I wanted to give you some input on moving here to Las Vegas, I read the last answer stating to look in the Green Valley area which made me realize that I need to tell you my experience.
Let me start with letting you know that we moved here from Hawaii 2 years ago. When we started planning on the move, we decided to buy a home here while we were still in Hawaii. Just as we found a house in Green Valley and decided that we liked the pictures that we seen (we never went to walk the property) we were going through the process of buying. There were a lot of people who also mentioned to us that Green Valley was the perfect area.
Well my mother-in-law, who has veen a resident here in Vegas for just about 20 years, found out that we were going to buy the home and called us right away. She gave us the best advise ever. She told us not to sign any papers and do not buy anything until we live here for a least 6 months. I gave her a hard time about it at first because my whole point was that the market was starting to climb and we didn't want to wait and it gets worse. Well, she made some very good points and talked us out of the sale. But I must say that I'm glad she did.
We ended up moving here, stayed with my mother-in-law for the first 3 months and started renting our first place. Well, within that first 3 months that we were with my mother-in-law, Green Valley High School was already on the news. The children there were having "Pill Parties", where they would gather at a house and everyone just brings all kinds of pills and throw it in a big bowl for everyone to pick out from and try whatever one they wanted.
My oldest boy would've been attending that school and right at that moment I had to thank my mother-in-law for talking us out of the sale that we were in the process of.
Yes, Green Valley is a very nice area, but if you have the same concerns that I have about the schools that the children attend, you would stay away from that one. The problem is, the families that live in that area are wealthy. From what I understand, it's the type where the parents aren't home because they're always working, but the children have the money to spend and so naturally they experiment with it. I'm not saying that every family there is like that, but they are there. The children that were on the news about that situation even said the same thing.
So I wanted to let you know that the best thing for you and your family to do is to move here and see the actual neighborhoods and check the stats of the school, then purchase. But be very, very picky about the area that you chose.
From what I noticed since we've been here is the streets that has numbers and the streets that has letters (not actual names) in it is the ones that I would never move to. I also make it a point to never go near Owens and try to stay away from MLK (Martin Luther King). There also two different color street signs and the ones with blue ones are the ones that I don't care for being around.
Another thing is, you may want to try and purchase on the outskirts. The farther you are from the city, the safer it seems. You'll see what I'm trying to say when you get here. Just take a drive around and you'll realize.
Well, happy searching and I hope you decide to rent for at least 6 months just to learn the areas.
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