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Sun City Summerlin in Las Vegas

Why Live In Sun City Summerlin?

Distinction:  Sun City Summerlin is Del Webb's first 55+ active adult community in Las Vegas.  The 2,400 acre community was organized in 1990 and built by Del Webb Corporation beginning in 1990 and completed in 1998.  In 2014, Summerlin was named one of the "Best Places to Live in America" by Money Magazine. 

City: First, a little bit of history.  SCS is in the Summerlin portion of the City of Las Vegas.  According to Wikipedia,  in 1952 Howard Robard Hughes Jr. (yes, THE Howard Hughes) purchased 25,000 acres which became named after his grandmother Jean Amelia Summerlin.  Summa Corporation was the name adopted for the business interests of Howard Hughes after he sold the tool division of Hughes Tool Co. in 1972.  He died in 1976 at the age of 70.
In 1994, Summa Corp. was named the Howard Hughes Corporation.  It was acquired by the Rouse Company in 1996.  Rouse Co. was, in turn, acquired by General Growth Properties in 2004.  The current version of Howard Hughes Corporation was spun off in 2010 and is now a developer and operator of master-planned communities. . . .

The Howard Hughes Corporation's current projects are Summerlin, a massive master planned community that houses over 80,000 residents and will eventually house 160,000 It includes Summerlin Centre, a mixed-use town center for Summerlin.  The center is now named, appropriately, Downtown Summerlin.

Location of Sun City Summerlin (SCS):  It is located in the west edge of Summerlin, Las Vegas.  Just west of the west edge (across Hwy 215) is the Spring Mountain Range of red rock color.  SCS is at 3,000 ft. elevation.  The elevation and the adjoining mountain provide SCS with cooler summer temperatures than the Valley floor.  The west entrance to SCS is the Del Webb Blvd. exit from Highway 215 – itself part of the beltway around Las Vegas. Del Webb Blvd and Summerlin Parkway form the south boundary.  N. Rampart Blvd forms the east boundary and Cheyenne Ave. the north.  Summerlin Parkway can take you downtown to the I-15, the Strip and to McCarran Airport.

An alternative route to the airport is Hwy 215 to the exit at the tunnel that takes one under a runway right to the terminals and parking. Or, staying on that roadway will take you to the Thomas and Mack Center of UNLV.

Nearby Commercial and Medical:  In true Del Webb design style, there is a neighborhood shopping center at the east edge of SCS. There is even a golf car rear entrance for residents to Smith's Grocery. Want a lot more variety? Just drive only a few blocks to "Downtown Summerlin."  It is at the east edge of Hwy 215 and extends from Charleston to Sahara (both Hwy. 215 exits.

With 125 stores, it is an outdoor business, entertainment, dining, fashion and retail district that is part of a mixed use development.  Anchored by Dillard's and Macy's, a small sample of the others is: Gap, Crate & Barrel, Trader Joe's, Nordstrom Rack, a 5 screen Regal Theatre with food in the lobby which can be taken into the cushy, back-tilting seats.  ( If the movie is disappointing I suggest a nap.)  There isa plethora of restaurants. At its north edge is the multistory Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa.  A new stadium for the NY Mets AAA affiliate baseball teem, the Las Vegas 51s is planned for the acreage adjoining to the east.

There are numerous medical offices  at the shopping center edge of SCS.  Nearby Summerlin Hospital Medical Center recently completed the largest expansion project in its history. The expansion included the addition of a six-story tower that contains 173 additional private patient rooms, an expanded emergency room and pediatric emergency room. The hospital also features adjoining outpatient services and physician offices.

What is Age-Qualified for Sun City Summerlin? In accordance with Federal law, one member of he resident household must be at least 55. 

Size:  7,779 homes (which include mostly single family detached, plus quite a few garden villas and patio homes.)

Facilities and Amenities

There are four community centers – social and recreation facilities: 
Pinnacle Clubhouse: Includes the 312 seat Starbright Theatre for performances, movies and speakers.  For performances, the numbered stationary seats may be ordered online.  This clubhouse also includes connected to it an exercise room with separate entrance and a large multipurpose room.  There are an outdoor pool and a spa, four tennis courts and a softball field.  Next to this clubhouse, with separate entrance, is the golf shop for the 18 hole executive course.

Desert Vista Community Center: Includes a large ballroom with dance floor and stage, and a fitness center and spa . Outside there is a pool, four bocce ball courts, two pickleball courts and four tennis courts.

Sun Shadows Clubhouse: Features an Olympic size pool and a spa, multiple meeting rooms, and a fitness center.  Outdoors are four bocce ball courts. 

Mountain Shadows Clubhouse: Contains, indoors, a fitness center and table tennis facility.  Outdoors are six tennis courts, four shuffleboard courts, a racquetball court, outdoor track and a mini golf course.

SCS Golf Courses:  There are two championship length courses and one executive course all designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash.

Palm Valley:  par 72, 6824 yards 71.6 rating and 123 slope.  Mildly rolling terrain with spectacular mountain views and numerous bunkers. 702 363 4373 ext 1

Highland Falls: par 72, 6512 yards 70.1 rating 19 slope.  Awarded "Best of Las Vegas" 2015.  Offers elevation changes and view of the entire Las Vegas Valley from the 14th tee. 702 254 7010 ext. 1

Eagle Crest: par 60, 4067 yards 60.6 rating 95 slope. 702 240 1320 ext 1

Resident rates for 2016 are $51 in a.m. and $41 in p.m. for Palm Valley and Highland Falls and $35 a.m. and $25 p.m. for Eagle Crest.  There are public play and public rates.
There are various attractive golf packages for residents: 
          Diamond: $3,700 per year, unlimited golf, 12 free guest rounds (guests can be nonresidents);
          Platinum: $900 per year, $25 daily fee, 12 guest rounds at member price
          Silver: $300 per year, $39 daily fee, 12 guest rounds at member price
          Eagle Executive Course: $600 per year, $18 daily fee, 12 guest rounds at member price
          ½ Karat: $1,900 per 6 months, unlimited golf, 6 free guest round
          Snow Bird: $1,200 for 3 months, unlimited golf 3 free guest rounds.

There are several resident golf clubs: Men's 18 hole, Men's 9 hole, Ladies 18, Ladies executive, guys "n" gals. Golf lessons are available.

Restaurants

The Summit:  In the Pinnacle Clubhouse has handsome panoramic views, Open daily for residents 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (except when catered and rented.) It has Friday Live Band Nights.
The Tavern at the Falls at the Highland Falls Golf Course has view of a waterfall.
Five Star Tavern at the Palm Valley course
has kitchen hours 5 a.m to 1 a.m plus bar and gaming  open 24/7.

Clubs

There are 80 clubs!  (If you cannot find some that fit your lifestyle, you must be a recluse or deceased.)  With too many to list, I refer you to the website: suncity-summerlin.com/AboutArea/club_directory.asp 

Transportation

Golf cars are permitted throughout SCS.  Public bus transportation goes through Sun City Summerlin and a reduced senior fare makes it convenient to reach most any Las Vegas Metro area destination.
HOA Dues:  Dues for 2015-2016 are $1,248 per year.  The dues have been constant since 2011.  There is a one time New Owner Reserve Assessment of $1,387.
Conclusion:  So, move here!