As The Chips Fall
Summerlin is another master-planned community in the Greater Las Vegas valley. Part of its land mass is within incorporated Las Vegas, and other portions are still unincorporated. The area was bought by Howard Hughes for development in the mid 1950s, and has continued to be built following his death in 1976.
At the far west end of Summerlin, you will find Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and Summerlin actually acts as a buffer zone between development of housing and industry and the conservation area itself.
Because the area is a number of master-planned communities, some catering to the very wealthy (there is a community called “The Lakes” – different from Lake Las Vegas – where there are a series of man-made lakes where residents can fish and take part in non-motorized recreation activities) and others that have become Section 8 housing since the economic downturn of the last few years. Most Las Vegans, however, think wealthy when they hear Summerlin. There are two Tournament Players Club (a chain owned and operated by the PGA Tour – One is private and the other public) courses among the nine golf courses in the neighborhood, and several parks and recreation trails make up the various communities.