Summerlin is the “Largest Master Plan in the U.S.” and has been in the “Top 10 Best Communities” for much of the past 20 years. Red Rock Conservation Area has the westernmost border and the eastern border is only 7 miles from The Las Vegas Strip. The community takes up most of the west side of the Las Vegas Valley and is still building. With 25,000 acres and varied terrain, many areas have stunning views of the city and red rocked mountains.
Overview- The History of Summerlin
Howard Hughes purchased 25,000 acres of remote desert land in 1952 for $3 per acre as a possible company site. After sitting dormant for over 30 years, Howard Hughes Corporation presented its plan for Summerlin to the city. Howard Hughes’ paternal grandmother, Jean Amelia Summerlin, was the namesake for the community.
Summerlin’s timing couldn’t have been better as it coincided with the boom that happened on the Las Vegas Strip. Together with the Las Vegas Strip’s growth, Las Vegas and the surrounding cities in the valley exploded too. With over 5000 people relocating to town each month for 30 years, Summerlin has attracted the attention of many of them.
The brilliance of Summerlin’s original design team, their concepts, and their continuing marketing are stellar examples of how to create a world-class community. As a result of this brilliance, 30 years later, Summerlin is one of the best areas of Las Vegas to live in.
New Construction Homes
The 100,000 Residents mark occurred in 2017, and the growth in the last two years is staggering. The new construction home count for “what’s sold” each week in 2019 was between 30-50, up 6% from 2018. That ranked Summerlin as #3 in sales among Master Planned Communities in the U.S. for 2019 and #6 for the decade.
Part of their success is due to being flexible and changing their home products and amenities to meet consumer demand. This past year an increase in demand for townhomes, condos, and attached housing products resulted in more Lock and Leave lifestyle choices. Plans for villages under construction added several condominium communities and some age-restricted luxury apartment buildings.
Did you Know?
Southern Nevada Home Builders pay for you to have buyer representation by the Realtor of your choice. Your Realtor MUST accompany you on your first visit to their community? See the specifics on our blog 7 Reasons To Use A New Construction Realtor. If you are considering a New Construction Home, call Kurt today- 702-750-7599.
For tons of great advice on new homes, be sure to see our New Construction Search and New Construction Blog. Since Kurt was a Nevada P.E., C.E. Building Engineer for 10 years before real estate, he provides his clients with weekly Construction Monitoring as your home is being built. With how quickly homes are built in Southern Nevada and the modern features, this information is invaluable.
The Summerlin Golden Plan
Each Village must have a large sports park featuring a designated sport. This made it possible to have Summerlin’s outdoor active lifestyle extensive and diversified. There are now over 250 parks, many of which connect to over 150 miles of bicycle and walking trails.
Maximum safety and convenience are the foremost criteria when designing roads. With traffic circles to minimize accidents and 2 wide, well lit and beautiful freeways, residents quickly move in and out of the community.
Numbers in 2020 show that Summerlin has more than 250 neighborhood and village parks with more than 150 completed miles of trails. There are 27 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, and 10 golf courses. Multiple medical and cultural facilities, business parks, libraries, and 2 large sporting complexes make up just part of this great community. World-class shopping, restaurants, and 3 luxury hotel/casinos enhance the area as well.
Stunning views of red rocks and city lights, diverse terrain, and manicured landscaping connect all of the Villages. Organized sports, parades, decorations, holiday events, plays, varied music, fireworks, and even movies under the stars, connect the community all year round.
There are 3 large Community Centers with pools, meeting rooms, and patios. Youth and adult classes occur regularly, as well as association meetings and parties. Many communities also have their own private community areas, clubhouses, events, pools, and meeting rooms.
A few villages have a basic community center, and there’s also a new aquatic center that opened in the Cliffs Village, in the south part of Summerlin, late last year. The new aquatics center has multiple pools with different purposes, and it is open to all Clark County Residents. Most Villages have planned housing developments for all income levels ranging from apartments to Luxury Custom Homes.
Home to 100,000 Residents Occurred in 2017
Summerlin North was the first section of Summerlin to be developed. After the community started booming, 5000 acres were traded to BLM, expanding the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Doing this also grew Summerlin’s boundary to the south.
A second exchange occurred recently. which added more land to the Red Rock Conservation area. This exchange expanded Summerlin’s land to the north. In 2019 construction started in Summerlin North once more when Reverence broke ground.
During the past couple of years, the demand for townhomes, condos, and attached housing products has increased. Consequently, several condominium communities and luxury apartment buildings were added to village plans with more to come.
Shopping and More
All varieties of shopping centers combine with the Downtown Summerlin Mall to make everything conveniently available. There are multiple medical and cultural facilities, business parks, and award-winning, state-of-the-art libraries within Summerlin. Currently, there are 3 luxury hotel and casino properties located in Summerlin’s boundaries. Living within Summerlin gives residences a well-rounded community surrounding their home.
The master-planned community borders busy Las Vegas streets, expanding near-by commercial businesses. Conveniently located shopping centers, franchise businesses, large department stores, and boutique stores are just “across the street.” If you want anything, it’s close by.
Restaurants with every genre of food and price point are within 10 minutes of Summerlin. The Las Vegas Strip is 15 minutes away with a restaurant for every palette. Grocery stores are abundant with fruit and food from around the world.
Housing prices for Summerlin in 2020 range from the low $300,000s to more than $5 million. There are currently 2 communities with vacant land for sale to build a custom house on. Luxury Apartment rents start at “Under $1000 a month”.
Having built our first custom home in Summerlin in 1999, we are very familiar with the process. After all these years, we know the city’s builders. Let us give you tips, insider information, and share our experiences and stories with you. If you have a desire to investigate or to build a full custom home, we should talk. Besides adding our experience and knowledge to your plan, Kurt’s housing engineer expertise will greatly benefit you.
Link to our Summerlin South Search and Summerlin North Search Pages here. “Area” is the first thing to decide on before choosing a house. Prices vary according to which area you choose in Summerlin, mainly due to the home’s age.
Builder’s in Las Vegas pay for you to have Realtor Representation. The price you pay for your home stays the same, whether you have or do not have a Realtor on your team. Use our expertise to protect yourself and your family. Get the best – our services are free to you.
Other Areas of Clark County
When you’re ready to see the Summerlin Villages or do a “city area housing tour,” contact us for an appointment. There are beautiful master-planned communities in all three cities in the Las Vegas Valley. They are designed with all sizes and price points. You can search for homes in Las Vegas. Henderson, and/or North Las Vegas on our site. We also have an Areas of Town tour if you’re unsure of where to live.
Besides the Las Vegas Valley, Southern Nevada has many medium and small cities you may want to consider living in. Investigate these places further – link to our Southern Nevada Cities page.
There are between 50-100 master-planned communities in the Las Vegas valley. See our Master Planned Communities page with additional information and home searches. Green Valley is similar to Summerlin but in Henderson. We have pages and searches for Green Valley and Green Valley Ranch on our site.
There are 15 large 55+ Housing Communities in the valley, with 4 just in Summerlin. See our Senior 55+ Communities info page to explore retirement options in Las Vegas more.
Resale Homes in Las Vegas Valley
There have been many builders who have built homes in Summerlin over the last 30 years. Many are still premier builders in the valley. As with every home, it’s important to make sure you are buying a sound investment. As a former Nevada Building Engineer, while you look at if a house fits your needs, we look for signs of past and/or future problems. This is a feature that sets us apart from the crowd.
Know that most people did not have a home inspection when their home was brand new. There may be issues within a home that have gone unnoticed for years. Bowed walls, settling cracks, and poor drainage all happen for a reason.
Always get a home inspection to find the problems not visible to you. These may include reversed Low-E windows, broken trusses, missing attic insulation, and broken roof tiles. Most homeowners don’t ever go into their attic. Having a Protector on your team is important.
Problems are prevalent enough that we provide our new construction home buyer clients with free weekly construction monitoring. After their home is completed, we gift them with a “New Construction Inspection” from a Nevada contractor. Our New Construction Home Inspector finds non-cosmetic errors in almost every new home he inspects. Some are quite significant.
WE KNOW SUMMERLIN!
We are 20 year Summerlin Residents and Realtors who have lived in and/or owned homes in 5 different villages. We’d be happy to share our knowledge and expertise, assisting you with your Las Vegas home purchase today.
For fun, you might want to see the Timeline of Summerlin’s History.