Neighborhoods in Las Vegas
Las Vegas may be exalted for its glitz and glamour but beyond the enticement of the strip sits an entire city filled with neighborhoods. Whether you’re traveling with a full house or consider yourself a bit more a 5-card stud, there is a neighborhood in this desert city with your name on it. Here, we’ll break it down by regions.
Downtown: Lifestyle in the downtown area can be described in two words: apartment living. Being in the heart of the action means living in an apartment near the Strip, which offers residents access to great cuisine and close proximity to shopping, casinos, hotels and other nightlife. The downtown area is perfect for busy professionals, younger re-locators or for those looking to be in the thick of it all ‘til the wee hours of the night (…morning). Vegas is a 24-hour city and living downtown is like having your finger on the pulse of it. The area is also close to the UNLV campus, which is an added bonus for prospective students moving to the area. Cost of living here depends on which housing style you choose. Simple apartments can cost around $550 a month, while high rises and lofty apartments, often cost $800 or more a month. $-$$$$
Northwest: An affluent and family-friendly neighborhood, this area is home to the largest amount of golf courses in Vegas. You could even say it’s downtown’s older, more settled sister. If you’re looking for waterfront property or just an apartment home away from the hustle and bustle of the craps tables, Northwest has that. Housing here is comprised of some gated neighborhoods with large homes and condos/townhome communities. In most cases, apartment living here is equivalent to a resort. For future Vegas residents looking to retire, the Northwest area is home to many age-restricted communities and several casinos are located in the neighborhood. One of the most popular neighborhoods, Summerlin, which was developed by Howard Hughes, is located in this area of town and has been acclaimed for its great communities and housing plans. $$-$$$$
South/Southwest: One of the most middle class parts of the city, this region is really coming into its own and we’d bet our whole hand on its success. Featuring a mixed crowd of families, young professionals and older residents, Southwest offers new parks, schools, and hospital facilities, as well as city and mountain views. The area is also gaining popularity due to the construction of new apartments and single family homes, as well as its proximity to I-215 and the Strip. The majority of housing in this area is moderately priced but certain suburbany neighborhoods such as Spring Valley can be more costly, positioning themselves toward residents with upper-middle income. $$-$$$$
South/Southeast: The southeast part of Vegas is coveted by upper-middle class residents due to its good schools, new hospitals and upscale neighborhoods. Offering accessibility to nearby cities like Boulder City (home of the Hoover Dam) and Henderson (a popular, family friendly, & upscale town), living in the Southeast ensures you are minutes away from biking, hiking, skiing and water sports. The area is within easy access of I-215, in case you want to maneuver around the outskirts of the city or take a weekend trip the “City of Angels.” $$-$$$
Northeast Valley: Located a few minutes from the Strip, this area is made up of a hodge-podge of houses, from mobile homes to mansions and everything in between. Nellis Air Force Base is close by so many military families call the Northeast area home. Experiencing rapid growth, due to the availability of property and the affordable housing in the area, Northeast is ideal for investors. Although the area is not as established, there are still many well-priced rentals available for those who want to reside in a quieter end of town. $-$$$
For those moving to town without furniture, furnished apartments can be found in the Las Vegas area but are more prominent downtown. If you are a bit of commitment-phobe, here are a few words of wisdom: many leases in the area are only six-month terms AND since you’ve just moved to the “Marriage Capital of the World” steer clear of chapels after happy hour. Added rental bonus: most apartments in Vegas come STANDARD with washer/dryer and ceiling fans!
“How About That Ride In…”
Due to the abundance of interstate and freeways around the Las Vegas areas, cars are the favorite mode of transportation around town. I-15 (or 215) can connect you to anywhere in the valley, as well as take you on a road trip to California. 515 and US-95 will be your other routes out of the city, while Fremont Street will let you cruise up and down the strip (head out of the moon-roof, optional). However, the city does offer various forms of public transportation for those who prefer to see things from the passenger seat. Bus service is available throughout the city through the Citizens Area Transit lines. For those with the need for speed, the monorail system covers a 4-mile area and can take residents all along the Strip and downtown area.
“It’s a Dry Heat…”
Being located in a desert climate does offer the best of both worlds, in terms of weather. The winters here are cool/cold and the summers are filled with what some call a “dry heat.” This is a kind term for HOT! Summers temperatures here can reach well into the 100s, so expect a pricey electricity bill. No wonder they pump oxygen into those casinos. In fact, Nevada Energy is known to issue warnings of power outages in summer months. But don’t let a little hot weather discourage you - seven months out of the year, the weather is actually pretty perfect. You can ski Mount Charleston in the winter, swim Lake Mead in the summer and hike and run outdoors in between.
Whether you explore Red Rock Canyon, spend the day shopping, take visitors to the Strip or simply stand in awe of the mountains and valleys of your own backyard, the beauty of Las Vegas is that you can make it what you want. There is a neighborhood, a home, an activity for every age, budget and lifestyle.
We hate to do it but we have to…three little words say it all. Vegas, baby. Vegas!
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM RENT ADVISOR:
For the past 15 years, Las Vegas has been the fastest growing city in the country, and for good reason. With so much to do, such a strong job market and a relatively low cost of living, Las Vegas is perfect for both young and old, families and singles alike. Whether you're into gambling, recreational activities, the mountains, the desert, the glamorous casino dining and shows, or just relaxing by a refreshing pool, Las Vegas offers everything you could desire. Most people visiting Las Vegas don't realize that people actually live normal, productive lives here. They think that if you live in Las Vegas, you must be a professional gambler, or work in the service industry at one of the many hotels. This couldn't be farther from the truth. There are all types of people who call Las Vegas home, and they work in every type of industry that people living in any big city do.
•Recreation and Entertainment are Plentiful
•Gambling is everywhere. Those with gambling problems should beware!
The People - Who Lives Here?
Las Vegas is home to a diverse group of people from all walks of life, and all ethnicities. Many elderly people choose Las Vegas as a great place to retire, due to the dry heat, and the over-abundance of entertainment and recreational activities. Many families love living in Las Vegas because the job market is strong, and up until about a year ago, home prices were low, and it was very economical to live here. Singles love Las Vegas for the obvious reasons....So much to do! So many other young singles to meet and party with! Not to mention the more than 300,000 tourists that visit each month!! It's an adult playground for those 21 to 100!
Social Scene - Bars, clubs, restaurants
What other city in the US offers hundreds of casinos with nightclubs in almost all of them, not to mention pool parties every weekend in the summer, and hundreds upon hundreds of restaurants and bars also within those same casinos? You could pick a casino, and eat, drink, gamble, dance, socialize, shop or just people-watch without having to leave the building!
The hundreds, if not thousands of neighborhood bars began flourishing when an ordinace allowing any bar or restaurant owner to have up to 15 video poker/slot machines in his establishment. Any bar with over 15 machines is considered a casino, so it's not often you'll find a neighborhood bar containing more than 15 machines installed in the bar tops. Every bar has video poker machines. You become used to seeing them everywhere you go.
Since the indoor smoking ordinace was passed about a year ago, some of the bars had to make a choice between video poker machines, or a restaurant, since smoking is no longer allowed in any area where food is served. Since gamblers like to smoke while they are gambling, many bar owners quit serving food altogether, and kept the video poker machines as they were more profitable than the food sales. Some of the bar owners made minor changes to the interior of their bars, such as installing a wall to separate the gamblers from the diners, and therefore were allowed to keep serving food in a smoke-free environment while the gamblers could smoke freely in the bar area. In the old days, you could even smoke in the grocery stores and drugstores where slot machines were installed, but now that is no longer allowed. Many of the gas stations and grocery stores with slot machines have lost a lot of money due to the smoking ordinace. Of course, the casinos were not affected by this new ordinance. Smoking is allowed in all of the casinos, with the exception of the restaurants areas.
The Value - Rental prices vs. quality of living
Just like any growing, metropolitan city, rental rates have been increasing steadily over the past 10 years, and although the cost of living in Las Vegas is relatively low, it's not as low as it once was. However, you can eat and drink in Las Vegas for next to nothing which helps keep the cost of living down. The quality of life in Las Vegas is great, and unlike any other place on earth. If you can endure the 115 degree summers, you'll love living in Las Vegas and taking advantage of all the many entertainment options.
Transportation & Traffic
Las Vegas offers a limited array of public transportation. The Las Vegas CAT bus system runs regularly along the strip and the main thoroughfares within Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas. Some of the busier routes provide 24-hour bus service, while other, less-busy routes offer bus service until midnight.
In addition to the CAT bus system, there is a monorail system that runs along the Las Vegas Strip, gently gliding folks from one end of the strip to the other. Although mostly ridden by tourists, it could come in handy for anyone who has visitors from out of town staying on the strip.
McCarran International Airport is conveniently located for easy access from any part of Las Vegas and is the 10th busiest airport in the country.
Most residents of Las Vegas prefer to get around in their own, personal automobiles, and the freeways and surface streets are ever-expanding to accommodate the increase in traffic. Until about 10 years ago, the only major freeways in Las Vegas were the I-15 freeway, and the I-95 freeway. The I-215 "beltway" was built to eleviate the burden that the two main freeways were carrying, and has been a popular alternative route for millions of commuters each week. The freeways seem to be constantly under construction, adding lanes to accommodate all the traffic. If only they built them right the first time!!
Rental Advice & Tips
As is the case in any city you are considering a move to, do your research well before deciding which area you want to begin your search for the perfect home. There are some areas of town that are considered to be more inner-city-ish than others, and some areas have much higher rental costs than many others. Sit down and figure out what you can afford, what area will allow you the shortest commute, and which area has the best schools for your children, if applicable.
If possible, visit Las Vegas 2 or 3 times before moving here, and not for fun, for research!! There is nothing worse than moving to a new city, and discovering after you've moved into your new apartment that you should have moved to a different area, or that you're on the opposite side of the city from your workplace! Do your research! It'll pay off in the end.
Entertainment & Recreation - Things to do
This website isn't big enough to list all of the entertainment and recreational things to do in and around Las Vegas! For starters, as far as recreational things to do, there are:
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, Valley of Fire State Park (beautiful!), Mount Charleston (a great place to cool off during the hot summer months!), Floyd Lamb State Park, Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park, Death Valley National Park, and only a 3 or 4 hour drive away, Grand Canyon National Park and Zion National Park.
As far as entertainment goes, well, there are literally hundreds of casinos that offer Las Vegas-style shows, eateries, gambling, and not to mention the shopping! Las Vegas has become the shopping mecca for shopaholics everywhere!
Recommended Neighborhoods & Areas
Once you become a full-time resident of Las Vegas you'll probably notice that your visits to the Strip become few and far between (unless of course you work on the strip!). Most locals prefer to stay away from the heavy weekend traffic and high volume foot traffic that can be found every single weekend, and most weekdays, too, on the strip.
Downtown, although still heavily populated with tourists is less crowded and offers the Fremont Street Experience, a dazzling lit canopy that displays a wide variety of images that are in sync with the music blasting over the loudspeakers. It's a sight to see.
In addition to the tourist traps, you can find many a local park close to most of the neighborhoods in Las Vegas. Desert Breeze Park is one of the larger parks, and in addition to free music events, and a very popular skate park, you can bring your dog to the dog park there, or swim in the public pool.
Summerlin is host to an annual art festival, and Henderson is home to Sunset Park, where many events are held every year.
The Essentials - Groceries, gyms, banks
Shopping abounds in Las Vegas. Grocery stores, banks, health clubs, specialty stores, home stores, department stores, you name it, you'll find what you're looking for within minutes of where ever you live. Parking is always free at all shopping areas and malls.
The main shopping malls in Las Vegas are the Boulevard Mall (East Side), and the Meadows Mall (West Side). The Fashion Show Mall is an upscale mall located on the Las Vegas Strip. If you want a more hoity toity shopping experience, then the Fashion Show Mall is the perfect place. A gigantic mall is being built in the Northwest part of the Valley, but won't be completed for a while.
For years and years, jobs were plentiful in Las Vegas, especially in the service industry and the construction industry. The past few years has seen a noticeable decline in the construction jobs, and although there are many to be had, jobs in the construction industry are not as plentiful as they were, say, 3 to 5 years ago. Hopefully, the construction industry will pick-up again soon. Service industry jobs (bartender, food servers, front desk clerks, maids, bell boys, valet attendants) are plentiful, and can be lucrative at some of the high end hotel/casinos.
Teachers are in great demand in Las Vegas, as are nurses. If you're looking for a job, chances are you'll find it sooner in Las Vegas than you would in just about any other city in the country. The salaries still need to be brought up to the level of those in other metropolitan cities, and little by little the salaries are increasing, but so is the cost of living, unfortunately.
During the massive growth that Las Vegas experienced, schools were built as fast as possible to accommodate all of the newcomers to the city. Some of the schools are year-round, and some aren't. There are literally hundreds of grammar, middle and high schools in every part of the city.
For higher eduction, you have the Clark County Community College, The College of Southern Nevada, and of course, UNLV, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Valley also offers more than 60 vocational and business training schools for specialized educational needs.
Unfortunatley, Las Vegas is #1 in home foreclosures in the nation. This can be a good thing if you're in the market for a home at a great price. Many bank-owned properties are being sold at below value, and it's definitely a buyer's market right now. If you can somehow get a mortgage loan, you could probably find a very nice home at a very reasonable price.
Las Vegas has 2 distinct seasons: Summer (very hot and dry for almost 6 months of the year), and Winter (not unbearable with daytime temps around 45-65 degrees, and nighttime temps dipping below freezing), and 2 short-lived, non-distinct seasons, Spring and Fall in Las Vegas offer the most perfect weather you could ever wish for, but they are both short-lived.
It does snow in Las Vegas almost every winter, although it rarely sticks to the ground. A few years ago, Las Vegans woke-up to find over 6" of snow accumulated on their lawns, BBQ's, swimming pools and automobiles. Everyone in the city got their cameras out that particular morning to photograph the beautiful white blanket that is rarely seen in Las Vegas in such quantity.
It can go months between rains, and the monsoon season (July through September), is notorious for flash floods and intense lightning storms. People in Las Vegas drive horribly in any weather, let alone rain. When it rains in Las Vegas, the oil that has built up on the pavement rises to the surface and the roads become dangerously slippery. You can imagine what it was like that morning Las Vegans awoke to 6" of snow on the ground!!! Yikes.
Las Vegas is a great place to call home. You don't have to be a gambler, or someone who enjoys the mountains to love living in Las Vegas. You can be a couch potato, a tennis player, a bookworm, or a nun, and still find plenty to love about this great city. -Lmillerlvnv
PLEASE DO NOT MOVE HERE !!! ELISA & REBECCA THE TWO MANAGERS SUCK !! THEY HAD A SHOOTING HERE A COUPLE MONTHS BACK ! THEY WILL CHARGE YOU FOR WHATEVER THEY CAN !! AND THE PLACE IS INFESTED WITH COCKROACHES I'M SO GLAD I GOT THE HELL OUT OF THERE !! -Danebanke
We got a 15 mo lease with old, used carpet. The doors are scratched from dogs that the previous tenant owned. If you're a parent of a young child, he/she will be assigned to Pitman. This elementary school was voted one of the worst school in the county. After living here(Oasis Gateway) for 2 years our apt was broken into. Instead of getting a, "we're sorry" we got a letter reminding us to renew our lease. Do NOT consider any camden properties, they charge more for rent than any other property. -admajd
NO NO NO - and not in your wildest dreams! Well, I am housing a refugee from the Camden Bel Aire apartments in Las Vegas, NV, because the poor, young,single, working girl cannot make herself stay in an apartment that is infested with cockroaches. She has been displaced for over five weeks now, is expected to pay her rent, although she has been unable to inhabit the living space for over five weeks. She awoke to cockroaches crawling on her in her own bed ..three weeks into the extermination process. It is apparant that the management has no education on the infestation protocol for roaches, nor do they take her seriously on her complaints. She has incurred astronomical expenses in additional outside rent, eating out, dog boarding, etc. because she is terrified and traumatized at the infestation. Finally, she contacted the state board of health and was told that no complaint could be filed until a signed and dated letter was accepted by property management outlining the problem, the degree of severity, and the acceptable solutions, which in this case was an ultimatum to rectify the problem by spraying the entire building - all shared walls and tenant properties of the structure, or to return her first, last and deposit, and let her out of her lease. Another week later and they are now making good on last week's promise to spray all the dwellings in the building. While Camden properties are relentless and specific about the tenants responsibilities and obligations, they recognize no culpability in this young woman's out of pocket expense and trauma- or the fact that she has been literally put out of her home for fear of these insects that are knowm health hazards, carrying disease such as (but not limited to) salmonella, tuberculosis,tetanus, botulism, just to name a few. Every tenant lease carries an implied warrantee that the management will provide a habitable environment at all times. The property management is clearly in violation of the lease, yet the management maintains that this is not serious, that they are doing everything within their obligation, and that the tenant must continue to pay rent. I would personally NEVER stay in a property where I saw ONE roach in the house...because it is a fact that one equals HUNDREDS...so the bottom line point is - WHY would you lease with a management property that clearly shows NO obligation to take care of such an issue immediately - but holds you accountable for maintaining your end of an agreement for which they are in clear default?! I would think more than twice about entering into a lease agreement with this company. Just google Camden and look at all the compaints from every state about the same issue. -Anonymous
Dear Future resident:
Camden Hills is under new management. The people at the office are friendly and understanding.
The changes are noticible and we are looking foward to see positive feedback from those that now live here! -Camden Hills