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Old 09-14-2017, 11:10 AM
 
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Ok so I'm considering a move to Vegas. I do have a job lined up if I choose to accept it and on top of that, have a bit of money saved up as well. My question is directed towards those of you that have visited several times and then eventually moved to Vegas. What are some things that you didn't think about while you were just visiting that you hate now that you live there? On the other hand, what are some things that you didn't think about while visiting that you absolutely love now that you live there?

I visit quite a bit and have been there during some period of every month so I've experienced at least a little of Vegas at it's best and it's worst in terms of temperature. I've also made the effort to spend time away from the strip to see what locals do, but visiting a place is still a lot different than living there.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:59 AM
 
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Hate being asked what hotel I live in. This still shocks me, almost 2 million people live here. Happened in France recently and the person was from Boston!

Love the weather more than I thought. We have seasons, they just aren't as extreme as much of the country. Love the wildlife so close to my home.

Love all the stuff to do off strip, all the parks in Summerlin. Going out to Red Rock just for a short visit if I feel like it. Or short trips to many of the national parks found close by.

Business takes us to the strip almost weekly. The feel is different now, I run into people I know, work with etc. But now its exciting to know the back stage work. Having dinner with talent that we'll see preform after we eat.

Living in Summerlin is like living in the upscale area of a huge city only better. Its more organized, laid out better. Great stores now.

My neighbors aren't derelict drunks/druggies or gamblers. If you gamble much and don't have the means, this town will eat you up and spit you out with nothing.

I love the people I've met and become friends with, my neighbors etc.

Love the produce that comes in from CA, WASH, & OR. Never had a great peach till we moved here. Rainier cherries - same thing.

Reactions you get overseas are sometimes hilarious when they find out you are from Las Vegas.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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It's really not much different than living in other parts of the desert SW.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:58 PM
 
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I was surprised how many nice parks are here.
I live in the dreaded "north las vegas" around Ann and Allen.


It's tough on car batteries
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Depending on where you're coming from the traffic can be a nuisance. If you move here from LA or Seattle or Washington D.C. you won't mind it, but if you're from anywhere more rural it could really irk you that it can take 45 minutes to drive 3-5 miles some days. The drivers here are exceptionally bad too.
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Fortunately, I live in the northwest part of town and I work north of the city, so commuting back and forth to work is a breeze.

I believed that the worst part of the weather here would be the heat. It isn't. It's the wind. The thunderstorms that went through Wednesday night generated enough wind to overturn my patio table (with the umbrella down), shattering the glass tabletop and putting about half of the glass shards into the deep end of my pool. Getting that out is going to be an adventure.

I used to enjoy playing in the casinos, but having been here for a long time, I haven't had that much desire to play. I probably haven't put a bill into a slot machine in a couple of years.

I stay off the Strip unless I'm going for a specific purpose or showing visitors around. The traffic has become so bad that it isn't worth the hassle to make a casual trip down there.

I love the proximity to most of the major western cities and national parks. I have reached the age where I am eligible for the lifetime access card for national parks, so now I can go for free (apart from what I paid for the card).

I like that the one thing missing from the local entertainment portfolio, professional sports, is about to be added (although with the seat licensing fees, I will probably never be able to afford to go to a Raiders game. If we added major league baseball, I would be set. Speaking of which - the current ballpark here is a joke, and it is in one of the most run down areas of the city. I seldom go down there, although I love baseball, because the prospect of sitting in a seat that has been baking in the desert heat all day long isn't all that appealing.

I echo Grumppotpie's opinion about drivers here. They are truly terrible.

The constant construction is an aggravation. For whatever reason, the powers that be decided not to include overpasses on the buildout of Highway 215 in the northwest, and almost 15 years after it was built, there are still traffic lights on it. I used to travel that road to work, and it was a major aggravation. More frustrating is that they have built overpasses for roads that were not previously connected to 215, while doing nothing for the intersections with traffic lights.

With all of the gambling here, I don't understand the resistance to a lottery. Nevadans pour over the border in droves to buy MegaLotto and Powerball tickets in California and Arizona, and this is revenue that the state could be collecting. I would prefer to patronize a local business when I buy tickets.
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Old 09-15-2017, 05:37 PM
 
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Actually the drivers here are a little worse than average. Henderson however is pretty good. From Allstate List of the 200 large cities Las Vegas is 112th, North Las Vegas is 120th and Henderson is 50th. So just a little above average. And better than virtually anywhere in California.
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Old 09-15-2017, 06:53 PM
 
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I was surprised how many nice parks are here.
I live in the dreaded "north las vegas" around Ann and Allen.


It's tough on car batteries
Skip the sealed " no maintenance " batteries in favor of the ones you put a little distilled water into from time to time. I learned that from a AAA guy that came out when my battery croaked. I get twice the battery life now.

Windshield wipers are another matter entirely.
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Summerlin South
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For out door patio furniture here in Las Vegas, I suggest teak or some very, very heavy metal. NO glass under any circumstances. The storms the other night did not touch my heavy outdoor furnishings. My RE agent way back in 2005 suggested that back then and don't regret it now. HEAVY, heavy outdoor furnishings, NO glass under any circumstances - unless you like cleaning up glass.
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:46 AM
 
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For out door patio furniture here in Las Vegas, I suggest teak or some very, very heavy metal. NO glass under any circumstances. The storms the other night did not touch my heavy outdoor furnishings. My RE agent way back in 2005 suggested that back then and don't regret it now. HEAVY, heavy outdoor furnishings, NO glass under any circumstances - unless you like cleaning up glass.
That is NO LIE on the glass. My in-laws had a big glass table in the backyard. The wind took it and shattered it. In the swimming pool.

Good times.

This is why I don't understand some of these new properties that are offering rooftop decks. Yeah, the view might be great, but I'm not interested in getting beheaded standing in my backyard when neighbor Bob's new lounge furniture or grill goes airborne from their roof.
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