If you’re looking for a great place to live in Northern Nevada, then Spanish Springs might be the right place for you. North of Sparks, this neighborhood offers homebuyers more space and close by recreation, shopping, and jobs.
Housing in Spanish Springs tends to be lower density. Homes range from entry-level to new construction to higher-end homes on larger than average lots. If you have grown-up toys, boats or RVs, most neighborhoods in the area allow storage on property. Home prices range from near the regional median price and up.
Spanish Springs schools include Spanish Springs and Alice Taylor Elementary, Shaw Middle, Spanish Springs High School and the new Sky Ranch Middle School, opening fall 2019.
To get the inside scoop about buying a home in Spanish Springs and living there, I chatted with two of our Dickson agents. Both have lived in and represented the area for almost four decades combined. Here’s what Christy Klingler and Don Dees had to say about this neighborhood.
What is it like to live in Spanish Springs?
Don: Spanish Springs is one of the more popular areas in the Truckee Meadows for people to live. Families love it there, and so do retired people. You’re not stuck in the city. There’s a bit of rural feel to it, yet you’re still close to all the activities or conveniences you want.
Christy: Depending on the area, it feels like your childhood neighborhood. There are kids up and down the streets on bikes and scooters, outside playing at all hours of the day. It has such a neighborly feel, people drop off welcome gifts, get out and talk to each other and spend time together. I love that about Spanish Springs.
What kind of homes are for sale in Spanish Springs?
Christy: Most of the homes in Spanish Springs come with larger lots, giving you room for RVs or boat storage on your property. Some areas feature riding trails, so you can have your horse on your property and ride through the neighborhood. Rules and regulations from HOAs tend to be less restrictive than other parts of town. You can find homes priced in the mid $300,000s to custom properties in the $1 million or more range. Nearby, in Wingfield, you can find anything from condos, to small patio-style homes to custom homes on the golf course.
Don: There is a lot of diversity in housing. You can live in a neighborhood on a golf course in Wingfield Springs, or you can live in a bridle path home. You can have the space and ability to have RV parking or build a shop. There is also a lot of new home building in Spanish Springs. So, there are a lot of options as far as if you want new construction.
Is it expensive to buy a home in Spanish Springs?
Christy: Home prices, in comparison to other parts of Reno, are less expensive. It’s not entirely uncommon to see a $40,000 price difference from developers in homes out here versus other areas of town AND you get a much larger lot. HOA fees tend to be lower as well.
Don: The nice thing about Spanish Springs is if you want new, you can buy in the mid $300,000s. That’s the sweet spot for the average income in our region.
How far is Spanish Springs from Reno?
Don: You’re pretty close to Reno and downtown is about a 20 to 25-minute drive without traffic. For many people relocating from out of state, that traffic is nothing compared to what they’re used to. It’s also close to many other places in Northern Nevada. You’re close to Pyramid Lake for recreation, or you’re only a few highway exits from the Tahoe Regional Industrial Center.
Christy: A lot of the time, people will tell me they do not want to live in Sparks. I usually say, “OK, that’s fine, but just humor me, and let’s just go look at two homes.” Then they get out there, and they say, “Wow, I had no idea.”
What kind of Spanish Springs events and activities are popular?
Christy: It’s very family-oriented out here. Sports, such as baseball, co-ed softball, little league, or pop warner football, are all very big. Wrestling is pretty big out here too. You have people who own horses, trailers, or boats and spend a lot of time together and outside.
Don: Golden Eagle Regional Park is one of the largest sports complexes in the country and hosts many regional and national events. People also enjoy going to Lazy 5 Regional Park for its athletic and multi-purpose fields, barbecue and picnic areas, recreation programs, summer concert series, and water play park. The Spanish Springs Public Library has a tech bar and children’s STEAM toys and computers. At Andelin Family Farm, visitors can enjoy baby animal days, a pumpkin patch, corn maze, zombie paintball, and more.
What kind of shopping and dining can you find in Spanish Springs?
Don: Spanish Springs has excellent access to shopping, and it’s pretty much self-contained these days. You don’t have to leave the valley. We’ve got everything you need right there.
Christy: You’re no more than a few miles to get to all the biggest stores, such as Costco, Sprouts, Walmart, Best Buy, Kohls, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Nearby, you can also find restaurants, and medical facilities, including Reno Orthopedic Clinic, Renown and Saint Mary’s. Then if you add on another few miles, you’re at The Outlets at Legends with many shops & restaurants, an IMAX theater and Lowe’s. Aside from where work takes me, I never have to venture outside of this area.
There are so many reasons to love Spanish Springs. If you’d like to find out more about homes for sale in Spanish Springs, contact one of our neighborhood experts at the Dickson Realty Sparks Office.