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Old 05-28-2018, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I might be able to give some better perspective on this. I live in Denver and I am in Vegas 2-3 times a month for work. I have the option to live in Vegas and in a lot of ways it would simplify my life, but I much prefer Denver. With that being said, I have grown to appreciate Vegas a lot more.

Vegas has a lot going on that it didn’t a few years ago. It’s starting to become more of a real city than just a gambling destination. I’ve found it really amazing to see how much local pride there is nowthan compared to a decade ago. The NHL team has become rallying point for that pride. What a cool story to follow this year.

As for clubs and celebrity chef restaurant options, Vegas is off the charts as one would imagine. If you’re in to that scene (especially the club bit), Vegas is going to crush Denver. Summerlin, where I usually stay, is a very nice suburb and the cost of housing is significantly cheaper than Denver. I could trade my city home in Denver for something twice as big and half the price.

Red Rock Canyon is spectacular for hiking and offers world class rock climbing.

Here are the reasons I’ve elected not to make the move:

-While there are nice suburbs, there are no walkable city neighborhoods with character like those that make up the city of Denver. Everything in Vegas feels like a cookie cutter suburb. I love have big mature trees lining my neighborhood street and I love being able to walk to bars, restaurants and shops. That doesn’t really exist in LV

-Skiing is a big part of my life. I like having access to world class skiing. People I know in Vegas who like to ski end up driving to Brian Head in Utah 3 hours away. It’s not the same as being at A-Basin in an hour and change or Vail in an hour and a half

-The heat, my god the heat! I am just miserable on the 110 degree days and I like snow in the winter. I also like that in Denver it cools down enough almost every night in the summer that we can have windows open. Not a chance in Vegas.

-The culture. Each city has its own quirks. In Vegas it’s much more about what you drive and what you wear. In Denver it’s more about how many ski days you got or which fourteeners you climbed.

-The schools. I know this isn’t an issue for you, but I just really do not like the vibes at the schools in Vegas. Most people I know go private school there and almost all the private schools are religious. That’s a non starter for me. Dawson is the only non religious private school and I like the options in Denver much more.

-Denver’s live music scene is better for the type of music I like. The venues are better too. I like theaters more than what Vegas offers and Red Rocks Amphitheater is the best in the world.

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Old 05-28-2018, 06:51 PM
 
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Vegas.

Denver is suffering growing pains and a ridiculous and unreasonable cost of living.

Vegas is growing fast too, but not fast to the point that is dropping the quality of life in the area. Imo Denver definitely has better weather than Vegas which is absurdly hot. Denver has a 4 season climate but none of them are extreme.

Despite this, if I was in your shoes I would still choose Vegas unless you have a lot of money and can tolerate congestion and absurd amounts of transplants on the daily.
Yeah it does seem like Denver got super expensive out of nowhere.
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Valle Luna, Phoenix, AZ
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I might be able to give some better perspective on this. I live in Denver and I am in Vegas 2-3 times a month for work. I have the option to live in Vegas and in a lot of ways it would simplify my life, but I much prefer Denver. With that being said, I have grown to appreciate Vegas a lot more.

Vegas has a lot going on that it didnít a few years ago. Itís starting to become more of a real city than just a gambling destination. Iíve found it really amazing to see how much local pride there is nowthan compared to a decade ago. The NHL team has become rallying point for that pride. What a cool story to follow this year.

As for clubs and celebrity chef restaurant options, Vegas is off the charts as one would imagine. If youíre in to that scene (especially the club bit), Vegas is going to crush Denver. Summerlin, where I usually stay, is a very nice suburb and the cost of housing is significantly cheaper than Denver. I could trade my city home in Denver for something twice as big and half the price.

Red Rock Canyon is spectacular for hiking and offers world class rock climbing.

Here are the reasons Iíve elected not to make the move:

-While there are nice suburbs, there are no walkable city neighborhoods with character like those that make up the city of Denver. Everything in Vegas feels like a cookie cutter suburb. I love have big mature trees lining my neighborhood street and I love being able to walk to bars, restaurants and shops. That doesnít really exist in LV

-Skiing is a big part of my life. I like having access to world class skiing. People I know in Vegas who like to ski end up driving to Brian Head in Utah 3 hours away. Itís not the same as being at A-Basin in an hour and change or Vail in an hour and a half

-The heat, my god the heat! I am just miserable on the 110 degree days and I like snow in the winter. I also like that in Denver it cools down enough almost every night in the summer that we can have windows open. Not a chance in Vegas.

-The culture. Each city has its own quirks. In Vegas itís much more about what you drive and what you wear. In Denver itís more about how many ski days you got or which fourteeners you climbed.

-The schools. I know this isnít an issue for you, but I just really do not like the vibes at the schools in Vegas. Most people I know go private school there and almost all the private schools are religious. Thatís a non starter for me. Dawson is the only non religious private school and I like the options in Denver much more.

-Denverís live music scene is better for the type of music I like. The venues are better too. I like theaters more than what Vegas offers and Red Rocks Amphitheater is the best in the world.
Isn't Mount Charleston an hour away? Can't you ski there? Granted it's not like what's in Colorado but... there's still a closer option right?
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:26 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I would go with Vegas.
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Isn't Mount Charleston an hour away? Can't you ski there? Granted it's not like what's in Colorado but... there's still a closer option right?
It is, but the people I know who live there and like to ski drive to Utah.
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Old 05-29-2018, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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One other thing I completely neglected in my first post is the existence of a downtown. Vegas doesn’t have one in the traditional sense. It’s a big part of why Vegas just feels like a giant suburb and not a city. Some people don’t care about this and some care a lot.
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:15 AM
 
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One other thing I completely neglected in my first post is the existence of a downtown. Vegas doesnít have one in the traditional sense. Itís a big part of why Vegas just feels like a giant suburb and not a city. Some people donít care about this and some care a lot.
True. People forget that the strip isn't downtown.
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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One other thing I completely neglected in my first post is the existence of a downtown. Vegas doesnít have one in the traditional sense. Itís a big part of why Vegas just feels like a giant suburb and not a city. Some people donít care about this and some care a lot.
Vegas has a downtown, and it is actually one of the nightlife hubs of the Las Vegas Valley, centered around Las Vegas Blvd and Fremont St, and is more pedestrian friendly than car friendly
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Denver
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One other thing I completely neglected in my first post is the existence of a downtown. Vegas doesnít have one in the traditional sense. Itís a big part of why Vegas just feels like a giant suburb and not a city. Some people donít care about this and some care a lot.
Your kidding right? Vegas has an awesome and lively downtown.
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Old 05-29-2018, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Vegas has a downtown, and it is actually one of the nightlife hubs of the Las Vegas Valley, centered around Las Vegas Blvd and Fremont St, and is more pedestrian friendly than car friendly
I visit Fremont probably once a month. Itís called ďdowntownĒ but itís not a real city downtown in the traditional sense of an urban downtown like Denver or other large cities have.
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