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Sparks may seem to be only a suburb of Reno to some. However, its history and culture differentiates it from Reno, making it a city with its own identity and pride. Located 15 minutes from downtown Reno and four miles east of Reno’s city limits, locals in the outer Sparks region live among the hills of northern Nevada and enjoy all the outdoor activities it entails. Meanwhile, residents live close enough to Reno to enjoy shows, nightlife, pub crawls and more in the downtown area.

Because Sparks contains its own large shopping mall and recreational park, residents rarely need to venture outside of the area to find entertainment in all aspects of small-town and city life. With its quintessential Nevada history and amenities, locals feel glad to call Sparks their home.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Sparks, NV is $730 for a studio, $973 for one bedroom, $1,173 for two bedrooms, and $1,444 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Sparks has increased by 15.2% in the past year.

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Studio
363
$730
1 BR
692
$973
2 BR
931
$1,173
3 BR
1,190
$1,444
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Ratings

59 Walk Score® Somewhat Walkable
28 Transit Score® Some Transit
67 Bike Score® Bikeable

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Restaurants

With a number of hometown restaurants, along with bars and music venues, Sparks locals only need to travel to the city's main shopping areas for food, drinks and fun. Travelers journey to the main hubs on Los Altos Parkway or in Victorian Square to try out what the city has to offer.

Go to Great Basin Brewing Company for fresh craft drinks and excellent pub fare. Try the fish and chips to eat lightly-battered white fish and garlic fries. Order an Icky IPA or one of the other fine beer choices to wash down your meal while watching the goings-on in the middle of Victorian Square.

Those living in the outer Sparks areas can go to the closer shopping plaza at Los Altos Parkway and Vista Boulevard. While there, visit Pinocchio's Bar and Grill for premium barbecue. Taste the flatbread appetizer first, and take advantage of a great cut of prime rib. The food tastes even better paired with a pumpkin spice-tini.

Reno features many sushi spots, with some of the best all-you-can-eat prices on the West Coast. The Joint Sushi and Grill rivals Hiroba and the Sushi Piers in Reno with its fresh, high-quality sushi. Try the mussels appetizer, and follow it with the Highway roll, made with avocado, salmon and sauces. Finish your sushi with a mochi dessert.

Stay around the Vista Boulevard area in outer Sparks for a drink at the Blind Onion. With pizza and drinks galore, you can spend your night hanging out with Sparks locals at one of the Reno-Sparks area's most well-known pizza joints.

Located right off the freeway, Atomic Bootlegger Lounge welcomes you after a busy weekday with a wide selection of both craft beers and old standards on tap. Locals claim this place makes a great spot for watching the games, and the staff here provides service with a smile. Check out the unique decorations as you sip your suds.

History

Sparks sprang into existence in 1903 when the Southern Pacific Railway Company decided to build a new station east of Reno. Moving its previous location in Wadsworth, the company offered to move Wadsworth employees to the new site free of charge. As a result, the Wadsworth employees who won the railroad’s lottery picked up and moved to Sparks. To this day, Sparks folks appreciate their railroad roots and consider their town to be quite different than neighboring Reno.

To learn more about Sparks, go to the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center to view a restored schoolhouse and a vintage steam locomotive. For arts and entertainment, head to downtown Reno to view art galleries or to visit the Dance City Performing Arts Center and possibly take dance classes. Check out the BrewHaHa beer festivals at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, or visit the Sparks Marina for regular events and festivals.

Transportation

Most Sparks residents get around by driving their cars. While biking presents itself as a possibility in the flatter areas of the city, residents find it much easier to drive to get to their destinations. While walking for exercise suits many locals, walking to handle daily errands takes a long time in the widespread neighborhoods in outer Sparks.

RTC Ride’s route 21 takes travelers to Sparks Marina, but outer Sparks does not benefit from any public transportation. You can certainly call a cab from Reno Sparks Cab Company to get around, but don’t count on a public ride-sharing service in this area.

Driving to Reno takes less than 30 minutes due to the proximity to Interstate 80. Locals find parking in the city to be easy most of the time, with the exception of the Victorian Square area at peak visitor hours on the weekends. Get some exercise biking in Sparks by using the bike lanes, but watch out for cars traveling at high speeds on Pyramid Highway.

Cost

Similar to Reno, Sparks has a slightly higher cost of living than the national average. Generally, a one-bedroom apartment costs $732 per month on average. To get back and forth from the Sparks Marina, plan to spend $2 on a one-way ticket with RTC Ride. Purchase a monthly pass for $65 if you need to travel frequently via bus.

Like other Reno neighborhoods, the average price of gas in Sparks costs approximately only 2 percent more than the national average. Plan to spend about $3.50 on a craft beer at a local pub when you go out.

Shopping

Shopping in Sparks centers on the Outlets at Legends. This large mall includes the Galaxy IMAX Theater, the Nike Factory Store, Banana Republic, the Converse Outlet, and Scheels, a large sporting goods store. Go to the Coach Factory Store and Designer Fragrance for high-end handbags, perfumes, and colognes.

For designer clothing at affordable prices, head to the Niche Boutique on Los Altos Parkway for dresses, jewelry and home decor. Choose wall plaques, fleur-de-lis motifs and more decorative additions to your home.

The nearest grocery store to outer Sparks, Raley's, serves many locals in that area. Head down to central Sparks for stores such as Grocery Outlet, SaveMart,and Smith's. Visit Blue Ribbon Meat Co. on Prater Way to pick up fresh meat from a local butcher. Travel to Reno for the Sands Farmers Market and the Village Center Farmers Market, where you'll find fresh produce, organic food, homemade gifts, and more.

If you're a pickle lover, visit Nevada Brining Company for all things pickled, including onions, carrots, green apples, and even cauliflower. Pick up a jar of boozy pickles, which are made with whiskey from the Las Vegas Distillery, or purchase some brine and make your own tasty pickles at home.

Parks

Golden Eagle Regional Park, the largest public works project in the history of Sparks, opened in 2008 and accommodates sports fans. The free 100-acre park hosts six softball fields, two baseball fields, a stadium-sized football and soccer field and more multi-purpose fields. Hold your sports events and parties at Golden Eagle, or simply play a game with your children. Enter for free, but don’t bring your dog inside. Instead, take your pooch outside the gates and onto a nearby walking path.

The most popular park in the area, Sparks Marina, centers on a 77-acre lake. Windsurf, sail and swim on the lake in the summer, or play on the volleyball courts. Children love the playgrounds, and dogs adore the nearby dog park. Eat at the open concession stand during the summer and enjoy the nice weather at the marina.

The Sparks Marina hosts many events year-round, including adventure days and charity runs. Take your kids to the Boys & Girls Kids’ Day for kid-friendly activities and a fun barbecue.

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Apartments for Rent in Outer Sparks, Sparks, NV

Sparks may seem to be only a suburb of Reno to some. However, its history and culture differentiates it from Reno, making it a city with its own identity and pride. Located 15 minutes from downtown Reno and four miles east of Reno’s city limits, locals in the outer Sparks region live among the hills of northern Nevada and enjoy all the outdoor activities it entails. Meanwhile, residents live close enough to Reno to enjoy shows, nightlife, pub crawls and more in the downtown area.

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