Summerlin-An Affluent, Las Vegas Neighborhood
Summerlin is an upper-class master-planned community that is located in the Las Vegas Valley in southern Nevada. Summerlin is located near Spring Mountains
and the beautiful Red Rock Canyons. Part of Summerlin is within Las Vegas’ city limits and unincorporated Clark County, Nevada. Summerlin is classified as incorporated and it uses Las Vegas’s courts.
In 1952 the eccentric billionaire and land developer Howard Hughes purchased over 25,000 acres of land in what is know known as Summerlin. Initially, Hughes was wanting to relocate his company to his newly purchased land. However, Hughes changed his mind and Summerlin was never developed during his lifetime. Summa Corporation, which acquired Hughes land started developing Summerlin in 1988. Summa corporation later changed their name to Howard Hughes Corporation. Howard Hughes Corporation still owns this master-planned community. Some interesting trivia is that Summerlin was named after Hughes grandmother Jean Amelia Summerlin.
Modern Day Summerlin
Summerlin is divided among three, separate, associations, (South, West, and North) and according to the 2010 census, Summerlin had a population of almost 100,000 people, which was a significant increase from the 2000 census, which stated that Summerlin had approximately 59,000 residents. Present day Summerlin now is composed of nearly 22,500 acres and boasts of over 230 parks, nine golf courses, 14 churches, three hotels (one of which is the Red Rock Hotel), world-class retail, three community pools a 150-mile walking trail, and more.
Summerlin, since it is unincorporated, it does not have any courts. Therefore, any ticket or criminal charges will be handled by either Clark County Justice Court or Clark County Municipal Court on 200 Lewis Avenue, in downtown, Las Vegas.
With an average income of $139,061 Summerlin residents, on average, are very well off.
This master-planned community has received numerous awards for its overall livability and quality of life. Some of the notable awards and recognition was a 2007 award for the “#1 Best Place To Live,” by National Geographic. Also, Money Magazine, in 2014, rated Summerlin as among the best places to live in the US.