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Living in Summerlin, Nevada
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.
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
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
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
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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Summerlin-Related Links - Resources for More Information About Summerlin
- Official Website for Summerlin Residents
This site is designed especially for residents and includes information about activities, amenities, and special events. Summerlin publications are also available on this site.
- Summerlin, Nevada
The website for Summerlin, Nevada. This site provides a great deal of information about life in Summerlin.
- Las Vegas Review Journal - Summerlin News
News about Summerlin
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Links to information about the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area including a newsletter with information about guided hikes and other activities.
- Wikipedia Article about Summerlin
This article includes information about the history, government, and recreational opportunties of Summerlin.
- Sun City Summerlin Website
The website for the retirement community of Sun City Summerlin. Includes a slide show presentation with many beautiful and interesting photos.
- Siena Website
The website for the guard-gated retirement community of Siena.
- Summerlin Library
Information about the facilities and services of the Summerlin Library. It also includes a photo of the library.
- Nevada Ballet Theatre
This website includes information about the history and upcoming performances of the Nevada Ballet Theatre which is located adjacent to the Summerlin Library. It also includes information about classes at the Nevada Ballet Theatre Academy.
- Summerlin Hospital
The website for Summerlin Hospital which is centrally located in Summerlin.
- Super Summer Theatre
The Super Summer Theatre performs at the amphitheatre located at the Spring Mountain Ranch just a short drive from Summerlin. This website includes information about upcomding productions, tickets, and auditions.
- Downtown Summerlin :: Sahara Avenue & 215 Beltway, Las Vegas, NV. 89135 :: 702.832.1000
Downtown Summerlin, an outdoor shopping mall, opened in the fall of 2014 adjacent to the Red Rock Resort and is a wonderful addition to the community.