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Old 08-03-2019, 10:44 PM
 
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Several of the high rises seem built as weekend retreats rather than true residences. By this, I mean they don't have enough cabinet space in the kitchens ("hey, for a 2 day visit, who's going to cook?") or the bathrooms ("what - you want more than a toothbrush?"), let alone, say, luggage ("just stick it in the bathtub"), or sufficient closet space for clothing or space for bedroom furniture and the like -- you know, all your belongings that come with you when you actually live someplace rather than just visit for the weekend.

So, when you look at actual high rise units, think about actually, you know, living in a specific unit given its floor plan, storage, orientation (never buy anything with floor-to-ceiling glass that faces west), etc.

Our daughter lives in Panorama and enjoys it.
Wow Panorama was the one I was thinking most about too! That and Sky seemed the most affordable way back in 2010 when I was looking.

I agree though, many condos are rough with storage space but I didnít have too many issues being able to fit what I wanted. Iíve seen some modern homes that are oddly short of storage. My neighbors house, nearly the same floor plan but slightly altered, in Beaverton didnít even have a downstairs coat closet! Or any closet. My neighbor said she kept her broom behind the couch, no joke, she didnít know where else to put it haha. Thatís absurd for a house thatís 2,800 square feet. All due respect to my last builder (which is none), Iím surprised their architect made it through college as their build quality and general housing was a total joke. I put a lot of money into upgrading the place and made it nice, as much as I could, but it has been a different experience working with a luxury build quality versus ďslap it together with duct tapeĒ quality.

Iím surprised to see someone say downtown Summerlin is walkable. Yikes, I guess? Better be in good shape. I walked it myself when we spent about 3 hours down there, it was forever between blocks and between things. I didnít enjoy the walk in early September letís just put it that way. Wasnít a fan. I really liked the area, it seemed very nice, loved seeing City National, but I think ďbikeableĒ is more accurate than walkable.
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Old 08-04-2019, 07:33 AM
 
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Not to hijack this thread, but it is very relevant to what my wife and I have been discussing for almost a year now . . . both of us love Vegas and have spent quite a bit of time there, both on the Strip and Downtown, as well as with friends from college living in Henderson (Green Valley) and Summerlin. We are currently on the East coast and have been looking into buying a vacation home (budget up to $600k). We have two kids who are not yet in high school.

We are actually going to be out there in two weeks and have requesting several showings at Turnberry Place. The biggest reason we are leaning condo over a SFH was because of the concern regarding upkeep and safety when we are not in town (we are not going to ask our friends to look after our house as they have lives of their own). Has anyone had experience with owing a SFH as a vacation home from afar, and did you hire anyone to "just check on the place" every month or so, just to make sure it wasn't falling apart and hadn't been broken into? Also, any current or former residents of Turnberry are welcome to chime in with your impressions of its current state. Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-04-2019, 08:28 AM
 
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I never understood the point of a vacation home. I had one in Big Bear for a year. Only went there 3 times. Having to do massive amounts of yard work and winterize the property before leaving was always a hassle.

Rent a place when you visit. When you're ready to live here permanently, then you can consider buying.
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Old 08-04-2019, 12:27 PM
 
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I never understood the point of a vacation home. I had one in Big Bear for a year. Only went there 3 times. Having to do massive amounts of yard work and winterize the property before leaving was always a hassle.

Rent a place when you visit. When you're ready to live here permanently, then you can consider buying.
No offense, ddrhazy, I'm being totally serious -- If you never understood the point of a vacation home, then why did you get one in Big Bear in the first place?
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Old 08-04-2019, 02:55 PM
 
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It was my mom's. I would never buy it for myself.
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Old 08-04-2019, 03:02 PM
 
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I never understood the point of a vacation home. I had one in Big Bear for a year. Only went there 3 times. Having to do massive amounts of yard work and winterize the property before leaving was always a hassle.

Rent a place when you visit. When you're ready to live here permanently, then you can consider buying.
Many people buy a vacation home that they plan on retiring to.
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Old 08-04-2019, 03:08 PM
 
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The housing market has been flat for 1 year now. There's no rush to buy something to only keep it empty and pay taxes and insurance on it.

Purchase when you're ready to live here and not a moment sooner.
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Old 08-04-2019, 03:09 PM
 
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We are actually going to be out there in two weeks and have requesting several showings at Turnberry Place.
Each of the 4 buildings have a separate feel to them. (Remember: there is Turnberry Place, and Turnberry Towers; they are two different developments).

Which building are you looking at?
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Old 08-04-2019, 03:12 PM
 
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The housing market has been flat for 1 year now. There's no rush to buy something to only keep it empty and pay taxes and insurance on it.

Purchase when you're ready to live here and not a moment sooner.
Most people have/had a retirement plan spanning 30-50,yrs.
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Old 08-04-2019, 03:13 PM
 
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Has anyone had experience with owing a SFH as a vacation home from afar?
People do this all them time. Note it is not merely a SFH vacation home: if your primary residence is a SFH and you go on vacation anywhere, you have the issue of maintenance of your primary home.

There are people for hire who do indeed "look in on things." You can use technology as well. It isn't a big deal.
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