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Living in Summerlin, Nevada

Updated on March 11, 2015

My Move to Summerlin (Las Vegas), Nevada

Seven years ago I moved to Summerlin which is a suburb in the western part of Las Vegas, Nevada. I created this web page as a way to share this wonderful area with family, friends, and others who are interested.

My family and I began considering relocating from California several years ago. We researched and visited many areas, but nothing seemed quite right for us. We then heard about Summerlin, Nevada and became very curious about it. We quickly fell in love with the area and decided that this was the place for us. The move happened in 2007 and there have been absolutely no regrets.

This photo was taken at the Willows Park (in the Willows Village section of Summerlin) on Thanksgiving Day in 2007.

photo credit: InspiredByMusic

Shopping Center in Summerlin
Shopping Center in Summerlin

The Villages of Summerlin

Summerlin is divided into villages, each with its own style and amenities. The villages located north of Charleston Boulevard are in the city of Las Vegas. The villages south of Charleston are in unincorporated Clark County.

The Summerlin villages include The Arbors, The Canyons, The Crossing, The Hills, The Hills South, The Pueblo, The Trails, Summerlin Centre, The Gardens, The Mesa, Ridgebrook, The Ridges, and the Willows with several additional villages expected to be built in the undeveloped parts of Summerlin for a total of thirty villages. In addition, there are two large retirement communities in the Summerlin area: Sun City Summerlin and Siena. Red Rock Country Club is located higher up in the foothills near The Ridges.

Summerlin is managed by three major associations: Summerlin North, Summerlin South, and Summerlin West. Some individual neighborhoods are also managed by their own neighborhood home owners association.

Both large and small parks are located throughout Summerlin and there is also a very extensive trail system that is very popular with the Summerlin residents. Both streets and landscaping are very well maintained.

Churches and other places of worship are located throughout Summerlin as are shopping centers, restaurants, and various services.

There is an abundance of recreational activities such as swimming, tennis, bowling, golf, horseback riding (a short drive away in the Red Rock Canyon area), and an ice skating rink located just outside of Summerlin. There is a major gym located in The Trails Village, another one near the skating rink, and a new one in Summerlin Centre which is expected to open in 2011.

Summerlin consists of approximately 22,500 acres, approximately 8,900 of which are planned for future development. The population is approximately 100,000 people.

photo credit: InspiredByMusic

Photo taken in my backyard at about 8:00 a.m.
Photo taken in my backyard at about 8:00 a.m.

The Seasons in Summerlin

Snow in Las Vegas

It might be surprising to learn that it sometimes snows in Las Vegas. After all, this area is known for extreme heat in the summer months! In fact, there was heavy snowfall on December 15, 2008 and even a few snowflakes in April, 2009! Heavy snow fell again in Summerlin and the surrounding areas in the morning hours of January 3, 2011. Several inches accumulated and some roads were closed. Snow flurries were reported on the Las Vegas Strip.

The landscaping in Summerlin accents the seasons with flowering plum and pear trees in the spring and beautiful fall folliage in some of the parks and golf courses.

photo credit: InspiredByMusic

Calico Hills -- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Calico Hills -- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

The Spring Mountains and Red Rock Canyon

The most striking feature of Summerlin is its proximity to the mountains, especially the Spring Mountain Range. The appearance of these mountains changes dramatically with the time of day and weather conditions.These mountains are reddish in color and are home to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area which is only a very short drive away. Hiking and bicycling are very popular things to do in Summerlin and the Red Rock Canyon area.

Other mountain ranges visible from this area are the Sheep Range which is north of Las Vegas, Frenchman Mountain to the East, and the McCullough Range which includes Black Mountain in the Henderson area. From my home I can see the Spring Mountains and the McCullough Range.

This photo was taken during my first visit to Red Rock Canyon.

photo credit: InspiredByMusic

Las Vegas Strip at Night
Las Vegas Strip at Night

Nighttime Views

Lights, Stars, and Sunrises

This area is also very beautiful at night. The street lighting in Summerlin is designed for very dramatic effects by accenting the architecture, palm trees, and other landscaping. In some areas, there are spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip.

There is a great deal of natural beauty at night as well. Stars can be seen almost every night, and the sunrises are indescribable. When I first moved here, I made it a point to get up every morning to watch the sunrises!

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      LasVegasLocally 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great hub. Summerlin really is a unique and beautiful part of the Vegas Valley.

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      Katherine89135 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Lisa! I'm not familiar at all with the Pahrump area. There are several good communities near Summerlin including The Lakes, Peccole Ranch, Spring Valley, and Desert Shores. Yes, it is scary to move. If you're going to work with a real estate agent, it's a good idea to talk to several to find someone you're comfortable with. Wishing you and your husband all the best!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi Katherine just found your page my husband and i are working on plans now putting our house on the market. We are fly out in Feb. to look at so houses in Pahrump area and suggestion on another area like where you are? This is a scary thing for us right now because we have no one there.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Looks like a nice place to make a home.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sounds like a great place to live! Thanks for sharing!

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      Katherine89135 5 years ago

      @floppypoppygift1: Actually one of my friends moved from Las Vegas to Tucson a year ago. I think the weather is similar, but the monsoon season in Tucson brings more humidity.

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      Looks cool-is it as hot as Tucson? Cheers~cb

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      Katherine89135 5 years ago

      @anonymous: My feeling is that taking precautions against crime is a good idea in Summerlin, but the people I know here don't seem to be especially worried or fearful about it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can you comment on 'crime' in Summerlin? Im interested in LV, but have heard negatives regarding crime.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      I was in Las Vegas, but not in Summerlin, so all is new for me. Great lens. I like the place.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I have never heard of Summerlin and it being in the desert area would mean hot summers for me. The changing sceneries of the seasons are interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hmmm. Sounds like a nice place to live --maybe I should look into it.

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      Katherine89135 5 years ago

      @julieannbrady: Yes, it only takes about four hours to drive to L.A. or Orange counties!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Looks like a lovely place! I've never made it to Las Vegas. Love how close you are to California!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      This looks like a wonderful place to live. I'd enjoy that kind of scenery and the hiking opportunities. I'd have trouble, though, with the hot summers. Our summers here in Paso Robles are about as hot as I can stand.

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      Katherine89135 5 years ago

      @ofdifferentsorts: Thank you for your comment. Yes, you're right. The snow usually doesn't last very long. One year, though, it lasted on the ground for about thirty hours here in Summerlin (which is at a higher altitude than other parts of Las Vegas).

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      Katherine89135 5 years ago

      @oxfordian: Thank you for your comment (and thank you for alerting me to the problem in my Las Vegas Weather Module). Yes, it can get very hot here. Summer days always seem to be in the triple digits. Summerlin is typically a few degrees cooler than other parts of the valley, though.

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      Paul Franciskato 5 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      I had heard about the snowfall in Las Vegas, and yes, it is surprising! I imagine the snow didn't last for very long after it accumulated.

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I'm glad that you're happy there. I know that it does get incredibly hot in the summer. My son lives in Las Vegas, but he's planning on moving out of state in a couple months. (Check your link under your section Las Vegas Weather. It says it's an "invalid license key" [?]). Anyway, you did a great job on your lens. I learned a lot I didn't know!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can any of you speak first hand about the area of Providence? We will be relocating to either Summerlin or Providence area from CA. Any information and/or help would be great! Thanks so much!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hot, hot, hot. I lived near Phoenix for 29 years. Happy to be back East where there are 4 seasons and living in the woods with the bears instead of in the city with gangs. I am glad you like your town; we should all be lucky enough to live where we are happiest!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for introducing me to such a beautiful city!

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      Katherine89135 6 years ago

      @cinstress: I've never been to New England, but from the pictures I've seen, it is so beautiful and appealing.

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      I was attracted to this lens because I might visit the area this summer -- my sister and brother-in-law live in Las Vegas and hike in Red Rock Canyon all year round -- blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Katherine89135 6 years ago

      @javr: Yes, in the summer it's frequently over 100 degrees and sometimes even over 110!

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It looks nice but I bet it's hot in the summer!

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      cinstress 6 years ago

      I live in New England, but this looks very pretty

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      Katherine89135 6 years ago

      @ShamanicShift: Yes, there are many interesting trails in the Red Rock Canyon area, and the new Visitor Center is very nice, too. Thank you so much for your comments!