When moving to a new city, you not only have the city to explore, but the outlying neighborhoods. While some of the neighborhoods in the Reno/Sparks are easily defined, some are considered to be individual communities.
The first major areas are Reno and Sparks. Reno is the main city in northern Nevada and Sparks used to be considered the bedroom city to Reno, but it has since outgrown even its walls. Reno has a population of 236,995 and neighboring Sparks has 94,708.
Downtown Reno is usually known for the fun and excitement with casinos, shopping and restaurants, but there is also a crop on condos right in the heart of downtown.
Sparks is northeast of Reno and was originally where most residents lived, who worked in Reno. Being that it was originally a bedroom community to Reno, Sparks is filled with many neighborhoods and homes in close proximity to each other. Sparks is not only a neighborhood, but is also its own city.
Near downtown Reno, the old southwest was a hot spot in the early years in Reno and has since stayed a desirable location with many historic homes that have been well preserved. With the mature landscaping and homes, the old southwest has many unique houses.
Donner Springs used to be the edge of Reno in the 1970s and 80s, but with the growth in the area, it is now a great well established community right on the fringe of downtown. Minutes to the major freeways, yet a very residential area, Donner Springs combines convenience and proximity.
Near Donner Springs and against the mountains is Hidden Valley. Hidden Valley is a quiet neighborhood off the main roads with no through traffic and a large regional park located within their community. Hidden Valley is also home to two golf courses, one public and one private.
South Meadows/Double Diamond
One of Reno’s newest neighborhoods, South Meadows and Double Diamond is located outside of downtown Reno area and is filled with larger, stucco style homes. This area is closer to Mount Rose and has great views of the city to the east and mountains to the west.
Damonte Ranch was a master planned community that has grown to include houses, condos, apartments and plenty of open areas. It is primarily a filled with homes and not any commercial buildings, with one exception of a shopping center with a few big box stores, some small businesses and restaurants.
Midtown is an eclectic mix of restaurants, shopping and various small businesses. Just south of downtown Reno, Midtown has recently been revitalized and has become a diverse neighborhood with many of the older homes converted to businesses. Even with all of this conversion, there are still many places to live in Midtown which makes for a quick walk to fun.
Located north of Sparks and on the outskirts of the area, Spanish Springs is primarily filled with single family homes; however, a large shopping center was recently built between Sparks and Spanish Springs. Many of the homes in Spanish Springs are on large lots with lots of open space. Further north is a rural area known as Palomino Valley and even further north is Pyramid Lake.
Located north of Reno on the east side of Peavine Mountain, but part of Reno, the North Valleys are made up of several smaller communities. North Valleys is comprised of Lemmon Valley, Golden Valley, Panther Valley, Cold Springs, Red Rock and Stead. On the outer boundary of Reno, the North Valleys are comprised of larger lots with many of them available as horse property.
Located west of Reno right on the California border, Verdi is a charming small town that has become popular for residents who are looking for the small town living but are willing to make the short commute to Reno or a little longer commute to work in California. Located near the mountains, Verdi has great hiking with Crystal Peak nearby.
Virginia City Highlands
Between south Reno and Virginia City, in Storey County, this area has many large lots with several of them open and ready for you to build your custom home. With great views including Slide Mountain and Mount Rose, the Virginia City Highlands has some of the most enviable views in the area.
Somersett is located in northwest Reno and is a completely master planned community of over 3700 homes. With a golf course, recreation center and natural hiking and biking trails, these are just a few of the perks included for every resident in Somersett.
Galena/Montreux/St James Village
Located southwest Reno, Galena, Montreux and St James Village are on the way to Mount Rose. Located in a secluded forested area with towering pines, Montreux has the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course in Nevada. It has become famous over the last few years as a stop on the PGA tour with the Barracuda Championship.
South of Reno and on the way to Carson City is a rural area called Pleasant Valley/Steamboat. With many of the homes on average size lots, Pleasant Valley/Steamboat is a quiet neighborhood and is a great place to get away from it all without going too far.
The Reno/Sparks area has a variety of neighborhoods whether you like the fun and excitement of downtown or the quiet days in the country. Come see what Reno/Sparks has to offer.