We desert dwellers all like to joke about the heat that descends, during certain months, on the valley like a blazing comet on a direct impact path. The sweltering temperatures are part of the advanced level of swimming pool architecture you see all over the Las Vegas metroplex. We have to beat the heat somehow.
These days, though, our thermostat isn’t the only example of mercury rising in Las Vegas. Our favorite planned community, Summerlin, is fanning the flames of our luxury real estate market. Our team at The Dream Home Specialist brings you this, our Las Vegas Luxury Real Estate Report.
Summerlin Basics: What’s Not to Love?
An ironic aspect of Summerlin is that the village was vacant for its first 30 years of existence. Summerlin Parkway was nicknamed “The road to nowhere” by Las Vegas residents. It’s difficult to imagine the now 100,000-citizen community as an empty expanse leading up to the Red Rock Canyon.
Building commenced in Summerlin when The Meadows School broke ground in 1988 and hasn’t looked back since. Technically, Summerlin is a community, not a separate town, even though it feels far removed from your typical Las Vegas experience.
Within the borders of this award-winning planned development, you’ll find 20 or so villages, all with a unique set of amenities. Linking these clusters is a trail system of about 150 total miles. When Howard Hughes began planning out Summerlin, he wanted each collection of homes to have a neighborhood park (150 total today) and a “sidewalk” that joined each segment. Those footpaths evolved to the trail system we see today.
Adding to the appeal of Summerlin are the educational opportunities found within the village. More than two-dozen public and private schools encourage learning, athletics, music, art and life skills to Summerlin’s youngest residents.
Summerlin: Something For Everyone
If Summerlin ever adopts a new tagline, the phrase “If you can’t find it in Summerlin, it doesn’t exist” should be a contender. Using luxury real estate as an example, within Summerlin, the village of Sun City, The Ridges, and The Summit Club (opening soon). Sun City Summerlin is an age-restricted development; The Ridges is luxury golf course community with custom homes on large parcels, and The Summit is the most luxurious development yet.
You can golf on one of the village’s nine golf courses, including The Bear’s Best. Jack Nicklaus designed Bear’s Best by picking out his favorite hole layouts from his library of plans at Nicklaus Designs, Inc. This collection brings accolades from professionals and casual players, both. Surrounding the course are custom home sites in The Ridges development.
In Sun City, a 55-year and older age-restricted development, you’ll find three golf courses, a movie theater, 14 tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and three restaurants. Have dinner and a movie without ever leaving your extended neighborhood.
Throughout Summerlin, the Fun Continues
I’m going to throw in the extensive list of cultural and interest-related activities as part of Summerlin’s hot real estate status. Townspeople do not skimp when it comes to filling the event calendar. Every month you’ll see dozens of happenings within the community.
And the business owners fully support community efforts. Rachel’s Kitchen near Trails Village shopping center displays works from the local artisans and craftspeople of Summerlin, including students.
Social and activity clubs add to your options, and then there are art and culture venues to explore. These are a small sampling of what’s going on around the village:
- Sun City Summerlin Art Club
- Nevada Ballet Theatre
- The Starbright Theater
- Red Rock Resort
- The Summerlin Writers and Poets Club
- Discovery Children’s Museum
- The Women’s Club of Summerlin
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor Center
- The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
- Ward 2 Walkers fitness group
- West Side Photo Club
- Las Vegas Crafters Guild
- The Rotary Club of Las Vegas-Summerlin
- The Fresh52 farmers market
Village Square’s monthly festival featuring vintage cars is a throwback to bygone days of straight pipes and big block engines. Tour de Summerlin, in its 15th year, attracts hundreds of cyclists to test their endurance on 40, 60, and 80-mile rides.