In this article, we’ve put together a list of the 5 most desirable, extremely family-friendly neighborhoods to live in Las Vegas Valley.
First on our list is Summerlin, a small version of Henderson nestled against the amazing backdrop of Red Rock. It is considered #1 in best neighborhoods to live in Las Vegas according to Niche.com, and has been the nation’s model of a large, master-planned community for decades. Breaking ground in 1990, the 35 square mile development has become the site of more than 40,000 homes, within more than twenty communities.
Located on the western side of the Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin has become one of the most vibrant communities in Nevada. Nearly 30% of the land is devoted to community space with well over 100 parks and 150 miles of walking trails, residential communities and places of business. There are also nine golf courses within Summerlin, including Nevada’s only two Tournament Players Club Courses, TPC At Summerlin and TPC Las Vegas.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to drive 30 minutes into the city just to grab a bite. Summerlin brings a whole lot to the table! Some of the top outdoor malls in Las Vegas are just around the corner from Boca Park, to Tivoli Village, to the 100-acre Downtown Summerlin, you’ll literally get lost by its endless high-end shopping and dining options.
It’s probably the best choice if you’re outdoorsy, it’s right up your alley! Red Rock Canyon is only minutes away and visible from most points within Summerlin (a killer backdrop to your home or golf game). Red Rock National Park gives you plenty of hiking and biking options from its enormous bike trails, to camping sites, and of course Bonnie Springs, an old Western town for kids and families to enjoy and visit the petting zoo.
Family-friendly Summerlin is home to almost every lifestyle, and to some of the top public and private schools in Las Vegas. There are more than 24 schools, including charter schools, technical magnet campuses and religion-based learning centers. Access to Summerlin is easy, with I-95 to the east and 215 to the west and Summerlin Parkway joining the two.
Nearby Public Schools
- Advanced Technologies Academy
- West Career & Technical Academy
- Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
Nearby Private Schools
- The Meadows School
- The Adelson Educational Campus
- Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School
- Summerlin Hospital
- Mountain View Hospital
- Downtown Summerlin
- Tivoli Village
- Boca Park
- Red Rock Resort & Casino
- Suncoast Hotel & Casino
- Rampart Resort & Casino
2 Green Valley
Green Valley in Henderson, one of Las Vegas Valley’s most sought after locations, is the first master-planned community in Southern Nevada. This area provides all the luxuries of suburban living while maintaining easy access to the Las Vegas Valley and McCarran International Airport.
At more than 8,400 acres, Green Valley has something for everyone. Master-planned communities, apartment suites, town homes, single family homes, and top of the line custom homes on large lots can be found all through Green Valley.
Enjoy the picturesque landscape with over 60 parks, including over 15 dog parks, 7 skate parks, and even a few equestrian parks from this exclusive neighborhood. This area is home to the gorgeous ‘Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino’, also adjoining ‘The District’, loaded with over 80 posh outdoor shops, cafe’s, restaurants, movie theater and events that get the locals interact with each other.
What is there not to love about this neighborhood? It has local recreation centers nearby where your family and friends can hang out and chill on the weekends. The library is only minutes away from your front door. Some of the best schools in Nevada are in Henderson. Green Valley itself has over 15 schools, many of which are nationally ranked.
Green Valley is easily accessible from 215, in between I-15 and 95. McCarran International Airport, The Las Vegas Strip, and downtown Las Vegas are all convenient.
- James Gibson Elementary
- Selma F. Bartlett Elementary
- Estes M. McDoniel Elementary
- Nate Mack Elementary
- Neil C. Twitchell Elementary
- Glen C. Taylor Elementary
- Barbara & Hank Greenspun Junior High
- Thurman White Middle School
- Bob Miller Middle School
- Coronado High School
- Green Valley High School
- St. Rose Dominican Siena Campus
- Henderson Hospital
3 Seven Hills
Seven Hills in the south of the city and east of I-15, is a quiet and upscale community for all ages. Ideally situated on the edge of Henderson bordering the mountains with easy access to the valley’s freeways, this area is home to over 25 neighborhoods, spanning 1300 acres.
This beautiful neighborhood offers a wide array of outdoor amenities including four large parks with basketball, volleyball, tennis courts, soccer fields and playgrounds, as well as miles of walking and biking trails. Thanks to its geography, the elevated landscape offers sweeping views of the entire Las Vegas Valley, surrounding red rocks and mountains, and “The Strip”. The beautiful and challenging Rees Jones designed Rio Secco Golf Course is just around the corner. This location is perfect balance as it’s only a 15-minute drive to the Las Vegas Strip, without the ‘city’ aspect of living near it.
Enjoy this amazing location, which offers the convenience of endless shopping, dining and entertainment options, all within a short radius of this community. ‘Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino’ and ‘The District’ are the must-see destinations if you’re looking for gourmet restaurants, boutique shops, theaters, sports centers, and many more!
Some of our finest condo units are within Seven Hills. Perfect for families and empty nesters! We have a wide array of housing options, from budget-type 1-bedroom apartment suites, to elevated 2 or 3-bedroom rentals, all located in the Horizons gated-community.
- Elise L. Wolff Elementary School
- Glen C. Taylor Elementary School
- Del E. Webb Middle School
- Henderson International School
- Bob Miller Middle School
- Coronado High School
4 Southern Highlands
Southern Highlands in the southern edge of the valley in the foothills of Las Vegas, is an affluent community with over 6 lovely and spacious parks including the Olympia Sports Park, Somerset Hills Park, Doctor Harry B. Johnson Rose Garden (Rose Park), and many more. Each has something to offer for everyone, from unique gazebos and covered play areas, to water features and scenic trails for young children to play in, to the flawless Paseo hiking and biking trail weaving through the community, even two dog parks to let the furriest members of your family join in the fun.
Living in this elevated community means living life to the fullest! One of the nation’s top private golf courses is just steps from your house. Co-designed by the late legendary golf architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. and his son Robert Trent Jones Jr., the centerpiece of the community, The Southern Highlands Golf Club Course takes advantage of the surrounding mountain terrain to set up exciting shots on finely manicured fairways with picturesque water features. The warm, dry climate also makes it possible and enjoyable to spend weekends on the green any time of the year.
In addition to world class golf, the Southern Highlands Golf Club is home to casual and private formal dining rooms. The Tuscan-inspired Spa at Southern Highlands features a 13,000 square foot spa, 4,000 square foot fitness center and classes, 25-meter lap pool and children’s pool, oversized Jacuzzi, children’s play area and lighted tennis courts.
You don’t have to leave Southern Highlands for fantastic shopping, dining, and entertainment experience. The world-renowned shopping and dining on the Las Vegas Strip are just 15 minutes away. Southern Highlands itself has two retail centers with stores, services, and restaurants conveniently located just down the block from your home. You’ll be surprised, you’ll find your neighbor at your favorite hot spot!
Whether you’re looking for private or public, many excellent schools are located in and around Southern Highlands that will challenge and motivate your children.
- Evelyn Stuckey Elementary School
- Adeane Comito Ries Elementary School
- Lois and Jerry Tarkanian Middle School
- Desert Oasis High School
5 Nevada Trails
Nevada Trails, a master-planned community in the southwest Las Vegas Valley near the foothills of the Spring Mountain Range, has nearly 1,500 homes ranging from about 1,400 to 5,500 square feet in size. Lush landscaping and palm trees adorn the sweeping streets throughout the community. It truly embodies what a Southern Nevada community should be.
A sense of community is what makes Nevada Trails truly one of a kind. Schools, medical care, major shopping centers, dining, entertainment and other services are located in close proximity to Nevada Trails while fun and family adventures await at nearby hiking trails, The 10-acre Nevada Trails Community Park, Wet ‘n’ Wild, and the Windmill Library. Nevada Trails Park has two playgrounds, basketball courts, picnic areas and tennis courts along and plenty of open spaces to enjoy. The greater southwest Las Vegas Valley has many more walking, hiking and jogging trails to explore.
Convenient access to the 215 Beltway makes Downtown Summerlin, the Las Vegas Strip, and McCarren International Airport within easy reach. Ideal for daily commutes to school, work, and the rest of Las Vegas Valley.
- Judith Steele Elementary
- Lawrence & Heidi Canarelli Middle School
- Sierra Vista High School
- St. Rose Dominican San Martin
- Southern Hills Hospital
- Rainbow Robindale Plaza
- Desert Marketplace
- Rhodes Ranch Town Center