Escape the City: Luxury Living Outside of Las Vegas


The concept of “getting out of the city” has been around for as long as cities themselves have, but the pandemic has certainly brought this desire into sharper focus. People are increasingly craving a retreat from the non-stop, hectic energy of urban life – a slower pace with less crowds and more room to stretch out. Henderson and Summerlin, Nevada are two areas that provide the best of both worlds: wide open spaces, luxurious real estate and a more relaxed way of living – coupled with easy access to Las Vegas, for those seeking the occasional adventure. If you’re deciding where to live in the Las Vegas area, Henderson and Summerlin are great places to consider.


Henderson is the second-largest city in Nevada (after Las Vegas, which is just 20 minutes away) – but the pace here feels much slower. Several publications, including Forbes Magazine, have included Henderson on their “Safest Cities in America” lists, and residents here describe a family-friendly, community-focused atmosphere.

Outdoor Activities

Henderson has been named a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation for nearly 30 years running, so it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy here. With over 80 parks, public pools and community centers, Henderson offers recreational opportunities for everyone.

Hikers and trail runners will relish ascending Black Mountain or exploring the historic Railroad Tunnel Trail. Kids of all ages love visiting the Lion Habitat Ranch, a non-profit sanctuary that is home to lions, wild birds and even a giraffe. Bird watchers can bring their binoculars to the scenic Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. You can even charter a boat at Lake Las Vegas Marina and enjoy a relaxed afternoon on the water.

Looking to perfect your golf swing? Tee off from the stunning course at the private DragonRidge Country Club, or book a lesson with famed golf instructor Butch Harmon at the Rees Jones-designed Rio Secco Golf Club.

Cultural and Community Attractions
For those interested in learning more about the history of the region, Clark County Museum is an ideal place to start. This informative museum provides fascinating insights into the county’s heritage, including its Native American roots and the effects of the mining, railroad and gaming industries on the area. The museum even features a “ghost town” with original buildings.

Satisfy your child’s sweet tooth with a tour of the Ethel M Chocolate Factory, followed by a stroll through the cactus garden. Or indulge your own palate with a tasting at Las Vegas Distillery – the first of its kind in the state.

Shopping, Dining and Entertainment
The historic Water Street District in downtown Henderson is experiencing a rebirth of sorts, with a diverse range of family-owned coffee shops, unique restaurants and boutiques. You can also discover great shopping, food and entertainment options at The District at Green Valley Ranch.

Noteworthy Neighborhood

Named after the family that developed it in the 1990s, MacDonald Ranch is a sophisticated master-planned community with four distinct neighborhoods stretching over 1,200 acres. Many of the homes in MacDonald Ranch boast spectacular views of the Las Vegas Valley; the MacDonald Highlands area in particular is noteworthy for its luxurious, custom-built residences and leafy parks.


Summerlin is one of the area’s newer neighborhoods; located partially within the Las Vegas city limits, it’s perhaps a bit more fast-paced than Henderson, but still a wonderful destination for couples, families and retirees.

Outdoor Activities

If you like wide open spaces, you’ll love it here. Summerlin boasts over two dozen community parks offering everything from walking and hiking trails to playgrounds, basketball courts and swimming pools. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, which spans nearly 200,000 acres and includes some of the country’s most breathtaking geological landmarks, is just a few minutes away by car.

Golf enthusiasts will be delighted with the variety (and quality) of courses here. Summerlin is home to Bear’s Best Las Vegas, the famed Jack Nicklaus-designed course, as well as TPC Las Vegas and TPC Summerlin – the only two Tournament Players Club courses in the state of Nevada.

Cultural and Community Attractions

There are few better ways to spend a Saturday morning than at the Las Vegas Farmers Market. Held in downtown Summerlin, this friendly market showcases the bounty of the region, with plenty of delicious, fresh produce from local vendors. You can pick up a loaf of bread or a pastry here, too.

Summerlin Library has a fantastic children’s section, and the adjacent Performing Arts Center is a modern, 283-seat theater that features rentable spaces for private events. You can also check out the Nevada Ballet Theatre – one of Las Vegas’ preeminent classical dance venues.

Shopping, Dining and Entertainment
Downtown Summerlin bills itself as a “lifestyle and entertainment hub”, and there is certainly no shortage of places to eat, shop and have fun along the tree-lined streets in this vibrant zone. Fill your bags at any number of upscale stores before grabbing a bite at one of over 30 restaurants and snack shops.

Tivoli Village is the newest addition to the Summerlin entertainment scene; styled to look like a traditional European village, it’s filled with restaurants, bars and shops – as well as offices and upscale apartment residences.

In the mood to try your luck but don’t feel like facing the crowds on the Strip? Red Rock Casino features slots, table games, bingo and much more in a sleek atmosphere overlooking the canyon and the bright lights of Las Vegas.

Noteworthy Neighborhood
Luxury, exclusivity and breathtaking vistas: The Ridges has it all, and then some. This 800-acre gated community is perched at the highest altitude in Summerlin and is centered around Bear’s Best Las Vegas, the aforementioned Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. The Ridges also features a state-of-the-art fitness facility for use by its residents. Homes in this community are among the most exquisite in the area, with custom amenities, sparkling pools and awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscape.

While they differ in some regards, Henderson and Summerlin are both welcoming communities with plenty to offer their residents. Whichever destination you choose, rest assured that you’ll have everything you need to feel at home.

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