Moving to Nevada

If you plan to relocate to Nevada, finding real estate can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing. This article will provide you with some valuable information that will aid in your home search. The goal is not to sway you for or against any area. The goal is to ensure that you are fully educated on what the different areas offer so that you can make the best decision.

Unlike many other regions within the United States, the Greater Las Vegas Metropolitan area only includes the following cities: Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Pahrump, and Mesquite. Because of this, some areas that you may come across are considered neighborhoods or communities. For instance, Summerlin North and Summerlin South are communities located within the city of Las Vegas. It is also common for some neighborhoods to share the same zip codes.

Henderson, on the other hand, is a city in Nevada located near Las Vegas. Within Henderson, you will find a plethora of different neighborhoods. This is why it is almost impossible to compare the city of Henderson with the community of Summerlin. The most appropriate comparison would be neighborhood to neighborhood.

With that being said, it is imperative to make you aware that affluent areas exist within Las Vegas and the surrounding cities. Below, you will find an explanation on how you can utilize the Luxury Home Nevada website to better understand and make a more informative buying decision.


Comparing the different Neighborhoods

These neighborhoods were pulled from our Best Cities & Neighborhoods tool. Based on an algorithm of 7 different features, which include, amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment, housing and user ratings. These are considered the 20 best neighborhoods within the Greater Las Vegas area. Please see them below:


Sun City Summerlin– Ranked #9  Las Vegas

Sun City Summerlin is a 55-year active-adult resort community organized in the City of Las Vegas, by Del Webb Corporation in 1989. It is one of the nation’s premiere adult communities with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and the Las Vegas Strip.

Sun City Summerlin is part of the Summerlin master-planned community on the western edge of Las Vegas. This well-established neighborhood boasts tree-lined streets, great shopping, top-notch restaurants and award winning resorts, casinos and spas.


Green Valley South- Ranked #3 Henderson

Green Valley South is a neighborhood in Henderson, Nevada with a population of 22,949. Green Valley South is in Clark County and is one of the best places to live in Nevada. In Green Valley South there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. The public schools in Green Valley South are above average.


Highland Hills– Ranked #1  Henderson

Highland Hills is a neighborhood in Henderson, Nevada with a population of 10583. In Highland Hills there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live here.


Black Mountain– Ranked #2 Henderson

Black Mountain is a neighborhood in Henderson, Nevada. Black Mountain mostly features midsize homes that are competitively priced. This is a well-established community that continues to attract interest from buyers looking in the Henderson area. 


Green Valley Ranch– Ranked #8 Henderson

Green Valley Ranch is a neighborhood located in Henderson. It has a population of 17,011 and is close to lots of amenities. Green Valley Ranch began construction in 1994. Green Valley Ranch is a 1,310-acre master-planned community. The community comprises a carefully planned mix of land with 775 acres of residential neighborhoods and 310 acres for retail, office, medical facilities, and a planned resort gaming hotel.


McCullough Hills– Ranked #7 Henderson

McCullough Hills is a neighborhood in Henderson, Nevada with a population of 12,069. McCullough Hills is in Clark County. In McCullough Hills there are a lot of parks. The public schools in McCullough Hills are above average.


Tule Springs– Ranked #14 Las Vegas

Tule Springs is a neighborhood in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tule Springs mostly features large homes that are very reasonably priced. This community dates back to 2000 and has continued to develop over the years.


Westgate– Ranked #6 Henderson

Westgate is a neighborhood in Henderson, Nevada with a population of 22,862. Westgate is in Clark County and is one of the best places to live in Nevada. Living in Westgate offers residents a dense suburban feel.


Kyle Canyon– Ranked #4 Las Vegas

Kyle Canyon is a neighborhood in Las Vegas with a population of 14,577. The high school graduation rates are at 92% which is higher than the average. Kyle Canyon also ranks better than 95% off all areas in Nevada.


Anthem– Ranked #11 Henderson

Anthem is a master-planned community in Henderson, NV, part of the Las Vegas Valley. It was developed by Del Webb Corporation, and opened in 1998. As of 2011, it had highest average income of any zip code in the Las Vegas Valley, with an average household income of $131,445.


Gibson Springs– Ranked #19 Henderson

Gibson Springs, affectionately known as Green Valley East, is the new hot spot in Henderson. Over the past decade, this community has grown substantially, adding more and more amenities as well as beautiful upscale neighborhoods and subdivisions. Gibson Springs is an upscale community with boundaries that extend from I-515 to the east, from Arroyo Grande Boulevard to the west, Warm Springs Road to the north, and I-215 to the south. This community includes 1,700 single-family homes, 930 condominiums, and 430 townhomes that were built between 1983 and 2018.


MacDonald Ranch– Ranked #10 Henderson

MacDonald Ranch is a master planned community located in Henderson, Nevada that was developed in the 1990’s by the MacDonald family. The MacDonald Highlands are a series of highly affluent residential neighborhoods in Henderson, Nevada in the foothills of Black Mountain. The neighborhood is part of the Las Vegas Valley. The highlands are situated approximately 15 miles from the Las Vegas Strip and 20 miles from downtown Las Vegas.


Green Valley North– Ranked #12 Henderson

Green Valley is an upscale neighborhood of Henderson, Nevada. Green Valley is Southern Nevada’s first master-planned community built before Summerlin. The Green Valley Master Community development was founded in 1978 by American Nevada Corporation in an area of 8,400 acres on the southeast part of the Las Vegas Valley.


River Mountain Ranked #20 Henderson

River Mountain is a neighborhood in Henderson, Nevada with a population of 11,776. Living in River Mountain offers residents a sparse urban feel and most residents own their homes. In River Mountain there are a lot of parks. Many families live in River Mountain and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in River Mountain are above average.


Paradise Hills– Ranked #5 Henderson

Paradise Hills is a neighborhood in Henderson, Nevada with a population of 10,689. Paradise Hills is in Clark County. This community dates back to 1996 and has continued to develop over the years. 


Downtown Las Vegas Ranked #15 Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas (commonly abbreviated as DTLV) is the central business district and historic center of Las Vegas. It is the original townsite, and the Downtown gaming area was the primary gambling district of Las Vegas prior to the Strip. As the urban core of the Las Vegas Valley, it features a variety of hotel and business high-rises, cultural centers, historical buildings and government institutions, as well as residential and retail developments.


Lake Las VegasRanked #17 Henderson

Lake Las Vegas neighborhood. (#17 Ranking) The neighborhood has a 320-acre artificial lake and 3,592-acre developed area around the lake. The area is sometimes referred to as the Lake Las Vegas Resort. Lake Las Vegas is a pristine, master-planned 3600 acre residential and recreational community surrounding a fresh water lake. Swim, bike, run or relax as Lake Las Vegas has fine dining, entertainment and events all in walking distance.


Centennial Hills Ranked # 20 Las Vegas

Centennial Hills is a neighborhood in northwest Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. It is bordered by the Snow Mountain Paiute Reservation and Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument to the north, Lower Kyle Canyon and the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to the west, Summerlin to the south, and North Las Vegas to the east.


Summerlin North– Ranked #19 Las Vegas

Summerlin North is part of the Summerlin master plan community. It has a population of 48,606. 


West Henderson– Ranked #18 Henderson

West Henderson is located at the southern tip of the Las Vegas Valley. It has a population of 12,600. 

Notable cities listed below-


Summerlin South- Ranked #1

Summerlin South is considered to be one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the Las Vegas Valley. The area includes The Ridges, a guard-gated community in southwest Summerlin. In The Ridges, the average home price is over $2,000,000.


Boulder City– Ranked #4 City in Nevada

Boulder City is a city in Clark County, Nevada. It is approximately 26 miles southeast of Las Vegas. As of the 2010 census, the population of Boulder City was 15,023. The community took its name from Boulder Canyon. Boulder City is one of only two cities in Nevada that prohibits gambling. 


Enterprise– Ranked #10 City in Nevada

Enterprise is an unincorporated town in the Las Vegas Valley in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The population was 108,481 in 2010 up from 14,676 at the 2000 census. It was founded on December 17, 1996. Like other unincorporated towns in the Las Vegas Valley, it uses Las Vegas ZIP Codes for addresses within its boundaries.


Pahrump– Ranked #100 City in Nevada

Pahrump is an unincorporated town in Nye County, Nevada, United States, about 62 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada. Pahrump lies near the Nevada-California border and the area had a 2010 population of 36,441. 


North Las VegasRanked #56 City in Nevada

North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, in the Las Vegas Valley. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 216,961, with an estimated population of 245,949 in 2018. The city was incorporated on May 1, 1946. 

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