If you are considering relocating to Northern Nevada and the Reno Sparks area you might consider the Spanish Springs area neighborhoods.  Spanish Springs is located north of Sparks and is included in the MLS areas 184 (West Spanish Springs) and 185 (East Spanish Springs). In some of this article, Spanish Springs will be combined as the area is very similar, but the housing statistics will be separated as East Spanish Springs is slightly different than West Spanish Springs. While these two areas are known as East and West Spanish Springs, there is smaller neighborhood in each that is separated into its own area.  In West Spanish Springs is Pebble Creek and in East Spanish Springs is Bridle Path. The average asking price in East is $410,000 and $315,000 in West. They both average 3.6 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths.  East has larger garages with 3.5, square footage at 2520, acreage at 3.9 and the average homes built 1999.  West has an average of 3 garages, 2085 square feet, 0.67 acres and the average age of many of the homes is twenty years old. East Spanish Springs, especially Bridal Path, was built specifically for horse owners and riders.  Bridle Path has many horse paths and plenty of room to keep your horses on property with many of the lots having a minimum of one acre. Although Spanish Springs is outside of the Reno, Sparks city limits it is still a reasonable commute with an average time to downtown Reno at about 25 minutes.

The largest park in the area is Lazy 5 Regional Park and is located on the south end of Spanish Springs. At Lazy 5 Regional Park, you can reserve the Cottonwood Room for indoor events or large parties, or there are several outdoor pavilions and picnic areas with barbeque areas and horseshoe pits. In addition to a large athletic field, volleyball courts and soccer fields, Lazy 5 also has playgrounds, a skateboard park and the Melio Gaspari Water Play Park.  A neighborhood park, Desert Winds Park features a small picnic area with a playground, horseshoe pits and grassy area. Located next to Shaw Middle School, Eagle Canyon Park contains two Little League baseball fields, a soccer field, exercise course, basketball court, horseshoe pits, playgrounds and picnic areas. Next to Alyce Taylor Elementary School is Gator Swamp Park. This has a multi-purpose field for soccer, football or Little League along with horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, playgrounds, picnic areas and a walking path. Sky Ranch Park is another area park with a Little League baseball field. There is also a playground, picnic areas and other multi-purpose fields. For more information on these and other Reno Sparks NV family parks, please visit Washoe County Parks at https://www.washoecounty.us/parks/parks/park_directory/pah_rah_district/index.php.

In The Lazy 5 Regional Park is the Spanish Springs Library. It is a large, octagonal building with a 64 foot ceiling over the atrium. Inspired by local Native American designs, the Spanish Springs Library features petroglyphs from local caves and rocks and the carpeting inside the atrium reflects a traditional Paiute basket weave pattern. Inside, you will find an art gallery and cozy fireplace with comfortable seating. There are over 40 computers, a Tech Bar, children’s STEM toys and computers and an ADA computer station with a Braille keyboard and printer. With the entire family in mind for this library, amenities include a the Neil J. Redfield Foundation young People’s Library with STEM games and toys, a separate Story Time room and children’s computers with games. Teens are given a comfortable area with the Teen Zone and eight computers dedicated to this area and room for study groups or projects.

For Washoe County School District, Spanish Springs is zoned for Spanish Springs High School, Shaw Middle School and three elementary schools, Alice Taylor Elementary, Jesse Hall Elementary and Spanish Springs Elementary.

Aside from a few stand alone stores and restaurants, the closest shopping center is in South Spanish Springs at Sparks Galleria and Spanish Springs Crossing.  This shopping area includes restaurants and many chain retail stores such as Home Depot, Costco, Michaels and Best Buy. Across the street on Pyramid Highway is Wal-Mart and Kohls.

Prior to being developed, Spanish Springs was home to the historic Sky Ranch Airport which held the 1964 and 1965 Reno Air Races. Years later, rocket engines for the space program were tested on this airfield. Now, it is home to a small airport called the Spanish Springs Airport. The Lazy 5 regional Park also held another life before becoming a park.  It was once used by Harold’s Gun Club for skeet shooting tournaments that brought many nationally ranked shooters to Reno and Sparks.

If you are looking to relocate to a quiet neighborhood that is outside of Reno and Sparks, Nevada city limits, but still close enough to have a fairly short commute to Reno, Spanish Springs is the place to bring your horses, trucks and RVs.