Boulder City, Nevada


Boulder City LogoBoulder City, Nevada, started as a planned community, built as a town for the management and workers of the new Boulder Dam. It sits along the west side of Lake Mead just south of Henderson.

Boulder City is named after the original canyon where the dam was planned. However, when the location changed to Black Canyon, the name of the city was not changed. As a political move made in 1930 by President Hoover, the dam’s name changed to Hoover Dam, but 3 years later, President Roosevelt changed it back. People still confuse the name.

The Dam Town

Boulder City consisted of planned housing for both management and laborers. Your status determined where you live. Management, of course, got the top of the hill, the largest homes, and they also got a park and the community pool. Workers were lived in small homes or commuted from Henderson.

Even though the community was “planned,” the closest hospital and school were 25 miles away. Liquor and gambling were against the law in Boulder City, and any business wanting to open needed to have town council approval.

A New Neighbor

1943 saw the founding of the City of Henderson, just 10 miles away from Boulder City. It had amenities that Boulder City didn’t have. Henderson allowed gambling, sold liquor, and had plenty of schools and a hospital.

Henderson grew quickly because of a munitions plant and a large magnesium plant. That plethora of jobs attracted dam workers to move to Henderson rather than leaving the state when the dam was finished. Some families already lived in Henderson, and some moved up the hill.

Boulder City Aerial with lake mead

Boulder City Aerial w/ Lake Mead View

The Mob ran Las Vegas when Boulder City became an incorporated city in 1969. After years of being illegal, alcohol was legal once again. Wanting to remain a peaceful town, a NO GAMBLING law was created.

To remain small, the City Council decided to enact a strictly enforced 120 per year authorization of housing permit moratorium. Since 1969, the building permit wait-list slowed the growth, keeping the population low and home prices steady. People who finally get to build have been on the list for years.

Modern Boulder City

Downtown, Historic Boulder City has an old-west look and a southwest feel. This blends nicely with the charming 1940’s homes and also with the more modern buildings. Lake Mead is close by with a launch ramp and marina in Boulder City which is a strong resource for business.

A new highway opened in 2019 by-passing the city allowing the downtown to re-create itself as a day jaunt and a tourist destination. Even though traffic and business have gone down, the jury is still out as to whether it’s better or worse for the city. More events scheduled by the City Council create an opportunity for tourists and locals alike to enjoy the lovely ambiance this city offers.

Police Department

The Boulder City Police Department is the City’s Hub with its website being the town bulletin board. Due to this, the police department also assists with:                                                                show Boulder City view

  • Veteran’s Affairs
  • DMV
  • City Planning
  • Voter Registration
  • Vacation Checks
  • Offender Watch List

Homes And Real Estate

Housing types range from condominiums to very expensive luxury custom estates with a view. You will often see Big Horn Sheep grazing in the park above the lake. A low crime rate, historical-looking small shops, and family-orientated holiday community activities, Boulder City is a great small community.

Lovely estate homes take advantage of the view and there are many properties zoned for hours nearby. Adding to the appeal, it’s only 15 minutes over the hill from Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital Of The World!

Contact Kurt Grosse at 702-750-7599 to see any homes listed below that fill your criteria or for a consultation appointment. With how quickly homes are built in Southern Nevada, having Kurt for your Realtor can be invaluable.

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