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Old 03-09-2009, 07:46 PM
 
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Hi,

I've been wanting to move to Vegas for awhile and have been doing a ton of research. While I have a pretty good feel for things, I'd love to get some input from the locals. Like most people I've narrowed my area down to Green Valley and Summerlin. I'm looking to rent a house, in the $1500/month range, with a pool. I don't want a lease term longer than 6 months. After 6 months if I feel ready to call Vegas home I would probably be looking to buy. Job is not an issue as I play poker full time, and do video production freelance work on the side.

How reliable are craigslist ad's for finding a house to rent? How can I protect myself from an owner who decides not to pay his mortgage and go into forecloresure even though I have been paying rent?

Is it fair to say that overall crime is lower in Green Valley compared to Summerlin?

As a 26 yo single male, does Green Valley have a better nightlife?

I have a dog, a yellow lab. Which area has the best dog park?

How hard is it to meet "normal" women, for long term relationships, not 1 night stands, living in Vegas?

Finally, I know from lurking around here the poster Olecapt seems to have a ton of experience with the market, although I'm not sure if he deals with rentals. If you do, Id appreciate any advice/direction you can offer.

Thanks in advance for any input, I really appreciate it

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Old 03-09-2009, 07:54 PM
 
Location: South Strip, NV --> Philly (Fall 2009)
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crime really depends in what part of Green Valley you're looking at...

There are a few dog parks in Green Valley though...
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Old 03-09-2009, 07:59 PM
 
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i don't think you are going to find 6 month leases.. let alone a house with a pool for $1500
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:10 PM
 
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i don't think you are going to find 6 month leases.. let alone a house with a pool for $1500
Well I have been seeing a ton of them on craigslist, albeit more in the $1600-1650 range which is why I asked how reliable the ads were on there.

I haven't been able to physically check out any of the properties as I currently live in Columbus,Ohio and am planning a trip in a few weeks to come look. But I'd like to have it narrowed down to a few different properties for when I come.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:20 PM
 
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crime really depends in what part of Green Valley you're looking at...

There are a few dog parks in Green Valley though...
Ok so what part is good and what part is bad? It seems the area around green valley ranch would be best? How far out can you get from that and still feel safe? Does it matter what side of 215 you are on?

As for parks, how does say Paseo Verde compare to Desert Breeze in Summerlin?
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:23 PM
 
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Well I have been seeing a ton of them on craigslist, albeit more in the $1600-1650 range which is why I asked how reliable the ads were on there.
Like many other things, rents are negotiable. If the owner is asking $1,650, offer him $1,500. You might be pleasantly surprised by the response.

Like you, I'm looking to buy in six months when (hopefully) my house in another part of the country will have sold. I also wanted a six-month lease, and although my landlord preferred a 12-month lease, I fortunately was in a position to offer him six months of rent up front in exchange for switching to a six-month lease. He took it. So, if you're in a position to do that, it could be an additional option.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:36 PM
 
Location: South San Francisco
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You play Poker professionally? Where - on the Internet? Kid -you are going to get CREAMED bu the locals here.

And dont even think of listing that as income on your rental application.

And Live in Green Valley - its closer to the strip and we have better locals casinos.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:39 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Hi,

I've been wanting to move to Vegas for awhile and have been doing a ton of research. While I have a pretty good feel for things, I'd love to get some input from the locals. Like most people I've narrowed my area down to Green Valley and Summerlin. I'm looking to rent a house, in the $1500/month range, with a pool. I don't want a lease term longer than 6 months. After 6 months if I feel ready to call Vegas home I would probably be looking to buy. Job is not an issue as I play poker full time, and do video production freelance work on the side.

How reliable are craigslist ad's for finding a house to rent? How can I protect myself from an owner who decides not to pay his mortgage and go into forecloresure even though I have been paying rent?
Craig's list is better for finding bad girls than places to live. It does work for renting rooms and such but it as a hard way to find a house.

Your overall spec is not possible. There are no places with pools under $2000 that will rent for six months. There are no places under 1500 with pools.

There are two complexes in Summerlin which have community pools that will work. That is it.


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Is it fair to say that overall crime is lower in Green Valley compared to Summerlin?
Nope. The people who live in GV think it lower in crime. The people who live in Summerlin think it lower in crime. They are pretty much the same. You are not going to be in "good" Summerlin or "good" GV...so don't sweat the difference. "good" starts at about $4000 per month.

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As a 26 yo single male, does Green Valley have a better nightlife?
Neither has great night life for a 26 yo. Go to the south strip for that. Either though has reasonable neighborhood pubs so you can make good.

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I have a dog, a yellow lab. Which area has the best dog park?
Both have reasonable dog parks and places to walk a dog.

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How hard is it to meet "normal" women, for long term relationships, not 1 night stands, living in Vegas?
About the same as anywhere. You meet them in bars, super markets, church, school.

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Finally, I know from lurking around here the poster Olecept seems to have a ton of experiecne with the market, although I'm not sure if he deals with rentals. If you do, Id appreciate any advice/direction you can offer.

Thanks in advance for any input, I really appreciate it
YOu heard from him. I will drop you a DM with the two you might look at. The Jojoba one is in a nice tract..
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:59 PM
 
Location: South Strip, NV --> Philly (Fall 2009)
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Ok so what part is good and what part is bad? It seems the area around green valley ranch would be best? How far out can you get from that and still feel safe? Does it matter what side of 215 you are on?

As for parks, how does say Paseo Verde compare to Desert Breeze in Summerlin?
Green Valley Ranch is OK, i've lived in both Green Valley Ranch and in the northern part of Green Valley, the northern part by the Galleria was much worse, but Green Valley Ranch wasn't too great...Desert Breeze isn't in Summerlin, but their dog park seemed nicer than the one at Dos Escuelas which is in between to Elementary Schools...

Green Valley Ranch lacked a lot of conveniences and the schools created a lot of traffic issues, the casino's parking situation was very hit and miss and the casino didn't offer too much anyways, we've seen it go downhill ever since it opened...

I agree with Olecapt, try South Strip and there is a dog park nearby, its where I live now and its better than Green Valley, there's a lot more to do, more shopping and restaurants and conveniences and plus its a lot easier to get around town from here...
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Old 03-09-2009, 09:54 PM
 
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You play Poker professionally? Where - on the Internet? Kid -you are going to get CREAMED bu the locals here.
Ha, thanks but I have played live in Vegas many times and the internet games are much harder competition wise. 5/10 nl live is comparable to 1/2nl online.

Thanks for all the responses so far. The more info the better.
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