberry 2001 Olympic Circle 3858 Cashill Blvd 2470 Thomas Jefferson 1450 Davidson Way 2105 Driscoll Drive 2215 Thomas Jefferson Drive 2366 Manzanita 1198 Sweetwater Drive 2210 Kona Court 1160 W Peckham Lane 4425 Dant Boulevard 2180 Hunter Lake 3392 Corey Drive 2535 Manzanita Lane 2201 Smokewood Court 3915 Nut Tree Lane

Beds 3 3 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 3 4 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 3 3

Baths 2 2 3 3 1 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3

BEDS 4 3 4 3 5 6 4 4 3 2 3 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 3 4 6 3 2 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 3 4 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 5

Sq FT 1962 1028 2928 3291 1919 2578 2487 2873 2615 2472 2615 3024 3016 2188 2232 2250 3471 3168 2550 2993 4128 3800 4142 4031 3462 3847 4186 3144

#GAR 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 3 0 2 2 2 3 2 3 3 2 2 2 3 6 3 3 3 2

BATHS 3 3 4 3 3 2 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 1 2 3 2 2 2 3 2

SQ FT 3734 3296 3429 2583 4282 3431 4002 2918 1807 1452 2622 4044 2512 2982 4040 3125 1400 3000 2232 3380 2860 1901 2008 2467 1464 2372 2104 2844 2054 1864 2702 2272 1720 1610 2366 2458 1883 1720 2313 1912 2532 1268 1311 1991 2084 1203 1578 1901 2238 3421

Year Built 1960 1928 1964 1958 1952 1988 1958 1996 1991 1986 1992 1950 1960 1989 1960 1946 1984 1984 1992 1974 1975 1974 1992 2009 2006 1996 1989 1969

DOM 63 58 84 114 189 87 191 260 41 137 44 0 152 55 37 22 29 62 130 84 283 456 141 429 56 61 153 526

#GAR 2 2 3 2 2 2 4 3 2 1 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 0 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2

Year Built 1970 1977 1991 1970 1969 1971 1977 2001 1941 1937 1965 1966 1977 1963 1961 1990 1942 1993 1955 1959 2002 1984 2001 1992 1971 1984 1987 1952 1986 1993 1962 1995 1963 1965 1986 2006 1964 2013 1978 1972 1962 1938 1927 1985 1986 2013 1972 1985 1977 1990

Asking Price $355,000 $349,900 $399,000 $370,000 $350,000 $359,900 $363,000 $379,900 $369,000 $389,000 $377,000 $379,000 $389,000 $413,500 $399,000 $379,000 $410,000 $450,000 $479,900 $475,000 $484,500 $494,900 $599,900 $575,000 $580,000 $599,900 $650,000 $669,000

DOM 48 22 225 62 38 174 123 29 60 95 26 204 96 57 92 134 18 39 31 14 188 46 5 53 16 81 70 81 53 35 21 20 84 42 46 29 8 42 173 146 90 21 46 57 4 158 4 35 20 311

Sold Price $343,000 $349,900 $350,000 $350,000 $350,000 $359,900 $360,000 $360,000 $364,000 $375,000 $377,000 $379,000 $385,000 $390,000 $399,000 $410,000 $410,000 $450,000 $450,000 $467,500 $470,000 $475,000 $539,500 $550,000 $560,000 $600,000 $630,000 $655,000

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