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Back to LA after living in Las Vegas. Home is where the heart is!

by Mia (writer), Mar Vista, September 22, 2006

On my most recent journey to reside in the world's larget playground, Las Vegas, Nevada. Who would'nt want to live amongst the glamour, the glitter, the shows, the lights, the all-you-can-eat buffets, clubs, casinos, all 24/7, play anytime, anyday??

Yes, my friends , these are all the fun things to do........when you visit Las Vegas. I , on the other hand, packed up my family, after having been born and raised in Southern California, Mar Vista/Venice area, and decided it was time for a change. So, I pack up the family July of 2005, and head up that lovely 15 freeway, unbeknownst to me at the time, that we would all be taking that same 15 back to our hometown of Mar Vista exactly a year later. to come back to live, in our lovely town, that we now appreciate more than ever.

Why? you ask. Well, first, I must say , Las Vegas is pretty good as far as the job market goes, I was told by a good friend of mine before I even made the move "You can get a job and quit every two hours in Vegas", which is very true, being that it is a 24 hour city. Cost of living is excellent. We rented a 2500 square foot, 5 bedroom home, in the beautiful, calming town of Summerlin for $1500.00 a month, which in itself can add to the likeability factor of residing in LV. After all, what can you rent here in Southern CA for 1500 these days? A studio perhaps, in Santa Monica, or possibly a one bedroom or two, the further east you come in from the beach areas.

So again you ask, "Than why in the heck did you leave Las Vegas with all those positives noted above"? For one, they say home is where the heart is. This we found to be the stronghold and reasoning for our move back. If anything it taught us appreciation for a city we had left behind, we thought we were getting out of the "rat race", the freeway systems, congestion, pollution, when we moved to Vegas. Lo and behold, Vegas itself is becoming more and more like Los Angeles, as everyone is seemingly packing up the U-hauls and moving to Las vegas. The 15 freeway in the city of Vegas is now at 70% over its normal capacity, they are having to widen the 95 freeways which take you either east or west of the strip, because of all the mass amounts of people moving in.

As the population increases in Las Vegas, so to will housing costs, jobs will become fewer in time, prices of everything will go up,I'm not saying don't move to this fabulous city of sin, but take some time to stop and smell the roses, the roses of the city from which you grew up in. Or maybe consider what we did, you may have to move away from the city you grew up in, to realize what you had, and it will give you a greater appreciation once you come back home.

So, thanks Las Vegas for the year we shared residing in all your hustle and bustle, but as for me and my family, we will stick with the hustle and bustle of LA, Mar Vista/Venice/Santa Monica, paying $1500 in an apartment, surrounded by the place we love, and our family and friends who have given us all the reasons we need to reside here for ever more. Theory of this article: "Vegas is a great place to visit, Southern CA is a great place to live."

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By Ariel on September 22, 2006 at 08:06 pm
very interesting article. I'm new to SoCal and I haven't been to Vegas yet. The simple fact that people are actually going there for something else than casinos is surprising to me, hehe :) I have this vision of Vegas as an "entertainment-only" city. Apparently, it's not the case!
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