A Small Purchase in Nevada

Boulder City, NV

We left Tucson on March 3rd and drove north heading to Boulder City, NV, located just a bit southeast of Las Vegas.  The trip is much too far for us to do in one day so we stopped for a night at North Ranch, an Escapees RV Club park just north of Wickenburg, AZ.

US 93 just north of Wickenburg, AZ

The ride from Wickenburg to Boulder City is beautiful, as you drive through a combination of flat desert and mountain.  But as you approach the bridge over the Colorado River next to the Hoover Dam things get really interesting.

The Colorado River flows through those mountains

A brief view of the river

A bridge over a dry wash just a mile before one crossing the Colorado River

Crossing the Colorado. The water is Lake Mead, with Hoover Dam just out of sight below the railing

Once over the river you go up a long hill with Lake Mead just behind you.

At the top of that hill is the small town of Boulder City.

While we have stayed in Boulder City a couple of times during our travels, this visit was for a very specific purpose.  Everyone who is a full-time RVer (living in it year round) knows that one can’t do this forever.  So as you travel around you are always looking for a place where you might want to settle in the future.  As we walked through the small downtown area of Boulder City during our last stay here in October, John remarked that he felt really comfortable here.  Pam replied that she had been thinking the same thing.  Hmm, maybe this is the spot!  The weather is great, although a bit warm in the summer (but without the humidity we grew up in).  The town is near enough to the Las Vegas area that you can easily drive there for shopping and entertainment, but 25 miles and a mountain range keep the hustle and bustle of that area away (so does a law banning gambling).  The area is filled with great hiking trails (and Jeep roads) for us to explore.  Also, we’ve been getting the urge to return to a hobby from our pre-motorhome life, motorcycle trips.  For years we owned a touring bike and spent many weekends and vacations traveling on it.  We towed the bike on a trailer for the first two years of our full-time life but sold it once we found a love for hiking.  But the urge is back, and Boulder City is ideally located for long scenic trips in all directions.

So we spent some time during that visit touring the various residential areas in town to see if anything caught our eye.  While nothing jumped out at us during that visit, we continued to think about settling there.  Once we determined that it was an ideal location for us we decided to return in March to do some serious house searching.  In the intervening months we constantly monitored various real estate web sites for potential houses.  Since we did not see a single listing that fit our criteria, we thought that we may have to purchase a piece of land and build something that fit our needs.

After arriving in Boulder City late on a Sunday afternoon we headed to a realtor office Monday morning.  At Desert Sun Realty we met an agent named Shana who understood our needs perfectly (she and her family also own a motorhome).  She said that building lots were very limited in Boulder City as were existing houses that fit our requirements. But . . . .

Over the weekend she was told of a house to be listed by Desert Sun Realty that afternoon.  She said it appeared to fit our needs and strongly suggested that we take a look, as once it hit the web sites it may not last too long.  While we knew little about it (no pictures were available), we decided to take a look.  We drove over, took one look at the front of the house, and knew this could be the one.  Quickly returning to the realtor office we told Shana that we were very interested.  Fifteen minutes later we met her at the house and took a tour.  The more we looked, the more excited we became.  The house checked every box we had in our list of wants and needs, including a large covered area for the motorhome!

Since we had already done all our homework on this move, and this house had everything we wanted, we decided to make an offer on it.  After more questions to Shana we found the house was owned by a couple about our age who lived in California and only used this house as  a second home.  Hmm, what are they going to do with all the furnishings?  Shana quickly called her boss (who is the listing agent) to see if they would be interested in a deal for the house and everything in it.  Remember, we sold everything before going full-time and have zero furnishings.  Her boss felt they may be interested in that, so we raised our offer to include the furnishings.

Shana returned to the office to draw up a draft of our offer while we paid a visit to a local financial institution to secure financing.  Boulder City is a small town where everyone knows each other and things are less complicated than in other areas, so by the end of business that day we had a loan secured and an offer on the table.  Just after noon the next day our offer was accepted!  Wow, 25 hours and we had a home!

Family room and kitchen

We were not really interested in having a pool, but there is one on the property so we will have to live with it (such stress).  There is also a small putting green that someone already has her eye on to replace with a cactus garden (we’ll see what happens).

Part of the sales agreement required the sellers to provide us with a list of items they would be removing before they left.  We received the list and were astounded to find they would only be taking a few small personal items.  We will now be able to literally walk in and live there without purchasing anything!  Of course, there are some items that do not fit our style, but we can deal with them later.  For now we can move in without a problem.

Closing will be some time during the last week of March.  But we have reservations in Utah for return visits to Bluff and Moab for the month of April so it will be the first of May before we move in.  Then it’s back on the road with the motorhome for a trip east during June, July, and August.  After that we’ll return some time in the fall for a more extended stay.  But we are far from finished traveling in the motorhome, which is why we wanted to have it parked on the property.  We’ll keep it in traveling condition and plan to still spend a good part of the year in it.

More on that later . . .

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70 Responses to A Small Purchase in Nevada

  1. Dave & Skruffy (GoingRvWay.com) says:

    WOW, now that surprised me, but probably a GREAT move (no pun intended). Of course, it gives you a place to park for a few months, then go out again like we do if that is what you choose. We only WISH our condo had a place to park motorhomes…

  2. exploRVistas says:

    This is really nice, John and Pam! Our last house had a full hookup parking spot for our fifth wheel next to it. You are really going to like having it right there next to you.

  3. Anne Barnhorst says:

    Have y’all eaten at the Coffee Cup in Boulder City yet?! The food is awesome and the service and atmosphere are so much fun! They’re known for the Bloody Mary’s and cinnamon rolls, but have great lunches as well! Enjoy your new adventure!

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Anne! We understand Coffee Cup is a place we need to visit. We hear it was on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. We are working our way through the town restaurants. So far we are very pleased.

  4. georgeyates says:

    Congratulations on you new home, it looks awesome looks perfect and you can enjoy.

  5. heyduke50 says:

    Congratulations on finding you a new home, we keep discussing where we will end up but we still can’t seem to pinpoint the spot..

  6. 2brew says:

    Congratulations! Looks like a fantastic home!

  7. Laurel says:

    We’re so happy for you (as you know!). How wonderful that you found the perfect place to call home when you’re not in traveling mode. It’s a beautiful home, and so convenient that it has a covered area for your motorhome. I’m betting you’re going to end up loving that pool. And I can definitely envision the putting green becoming a cactus garden (as long as you can pry it away from John, haha!). Another fun chapter in life!!

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, Laurel, this will be a new fun chapter for us! John bought a new bathing suit yesterday so he is ready to take the plunge!

      • Laurel says:

        I think you need some floating lounge chairs with drink holders for that pool…..that’s what I’d be getting. :-))))

      • placestheygo says:

        Laurel, there are two chairs in the garage already that I hope they are leaving. They weren’t on the list of the few things they are taking. If they take them, they will be a priority. Jessica is coming in May so I need to be prepared!!

  8. How exciting! We live in the high desert in CA and pretty much leave during the summer. I can’t take the heat anymore. It’s nice to come home when we do.

  9. Congratulations! I hope you have many happy years there!

  10. Complete with a putting green! Perfect.

    Loved those road photos. I’m ready to come visit.

  11. We are so happy for you guys! And it must have been “meant to be!”

  12. Jeff says:

    WOW. Now that was a delightful surprise! At some point we all will want a spot to hang the keys, glad you found yours.

  13. Molly McCormick says:


  14. Gay says:

    This is SO exciting! You just know things are meant to be when they so easily fall into place! Joe and I are happy you found the perfect spot and look forward to visit to Boulder City sometime.

  15. Box Canyon Blogger Mark says:

    Boulder City sneaks up on ya. The hot summers are negated by the Motorhome 🙂

  16. pmbweaver says:

    We remember that drive. It is gorgeous for sure.
    I know I said it before but what a blessing from above. You two have a lovely places. I really like the idea of a cactus garden! Low maintenance and lots of beauty. Hopefully, we will back that way and have a fabulous visit. We wish you so much happiness and love in your new home.

  17. Sue says:

    Great description of the time and effort spent before actually landing in Boulder City so you’d know it when you saw it! Perfect spot for you two!

  18. Wow. I still can’t believe how perfect your timing was with all this. That was a LOT of stuff that had to come together all at once to work out. Truly incredible how all the pieces just fit together. Sorda seems like it was meant to be! Congratulations!

  19. Jean Lippy says:

    Your new home looks perfect! Congrats!

  20. You guys really lucked out on this property! Looks like a perfect fit for your next phase. I see a battle over that putting green space…

    • placestheygo says:

      We really did hit the jackpot, Lisa. It is everything we wanted, especially the large covered area for the MH. There is even the saguaro I wanted! Okay, it is metal, but it is there!

  21. Suzanne says:

    Wow, I’d say the stars definitely aligned on that deal! Can’t believe it even comes with a “home” for your motorhome! Sweet! As more and more RVs roll off the proverbial manufacturing line, it’s good to have a permanent parking spot, Guess I’ll have to travel to Nevada to finally track you two down. 😉

    • placestheygo says:

      The stars did align, Suzanne! We certainly arrived in town at the exact right moment. We are thrilled with the large covered home for the MH. Yes, I think a trip to Nevada needs to be in your future!!

  22. Sheila says:

    Congratulations! May you both enjoy many happy years there!!!

  23. MonaLiza says:

    When stars aligned there is no stopping of getting what you want. We are really thrilled and happy for you. We hope we would have the same instinct and timing and surprise of our own little piece of heaven. I cant wait to see who wins on the putting green.

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, MonaLiza! We were certainly surprised at how easily and quickly everything came together. You’ll know you found “that” spot when you both have that comfortable feeling. I don’t believe there will be much of a battle with putting in a cactus garden.

  24. LuAnn says:

    Living the charmed life for sure! We cannot say enough how thrilled we are for the two of you. Given how quickly everything fell into place, this certainly was meant to be. The house and the yard look positively inviting! I vote for the cactus garden…sorry John. 🙂

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, it must have been meant to be, LuAnn. Everything just fell into place with us needing a house with furniture and the other couple needing to get rid of furniture. It checked every box we said we needed and more. I do believe there will be a cactus garden!

      • LuAnn says:

        I felt a cactus garden was in your future. I have nothing but various types of cacti and succulents at Jojoba, so easy to maintain when we are traveling. Love all the different colors and textures, even if they are a bit prickly.

      • placestheygo says:

        Since you have experience, Lu, with the cacti, maybe you should come and “show” me how to put in the garden!! I will diligently watch you as you demonstrate!

  25. Jim and Barb says:

    Congratulations again, we are so happy for you guys and the great place you got. We will definitely be through that area again and will look you up!

  26. Sherry says:

    What gorgeous scenery right out your window on that drive. And what a WOW! At the end of the road. The whole thing must be right since it fell into place so perfectly right down to the furnishings. Fantastic! Amazing as well!! Big change in life done in a snap. You guys rock!

  27. What perfect timing! Wish we could make major life decisions that quickly 🙂
    I have a feeling you will get lots of visitors when you are home, including us. We definitely need to return and look at that area more closely since we are still searching…

    • placestheygo says:

      When we arrived back in Boulder City in Oct, we knew this was the place. We both felt immediately comfortable. It just felt right. No other place had that “right” feeling and everything we want. We realized that there wasn’t a lot of property/housing available here in Boulder City so we were so very surprised and lucky to have this perfect furnished home fall in our lap. I do believe you and Jim would really like this town. Yes, come and visit!

  28. geogypsy2u says:

    At North Ranch you stayed in my Yarnell backyard. I too like that ride up 93, and your new neighborhood. That was serendipitous. Turn key ready will be convenient as you slowly make it your own. The pad in front of the covered parking looks level enough for small guests. 😉

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, we were close to your backyard, Gaelyn. When we were in North Ranch last year, we drove over to Prescott for the day and passed through Yarnell. We need to visit Yarnell to hike the Memorial trail.

      We are so lucky to have our new home all ready for us. The driveway actual goes up hill a little. The photo is deceiving.

  29. Nancy says:

    I am so thrilled for you! A lovely place to call home! It’s just perfect!! Can’t wait to see that putting green turn into a cactus garden!! We just planted a few more in our back yard!
    Looking forward to the months to come and what joy it will bring you!

  30. aelkins1 says:

    That is amazing. Congratulations!

  31. whatastreel says:


  32. Debbie L says:

    Gorgeous new home!!!

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