Discussion in 'Living in Sin (City that is)' started by tiffnie83, Oct 20, 2016.
As long as you're not moving to Vegas to become a poker pro I think you have a chance to make it.
My wife has your schedule.
I'm sorry to say this.......but it would be dangerous to do that
commute AFTER a 12 hr shift.
I don't see how you could do it.
My wife has a 45 min to 60 min commute and has nearly
fallen asleep behind the wheel numerous times.
I understand a better house for your $$$ vs. living LA.
My wife + I bought a home - 2 counties away from our jobs because it was only
affordable there - nothing near our jobs was affordable.
The farther away from NYC - the prices become affordable.
Honestly........you couldn't do that commute.
And I wouldn't give up your job .
How much seniority have you ?.....how many yrs til retirement ?
You'll figure it out........and good luck.
Oh........my wife had a coworker / nurse buy a house in Vegas - move there -
things didn't workout w/ the boyfriend - she flipped the house -
made a great $$$$ on the house + then returned to her old job ( with my wife ) !!!!
Ya never know !
My only advice is to do what works for you! Buying a home would be amazing. If I were you I would work in the same city, I'm sure you could love your job in Vegas too! That way you wouldn't miss anything with your child too! Win, win, (wait a minute sounds close to Vegas speak!)
People commuting from various states isn't as rare as you might think. A close family friend lives in San Antonio he is a nurse and he worked here in Henderson for a couple years. Though, his home was in TX, he'd stay here with his parents when working/on call, and fly between cities. My mom drove a doctor to/from LA regularly when she was a limo driver so he could nap/work during the commute. I've read articles about people that commute between Las Vegas and San Francisco, dozens of flights every day make it possible. It's a huge commitment and I'd only recommend it in the short term. Heck, I had a hell of a time with the drive to Laughlin when my husband worked and lived there, while I was in Vegas. It gets old quick.
I've been in Vegas 13 years now, and I love living here. Last year, I made the move to Henderson. I was hesitant to give up my LV address, but it is quieter and it has a lot of perks. My area has become one of the hottest in the valley. Your money will certainly stretch further in LV compared to LA, but home prices are on the uptick and you'd be looking at prices closer to $350+ for new in Henderson. As the rental market continues to skyrocket more and more folks will be purchasing homes I think we'll finally recover from when the bubble burst.
Many might disagree, but I'll add that homeownership is overrated. Or at least, it can be. It's been my biggest gamble and I've lost big time. I'd like to think I could walk away with a nest egg this time, but I'm prepared for the worst. I could see the commute being worthwhile if home prices were at 2010/2011 levels, houses were dirt cheap. Now, not so much. Plus, I see us repeating the same mistakes - people have equity again and are taking loans against it, others are moving up to homes that are likely above their means, builders are putting up developments in a hurry. When we stopped in the model homes on Saturday for the homes going up in our neighborhood, they sold 10 this past week. They claim to start at $290 but when you factor current price sheets, lots and upgrades those homes quickly become shy of half a million... Kinda crazy from where we were just a few years ago. There is no guarantee that the bubble won't burst again.
Despite Nevada's education reputation, there are diamonds in the rough. You'll have to do your homework, but we have a handful of great schools. I do not have kids myself, but family and friends have enrolled their kids in public, charter and private school; they've been successful in their chosen paths. Same can be said for our healthcare system, it can be pretty lousy, but there are gems. Though, it takes time and patience to find them. We are lacking in specialists, but thankfully LA is only 3 hours away - well, on a good day.
I live in the San Fer Valley near Sylmar. The one thing that bothers me is how are you going to manage driving through the winter time through Palmdale and Lancaster? Whether you opt for driving through Pearblossom Highway or straight up the I-14 to the I-58 connection you are still going to get the ice and snowstorms.
I made the mistake of driving through that during Christmastime because the Downtown illuminated canopy had just been completed and I wanted to see it. Never again. lol!
Okay, the job is the only reason. Have you looked into similar jobs in Vegas? I would guess benefits would be similar. You would save a small fortune only having ONE residence and not commuting back and forth. I can not imagine how much it would cost to do this.
And, on another somewhat rational note - why not just give this idea a try for a few weeks - in a row to see how you like it.
Ooohhhh....9 year olds need their mama when they are sick. Will your fiancee (you wrote fiancee, (fem) not fiance (masc)) so will she/he be looking after your son while you are away? Will she/he be working nights, or able to make dinners take him to sports, help with homework? My best gf right now is going through a hella situation with 16 year old daughter. (not going to school, out late, experimenting with drugs, boys etc.) Bff has commuted to a different city (she's a nurse too) 3 out of 4 nights and sometimes more, since daughter was 13. Yes there is a Dad who has his own room in their house but dad and daughter no longer get along. This is a diff situation than yours, but it's hard to repair after 3 years. If you feel comfortable with your partner bringing up your son, and son vice versa, it could work. And I know the benefit of owning a home of your own, with a yard, a neighborhood..Good luck with your decision. My vote is what the 9 year old can handle.
In 1995, I moved to Las Vegas from LA (Long Beach) for the same reason - the cost of housing. For 1/2 of the cost of a "bungalow" in Long Beach, we bought one year old home with a swimming pool on 1/3 acre. 11 years later, I sold that house for a nice profit, and moved away from Las Vegas. I now live in Denver, but still visit Las Vegas regularly. Someday, I may retire in Las Vegas, but while I continue to work, I'll only visit.
Having experienced the quality of life in these three different places, my opinion is not to move your child to Las Vegas. The quality of life in Las Vegas for a person of school or working age is terrible. I'm sure you can do your own searches about the state of education, health care, crime, and other statistics of interest. However, I would highly consider living in Las Vegas for a "late-life" career or a retirement. Once you no longer "need" to work, it can be a great place to live.
IMHO, wait until your child is an adult, then move where you like. Meanwhile, if you can afford it, consider buying a home in Las Vegas that you can rent out until you are ready to live in it. That might be one way to purchase a home for yourself in Las Vegas, at today's prices.
very cheap living , comute is fine, no state taxes. the problem is the scholls sux.
Have you considered buying a house around the Corona, Ontario, and Rancho Cucamonga area? They're relatively affordable (for LA standards) and they're close to the Metro. Not sure if you're interested in those areas, though.
Tiff, I think you said you live in Glendale, Ca.? Glendale has perfect weather. Vegas gets so hot in the summer that you have to pay for air conditioning for night and day. Winters... you may need to heat up the house during the cold nights.
Since you are a Nurse I am sure you can find a great job in Vegas or any city. You need to change jobs to Vegas so you can have your Dream House. Buy a house near the friend that you visit a lot.
You will be spending a lot of money on gas and time if you don't move to Vegas. Your fiance will get bored baby sitting your daughter. You will then have to hire a Nanny that will be expensive for you.
Your friends will get tired of helping you on a weekly basis. People don't mind helping out at first but then they get tired of helping.
You need to make a choice. You really can't have both unless you want to suffer for years just because you want a house. It reminds me of the movie "Rosebud". A house is a thing. A child grows up and learns that the house is more important than she is.
Make a choice.
I am a senior now and I had to give up my Dreams when I had two young sons to take care of and I had to choose them over my Dream to move
far away to Northern California where I would have had a tough life without my sons. I had joint custody of my kids. They needed their dad too.
GUESS WHAT? My Dream and fantasy wasn't all that important to me looking back at my wonderful life that I have with my adult sons today.
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