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Old 03-02-2009, 03:05 PM
 
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my husband and daughter and I are planning to move to Las Vegas and wonder if there are any inexpensive/nice communities right outside the city within easy commuting distance of the casinos? and what's the work situation like? I'm a freelance editor and my husband is a professional drummer? also, are the summers unbearably hot? and how long does this extreme heat last? thanks. c:
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Old 03-02-2009, 03:27 PM
 
Location: South Strip, NV --> Philly (Fall 2009)
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the summers are unbearably hot, its like sticking your head in an oven all day long, it lasts from about March to October, then again i think 80 degrees dry heat is also unbearably hot as is 115 degrees dry heat...
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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More specifics would help people respond.

What would you consider inexpensive? (Buying/Renting?)

What would you consider an easy commute?

Work situation ... I think its 10% unemployment with more signing up every day.

Have you and he secured the promise of a job?

We moved here from humidity laden Kitty Hawk NC. The Summers in Las Vegas are very very hot dry or not. Most stay indoors during the peak of heat.

Being a writer, I am sure you can come up with a list of very specific questions. The people on this forum are great at responding. Good Luck.
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:44 PM
 
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my husband and daughter and I are planning to move to Las Vegas and wonder if there are any inexpensive/nice communities right outside the city within easy commuting distance of the casinos? and what's the work situation like? I'm a freelance editor and my husband is a professional drummer? also, are the summers unbearably hot? and how long does this extreme heat last? thanks. c:
My opinion is when it comes to housing don't go cheap . one bedroom apts go for about 800 per mouth. when i lived their i was looking for a range of 400 to 600 per month and all i found was the hood. safety should be paramount not money.
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Old 03-11-2009, 06:07 PM
 
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Vegas is great! Yes the summers are hot but that's what air conditioning is for. The summers are long but for the most part it's usually in the 70's-90's. It's a dry heat though so it's not as bad as the muggy wet heat. End of July-September are the really hot months. If you can afford to my suggestion would be to buy a house. There are so many foreclosures on the market in Las Vegas you could buy a house with a monthly payment less than you might pay in rent. Good areas...Henderson (Green Valley, Silverado Ranch Area). This area is close to both major freeways, which allows for easy access to the strip. Jobs are harder to find then they were a few years ago, however with more casinos opening every year more jobs are becoming available.
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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Most of the more intense heat is mid to late May to late September. After that it's gets more bearable and it starts to "cool down" to the 90's by October.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:26 PM
 
Location: South San Francisco
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heh - near the casinos

I cant spit out mmy window with out hitting a casino. and if i am REALLY desperate for some gaming action, all i have to do is go to the grocery store......
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:50 PM
 
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Do your homework, you mentioned having a daughter and based on her age, the Clark County School system leaves much to be desired. Yes, it gets quite warm in July and August....and the winter months usually provide alot of dust laden wind...it's the desert. Vegas is what you make of it...If you or your spouse tend to have any vices....gambling....drinking...maybe not such a great idea. The economy is the worst I have seen in 30 years...sad but true....do your homework !
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:13 AM
 
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Housing prices in Vegas haven't been this low for about 10 years or so. It's again very possible to own a single family home with a mortgage payment that is less than what it would be to rent an apartment.

I've been in residential development in Vegas for more than 10 years and currently sell real estate. If you would like to contact me just let me know and I'll get you in touch with my brokerage.

Best of luck.


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Old 03-13-2009, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I've lived in Vegas for 10 years now and am tired of the heat! It seemed to be great at first (maybe that was becuase it was different then what I was used to) but now that I have 3 children I can't imagine staying here any longer.

Here is what I don't like about Vegas:

It gets so hot in the summer that you can't even touch your steering wheel or sit on the seat of your car if you didn't cover it with a towel. When you get into the car after it has been sitting out in the heat for a little bit it takes 10 minutes of running the AC on high just to get to a comfortable level. Plan on having a high electric bill in the summer as the temp stays above 100 for upwards of 90 days STRAIGHT and the power company keeps raising it's rates. There is a consistant brown haze over the city that you can see when you drive in from Summerlin or Henderson. It will hang around until a wind picks up an blows it through the valley, of course, when the wind picks up then you have to contend with all the dust flying around. If you like rain, don't plan on getting any while you live here. It rains maybe 3-4 times a year (although I did get 4-6 inches of snow this last winter at my home in Henderson). There has been a lot of talk about a water shortage (not sure how much of a concern that is really). The public school system leaves much to be desired, not to mention the teacher shortage that has been going on for years and the $120 million budget cut for the 09-10 school year will only reduce the number of teachers even further! I think they may even be cutting the school budget even more if I remember correctly. As for the type of people you will encounter here, there are good and bad just like anywhere else. Having lived here 10 years now I have meet some pretty great people. I have noticed that people seem to be more self-centered then the midwest where I'm originally from. You will also notice that people don't seem to be very considerate when you are driving. Usually you have to wait for an out-of-stater to let you over when trying to get over on the freeway(I am convinced that Nevadans either can't see turn signals or don't know what they are used for). I could probably go on but this is already getting long....

What I like:

The weather in the winter is nice. It is cold for a while in December and January but not bad at all. We have access to a major airport that, in my opinion, is not bad to get in and out of. We are 3.5-4.5 hours from the California coast and, well, it is beautiful! The "strip" has all sorts of attractions, other then gambling, that will take years for you to explore. You could literally eat at a different restaurant for every meal of the day for over a year and still not eat at the same place twice. The real estate prices have tumbled, no, fallen off a cliff recently. If I were looking to move here I would rent first and then buy as prices will continue to decrease. We have tons of foreclosures so cheap housing is going to be part of Vegas once again for a while. As for crime, I live out in a nicer neighborhood in Henderson and don't see much crime at all. If you are looking for an nice area with great access to the strip and the airport then, to me, Henderson would be a better pick over Snoberlin, I mean Summerlin.

Sorry for the long post but wanted to give my $.02. In case you are wondering why I still live here since I don't seem to say too many nice things about Vegas, I am looking to move by this summer. Just a matter of finding a job in the area I want to move. By the way, it may be hard to come by a job here since our unemployment rate is approaching 10% now so you might want to secure employment prior to moving here unless you have a lot of $$ saved.

Good luck to you and yours!
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