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Last edit: RockChickX51 on Friday, 8th May 2009 9:21 am
Last response by SilverFox 13th May 11:40am

I've been throwing the idea back and forth for about a year now on whether or not I want to move to Las Vegas.
Not the fact that it's VEGAS just the fact that it's not here. I live near the beach and I'm so sick of palm trees and I'm ready for a change. I've lived in this town since I was born and seeing the directions all my friends are going in (going to the same local bar every weekend, drinking, same crap over and over and over), I don't want to go there. I don't want this "small town" lifestyle.

So here's what I've done, I get 6 weeks paid vacation a year at my job. Next year (in March) I'm taking a month off and renting a house (or a condo) out in Spring Valley just to see if I, infact, would get tired of living out there.
People keep telling me over and over "Vegas is a fun place in doses." "There's only so much you could take before you left."

I love the west. I went on many road trips through the WHOLE west as a kid. I love it out there.

I want to see if the grass is greener on the otherside before I go there.

If ANY of you had the chance to do this, would you?

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 rbg81601 responded on Friday, 8th May 2009

I live in Colorado and every nasty ass winter I consider moving to Vegas. The reason I consider Vegas isn't that its VEGAS but because it has so much more than casinos going for it. It is large enough to have everything you could ever want from a place to live, but it also has some small town areas and plenty of nature nearby, plus it is only 3 hours from Los Angeles -- and anything cool that exists on the planet will eventually come to Las Vegas. And if I recall correctly there are no state income taxes. Housing is not expensive, the best healthcare in the world is available, and life can be good -- especially that the tourists pay for almost everything. If nothing else I plan to retire in Las Vegas, but if I can get there sooner I will.

 maddog22 responded on Friday, 8th May 2009

Crazy? Crazy NOT to! What a great way to figure out whether you'd really like the lifestyle or not. If I were in a different place in life, I'd definitely consider doing it. By the way, I share your love of the West - last summer was Reno, Tahoe, Yosemite, and Sequoia/Kings Canyon, this summer is Arches, Zion, and Bryce Canyon. There are so many cool places to visit within a reasonable drive of Vegas, it's a great starting point for many a trip. My only concerns about living there would be a) the nasty summer heat (80 degrees is about my max for any length of time), and b) the water situation. If you decide to do it, good luck, and I'd sure like to hear about how it goes.

 AKaneshiro responded on Friday, 8th May 2009

naw you don't sound crazy. First explore the areas outside the strip like Summerlin, Lake Las Vegas, and Henderson. It's a nice area and Vegas always has something to do. I know when I get out of school most likely i'm going to live in either Phoenix or Las Vegas because it is too expensive to go back to the Bay Area. There's everything you want in Vegas so that's why I say that.

 vespajet responded on Friday, 8th May 2009

You're not the only one. I've been giving it some thought as well. Heck, I've got some family members telling me since I like Vegas so much, I ought to move out there.

I have considered doing one more trip (and maybe do some groundwork for a move while I'm out there) and perhaps then when I come home, start saving up for the next 6 months to a year and move out there. One thing that helps me is that a few friends from my college days live out in Vegas, so I could potentially crash with them temporarily until I get set up with a job and my own place.

I actually wouldn't mind doing something along the same lines of what I currently do (route sales), but I've actually given thought to perhaps learning how to become a slot technician. I'd like to work in the gaming industry, but being a dealer is not really something I'm that interested in.

I've looked at the rents around Vegas, and they're honestly not that bad looking. Then again, having made very few excursions off the tourist grid, I don't know where the "good" neighborhoods are and the "bad" ones are.

I actually recently thought about looking into moving to a town in Wyoming I saw an ABC report on last weekend. This small town has more jobs than people, and folks are moving there from all over the country. I started doing my research on the town, and at first most of the stuff I found out wasn't bad enough to dissuade me from considering a move (The nearest airport with commercial service was about two hours away. Not a big deal since the scenery is so nice. The extreme cold weather they get, no problem, I can bundle up.). Then I looked at the housing costs. There is such a shortage of housing in this area that you cannot get anything for under $1000 a month (The local newspaper's website even tells prospective new residents that if you see an rental ad where the rent is under $1000, it's more than likely a scam.). The typical new house was over $300,000, some as much as $500,000+ I decided that perhaps this is not a place for me.

 Chuckmonster responded on Friday, 8th May 2009

Go where the muse takes you.

I moved west from New York when I was your age and have absolutely no regrets. For me, I was sick of having my nostrils frozen solid for three months out of the year and being unable to breathe for the other eight due to allergies or soup thick humidity.

I've got a number of friends who never moved out of our hometown and they act like potted plants. Bo-ring.

Start packing. If not Nevada, try California, or Colorado or Washington or Oregon. The opportunities only end when you choose to not explore them.

 TIavEN responded on Saturday, 9th May 2009

This has been on my mind ever since I was a kid. The only problem with moving to Vegas is that Vegas is the place that you go to to get away from everything and just have fun. I feel like if I lived there, I wouldn't have the same adrenaline rush every time I stepped on the strip as I do when I visit. Also, it would be pretty hard holding back from spending a bunch if you go to a casino. You're tempted to spend a lot when you're there, which is fine if you're on vacation, but if you're just going out every weekend, I think it could lead to bankruptcy :

I'm actually considering purchasing a condo on the strip, maybe in the Mandarin Oriental or Veer. That way, I'll have a summer home in Vegas and never get tired of it.

Nonetheless, living in Vegas would be the biggest adventure. If you have the opportunity and you really want something different, go for it. We'll have a VegasTripping house warming party at your place!

 Spyder responded on Sunday, 10th May 2009

If you (or Vespa fer that matter) move to Vegas, can I stay at your house?

 vespajet replied on Sunday, 10th May 2009

Let me start putting together room rates for the ultra super duper deluxe room at the Hotel Vespajet..... Although the resort fees may be a bit steep......

 Spyder replied on Sunday, 10th May 2009

I'll bring a coupla flats of good MicroBrewed beers, I'll make DonnyMac bring a keg or two and that should cover it right?

 donnymac66 replied on Monday, 11th May 2009

mmmm beer

 vespajet replied on Monday, 11th May 2009

That'll do. I hope you're not in a hurry for me to move out to Vegas, as I'm looking at sometime around early 2011 for the move (I want to build up a decent amount of money to operate on in case once I move out there, it takes me more than a month or two to land a job.).

 RockChickX51 replied on Monday, 11th May 2009

Yeah I'll be out there toward the end of this year for a week then next year in May is when I'm doing the house for a month thing.

 Rockymountainroller responded on Monday, 11th May 2009

RockChick, Your idea of testing the waters is great. There is a lot of good advice above. I would be concerned as TlavEN is, about LV losing its allure if I lived there. I have lived in Denver about 30 years. I love Co. and the city of Denver and the mountains. As I walked this morning I can see snow covered 13,000 ft. mountains from the path which is about 8 miles from the foothills. You know where we yearn to go whenever possible? The ocean. Love the beaches, fresh fish and the water. We are landlocked and the lakes here are just ponds by most standards. Like Phoenix and LV, we are very dry, not many trees in the plains unless you water them.
I think that all these metropolitan areas are big enough for you to get away from the small town atmosphere. And plane flights from Denver, Phoenix or LA to Las Vegas are short and cheap. Currently $156 round trip from Den to LV. (one hour 20 mins each way.)I've been to FLa many times and flying anywhere out of there seems like an all day event. Look at the weather, seasonal like Denver, or always warm like CA or AZ. I would look at taxes too. Property, sales and income. The bottom line may be the people that you encounter. Good luck and I hope you find what you want.

 vespajet replied on Tuesday, 12th May 2009

I know that in my case, if I do move to Las Vegas, I'll be moving from a lot larger metro area. The population for Metro Atlanta is approximately 5.37 million and three out the ten fastest growing counties in the US are in the Metro Atlanta area. The Las Vegas Metro Area has a population of approximately 1.9 million, which is about the combined population of the two most populous counties in Metro Atlanta. Interestingly enough, the size of Metro Atlanta is very close to the size of Clark County, NV, which is the entire LV Metro area. I would be moving from the 8th largest Metro Area to the 30th largest Metro Area. For me, it would definitely be moving to a small town.

 jmtheman responded on Tuesday, 12th May 2009

This sounds crazy...not to do! I live like 90 minutes northwest of you, Rock Chick and I actually think the exact same thing all of the time. One day, I'm going to do it.

 SilverFox responded on Wednesday, 13th May 2009

If my roots were shallow, I would do it in a heartbeat. I'm still tempted to retire within close striking distance of Vegas someday. On the other hand, I doubt that I could talk Mrs. Fox into moving that far away from the kids/grandkids. With the current price of Vegas Real Estate, maybe I should just buy someplace to spend the cold Chicago winters and run it as a VegasTripping Time Share during the summer.