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Old 04-22-2012, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Sin City
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Question Yet another one of those "Moving to Vegas, where should I live?" threads...

...but mine is different--I promise... I really know what I am looking for in a place to rent. So here we go...

A little background first: I work remotely for my employer and as such can live wherever I want to. Have always wanted to live in Vegas with the wife, and right now somehow the stars are aligned. Don't mind the summer heat--have lived in areas with summers as high as 110+ degrees... Have lived in "urban" areas as well and definitely do prefer to live somewhere close to LOTS of amenities and eating options--eating out is one of the biggest pastimes for us.

Wife and I LOVE the strip, but don't want to (nor can we afford to) live ON the strip (talking about those fancy shoe box sized condos). Looking for a condo somewhere [safe] no farther than 10-15 minutes of driving from the strip. Have done some researching and the condos too close to the strip are outside of our budget, speaking of which, my budget is around $1,300 per month but may be able to push it to $1,400 if it's a breath-taking place. Need at least a 2-bedroom, 2-bath place. Oh and since I am in a wheelchair, chances are if the condo was built in the more recent years (say after 2006...), it is accessible enough for me--wider doorways and a bit roomier bathrooms than usual, but really nothing else. Why condo? Mainly due to the convenience, safety (or feeling of it anyway), and likelihood of it being wheelchair-friendly needing no modifications. Also, I do prefer to have a covered/secured parking mainly due to the heat. Getting in and out of the car takes longer for me, so I don't want to get scorched each time during the hot months.

I understand I will have a hard time finding a place that is walkable (or in my case "rollable"?) to nearby shops in Vegas, but it'd be awesome to have at least a few of the necessities (say Albertson's, Starbucks, and a few restaurants) within at least less than a mile.

Wow just read my post and that is a long laundry list I've got... Sorry, but at least I know what I want.

Someone in another thread recommended Boca Park area. Would I find what I am looking for there? A few years ago was researching buying a place in Vegas (the best decision I ever did NOT make!) and Summerlin was always recommended...

Thank you for reading my post, and thank you in advance for providing me with some practical and useful tips.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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Welcome to Vegas!

I live in Summerlin and it's a beautiful, safe area. Boca Park is great because it has a Target, Vons, restaurants and a ton of other shops. With the housing market in the toilet, you should be able to find something decent in your price range. There are some beautiful complexes in that area, you should definitely be able to find what you're looking for. It's also close to Red Rock Casino which is a great spot for locals.

A couple things to consider:
Do you have pets? I ask because many gated and HOA-run communities have size and breed restrictions.
Regarding the Strip, newbies always want to be as close as possible, but trust me it will get old after a while and some of the areas can be shady.
Avoid N. Las Vegas and East Las Vegas, it's ghetto. Lots of Section 8 housing types (sorry in advance if I'm offending anyone).
Also, there a ton of scammers out here. Many people place false Craig's List ads and get people to send them deposits for places that don't exist, it happened to my former co-worker.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Sin City
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StickAForkInMe,

Thanks for the tips! No pets, so we should ok. Gotta be careful about them scammers for sure.

You're not offending me at all! Thanks for the tip re the Sec. 8 neighborhoods. That's a reality, and reality doesn't offend me!

I love Vons! Miss it so much; nothing compared to Vons here in FL.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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He wasn't referring to you, he was referring to n las Vegas which apparently he doesn't know much about. There are several areas in nlv that are beautiful and safe. The areas that are rough would be letter and number streets along with mlk, Alexander etc. north of Craig west of 15 you are fine.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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Welcome to Vegas!

I live in Summerlin and it's a beautiful, safe area. Boca Park is great because it has a Target, Vons, restaurants and a ton of other shops. With the housing market in the toilet, you should be able to find something decent in your price range. There are some beautiful complexes in that area, you should definitely be able to find what you're looking for. It's also close to Red Rock Casino which is a great spot for locals.

A couple things to consider:
Do you have pets? I ask because many gated and HOA-run communities have size and breed restrictions.
Regarding the Strip, newbies always want to be as close as possible, but trust me it will get old after a while and some of the areas can be shady.
Avoid N. Las Vegas and East Las Vegas, it's ghetto. Lots of Section 8 housing types (sorry in advance if I'm offending anyone).
Also, there a ton of scammers out here. Many people place false Craig's List ads and get people to send them deposits for places that don't exist, it happened to my former co-worker.
The housing market in the toilet made the rents go up for homes
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Sin City
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Thanks, airics. Where exactly is considered NLV?

Also, to stay on topic, any tips for condos or even SFR in Summerlin closer to amenities?
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Sin City
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The housing market in the toilet made the rents go up for homes
That's true everywhere with crappy housing market though. Here in NE FL, it's exactly the same... rents have skyrocketed in the past year all thanks to a crappy housing market... homeowners lose their homes to banks, banks can't process the foreclosures fast enough, and at the same time people cannot afford or are scared to buy homes, so they end up renting... but the rental inventory for the most part has stayed the same... Simple laws of supply and demand: When the supply is the same but the demand goes up, the price will continue to go up until equilibrium is achieved...

But let's get back on the topic please... <-- That was directed at me!
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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Thanks, airics. Where exactly is considered NLV?

Also, to stay on topic, any tips for condos or even SFR in Summerlin closer to amenities?
NLV = North Las Vegas. It is incorporated so it is as easy to discern as Henderson is.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Sin City
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Thanks for the post, anvilpw. My bad; I should've said I knew what it stood for... I didn't know the exact borders of it... Google Maps shows its borders as follows: north las vegas, nv - Google Maps

It's interesting because 215 Beltway should be considered NLV and I read in a few other threads that 215 Beltway is one of the more desirable places... BUT it's kind of far from the Strip--almost 20+ miles for a couple of places I looked at near 95 & 215... I know it'll wear off eventually, but at least in the beginning I'd like to live closer to the strip... Parts of Summerlin should be closer. How is Spring Valley on W Flamingo? Any nice areas to live there?
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:14 AM
 
Location: Sunrise
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Based on that criteria, I'd say Green Valley in Henderson would be the way to go. There are some good local dining options, it's an easy trip on the 215 to the Strip, and it's got everything you're looking for in a very tight perimeter.

Summerlin is basically 1/4 of the valley. Things are more spread out there. You can drive from one end of Green Valley to the other in a few minutes. I'd look for something within rolling distance of The District. There's your shopping and a couple good markets right there. Most of the doctors we go to are also concentrated there.
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