Trendsetting design and breathtaking desertscapes complement one another at the premier locale within the country’s most successful master-planned community
By Genevieve Smith
The Genesis of the Master Plan
Summerlin, Nev. in 1952 was less than a twinkle in the eye of Howard Hughes Jr., who originally bought a 25,000 acre parcel of land at $3 dollars per acre as a prospective relocation site for his company. The rest is history for the Summa Corporation – one day to become what is now known as the Howard Hughes Corporation – as it then remained stationed in its original headquarters. What that meant for the land that is today home to Summerlin was more than three decades of dormant inaction.
Then, one day in 1988: activity. Plans were announced for a master-planned community 20 minutes outside of downtown Las Vegas. Paying homage to its original purchaser, Summerlin was named for Howard Hughes’ paternal grandmother, Jean Amelia Summerlin. The community is nestled at the edge of the Spring Mountains and Red Rock Canyon, on the western periphery of Las Vegas in Clark County. The location against the ridges of the Red Rock Canyon are a defining feature of the community and in fact, a land exchange was performed to protect Red Rock Canyon two years before the first piece of dirt was turned on the project.
Shortly thereafter, a school was opened and in January 1990, Summerlin Parkway was completed, connecting the then theoretical community to US 95, the main artery that connects Summerlin to downtown Las Vegas. The four-mile-long Parkway was quickly dubbed by locals “the road to nowhere,” but it wasn’t long before the road validated its early existence by leading somewhere exceptional. In 1991, the development’s first village – The Hills – was completed, the first residents moved in, and the rest is history.
Summerlin became a flurry of development with the creation of many more villages like The Hills. By 1992, a mere year later, Summerlin ranked first in new home sales nationally and then from 1997 on, Summerlin was time and again recognized as the number one master-planned community for new home sales for the next 10 years.
Post-recession numbers haven’t climbed quite so high, but with an average annual household income of $139,061, Summerlin is among the most affluent communities in Nevada and in 2014, it was named one of the “Best Places to Live in America” by Money magazine.
Summerlin is currently home to more than 150 completed miles of the Summerlin Trail System, nine golf courses, more than a dozen houses of worship, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and 26 public and private schools, and more than 150 neighborhood and village parks. And now, it’s home to an exclusive new community by William Lyon Homes: Silver Ridge at The Ridges.
Silver Ridge at The Ridges
No stranger to the Las Vegas market, William Lyon Homes has been building award-winning communities in the area for decades. Fresh off of several 2016 Awards of Merit for their Lago Vista community in Henderson, Nev., William Lyon has brought the best aspects of the winning experience at Lago Vista that earned Silver Nuggets for Community of the Year, Best Single Family Detached Home, and Best Design and Architecture Over 4,000 Square Feet from the beauty of lakeside at Lake Las Vegas to the grandeur of the premiere village in Summerlin, The Ridges, directly at the base of Red Rock Canyon.
Scheduled for full build out in the first quarter of 2020, Silver Ridge at The Ridges will contain 83 luxurious new homes, with five currently complete, plus the three model homes. More impressive is the number of homes already sold, sitting at 18 with the five already built and occupied. The popularity of the product is no surprise to the team at William Lyon, who credit the striking nature of the product’s design. “The builder and architect have created contemporary designs that have set a trend in the Las Vegas market with close support from the developer,” explained Kim Chitwood, director of marketing for the Las Vegas Division.
Beyond their aesthetic appeal, the home designs at Silver Ridge aren’t only remarkable for their trendsetting – what went on behind the scenes in the design process is just as noteworthy. “During the design process, all consultants and trade partners worked with the builder to reduce material waste and energy consumption,” said Chitwood. The homes use manufactured wood components for floor and roof structures to reduce waste. ENERGY STAR® appliances, compact fluorescent bulbs, thermally-broken low-e windows filled with argon, radiant barrier roof decking, and larger overhangs for increased shading of windows aid in the pursuit of conserved energy. Low water use plumbing fixtures, tankless water heaters and low water use landscaping help on the water conservation side, serving both homeowner and environmental needs in a water-scarce area like Las Vegas. They also specified as many materials as possible within a 500-mile-or-less radius from the job site to lessen the environmental burden shipping products long-distance can cause.
In addition to the myriad desirable aspects of Silver Ridge at The Ridges’ contemporary designs, each of the three elegant elevations in one- and two-story iterations benefit from the exclusive use of the resort style amenities inside the guard-gated enclave of The Ridges at Summerlin. As residents, Silver Ridge homeowners have access to Club Ridges, a state of the art fitness facility, complete with pool and lighted tennis courts, that offers special health and wellness programs and includes Bear’s Best, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, featuring a 72 par course with replications of the best elements of other world-renowned Nicklaus courses, personally selected by Jack himself.
Whether drawn by the design, the amenities, the exclusivity or the beauty of the area, Silver Ridge at The Ridges is the full package for move up buyers looking for their next home. As the developer states on their website, “The Ridges is the pinnacle of luxury living in Southern Nevada.”
Genevieve Smith is the Editor for Builder and Developer magazine. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.