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 with the eastern border only 7 miles west of the strip. The community takes up most of the west side of the Las Vegas Valley. Summerlin comprises 25,000 acres with varied terrain and stunning views of the city and red rocked mountains.
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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 growth of the Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas and the surrounding cities in the valley exploded too. With over 5000 people relocating to town each month for 30 years, Summerlin 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 highest-priced area of Las Vegas to live.
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 of what sold each week in 2019 was between 30-50, up 6% from 2018. That ranked Summerlin as #3 in sales among Master Planned Communities for 2019 and #6 for the decade.
Part of their success is due to flexibility, changing to meet consumer demand. This past year we saw an increase in demand for townhomes, condos and attached housing products. In the past few years, the village plans that are under construction added several condominium communities and luxury apartment buildings.
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. 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 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 the current number of 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 move in and out of the community quickly.
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 and restaurants, and 3 luxury hotel and 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 was booming 5000 acres were traded with BLM that expanded Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and grew Summerlin’s boundary to the south.
A second exchange added more land to the Conservation area while expanding Summerlin’s land to the north. In 2019 construction started in Summerlin North once more when Reverence broke ground.
This past year we saw an increase in demand for townhomes, condos and attached housing products. In the past few years, several condominium communities and luxury apartment buildings were added to the village plans.
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 for a well-rounded area to live in. There are 3 luxury hotel and casino properties located in Summerlin.
Summerlin borders are on busy Las Vegas streets and there are multiple shopping centers loaded with franchise businesses, large department stores and boutique stores 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 and know many builders. If you have a desire to investigate or to build a fully custom home, we should talk. Besides adding our experience and knowledge to your plan, Kurt’s housing engineer expertise can greatly benefit you.
Link to our Summerlin South Search and Summerlin North Search Pages here. “Area” is the thing to decide on before choosing a house, because prices vary according to which area you choose in the valley and the age of the home.
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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 homes in Las Vegas , Henderson and/or North Las Vegas on our site. We also have an Areas of Town for an Overview if you’re unsure of where to live and a Southern Nevada Cities page for info and search links for 12 other Southern Nevada Cities.
Green Valley is equivalent to Summerlin in Henderson. We have pages and searches for Green Valley and Green Valley Ranch. With 4 55+ Housing Communities in Summerlin and 4 in Henderson, you may want to see our Senior 55+ Communities info page.
Kurt and Terri Grosse, Realtors, Top-Producers, Best Realtors, with 50+ years of combined Las Vegas Valley real estate experience. Terri became a Las Vegas Realtor in 1993 after relocating from Southern California. Shortly thereafter, Terri sold Kurt a house and besides getting a lovely home, he got a first date. The rest is 27 years of history, family, and houses.
Kurt started working with Terri in 1996. He had the city’s largest builders as his clients, telling them how to build their homes, as their structural building engineer. He was also their emergency “tell us how to fix this” guy so he had first-hand knowledge of the building issues sub-contractors would create. Knowing how building errors slip through the cracks, Kurt began monitoring construction for our clients free of charge. As your home is built, Kurt goes there every week and after 20+ years, he is known by clients as “The Protector.”
Resale Homes in Las Vegas Valley
While you look at how nice a resale or pre-owned house is or the home’s features, we look for signs of past and/or future problems. As your new construction home is built, Kurt monitors the construction as part of our service. Besides cosmetic issues, our New Construction Home Inspector finds errors in almost every new home he inspects.
Know that most people did not have a home inspection when the home was new. We provide you with one as a gift and you have us looking for signs of potential problems every time we go into a home to view it with you.
If we can help you do a specific home search, we are also full-service Realtors and would be happy to assist you. Link to our Blog Library Page and look under “Buyers” in the menu bar above to learn more. You can always click on “ Contact Us ” or Call 702-750-7599 for questions or an appointment.
We are 20 year Summerlin Residents and Realtors who have lived in and/or owned homes in 5 different villages. WE KNOW SUMMERLIN! We’d be happy to share our knowledge and expertise assisting you with your Summerlin home purchase today.
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