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Old 11-07-2016, 12:59 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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My mother has been there a few times and hated the dryness of the air. She said her eyes, nose, lips and skin felt like sandpaper. Her nose actually started bleeding a few times. She said as soon as she stepped off the plane back into SW Florida she felt like she could breathe again. Personally I hate humidity and the dryness sounds fine to me. I couldn't take the heat and the transient nature of the city. We have enough of that here.
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Old 11-07-2016, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Lone Mountain Las Vegas NV
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We sell Real Estate in Las Vegas primarily to retirees. We came from S. CA to try it for a couple of years decided we liked it and stayed. First five years we spent much of the summer at Catalina on our boat but for the last 15 we have stayed home.

We find retirees are reasonably predictable. About 85 or 90% adopt to the heat and stay. The rest don't get passed two years. Many prefer it to FL on the humidity issue...but right now we are working with a couple that are headed back to FL. They basically got home sick for all friends and such.

The pedestrian thing is a non-starter. The top places for pedestrian deaths are all in FL including Jacksonville. Las Vegas is 13th a couple of spots behind Phoenix. All the places with high rates are warm...

If you look at how the water flows in the Colorado River you immediately realize something. LV is above the Hoover dam. Every one of the other SW big cities is below it. So when it gets really bad guess which is the only city that gets it water?

Practically CA has the biggest problem followed by Phoenix. It is unlikely to ever be a problem in LV.

For auto accidents LV rates 100 out of 200 big cities. Henderson is 43rd. As on many things LV is quite average.

Trafficfor locals is very nice. Probably close to the best major city in the US. Has it quirks but our Doctors happen to be diagonally across the valley from where we live. About 35 miles. Consistently make it in 35 minutes. The rule is simple. You pay attention to the time of day and maneuver around the Strip section of 15.

LV is not cheap. Cost of Living and home prices are close to the USA averages.

Earthquakes are not much of a risk. Small ones perhaps but nothing catastrophic. 12% chance of a 6.0 within 50 years. And a 6.0 would do limited damage mostly to the area near the epicenter. Having been within a few miles of a couple of 6+ it is not that scary.

Food is superb. Even the neighborhood joints...video poker pubs...often have excellent kitchens were you can eat without breaking the bank. And if you want a night out there are no real equals..
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Old 11-07-2016, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Orange County
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Do you know many states take water from Lake Mead and the Colorado river? It just happens to be in our backyard. Every state has a water allocation and NV actually has a surplus every year because everyone is taking out the grass.

Do some research on this. Whose going to be in a world of hurt is Phoenix because of the deal they made.

Go to NPR and find the discussion about Lake Mead between the Southern NV Water District and the Phoenix water district. Phoenicians are the ones who are going to dry up. They made a very bad deal. They'll be moving in mass. Even their water district manager admits this.

Some of these excuses show how little one knows about Vegas. Suicides high? Many are people coming form other states and offing themselves here.
Seriously what does that have to do with the rest of us not suffering from mental illness or made bad life decisions? How does that effect the rest of us? If you aren't prone to suicidal behavior, than why would that keep you from moving here?

I suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder in the Midwest cause of the lack of light. Got no problems now.

These people crossing the street are OUTSIDE a cross walk. They are violating the law. Again many are tourists or drunk. I know in many states cars stop and let people go. That would create more traffic problems here. So they made these laws. Don't come here thinking your state laws apply here. Again how does that affect someone who lives here. Common sense, don't cross against the light or not at a cross walk.
And it does not happen every night. And again why would that keep you from moving here? You now are aware of the reality, nothing to fear.

We do not have legalized 'hooking" here. You would not believe the number of men or women that get busted every night who think we do. Of course all tourists.

The idea we have nothing here but casinos is typical of someone who has never been here or has never went off the strip. I had a friend here this summer who thought that. They are now looking to expand their overseas business to NV and are currently looking for a home. Off strip reminded her of LA or Palm Springs. She lives in the Southern Hemisphere and loved our heat this past summer. To each his own.

I won't even go into the list of what other things Vegas offers.

You don't have to hike out at Red Rock. We have more walking trails than about any city in the country. And they all look different.

Many huge computer companies and other businesses house there mainframes here at a place called SWITCH. Why, because we have the most stable weather and lack of having huge natural disasters. Don't believe me, go to 60 MINUTES and find the show.
I have lived here 16 years and have never felt the earth rattle near my home (SW) Yes I have earthquake insurance, I can afford it and my house was expensive. My deduct is 5%.

Most of the year is gorgeous weather. We actually have 4 seasons but they aren't as extreme as the midwest or east coast. Most of the winter you will have to wear a jacket.

Oh and we lack bugs! It's so nice to go out in the evening or have a picnic and not be bothered. I have seen about 5 flies in 16 years. They come in on food trucks from other locations. They can't reproduce here as the nasty offspring (maggots) need humidity. I have never seen a scorpian or a tarantula.

Traffic is getting worse. The word is out this is a good place to live. I just plan my day around not being on the roads at certain times.

The Lakes is a lovely area! (Try Those Guys, at the lakes shopping area if you haven't yet.)
We live about 10 minutes from there, in another lovely area. We have all kinds of wildlife, coyotes, bobcats, hawks, quail to name a few. Love it! Our neighbors are wonderful. But when everyone comes from some place else, they are interested in making friends. My neighbors don't usually move. So the turnover is low.

We too didn't want another house. I'd rather travel than be stuck going to the same place year after year.

Life for us off the strip is not that much different than the huge midwest city we came from. We don't gamble so the machines etc. we don't pay attention to. Except now we have wonderful dining and shows to go to. If we feel like it, we take a staycation at the Wynn or Bellagio. To get that vib of the strip.

Yeah I LOVE this city. We usually leave some during those 2 to 3 months in the summer. Vacation time! Vegas has been good for us in many ways. And its close to CA, so 5 hour drive to the ocean.


You said it a lot better than I did. We are real close to Those Guys too. I love the cheesesteak that they make. They were also featured on that TV show. People have moved to Las Vegas from all over the U.S. so you get many different variations on restaurants. I like that we could try a new restaurant everyday for the rest of our lives.
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Old 11-07-2016, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Orange County
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We sell Real Estate in Las Vegas primarily to retirees. We came from S. CA to try it for a couple of years decided we liked it and stayed. First five years we spent much of the summer at Catalina on our boat but for the last 15 we have stayed home.

We find retirees are reasonably predictable. About 85 or 90% adopt to the heat and stay. The rest don't get passed two years. Many prefer it to FL on the humidity issue...but right now we are working with a couple that are headed back to FL. They basically got home sick for all friends and such.

The pedestrian thing is a non-starter. The top places for pedestrian deaths are all in FL including Jacksonville. Las Vegas is 13th a couple of spots behind Phoenix. All the places with high rates are warm...

If you look at how the water flows in the Colorado River you immediately realize something. LV is above the Hoover dam. Every one of the other SW big cities is below it. So when it gets really bad guess which is the only city that gets it water?

Practically CA has the biggest problem followed by Phoenix. It is unlikely to ever be a problem in LV.

For auto accidents LV rates 100 out of 200 big cities. Henderson is 43rd. As on many things LV is quite average.

Trafficfor locals is very nice. Probably close to the best major city in the US. Has it quirks but our Doctors happen to be diagonally across the valley from where we live. About 35 miles. Consistently make it in 35 minutes. The rule is simple. You pay attention to the time of day and maneuver around the Strip section of 15.

LV is not cheap. Cost of Living and home prices are close to the USA averages.

Earthquakes are not much of a risk. Small ones perhaps but nothing catastrophic. 12% chance of a 6.0 within 50 years. And a 6.0 would do limited damage mostly to the area near the epicenter. Having been within a few miles of a couple of 6+ it is not that scary.

Food is superb. Even the neighborhood joints...video poker pubs...often have excellent kitchens were you can eat without breaking the bank. And if you want a night out there are no real equals..

I agree with you on everything except the home prices. Even though they have been going up they are still at bargain prices.
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Old 11-07-2016, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Lone Mountain Las Vegas NV
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I agree with you on everything except the home prices. Even though they have been going up they are still at bargain prices.
US sfr median 235,760
Las Vegas sfr median $232,000

US sfr average $276,900
Las Vegas sfr average $267,500

A small advantage but basically the same price. LV looks good only if you are coming from CA or another of the expensive cities.
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Old 11-07-2016, 02:10 PM
 
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You said it a lot better than I did. We are real close to Those Guys too. I love the cheesesteak that they make. They were also featured on that TV show. People have moved to Las Vegas from all over the U.S. so you get many different variations on restaurants. I like that we could try a new restaurant everyday for the rest of our lives.
Love the cheesesteak! Best fries I have ever had in my life, weird being a pizza place. I think they must be fresh. I heard they also make cheesesteak pizza and its delish!
Chicken fingers TDF.

The Thai places are better here than anywhere. Most are offspring from Lotus of Siam. Which some food magazine claims is the best Thai in the country.
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Old 11-07-2016, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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We will be in LV mid-December to find a rental house in a 55+ community either in Summerlin or Henderson. Try for a year before we buy. We have been looking for a long time. Also like a community in Surprise, AZ.

We have elmininated so many places (including Ponte Vedra, FL) either because of weather, taxes, cost of living or being too remote from the city. We like to be near a city for the restaurants and shows and would prefer to live in a city if we could find a city with a 55+ community right in the middle of it all.

There are things I've read about Las Vegas that concern me (crime, water shortage) but we haven't found other options where there is a great choice of active retirement communities and we do want to try living in such a community.
There is at least 1 55+ community in the Ponte Vedra area - in Nocatee (west of the intracoastal waterway). Perhaps more. There aren't any where I live - Ponte Vedra Beach. Which is on the east side of the intracoastal waterway. And I can see why Nocatee wouldn't appeal to you (it doesn't appeal to us). Too much "in the middle of nowhere" (the area didn't even exist when we first moved here).

We're not specifically looking for a 55+ community (active or otherwise). Although I wouldn't necessarily rule them out.

Like you - my husband and I are interested in things like dining and - to a lesser extent - shows and similar. That's what piqued our interest when it came to Las Vegas.

What's the transportation situation like in Las Vegas? One thing my husband and I won't do is drink and drive. Have you explored Uber/Lyft there?

I don't much care about crime - as long as it's not in my neighborhood. The water situation is concerning.

I am also concerned about how I would handle low humidity. After living in a very high humidity place for decades. Robyn
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Old 11-07-2016, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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IMO, I think some of the problems with Jacksonville would also apply to Las Vegas.

If you don't like suburbanized "strip mall" development, I would think you'd find much the same thing in Las Vegas that you will in Florida.

If you're at a stage in your life where your outdoor activity is limited, does climate matter as much?

Drought in the west is going to be a sustained long term deal without quick fixes, and drought is more complex than most people realize. It's a meteorological drought ("it hasn't rained in 100 days!"), an agricultural drought (the grass is all burnt up), as well as long-term hydrological issues (Lake Mead water level issues - too many people siphoning off the Colorado River). Odds are you will be gone before this gets really severe, but Las Vegas has deeper structural problems related to drought than most drought-stricken areas.

It's something I just wouldn't want to deal with.
Well we don't hike or play tennis these days. But we still play golf. And generally enjoy getting outside if only to walk around. Is there anyone here who plays golf in Las Vegas? If so - where? I noticed that there are 2 TPC facilities in Las Vegas (we're members at TPC Sawgrass here - a lovely facility).

When it comes to drought - the worst we've seen here in Florida (we've been here 40+ years) is a 2 year without a lot of rain drought in the late 90's. Which is why we have the irrigation restrictions we have now. If we become seriously interested in anywhere out west - we will - needless to say - have to explore the situation in depth. Robyn
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Old 11-07-2016, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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We sell Real Estate in Las Vegas primarily to retirees...
What areas appeal to the retirees you're selling to? I agree that the prices are "about average" compared to most of the US. Except perhaps for an area like the Toll Brothers retirement community at Summerlin. Which seems pretty high to me (like the Del Webb retirement place in my area is high too). Sometimes I wonder if these retirement communities all have the same price point - which is designed to appeal to retirees from high COL areas who are selling their houses at big profits? Robyn
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Old 11-07-2016, 03:13 PM
 
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I lived in Phoenix a number of years and visited LV numerous times. For me the heat was not a major issue. I liked the dry times of the year and could tolerate 100+ degree days. For me and especially for my wife, the biggest issue was the culture. Or should I say the lack of culture. LV is not the place for those of us who like arts, classical music, theater, poetry, etc. Some of my art involvement is very selective and sometimes minimal but I do like to be around people who have a level of education, experience and sophistication that is a level beyond the casinos, rodeos, and yes even, golf. I try to avoid being snobbish and I have lots of redneck interests and activities, but I do like to be around people with a wider view and broader experiences.
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