Nestled between the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and the natural wonders of Red Rock Canyon, Summerlin, NV was named 2020’s Master Planned Community of the Year by the National Association of Homebuilders. Summerlin’s combination of smart community design, urban convenience, and magnificent natural beauty wins the community regular accolades, and its many parks, trails, and amenities encourage a healthy and sustainable lifestyle for active adults in the 55 and over communities found in Summerlin Las Vegas. Summerlin is living proof that building smart, sustainable, and environmentally conscious communities doesn’t have to sacrifice the luxury and comfort of residents.
Summerlin occupies more than 225,000 acres on the western side of the Las Vegas Valley, partially within the city of Las Vegas and the unincorporated Clark County. Summerlin’s elevated location at the foothills of Red Rock Canyon means that the area is noticeably cooler than the valley floor.
The community boasts more than 100,000 residents and features 230 parks, an award-winning network of walking trails, and a wealth of outdoor activities and amenities, as well as all the entertainment opportunities of the Las Vegas Strip just 15 minutes away.
There are a variety of 55 and over communities in Summerlin and the Las Vegas area, ranging from stable, well-established communities to new developments just breaking ground, giving home buyers a range of options and price points all suited for a variety of lifestyles.
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What are 55+ communities?
When people first hear about 55+ communities, they are often equated with assisted living facilities for older adults. Nothing could be further from the truth. Also called “age-qualified” or “age-restricted” communities, these enclaves were specifically designed for active adults looking for an independent and engaged lifestyle in their older years.
55+ communities offer:
- Homes designed for active adults who plan to age in place. Aging in place is defined by the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” Most of these single-level residences feature smart storage and low-maintenance exteriors to provide fuss-free comfort.
- Neighbors at a similar stage in life, encouraging a shared culture and engagement in social activities.
- Amenities such as clubhouses, swimming pools, sports facilities, parks and walking trails that promote an active and healthy lifestyle.
- Locations close to an array of leisure activities such as shopping or entertainment, cultural institutions, and a variety of attractions.
- A homeowner’s association to provide community services and maintenance.
- A focus on independent living on your own terms.
They’re designed so you can live your best life among peers in a resort-like or country club setting with all the creature comforts and conveniences that one could possibly want.
Summerlin’s active adult communities
Summerlin’s active adult communities are sought after for the comfortable and hassle free living they provide. Each of the five communities has its own mix of luxury amenities like clubhouses and sports facilities, along with a unique character, from the stable and established vibes of Sun City Summerlin to the ultra-modern condo-style homes of Trilogy. Have a look at what each village has to offer:
Sun City Summerlin
Home prices as of May 2022: $300,000 to $1.5 million
Among the first to break ground in Summerlin, Del Webb’s Sun City Summerlin occupies 2,530 acres in Summerlin North. It has 7,779 homes and numerous parks, golf courses, trails, and other attractions.
Sun City Summerlin boasts three 18-hole golf courses designed by Hall-of-Famer Billy Caspar and master course planner Greg Nash, along with an array of fitness centers, an Olympic-sized pool, pickle ball and bocce courts, walking tracks, and more. The four clubhouses spread across the community are focused on different activities, including outdoor sports, indoor swimming, gaming, fitness, and theater. The community also hosts clubs and associations so residents can network with peers with similar interests.
Properties tend to be attached homes or single-family residences ranging in size from 1,000 to 1,700 square feet and having 1 to 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and up to 2-car garages.
The vibe in Sun City Summerlin is stable and established.
Home prices as of May 2022: $400,000 to $1.5 million
Completed in 2006, Siena is another established active adult community within Summerlin. The 663-acre gated village includes more than 2,000 luxury single-story homes and villas. The community is home to the Siena Golf Club, an 18-hole course that boasts views of Spring Mountains to the west and sweeping vistas of the Las Vegas skyline to the east. The community center has clubs and holds classes, and is home to the Siena Health and Fitness Center, which features an indoor lap pool, full service spa, and aerobics studio.
Floor plans at Siena range from 1,040 to 3,192 square feet, with duplex and single-family home arrangements. They come in up to 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a 3-car garage.
The vibe in Siena is upscale.
Trilogy in Summerlin
Home prices as of May 2022: $840,000 to $1 million
For something different, check out Shea Homes’ Trilogy, an in-progress 55 and over community in Summerlin, Las Vegas. It offers a wide range of home models and floor plans, including multi-level designs that break the mold of traditional active adult homes. Modern open-plan styles take advantage of the extra space for features like decks and balconies. The results combine the convenience of condo living with the feel of single-family homes. More traditional home designs are available as well.
Trilogy’s multi-level homes are available in up to 2,748 square feet, with detached homes in the Luxe collection offering up to 2,915 square feet in single-floor or in two-floor layouts.
Trilogy’s social center is the Outlook Club, 9,600 square feet of indoor space filled with activity rooms, a fitness center, sports facilities, and a culinary studio. Outside, an event lawn has become the site of everything from live music performances, to farmers’ markets, to food trucks, and more.
The vibe in Trilogy is best described as indoor-outdoor living at its best.
Regency at Summerlin
Home prices as of May 2022: $630,000 to $1.3 million
Regency at Summerlin is a gated active adult community in The Cliffs area at the southern edge of the greater Summerlin community. Toll Brothers broke ground on the property in 2015 and when complete, the gated community will house 425 single-family homes ranging in size from 1,600 to 2,400 square feet. Three floor plans include 2 to 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a 2-car garage. All plans feature 10-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, and a range of customized exteriors in High Plains and Desert Contemporary styles.
The Regency Clubhouse lies at the center of the community. The 22,000-square- foot social center boasts an indoor lap pool, a lounge and game room, a fitness center, a library, as well as a Great Room for entertaining large parties and events. Outside, you’ll find a resort-style pool and bocce, pickleball, and tennis courts so you can take full advantage of the Vegas sunshine.
The vibe in Regency is serene and well established.
Heritage at Stonebridge by Lennar
Home prices as of May 2022: $460,000 to $990,000+
Heritage at Stonebridge by Lennar is the newest of the 55 and over communities in Summerlin Las Vegas, having just broken ground in 2021. Located right at the edge of the Summerlin West, the gated community abuts the beautiful Red Rock Canyon. Its location at the periphery of Summerlin means it has a quieter environment. When complete, Heritage at Stonebridge will include a clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, a park, picnic area, pickle ball and bocce courts, walking trails, and RV parking.
Homes at Heritage range are available in up to 2,873 square feet and feature 2 to 3 bedrooms and baths, and garage. The most desired home features will be integrated by the builders at no extra cost, and the biggest lots will feature a separate apartment called the Next Gen Suite, which owners can use to generate rental income.
You also have the option to choose the exterior of your home from styles including classic Desert Prairie, brick-accented Desert Contemporary, and stone-accented Desert Modern.
The vibe in Heritage is expected to be low maintenance and accommodating of diverse needs.
Living in Summerlin, NV
Living in Summerlin combines the best of urban and desert living. The urban conveniences and world-class entertainment of the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Summerlin combine with the natural beauty and outdoor adventure opportunities of the Mojave Desert and Red Rock Canyon to provide a wealth of leisure activities to fill your days and nights.
Summerlin’s location in the foothills of the Spring Mountains and Red Rock Canyon means that the community is often a few degrees cooler than downtown Las Vegas. High temperatures during summer frequently exceed 100 degrees, with winter highs in the 50s. Snowfall is almost unheard of, with rain being more common in January and February. 55 and over communities in Summerlin and the Las Vegas area can expect abundant sunshine and clear skies for most of the year, perfect for sports and other outdoor leisure activities.
On the western edge of Summerlin, the foothills of the Spring Mountains and the majestic sandstone walls and peaks of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area are the area’s most awesome natural wonders. Visited by more than 3 million visitors every year, Red Rock Canyon is the ideal destination for Summerlin residents looking for outdoor adventures that are close to home.
A network of scenic trails is perfect for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, while the canyon walls offer a range of challenges for rookie and seasoned rock climbers alike. Visitors looking for something more leisurely can have a picnic, go camping, and drive to areas for more recreational options or to simply admire the magnificent views.
One of the design goals of the Summerlin master-planned community is to create an environment that encourages an active lifestyle and a walkable community. Hence the Summerlin Trail System was created, a network of approximately 150 miles of trails crisscrossing Summerlin’s neighborhoods, parks, and amenities. The system is a combination of street side, bicycle, village, natural, and regional trails. The interconnection of urban areas, parks, amenities, and villages encourages a walking culture that has earned accolades such as the 2008 American Trail Developers Award. It’s ideal if you want a quick morning walk, jog, or urban biking excursion.
Summerlin’s location in the foothills of Red Rock Canyon is complemented by its proximity to the Las Vegas Strip. Residents of Summerlin’s 55+ communities can take a short drive to Vegas to enjoy the world-class hotels, resorts, fine dining restaurants, and casinos for a fun day out or a quick staycation.
If you like exploring the community itself, Summerlin has a load of urban conveniences and attractions. The Downtown Summerlin complex boasts more than 125 stores, restaurants, and entertainment establishments, spread over 100 acres.
There are casinos and resorts within Summerlin as well. Check out the Mediterranean-themed JW Marriott Las Vegas, the first off-Strip luxury resort, and Station Casinos’ flagship resort, the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa.
Sports fans won’t be starved for choice either. The Las Vegas Ballpark in Downtown Summerlin has hosted the Las Vegas Aviators. The venue seats 10,000, with suites, party decks, a pool, and bars. The nearby City National Arena is headquarters to the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights and also serves as a hub for ice-skating and hockey in the area, with lessons and workshops.
While Summerlin is walkable in parts, residents will still want their own vehicle to explore Summerlin’s farther reaches from wherever they happen to be. The Las Vegas Beltway runs through most of the north-south axis of Summerlin, while the Summerlin Parkway and W Charleston Boulevard lead east to downtown Vegas. The Harry Reid International Airport is about five miles south of downtown Vegas, while the North Las Vegas Airport handles general aviation flights, scenic tours and helicopters, as well as limited regional airline flights.
Why work with a Realtor in Summerlin, NV
Summerlin, Nevada is the nation’s premiere master-planned community, offering unmatched opportunities and an unrivaled selection of amenities among its many communities.
If you’re looking for 55 and over communities in Summerlin and Las Vegas to complement your lifestyle, the best way to make sure that you find the right home at the right price. For that you’ll want to work with a Realtor who has a deep well of knowledge and practical experience in Las Vegas.
Rebecca McKenna-Inman of RE/MAX Advantage is one of the best in the business, with over 20 years of experience in residential real estate. I’ve helped more than 1,000 families find their dream homes in the Las Vegas area. With my expertise, I can find you the perfect neighborhood from the 55 and over communities in Summerlin and Las Vegas.
Don’t just take my word for it. Listen to what my satisfied clients have to say:
“Rebecca has been a pleasure to work with. Her knowledge of the business along with her fantastic personality is by far the best ever. She was there for me through the entire process. Being a first time homebuyer she made me feel very comfortable and confident in every decision made during the process. She gets to know her clients and what their wants and needs are and goes above and beyond to achieve them. I would highly recommend her services to all my family and friends. She’s the best!!!” – Kim, first-time homebuyer
With the right Realtor by your side, your real estate search becomes easier, negotiations run smoother, and decisions turn simpler. Let’s talk about how I can help you find your perfect place in 55 and over communities in Summerlin Las Vegas. Get in touch with me, Rebecca McKenna, at 702.501.2322 or drop me a message here to schedule a consultation today.