Living in Las Vegas: A Local Perspective  

Living in Las Vegas: A Local Perspective  

In recent years, Las Vegas has emerged as an attractive destination for relocation, offering much more than just the allure of The Strip. From diverse industries to a vibrant cultural landscape, Las Vegas is the up-and-coming destination for all seasons of life.  

At huntington & ellis, A Real Estate Agency, our relocation department is often approached with inquiries about the appeal of moving to this city. When potential homebuyers are considering relocating, they usually come to us with the stereotypes that have been portrayed around Vegas since its foundation. However, beyond the glitz and glamor lies a rich sense of community, opportunities and culture. 

What out-of-towners don’t get to see is a local perspective, and that’s what we’re here to help with.


Endless Entertainment 

Entertainment is at the heart of Las Vegas’ allure, with an array of events, concerts and shows that cater to every taste. Venues like The Sphere, T-Mobile Arena, Allegiant Stadium and Smith Center offer a diverse variety of entertainment, ranging from events like The Eras Tour to the best of Broadway shows and symphonies.  

Every year, The Strip welcomes new high-profile residencies. This year, we will be seeing Mariah Carrie, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera and more take the stage. Las Vegas is also a hotspot for drawing international crowds to its weekend-long music and art festivals, including Life is Beautiful, iHeartRadio, Electric Daisy Carnival, among others.  

For weekday or everyday entertainment, locals often gather at South Point Casino, enjoying everything from comedy shows to the variety of live performances hosted at The Showroom.

Sports Mecca 

When the Vegas Golden Knights and the Las Vegas Aces made a run for the championships in their inaugural seasons, Vegas was deemed a hotspot for professional sports. Since then, the Aces have won back-to-back Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Championships, in addition to the Knights winning the Stanley Cup. 

This momentum propelled the city into becoming one of the fastest-growing sports meccas in the U.S. It’s now the home of the Las Vegas Raiders, Las Vegas Lights FC, Las Vegas Aviators, Vegas Thrill, Vegas Knight Hawks, Las Vegas Desert Dogs, among others. Vegas has also become known for hosting the Las Vegas NASCAR Cup, Shriner Children's Open, National Finals Rodeo (NFR), National Basketball Association (NBA) Summer League, Super Bowl LVIII and the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix. 

Expanding its diversity, the Athletics (the A’s) will take the mound in Las Vegas in 2027, marking the debut of the city’s first Major League Baseball (MLB) team. 

Since making their home in Las Vegas, these teams have united locals, forging a powerful sense of community.

A Culinary Kaleidoscope 

Dining experiences on The Strip offer a culinary journey that taps into cultures from all around the globe. The city's diverse dining scene ensures there's something to satisfy every palate, with over 3,000 renowned dining options and chefs, in addition to casual eateries on every corner. Some of the city’s most famed spots are Nobu, Delilah, Carbone, Din Tai Fung, Hell’s Kitchen, Mon Ami Gabi and Catch. 

Off The Strip is where you can find local hotspots that range from farm-to-table to all-you-can-eat Sushi. To indulge in a taste of Las Vegas that is authentically crafted by local chefs, restaurants like Esther’s Kitchen, Al Solito Posto, Spicy Tuna, The Kitchen Table, LemonTree Cafe and Market, Azzurra Cantina Italiana, among others. 

Diving into Las Vegas’ historic roots, The Golden Steer is one the city’s oldest restaurants and is well known for being one of the hangouts of the “Rat Pack.” Adding to the list are Hugo’s Cellar, Batista’s Hole in the Wall, Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, Italian American Club and Chicago Joe’s. 

There is a large presence of unique and local eateries around Las Vegas, much of which prioritize fresh, local ingredients. The community supports and hosts weekly farmer’s markets throughout the valley with the largest taking place in Downtown Summerlin on Saturdays and smaller ones taking place on weekdays throughout the valley. 


Close-Knit Community  

Mark Wahlberg recently told TODAY, “You have Las Vegas, and people think automatically, 'Oh, The Strip.' But (in) Nevada, there are wonderful communities," he continues. "I live in a wonderful community that's really faith-based, great schools. There's much more to Las Vegas than The Strip.” 

Areas like Henderson, Summerlin and North Las Vegas are just a short 10 to 15-minute drive away from The Strip, offering a serene lifestyle with the conveniences of city living.  

Henderson is the state’s second-largest city and was recently named the second-safest large city in the U.S. by Advisor Smith. Known for its close proximity to The Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, Henderson is also home to the Water Street District, Lake Las Vegas, Green Valley, Cadence and Inspirada communities.  

Boasting over 150 parks and nine golf courses, Summerlin neighbors the Red Rock National Conservation Area and is where you’ll find some of the city’s most premiere homes, shopping and education. 

Neighboring Nellis Air Force Base, North Las Vegas is known for high-octane events and festivals at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This suburb is seen as a melting pot of desert valleys, panoramic vistas and rapid development.  


Education and Beyond

As the city has grown, so have the industries and demographics found here. If Vegas is known for anything outside of The Strip, it’s diversity in career fields. 

Las Vegas also has two renowned universities: Nevada State University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). Nevada State University is known for its health care, biology, technology and business studies. While UNLV is one of the top-rated schools in the country, featuring the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, named No. 1 in the world by CEOWorld Magazine in 2023.   

Adventure Awaits 

Adventure is never far off, with natural wonders like Lake Mead, Mt. Charleston, Red Rock Canyon and Death Valley offer outdoor enthusiasts a playground of activities like hiking, biking and skiing.

Lake Mead is Las Vegas’ only lake, known for being the largest man-made reservoir in the U.S. in terms of water capacity. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons and valleys.

Mt. Charleston features 60 miles of maintained trails, most starting at over 6,000ft in elevation and some culminating at the 11,916ft Charleston Peak. The mountain will soon be home to the ultimate Vegas getaway, Mt. Charleston Lodge. 

Red Rock Canyon and Death Valley offer tourists and locals alike breathtaking views of the natural landscape. Red Rock spans more than 195,000 acres and is Nevada's first National Conservation Area. Death Valley is the largest national park south of Alaska and known for its renowned hiking trails. 


Las Vegas is a city of many facets, offering an environment free of state taxes, seasonal weather and a community that warmly welcomes new residents. At huntington & ellis, our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) allows us to provide an exceptional concierge service to those embarking on their Las Vegas journey. Whether drawn by the allure of The Strip or the charm of our neighborhoods, Las Vegas stands ready to offer a place to call home. 

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