First of all, you're moving to Sin City, so kick up your heels and give a shout of excitement at that decision. We'll wait...
Done? Good, because now you need to seriously concentrate on your up and coming move.
First of all, navigating the Las Vegas area, which is given if you are moving to Spring Valley as it sits just a couple miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, can be difficult on a newcomer. So first thing's first, enlist the help of a local in the form of a realtor or agent who knows the area of Spring Valley intimately. The good news is that the vacancy rate is quite high, at around 10%. This means there is more for you to choose from, but it doesn't mean you should take anything that comes along that sounds too good to be true. Remember that you will be in very close proximity to the Las Vegas Strip, and it isn't called Sin City for nothing!
The best course of action is to make a list of what you want in your home, and what is important for you to be close to. Examples can be a hospital if you have health issues or if you want to be close to where you work... all of these will serve to help the agent narrow down a search and find you just the right place in just the right area.
To make sure the application and approval process moves quickly without any hiccups, so to speak, you should have all of your papers in order before you begin actively searching. This means your credit report, your work history and personal references. Be prepared to put down security deposits, pet deposits, pay application fee and a credit check fee. It sounds like a lot, but it really is standard everywhere in this day and age. Be sure to begin your search the moment you have officially decided to move. Procrastination is never a good thing when it comes to moving your life, whether it's from one city to another or just across town. The early bird usually gets the tasty worm!
W Flamingo Rd / S Rainbow Blvd: This urban neighborhood is packed into the northeastern edge of the town, with closely set homes that have a 1950s feel because of the planned layout. The homes are of medium (think 2-4 bedrooms) sized. A wonderful neighborhood with the beautiful and lush Ravenwood Park. Many residents can be found exercising or jogging to and from this particular park everyday as the weather permits. This is a very walkable area, but during the summer months, most folks opt to use their air-conditioned vehicles or take the bus. The vacancy rates are still quite high here. That is a benefit at this point for those looking to buy or even rent in this area!
S Tenaya Way / New Forest Dr: Located in the southwestern corner of Spring Valley, this area is very popular given how close it is to Paul Meyer Park. The vacancy rate is at a solid 10%. For most in this neighborhood, the commute to work is just a couple of miles away. For others, the average commute time ranges between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on traffic and the time of day.
Peace Way / Spring Valley Pkwy: This neighborhood is filled with single family homes, and a good portion of those homes have pools in their backyard. Pools are a very, very popular amenity in this region of Spring Valley. It is hands down the absolute best way to beat the heat of the long summer months. To most it seems like a luxury, but in this neighborhood, it is very typical to have one.This area is completely urban, very walkable, and moderately priced for what you end up with!
W Flamingo Rd / W Harmon Ave: With Spring Valley Town Center on its north west corner and Laurelwood Park in the middle, this neighborhood is perfect example of a well laid out community neighborhood. Again, most of the homes have swimming pools in their back yards and room to play or relax in their front yards.
Amberwood Ln / Spring Valley Pkwy: This area is one of the more affordable in Spring Valley. It is similar in many ways to the rest of the area, but there are more apartment complexes and a few high rise units in this area. The vacancy rates are still high here as well, which only helps prospective buyers and renters to find exactly what they are looking for in their price ranges. The commutes to and from work are quite short on average here, usually only 15-25 minutes. Many here take the bus or choose to walk on comfortable days instead of driving their cars.
W Tropicana Ave / S Rainbow Blvd: This is a wonderful area and a bright spot for Spring Valley. Almost all of the homes were built after 1975, and they are on average, quite large! Close to the Las Vegas Strip and all the action. Reasonably priced and very trendy.