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Old 09-02-2011, 03:47 AM
 
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Default MY Thoughts on Vegas After One Year

Well the end of August marks my first year living in Las Vegas. Here are some of my observations:

1. The locals have some really amazing stories of the boom era. Someone is going to write a book or screenplay about the 2000-2008 housing/development boom in LV and make a killing.

2. The same people who lived through the housing boom have gone from unbridled optimism to unfounded pessimism. There's still food on the shelves, the water flows when you turn the faucet, and motorcycle gangs don't rule the streets. Relax.

3. The heat wasn't as bad as I expected, but the wind is worse than I could of imagined. As someone who doesn't drive, I usually walk where ever I want to go. I've had broken glass fly in my eye!

4. Speaking of walking, I simply assumed the Strip would be the most walkable area to live. If I knew what I know now, I may of went with a condo off the strip, One Queens Ridge perhaps.

5. The issues people complain about (schools, public transportation) are the same issues people complain about everywhere. As someone who used NJ public transportation, I can tell you that the buses that run along Sahara Ave are better than ANYTHING in the NJ fleet.

6. Its sad to see small lots in the desert, especially with those high walls around every house/development. Sort of reminds me of the Middle East where similar walls are put up for protection. On the bright side, I'm loving the desert architecture. Especially for the upper-middle class residential homes and the shopping centers in the newer developments. The older neighborhoods with the homes that have AC units on the roof just look like shantyvilles.

7. Vegas was the first place I encountered HOAs for communities besides condo towers. I actually like the idea, but feel they overcharge for what they perform and are run inefficently. Anyone else notice that they always have the worst websites and make setting up auto-pay a hassle? You would think with most of them being "professionally" managed by private companies, they would be sleeker. Definitely room in that industry for new entrants.

8. I've been a Libertarian my whole adult life, but living a year in an 'unincorporated territory' of Clark County has shown me that government can effectively be even smaller than I previously imagined.

9. The cost of living, especially housing, is much, much lower in LV than in the tri-state area. Considering housing is the single biggest expense for most Americans, this can make a huge difference in quality of life. You can get triple the house for half the cost, and less than half the recurring costs (taxes, insurance, utilities) here as in the tri-state area.

That's it for now, may update this post if anything else jumps up at me.
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Vegas, baby, Vegas!
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I'm still a 'seasonal' resident in Las Vegas, but the 9 months of being here (on and off) has shown me, that the people who live in LV are warmer and friendlier, everyone talks to you. I live in one of those bricked in fenced off houses, but I always see my neighbors and (GASP!) we visit each other!!

The casinos are really generous to locals, with a lot of bargains and incentives, the DMV was
15 mins in and out (I do admit, I had to wait outside a hour for them to open) but everyone on line was pleasant and chatting, and the time passed quickly

I *LOVE* THE *HEAT* - we had 107, 111 days. and yea it was hot, but jump in the pool
and cool off, and your refreshed!

Jonathan
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Atlas1337 View Post
Well the end of August marks my first year living in Las Vegas. Here are some of my observations:

1. The locals have some really amazing stories of the boom era. Someone is going to write a book or screenplay about the 2000-2008 housing/development boom in LV and make a killing.

2. The same people who lived through the housing boom have gone from unbridled optimism to unfounded pessimism. There's still food on the shelves, the water flows when you turn the faucet, and motorcycle gangs don't rule the streets. Relax.

3. The heat wasn't as bad as I expected, but the wind is worse than I could of imagined. As someone who doesn't drive, I usually walk where ever I want to go. I've had broken glass fly in my eye!

4. Speaking of walking, I simply assumed the Strip would be the most walkable area to live. If I knew what I know now, I may of went with a condo off the strip, One Queens Ridge perhaps.

5. The issues people complain about (schools, public transportation) are the same issues people complain about everywhere. As someone who used NJ public transportation, I can tell you that the buses that run along Sahara Ave are better than ANYTHING in the NJ fleet.

6. Its sad to see small lots in the desert, especially with those high walls around every house/development. Sort of reminds me of the Middle East where similar walls are put up for protection. On the bright side, I'm loving the desert architecture. Especially for the upper-middle class residential homes and the shopping centers in the newer developments. The older neighborhoods with the homes that have AC units on the roof just look like shantyvilles.

7. Vegas was the first place I encountered HOAs for communities besides condo towers. I actually like the idea, but feel they overcharge for what they perform and are run inefficently. Anyone else notice that they always have the worst websites and make setting up auto-pay a hassle? You would think with most of them being "professionally" managed by private companies, they would be sleeker. Definitely room in that industry for new entrants.

8. I've been a Libertarian my whole adult life, but living a year in an 'unincorporated territory' of Clark County has shown me that government can effectively be even smaller than I previously imagined.

9. The cost of living, especially housing, is much, much lower in LV than in the tri-state area. Considering housing is the single biggest expense for most Americans, this can make a huge difference in quality of life. You can get triple the house for half the cost, and less than half the recurring costs (taxes, insurance, utilities) here as in the tri-state area.

That's it for now, may update this post if anything else jumps up at me.
Good stuff thanks for posting. I will retire out there eventually from NJ and live a newer home in Henderson with no mortgage. I'll be in my early 50s so it's nice to see a well balanced assessment of the area. I'll actually flying out on Labor Day to check out my house and do some stuff.
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:55 AM
 
Location: North Las Vegas
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Well the end of August marks my first year living in Las Vegas. Here are some of my observations:

1. The locals have some really amazing stories of the boom era. Someone is going to write a book or screenplay about the 2000-2008 housing/development boom in LV and make a killing.

2. The same people who lived through the housing boom have gone from unbridled optimism to unfounded pessimism. There's still food on the shelves, the water flows when you turn the faucet, and motorcycle gangs don't rule the streets. Relax.

3. The heat wasn't as bad as I expected, but the wind is worse than I could of imagined. As someone who doesn't drive, I usually walk where ever I want to go. I've had broken glass fly in my eye!

4. Speaking of walking, I simply assumed the Strip would be the most walkable area to live. If I knew what I know now, I may of went with a condo off the strip, One Queens Ridge perhaps.

5. The issues people complain about (schools, public transportation) are the same issues people complain about everywhere. As someone who used NJ public transportation, I can tell you that the buses that run along Sahara Ave are better than ANYTHING in the NJ fleet.

6. Its sad to see small lots in the desert, especially with those high walls around every house/development. Sort of reminds me of the Middle East where similar walls are put up for protection. On the bright side, I'm loving the desert architecture. Especially for the upper-middle class residential homes and the shopping centers in the newer developments. The older neighborhoods with the homes that have AC units on the roof just look like shantyvilles.

7. Vegas was the first place I encountered HOAs for communities besides condo towers. I actually like the idea, but feel they overcharge for what they perform and are run inefficently. Anyone else notice that they always have the worst websites and make setting up auto-pay a hassle? You would think with most of them being "professionally" managed by private companies, they would be sleeker. Definitely room in that industry for new entrants.

8. I've been a Libertarian my whole adult life, but living a year in an 'unincorporated territory' of Clark County has shown me that government can effectively be even smaller than I previously imagined.

9. The cost of living, especially housing, is much, much lower in LV than in the tri-state area. Considering housing is the single biggest expense for most Americans, this can make a huge difference in quality of life. You can get triple the house for half the cost, and less than half the recurring costs (taxes, insurance, utilities) here as in the tri-state area.

That's it for now, may update this post if anything else jumps up at me.
This is exactly the reason I chose to live here vs California when I retired from the Navy.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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Having experienced BOTH sides of the coin, so to speak....Ive been here for 40 of the last 50 years...took a 3 yr break in the AF in France....took an 8 year SENTANCE in the Penal Colony formerly known as New Jersey.

and i am even MORE convinced that THIS is the place to live....ALTHO....I do miss Manhattan and the food in Filthydelphia.

To those that are posting about the best Itialian restaurants and the best Pizza in Las Vegas....don't....cause there ain't. NOR is there a seafood restaurant....might as well eat at Long John Silvers.

We ain't the feedin capital of the world unless you LIKE prime rib and I doooooo
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I agree with the HOA websites needing to be more streamlined. Makes no sense.

Great assessment.

I do believe that the reasons people move to Vegas are some of the same reason people leave Vegas.

Weather/Strip/People/Homes
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:55 PM
 
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I'm still a 'seasonal' resident in Las Vegas, but the 9 months of being here (on and off) has shown me, that the people who live in LV are warmer and friendlier, everyone talks to you. I live in one of those bricked in fenced off houses, but I always see my neighbors and (GASP!) we visit each other!!

Jonathan
My 10th point was actually going to be how much nicer people are here than in NJ. The few times I was driving around the suburbs with my realtor people actually waved to us! No one ever waves to strangers in NJ. I decided not to include this point since I haven't had a lot of interaction with people and didn't want to make the point based on 2-3 wave encounters.
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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My 10th point was actually going to be how much nicer people are here than in NJ. The few times I was driving around the suburbs with my realtor people actually waved to us! No one ever waves to strangers in NJ. I decided not to include this point since I haven't had a lot of interaction with people and didn't want to make the point based on 2-3 wave encounters.
Yeh, they mita been hookers lookin for business
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:29 PM
 
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To those that are posting about the best Itialian restaurants and the best Pizza in Las Vegas....don't....cause there ain't. NOR is there a seafood restaurant....might as well eat at Long John Silvers.
You can find good Italian and good seafood...you just have to be willing to pay for it (I've found that the really high quality picks tend to be more expensive).
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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To those that are posting about the best Itialian restaurants and the best Pizza in Las Vegas....don't....cause there ain't. NOR is there a seafood restaurant....might as well eat at Long John Silvers.

We ain't the feedin capital of the world unless you LIKE prime rib and I doooooo

Nope, sorry, I cannot disagree more strongly. Las Vegas straight-up has some of the best restaurants in the world. I'm not saying that because I'm in the industry -- I don't work those high end restaurants.

I'm saying it because it's fact. We actually have food tourists who come here just for the restaurants. They could give a s--t about shows or gambling. They're here for the restaurants. New York, London, Paris and Tokyo may have more Michelin stars, but Las Vegas has almost as many, at HALF the price. The tasting menu at Robuchon is a serious bargain. And then we have Nobu, Rao's, Andre's, Bouchon, B&B, Craftsteak, Carnevino, Guy Savoy, Mix, Picasso, Bradley Ogden and the list goes on and on and on.

Eat at RM Seafood and then tell me "might as well eat at Long John's."
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