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Old 12-25-2012, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Giethoorn, Netherlands
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Ideally, I'd like to be within 45 mins (with or without traffic) to LAS.
If 45 minutes is your criteria, you could be in Mt. Charleston!

But really, if you don't mind that much of the commute, you might want to look at some of the newer, outlying communities like Aliante, Centennial Hills, Southern Highlands, etc. They are, on average, 5-7 year-old neighborhoods, very safe, and you will get a lot more bang for your buck than you will in an area like Green Valley, and the commute should be around 30 minutes (that's how long it takes me to get from Centennial Hills, which is at the far northwest corner of the Valley, to LAS)
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:02 PM
 
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I don't think OP is going to find the kind of vibe they're looking for in such sterile communities.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:21 PM
 
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It sounds like the closest thing the OP will find in the Vegas area will be either Mt.Charleston (I have no idea what the Real Estate is like on or around there) or perhaps Boulder City. Not exactly a "hippie-green" town but it is a small town with a small town feel. May be worth considering and certainly worth a visit.

Sounds like you are doing some good research and asking the right questions. I'm sure you'll end up finding the perfect place for you!
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Studio City, CA 91604
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It seems wierd that you'd want to move to Las Vegas with an inclination for all-things-hippy? Vegas is a corporate town from the casinos all of the way down to the chain markets and grocery stores.

Most of your farmer's markets in Vegas, too, don't offer anything truly "local", as not much will grow in the Mojave Desert. What you'll get at a Vegas farmers market is probably trucked in from California.

Why not someplace like Ojai, CA or Ventura, CA? Both have a hippy/crunchy vibe and are more affordable than the SF Bay Area.

North of LA are the towns of Green Valley and Lake Hughes (near Santa Clarita) which both have a hippy vibe. In fact, Donovan (famous for his 60s song, "Mellow Yellow") lives in Lake Hughes.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: North Las Vegas, NV
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It seems wierd that you'd want to move to Las Vegas with an inclination for all-things-hippy?
Agreed. Our main priority is to find an affordable house near a major airport. My husband likes the desert and I like the Southwest. Vegas fits those things for us. The hippy-vibed community isn't a necessity, rather a preference. I just thought we'd try to scope out an area that might have this potential before we move to the area. If it doesn't exist, well then hopefully we can create it for ourselves. =D
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Old 12-25-2012, 01:24 PM
 
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Most of your farmer's markets in Vegas, too, don't offer anything truly "local", as not much will grow in the Mojave Desert. What you'll get at a Vegas farmers market is probably trucked in from California.
While most of what you said is true, I have to correct you on the bolded part. I have grown tomatoes, five different kinds of peppers, basil, cilantro, oregano, sage, mint, watermelon, cantaloupe, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, asparagus, radishes, broccoli, and lemons in my backyard. I grew some squash and cucumbers, but the bugs ate them.

I never had much luck with the stone fruits, but I have been given peaches and apricots by others who grew them locally. Gilcrease orchard produces local produce and the new farmer's market that is held downtown has some produce from local growers like Leslie Doyle who has written two books on desert gardening that are fantastic.
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:03 PM
 
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Let me review the bidding for you..

Mt. Charleston is too far and can be very difficult to get in or out of in winter storms. It is also very expensive. Its vibe is more nature lover and get away from Las Vegas than hippie. A nice place but not a good fit.

Boulder City is quite small town America. Tends to be older. Not particularly hip. Marginal on the commute and quite expensive.

John S. Park historic district and Huntridge. These are a couple of neighborhoods in the downtown area that are gentrifying and probably as hip as anything in Las Vegas. The influx of Zappo people will very much contribute to this gentrification. The Zappo folks are also working on establishing a suitable school as the existing ones suck.

Paradise Palms and vicinity Early master plan community. Mid Century Modern. Very convenieht to airport. Older demographic but some gentrification under way. Good buys.

Centennial Hills. Longer commute. Half hour if you pick carefully. New, modern, inexpensive and younger demographic. Un-hip. Mostly a car place with some walkable spots.

Mountain Edge. Similar to Centennial Hills on the South Side. A little more expensive but otherwise similar. Shorter commute to airport.

Inspirada Partially built master plan striving to be hip. Some success. If finished it may be very nice and walkable. Short commute. More expensive than Centennial Hills.

Green Valley Ranch, Seven Hills, Anthem. Nice henderson. More expensive. Well off demographic. Good commute.

Summerlin. Similar to the GVR set. similar demographic. Lesser but doable commute.

The RNPs. Where the real hippies go to age out. Half acre semi-rural areas scattered around town. Many have reasonable commutes. Other less so but in the range. Huge demographic spread. 70s domes to 4 million MacMansions.

There are others but that gives you a feel for the broad general classes.
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:12 PM
 
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Let me review the bidding for you..

The Zappo folks are also working on establishing a suitable school as the existing ones suck.
That made me laugh out loud. Don't be PC, LVOC, tell us how you really feel.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:52 AM
 
Location: North Las Vegas, NV
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John S. Park historic district and Huntridge. These are a couple of neighborhoods in the downtown area that are gentrifying and probably as hip as anything in Las Vegas.
Thank you... this is very helpful. Gentrifying areas are good bets for us. We've lived in some major cities in areas that are turning and enjoyed that vibe a lot.

BTW - we do not have, nor do we plan to have, children. So school systems don't mean a whole lot to us re:which school our house/community would be in.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Washington
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Sorry -- what are RNPs?
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