Cmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 4 Posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 23833 times:
A little background:
I'm originally from New York where I was born and raised. However, since 2003, I have been living in Arizona. I have spent most of my time in Tempe but now live in Phoenix. My company has told me it's quite possible that I will be moving to Las Veags.
Now, I've had plenty of experience visiting Las Vegas doing the usual Vegasy things (strip, Freemont Street etc.) and once visited there for work. However, I don't know anything about what it's like to live there. Any comments will be appreciated.
"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6218 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 23808 times:
I have friends both in PHX (Tempe, Peoria, Chandler) and in LAS (city itself, Henderson). The people in PHX always seem much happier, to be honest. I mean, they all like the weather, but the people in PHX always praise the lifestyle, the people, the jobs...the people in Vegas tend to complain more about their surrounding. Personally, give me Phoenix over Vegas any day! Vegas is like my high school girlfriend...hit it and forget it. Phoenix is like my fiance, I wouldn't mind being with her for quite some time.
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7426 posts, RR: 43 Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 23789 times:
Have you watched Fools Rush In with Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek? Pretty much the same story... NY guy is sent to Vegas for work, he hates it, he meets hot chick... well, I won't spoil it if you have not seen it. :p
FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 23746 times:
I have several friends of my age group and yours that have lived in LAS for many years (one of them all his life) and they hate it. And I can see why. Sure, night life is good and what not but the consensus is that they don't enjoy it and certainly don't recommend it. You have to deal with TONS of tourists, huge crowds, terrible traffic, drunk people left and right, etc etc. And I've heard exactly the same from other people living in other touristy places. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out.
And having been many many times for LAS and lived in PHX, I'll take PHX over LAS for living any day.
Virgin744 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 907 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 23623 times:
The climate is uncomfortable, far too hot & dry in the summer and way too cold in the winter. The months I like best are Oct-Nov and then Feb/March-June.
Its great for entertainment as there's everything you'd like, great shows, excellent food, golf and possibly skiing further north of Vegas towards the mountains.
Besides the great things to do, its a washed out place. Too many extremes for my liking but many of my friends seem to love it there. I would recommend you treat the Strip as an entertainment place to visit once in a while and stay well away from the strip on a normal day. Take side streets and avoid the I15 and the Las vegas Boulevard for travelling as the traffic on those 2 roads can be awful at times.
It does have a monorail but its limited to the strip and only runs from the Sahara hotel to the MGM and its expensive. Forget taking a bus on the strip unless you want to feel like a tourist and suffer the traffic, basically you need a car as with most US cities. Cost of living there is probably the same as most other places but if you shop at local supermarkets such as the Fresh & Easy or Ralphs/Albertsons you'll be okay but remember to stay away from the bright lights areas otherwise it'll be expensive.
The South West area of the Vegas Strip and the North West area are probably the best areas to live in terms of exclusivity and property prices that are stable. Henderson is another area to consider which is very nice too. Avoid the East areas of the strip as they tend to be more the rough and poor areas where crime is very high.
As long as your job isnt affiliated with the hotels you'll be okay because most people get duped into the salaries offered in Vegas becuase the hotels pay good money only to realise once they've accepted the job that its a 24/7 on call job since its connected to the hotel.
2 places of employment I avoid no matter what the salary - hospitals and hotels. They've a 24 hour business and as such expect you to support them 24hrs a day too!
Zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5130 posts, RR: 13 Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 23607 times:
Best of luck whatever happens to you. I've never been to LAS but, if you like mid century 1950's
architecture for housing, you are in luck. I happen to like that type of style. I'm anti-Mc Mansion. From friends and relatives that have visited viva Las Vegas, I understand the touristy areas and traffic are pure hell during March Madness. Everyone likes to descend on Vegas for the protracted College Basketball games. I'd venture the PQ is hot. Chances are a man with my tastes in ladies would be happier than Superfly who likes them large and in charge with some thunder down under (thighs) and some thick kankles.
LASoctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 23439 times:
Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 5): LAS for many years (one of them all his life) and they hate it.
Oh, that would include me as well. I like it, but I don't like it. More of the latter, however. One thing is, the people who are born here and have lived here are usually "less down to earth" as say, someone from the east coast. There are "down to earth" people here, but they can be hard to find. I'm not trying to make any generalizations, but that's just what I've experienced.
Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 5): Sure, night life is good and what not but the consensus is that they don't enjoy it and certainly don't recommend it. You have to deal with TONS of tourists, huge crowds, terrible traffic, drunk people left and right, etc etc.
Night life is good if you're of age to enjoy it. I don't consider sneaking in at my age (18) to be any real fun and from what all my friends tell me, I realized that getting drunk and partying really isn't all that fun. I mean it can be, but it doesn't seem worth the trouble they put themselves into.
Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 7): In Vegas it's only bad during peak tourism periods.
That and the lack of many alternate routes (as in highways) to get across town. Sure, there's the US95 to substitute for the I-15, which is usually always in constructions, but, with more people learning that, they pile onto the I-515 (95/93) and it gets over bearing sometimes.
Also, I'd like to add that the school district is terrible. I mean, sure they do what they can, but it, like many other things in this town, is political. It's one of the districts with the highest dropout rates. I wouldn't suggest raising kids in a place like this. It's possible, but there really isn't much for the younger crowd to do. I don't know, it's just all that I've noticed and thought about during my time here (my whole life). But, like Nick said, we do have a pretty cool airport. I love LAS! That makes life, for me, at least, easier.
TransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2035 posts, RR: 9 Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 23369 times:
I'd imagine life in Vegas to be reasonable normal, after getting lost in some suburbs. Probably like life in many other tourist destinations. If you live in MCO, you don't hang out at Downtown Disney, if you're from LAX, you're neighbour is not [name celebrity of choice here], and even in the islands, I do not hang out at the beach every day either, but go to work, run errands, pay bills, raise my kids, etc.
I'm an aviation expert. I have Sky Juice for breakfast.
Cmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 4 Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 23184 times:
Thanks for everyone for your responses. I will be moving up there January 29 to start work February 1. As my office will be about 8 miles west of the strip, I plan to live on the west side. I'm headed up Thursday to meet my new colleagues and apartment hunt.
"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 23461 posts, RR: 50 Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 23182 times:
To me Vegas is all built on make believe and a society with facades. Yes sure you have the communities away from the strip, but many of the people in these communities are there solely in support of these facades.
As result the city population is a very transient so its hard to build real roots of acclimate in the shifting sands.
I suppose for some its a good place, come in make some money, have some fun, but I'd take Phoenix which is a "real" city in my mind any day. Also while just as hot as Phoenix in the summer, Vegas can be very cold including snow in the winter.
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