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Old 01-30-2012, 01:36 PM
 
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We live in Maryland and are looking at moving to Las Vegas in about 2 years. We have been out many times and I love the area, so close to so many beautiful State and National Parks. (A dream for me!) Plus, we would be able to pay cash for a house and bring down our cost of living.

We have drove around looking at houses and neighborhood for the last year and a half. We loved the City Lights neighborhood, Stallion Mountain, and some of the areas in the North Las Vegas are. We were told Summerlin was a good area, but like most of the areas in a big city one street looks nice, then you go a block over and it's scary.

SO, my question is.... We are looking at the 100,000 price max, preferably no HOA, but if it's reasonable that's fine. So, we are not looking for a high priced neighborhood. We would like a nice working class area, that doesn't have a bunch of cars parked in the yards or graffiti on the walls. I want to feel some what safe walking my dog at night.

Any suggestions are appreciated
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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We live in Maryland and are looking at moving to Las Vegas in about 2 years. We have been out many times and I love the area, so close to so many beautiful State and National Parks. (A dream for me!) Plus, we would be able to pay cash for a house and bring down our cost of living.

We have drove around looking at houses and neighborhood for the last year and a half. We loved the City Lights neighborhood, Stallion Mountain, and some of the areas in the North Las Vegas are. We were told Summerlin was a good area, but like most of the areas in a big city one street looks nice, then you go a block over and it's scary.

SO, my question is.... We are looking at the 100,000 price max, preferably no HOA, but if it's reasonable that's fine. So, we are not looking for a high priced neighborhood. We would like a nice working class area, that doesn't have a bunch of cars parked in the yards or graffiti on the walls. I want to feel some what safe walking my dog at night.

Any suggestions are appreciated
I wouldn't worry about neighborhoods right now if you're not going to buy until 2 years from now. Just my opinion.

There is NOTHING in Summerlin that is scary, there is no street in Summerlin that is scary and it is not near anything or borders any area that is scary, lol. Before you buy anything, next time you come to Las Vegas, visit the masterplan of Summerlin and you'll see it for yourself!

While Stallion Mountain is OK ( I have a friend out there-lovely home-nice neighborhood) but THAT area is the type of locale that has some not so nice areas around it. And that country club/golf course was questionable last time I visited my friend at her home, but it might have changed since then, I believe a new owner is in charge of it now. Maybe someone else can give a more recent update.

You can't go wrong in Summerlin, but its probably more expensive and homes of $100,000 are maybe not as plentiful as homes in the Stallion Mountain area. Summerlin is ALL HOA though, but the development where my friend lives in Stallion Mountain has an HOA as well.

IMO, there is no better place to live than in Las Vegas, but with our current economy and the nature of the beast, a lot can happen in 2 years.

Do as much research as you can, visit as much as you can and see all different parts of the Las Vegas valley before pulling the trigger on a home purchase. Your aim would be to pay cash for a home and lower your cost of living but you got to ensure you're completely happy driving into your neighborhood and the surrounding area every day, too!

Best of luck!

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Old 01-30-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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we bought a home in a pretty undesirable neighborhood. we leave it empty for 4-6 mts at a time and nothing gets touched. we bought it because we loved the home. do you have kids? check out schools
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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100k in summerlin might buy you an older, tiny home.... you can get a decent sized home in nlv for around 100k or just over (my rental home sells now for around 130 in nlv, its 3br, 1778 sf...
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:06 PM
 
Location: OC, Big Bear Lake, Las Vegas NV, Laughlin NV, Palm Desert CA
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I think you can find a great deal for $100,000 in Las Vegas. You asked for honesty. I would only choose 3 areas. Centennial Hills ( Beautiful view of the mountains, newer streets, shopping centers and stores, 14 min from strip), Summerlin area ( very nice ) and Handerson. Use the crime map and school test results to get an idea where to move the family. I only looked in green areas on the map and avoided red, orange and yellow ( color coded for amount of crime, red being bad ) You really want to get a feel for the neighborhood before writing an offer. Something may look nice online, but the area is bad, so don't go by online views or map views from Google. We're buying our 2nd place here and love Las Vegas. Best wishes on your relocation.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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How many homes in Summerlin or good parts of Henderson are you going to find for 100k? My guess is zero or close to it. For 100k, I think that you are going to be on the northern/NW outskirts if you want something built in the last 10 years in a good area unless you want a condo. If you can stretch it to 125k you might be able to find something in Summerlin or Henderson that is small and basic. At 150k you will start to find many choices although they will still be on the small side.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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Unfortunately, without an HOA a most neighborhoods here will go downhill before long. If you choose an area like Summerlin, it will be all HOA. I live in a fairly decent neighborhood in North Las Vegas, but south of me there is a neighborhood that looks pretty dicey because it has no HOA.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas/Williston
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Unfortunately, without an HOA a most neighborhoods here will go downhill before long. If you choose an area like Summerlin, it will be all HOA. I live in a fairly decent neighborhood in North Las Vegas, but south of me there is a neighborhood that looks pretty dicey because it has no HOA.
Same situation with our area also. Our neighborhood and the neighborhood next to us is like night and day. Its not that the neighborhood next to us doesn't have an HOA, its the fact that its only $10 a month and nothing is enforced. Our neighborhood on the other hand is $60 a month and everyone's mail box is stuffed with violation letters.

When someone is thinking of whether they should move into an HOA or non HOA neighborhood, I tell them to first drive around the valley and play "spot the HOA-less neighborhoods".
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Unfortunately, without an HOA a most neighborhoods here will go downhill before long. If you choose an area like Summerlin, it will be all HOA. I live in a fairly decent neighborhood in North Las Vegas, but south of me there is a neighborhood that looks pretty dicey because it has no HOA.
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Same situation with our area also. Our neighborhood and the neighborhood next to us is like night and day. Its not that the neighborhood next to us doesn't have an HOA, its the fact that its only $10 a month and nothing is enforced. Our neighborhood on the other hand is $60 a month and everyone's mail box is stuffed with violation letters.

When someone is thinking of whether they should move into an HOA or non HOA neighborhood, I tell them to first drive around the valley and play "spot the HOA-less neighborhoods".
These are spot on!

With the homes having been built so close to one another, and many homes with short driveways, an HOA-less community WILL look like it pretty quickly.

If homes had acreage to them and were spaced farther apart, there woiuld be no need for HOA's, wherever your neighbor wanted to park their dump truck or jack their car up on cinder blocks and leave it that way, and put their boat on the front lawn, wouldn't matter because you wouldn't see it and it wouldn't be near your property, if the homes had large plot sizes that is.

Picking a home, whether it be in a HOA or non HOA, is strictly a personal choice and depends on how YOU want to live and whether you want to wake up to the dump truck, boat or jacked up car everyday.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Undisclosed location in the desert SW
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I have lived in HOA communities before and unless I could afford $300+ I probably wouldn't live in one again. I'll take a 1/2 acre plot and a nice little 1 story house anyday.
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