Summerlin is a master-planned community under development by The Howard Hughes Corporation in the Las Vegas Valley of Nevada near the Spring Mountains and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It lies partially within the city limits of Las Vegas, Nevada, and in unincorporated Clark County. Summerlin, named for Howard Hughes’ grandmother, Jean Amelia Summerlin, ranked as the country’s best-selling master-planned community for more than a decade by Robert Charles Lesser & Co. and continues to rank among the top ten best-selling communities in the country some 19 years after development first began. The community includes a variety of land uses, including: residential, commercial, recreational, educational, medical, open space, and cultural. As of November 2010, Summerlin's population was nearly 100,000.
In the mid 1950s Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. purchased in Southern Nevada near Las Vegas. After Hughes died in 1976, Summa Corporation was organized to oversee Hughes’ vast business empire and land holdings, including the large parcel of Southern Nevada desert that is today known as Summerlin.
In 1988, Summa Corporation exchanged more than of land adjoining Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for of land located south of Summerlin. This landmark land exchange was facilitated by The Nature Conservancy and critically acclaimed by the environmental community. It created a buffer zone to protect Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area from future development.
Summa Corporation began construction of Summerlin in 1990 but initiated planning and infrastructure construction – including Summerlin Parkway – in the late 1980s.
In 2002, Summa, known by now as The Howard Hughes Corporation, enacted a second exchange with the Bureau of Land Management, giving more than of environmentally sensitive land adjacent to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for more suitable for development south of Summerlin.
Summerlin is currently home to more than 150 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of the Summerlin Trail System, nine golf courses – including Nevada’s only two Tournament Players Club courses, TPC at Summerlin and TPC Las Vegas, more than a dozen houses of worship, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and 26 public and private schools.
The community is unfolding in villages and today, 19 of 30 total villages are complete or are under development.
Summerlin offers homes in a variety of styles and prices to create a true multi-generational community. As of January 2009, Summerlin has approximately available for development.
Summerlin is recognized as a standard-setting master-planned community and has a long list of national and local awards to its credit. These include the American Trails Developer Award, 2008; Best Master-Planned Community Award, Best of Nevada Real Estate Awards, 2007; New Community of the Year, Awards for Excellence, Urban Land Institute, 2002; National Landmark for Outstanding Landscape Architecture, American Society of Landscape Architects, 1999; and Best New Town Land Plan Award, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, 1993.