The Best Neighborhoods in the Las Vegas NV Area
read this entire article twice with 5 great maps and resources
What is the Best Neighborhood in Las Vegas to Live? If you ask the Las Vegas locals what is the best areas of town are you normally get the EAST vs WEST debate between HENDERSON (@Hendertucky as the west jokingly calls it) and SUMMERLIN. Get groups of friends together from both sides of town, a few drinks at the bar, and the comments and bashing is comedy at its best. At the end of the day the people who decided on either of these communities did so because it was close to either family, friends or there job. Both Henderson and Summerlin are huge and so we have to dig a bit deeper to find out the best neighborhoods in these communities. There is also a third community to the south that can not be left out that we will address last called Southern Highlands.
All 3 communities are Master Planned Communities and raked among the best in the world and we will site there rankings and reports below. So, together, we will dig deeper and ask better questions to find the top neighborhoods in each of these community.
What’s great is all 3 Communities offer everything from affordable condos from $150K, to townhouses from $250K, houses from $300K and even Mansions over $5 Million. There is something for everyone if you know were to look and we know were to find them.
This above map is based off of many factors to include sales, crime reports, local polling and access to amenities. Make note that these are not the most expensive neighborhoods in Las Vegas. One thing you will find in come among all these areas is that they have some similar characteristics but offer a diversified set of properties. But everyone has access to the public parks and the community amenities regardless of if they rent, own or live in the smallest condo.
- They are in a master planned community
- They have a network or walking and biking trails
- They have greenbelt areas, parks and recreation to include water effects or pools.
- They are close to shopping, cafes and restaurants.
I will also breakdown probabilities for families, single people and retirees.
each neighborhood is broken down below with more detailed info and images.
(you don’t want to skip the detailed info if your a serious buyer)
- What is the best neighborhood in SUMMERLIN ? (west side)
- What is the best neighborhood in HENDERSON ? (east side)
- What is the best neighborhood in Southern Highlands ? (south)
We will break these communities down and narrow in on where and why people are choosing a specific neighborhood in these communities. We will look at crime reports, schools, parks and local amenities.
For those of you who don’t want to read my fabulous article and just want to jump into searching for homes then here are the hot spots. We are going to talk about non-gated, gated and guard gated communities and go even deeper so you really should read this entire article for tips on say just buying a condo to buying one with a view on the golf course, or a home that may have special features.
Migration of Las Vegas $1 Million Plus Luxury Home Buyers Over Last 50 Years
Obviously the most expensive and largest luxury homes in Las Vegas can not be far from these communities but it’s either price or access to basics that keep these communities from ranking in the best. For instance, The Ridges is the top selling community for $1 Million plus homes, yet cell phone coverage is poor and shopping and cafes are a mile plus away from the gate. You can read more about all Luxury homes for sale in Las Vegas here.
Someone may own the biggest and most expensive home in Las Vegas, but they may be 2-3 miles from the nearest coffee shop and have to go thru 3 gates just to get to the amazing walking paths and parks. In some areas there is not even cell phone coverage or poor at best. If you look at the 1st map you will see that The Best Neighborhoods in Las Vegas are right in the middle of the migration path for the last 50 years.
1st first have to ask –
What side of town is closer to your friends, family and work?
There has to be that one anchor that is going to attach you to one of the top ranked communities. If it is not family, friends or work – then maybe it is a favorite gym, yoga studio or walking trail. My recommendation when looking at what side of town to live is ask yourself these basic questions.
- How far do I have to drive to work if I live in…?
- How far are my nears family and friends?
- How far are the nearest drug stores, grocery stores and shopping?
- How far are the nearest fitness centers, parks or yoga studios?
- What have I seen there that makes me want that neighborhood?
Now before I go further I just want to do a huge sweep and give alot of you readers a huge SURPRISE! Las Vegas is actually ranked #1 in the USA as the safest place to live from natural disasters. I wrote an entire article with the facts and data and you can read all about it.
So now that you can sleep good at night not worrying about natural disasters lets go a bit further and see what research and data tells us about the Las Vegas Valley.
What are the Safest Neighborhoods in Las Vegas?
Most of the Best Communities in Las Vegas have gated or Guard Gated neighborhoods. So let’s just start with a big question that comes up everyday. People want to know about crime, crime rates, car theft and more. There are many crime maps online but they can be a bit deceiving as some report crime for years, some months and some group different crimes together. The simple answer is crime is everywhere and you are just as likely to be assaulted by a family member in your own home as a stranger on the street. Sad but true. And crime maps do a poor job of actually saying want the crime is. But since we are talking about where to live and were to buy lets focus on overall personal safety and property.
I wrote an entire article on this and you can read it by clicking the headline above. However, the problem with the data is that Summerlin is part of the the actual city of Las Vegas while Henderson is it’s own city. On top of that we have a smaller community just outside Henderson called Boulder City that is just as highly rated but has a smaller population. So one should not discount SUMMERLIN over Henderson.
To see more of Henderson schedule tour we can meet us at our office in Henderson.
170 S Green Valley Pkwy # 300
Henderson, NV 89012
(The District, Behind Cheesecake Factory)
Green Valley Ranch in Henderson is popular due to it’s location to Lifetime Fitness, The District and the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino. Lots of little botique yoga and mommy stores and groups center around the District at Green Valley Ranch.
My advise if safest is your main concern is to start with looking at Las Vegas Guard Gated Communities. Guard gated communities have 24 guards and normally roaming guards and these communities report lower crime for that obvious reason.
SUMMERLIN Ranks #1
in NV for Best Master Planed Communities
Best Neighborhoods in Las Vegas for Lifestyle
Not only does SUMMERLIN ranks #1 for Best Communities in Nevada it is #4 in the USA and has been a TOP 10 Master Planed Community world wide since 1995. No community has possibly won more awards or has been more recognized as what is possible. Summerlin best seen as its 22,000 acres of over 150+ neighborhoods where 50% of the land use is recreational. Most of the communities are gated so serious buyers need to call us to see homes, but you can drive the outer streets and see all the community parks and trails.
SUMMERLIN YouTube VIDEO:
SUMMERLIN is huge and with so many neighborhoods to choose from it can get a bit confusing, but based on the locals and alot of feed back there are 2 main hubs one may want to consider.
- TPC Summerlin Round About: (Summerlin Library) It has the stores, a 24 hour fitness, cafes and the Summerlin Library. This is the first original part of Summerlin that expanded in 1995 and is still among the favorites for locals as it also has some of the best walking trails and parks. As a point of referrence I would say anything with in a 1 mile walking distance of Summerlin Library.
- Downtown Summerlin: Not only retail shopping and cafes, but the large TruFusion Yoga Studio & on Charelston the LIFETIME FITNESS. Also the famous Red Rock Casio is on Charelston. Anything within a 1 mile walking distance of Downtown Summerlin on the east side of 215 as it has the shopping, entertainment and cafes.
“This “downtown” version of a shopping/dining mall is so GREAT. There are many really wonderful stores, restaurants and a movie theater. It is on the north side of Las Vegas away from the strip and you have so many options in this one location. There were so many people walking around with their dogs also. There was a restaurant (that we didn’t go to) that allow dogs in and even have their own menu.” TripAdvisor
Queensridge is not officially in Summerlin but right on the border and is an honorable mention as it is a master planned community that many have come to admire as they pass the big Horses at the gate. check it out.
We have an Office right in the middle of Summerlin and Next to Queensridge
10220 W Charleston Blvd Suite #3
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(Charleston & Town Center)
You can see that the most prevalent common thing is the green area around these communities ether they are golf courses or public parks. Las Vegas is in a desert climate so it is natural for people to want to be so how attached to nature or something with green grass. The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence – but where there is grass in Las Vegas or Henderson may be a place to consider buying your next home.
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How to determine the best neighborhood
Choosing the right neighborhood that will fit individuals and family members lifestyles desires it’s definitely not an easy task. Before going further into looking for the perfect property, deciding on the location could be the most difficult and most important decision buyers make. Indeed, you can always find another property that you like more and move there, but the location is not something that can be changed fast and easy.
First and foremost, before starting to look for the house, it is important to feel if the location fits individual’s current needs and lifestyle. Apart from how beautiful the house can be, if the neighborhood does not support the lifestyle, people can easily become unhappy and monotonous. In order to determine this, it is important for people to be aware of their current values, needs and priorities. It is important to know if the person enjoys quiet surroundings or busy places where the whole center of attention is around.
Lake Las Vegas is a unique area outside Henderson. Celion Dion Lives Here.
Amenities and Conveniences Available
Before making a final decision, it is important to thoroughly explore the whole neighborhood. It doesn’t really matter if it is a single individual, a family or a retired couple, it is important for people to be sure that the neighborhood has everything that suits certain lifestyle. Depending on individual’s preferences and daily activities, it is crucial to be aware of the amenities and convenience available in a certain neighborhood. As nowadays everyone is trying to have an active lifestyle, it is important to check if the neighborhood has amenities such as parks, community centers, recreational activities and attractions, where people can spend time relaxing with their family and friends. If the neighborhood is rich with groceries, shopping stores and restaurants, it is also an advantage, as people do not want to travel long distances to buy their necessities or to have their morning coffee.
Summerlin is inter connected by streets and trails
Low Crime Rates
Normally, we all want to live in a safe and secure surrounding, however, this does not mean that all people can live in a society where crime never happens. By researching some current crime rates and statistics for different areas, people can get an insight about the safety of a specific town or neighborhood. Especially for families with children, it is very important to check how the current neighborhood or any other measures against the preferred one. However, it is important to be aware that if one area ranks among the safest today, there is no guarantee that this cannot be changed in the future.
Since buying a home is one of the largest investments that people make, the home values in one neighborhood is a serious factor that should be considered. Knowing the fact that the real estate market is in constant flux, it is important to be aware of some factors including home price values, resale value, or the time of how long are the homes on sale. There are many neighborhoods that hold home values for a long period of time, and there are others who have this shortly. If the neighborhood holds home values, it means that home buyers would most likely be interested in that place and you can easily make a deal if you decide to sell the house in the future.
Family Friendly Community
Even for people who are single home buyers this fact is very important as they will have a family in the future. It is important to check if there are lots of families around the neighborhood. Especially for families with children, this is a great advantage as kids will have great opportunities to socialize with peers, play and find their lifelong friends. Moreover, for families with children, another important consideration when looking for a new neighborhood is the quality of schools around. Usually, this is the first thing parent’s research as they want to ensure that their kids will have an opportunity for a quality education.
Another indicator that characterizes a neighborhood is good city services. Before moving to a new location, it is important to check whether the place has in order some crucial things such as picking trash, clean and maintained streets, city lights and many more. This characteristics show that the neighborhood is well maintained and people care about it so it will be organized well so everyone can enjoy there.
Future Neighborhood Developments
Whether living in a place for a shorter or longer period of time, it is important to know how the future of that neighborhood looks like. It is important for homebuyers to be informed about this as major economic developments do change neighborhoods dramatically either positively or negatively. Some major changes include, changes in taxes, increasing traffic, more job opportunities, or better city services. However, one of the possible ways to check what the future holds for your preferred neighborhood, is to check with the local planning office.
With the new Raiders Stadium going in – communities like Southern Highlands, Inspirada and Seven Hills has gained attention along with condos for sale on the Las Vegas strip. This is an important factor as the training camp and a lot of the players and staff will be bringing their families and living and developing entire communities close to the stadium and training camp in Henderson. While Summerlin and Henderson may hold the top stops, Southern Highlands has recently had 5 of the most expensive homes sell up on its hill.
Why Are You Moving to LAS VEGAS?
Start with that Question
In cases when people are deciding to move to a different part of town, another town or different country, deciding the area that fits them is probably the hardest decision. Generally, it takes time to find out if the area is exactly what people are looking for, since many things cannot be seen from just visiting. So while there are specific things that we look for when choosing our perfect home, the location mainly is what impact our daily life. Here are several key points that should be taken into consideration before jumping into the hunt for finding new perfect neighborhood.
As we can see, there are a lot of factors that should not be missed when looking for the perfect neighborhood for living. Importantly, ensuring that the location of your new home is one that you have been looking for, increases the quality of life as the days go by. Also, it gives a full enjoyment of the new home. Therefore, in order to make sure that you made the right decision, take your time and visualize yourself in the neighborhood.
Let us help you find the Best Neighborhoods in Las Vegas so you can decide which is best for you and narrow down to your next dream home.
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*agents are not allowed to steer buyers into any one community or house. It is ultimately up to the buyer on where they wish to live and what they feel is best for their individual lifestyle.