With 5,000 people moving here each month, somebody had to spill the beans!

87: Downtown, Why It Will Succeed (and How It Could Fail)

December 5, 2010

It’s been reported that Zappos is planning on moving their headquarters (along with 1000 additional jobs) to downtown Las Vegas (in the old City Hall). That got us to thinking, “How is downtown doing these days?” For what was suppose to be a shortened version of today’s Living in Las Vegas Podcast, we discover all the projects in the downtown pipeline, along with why the whole thing could (hopefully not) fail. Show notes:

  • Weather (65 (ahhh…that’s better)) / LiLV Pool (40)
  • LiLV Stuff
    • Listener Line: 206.312.0105
    • Sign up of Email Alerts (form found on right side of our website)
  • Don’t miss Behind the Curtain
  • Las Vegas Rock and Roll Marathon
  • NFR (National Finals Rodeo)
  • Listener Email (neighborhood suggestion for new Las Vegan)
  • Downtown Las Vegas
  • (Last minute valet parking tip)

This was suppose to be a short show. Huh.

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74: CityCenter: ARIA Hotel and Casino and Crystals

January 8, 2010

So anyways, we’ve been getting a lot of suggestions to visit the center of the city. . .but I have to tell you, I wasn’t all that impressed with US95 and Rancho. That’s when we realized, we shouldn’t have gone to the city’s center, but to CityCenter. In this edition of the Living in Las Vegas Podcast, we take 20+ videos to help us remember what $8.5Billion dollars can do when you put your mind to it. (Actually, we didn’t see all $8.5B worth. . .just Aria and Crystals. . .and it was puuurty.)  Show notes:

  • VIDEO!
  • Weather (clear and cool) / LiLV Pool (clear and c-c-coooold)
  • LiLV Stuff
    • Listener Line: 206.312.0105
    • Sign up of Email Alerts (form found on right side of our website)
  • Holiday Drama (watch out Whole Foods)
  • Next in-person LiLV Meetup
  • Speeding Tickets (x2)
  • New LiLV Logo (thanks David)
  • New Friends
    of the LiLV Podcast
  • Listener Audio: They like us, they really do
  • Listener Email: Newport Loft revisited
  • CityCenter: ARIA Hotel and Casino + Crystals Shopping Mall Thing (what is it supposed to be called?!?)
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August 14, 2009

As I was playing around with my iPod Touch, I stumbled upon Time Magazine’s iPod-based website.  The first article I found was a cover-piece about Las Vegas.  It was a very interesting article.  Here’s the link:

Article: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1915962,00.html

Along with the article, there was an associated video that followed a local real estate agent to two foreclosed properties, one of which was in Newport Lofts [recent blog post].  You’ve got to see this video.  Half of the units are empty, according to the real estate agent.  It’s startling what somebody was able to do at one of the lofts (change the locks?!?!).  They sneak into house later in the video to see the shape it’s in.  Here’s the video link:

Video: http://www.time.com/time/video/?bcpid=1485842900&bctid=33598672001

Have a great weekend everybody!

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July 31, 2009

In episode 65 of the Living in Las Vegas Podcast, we did a show title, Living the Loft Lifestyle in Las Vegas.  In it, we featured three loft projects in the Las Vegas valley, one of which was Newport Lofts.  For those who remember the show, I was pretty impressed by the property.

Good thing I wasn’t too impressed.

At the time of the episode (February 2009), their entry-level studio loft (at about 912 square feet) was being offered at $199,000. . .which seemed reasonable considering they were once priced MUCH (2x I believe) higher.  I thought so highly of the Newport Lofts that I seriously considered purchasing one as a business investment.

Good thing I didn’t pull out my checkbook.

When I checked back with the website about two or so weeks after the show, the price for that studio loft had dropped an additional $20,000.  In two weeks.  And while that was psuedo-good news, it spooked me a bit as well- – -enough so that I decided against moving forward.  (There were other reasons as well, to be sure.  But the price dropping that much seemed a bit ominous.)

Good thing I spook easily.

I just saw today that 20 units (out of a total of 168) are being auctioned off, with a starting “reserve” price of. . .get this. . $90,000.  Can you imagine if you had invested in that property in February. . .or before?!? 

Yikes.

I wish I knew more about real estate and how to truly measure the soundness of a property like Newport Lofts.  Truth is, the potential of that property, with its amenities and location, seems very good.  But clearly, there’s more to it than that.

For those interested in the auction, here’s their flyer announcing the event [pdf].  It’s being help on August 29, 2009 at 3PM at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel.  (Wonder why they wouldn’t have the auction at the Newport Lofts?)

If I owned that entire property, I would look into converting it (or allowing for) commercial activity.  They would have to address the parking issue, but with those types of prices, imagine how quickly small business folks would snap those properties up.  It would great for artist/creative folks. . .and others as well.

Regardless, I sure hope this property makes it.  It’s beautiful and very well situated, just a few blocks south of Fremont street. 

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66: Learning About the Origins of Las Vegas at Springs Preserve

March 22, 2009

Recorded in front of a LIVE Streaming Video Audience (click to see video)!

For many of us, the search for our origins has translated into thousands of dollars of therapy.  And while I’m certainly not one to criticize the need to lay (or is it lie?) on a couch and travel back in time to explore your childhood, allow me to suggest another avenue of discovery.  In this edition of the Living in Las Vegas Podcast, we feature our trip to Springs Preserve, an outstanding place to learn all about your history. . .if by “you” you mean Las Vegas.  Show notes:

  • PHOTOS!
  • Weather (for the love of God, enough with the wind and rain. . .it was beautiful a couple days ago!) / LiLV Pool (full of seat cushions)
  • LiLV Stuff
    • Listener Line: 206.312.0105
    • Sign up of Email Alerts (form found on right side of our website)
  • Plumbing Crap Brought on by our Builder
  • Loft Update
  • The Outdoor/RV Show at the Convention Center
  • Hanging out in Downtown
  • Listener Email: Beaches and Job Descriptions
  • Springs Preserve
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65: Living the Loft Lifestyle in Las Vegas

February 15, 2009

What a fun show to record!  Thanks everybody who joined the live video streaming session!!

With the real estate environment in Las Vegas struggling, we wondered what was available in the loft market.  I’ve always thought there was something inherently groovy about lofts. . .seems like they’d be the place where Las Vegas hipsters might hang out.  So for this episode of the Living in Las Vegas Podcast, we visit three brand-new(ish) Las Vegas lofts available for your living enjoyment.  Show notes:

This episode was recorded as both an audio file (found here) AND a video.  The original video was over 18GB in size so we’re working on creating a more management size file to add to our RSS file.  It will be added as a separate post.)

  • PHOTOS!
  • Weather (sun people, where’s the sun?) / LiLV Pool (40s does not help me!)
  • LiLV Stuff
    1. Listener Line: 206.312.0105
    2. Sign up for Email Alerts (form found on our website)
  • CBS-8 Station Tour with Dave Courvoisier
  • It’s all about adding Friends
  • Melissa is quite the artist
  • Also beautiful, Melissa’s colon (wait until you see the video)
  • Wallstreet Wealth Management recommendation on Local’s Choice Radio
  • Listener Email: Caesar Salad and plantlife
  • Living the Loft Lifestyle in Las Vegas
    1. Newport Lofts
    2. Metreon
    3. C2 Lofts
  • Hot or Horrible: MRKT Sea & Land
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