Downtown housing options limited for local employees
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- With Zappos opening its new headquarters this week inside the old Las Vegas City Hall building, thousands of employees will be joining the downtown workforce.
The move is likely to boost the economy, but Action News discovered there are only limited housing options to support the growing population.
Housing experts said there aren't enough housing options, and the available ones can be pricey.
Zappos employees Diane Beck is thrilled to now be working in the downtown office, "Right now I live in Henderson and the commute is not that bad but I have considered moving downtown later this year."
The only problem is, she may struggle finding affordable options.
"There is definitely a shortage in the downtown housing market," said Gary Fisher with the Ogden Condos on Las Vegas Boulevard and Ogden.
Fisher said they are one of less than a handful of high-rise housing options in the area, "We're 100-percent full with a waiting list."
Condos like the Ogden generally cost more than $1,000 a month for a studio unit.
The housing options on the outskirts of the city are also limited, and many of them aren't cheap either.
The Mona Lisa Apartments near Charleston Boulevard and 3rd Street run between $500 to $800 a month for a unit.
Action News called several apartments in the surrounding areas, and most of them only had a few units available.
Currently, if Zappos employees working downtown want to live downtown as well, the options are few and far between.
Several of them will likely be commuting for awhile from other parts of the Valley.