We are really excited to be moving to Las Vegas, but also a little unsure of where exactly in the city we’d like to live. So, during our last vacation there, we rented a car 2 of the days to drive around and the explore the different neighborhoods of Las Vegas.
Criteria while Driving the Neighborhoods of Las Vegas
We had a few criteria we were keeping our eyes open for during the drive:
- Safety – How safe does the neighborhood look? Are there abandoned buildings around? Do the houses have bars on the windows? Are the houses well-maintained?
- Activities – We don’t want to spend all of our free time on the Strip, so is there a lot to do in the immediate area?
- Age of the Residents – We’re young professionals with no children, we’re not really looking for a family-friendly neighborhood. We’re looking for a little excitement!
- Resellability – We will most likely be purchasing a home after the first few months of renting, we don’t want to buy into an area with declining values.
Please excuse the quality of the photos, we took them while driving from a camera phone.
Any area in Summerlin is going to be one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Las Vegas.
This neighborhood featured many gated communities, which made it hard to drive into the actual neighborhoods. It’s safety, green parks and proximity to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area make it top of our list of places to live.
All of the housing communities featured these large walls around them, which made it hard to get a “feel” for the area.
We did find a few that were ungated and where we could drive down the streets. Outside of the residential areas however, there wasn’t much to do.
Spring Valley is located just a few blocks outside of the Strip. We found this area to have the most to do , but many of the streets were busy.
This area is densely populated, there were a lot of condo and apartment building complexes as well as single family homes. It seemed to be a mixed neighborhood, some of the areas had bars on the windows and some did not.
There were a ton of strip malls with lots of shops and restaurants – we actually had a very nice lunch at this one place that I wish I could remember the name of. This is one of the few neighborhoods of Las Vegas that is a good combination of city and suburban, but I do question how safe it is.
Green Valley Ranch
This area was beautiful, we really liked it and it reminded us very much of home. For a desert, I’ve never seen so much greenery (I guess that’s why they call it Green Valley).
There were some commercial areas, much less than Spring Valley, but enough to have a few stores close to home.
The houses were beautiful with lots of grass, “Northern” looking trees and an overall sense of safety and neighborhood pride. It definitely ranked high on our list.
We were a little underwhelmed with Downtown Henderson. Much of the area looked a little run down with a lot of motels and those tiny, monthly-rental condos. There seemed to be a lack of restaurants and many of the strip malls had half of the stores abandoned or boarded up.
The town center area consisted of a few casinos and not much else. I got an “older person” vibe from this area, it definitely did not feel right for us.
This neighborhood was a real mixed bag. You had moderately nice houses in ungated communities just one block away from trailer parks and abandoned houses.
As far as activities, there was nothing and safety would be a concern of mine. The houses were decent though, you could probably purchase something nice with a pool at a great price.
One of the last neighborhoods of Las Vegas that we visited was the south-western area called Enterprise. This area was very different from all the others.
It had lots of wide open spaces where you could see the sky and the mountains. It was actually really nice. There were a lot of great new housing developments being built, some gated, some not. The houses were HUGE, but be careful – many of the developments seemed to be near power lines.
As far as restaurants and stores, we were hard pressed to find any. We did stumble across a strip mall with a few restaurants and a cute cafe where we stopped for coffee.
These were far and few between, this area was closer to rural than urban. It seemed like a great place to live – spacious and quiet, but we’re looking for a little more excitement.
Not much to say about this area since we couldn’t get anywhere near it. The entire area is basically one big gate.
This neighborhood is for the super rich – big houses built on mountainsides with gorgeous views. It’s sad, I would have liked to drive around and see just how the other half lives.
What’s your Input?
Have you driven around the neighborhoods of Las Vegas looking for housing? What did you think of each area? Leave me some comments below, I’d like to know what experiences you guys had in each area.