Moving to Vegas ... advice?

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  1. evoluzione macrumors 68010

    evoluzione

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    so my girlfriend and i went to Vegas last month and got married (see this thread ).

    we loved it so much there, and have been wanting to move to California, but now we're thinking of spending a year in Las Vegas (or more) before going to CA and then on to Australia.

    Does anyone here at MR live in Vegas? if so, do you have any tips? what are some decent neighborhoods to look for apartments in? Any areas to avoid? what's traffic like (other than the obvious Strip)? What "extras" are we likely to encounter when renting?

    if anyone can give any answers to the above questions, and any other advice we'd really appreciate it!

    thanks
     
  2. diddy macrumors 6502

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    Right here, evo. Born and raised :)

    The best places to look for nice, affordable apartments are probably Green Valley (to the south, and technically a part of Henderson, another city in the same valley,) and Summerlin (north-west side.) Both are what they call 'master-planned communities.' This is where all the growth is. You wouldn't be near the Strip or downtown, but that's not such a bad thing. A good rule is that the closer you are to the bright lights, the dirtier the neighborhood will be. However, a good portion of the city is less than, say, 5 years old, so there are only a couple places to really avoid.

    One of them is North Las Vegas. It's a separate city, and to be honest, the kind of place skinny white boys like me try to avoid. The east side is pretty funky, too. In the summer, sometimes the waste treatment plant has a fire...stinky. Poverty and drugs are pretty rampant in both of these places.

    Traffic around these parts is funny. Keep in mind that I can usually make it from anywhere to anywhere in 30-40 minutes. It gets nasty sometimes because (1) so many folks move here that the city is having a hard time keeping up with all the cars. There is always major construction somewhere. (2) This is a 24hr town in a big way. So, sometimes rush hour happens again at 4am.

    As far as any extra concerns about renting, I'm clueless. I've never rented in this town. However, many of my friends who stayed here for college have, and I've never heard any big complaints or stories of landlord funny business.

    Vegas is a crazy place to call home. But it has its perks. I mean, its January 4th, 6pm, and 61 degrees outside. We have something like 300 days of sunshine every year. :p Be prepared for the heat, though; 120 degrees in the summer is not an exaggeration.

    If there is anything else you would like to know, PM me. I'd be happy to fill you in with all the details you need. :)
     
  3. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

    2nyRiggz

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    remember whatever happens in vagas stays in vagas;).....that sould take you a long way.


    Bless
     
  4. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    I went to Vegas last summer, it was great. Everything is so cool. All the buildings and stuff. There was this one part where it was pretty crummy, we got out of that part quick, heh.
     
  5. adk macrumors 68000

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    May I ask what career field you're in that permits you to move where you please?
     
  6. evoluzione thread starter macrumors 68010

    evoluzione

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    my wife is a pastry chef (but has been working Front of House for the past couple of years) so she'll not have much difficulty in getting work hopefully. I, right now, am building up a Mac business, giving lessons and tech support, but i have an advertising / production background which i want to get back into. i'm more than happy to work for a casino though, i haven't been able to work legally for a few years now, so anything with a good paycheck and security is fine by me!


    Diddy ... thanks for the reply, we'd pretty much worked out that Summerlin and Green Valley were the places to look at, and you confirmed that, thanks! i'll PM you later.
     
  7. watcher2001 macrumors 6502a

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    I am afraid, yet I have to ask. Why could you not work legally???
     
  8. evoluzione thread starter macrumors 68010

    evoluzione

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    i'm English, and the company i used to work for (legally) has since closed down, and of course my visa technically went with it. now i'm married, and will be getting a work permit within the next 2-3 months (hopefully!) :)
     

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