Moving to Las Vegas-Where to live
So, you have decided to take the leap and move to Las Vegas. You are not alone. Even the Raiders are making their way to call Las Vegas home. More and more families are relocating to the silver state-and for good reason. But, now that you have considered or maybe even already decided to make the move the next question on your mind is where in Las Vegas should I live?? Maybe you are already a Las Vegas resident but find yourself asking- What is the best neighborhood in Las Vegas? When you think of Las Vegas- do you think glitz and glamour? The Las Vegas Strip? The city of sin? I will let you in on a little secret. There is so much more here than that! In general, when people refer to Las Vegas it typically includes surrounding areas such as Henderson and North Las Vegas (which is its own city, not just what we call it ;)) So many decisions to make with a big move. Hopefully this will help make one of those decisions on your list a little easier. If not to make your life easier, what am I really doing here??
As a California transplant myself, I have been a Las Vegas resident for over 20 years and a full time real estate agent for the majority of that time. So, if anyone out here can give you the low-down, it’s me!
Let’s get started!
Summerlin is a Las Vegas Gem- A 22,500 acre master planned community. Nestled next to Red Rock Canyon and home to the newest mall in Las Vegas, DownTown Summerlin, where you will find an abundance of shopping, dining and entertainment. It is home to the Las Vegas Ball Park where you can cheer on our Aviators and the City National Arena where you can grab lunch and watch the Golden Knights practice hockey. Summerlin boasts over 250 parks and 150 miles of trails.
The North West: Centennial Hills, Providence and Skye Canyon
A great choice if you would like to be close to Mt. Charleston (about a 20-30 minute drive) where you can go hiking or camping in the summer to escape the heat or skiing and sledding in the winter. It is also home to Floyd Lamb Park which has several ponds for fishing, walking trails and soon to be mountain biking trails. In general the north west part of the valley holds 3 main master planned communities.
Centennial Hills is the largest. The hospital and the majority of the shopping is located in this area. Being situated where the 95 and I-215 meet makes for a convenient commute no matter where in the valley you need to go. A YMCA and public library add to this great choice.
Providence is a smaller community with a hometown feel. They are known for their community events from Fourth of July fireworks to the hometown holidays gathering in December. They even host “Truckin Tuesdays” in the summer where various food trucks gather at the the community park for a fun evening out with neighbors. Sitting at the base of the mountains it is typically a few degrees cooler in the summer and being so far from the strip makes it feel like you’re not even in Las Vegas.
Skye Canyon is the newest member of the North West. This master planned community includes a community pool, several playgrounds and is home to a flagship Smiths grocery store. Skye Canyon Pkwy is the last exit before heading up to Mt. Charleston. Easy access to the 95 freeway and a straight shot up to Creech AFB makes Skye Canyon a great choice for service members living in Las Vegas.
The South West: Mountains Edge and Southern Highlands
Mountains Edge is a 3500 acre master planned community with a focus on genuine neighbor connection. Resident exclusive events and 3 well maintained parks intertwined with walking paths and trails makes this a popular tucked away gem of the Las Vegas Valley. Easy access to Blue Diamond Rd. make major retail locations close as well as being able to take the back road into Red Rock national park and Spring Mountain Ranch state park which is home to the Super Summer Theatre where you can catch theatrical productions of classic favorites at the base of the mountains where it is typically 15 degrees cooler in the summer.
Southern Highlands, located in the southern foothills of the Las Vegas valley, surrounds the Southern Highlands Golf Club. This area has really grown over the last few years and now offers easy access to the I-15 and Blue Diamond Rd (SR-160), where you will find large retailers such as Target, Kohls and Cost Plus World Market. Shopping inside of the community includes a neighborhood Smiths, Starbucks, gas stations and boutique shops and restaurants. 7 parks and miles of paths and trails as well as 24/7 security patrol round out this community that makes it feel like your own piece of paradise.
Henderson: Green Valley, Cadence, Ascaya, Inspirada and Lake Las Vegas
The city of Henderson is adjacent to Las Vegas and often considered one in the same. It is the second largest city in Nevada right after Las Vegas and has a multitude of neighborhood choices. Being very close to Lake Mead makes this a great choice if you like to spend your summers on the water. With over 60 parks and 37 miles of trails to explore, Henderson is a top choice for families looking to call Nevada home. Let’s dial it down a little further-
Green Valley is Southern Nevada’s first master planned community. Home of The District at Green Valley Ranch with open air walk ways to boutique shops and restaurants. You will find a lot of parks, walking trails and green spaces in this area. Close enough to the Las Vegas Strip if you are heading there for work or fun but far enough away to give a real sense of community.
Cadence is Henderson’s newest master planned community. Boasting a 50 acre “Central Park” with an amphitheatre, pickleball courts, lap pool, splash pad for the kids and free wifi-it is definitely a place where you can gather with your community. You have close proximity to amazing long trails whether you run, walk or bike and Lake Mead just a few miles away. New homes are still available if you like to design it your way.
Ascaya is a custom home community situated in the scenic McCullough range. Anchored by a 23,000 sq ft clubhouse with a pool, spa, fitness center, tennis courts and exclusive amenities. The custom homesites are carved right into the mountain providing the most breathtaking views of the entire valley. If you are looking for exclusive luxury-this is the place!
Inspirada offers the charm of a small town with the convenience of being in the big city. With 85 acres dedicated to parks and trails, this family focused smaller community includes a local coffee shop and a bi-monthly farmers market.
Lake Las Vegas
Lake Las Vegas is another premier Henderson choice. I love heading out there on the weekend to walk by the water and grab a bite to eat at Sonrisa grill, the cutest little mexican restaurant with a patio and outdoor fire pit overlooking the water. Surrounding the 320 acre freshwater lake with options for boat rentals, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding-this is not just a pond to look at. Award winning golf courses, pools and a fitness center are all a part of this amenity rich neighborhood. Seasons grocery store, located right in the village area, offers groceries and necessities without even having to leave the neighborhood.
Boulder City is a smaller city to the South East of Las Vegas. It is close to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. If you need to be close to Las Vegas and yearn for that small town vibe, Boulder City will hit the spot. The population is just under 16,000. A ton of local events including the spring jamboree and art in the park really give a sense of community. When you’re in Boulder City time just. slows. down. The main area of town is full of open grassy parks and fields, quaint tree lined streets and more antique shops than you could browse in an afternoon.
North Las Vegas
North Las Vegas covers quite a bit of area. It is its own city and has 235,000 full time residents. Southern Nevada’s only VA hospital is located in this city which may be something to consider if you are a Veteran in the Las Vegas area. Aliante is one of the master planned communities in North Las Vegas which includes Aliante Hotel and Casino, Sun City Aliante-a 55 and over community, and Aliante Nature Discovery Park. You will find all major shopping stores nearby and easy freeway access. North Las Vegas is also close to Nellis Air Force Base which makes it a great option for service members stationed there.
In the end what is best for me may not be what’s best for you and best for the next and so on… You get my drift. Las Vegas has so much to offer and there are so many things to consider. I hope having this general overview was helpful and will make decision making a little easier. It would be impossible to cover all areas and neighborhoods of Las Vegas in one single post. If you are interested or want information on another neighborhood, a larger homesite, retirement communities or a property without an HOA, please reach out to me. If you would like to look at any homes in Las Vegas you can use the search feature here on my website. I would love to help you find your perfect house in your perfect neighborhood.