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Old 06-24-2007, 11:58 PM
 
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I haven't been able to find anything on the % of owner occupied vs. rentals. Seems like a very nice community... although the crime is a tad high for what I would expect w/ a guard-gate. I'm guessing the handful of assaults in the last 60 days are domestic problems and indicative of a high % of renters, but I can't find anything to confirm this.

I sure like the looks of that water park for the kids... but there are plenty of other areas w/ community pools that are smaller communities and less likely to have problems with too many renters.

Does anyone know of any particular problems in Rhodes Ranch?

We are, by the way, going to be renting, but we are, of course, some of the good ones! ;-)

Thanks so much,
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:19 AM
 
Location: South Strip, NV --> Philly (Fall 2009)
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Why would you think that a guard gate could protect you from anything? Once again, false security, the residents of the neighborhood could still commit something, and they still let landscapers, pizza deliverers, and trash people in, as well as anyone who is confirmed by a resident (which, in turn, could be a drug dealer or somethin else)...Another thing is that when models are open, anyone can come in, and anyone can also come in to play golf as well...Plus, there are only 2 guards in Rhodes Ranch, and one controls the gate, so only one other one to control the rest of the community? It is very hard...
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Rhodes Ranch was built years ago before the western part of the 215 Beltway even reached Durango. It used to be a fairly exclusive isolated community with mostly upscale homes. As it expanded they gradually became less exclusive and added lower reputation home builders to the mix.

Many of the original residents decided to leave because of the perceived loss of exclusivity and increased traffic on South Durango. Rhodes Ranch today has even let in KB Homes, the largest yet lowest quality segment of home builders in the valley. House valuations inside Rhodes Ranch have decreased more than in surrounding areas.

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Old 06-25-2007, 03:13 AM
 
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we looked at Rhodes Ranch a few years ago. Was pretty exclusive but couldn't believe the homes prices - they were moving up past $900k! The Toll Bros models overlooking the pool and waterfall were fantastic but we were used to Vegas house prices being flat for years and seeing fancy large Vegas houses below $500k so we were shocked at near $ million prices.

Have you checked out Nevada Trails? Not sure what is available for rent there but it seemed like a nice community and its a little closer in than Rhodes Ranch.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:50 AM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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I haven't been able to find anything on the % of owner occupied vs. rentals. Seems like a very nice community... although the crime is a tad high for what I would expect w/ a guard-gate. I'm guessing the handful of assaults in the last 60 days are domestic problems and indicative of a high % of renters, but I can't find anything to confirm this.

I sure like the looks of that water park for the kids... but there are plenty of other areas w/ community pools that are smaller communities and less likely to have problems with too many renters.

Does anyone know of any particular problems in Rhodes Ranch?

We are, by the way, going to be renting, but we are, of course, some of the good ones! ;-)

Thanks so much,
Try for something in 89147 or 89135. The Lakes or Pecolle Ranch or way out on trop - Grand Canyon/Fort Apache. Or go look in Green Valley.

Nothing wrong with Rhodes Ranch...but nothing right with it if you are trying to get down to the Venetian/Sands.
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Old 06-25-2007, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Issaquah, WA
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Lol! From the Biltmore Bungalows to Rhodes Ranch! Talk about a large search!
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Old 06-25-2007, 12:38 PM
 
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Thanks, everyone.

Olecapt, 89135 is actually my #1 preference, but the kids' water playground at Rhodes Ranch turned my head. I'd be willing to drive for amenities. :-) And I'm sure I'll have some freedom in my work hours, so I could perhaps avoid the worst of the rush hour traffic. But I do plan on concentrating further north. I'm just trying to narrow down as much as possible before coming out...

lvkewlkid, I'm well aware that a gate and/or guard doesn't stop criminal activity, but one would still think it would be a bit less than the surrounding area... just because some percentage of the random criminals won't bother to make the effort (however minimal) to go inside. Now, whether that marginal difference in inside/outside crime rates (if, indeed, it even exists, and I concede my logic may not hold true) is large enough to be worth paying for in terms of home price or HOA dues is another question. But your point is well-taken. I was rather surprised when I realized just how large Rhodes Ranch is. I figured part of the problem was the size of the community... just not much a guard or two can do. But I am not particularly looking for gated, anyway; just more surprised, I guess, at the *types* of crimes committed within the gates rather than the presence of crime, kwim? I expect some break-ins, vandalisms, domestics, that type of thing, but I didn't expect to see a bunch of assaults. Doesn't seem in keeping with the area in general.

Niteman, I'll try to figure out where Nevada Trails is... ;-)

Thanks again, everyone.
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Old 06-25-2007, 12:42 PM
 
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LOL, Chest, That's because I'm in Omaha and I'm CLUELESS!!!
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Old 06-26-2007, 11:12 AM
 
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Kaufman and Broad is known as an entry-level tract home builder. There's a place for that kind of building. The higher the quailty, the better the construction, the greater the insulation, the more whiz-bang features, the more something will cost. It all comes down to money and some people just need to spend less, but still want their own home instead of an apartment. That's why they end up with a KB-built home.

It's just like cars. Should the only car built be a (fit in your own top line make, i.e., Rolls, Cadi, Merz, etc.)? There's some people who can't afford it and need something like a (fit in your own bottom end car).

So, it's just a builder fitting a nitch. It doesn't make their product bad. It just makes their product unsatisfactory for others who expect something different. The KB homes still provide something that allows people to enter the market who would otherwise be unable to afford anything.

. . . but all builders try to buld the cheapest way possible, to some extent, no matter what price point they are trying to reach. For example, why build a two story home? It's all about costs. Comparing two houses of the same size, one as a two story and the other being a one story, the two story has a lower cost per square foot than the one story. Why is that?

First, the footprint of a two story is smaller so the buider can cram more homes into the same development. Second, there is less foundation and roof to pay for with a two story over a one story. Those things add up. So, with everything else being equal, the builder can sell a 4500 sq ft two story home, like they can sell a 4500 sq ft one story home, but make much more money due to their lower construction costs.

Is there a problem with that approach by the builders? I don't think so. It all depends on your needs, whether you're an entry level buyer who needs the lower price point to get into a house, a young family who need less expensive square footage for the kids so they go two stories, or if you're someone that can afford to pay for more elbow room in your house as well as your property. Each is built to meet a set of circumstances . . . IMO.

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Old 06-26-2007, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas NV
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good info garth, thanks
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