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The Start of Green Valley
Green Valley was the first master-planned community in Nevada. Plans for the Green Valley Master-Planned Community started in 1973 as a brain-child of Hank Greenspun, who was the owner of the Sun Newspaper. He founded the American Nevada Corporation, and they finally got approval for the Green Valley Master-Plan in 1978.
Originally Green Valley covered 8400 acres. Breaking ground in 1985. American Nevada Corporation and Green Valley built a “Best-In-Class” community that took 20 years to complete.
When The Strip hotel boom thrived in the 1990s, homes sold faster, and in 1994, Green Valley Ranch added to enhance all of Henderson, including Green Valley North and South. Seven Hills started selling in 2004, also an ANC project, with 1300 acres and 2500 homes in 25 neighborhoods.
American Nevada Corporation also has a division for managing these communities. ANC developed Aliante in 2004 in North Las Vegas as joint partners with Pulte Corporation. They built at least 9 lovely commercial complexes in Henderson and North Las Vegas in the last 30 years. Green Valley’s founders Hank and Barbara Greenspan, have an estate that gives generously to the community.
What Master-Planned Is
“Master-Planned” is where before homes are ever planned for, the area around the block of land gets planned as to the location of the amenities. These include schools, retail shopping, Parks and Recreation, emergency services, employment, golf, apartments, etc. Then housing fills in the rest of the land with small, medium, and large homes and sometimes luxury custom or semi-custom homes. After the planning and moving some dirt and installing the utility hubs, builders then buy raw land from the developer to build houses. There are basic guidelines, color schemes, and CCRs that every builder and neighborhood must adhere to if they want to build there.
Bronze Statues Everywhere
The first-time I showed homes in Green Valley was in 1993. I remember driving through streets with no traffic, great-looking homes, and green grassy walking paths and sidewalks.
It took a long time to get there on surface streets. We came to a corner with a bronzed statue of a man sitting on a bench reading an opened newspaper- it was very cool. Then at the next intersection, there were two bronzed golfers.
I had to go back without the clients to look for more, and they were everywhere! There were probably 50-100. Over the next 10 years, they were switched around a couple of times, but that was my favorite thing in all of Green Valley!
The statues are gone now. I read that they were removed for water conservation and because they confused people and held up traffic. They need to be at the Neon Museum or in a park. We have no clue where they are now. Kurt says they went golfing and then to Starbucks…
In 1995 our wedding coordinator looked for land to build a wedding venue. I showed her a 5-acre vacant land parcel fronting to Lake Mead Blvd for under $200,000. Lake Mead is now St. Rose Pkwy, and it was at Eastern, which was in the middle of nowhere with no utilities. She thought that it was too far out for wedding guests to attend. That intersection is one of the busiest intersections in the entire Las Vegas Valley today. What a difference 25 years makes!
Green Valley flows with lovely neighborhoods that have wide, winding roads and some beautiful, luxurious homes. Over the years, the trees are older, full, and beautiful, and the entire area has a pride of ownership that shows above everything else.
Golf is prevalent, stores are plentiful, and the area has everything a person could want within a few miles. With 2 larger hotel/casinos in the area, McCarran Airport close, and the 215 Beltway, Green Valley’s location is central to most areas of the city. When the beltway went in the area south of Green Valley on the hill exploded.
The 15-year span of the late 1980s to the early 2000s saw completion of most homes in GV. There’s a diversity of landscaping and styles, but the master-plan is fabulous! In the past, I had many people think Green Valley is a city, but it’s not- it just seems like it.
If you want to see homes in Green Valley, Henderson, Las Vegas, or North Las Vegas, we’d be happy to share our knowledge and area expertise with you. Give us a call for an appointment today at 702-750-7599.
See our page about Green Valley Ranch and also see our New Construction Page and New Construction Blog. With how quickly homes are built in Southern Nevada, having a retired building engineer who’s been in Las Vegas Real Estate for 25 years on your team is invaluable.
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.