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Old 01-24-2012, 03:02 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I would appreciate information on neighborhoods in old Las Vegas, near the SW section of Sahara, I believe. There seem to be homes in a wide price range. Some are beautiful on tree-lined streets. My buying point is maybe $200,000. I looked at the recent city data for Greenberry (?) that indicates a low income high crime neighborhood. That's been true of similar neighborhoods in other cities until people realized it would be worth the hassle to move to these older, stressed neighborhoods for, reasonably priced buildings, and being in a historic urban center, near the prime real estate. I've only been in the area once for a short time, so don't know anything much. Also, I'm wondering if there is any urban renewal going on. I'm aware that there is a stigma attached to these old areas of Las Vegas. I am wondering about the crime since seeing that the busy part of the strip around the casino hotels is high enough to have required specially beefed up police patrols. Would a couple of Dobermans, alarm sustem, good locks and bars on the windows work for a homeowner? At least until the neighborhood developed and criminals had to leave?
Thank you.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:07 AM
 
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I would appreciate information on neighborhoods in old Las Vegas, near the SW section of Sahara, I believe. There seem to be homes in a wide price range. Some are beautiful on tree-lined streets. My buying point is maybe $200,000. I looked at the recent city data for Greenberry (?) that indicates a low income high crime neighborhood. That's been true of similar neighborhoods in other cities until people realized it would be worth the hassle to move to these older, stressed neighborhoods for, reasonably priced buildings, and being in a historic urban center, near the prime real estate. I've only been in the area once for a short time, so don't know anything much. Also, I'm wondering if there is any urban renewal going on. I'm aware that there is a stigma attached to these old areas of Las Vegas. I am wondering about the crime since seeing that the busy part of the strip around the casino hotels is high enough to have required specially beefed up police patrols. Would a couple of Dobermans, alarm sustem, good locks and bars on the windows work for a homeowner? At least until the neighborhood developed and criminals had to leave?
Thank you.
That is a lot of security/precautions just to say that you live in an "old historic" neighborhood. Also, by "urban renewal" do you mean gentrification? All it takes is one entity to get the ball rolling for that. In my home town, all it took was a Jamba Juice, Starbucks and investors renting old run down homes in the ghetto to college kids, labeling them "historic", to get the gentrification process rolling.

Now there are a couple of Starbucks, Jamba Juice, boutiques, food stands where the bad neighborhood used to be. Even Paula Deen has a restaurant near by.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I guess pre-gentrification or gentrification is the phrase. Urban Renewal, I suppose "urban renewal" is considered the old, bad way of taking down the heart of an area and filling it with parking lots until private and public funds would build apartments. I saw it done in Denver. People now think it was successful, but I do remember seeing entire blocks of historic buildings torn down. The same happened here in Washington, DC, Only by dumb luck was Georgetown saved. I was here when the Watergate and Foggy Bottom areas were a slum and then later exploited by George Washington University and particularly ugly apartment house buildings. There are ongoing cases of very old, historic buildings being destroyed right up to this day. It is a costly process to save them when the underlying property is so valuable.

Anyway, now I am moving to Las Vegas and am not yet too happy to move to the stucco homes in the suburbs that are considered "safe" although they too have plenty of crime. Just less than areas near the strip and areas in North Las Vegas, for example.

I did not see any answers about the truly historic neighborhoods in the City of Las Vegas which is different, I think, then Clark County that contains Las Vegas.

Also, I've know and seen people who did move into DC and Miami neighborhoods that were still rough, but priced right and with good real estate to buy and fix-up, so it intrigues me despite the perceived or real danger. I believe in using junk-yard dogs, alarm systems, etc, but not guns, and a lot of common sense caution.

Any further replies are welcome. I definitely am moving someplace in Las Vegas or Clark County, not so far from the downtown area of the Strip, that I will never want to go there. At the same time something different than the usual stucco, side-by-side, developer build home would be nice.

Oddly, I would go for a high rise, but the ones I've seen in Las Vegas seem outlandishly expensive and not made for normal people and living.

Thank you.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:07 PM
 
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Yes, most will tell you to stay away from those areas and to buy out in the burbs and that is probably the easy answer. But I know that a lot of younger people are coming into those areas that were built in the 60's, 70s, 80s and renovating houses to live in. There are tons of very nice neighborhoods/properties in inner Las Vegas that a lot of people, especially out of towners are finding value in.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:27 PM
 
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Check out anything on Alta or Oakey. These are interesting older homes, especially near UMC, that used to belong to doctors. There's a lot of mid-century modern architecture. If you have kids, make sure you look at magnet schools.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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Every home in Las Vegas was a tract home at some point.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:06 AM
 
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I wish the ball would get rolling on "gentrification" in the old Maryland Parkway / Boulevard Mall area. At one time, that was the coolest part of town and there are some great old apartments over there. The problem is that it's a scary, crime-riddled area now and seems to be getting worse.

Back in the seventies and early eighties, my uncle had a townhouse in the area that was a two-story with a real brick wall, loft, and fireplace. It was beautiful. Now, cops don't even want to go to 89108 alone.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Lone Mountain Las Vegas NV
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Every home in Las Vegas was a tract home at some point.
Nope. There are any number of neighborhoods that are virtually all custom...

Lone Mountain, Sunrise, Racetrack, Alta east of Valley View, Rancho Circle, McNeil estates. Paradise Palms...and lots of small surrounded areas.
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Nope. There are any number of neighborhoods that are virtually all custom...

Lone Mountain, Sunrise, Racetrack, Alta east of Valley View, Rancho Circle, McNeil estates. Paradise Palms...and lots of small surrounded areas.
Agreed. These are some beautiful homes. Paradise Palms is mostly in 89169 and Mcneill is 89102. I lookes really hard in these 2 areas and was never able to get one.
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