Summerlin Homes – The Howard Hughes Story
Howard Hughes is one of those enigmatic, larger-than-life American characters whose life’s story is filled with wild U-turns, insane and admirable obsessions and adventures that most of us can only read about in books or see in movies.
He was born into riches, the sole heir of a tool manufacturing big business. Running a tools business was not something that would have satisfied his insatiable appetite for excitement and adventure: each new decade in his life brought a new obsession and megalomaniac plans most of which he manages to execute on.
In the 1920s he fell in love with Hollywood and movies and promptly produces and directed a series of films, some unforgettable, other less successful. Throughout the 1930s, he remained actively involved in movie-making, while focusing more and more on the one true and unquestionable love of his life: aviation. He became a top pilot, setting up one speed record after the other and winning coveted aviation trophies.
Flying planes was not enough: he also became interested in designing planes, including many famous ones such as Hughes H-1 races or the H-4. After designing and building aircrafts came running airlines. Hughes was involved with TWA, bought and owned Airwest.
Throughout his life, his name was involved in many controversies and was linked on many shady and suspicious deals and affairs to the shadowy Mob and the equally opaque and mysterious CIA. He was involved in a fatal accident; he was rumored to have been a part of a CIA-orchestrated attempt to assassinate Fidel Castro of Cuba. Many of his business deals reaped controversy and scandal, including his decision to turn over his entire stake in his billion-dollar business to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, which transformed a major and hugely profitable defense contractor into a tax-exempt charity.
In the 1960s, Hughes took Las Vegas by storm. When he first arrived, the Las vegas real estate market was in ruins, not unlike today. Hughes had a vision for Las Vegas; he wanted to turn into a glamorous entertainment center, one akin in style and status to ‘a well-dressed man in a dinner jacket and a beautifully jeweled and furred female getting out of an expensive car’. He purchased several hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, radio and television station. Most importantly, he turned the region’s languishing real estate market around. He absorbed most of the surplus inventory of undeveloped real estate in the region and based on his original holdings of a 25,000-acre property, he developed the famed master-planned community of Sumerlin.
The community of Summerlin became one of the most decorated master-planned communities in the United States. As a multi-generational community with over 150 miles of trails and a similar number of exquisitely designed parks and public spaces, Summerlin offers unparalleled quality of life to its residents. Summerlin homes offer a variety of choice not seen in many other master-planned communities: from modest, but high quality 1,500 square-feet starter homes to custom-built, magnificent 5 bedroom mansions, the community offers all sorts of new and existing Summerlin homes for sale. Senior and mature adult communities are also available and the condominium communities of Summerlin offer some of the most desirable Las Vegas condos off the strip. No matter what type of Las Vegas home for sale is needed, Summerlin will surely have it.
Summerlin was named after Howard Hughes’ grandmother and is probably one of the most enduring legacies of the extraordinary character, aviator, moviemaker and Las Vegas land baron.