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Old 11-07-2014, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Palm Desert, CA
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So I landed my dream job and it's office location is in Las Vegas. I've been advised by others who live there and my future boss that Henderson is the place to go vs. Summerlin, I guess mostly due to location of the office. It was also suggested I may want to consider a high rise condo in the city.

I'm a mid-30's, single, straight, white female, no kids, or baggage. I'm looking to probably rent a house vs an apartment since it appears I can get a nice house for cheaper or as much as I'm paying for my apartment in PS.

My questions:
Is Henderson an ideal place for my age range?
What is the social scene like?
How is traffic usually traveling into Las Vegas from Henderson?
Any other areas I should consider?
Any other good tips/details you care to share?

I've gotten mixed reviews about moving to LV, from, "it's so dirty there, and you will see why it's so cheap to live" to "it's a great place to live".

Regardless, I am moving, and I don't really care what anyone says because dream job landed, and if I hate it, I can leave.

Moving at the end of this month. Oh and if anyone has hookups to property management companys, PM me.

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 11-12-2014, 05:47 PM
 
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So I landed my dream job and it's office location is in Las Vegas. I've been advised by others who live there and my future boss that Henderson is the place to go vs. Summerlin, I guess mostly due to location of the office. It was also suggested I may want to consider a high rise condo in the city.

I'm a mid-30's, single, straight, white female, no kids, or baggage. I'm looking to probably rent a house vs an apartment since it appears I can get a nice house for cheaper or as much as I'm paying for my apartment in PS.

My questions:
Is Henderson an ideal place for my age range?
What is the social scene like?
How is traffic usually traveling into Las Vegas from Henderson?
Any other areas I should consider?
Any other good tips/details you care to share?

I've gotten mixed reviews about moving to LV, from, "it's so dirty there, and you will see why it's so cheap to live" to "it's a great place to live".

Regardless, I am moving, and I don't really care what anyone says because dream job landed, and if I hate it, I can leave.

Moving at the end of this month. Oh and if anyone has hookups to property management companys, PM me.

Thanks in advance!!
Don't listen to those Palm Springs snobs. Vegas is awesome. I'm from Australia and I love this town. Is it rough round the edges? Oh, yeah. But that's part of the charm. I find the people here very friendly - it's a hospitality town and everyone here is from somewhere else, so I don't find striking up a conversation difficult. It's also very diverse and multicultural and the food scene is awesome (with certain exceptions... I yearn for decent Indian and Lebanese). I also meet the craziest most eccentric people I've ever met here - everyone has some wacky backstory about how they used to be a magician or a tiger tamer or pole dancer. I love it!

Henderson is fine, but it's just a normal suburb of the kind you'd find anywhere in southern California. It's not quite as fancy as Summerlin and the views aren't as amazing as they can be out there, but there's Wholefoods and all the other things you'd expect to find. The area around Green Valley Ranch is quite nice (and fairly upscale). The traffic in Vegas, from my experience, is a total non-issue. Vegas people all complain about it but I can only assume they've never had to drive in actual, awful traffic like in LA or Sydney. As far as I'm concerned it's a piece of p*ss (as we say in Australia).

The social scene depends on what you're into. For the most part, local Vegas people only go to the Strip with friends from out of town or on a special occasion - we go to the Michelin restaurants when we're feeling fancy. To my mind, Henderson always had a nice family vibe. (I'm gay and don't have kids but, when they're not screaming in restaurants, I quite like children and consider their presence a good indication of a healthy community) Summerlin is more gated communities and McMansions, but the views of Red Rock can be incredible. When we go out we mostly go to Downtown. It's the "old" area of Vegas, where the Casinos started. When the Strip got big, it went into a slump and got really sketchy. These days it's changing, a lot. Lots of cool bars, boutiques and restaurants are popping up and the online retail company Zappos is putting a lot of money into it Downtown Project - Revitalizing Downtown Las Vegas But it still has an awesome, old school, slightly seedy vibe.

We live right near the Downtown area in a neighbourhood called Paradise Palms. It's a mid mod development built in 1962 by the same team that did a lot of Palm Springs. (You can buy incredible mid mod houses here for half what you'd pay in Palm Springs BTW). A lot of people consider our area unsafe, which makes me laugh. Yes, we've had one break in - some kids stole some change of the kitchen bench - but it seems to me that Vegas people often have a very "suburban" mentality, the notion of living in a big city-style environment - complete with homeless people and weird neighbours etc - intimidates them. But I've lived all over the world and Vegas is very safe, especially compared to a lot of American cities. (The crime rate is pushed artificially high by the craziness around the Strip and Downtown)

Bad things about Vegas: I love the heat but the Summer is nuts. But, hey, you're from Palm Springs. What do I need to tell you about hot? The bums and drifters: when I see a homeless woman on meth trying to wash her kid under a tap in a strip mall car park, it makes me feel sad all day. The lack of love for Vegas: a lot of people here seem to think its necessary to immediately tell you that they hate Vegas and can't wait to get back to Chicago/Jersey/Wherever (I notice that many of these people are East Coasters). But, more generally, Vegas doesn't really love itself. A pro sports team is on the horizon (actually, a couple) so that might give people more of a sense of belonging, but the transient mentality is strong here. It's not that people hate Vegas, they just don't feel that they necessarily belong here. That attitude stretches more broadly into the generally weak sense of civics people have in this town. Sometimes it can feel like people here don't give a s**t. The schools are terrible. There are several zillionaires with the world's best art collections but the local art museum had to close. The libraries seem to be open according to some sort of roulette system and I once went to the opera to try and be supportive (excellent singers from the Met!), but it was two-thirds empty and the performers had to sing in jeans and T-shirts. Does anyone care? Often it feels not, and I genuinely believe that's because for so long this town has been a place to blow in and out of.

That said, Vegas is changing. And it's exciting. The Downtown is emblematic of what's happening here more broadly. In a way the crash was good for Vegas - it screwed a lot of people but a lot of those who didn't want to be here just left. It also made Vegas realise that it couldn't rely on hospitality, and it is finally making attempts to diversify its economy and better its educational standards (sort of, though god forbid anyone would have to pay more taxes to do it). When Vegas comes back properly, it's gonna be awesome. Vegas is also becoming more of a "real" city. It is also a relatively small city with a big city feel. It's open 24/7/365 (I love that!) and there's always something exciting/crazy/unbelievable happening. And seriously, the weirdos here are the best - they kick New York's ass.

I genuinely hope you love Las Vegas as much I do. if you need any tips on areas to live or other questions, feel free to PM me.
Brendan
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