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    Best area to live in Reno/Sparks area?

    Hey guys,
    I got transferred to the Reno/Sparks area for work, and I am currently looking for a house for when the wife and kids come up to the area. Right now they are back in ca until the house sells there. My question to you guys is, if you had two small kids to raise, where would you look at buying a home? Right now I have my eye on cold springs and Spanish springs. I drove out to Fernley today too.. It would be a bit of a commute, and I liked it out there but I'm hearing from other people that fernley is not the place to be. Is there any truth to that?
    Thanks for any insight you can provide.

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    I live in Cold Springs and like it, been here about 10 years. But..the commute can be a pain. If you can move your schedule around a bit or don't do the usual 8-5 shift getting into town isn't bad. i don't have kids, so i can't comment about schools and such. My wife has a Co worker who lives in Spanish Springs, and interestingly, their commute times to downtown are about the same.
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    The commute into Reno from the north valleys (panther, golden, lemmon, stead, red rock, cold springs) sucks from 6:30-9:00am


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    I live in Cold Springs and like it, been here about 10 years. But..the commute can be a pain. If you can move your schedule around a bit or don't do the usual 8-5 shift getting into town isn't bad. i don't have kids, so i can't comment about schools and such. My wife has a Co worker who lives in Spanish Springs, and interestingly, their commute times to downtown are about the same.
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    The commute into Reno from the north valleys (panther, golden, lemmon, stead, red rock, cold springs) sucks from 6:30-9:00am


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    Thanks for the input guys. As far as commuting I'm not worried about it too much, As my shift is from 1pm to 11pm so I won't be driving at peak traffic times. I drove up to cold springs and drove around the neighborhoods a bit today and I like it. My wife is set on living somewhere with trees but that seems to be difficult to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poriggity View Post
    Thanks for the input guys. As far as commuting I'm not worried about it too much, As my shift is from 1pm to 11pm so I won't be driving at peak traffic times. I drove up to cold springs and drove around the neighborhoods a bit today and I like it. My wife is set on living somewhere with trees but that seems to be difficult to find.
    What's your budget and requirements? You want more land or is a tract home on a postage stamp lot okay? What area of town are you working?

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    I live up in Virginia City. No trees here. If i had to do it again, Galena area off Mount Rose hiway. In the trees but not that far from stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    I live in Cold Springs and like it, been here about 10 years. But..the commute can be a pain. If you can move your schedule around a bit or don't do the usual 8-5 shift getting into town isn't bad. i don't have kids, so i can't comment about schools and such. My wife has a Co worker who lives in Spanish Springs, and interestingly, their commute times to downtown are about the same.
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    The commute into Reno from the north valleys (panther, golden, lemmon, stead, red rock, cold springs) sucks from 6:30-9:00am


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    Quote Originally Posted by cmarjeep View Post
    What's your budget and requirements? You want more land or is a tract home on a postage stamp lot okay? What area of town are you working?

    I'm working off of glendale ave in sparks. I would like to have land but at a minimum we need the following and are not opposed to a tract home..

    4 bedrooms or 3 bedrooms and a bonus room
    2 car garage minimum, 3 preferred
    Rv gate/parking preferred but not a deal breaker. Budget needs to be no more than $315k...

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    Cold Springs is a good place. If your from cali like myself, ignore the comments about traffic.
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    Hidden Valley may be a good spot if you work on Gendale. Some nicer older homes with lots of trees and a decent park right there. Really your budget kinda dictates where you live in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Trooper View Post
    Cold Springs is a good place. If your from cali like myself, ignore the comments about traffic.
    agreed. ive been in coldsprings for 15 years now. I live in lifestyle homes in the north part of the valley. I just bought my 3rd house from them; 4 bd 2 ba 3 car. I think with your budget youll get more house than you may in Spanish springs. I got two boys and the schools are fine. we open the garage nd drive the RZR right out to tons of trails. if you want the trees Davis and Frenchmans aren't far away and we have Dog valley on the south side of the freeway.

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    Take a look in SIlver Knolls, off at Red Rock and north about three miles. I don't think there are any lots under an acre, some are five. Just stay above the high water mark. Nobody really cares how many toys in the yard as long as the trash is kept under control. The Stead airport gets a little noisy now and then with the air races and the guard helo's.

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    Just missed the low 300k's boat in Spanish Springs I think. Last year I got a 5/3/3 for mid 300. 4-5 yrs before that I got a 3/2/3 for 170k. Seems like the bigger houses, 4-5bd, are finally starting to come up in price this last year.

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    We bought right near Reed High School 8 years ago and love the area well enough. But I want more land now that I'm about to have my second kiddo, and would have loved to have a three car garage. There are properties that intermix throughout my little region that fill this requirement, but as Mr. Scott says the prices are on their way up. Haven't found enough deal to make me move yet, but I do love this area.

    Try and find a home off of a main street. My street doesn't connect to any throughways, making it nice and quiet with no cut through traffic.
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    I live in Fernley and commute to Sparks. Love it. We can be in offroad in the middle of freaking no where in no time at all. I can see the Milkyway at night from my back yard (Heck even in the front yard under the street light I can see it).

    I hear the schools are so-so but we homeschool and don't care. I don't know what other people don't like about it. Maybe small towns aren't for everyone. But I can see mountains out of every window in my house and can get off pavement in less than 2 minutes. Suites me fine.

    The commute is long by distance but it is fast and traffic is light. I would rather do 35 minutes at full freeway speed (in petty mountains lined with wild horses) than 20 minutes of suburban stop-and-go.

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    If your wife wants mature trees, some nicer options are Old Southwest, Hidden Valley, Galena, or Verdi. It'll take some patience but you should be able to find something in that budget, especially if you get a place that has some deferred maintenance.

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    The area south of idlewild park has trees and schools. Traffic from the schools and park can be a pain but its a nice area.

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    Blue Jay is a nice area, my brother has a cabin there and my sister lives in Big Bear. I can see where you'd want trees. What kind of work do you do ? Just curious, my office is right off Glendale.

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    We live out in Spanish springs and love it here. Nice neighborhood, easy access to trails, decent lot size for trailers and our dogs. HOA can be a little annoying with certain things in our neighborhood however, but that's about the only negative. Much more quiet out here than 'in town'. We've lived in south Reno and Northwest as well, much prefer Sparks in general.
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    what budget are you on? lifestyle? many factors..... welcome to NV
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    I'm up at the back of golden valley and couldnt be happier. over an acre, mature trees, cool house from the 70's thats "not just another tract home", right adjacent to BLM so i can just take off into the desert whenever I want....etc.

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    Cold Springs is pretty nice but getting bigger and about to get a LOT bigger with the new developments they have planned. All with no plans to widen the highway beyond two lanes into town. You wouldnt have a problem with your work hours though. Schools are fine Ive heard. There is awesome BLM access right now for endless riding but this will also be severely cut down in the future from new development. Prices are high right now and rising but you may be able to find something in your budget. Although there are some nice fixed up homes, the older neighborhood (where I live, for another couple weeks at least) is fairly run down. Id say a general mix of nice and shit properties. The newer neighborhoods are HOA and seem to have higher crime, especially Woodland Village. Personally, I would look for somewhere more rural with more property but prices for that will rise significantly. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Marneaus View Post
    I'm up at the back of golden valley and couldnt be happier. over an acre, mature trees, cool house from the 70's thats "not just another tract home", right adjacent to BLM so i can just take off into the desert whenever I want....etc.
    We must be neighbors, you just described my house

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    Since no one has really mentioned it yet I'll throw Northwest Reno into the hat. I live 2 min from Trail access to Peavine, quiet neighborhood, and the schools in the NW are good and close together. I wish we had a little more room, but that's about the only negative for my family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cole View Post
    Cold Springs is pretty nice but getting bigger and about to get a LOT bigger with the new developments they have planned. All with no plans to widen the highway beyond two lanes into town. You wouldnt have a problem with your work hours though. Schools are fine Ive heard. There is awesome BLM access right now for endless riding but this will also be severely cut down in the future from new development. Prices are high right now and rising but you may be able to find something in your budget. Although there are some nice fixed up homes, the older neighborhood (where I live, for another couple weeks at least) is fairly run down. Id say a general mix of nice and shit properties. The newer neighborhoods are HOA and seem to have higher crime, especially Woodland Village. Personally, I would look for somewhere more rural with more property but prices for that will rise significantly. Hope this helps.
    Gotta dispute the higher crime in W/V. Pretty quiet here. Most crime is due to bored teens getting into unlocked cars. HOA is reasonable, control the weeds, put your shit behind the fence and things are fine. Most lots have RV access.

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