Renting DTLV: Try It Before You Buy It

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So you think you want to try living in downtown Las Vegas, but you’re not quite ready to commit? We feel you. Thankfully, there are plenty of affordable houses for rent available in the city’s core, especially in the buzzy, historic neighborhoods on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard. Despite their age — some of these neighborhoods date back to the 1940s and 1950s — many homes have been snapped up in recent years by savvy investors who have done terrific upgrades without sacrificing their vintage appeal.

One of the rentals available right now (at least, last time we checked — these things tend to not stick around for long) is a three-bedroom, one-bathroom renovation on the eastern periphery of the Huntridge area at the corner of Wengert and Burnham Avenues. It’s been entirely upgraded inside and out, from the cool gray-and-lime exterior and minimalist landscaping to the kitchen’s granite countertops and cafe lighting. How much work was done to this house, which is pictured at top? Check out this image grabbed from Google Street View, pre-renovation:

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Proving how much value this kind of TLC is worth — combined with the high demand in the Huntridge neighborhoods — this ready-to-move-in house sold for $105,000 just a month ago, up almost 300% from its 2012 sale price of $37,500. And at only $999 a month, this 1,268-square-foot gem isn’t going to be looking for tenants for long.

Not far from there is a cozy two-bedroom house on 13th Street in Marycrest going for $995 a month. This two-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow was also recently given a facelift, with a new exterior paint job (though it retains its charming brickwork), granite countertops, tile flooring and custom cabinets. There’s even a fireplace for those chilly Vegas winter nights. (They’re coming, we promise!)

On the other side of Maryland Parkway, in the coveted John S. Park neighborhood, a sprawling, ranch-style home on Bracken Avenue is available to rent for $1,295. That bigger chunk of change gets you almost 2,000 square feet, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a covered patio abutting a park-like backyard and a swank, dual-facing, stone-accented fireplace. It would make for a pretty dope pad to host cocktail parties at, in our expert opinion.

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Last up this week—though certainly not least—is another beast of a property in the vaunted McNeil Estates area just west of Rancho Drive. Sitting on nearly a half-acre of land, this late 1960s ranch house offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, tile and wood floors, stainless steel appliances and a two-car garage. It’s going for $1,595 a month, so it ain’t cheap, but you’ll be surrounded by some of the nicest streets and coolest houses in Las Vegas, and close enough to Frankie’s Tiki Room to make it a second home. And, really, isn’t that everyone’s dream?

WENGERT PHOTO COURTESY WAYPOINT HOMES; JOHN S. PARK PHOTO COURTESY SQN, LLC

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