Pretty mountains surround the town of Pahrump. Most residence are friendly and over the age of 40. If you like the outdoors there are places to hike, ride horses, bike and camp and enjoy the beauty of the desert and high desert mountains. About 45 minutes to Las Vegas and 7 miles to California border. When purchasing a home be careful of the flood zones and salt cedar trees that were planted all over the area. The root system is very invasive, attracts bees and very messy. The dust is awful when windy. Nice town if you like the small town environment.
The Observer newspaper has been exploring corruption in Nye County. Nye County has been referred to as the most corrupt in the USA. The Nevada Attorney General has referred to Pahrump as Planet Pahrump.Examples:A former commissioner served her full term but was granted a 'made up job' as Assistant Town Manager. Further research found that she and her husband were paying slightly over $500.00/year in property taxes for a house valued in excess of $400,000.00. People in this county are paying that same amount for an undeveloped lot. The observer wrote an extensive article outlining this travesty. Their response was a threat of a lawsuit from the District Attorney - simply for exposing the truth.Reference the following link:http://www.usobserver.com/archive/march-14/nye-bombshell.htmlA second example involves the latest Nye County Sheriff's election. Negative signs were put up against the Under Sheriff. He removed some of them from private property. 6 Nye County cops appeared, drew their weapons and man handled the Under Sheriff and his companion.Reference following link:https://lasvegasbadger.blogspot.com/2014/04/nye-county-most-corrupt-county-in-nevada.html?m=1In fact - reference all the following links:http://www.usobserver.com/archive/march-14/nye-corruption-gift.htmlhttp://gawker.com/5580301/americas-worst-run-county-nye-county-nevadaPahrump and Nye County are - in my view cesspools. These cited examples are only the tip of the iceberg.
I live between Silver and Thorne St. East of Homestead. I have two daughters who love to horseback ride. Yesterday Friday April 14, 2017 we tried to ride toward BLM land. When we got past Thorne Street we were met with a group of individuals shooting rifles and handguns. This area is supposed to be closed to shooting and has been supposedly so for 15 years. It was like a mini shooting range. Targets set up, several shooters firing. We were forced to turn back and abandon our 'peaceful' ride in the desert. Today we tried to ride in the California Wilderness area, south west of where we were yesterday. Same problem. Shooters again. No motorized vehicles are allowed in the Wilderness region let alone no shooting. Once again our day was ruined. BLM doesn't give a damn and Nye County plays politics with turf and refuses to respond to calls which involve BLM land. Pahrump specifically and Nye County is NOT safe for recreational activities. Shooting and other forms of recreation are mutually exclusive. Neither BLM nor Nye County Sheriff's Dept. will enforce the declared safety zone. We are placing our house on the market and moving to an area where we can safely ride our horses and enjoy a safe environment for our girls.Don't walk - run from Pahrump the dump.
My husband and I were considering retirement in Pahrump. We did extensive research and found the following: The Planning Dept. is headed by someone not so affectionately known as Loser Lacey. Planning approved a strip club on the main corner of Pahrump (Homestead and Hwy 160). It has since gone bankrupt. Planning has a laissez-faire attitude toward building codes and enforcement. They are only interested in collecting fees. They also are approving Pot growing permits without any investigation simply for the $2500.00 permit fee. CC&R's are not enforced by the town or County. Tax dodgers from high tax states are coming to Pahrump to avoid taxes. So if you buy a lot you face tax dodgers from California and other high tax states moving to Pahrump, putting up a substandard development knowing the Planning Dept will not inspect or enforce building standards. Further, Planning has tried to attract these tax evaders by allowing RVs to camp for 6 months without permit. Local subdivision CC&R's prohibit such living but if you buy (or own) property in these subdivisions you will spend thousands on an attorney to enforce what Pahrump will not. So you may build your retirement home only to have an RV parked on the lot next to you without requiring a permit for basics (such as a septic system).My husband and I went for a walk into the desert with our dogs. After 15 minutes we heard gunshots not more than 100 feet away. We contacted Nye County Sheriff's Dept. (NCSD) They refused to address the issue as we were on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land. Although BLM has declared a no shooting area, NCSD say they will not venture onto BLM land and will not enforce the shooting closure. Pahrump Planning will not 'mirror' the BLM closure so NCSD will have responsibility to prevent shooting near residential housing - but they will approve a Pot growing permit without question and a bankrupt strip club on the main highway.As Trump has identified Washington, DC as a swamp, Pahrump's politicians and bureaucrats are a microcosm of the same mentality and practice. It's what is good for them and to hell with the population they were hired for and voted in to serve. It is an incestuous situation where a select few look after their own interests. As a result, we have come to the painful and difficult decision that we have no other recourse but to abandon our retirement plans and began again somewhere else.
If you are a non-resident Pahrump, Nevada land owner you are likely unaware of or privy to the self serving, legislation passed by individuals whose limited (if any) professional management experience and lack of educational credentials resulted in irresponsible legislation negatively affecting your property values specifically and more generally for one of the largest counties in the USA. Incomprehensively, Nye County Planning will now allow RV living on lots in Nye County for a six month period without requiring permit. •This is a major health hazard as RV’s will not be required to install septic systems and is fraught with potential abuse,•The ordinances were passed without your knowledge or involvement,•CCR’s were disregarded when the ordinances were adopted,•CCR’s are the more restrictive legal document and despite Planning denial, take precedence over general ordinances passed by the County.Your property values, already having been decimated by the installation of manufactured housing in areas designated for custom homes and the USA national 2008 real estate meltdown, will be completely devastated when RVers live right next to an established home - not to mention the health hazard. This will necessitate thousands of dollars outlay by sub-division residents to undertake legal recourse as a direct result of Commissioner actions. No where in the world would this be even considered except in the land of Podunk, Pahrump.Make no mistake, the Nye County Commissioners, Planning Dept. and Nye County Manager are taking advantage of your absentee status and have worked directly against your interests. In many people’s opinion, Nye County Management are self-serving, incompetent, bored, house wives/husbands intent on carrying out their personal agendas while professing to be working on your behalf. (Read on-line forums). Nye County Commissioners have a legal obligation to abide by the law and respect existing Covenants, Codes and Restrictions for all sub-divisions. Their actions are both reckless and irresponsible. The Commissioners demonstrated contempt and disregard for the restrictions on these properties puts in question their ethics and suitability to be Commissioners.If you own land in Pahrump - sell it. If you are contemplating buying land - forget it.There is little sense of community. Every Spring a major cleanup is undertaken because for the rest of the year, individuals dump trash on County and BLM land. There has been a shooting closure in effect for more than 10 years. Shooting near residential subdivisions is still a major problem. Pahrump is a community which sinks to the lowest common denominator.
Me and my husband retired and moved here 11 years ago. Wow what a change from the Wisconsin weather! I must say that if you have arthritis and allergies this is a great place to retire. The people are very friendly and open minded. A very laid back place to live Pahrump. That part I love.
Pahrump took a terrible hit when the economy dumped, and it still has not recovered that well especially for people looking for work. I would not recommend coming out here if you are looking for work.
I also would never recommend for anybody to move here if you have any serious health issues that are chronic needing specialists, ect. I say that because of my own experience. Unfortunately there is a downside to living here and it is the medical. Thinking back knowing what I know just for that reason (medical) I would have not moved here. We are currently considering moving to another state just for this reason. I know a couple that are thinking of doing the same. Reason is...chronic health problems and the husband is a vet and I guess he is not happy with the vetran's hospital services in Vegas...in fact he is miserable so he wants to leave too. Just for that reason. The frustration with the medical is not worth staying here for. Out east we had fabulous medical doctors, ect. Not so here.
Otherwise it is very lovely here, mild winters, sunny days! Fresh air, the mountain views are lovely, peaceful. Too bad I feel like leaving. I am kind of sad about it.