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Old 06-29-2014, 12:05 PM
 
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Best place to live with a young family in or around Las Vegas?

Hello People,

Im arriving in Las Vegas in a few weeks and I just wondered where would be best for me to plan on setting up home either in or around Las Vegas or some other place/suburbs close by or within a reasonable commute?

Much appreciated!

Thanks,
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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I'm partial to Henderson.

Green Valley South - Green Valley Ranch - Seven Hills - Anthem
Zips 89074, 89052, 89012
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:23 PM
 
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Hi and thanks for taking the time to reply to me, I appreciate it. Henderson is one of the places that had sprung to mind. Can you also tell me if theres a city/town that sits up high looking of Las Vegas?

Thanks,
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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The Las Vegas Valley is almost completely ringed in mountains, and the development spreads up into the foothills. You will find parts of Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas & Summerlin that look down into the valley and have nice views of the Las Vegas Strip.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:01 PM
 
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Thanks. Ive been told to stay away from North Las Vegas? Can you advise any on this?
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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The only problems with Henderson are that it is hotter in summer, and, IMO, it is more congested. We almost bought there a couple of times. We lived on the east side of town early in our marriage because that's where we could afford a house, and the NW, North, Summerlin, etc. did not exist. Nothing existed west of the Tonopah Highway but a few ranchettes. Now we prefer the NW right where we are, or Summerlin, which is close by. When all this growth started we were pi**ed that we were being Kalifornikated. We looked at a lot of homes in Summerlin and felt like we couldn't stand the (then) yuppies and phony soccer moms, which we looked at as plastic people.

Now we kick ourselves for not buying there early on, because Summerlin has held up so well. That's because they have rules to keep it that way (and I hate rules). But, most areas of Las Vegas are old after 20-25 years, and get taken over by a lot of people that don't have pride of ownership. Cars parked on the lawn, house in need of paint, etc.

So it depends on a lot of things, what kind of home owner are you? For all we know, what you think of as nice, another person might think is a ghetto. Ask yourself how much do you plan to pay for a house, do you see your home as an investment, can you abide by HOA rules, do you care if the neighborhood holds up for many years, do you want the best schools (which is hard to know from one year to the next), what kind of area will you need to pass through to get to your home, how close do you need to be to work (which usually doesn't matter here unless you don't have a car), etc., etc.?

Your best bet is to find a temporary place to live, or to come here in advance for about a week, and get with a realtor that will show you homes with your preferences in mind. They aren't allowed by law to steer you one way or another, but they can answer your questions and stick with what you want to see.

Re. NLV: I've been here a long, long time, and to me it still has the stigma of being mostly ghetto, although I can see with my eyes that it really isn't that bad. My daughter has been in her lovely home in NLV for over 20 years and loves it there. And her neighborhood has really held up extremely well. I used to contend that resale wouldn't be good there, but it turns out that only we old timers see NLV as a bad place to live, while newbies don't know the history and don't care.

BTW: Henderson is also colder in winter and gets more rain than other parts of the Valley, which is not a bad thing, unless you get flash floods.

Disclaimer: After four home purchases I think we have become house snobs.

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Old 07-14-2014, 06:37 AM
 
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North NLV isn't ghetto by any stretch of the imagination (well at least not north of the 215 which is all I know of it).

Now South NLV isn't all the great (around Craig), but I wouldn't say it's ghetto.

One thing though, there isn't too much east of the 95 and north of the 215, so if you live there you'll commute a whole lot to do anything but go to target, homedepot and the grocery store). I drive to Summerlin a whole lot.

Rural Las Vegas (NW) has great views of the whole valley (not as expensive as Summerlin, and closer to things than NLV, plus it's all custom homes out there so no HOA's!!!).
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Lake Las Vegas
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Hello,
Henderson, is very nice area they are building new homes in Mission Hills, off Horizon ridge Parkway.
You stated you have a young family then, rent to see the area you like most before buying. Lake Las Vegas has some beautiful homes very quite and safe. Henderson is voted 2 or 3rd safe city in the country. Cadence is another community that will be selling homes starting September 2014 off Lake Mead Parkway in Henderson. They call it the city within a city. Go on line and check these areas out.
Good luck, hope you enjoy it here as much as we do!
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Old 07-15-2014, 06:31 PM
 
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I run 10 miles around Summerlin at 11pm at night. Feel real safe. Trails are well lighted. No people hanging out.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Sunrise
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where would be best for me to plan on setting up home either in or around Las Vegas or some other place/suburbs close by or within a reasonable commute?

There is no "close by or within a reasonable commute." There is the Las Vegas valley. And then there is nothing but Mojave desert for miles in every direction. We don't have a hinterlands to escape to. What we have is pockets of good areas and bad areas, often right next to each other.

In general, the nicer places are around the rim of the valley. But that's not always the case. And there are some nice areas that aren't on the rim. You'll really need to see it for yourself.
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