The master planned community of Summerlin® offers many distinct features that create its exceptional quality of life. Leading the list are its robust amenities – more than any other Southern Nevada community – that include parks, trails, schools, houses of worship, shopping centers, office parks, and golf courses; thoughtful land planning and high design standards that ensure a welcoming and attractive aesthetic throughout the community; a wide range of homes by the country’s top homebuilders; and active, outdoor spaces that encourage a healthy lifestyle. Yet Summerlin also offers a distinct advantage that no other community can claim – its elevation.
Summerlin sits along the western rim of the Las Vegas Valley at the base of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, at an average of 3,500 feet above sea level, with some areas of the community topping out around 4,000 feet. The community’s elevation delivers two proven advantages: year-round cooler temperatures and an abundance of stunning vistas that offer sweeping views of the valley from many locations.
On average, the temperature falls roughly 3.5 degrees for every 1,000-foot increase in elevation. This means Summerlin experiences cooler temperatures year-round as compared to other parts of the valley, particularly the valley’s east side, where elevation averages between 1,500 and 2,000 feet above sea level.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures can vary by more than seven to ten degrees from one side of the valley to the other, and the elevation of locations such as Harry Reid International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip are about 2,000 to 2,200 feet, making parts of Summerlin cooler than the center of the valley by as much as five to seven degrees.
During the valley’s occasional winter storms, Summerlin is likely to get a bigger dusting of snow, particularly along its higher benches. A rarity here in Las Vegas, snow is often celebrated by local TV meteorologists and reporters who flock to Summerlin to document kids building snowmen and riding sleds, including epic snow days like the most recent ones on January 26 and February 19, 2021.
According to Julie Cleaver, Senior Vice President, Commercial and Residential Planning for Summerlin, the community’s higher elevation means it receives slightly more precipitation which supports a wider variety of naturally occurring vegetation visible in the beautiful desert areas near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
And finally, Summerlin’s higher elevation along the valley’s western edge creates an abundance of vistas and vantage points throughout the community, yet another significant advantage.
“Summerlin’s elevation is so much higher than the rest of the valley, meaning spectacular viewsheds can be found throughout the community, even in lower lying areas,” said Cleaver. “The land on which Summerlin sits is naturally beautiful, and its higher elevation is just one more point of distinction—and a significant one at that since everyone loves a good view.”
Now in its 33rd year of development, Summerlin offers more amenities than any other Southern Nevada community, including 300-plus parks of all sizes; 200-plus miles of interconnected trails; resident-exclusive community centers; ten golf courses; 26 public, private and charter schools; a public library and performing arts center; Summerlin Hospital Medical Center; houses of worship representing a dozen different faiths; office parks; neighborhood shopping centers; and, of course, Downtown Summerlin®, offering fashion, dining, entertainment, Red Rock Resort, Class-A office buildings, City National Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights National Hockey League practice facility, and Las Vegas Ballpark®, a world-class Triple-A baseball stadium.
In total, Summerlin currently offers over 100 floorplans in over 20 neighborhoods throughout eight distinct villages and districts. Homes, built by many of the nation’s top homebuilders, are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes, priced from the $400,000s to more than $1 million. For information on all actively selling neighborhoods, visit Summerlin.com. Before you visit any new Summerlin neighborhood, please call the homebuilder to check on hours of operation. Phone numbers for each neighborhood are on Summerlin.com.