Hello From Las Vegas! – The big conventions are out of town, the cold snap is over, we’re going to be nudging at 70F going into this coming week, our Golden Knights are the second best team in the NHL (as I type), and Steve Wynn just announced yet another hotel project. Between that and the Resorts World site now sporting 5 construction cranes, the North Strip is set to boom! (More on that next week).
Las Vegas Taxi Trips Down – Visitors are abandoning using cabs in droves here, instead using Uber and Lyft to get around. Locals are flocking to the ride-sharing services as well. After decades of long-hauling visitors (taking them the long way to run up the fare), and ridiculous charges like $3 for using a credit card (when they finally got around to taking credit cards), the cab companies are getting bitten in the rear.
If you are using Uber or Lyft, you already know how awesome, convenient, and cost-effective they are. (Fares are cheaper than taxis). After you download their free app, you enter where you are at, where you want to go, and it quotes you a price. When you click to request a ride, the app actually shows you where your driver is, and how soon they should arrive. (Usually within minutes).
You actually ride with someone in their own car. However both companies have strict standards about car inspections, and drivers work to make the experience a great one as you rate them when you are done with your trip.
First Uber Ride Free (Up To $20) – We are continuing to offer your first Uber ride for free (here in Las Vegas, or wherever Uber exists) by using our promo code UberAV
This week, we present yet another special report:
So You Wanna Move To Vegas…
Here’s What Your Real Estate Agent Won’t Tell You
As the real estate market continues to heat up here, many who are pondering the move are wondering if they should get in now. We have the third-fastest rising home values in the nation with no let-up in sight. (We have recovered from the recession, and homes are now above pre-recession prices).
– Do not contact a Realtor until you know which part of town you want to live in. The Las Vegas Valley is 20 miles wide and 25 miles long. Realtors are not going to run you all over to find the best area for you. They are going to sell you a home in their area.
The “new urban” (walkable neighborhoods, lots of parks) of Inspirada may be your cup of tea. If you like nature and bird watching and such, you may want to live near the wetlands park in zip code 89122 (yes, we have a huge, thriving wetlands park, lots of birds and nature). Want a neighborhood with a panoramic view of both The Strip and Downtown? Then Sunrise Mountain (far east end of Steward/Charleston/Bonanza) is for you.
Just to name a few.
Video Preview of Inspirada Homes In Las Vegas.
This is not an edorsement of this particular agent. However, as noted, we always suggest finding a real estate agent who specializes in, and is familiar with the part of town you wish to move to.
– Don’t ask a local WHERE the best place to live is. They will tell you that it is where they live. Instead, ask them WHY they like where they live. Their needs or interests may not be yours.
For example, I live just west of downtown in the 89102. Near where the mayor lives. Near where Michael Jackson spent the last 5 years of his life living. Near where Holly Madison and her Electric Daisy Carnival owning husband live (and, until recently, Brandon Flowers of The Killers was their neighbor until he moved to Cedar City).
Love it. Picked it very intentionally (and I know the entire town). For reasons that may be of absolutely no interest to you whatsoever.
– Don’t get stuck in the Summerlin/Henderson mantra. Are both great areas to live and raise a family? Absolutely. However, Las Vegas is huge. Right now, a 3000 sq. ft. home with a 1/2 acre lot and very few neighbors near the South Outlet Mall and 7 minutes from The Strip is on the market for $600k. You won’t find that in Summerlin or Henderson.
So, how to start doing your homework? Fire up Realtor or Zillow sites, enter Las Vegas (which includes Summerlin), Henderson, or North Las Vegas, and enter your price range. (Don’t forget to use Map View, and don’t forget to zoom in on various parts of town). You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that in the $200k-$750k range, you can find great homes in your price range, in many parts of town.
Then, start using Google Maps street views to explore the areas that start to catch your eye. Just about every street in Las Vegas has street view. This will allow you to do a TON of homework before you even get here, helping to narrow down the areas you want to cruise around once you arrive.
Hope you are enjoying this issue!
Ted Newkirk, Publisher
Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler
Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley
I have not been to The Palms or The Rio in years. I used to really enjoy the Carnival In The Sky show, and the seafood buffet at The Rio. Plus, the Vegas Strip view from Voodoo Lounge was really really good.
I remember reading in your column how Red Rock Station bought The Palms, and were going to do a bunch of updates on it. Are they still worth seeing?
As I write this in January of 2018, the two properties could not be headed in more opposite directions. First will get to the good (there still is some) and the bad of The Rio, then we’ll get to The Palms update.
Under the ownership of Caesars Entertainment, The Rio has suffered. It seems to be an open secret that Caesars would like to sell the property if a willing buyer came along. The show in the sky is long gone, the free shuttle to The Strip got shut down, and the seafood buffet has been dovetailed into the Carnival World buffet (for an extra $20, which actually is worth it if you can chow down expensive seafood like I can).
The Voodoo Lounge continues to be a bright spot. As in, still one of the best places in town to see all of the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip in a close-up, panoramic display:
Oh, and since it is an off-Strip property (just barely, sitting less than mile from Bellagio), Rio still offers free parking.
The Palms was purchased by Station Casinos for $312 million, and they are dropping another $485 million into renovations. We understand that no part of the property will remain untouched.
An interesting side note is that they own a whole bunch of the neighborhood sitting to the southwest of Palace Station, and before the great recession, were eying building their own “Palms” type resort on that land. Fast forward 10 years, and they were able to get their hands on the original!
Palms is still very much a work in progress. Consider it to be a construction zone through the end of this year, and perhaps into 2019. The only real reason to visit right now is their new AYCE (All You Can Eat) buffet. It has only been open for a couple of weeks, and is getting raves.
Also, not to be dismissed is the expanded and re-opened Ping Pang Pong Asian restaurant across the street at Gold Coast. Because the Gold Coast caters extensively to the significant Asian population in that area of town (Asians tend to really enjoy gambling), this is the real deal.
Bottom Line? Taking a cheap Uber from The Strip over to dine at AYCE, Ping Pang Pong, or Carnival World then a ride up to Voodoo for drinks with a view (open 8 PM nightly) will be a great evening. However, at this time, I wouldn’t head over that way just to check everything out for an afternoon.
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Having already spent more than five decades in the entertainment spotlight, the unwavering talent and lasting showmanship of Donny & Marie remains so popular that the multi-talented duo have announced the extension of their critically-acclaimed residency in the Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas through the end of 2018.
1-Quinoa Fritters at Border Grill: Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger serve these appetizers at every party.
- Dining Review: Yardbird Southern Table And Bar Las Vegas
- 30 Tons A Day? Exploring The Myth And Reality Of Southern Nevada’s Shrimp Consumption
- Dine At NYC’s Most Exclusive Restaurant in Las Vegas or L.A.
- First Winery Opens In Las Vegas Area Adding To Henderson’s Booming Booze District
- Las Vegas Glitters With Luxurious Gold-Adorned Donuts
Filled with world-class restaurants, Las Vegas has become a leading destination for gastronauts. Now, its regional roster includes Sa’ Nyu Wa, an eatery that features Native American food traditions. Sa’ Nyu Wa is perched on the breathtaking edge of Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Reservation, some 75 miles east of the Strip.
A Florida man won more than $1 million on a slot machine at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Tuesday evening. Lyle of Orlando was vacationing with his girlfriend when he won $1,033,339 while playing “The Simpsons” slot machine.
It takes just minutes for a room service attendant to respond to a text message asking for a soda, bringing the Diet Coke on a tray with a glass of ice and lime wedges, no need for the modern hassle of placing a phone call.
It was 4:30 p.m., and the puck wouldn’t be dropped for another two hours. But the Jersey People already had gathered for the latest installment of Hockey Night in Las Vegas.
- NFR Tips Hat To Those Killed At Route 91 Harvest Festival
- Las Vegas Massacre Survivor Leaves Hospital: ‘I Still Got A Lot Of Living To Do’
- Las Vegas Survivor Mike Cronk, Who Saved Friend’s Life, Looks Back On The Massacre
- Las Vegas Victims’ Fund Creates New Record For GoFundMe
- Coroner Releases Causes Of Death For All 58 Victims Of Las Vegas Shooting
- Resort Industry Raises $12M To Help Las Vegas Shooting Victims
- Victims Of Las Vegas Shooting Granted Fairy-Tale Wedding
- Las Vegas ‘What Happens Here, Stays Here’ Ads Devived
- Las Vegas’s Economy Is On The Brink Of A Boom
- Series Of Poker Trips Led To Fox Airline Comedy ‘LA To Vegas’
- Nearly 4,000 Per Month Ride Free Downtown Las Vegas Shuttle
- Nevada Saw Influx Of People Under 35 In 2017, Survey Says
- Las Vegas Breaks Records During Hot, Dry 2017
- The 5 Best Gambling And Vegas Movies To Binge-Watch This Weekend
- Las Vegas Valley Sets New Record For Longest Time Without Rain
- 50 Years Of Facts And Fiction: A Look Back At Evel Knievel’s Jump At Caesars
- Unfinished Fontainebleau On Las Vegas Strip Becomes Project Blue
Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy
For those of you who miss the days of every hotel having a great, energetic free lounge show, you must check out Zowie Bowie (aka Chris Phillips, no relation to David). They tear it up on the 3’rd Street Stage (next to Four Queens) every Thursday night from 10PM to 1AM.
(Producer’s Notes) Walk with us, as we explore the Excalibur Hotel & Casino, located in Las Vegas! Thanks for watching our videos of walking the strip. We hope to hit up each casino over the next year. Including the far out ones too!
(Producers Notes) When the fabled Sahara casino closed its doors on May 16th 2011, many were skeptical as to whether new life would be breathed into this grande dame of the strip. Fast forward to August 23rd 2014 and SLS, a shiny white concept of ‘LA in the desert’, was born kicking and screaming into the world. Replete with Olympic mascot lookalike Sam, the shiny silver cyclops welcomed the non-existent foot traffic to the property. Would SLS succeed? Or would it be buzzed off stage faster than Tony Snyder at an America’s got talent audition.
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