Why Summerlin is the pinnacle of luxury living in Las Vegas

Nestled against the stunning Red Rock Canyon, Summerlin offers a unique escape from the bustling energy of the Strip while still being just minutes away from all the excitement it has to offer. And home buyers and celebrities alike are flocking to the area in droves.

Georgie Mihaila
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Welcome to Summerlin, the epitome of tranquility and luxury living in the heart of Las Vegas. 

With its meticulously designed neighborhoods and vast array of exclusive amenities, Summerlin truly embodies the perfect blend of opulence and serenity. 

From exquisite gated communities to world-class golf courses and award-winning schools, every aspect of life in Summerlin is centered around providing the utmost comfort and convenience.

And people have started to take notice. 

Summerlin has seen an influx of new residents in the past few years, fast becoming Nevada’s top-selling community. 

In the first half of 2023 alone, an impressive total of 544 new homes were sold in the master-planned community, pushing it to rank #5 nationally in new home sales in a recent midyear report by national real estate consultant RCLCO. 

Celebrities too have been flocking to the area, with A-listers like Mark Wahlberg ditching the glamorous L.A. lifestyle and buying homes in Summerlin, Nevada. 

To get a better feel of the local real estate market, we’ve reached out to industry expert Cami Lincowski, a prominent luxury Las Vegas real estate agent and former star of HGTV’s Say Yes to the Nest.

Cami Linkowski, a luxury real estate agent in Las Vegas, Nevada
Cami Lincowski, a prominent luxury Las Vegas real estate agent and former star of HGTV’s Say Yes to the Nest. Photo courtesy of Cami Lincowski.

Talking about the appeal of the area of its rise in popularity, Cami tells us that “Summerlin is not only thriving, but when you throw in the latest and greatest shopping & high-rated restaurants the valley has to offer; there’s no denying that this area ranks amongst the top cities to call home.”

So let’s take a closer look at what makes this Las Vegas Valley community such a great place to live.

The luxury lifestyle in Summerlin

Summerlin is synonymous with luxury.

This master-planned community boasts some of the most prestigious homes in Las Vegas, offering residents an unparalleled level of elegance and sophistication. From sprawling mansions to stylish townhouses, Summerlin has something to suit every taste and preference.

The meticulously designed neighborhoods of Summerlin showcase architectural excellence and attention to detail.

Gated communities like The Ridges, Tournament Hills, The Lakes, and Red Rock Country Club provide residents with a sense of exclusivity and security. Impeccably landscaped streets and manicured lawns add to the overall aesthetic appeal, creating a sense of grandeur at every turn.

More recently, The Summit Club has emerged as the pinnacle of luxury living in Summerlin. The 555-acre resort community south of The Ridges (and only 9 miles away from the Las Vegas strip) is the only fully private residential golf and lifestyle club community in all of Las Vegas. 

A $23.5 million mansion in the upscale Summit Club residential community in Summerlin, Nevada.
A $23.5 million mansion in the upscale Summit Club residential community in Summerlin, Nevada. Photo credit: Stephen Morgan courtesy of Coldwell Banker Premier Realty

In addition to the stunning homes, Summerlin offers a wealth of amenities that cater to the luxury lifestyle. 

Residents have access to world-class golf courses, private country clubs, and state-of-the-art fitness centers. The community also boasts a wide range of recreational facilities, including tennis courts, swimming pools, and parks, ensuring that there is always something to do for those seeking an active lifestyle.

The real estate market in Summerlin

The real estate market in Summerlin is thriving, thanks to its reputation as one of the most desirable places to live in Las Vegas. But you do have to have deep pockets – or an outstanding credit score – to afford to buy here. 

The demand for homes in Summerlin has been steadily increasing over the years, leading to a rise in property values. The community’s prime location, coupled with its exceptional amenities and quality of life, make it an attractive choice for both homebuyers and investors.

But despite being a top luxury home destination, Summerlin’s house prices can accommodate a wide range of budgets — and are considerably less prohibitive compared to those found in other top luxury markets on the West or East Coasts.

“Anyone can call Summerlin home,” luxury agent Cami Lincowski tells us. “With price ranges starting at $400k & tipping the scale at $15m+, this city is not just made of city lights, but all walks of life.”

The community offers a wide range of housing options, from single-family homes to luxury condominiums and townhouses.

Whether you are looking to buy a home or invest in real estate, Summerlin offers a wealth of opportunities. The community’s diverse housing options cater to a range of budgets and lifestyles, ensuring that there is something for everyone.

Celebrities that call it home

With the Mansion Tax adding fuel to the California exodus, many of the Golden State’s affluent residents started flocking to new luxury markets — with A-listers and famous individuals choosing to make Las Vegas their new primary residence.

Naturally, Summerlin emerged as a top choice.

Celebrities to have called Summerlin home include actor Mark Wahlberg (who sold his sprawling $55 million LA mansion to move here), Grammy Award-winning singer Celine Dion, who sold her freshly-built Summit Club house for a record $30 million, and several Golden Knights players.

NHL pro Max Pacioretty played only four seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights (2018-2022) but went all in when it came to making himself at home in Sin City. The Carolina Hurricanes left winger owned a 10,000+ sq. ft. home in The Ridges community, which he sold for top dollar last year.

Pacioretty’s spectacular estate “netted” a cool $11 million, a record for the high-end The Ridges community.

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Max Pacioretty’s former house at The Ridges in Summerlin, Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of IS Luxury, insert Jerry Coli | Dreamstime.com

Rob Roy, the CEO, founder, and chairman of Switch Communications Group, also paid $33 million for 5 acres to build a luxury estate in the same Summerlin resort community.

And while Wahlberg recently sold one of his Summerlin homes for $16.6 million one year after buying it, he made it clear he loves living here and has no plans of leaving the Las Vegas community. He’s just waiting for his other mansion to be completed.

Top neighborhoods in Summerlin

Summerlin is home to a number of top-notch neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm and character. Here are some of the most sought-after areas in the community:

#1 The Ridges

Located at the base of the Red Rock Canyon, The Ridges is an exclusive gated community known for its luxurious homes and breathtaking views. With its private golf course and world-class amenities, it is one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Summerlin.

#2 Tournament Hills

Situated around the TPC at Summerlin Golf Course, Tournament Hills offers residents the opportunity to live near one of the best golf courses in Las Vegas. The neighborhood features a mix of custom-built homes and luxury estates, providing a premium living experience.

#3 The Gardens

Nestled among lush green landscapes and scenic walking trails, The Gardens is a peaceful and picturesque neighborhood in Summerlin. With its tree-lined streets and well-maintained parks, it offers residents a serene and idyllic setting.

Aerial view of the Summerlin community in Las Vegas, Nevada and its neighborhoods.
Aerial view of the Summerlin community in Las Vegas, Nevada and its neighborhoods. Photo credit: trekandshoot / Shutterstock

Tranquility and natural beauty

One of the most remarkable aspects of Summerlin is its breathtaking natural beauty. 

Nestled against the majestic Red Rock Canyon, the community offers stunning views of the surrounding desert landscape. The vibrant hues of red and orange against the clear blue sky create a picturesque backdrop that is hard to find elsewhere in Las Vegas.

Summerlin is a nature lover’s paradise, with over 150 parks and more than 150 miles of trails to explore. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, or simply taking a leisurely stroll, there is a trail for every skill level. The community is also home to numerous lakes and ponds, perfect for fishing or enjoying a peaceful picnic by the water.

For those seeking a more tranquil experience, Summerlin offers an abundance of peaceful retreats. The community’s botanical gardens and meditation centers provide a serene environment for relaxation and introspection. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the tranquility that this community has to offer.

Amenities and recreational activities

Summerlin is not just a place to live; it is a lifestyle. 

The community offers an impressive array of amenities and recreational activities that cater to residents of all ages. From world-class golf courses to community centers and sports facilities, there is something for everyone.

Golf enthusiasts will be delighted by the exceptional courses that Summerlin has to offer. 

The TPC at Summerlin is a championship golf course designed by renowned architect Bobby Weed. With its challenging fairways and breathtaking views, it is a favorite among golfers of all skill levels. The community is also home to the Red Rock Country Club, which features two Arnold Palmer-designed courses and a host of other amenities.

In addition to golf, Summerlin offers a wide range of recreational activities. The community’s numerous parks and trails provide ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to stay active. 

Tennis courts, basketball courts, and soccer fields are available for those who enjoy team sports. And for those who prefer indoor activities, the community’s state-of-the-art fitness centers and swimming pools provide plenty of options.

Schools and education options

Summerlin is not only known for its luxury homes and amenities; it is also home to some of the best schools in Las Vegas. The community offers a wide range of educational options, from top-rated public schools to prestigious private institutions.

The Clark County School District serves the majority of students in Summerlin, offering a comprehensive curriculum and a strong emphasis on academic excellence. The district’s schools consistently rank among the best in the state, providing students with a quality education that prepares them for future success.

For those seeking a private education, Summerlin is home to several esteemed institutions. 

The Alexander Dawson School is a renowned independent school that offers a challenging and well-rounded education. The Meadows School, another prestigious private institution, is known for its rigorous academic program and strong college preparatory curriculum.

Shopping and dining in Summerlin

When it comes to shopping and dining, Summerlin has it all. The community is home to The Shops at Summerlin, a premier shopping destination that offers a wide range of retail and dining options.

From high-end fashion boutiques to popular chain stores, there is something for every shopper.

Food enthusiasts will also be delighted by the diverse culinary scene in Summerlin. The community boasts a wide range of restaurants, offering everything from casual dining to fine dining experiences. Whether you are craving sushi, steak, or Italian cuisine, you will find it all in Summerlin.

Summerlin’s proximity to the Las Vegas Strip

One of the unique aspects of living in Summerlin is its close proximity to the Las Vegas Strip. While the community offers a peaceful and serene environment, the bustling energy of the Strip is just a short drive away.

Residents can easily access all the excitement that Las Vegas has to offer, from world-class entertainment and nightlife to renowned restaurants and shopping.

The convenience of being near the Strip allows residents of Summerlin to enjoy the best of both worlds. They can retreat to the tranquility of their luxurious homes after a night out on the town, providing the perfect balance between opulence and excitement.

Why Summerlin is the ideal place to live in Las Vegas

To sum things up, Summerlin is a community that embodies the perfect blend of luxury and tranquility. Its meticulously designed neighborhoods, breathtaking natural beauty, and array of exclusive amenities make it an ideal place to live in Las Vegas.

Whether you are seeking a luxurious retreat or a place to call home, Summerlin offers a lifestyle unlike any other. From world-class golf courses to award-winning schools and gourmet dining, every aspect of life in Summerlin is centered around providing the utmost comfort and convenience.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the Strip and immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of Summerlin.

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With a decade-long career as a digital content creator, Georgie started out as a real estate journalist for Multi-Housing News & CPExecutive. She later transitioned into digital marketing, working with leading real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes. After a brief but impactful stint in the start-up world, where she led the marketing divisions of fintech company NestReady and media publisher Goalcast, Georgie returned to her first passion, real estate, and founded FancyPantsHomes.com