Start looking for a place as soon as you know that you are moving. While you can generally find an apartment or home without a lot of hassle, 3 bedroom homes are tough to find quickly. There is a lot of competition from those living in nearby Las Vegas so put together a great portfolio of references from your employer and past landlords along with references for any pets you might have. Expect both a credit and background check to be run. You need to be ready to hand over the security deposit immediately and don't hesitate when you find a great place because if you snooze here, you lose!
If you are looking for an all bills paid residence, you might find one if you're lucky, but that isn't the norm here except for in executive suites. An executive suite is a little bigger than a studio and tends to be ultra modern. You can expect to pay a lot less than the national average for a one bedroom place that has a pool or about twice as much for a 3 bedroom that has everything. If you are looking for a rent to own place, expect to pay a nominal down payment around the average for Arizona for a 3 bedroom place.
Whitney has the distinction of being listed in Sperling's as a stressful place to live, ranking second on the list. It's important to note, however, that Sperling's was looking at rather subjective criteria. While it is true that Whitney has been dealing with negative job growth, nearby Las Vegas, where most people work, has not. Most of the problems you'll hear about Whitney are on paper and not a reality for residents.
This is a thriving and vibrant town that just happens to have a lot of people living there. The town itself has a lot to offer if given a chance. It's quiet, peaceful, and there is an astounding nightlife only a couple of miles away in warm and always bumping Las Vegas. Whitney is close enough to allow you to enjoy all of that and then leave it behind when you're ready to head home.
There are plenty of parks and recreation facilities in Whitney and outdoor activities are highly favored by most residents. Hiking and biking are both popular activities. One really great thing about living in Whitney is that you are never more than a few minutes away from pretty much anything you might want to experience. From food to gambling to physical activities, it's all available to you if you live in Whitney.