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Old 04-14-2021, 01:47 PM
 
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DW and myself are retired and would like to buy a condo in Las Vegas as second home. We're 60+ and would prefer a senior friendly area. Are there any specific condo communities (up to $350k 2 bedroom 2 bath) you could recommend? Schools and golf courses are not important. Location, cleanliness, no crime, close to airport, restaurants and groceries are....

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Old 04-14-2021, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Our 55+ community, Sun City Anthem, has villas — which are similar to duplexes — where the exteriors are maintained by the HOA. Most of the community is regular single family housing, but there are some as mentioned both in Sun City Anthem and in the neighboring 55+ community of Solara. $350K would probably be at the low end, but might be possible.

The smaller single family houses in Solara, Sun City Anthem and most of the 55+ communities really require very little maintenance. Here’s one in your budget in Solara.

https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...4_M19523-21506
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Old 04-15-2021, 10:13 AM
 
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how much would the monthly heating, cooling and water/sewer bill look like for a 1200 sq foot home in vegas?
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Old 04-17-2021, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Lone Mountain Las Vegas NV
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how much would the monthly heating, cooling and water/sewer bill look like for a 1200 sq foot home in vegas?
Varies widely. There is for instance Sun City Aliante which was built late by Del Webb with very good insulation. Probably half the utility bill of the older Sun Cities. The town houses often have the external landscaping taken care of by the association so no external water use.

For that size home figure $40 to $80 monthly on average.

Note that most of the 55+ condos are town houses. Mostly duplexes. Basically attached on one wall.

The base HOA fee in most of the Sun Cities is between $100 and $150. The town homes HOAs are about the same price but they cover virtually all external stuff like paint and roofs and landscaping. This is on top of the base HOA fee.

There are also some deluxe active mature ones like Trilogy. They are very nice and new but over twice the cost of the regular 55+ Condos. Pretty likely outside of your price range.
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Old 04-17-2021, 04:54 PM
 
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I thought those smallish townhome bungalows in sun city Summerlin looked pretty classy... Neighborhood had matured nicely, not so sure about the residents... but it was well thought out aesthetically. Low crime, nice sidewalks...
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Old 04-17-2021, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Senior friendly vs 55+ is a big difference. If you value peace and quiet, 55+ is probably a better choice, though you can never tell who your next door neighbors are going to be. I will never live in a condo again, only single family homes. Too many issues with noisy neighbors, kids, dogs etc. I'm in a non 55+ community now and so far it hasn't been too bad with kids, but dogs is a different story. Too many people have dogs and don't control the barking. I can't imagine living in a condo with a neighbor who has kids and dogs that bark. At least in 55+, there aren't any kids. Really, I'm not a grouchy old man, but I don't like hearing screaming kids or barking dogs.
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Old 04-17-2021, 07:44 PM
 
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I thought those smallish townhome bungalows in sun city Summerlin looked pretty classy... Neighborhood had matured nicely, not so sure about the residents... but it was well thought out aesthetically. Low crime, nice sidewalks...
Agreed. We have friends there and I have driven around it a fair amount. It's aged well I think.
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Old 04-17-2021, 08:04 PM
 
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thank you for all your replies. in our next visit we will have to drive around summerlin and henderson. our trips to las vegas have been mostly sightseeing. how is the water / drought situation in las vegas?
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Old 04-17-2021, 10:08 PM
 
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how is the water / drought situation in las vegas?
Dismal. Not the greatest. Lots of long term water resource questions up in the air
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Old 04-18-2021, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Lone Mountain Las Vegas NV
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Dismal. Not the greatest. Lots of long term water resource questions up in the air
Not much of a problem. More than enough water to maintain growth for a couple more decades. Note that Las Vegas draws from above the dam while the rest of the SW users are below it.

Drought is not a condition here. We basically get so little rain it makes little difference. We exist off the Colorado River.

In fact the aquifers below Las Vegas have been rising for the last couple of decades. That is water coming under the Spring Mountains.
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