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10 years living in Vegas,,,,, Review

Discussion in 'Living in Sin (City that is)' started by 3cats, Jan 9, 2015.

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  1. tominiowa

    tominiowa High-Roller

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    the spaghetti bowl is the major cause of all traffic delays. It hooks all the major roads together. If not necessary a person learns to avoid this area
    between 5-8 AM and 4-7 PM when many people are going to and from work. With all the merging and dividing going on accidents are more prone to happen
    there and throw in tourists who are unsure where they are going and it can get messy.
     
  2. ken2v

    ken2v That was awesome

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    Comments embedded in red, hopefully:

     
  3. mrem3200

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    Can someone explain #6 - getting vs. keeping a casino job?
     
  4. La$Vega$

    La$Vega$ What happens in Vegas is put on VMB forever

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    Buenos Suerte

    Thanks for the review!
    Having family nearby is a bonus, but maybe wait a while and rent your home out until after you move back by the family for a few months?
    Either way good luck on the sale and move back!

     
  5. vegasbound

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    Best of luck to you as you embark on the next chapter of your lives. 10 years in Vegas is practically eternity. I'm coming up on my 12th year here. There are definitely pros/cons and Vegas is not for everyone. We see so many come and go, for a multitude of reasons. Our mileage has varied a bit from yours, but I think everyone who gives life in sin city a whirl gains a different perspective.

    1. We don't go to the strip or downtown for gaming purposes. We go for entertainment & dining. Aside from Sports betting, random poker tourney or the occasional $20 in a slot/video poker/keno we don't gamble. If we get the itch, we go to Laughlin.
    2. Low taxes are a definite perk to living here - no doubt!
    3. We welcome visitors. We downsized from a large home to an apt so we don't get as many as we used to, but we enjoy sharing our city with others. We'll help find good hotel rates, discounts on shows, etc.
    4. We had lived on the west side of town for a decade (Flamingo/Buffalo & Trop/Fort Apache), then we moved to the Silverado Ranch area. We've enjoyed everywhere we've lived.
    5. I've always found the valley easy to navigate. The greatest difficulty is knowing the difference of Lake Mead Dr vs Blvd. And learning that a handful of streets change names like Rampart and Fort Apache, Pecos and St Rose, for example.
    6. I've never worked in a casino, but my husband started as a front line employee, he's now in Executive Management. Majority of our friends work in casinos; they've been employed long term.
    7. Knowing Spanish is beneficial, anywhere. I'm learning slowly.
    8. The weather is fantastic. Sure it gets hot, but we have A/C. It does get cold (relative), but it doesn't last long. I need a healthy dose of sunshine so living elsewhere is almost unthinkable.
    9. Driving is atrocious. Traffic isn't bad, but drivers are rude, selfish and often completely unaware.
    10. I love that Las Vegas is a melting pot. It's wonderful to interact with others from all over the globe.
    11. All casinos are a business that care about their bottom line.
    12. I am agnostic, but I have friends and co-workers who are devoted to their religion. I'm actually an odd one out at my office since I don't attend church services.
    13. Yes, anything goes...
    14. I do not have a conceal and carry permit, but I'm all about open carry.
    15. We have beautiful golf courses and locals receive great discounts.
    16. Tickets are expensive, but the convenience makes it worth while. I'm oblivious when it comes to celebs. They can be within arms length and then wonder why is a crowd forming?
    17. I have had a pool at every property, I've had. I never swam last year, but I do like having it available.
    18. "My arthritis never felt better while living in Vegas." Amen!

    My issues with politics are not unique to Las Vegas. I'd have them wherever I live in the US.
     
  6. Joe Strummer

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    Great post !
    I'm always interested in reading of Vegas residents personal experiences.
    I'd wish to here more.........about ANY other small details.
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    I have a few more years til retirement and have a daydream of buying
    a Vegas ( or vicinity) foreclosure......doing the remodeling myself.
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    Arthritis + Vegas weather ! YUP !....I agree.
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    Vegas summer temps don't bother me.....as long as the humidity remains, as is.
     
  7. zamboni

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    I want to move out there, but wouldn't live in Vegas. Boulder City, Pahrump, or Arizona side somewhere. Vegas is too nuts ALL the time, and I would want to escape it and relax. I am a CC permit holder here and would definitely get it there. I can't stand the winters here, and when the weather is actually decent my allergies are horrible, but they don't bother me there.
     
  8. TomTWI

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    There are many areas in LV that are not nuts. You can chose your chaos level. Where our home is could just as well be Phoenix but I can get to a selection of casinos or the strip in 15 minutes. Downtown takes another 5 or so. To each their own but I love the 24/7 aspect of LV and bigger cities. Boulder City does seem nice from what I've seen and it is close to LV.

    TomTWI
     
  9. slimmy28

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    Interesting thread. I have considered moving to Vegas for years and 2014 was the year I decided to look into it and do heavy research. I even spent most of September as a "local" staying with a friend to see if I liked it. In December I made the decision to go for it without a job in hand. I arrived in town on January 6th and was offered employment on Friday the 16th. I currently am staying with the same friend as in September and presently reside in North Las Vegas. Now that I was offered and accepted employment, I am turning up the intensity on my search for my own place. I am glad I have a few weeks to really find where I want to reside. I really like Henderson, but it's still early in my search to rule most areas out.

    I find the area fairly easy to navigate and with Google maps on my phone, it's pretty easy in my opinion. I am still new to the area and have a ton to learn, but so far I really like what I see. I can definitely tell living here is different than any other city I have ever resided in, but that uniqueness is one of the reasons I decided to move.
     
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    Welcome! Good luck on the hunt for a home.

    Vegas was too fast paced for my mom, and she wanted affordable horse property. She sought out all nearby areas and liked Sandy Valley best. But chose to live in Pahrump, it was most practical with the most conveniences. She enjoys the peace and quiet and light traffic. But dislikes the lack of conveniences. Restaurants outside of casinos are few and close early. It's very difficult to get doctor appointments, rx's are often out of stock, she has to come to Vegas for specialty drs/tests, treatment at hospital is limited. grocery store aisles are often sold out, etc. Her health has caused her to give up all of her farm animals, and she'd like to move to Vegas now for ease, but she's been priced out of the market since cost of living in Pahrump in significantly lower. Now, on a fixed income she has little choice but to stay put. All areas have to pros/cons to consider.
     
  11. slimmy28

    slimmy28 Low-Roller

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    I looked at two places in the Green Valley area today and really like that area. The 215 is easily accessible and not too far from I-15. I will likely settle on somewhere in this vicinity. I also went to GVR today for the first time and was really impressed. A unique property for sure.
     
  12. Bac4life

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    Well, that is the hottest time of the year. Lived in Henderson a few years, I find it to be the hottest part of the valley. Its always great weather in July and August, the heat might be extreme but at least its dry.
     
  13. JWBlue

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    After being in LV for a 10 day trip I am ready to leave.

    I could not live there.
     
  14. TomTWI

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    Where did you spend your 10 days? If you were on the strip and downtown only, you don't have a realistic idea of what it is like. I would never try to talk anyone into living in Las Vegas, you either like it or not.

    I'm in FL now down by Ft. Myers and the weather is great. My wife wants to buy a place I want to keep our Vegas property. I tell her maybe when I'm 75 I'll fit in better down here. Super nice upscale area but I'm 65 and a youngster!!!


    TomTWI
     
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  15. Landshark

    Landshark Way into it...

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    Lol, I could live there... but I'd be dead broke.
     
  16. NativeSoCal

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    I always get a kick out of the "dry heat" comments.

    My oven is a dry heat too, but I ain't planning on moving my things into it and living there! :evillaugh
     
  17. thunderdave

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    I would guess you've never lived anywhere where the humidity is 80% + with temps in the 90's.
     
  18. NativeSoCal

    NativeSoCal Low-Roller

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    You area exactly correct.

    The reason why?
    I have VISITED places with high heat/humidity several times (for both work and pleasure)
    I have the same affinity for those places as I do my oven. ;)
     
  19. ken2v

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    Indeed, you often don't know until you do know.

    We don't need a move to Vegas to prove to us why we long ago kicked that idea to the curb. But by the same token, when we left So Cal three-plus years ago, we had no idea what a game-changer relocation it would be for us. The job brought us in. Knowing what we know now, we wasted a lot of years down there not actively seeking a way to relocate up here. But we just had no clue.
     
  20. Rush

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    I read the LV papers daily, and the place really seems to have changed for the worse over the last few years. Seems like the corruption is really getting a nice foothold in the politics, and the streets are falling to crime at a rapid rate. Maybe it's just my perception, or just what gets put in print? I don't know. I rent a car almost every trip, and try to get out and see the real city each time. I drive out to the "burbs", and see where I would like to live if I was there. I applaud the people who take the plunge to pick up and make a change like that. It's been said that most of us will be born and die in a 50 mile radius, and I think I will fit that bill.
     
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