U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Nevada > Las Vegas
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 09-30-2017, 12:03 PM
 
6 posts, read 2,813 times
Reputation: 10

Advertisements

I have been offered a job in LV to start Oct 16th.

My wife, almost 2 year old son, and 3 dogs live in St Charles, Il area where we own a home.

We have been to Vegas many times before so we are fairly familiar with the area.

Where we live now, crime is essentially a non-factor and is extremely minimal.

I am very bothered by the amount of burglaries, stolen motor vehicles, and property damage crimes that seem to be very prevalent in LV, NLV, and parts of Henderson. We have been looking at the LV, Henderson, NLV police department crime maps to see what areas to totally steer clear from and what areas seem "safer".

My question to those who live here, what areas do you recommend for a family of 3 that likes to take daily walks, go to parks, and not be 100% concerned with having to look over your shoulder to see whose around.

We are looking to rent a 3 bed, 2 bath home for about a year and then buy. Rent max at around 2k.

Obviously doing my own due diligence, but thought it wouldn't hurt to ask those who actually live there.

Also, I should mention that we did look at a rental in Summerlin area. First thing we see when we walk into home was a bark scorpion. Weird and ugly looking thing. Really want to avoid those. I know there is a ton of info about how to rid of them etc. Just something you don't deal with living in the Midwest.

Thanks in advance.

Last edited by rks121915; 09-30-2017 at 12:37 PM..
Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-30-2017, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
13,433 posts, read 24,210,764 times
Reputation: 24745
Here in the valley there are very few bugs and nasty insects. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are pretty much non-existent. We have too many flies though. We do have tiny lizards. Bark scorpions are real but in 10+ years of living here and several decades visiting before that, I have never seen one here. Every fall and spring I treat my yard and the whole area around my house with diatomaceous earth(pet and human safe) and that's it. Takes about 10lbs per year. I also put out fly traps to keep the population down and kill as many as possible. I buy them on Amazon and they are cheap. The least expensive DE is usually on Amazon too. DE does kill scorpions. It's the desert and they live here!

I have spent a lot of time in Chicago and Downer's Grove. Not far from where you live. Other than the weather, Las Vegas isn't all that different. It's a city/urban and you need to be aware of your surroundings. Not afraid, just aware. The valley has limited space so we are more high density that what you are used to. Yards are small, usually block fenced and the neighbors are closer than you want them to be. But it's logical. You have a private outdoor living space you can use and you don't have a lot of yard work to do when it's 110 degrees.

I would guess you are looking in Summerlin and Green Valley/Henderson. These are judged by many to be the safest areas. Don't put too much faith in the guard gated/security gate community stuff. Truth is that every minimum wage pizza delivery person has the gate codes. And if he has them so does everyone else. All you can really do is make sure your home doesn't look like the easiest score on the block(shouldn't look like Fort Knox either). I live in the hood, in a blue collar working class neighborhood that's not nearly as nice as what you are probably looking at. I put in good locks with long steel screws, padlocked my gate, and I have a dog. That's it. And all summer long, I walk my dog at night. I come and go at odd hours and I have been known to take my trash can to the curb at 2am. The biggest danger in my neighborhood is all the kids playing in the street. They scare me more than anything else here.

A lot, if not most, of the crime in Las Vegas happens between people who know each other. You can increase your family's safety tremendously by not hanging out with questionable people or inviting them into your home. Don't ever let sales people/strangers in. Sign up for Nextdoor and you will learn a lot about what's going on in your neighborhood.

The only time I ever had a problem was my own fault. I screwed up and left my car parked in the street and a car full of teens picked that night to go out and destroy mailboxes with a baseball bat. I lost a side mirror on my car. Several of my neighbors had damage too. I was being lazy and didn't move my car.

Lucky you! The perfect time to ease into desert living. The 8 months of perfect weather just arrived and you will love it!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-30-2017, 02:46 PM
 
6 posts, read 2,813 times
Reputation: 10
Thanks so much for this info. I truly appreciate you taking the time. Yeah Downers isn't far from us at all.

Thanks again!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-30-2017, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
30 posts, read 25,705 times
Reputation: 47
If you want to live in one of the safest areas of town and very little scorpions (Summerlin is known for Scorpions), I suggest Henderson/Green Valley. Henderson is one of the most "prosperous" according to this recent article. https://www.citylab.com/amp/article/541044/
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-01-2017, 12:00 AM
 
6 posts, read 2,813 times
Reputation: 10
Thanks for the link. Will take a look.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-01-2017, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Southern Nevada
2,502 posts, read 992,842 times
Reputation: 2660
We are from Arlington Heights and just placed an offer (yesterday!) on a house in the Palm Canyon area of Henderson. Hope to seal the deal today. Anyway, we looked all over and found that part of Henderson to be really nice. It's a beautiful home. Our agent lives there and said it's about as safe as you can get and he's never had any problems.

Crime maps showed it to be extremely low and the agent knows quite a few Henderson and LV cops that live around there. Also some retired Chicago PD. Not that that means anything, but I thought it was interesting. Everyone wants a "safe" neighborhood. Of all the people that ask about Las Vegas and Henderson, and I was one of them, that's a concern, and rightfully so, and I feel we made a good choice here.

Also worth noting, in our new neighborhood the homes are spread out a little more than you see in a lot of other places. The lots are larger and they aren't the cookie cutter cracker boxes that are all the same color and stuck together. As someone from your neck of the woods, I didn't want that. We also have palm trees. Thousands of them, and it looks really cool around there. And mountains. It's definitely not Chicago.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-01-2017, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Paranoid State
12,685 posts, read 9,432,561 times
Reputation: 14934
Quote:
Originally Posted by Camaro5 View Post
We are from Arlington Heights and just placed an offer (yesterday!) on a house in the Palm Canyon area of Henderson. Hope to seal the deal today.
Best of luck!

I suspect you'll be shielded a bit from the afternoon sun, which is also a plus.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-01-2017, 10:47 AM
 
6 posts, read 2,813 times
Reputation: 10
Hope you get the offer. Very exciting.

Good to know about Henderson. I'm reading a lot of positive reviews about the safety of Henderson.

Very important to us.

Thanks for responding and giving information. I appreciate it.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-01-2017, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Southern Nevada
2,502 posts, read 992,842 times
Reputation: 2660
Wanted to update and say that sellers accepted and the deal is done! We close and move in at the end of October. No more Chicago winters!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-01-2017, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
13,433 posts, read 24,210,764 times
Reputation: 24745
Someone else touched on this and it is a good thing to keep in mind when you are hunting for a place to live. Electric bills are high here and doing without AC is not an option for most of us. Trees are good and shade is good. If your house has a western exposure on a wall full of windows it's a problem! And check the attic insulation. Are the windows at least double pane? What color is the roof? Dark colors hold and absorb the heat more.

Over the years I have changed out the windows, doors, and increased the insulation in the attic. Because of storm/wind damage last March I had to replace the roof. I used white energy star shingles and that made more difference than anything else I have done. My electric bill was almost $100 less than usual this past summer.

Summerlin and Henderson also have some of the better schools. If I had kids I would live in one of those 2 places.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Nevada > Las Vegas
View detailed profiles of:
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top