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 a strong business resource attracting visitors to its launch ramp and marina in Boulder City.

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 both tourists and locals to enjoy the lovely ambiance this city offers.

Police Department in Boulder City

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. With 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 of Lake Mead and the surrounding recreation area. 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!

Boulder City New Construction Homes

In 2018, a miraculous event occurred. StoryBook Homes broke ground on the first new home subdivision in Boulder City for over 30 years. Offering 4 floorplans with variations, homes have sold quickly. The building moratorium put upon the area is allowing only 30 homes to be built a year. With 30 acres to build homes on, Boulder City New Construction Homes have arrived. 

Storybook Homes continues to build fabulous homes, with about 75% of them with only one story and a 3-car garage. Located near Highway 93, their location is convenient,  close to downtown Boulder City and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. See our StoryBook Homes page for floor plans, additional information, and a link to the site.

This website and information are made available for you to explore by Kurt Grosse with Realty One Group. Kurt is a Las Vegas Top-Producing Realtor since 1996 and a Retired Building Engineer (P.E., C.E.). His goal with his buyers and sellers is to use his skills and knowledge to protect them in this ever-changing Las Vegas Real Estate Market. With how quickly homes are built in Southern Nevada, his skills are invaluable.


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