As for the new place, well, I like the fact that there is a lot less carpet than a typical apartment, so I am hoping my allergies will appreciate the change (I think dust is a big factor, time will tell). As well, since my standing desk is on wheels, I can move it and a few other things around a bit more easily, so I can experiment with layout or maybe stow unused items in a corner, if there be a spare one.
The upgraded kitchen is a point of contention and a fact of life. It is technically upgrade, but in reality it is a normal kitchen that adds a few dollars to the rent, it is not a true selling point in my opinion. The high ceilings (11 feet!) and large walk-in closet are good.
The bad news is mostly about noise. While I cannot say that the walls are paper thin (they do not appear to be, despite some negative reviews online, though I will certainly take measurements as needed), I can say that the ceiling is not insulating me from an extremely exuberant dog (at least one) who apparently loves to try vertical jumping and laps around the place upstairs. Luckily the pup tires out after brief wind sprints. As well, this spot is much closer to Elkhorn Road, which is apparently a road that draws the occasional open-header road racer. That and a large open parking lot nearby (for the baseball diamond park out my window) which is home to some seriously competitive doughnut makers. The burning rubber kind.
Finally, the walk to the nearest grocery store, Smith’s (a Kroger store), is now not 0.6 miles as it was before, but merely across a street and parking lot. This makes for easier limited-item shopping, rather than lugging groceries for a few days back to the crystal palace. The transit center (what there is of it up here in the ’burbs) is a 4-minute walk, which will surely come in handy as I visit the more interesting Vegas spots via public transit.
The pros outweigh the cons, and I am generally optimistic about my personal Vegas reboot. Some discussions in coming days and maybe weeks should make the net that much more positive, so I will maintain focus there and turn up the music when my upstairs neighbor is working out. Not much I can do about the road noise, luckily they are already driving away.