Southern Nevada’s real estate market has in recent months seen a steady, continuous climb. In cities such as Summerlin, housing sales in virtually all markets from modest homes to luxury condominiums are on the rise.
This planned community, being developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation is nestled near Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountain, shares a border with Las Vegas. Those considering a move to the community will find many Las Vegas houses for sale as well as Vegas condos for sale nearby.
Summerlin gleans its name from Jean Summerlin, grandmother of Howard Hughes and was for many years the number-one best-selling planned community in the country. Now, nearly 20 years after ground was first broken, home sales there continue to be among the nation’s highest. Summerlin homes tend to sell better, and faster, than in almost any other market nationwide.
The community was first envisioned by Hughes in the 1950s, when he purchased the initial 25,000 acres upon which most of Summerlin now sits. Construction of the community got under way in 1990. Over the years, portions of the original 25,000 acres were deeded to government conservation groups such as the Bureau of Land Management and converted to nature preserves. The community now encompasses 22,500 acres.
In addition to these grander natural resources, the community also boasts over 150 parks and more than 150-miles of pristine hiking and bicycling trail, The Summerlin Trail System. Additionally, Summerlin offers nine golf courses, many churches, hospital facilities, myriad shopping choices and two dozen exemplary schools, both public and private. The Summerlin Trail System has been honored with the prestigious American Trails Developer Award.
The community is planned around the “village” concept and broken up into several planned neighborhoods, each with its own share of facilities such as public parks, schools, and so on. Plans call for a total of 30 villages once the community is completed. At present, 19 villages have either been completed or are in various stages of development. Homes in this planned community, as with nearby Henderson, NV homes, are available in a wide variety of styles, colors and price ranges. The goal in offering these many options is to create a multi-generational community in which young singles move in, have children and eventually retire.
Summerlin offers numerous amenities and small luxuries not common in many other communities. In a very real sense, it is these little things that set Summerlin apart and make it such a popular destination for those looking to purchase new housing or make the move to the Southwest. Street lamps, for example; Sumerlin’s street lamps have been specially designed to keep artificial light to a minimum, thus allowing residents there the chance to gaze more clearly at Nevada’s beautiful, star-filled night skies.
Surrounded by picturesque mountain peaks, the tree-lined streets of Summerlin are as easy on the eye as a planned community can be. Summerlin’s social life is also the stuff of legends. From the Summerlin Council’s annual Patriotic Parade to the Summerlin Art Festival, there’s always something happening in this jewel of a community.