Summerlin is an affluent master-planned community in the Las Vegas Valley of Southern Nevada. It lies at the edge of the Spring Mountains and Red Rock Canyon to the west; partly within the official city limits of Las Vegas and partly within unincorporated Clark County.
This rapidly growing community occupies over 22,500 acres and according to its developers, “has grown to encompass more than 230 parks, more than two dozen public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, nine golf courses, three resort hotels, world-class recreational facilities, retail and entertainment centers, well-established office parks, a state-of-the-art medical center, and more.
The community is divided into three associations (North, South, and West), which oversee two dozen commercial and residential villages.
At the time of the 2010 census, Summerlin’s population was nearly 100,000, having risen from 59,000 residents in the year 2000. With an average annual household income of $139,061, Summerlin is also one of the most affluent communities in Nevada. The community has received national acclaim for its amenities and quality of life. Notably, it was named the “#1 best place to live and play” by National Geographic Adventure in 2007 and one of the “Best Places to Live in America” by Money Magazine in 2014.
Summerlin was named after Jean Amelia Summerlin, the grandmother of billionaire land-developer Howard Hughes. The Howard Hughes Corporation maintains ownership of the master-planned community, along with Downtown Summerlin (the community’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment district) and the Las Vegas Ballpark (future home of the Las Vegas Aviators minor league baseball team).
Living in SUMMERLIN
New home construction continued to boom through the turn of the century. From 1997 to 2007, Summerlin was consistently ranked as the #1 community in the nation for new home sales. The great recession caused a temporary slow-down in construction, but signs of revival became especially apparent in 2014, when Downtown Summerlin opened, bringing 106 acres of shopping, dining, and entertainment to Summerlin residents. Residential development also saw a great revival following the recession, and by 2016, Summerlin was once again one of the top communities in America for new home sales.
Summerlin is still a growing community. As of 2018, over two dozen commercial and residential villages have been constructed, with over 6,000 acres still available for future development.
Things to do in SUMMERLIN
Bicycle lanes are provided on most major roads in Summerlin, as well as in the adjacent Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Large community parks, which are available for free public use, are located throughout Summerlin. As of 2018, there are 25 community parks that feature a variety of recreational amenities, which may include: community centers, barbecue areas, walking trails, playgrounds, swimming pools, interactive water features, soccer fields, baseball fields, football fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, bocce ball and shuffleboard courts, and motorized toy areas. In addition, the parks with community centers typically offer special events, classes, and children’s camps.
The following community parks are owned, maintained, and operated by the Summerlin Council:
- The Arbors Paseo Park
- The Arbors Sports Park
- The Arbors Tennis & Play Park
- The Cottonwood Canyon Park
- The Crossing Park
- The Fox Hill Park
- The Gardens Park & Community Center
- The Hills Park
- The Mesa Park
- The North Tower Park
- The Oxford Park
- The Paseos Park
- The Pueblo Park
- The Ridgebrook Park
- The South Tower Park
- The Spotted Leaf Park
- The Summerlin Centre Community Park
- The Trails Linear Park
- The Trails Park & Community Center
- The Tree Top Park
- The Village Green Park
- The Vistas Community Park
- The Willows Park & Community Center
- Willows Paseo Park
Most Summerlin neighborhoods also have small pocket parks that contribute to the extensive Summerlin park system.
The following community pools are owned, maintained, and operated by the Summerlin Council:
- The Trails Pool
- The Vistas Pool
- The Willows Pool
The following community pool is maintained and operated by the City of Las Vegas:
- The Pavilion Center Pool
In addition, the family-friendly Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas water park opened in 2013. The park boasts more than 25 water slides and attractions and is accessible to both residents and visitors.
As of 2018, the Summerlin Trail System is more than 150 miles long and connects local neighborhoods to various amenities throughout the community. The system includes five types of planned trails: street-side, village, bike, regional, and natural.
Upon completion, the trail system will be more than 200 miles long and will connect to more than 2,000 miles of regional trails, making it one of the most comprehensive and efficient trail systems in the southwestern United States.
In 2008, Summerlin and the Howard Hughes Corporation received the American Trails Developer Award, which is given to developers in recognition of “quality, well designed multi-use trails systems that are integrated into private developments.
The adjacent Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers 26 hiking trails (ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous). The canyon is also suitable for bouldering and rock climbing and has an overnight camp site.