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Old 02-18-2008, 03:22 PM
 
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Hello...
I'm born and bred in chilly, grey-skied Michigan. My wife, who's grown increasingly spiteful of winters in recent years, has been clamoring to go ANYWHERE warm: the cold weather and dismal colors from Nov. to April have apparently put the zap on her brain. (Maybe mine too and I just don't know it ) At any rate I've been reluctant to take the plunge but am now beginning to rethink my position. Part of this reason is a sizable family inheritance that will help with moving and downpayment costs--not Donald Trump big or anything but a nice, once-in-a-lifetime sum. So, where should we go? We've been thinking Nevada. But I would love some input from those that have lived in the state, or lived in other western locations for that matter. Suggestions about places to go/avoid within a city or area would also be appreciated. Here are the largest variables...

1. The neighborhood/area doesn't need to be ritzy but it does need to "feel"/be reasonably safe. We'll be looking for a modest ranch style home in the mid to low 100s. We have no kids, just 2 dogs and a cat.
2. We need to be fairly close to a major university for grad and doctoral work.
3. No snow, or at least snow very rarely. Winter daytime temps no colder than, say, 50 degrees or so. This is a big one if I am going to stay married.
4. Love the mountains, even if they're just in the background.

Thanks to any and all for help.
C

 
Old 02-18-2008, 03:52 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Hello...
I'm born and bred in chilly, grey-skied Michigan. My wife, who's grown increasingly spiteful of winters in recent years, has been clamoring to go ANYWHERE warm: the cold weather and dismal colors from Nov. to April have apparently put the zap on her brain. (Maybe mine too and I just don't know it ) At any rate I've been reluctant to take the plunge but am now beginning to rethink my position. Part of this reason is a sizable family inheritance that will help with moving and downpayment costs--not Donald Trump big or anything but a nice, once-in-a-lifetime sum. So, where should we go? We've been thinking Nevada. But I would love some input from those that have lived in the state, or lived in other western locations for that matter. Suggestions about places to go/avoid within a city or area would also be appreciated. Here are the largest variables...

1. The neighborhood/area doesn't need to be ritzy but it does need to "feel"/be reasonably safe. We'll be looking for a modest ranch style home in the mid to low 100s. We have no kids, just 2 dogs and a cat.
2. We need to be fairly close to a major university for grad and doctoral work.
3. No snow, or at least snow very rarely. Winter daytime temps no colder than, say, 50 degrees or so. This is a big one if I am going to stay married.
4. Love the mountains, even if they're just in the background.

Thanks to any and all for help.
C
YOu have conflicting requirements. Anyplace convenient to a university in the southwest will not provide a modest home in the low to mid 100s. Maybe $175 to 200K. But that is about it. There are places where you can find the housing...but they will be 1.5 to 2 hours from the University. That would go for Reno, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson. All will meet the temperature spec.

You can probably rent in any of them fine though.
 
Old 02-18-2008, 03:55 PM
 
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The only place that comes close to meeting all your criteria in Nevada will be the Las Vegas area as there are only "major" universities in Reno and LV. Reno will get snow in the winter and will have average winter temperatures below 50 degrees. So that only leaves Las Vegas in NV. The house you describe will probably be more than the mid 100k range, though unless you want to commute from, say, Pahrump.

Feel free to post more specific questions in the Las Vegas forum.




^p.s. ...yeah, listen to Olecapt. He's our resident expert.

Last edited by scirocco22; 02-18-2008 at 04:08 PM.. Reason: cross posted in multiple forums. This thread will be closed. Please reword and post in LV forum if more info needed. Thnks
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