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Old 04-19-2015, 08:55 AM
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Hi, I've spent a decent amount of time on the forum trying to figure out the best place for my family, but I would like some help fine tuning where to look/avoid.

My husband will be working at University Medical Center, still in training for two more years, so our budget is somewhat limited. He will be going into work before traffic in the morning, but probably leaving work 6ish most days. I work in the spa industry, so there is a decent chance I may work on the strip, but we will see. 20 minute drive for my husband at most, please.

We have a toddler and would like a 3bdr house...absolutely no more than $1200 a month. We have always lived in older houses with character, close to city centers with more to do/eat. I understand Vegas will have newer construction and that's ok.

Of course, safety is our biggest concern, but a beautiful area would be nice, close to shopping and restaurants (we aren't really chain-dining people). I would love to have parks or open spaces nearby for our active baby.

Summerlin comes up a lot...are all parts ok? Would all parts of Henderson be too far from the hospital? Are there other parts of Vegas we are overlooking? Which parts of Spring Valley might work?

We will not be visiting before signing a lease and are working with a realtor, whom I trust. But I would like additional input.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:36 AM
Location: Aliante
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My husband is in training at UMC for two more years too. I'm a downtown person myself as well and like living in historic buildings near city centers with lots to do. We checked out the downtown area here and around the hospital for places to live. The places we could afford had bars on the windows and doors and the nicer stuff in the area was way out of our price range. The revitalization area was limited to a few places within a couple blocks and the rest of the surroundings was boarded up with chain link fences around it or people living in poverty.

We ended up settling into an apartment in the NW near the intersection of Washington and Buffalo. We're right by the interchange and it takes 10 minutes to get to the hospital with only having to go through a few stoplights. There are five parks within a mile of us and one of them is very large. There are several shopping centers too and it's right on the border of Summerlin so it's sharing that nice area feeling but at more affordable prices than Summerlin. It's also mostly quiet here and we feel fairly safe. Our complex is family friendly too and they often hold events for kids like the most recent was an Easter Egg hunt. They have spacious apartment homes here with 3 bedrooms in your price range and they do move in specials.

I've been looking at houses in the area too and you can find them in your price range. I found this listing for a home near us that fits what you need. I've been over to that area and it has a Walmart near it and some shopping and casinos and access to the interchange, or you could drive down Rancho to work. It's not too far from everything near us too.

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Old 04-19-2015, 11:05 PM
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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Thats a 2br 1200sf. Tiny...
forget summerlin your budget is too low..

look around centennial or north las vegas near losee/centennial
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:22 AM
Location: Aliante
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I see now. That's is confusing. At the top of the listing it says 3 bd 2.5 bath but in the body of the description it says it's a 2/2.

I know we talked about some of this kthibo2 already in pm so I'm going to post this for those who are also on the medical journey moving here in June and may be searching and lurking.

Another place that I know people at UMC live in is Town Villas. It's like town houses in this gated community very close to the hospital, but my husband said the married couples he knows living there are all moving out. If you check the link they do have 3 bd/2 bath for $1250. I wished I'd known about them when we moved here because after some time here you start to realize crime is going to happen everywhere in Las Vegas. Gated communities don't really keep the people that want to get in out and it comes down to the aesthetic value, budget and amenities you're willing to live with. After nearly a year I think I would have preferred to be closer to the hospital as my husband gets into the 24 hr and 36 hr shifts in the next two years, and closer to the strip just so it takes me 10 minutes to get there instead of 20 and I feel I can explore it more during our time here.

Most people though are choosing the resort style apartment homes in the west with 24hr swimming pools, fitness centers, private walking paths, luxury interiors, washer and dryer inside each unit, dishwashers, a balcony or a patio and close to grocery stores and shopping centers. While there are also others who want to live on a tighter budget and pay off debt that go for this place called Wyandotte Apartments. They're very close to the strip and five minutes to UMC. You could ride a bike from there to work and they offer 1 - 3 bedrooms. They've been remodeling apartments but I found they don't have dishwashers and that was a must for me. They also have a laundry mat.

Here's the thread on Spring Valley. I'm not entirely sure where the good parts vs the bad parts are to live but I liked the Tropicana and 215 area and I read in that Spring Valley thread Flamingo and 215 are also good. I think we had mexican food there once. Though it can be a 20 minute commute to UMC from those areas.

If you're willing to live 20 minutes away you might have some luck in Green Valley and Henderson too. There have been some recent threads on where to live there. I saw some people recommending Silverado Ranch area.

The Summerlin area is closer to UMC by 5 minutes but most of the homes in your budget in Summerlin are going to be in the NW near me off Summerlin Parkway. For the most part we're relegated to that buffer between Summerlin and UMC on the West side of the 15 and the closer to Summerlin you get the nicer it seems. You notice a difference past Rainbow.

Some people live off Charleston and some live off Sahara. On Charleston Center Pointe Apartments at the corner of Jones are popular because it's luxury amenities inside and some units come fully furnished but they're only 2/2. It's also close to Walmart and Afandis Middle Eastern Market. The other popular place is Camden Del Mar near the corner of Rampart which offers 3 bedrooms but they're part of Peccole Ranch area so there are extra fees to live there that you'll have to pay. That area has lots of nice shopping but I'm told if you live at those apartments most people working at UMC take a left to the 215 to commute to work instead of taking a right which is a straight shot down Charleston to UMC. This is in order to avoid most of the traffic lights. To me that area is congested with Downtown Summerlin opening last year near Red Rock so I don't know how that's working out for them now.

My area is NW and we're at the San Moritz. It's has beautiful landscaping and is a quiet complex with spacious rooms and luxury amenities. Since moving here we've learned several others from UMC live here too. This place has a different style for their interiors than the other two popular places mentioned on Charleston and it is a 10 minute commute to UMC. However, there are a lot of places to live along Buffalo and especially along Rainbow to choose from that are also nice and as close to the same freeway access. On the other side of Buffalo in our area I've found some town homes under $1100 and a few single family homes. More houses are going to be along Buffalo while more apartment homes are going to be along Rainbow.

In my explorations here this area in the loop between Centinennial Parkway, the 95, the Summerlin Parkway, and the 215 all seems alright and you can probably find a house there for the price you're looking for if you're set on a house. At the furthest point NW it's about 16 minutes from the 215, down the 95, to the Rancho exit to get to UMC from there.

Where ever you choose in the Valley I would stay close to the highway/freeway access for a quicker commute than through the city streets so you don't get stuck at the stop lights and have to add to your commute.

Another nice area I know of where some families live in is Aliante in the North Las Vegas area. I'm not particularly sure where that is but they've mention a hotel and casino which I see is about 20 minutes from UMC. Anyways, that's where I know people from Nellis like to live if they want somewhere nice.

As you can see there's a lot of options within 20 minutes of UMC. You just have to look at a map on various websites to find what's out there in your price range. I use the map option on trulia, zillow, craigslist, and some of the other house hunting websites to find places and cross check listings and read multiple reviews taking in the good with the bad. It would be very good if you could come here for a week and drive around to look at places to live. That's what I did before moving here but I know not everyone can do that. I know some of the other medical families moved everything they had in June and stayed at Budget Suites off North Rancho for a week or two so they could look around before getting a place. It was only temporary and it wasn't bad. There is a storage unit right by Budget Suites and a Walmart and the commute from there to UMC down Rancho was less than 15 minutes.

As for culture shock you may be surprised to see security guards greeting you at the entrance of most every store here including grocery stores. Also they sell liquor in the grocery stores instead of separate liquor stores and there is gambling everywhere you go including slot machines at gas stations. Those things were very different for me and I hardly notice the gambling machines because I don't gamble so I don't look for it or notice it really. Lots of places have bars on the windows and doors in various areas around town. Some of it I wonder if the crime is really that bad or if it's a preventative security measure like requiring renters insurance for most places. I feel pretty safe here for the most part though.

The clothes shopping it really great here. There are several outlet malls in town and also in a nearby town called Primm which is only a 45 minute drive from where we live. They're having sales nearly every weekend and big sales in July and January. You can get news quality clothes for major discount prices like shopping at a thrift store prices. In the Ross here it's difficult for me not to want to buy a pair of shoes every time I go in there because I always find such great deals on designer shoes like BCBG and Kenneth Cole. They're several hundred dollar designer shoes for $15 - $20. I love sales here because I'd never spend that kind of money on these items anyways and I get better value for my money.
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