Is Las Vegas a College Town? You Bet!
The University of Nevada Las Vegas campus rests at the heart of the census-designated Paradise district of Las Vegas. The campus lends a decidedly college town vibe to the immediate environs of the district.
If “college town” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Las Vegas, you’re probably not alone. The truth is, however, that the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) campus is at the heart of the Paradise district of Las Vegas, and it lends a decidedly collegiate vibe to the surrounding area.
College Town Trappings
Adjacent to campus, on Maryland Avenue, you’ll find a host of eateries, shops, and bars that cater to the campus. They brim with student life. At the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Flamingo Road, you can bring your gently-worn items to the Buffalo Exchange apparel and accessories trade-in store. Here, thrifty co-eds discover vintage treasures on a budget.
Cross over Flamingo Road and continue on Maryland Avenue to the Boulevard Mall, Las Vegas’s first major shopping mall. Head east on Flamingo Road for a few blocks to Zia Record Exchange at Eastern Avenue. This is another retailer operating on the trade-in model. Here, you can swap out your music collection and catch live acts. Although you won’t find the traditional Greek Row at UNLV, a number of campus fraternities have acquired properties in the surrounding area that serve as each organization’s frat house. Several dorms on the UNLV property house students, and a number of apartment complexes within walking distance also attract many student residents.
Living in Paradise
You’ll find a number of living options in the general vicinity of UNLV’s college town scene. Many attract students as renters or, in some cases, families that choose to invest in Las Vegas real estate. Some purchase a property for their son or daughter and then rent it out or sell it after graduation. In general, the properties here are older and more affordable than communities in Summerlin or Henderson.
Just behind the campus activity of Maryland Avenue, University Crest offers townhomes for under $100,000. They have a community pool, tennis, and other amenities.
Traveling three miles on Maryland Avenue in the opposite direction, you’ll find the Las Vegas Country Club (LVCC). This premiere golf and country club community was the first master plan of its kind in town and is still the only one located in such proximity to the Strip. Guard-gated, the LVCC offers homes from condos to mansions.
For another unique location, check out Paradise Palms, a collection of mid-century modern residences with essentially the same floor plan. The architectural details of these houses and their placement on plots differentiate them from moderately priced vintage Vegas homes.
Living in the UNLV campus area not only provides a taste of the college town life of Las Vegas; it also offers residents an easy commute to Las Vegas Strip activity, which is more commonly associated with the city. The UNLV area offers equally easy access to McCarran International Airport, and you’re close enough to the Thomas & Mack Center that you can cheer on the Runnin’ Rebels all season long!
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