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Old 07-27-2007, 07:38 PM
 
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Is it that bad in the bullhead city/laughlin area? My parents were there last year to check it out before we made a final decision to move there and they loved it. They loved the town and the atmosphere there. I've read that there is nothing to do there, you should live where I'm at in Florida. There is not one thing to do here but sit in your house unless you want to travel an hour or so. Is laughlin going to be building up. I'm planning to rent an apartment in the crown point apartments. Any comments about that place? I do have a toddler and was also wondering if it is family oriented? I would appreciate any comments you have. Thank-you.
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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People live in Bullhead because housing is cheaper and all shopping is on BH side of the river except the resturants in the casinos. Why people would put their money into 400-500g homes in BHC is beyond me! BE VERY CAREFUL IF THINKING OF MOVING! There's nothing to do here unless your at the river or in a casino which is fine if on vacation. But I know from 1st hand experience that grows old real fast. Schools are horrible if you have kids! Wages are at the bottom of barrel here. Casino workers including dealers make avg.$min.wage if they're lucky. waitreses etc.$2-3 hr. Everyone who has to work in service industry relies on tips to feed thier families. There's drugs on every corner. But if you like a wind chill of 120+F & Meth dealers on every corner come on out!
Bingo!

Except I did make rather decent $$$ at a tire shop doing brake and suspension work.

The irony for me at least was since I am 'clean' (NO drugs, tobacco nor alcohol); I almost had the 'pick of the litter' re: finding work.

But; it was not enough to hold me along the River-------the same reasons that endeared me to my employer were to my detriment in my social life.

In fact: a former co-worker suggested that I take up drinking and smoking to 'fit in'--------I almost told him to F himself. Especially being that this idiot insists on still driving despite a suspended license courtesy of two DUI's.
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Old 08-04-2007, 11:23 AM
 
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METH is NOT sold on every corner and the temps are NOT 120F+. Yes, METH is a problem in this town, but it is a problem everywhere you go!!!!! The temps reach 120 in the summer, but not all the time and for sure not everyday!!! Hello, it is Summer and it is the desert. Schools do not cater to those who can't speak English, so I am not sure where anyone got the information that the schools were horrible. I worked in an Elementary school and if you didn't speak English you weren't given special treatment at all.

I don't actually live in the city limits of Bullhead, but I know for a fact it isn't as bad as everyone giving the negative feedback says it is. The oldest part of town is not somewhere I would want to live, but that is my choice, so if you plan to relocate anywhere you need to do your homework. There are good and bad things everywhere you go.

Moving here from L.A. County was a breath of fresh air, even though stifling at times, and I would never go back to the traffic, dirty air, too many people, and foreign country atmosphere again!!

Personally, I think Laughlin Ranch is a joke! It's just a community that houses the want to be rich here and it is a failing community now with all the financial issues it is going thru, including auctioning off some of the land. The developer had big visions and now you don't hear much from him anymore. Unless you choose an overpriced custom built home you will live on a street with cookie cutter houses.

The show "VIVA LAUGHLIN" coming in the fall may bring some notice to Laughlin, which it is in desperate need of. The town needs to clean up their act and these casinos need to start aiding in the cost of this as well. Living across the river from Laughlin and visiting a casino or two on a weekly basis I have seen some of the deterioration and I have only lived here 2 years. If this new TV show brings any notoriety to Laughlin that will be quickly lost if things aren't changed quickly.
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Old 08-04-2007, 02:17 PM
 
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td425,

Cannot tell you about Crown Point other than it has been said here that it is okay - if not the best. I too will soon be looking into the possibly living there. If you move in by September, I'd appreciate your comments on it.

Yes, it's hard to believe those who say there's nothing to do in Laughlin - as it makes me wonder what they like doing.

I too have lived in towns where there was no river or lakes nearby, no casinos (I care about them mostly for their entertainment and restaurants/buffets - not gambling,) few, if any, affordable golf courses, etc.

For me that's plenty to do - and not even taking into account Vegas 90 minutes away.

So although the summer heat does discourage me about the area, I will just plan to be far away as possible during as much of July and August as possible.

Brandnewme,

I would be interested in knowing what you mean about Laughlin's "deterioration" - and needing to "clean up it's act."

I have visited there briefly, and it looked pretty nice from what I saw - like a mini-Vegas.

Any further comments/info would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:40 AM
 
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Visiting you wouldn't see a lot of what needs to be taken care of. The roads in and out of Laughlin are in real need of repair. There are some pot holes that would total your car. Some of the casinos are really in need of a new paint job. The Colorado Belle is the one you can notice the most by just walkin up to it. Along the river there is a sidewalk that allows you to enjoy the river while getting from casino to casino and there is trash galore! The casinos need to start taking responsibility in keeping up the image because people will stop coming. There is a local TV show you can watch online http://www.tv2klbc.com and it's interesting if you care to watch. You can see them bantor back and forth and local issues are discussed. The owner, Bruce Clark, is the owner of the station and we watch everyday.

Laughlin is in Clark County and so is Las Vegas. That being said Las Vegas would like to think Laughlin doesn't exist and it almost seems like Las Vegas is its own state. Laughlin has a very hard time getting anything done. Thanks to a few locals and this TV show their voice is finally being heard. Everyone living in Laughlin has to drive across the river for practically everything.

I like Laughlin and haven't been to Las Vegas in years and hope I don't have to go again. The only reason I go to that area now is shopping and visiting relatives. Bullhead City is growing and we are going to get some of the stores I need and that will enable me to stay in this area very soon.

Yes, it is a hot place to live during the summer, but everything else is great.
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Old 08-19-2007, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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Unfortunately; I can understand 'brandnewme's' points about Laughlin-------it has barely grown along Casino Dr in the last 15 years.

Early in 2005 I was dating a woman who worked in one of the casinos dealing with group tours-------the problem was she was only being paid $7-8 an hour.

The sad part was that same job paid $10-12 in Vegas------and, rentals are not that much higher there compared to the River area.

As I posted earlier; I made pretty decent $$$ but the lack of amenities for people who do not drink, smoke, gamble, etc. is poor.

One decent indie coffeehouse in Mohave County may have influenced me to not not return to the Phx area last summer.
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Old 08-19-2007, 01:07 PM
 
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Bear,

I drink modestly (mostly red wine,) smoke about 5 cigars per week, and like to play penny slots occasionally (but I can easily refrain from doing so if I'm not "feeling lucky") - so that combined with river activities, reasonably priced (I hope) golf, good to great restaurants, and the various entertainment groups that come to town - and there would then be about 100 times more for me to do there than anywhere else I've lived for the last 40 years. (I just hope they also have shooting ranges and fishing lakes.)

I'm retired, so the lack of good paying jobs would have no effect upon me.

Brandnewme,

Thank you for that good report, and I'm glad to hear you still like Laughlin.

Yes, I briefly visited the Belle, and DID think it could use a new coat of paint. One would think casino owners would want their places to shine as best as possible, considering all of the competition. I've also heard that the Belle's rooms are shabby.

That riverwalk you mention didn't look too bad when I was there - but, admittedly, I only saw a short portion of it.

Anyway, I certainly agree with you that Laughlin's "city fathers" and casino owners need to keep up its appearence and amenities.

Maybe with the new TV program coming this Fall (if it survives more than a week,) Laughlin will try to clean itself up a bit to match the image of the show. I hope so.

Anyway, it does sound like Laughlin is the place to live in that area, and I will be reconing it sometime next month for rentals.
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:28 PM
 
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Low Roller,

I can't give you any info about the crown point apts until dec. I am definately moving there the first week, so as soon as I get set up, I'll let you know what I think. Despite all the negative I've heard, I'm still moving there b/c anywhere is better then where I live. The heat I can put up with b/c there's no humidity so it doesn't feel as hot as it does here in Florida. Thanks for everyone's comments. The more the better.
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Small town Texas, from Southern California
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Hi all just a word on the area BHC has a lot of plans for alot of new shopping that even with the down turn in economy will still be built so a lot of new shopping and restraunts coming soon. The area has a lot of nice restraunts in the casinos go there at least 10 times a year and if you like to boat or fish its great. Now as far as work goes i think you are going to be stuck with the casinos due to construction really slowing down in the resedential sector. Ive built many homes and the construction at Laughlin ranch is up to par although i dont agree with the prices and never did , the poor people that paid 650k to buy a house in there ouch barely worth half of that now what a tough payment to make every month. If you are into sking fishing quads motorcycles and the desert you will love it and you know what they say about the heat 120 its a dry heat hahaha bye for now
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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Low Roller,

I can't give you any info about the crown point apts until dec. I am definately moving there the first week, so as soon as I get set up, I'll let you know what I think. Despite all the negative I've heard, I'm still moving there b/c anywhere is better then where I live. The heat I can put up with b/c there's no humidity so it doesn't feel as hot as it does here in Florida. Thanks for everyone's comments. The more the better.
You are 100% correct about Fla weather being ghastly courtesy of the humidity-----I lived near W Palm Beach during the summer of 1982.

Despite the 20-30 degree higher temps along the River; it feels no hotter.
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