Las Vegas City Guide:
Neighborhoods & Things to Do


Las Vegas is most commonly known for being an adults-only playground. However, beyond the famed Las Vegas Strip are lovely suburban communities and beautiful parks. During a typical year, the Las Vegas economy is thriving, which is great for everyone who lives here. The city was developed not with locals in mind but instead, was created for tourists, with millions visiting each year. Besides casinos and entertainment, Las Vegas is also home to several cultural institutions that are educational and entertaining, while offering a respite from the busyness of the Strip. Las Vegas is also home to state and national parks, conservation areas and other ample opportunities to soak up the sun and breathe in some fresh air. If you’re considering moving to Las Vegas, be sure to check out our Las Vegas city guide first. It will make finding an apartment easier than ever.

Las Vegas city highlights

When you move to an amazing city like Las Vegas, you’ll never get bored. Besides the casinos and hotels, Las Vegas has some other amazing attractions that will make you happy to call this city home.

  • High Roller: If you’re a fan of the marvels of modern architecture, you’re going to love the High Roller, the largest Ferris wheel in Nevada. It’s also (currently) the heaviest and tallest Ferris wheel in the world. It is 550-feet tall and can carry over 1100 people. The gondolas are spacious, allowing you to sit, stand and walk around so you can visit with those in the compartment or check out views from all around. The gondolas have floor-to-ceiling glass, so you’re sure to see some incredible views of the city.
  • Smith Center for the Performing Arts: The Smith Center is home to the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada Ballet. It’s made up of two venues: Reynolds Hall, which has over 5000 seats, is where you’ll go to watch Broadway shows; and Myron’s Cabaret Jazz, a more intimate venue where you can enjoy live musical performances. Occasionally, the Smith Center will also host events in their outdoor courtyards and lawns.
  • National Atomic Testing Museum: Located in Southwest Las Vegas, this museum is dedicated to pre- and post-WWII atomic bomb testing and research that was done in Las Vegas from 1951-1962. It’s one thing to read about these events in school textbooks – it’s quite another to see them in person. Exhibits include propaganda posters, videos, atomic age memorabilia and more.
  • The Mob Museum: Located in Southeast Las Vegas, this museum provides a fascinating look at some of the most notorious felons in the world. Exhibits include touchscreens that provide you with names of mobsters, dates of their crimes or incarceration and maps. You’ll also see crime scene photos and vintage newspaper clippings.
  • Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum: Do you love the thrills and chills of Halloween but hate waiting all year long to experience them? Now, you don’t have to. The Haunted Museum is the best place to visit for an adrenaline-pumping experience. You’ll walk around winding hallways, dark rooms and creaking staircases. Real artifacts fill the home, including dead-eyed dolls, dusty bookcases, the Death Van used by Dr. Jack Kevorkian and the Propofol Chair, recovered from Michael Jackson’s Neverland estate after his death.

Las Vegas city guide to the best neighborhoods for renters

Ready to make the move to Las Vegas? Great! Now comes the search for a new home. Following are some of the most popular neighborhoods in Las Vegas.

Summerlin

Summerlin is a dense suburban area with over 125,000 residents. Those who live in the area are mostly retirees or young professionals. Approximately 40% of residents rent their homes, some choosing single-family homes or villa-inspired apartment complexes. The median rent price is about $400 over the national average, though you can expect to pay a lot more if you choose to rent a condo or apartment in one of the luxury complexes.

Centennial Hills

Residents in Centennial Hills appreciate the urban amenities, like plenty of shopping and eateries. They say the neighborhood is easily walkable, so you can do your shopping or run errands without wasting fuel. Plus, it’s a great way to burn some calories! Centennial Hills residents also say it’s a family-friendly neighborhood with lots of parks and well-maintained homes/yards. They appreciate that it’s a quiet neighborhood – a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Las Vegas.

Downtown

If you love the buzz of city living – including lots of flashing lights, music and tourists – make sure to check out the Downtown area. In this neighborhood, you’ll have easy access to a 24-hour mall, casual and fine dining experiences, cocktail bars and more. Surprisingly, for being such an active city with lots of tourists, the cost of living (including rental fees) is 16% lower than the national average.

West Las Vegas

You’ll most likely need a car to get to work and run your errands if you live in West Las Vegas. Thankfully, with a car or public transportation, you can get around easily since there are so many amenities nearby. Residents here say the neighborhood is family-friendly, yards are well-kept and the area is safe enough for kids to play outside.

East Las Vegas

Residents in this neighborhood appreciate the easy commute (especially if you know the backroads!). They also note that more businesses are moving into the area, which has had a positive impact on the vibe and economy. The area is family-friendly with parks where you can walk your dogs and let the kids run off some energy after school or over the weekend. Another perk of this community is that public transit is easily accessible.

Arts District

The Arts District (also known as 18b) is a vibrant, revamped neighborhood. Warehouses have been converted to hold indie art galleries or performing arts spaces. You’ll find a great mix of smaller independent galleries and major venues, such as the Arts Factory, which is home to multiple galleries, a bistro and shops. Art Square is another sprawling venue that is home to the Cockroach Theatre, an intimate space where you can enjoy new plays as well as revivals. The vibe of the area is creative and bohemian. There’s plenty of nightlife, too, including cocktail bars that serve craft cocktails.

Lone Mountain

The Lone Mountain neighborhood was named after a solitary hill that is detached from the Red Rock National Conservation Area, a rocky, isolated butte in the northwest part of Las Vegas. There are two parks in the neighborhood – Majestic Park and Lone Mountain Park – as well as other green spaces. You’ll have easy access to freeways so you can quickly get to work or a fun day trip into Downtown Las Vegas, which is about 12 miles away. Residents also say the neighborhood is quiet, clean, well-kept and that it’s great for families with pets.

West Sahara

Rental opportunities in this neighborhood range from large (4-bedroom) single-family homes and Italian villa-inspired condo and apartment complexes. In West Sahara, rent is above the national average –more than double in many cases. It’s a beautiful neighborhood with well-maintained yards and safe streets. The neighborhood is clean and easily walkable. Neighbors are friendly, plus there are live music events, as well as nearby restaurants and shops.

Paradise

This city has low transit, walkability and bike scores, so you’ll definitely need to have a car (or access to one) if you decide to move here. The area is made up of a nice mix of young professionals, families and retirees. The area vibe is urban, with a population of over 235,000, but it’s a bit quieter and not as busy as Downtown Las Vegas.

Coronado Ranch

The Coronado Ranch neighborhood features midsize, Mediterranean-style homes that are reasonably priced, while rental prices are well above the national average, often more than double the amount. The community was first established in 2007 and has continued to grow over the years. The walkability and biking scores are both low, so you’ll need a vehicle to run errands and get to and from work. The neighborhood is suburban with friendly neighbors, well-maintained homes and yards and quiet streets.

Rhodes Ranch

Rhodes Ranch is like the Coronado Ranch neighborhood in that it’s made up mostly of mid-sized homes that are moderately priced. Rental prices can be on the higher end, too. Schools in the area range between average to excellent, so make sure to get the input of other parents in the neighborhood if you have children or plan to soon. Walking, biking and public transit scores are all extremely low, so you’ll need a car to run errands and commute to work.


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