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In Las Vegas, part of the excitement for the Californians is the venture East into the desert. For its residents, sometimes the option of a way to the coast opens doors. Geographically, we all know and love Vegas for what it is: a giant oasis in the middle of the desert. Take a short trip outside of the city limits and you’ll find yourself on a road like this.
But one topic that continuously pops up for Las Vegans is the access routes, mainly the one from its closest city, Los Angeles. Currently, Route 15 is the main drag to get to Las Vegas, leaving no other options but a flight out of LAX. After all, the trip through the desert can melt your engine in midday, so most would rather find a more conventional way to travel.
Its no surprise that a plan for a party train was proposed by a penny stock company called Las Vegas Railway Express to expand the Union Pacific Railway to accomodate such a trip. The plan was to turn the dormant rail line of 13 years into a profitable venture against their two biggest obstacles: Time and Profit. Time was their most crucial item to make the railway a success since most Coast-dwellers can roar along Route 15 breaking the speed limits of 70 and 75.
The plan was delayed as a deal is yet to be reached with Amtrak. But the benefits aside from a more streamlined influx of tourists would be the potential of normal railcars to be taken back to the coast. A big bonus for those who like to avoid driving at all costs.
The rail line has been reported to be ramping up for use in 2014.
Ovation residents - do you feel about an opened railway to Los Angeles?
Last updated 20 days ago
Where? 3730 Thom Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89130
When? Open 9 AM - 6 PM Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday)
Tenants who live in Ovation’s Tivoli and Minuet properties are more than likely familiar with John Mull’s Meats & the Road Kill Grill, an establishment that dates back to 1954. With a bold name that includes ‘Road Kill’, its quite obvious that this isn’t your typical burger joint. With that said, and to clarify further: This place ain’t no burger joint.
John Mull’s touts many things, particularly what gives them their trademark name; namely, deer processing among other meat processing types. But let’s not put it so harshly and more importantly, let’s take a quick step back and explain further.
The Road Kill Grill is a meat market which sells a large variety of meats, but specializes in barbecue; a staple of modern day Americans. In fact, John Mull’s lists themselves as “The Best BBQ in Las Vegas”. With a long selection that includes goat, smoked meats, beef jerky, rubs, goat, etc. etc. This place will not disappoint the casual to eclectic palette. You name the meat, they’ve got it.
Mull’s was also featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. See the video below for the episode with Fieri at the Grill.
If you haven’t yet ordered your turkey for Thanksgiving, John Mull’s offers both smoked and fresh turkeys to order. But don’t delay, their last day to accept orders is Saturday, November 23rd.
For more information visit their website:
Last updated 23 days ago
Living in your apartment, or home, isn’t just about you. Okay, well maybe it is, but in order to live happily and healthily in your digs, there are many things that factor into keeping your home feeling like home. In order to live a healthy life in your apartment, here are some tips to take on board in your happy home.
Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness
It’s true. Go anywhere and the places you’ll want to be most are those places that are the most clean. The best restaurants, hotels and public parks all have one thing in common: They’re well maintained and spotless. Sure, cleaning may seem like the last thing you want to do, but the benefits outweigh the small amount of time it takes to tidy up. Of course a small portion of our society thrives off of cleaning products, but if you’re not part of that 5%, then it might be time to start cleaning up more often and get your place in order. After all, a clean home is a stress reliever after a long day.
Saturday, In The Park
Some might recognize this as a famous Chicago song, but I’m not here to talk about a band. Music: The lifeblood of our society can be your fountain of youth. Of course, in moderation. When living next to quiet neighbors, listening to light music such as jazz, classical or even a band with a large brass section (like Chicago) can make your home environment lighter and more productive. It’s a proven fact that music is one of the most important aspects of our lives. We listen to it on average 5 hours a day and even further, its proven that listening to music is one of very few activities that uses every area of your brain simultaneously!
For those into feeling great - like really great - you want to get those endorphins going. Endorphins are a drug released by your body to fight pain and make you feel better. But when you’re exercising, your body decides to release these chemicals to aid your recovery, making you feel great. Almost unnaturally great. So get out and exercise. It will get you out of your home, and into the wild. When you come back, all of that cleaning you did earlier will have twice its impact.
Talk, talk, talk!
Talking to other people is one of life’s simple pleasures - and its free! Whether you’re playing Xbox Live or conversing with your neighbor about their garden, talking is a sure-fire way to promote a healthy lifestyle. Give out a few compliments each day and see how the friendly rewards will come pouring back your way. If you’re an introvert, start small and before you know it, you’ll have a few more friendly acquaintances.
There are lots of tips to live a healthy lifestyle in your apartment, what are yours?
Last updated 25 days ago
No matter who is coming to see you, first impressions are very important – particularly when it comes to where you live. But not only does a brighter living space mean a better look. It can help improve your mood and increase your productivity. If you’re not one for design or home décor, there are still many ways to brighten up your home and make it look more inviting, less glum or just plain ol’ better-than-it-used-to.
Light And More Light
The simplest yet most effective way to improve the look of your apartment is to brighten it up. But unfortunately the sun doesn’t shine all day, which means you’ll need to find some other way to keep your place bright and happy. You can do this in two easy ways. One is cheaper; the second might entail a bit more savvy if you’re looking to aid the design of your apartment.
First, you can just invest in brighter light bulbs. Light bulbs are accentuated by their fixtures, so let’s just state the obvious and say a light bulb is only as good as it’s fixture. If you don’t have any fixtures, lamps or anything to actually insert a light bulb into then you might be in dire need of lighting or even brighter bulbs in the existing fixtures.
The second way would be to buy a lamp or floor lamp. It’s not often you hear someone say that their apartment is too bright. Since the amount of additions you can make to your lighting supply is endless, test your apartment to see where the lighting looks best, if it accentuates the feel you want for that room and if there’s enough light when you’re all set up. Chances are, the brighter you can make your apartment, the happier you’ll be and the more inviting it will look.
To Paint Or Not To Paint
Many apartments (including Ovation’s properties) have strict rules about painting apartments: Leave it how you found it. So consult your apartment complex before painting, otherwise you might be stuck with a bit less of your deposit at the end of your lease! But even painting isn’t as bad as it sounds. A dark room always requires lighter paint. So if you find yourself situated where the sun may have trouble reaching your living space, a rule of thumb is to always paint your rooms a brighter color. However, since most apartments come with standard white, a splash of bright color can completely change the look of your drab apartment. For a small cost and some elbow grease, you’re just a few hours away from brightening your apartment.
Is That It?
As far as lighting goes, there are only two ways to go about it: Dark or light. So if you like your apartment to feel like a cave, your options are simple. But if you’re looking to warm up your apartment, remember that lighting can make or break the look of your home. Yes, it’s that simple. Lighting is the most important simple thing you can do to make your home more inviting!
Last updated 1 month ago
You may read these headlines every day, leaving you puzzled as to what they actually mean to you. If you’re in Las Vegas, renting or otherwise, these numbers do mean something for you.
Let’s read into these numbers. As of this month, Southern Nevada builders sold 626 new homes in September at a median price of $269,474. This is up 6% from the same time last year and these homes represent just a portion of the total home sales for 2013 of 5,653 in the area. The most telling statistic from all of these stats is that new home sales are up 52% from last year.
So what does that mean for you?
In a wild market for home sales, a rise of 52% in home sales from one year to the next may leave you feeling cold – and it should. If you’re looking for consistency, renting may be your best bet until the market stabilizes. But then again, the Las Vegas housing market is up one day and down the next.
If you’re planning on buying, a low price may be great, but the heavy fluctuation of home prices and sales could also mean uncertainty for the long-term value of your home. If you’re renting, let’s say, with Ovation Property Management, then you’ll have a straightforward expectation with lots of options.
To rent or to buy? A simple question we addressed a few weeks ago. But if you’re looking for the cherry on top in addition to an uncertain economy, renting will avoid property taxes and could prove more beneficial in the long-run.