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Top Five Retirement Communities in the Las Vegas Valley

The Las Vegas valley is home to many communities for those 55 and better. Whether you want to live in an adult only community in North Las Vegas, Henderson, Las Vegas or even Boulder City, you have that choice. Not all retirement communities were created equally, however. So I've put together a list of my top picks for the valley. Communities are ranked by several factors, including amenities, price, construction, cost to run the home, feedback from friends living in the community, etc. If your community isn't on the list, feel free to vote for it by leaving a comment and why you like living there.

The popularity of senior living communities has continued to grow over the last decade in the valley. It is not surprising given the many benefits for retirees to move to Las Vegas: no income tax, lower housing costs, a wide variety of dining, shopping and entertainment choices, dry climate and a low cost of living make it an excellent choice for the active adult. According to US News, Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing retirement spots in the US. Given the current climate of the Las Vegas real estate market it is definitely a buyer's market. So here are my top five picks:

  1. Sun City Anthem in Henderson - this Del Webb community is located in Green Valley in the Anthem Country Club. Winner of numerous awards, the community offers first rate amenities, energy efficient homes and access to nearby medical facilities, fine dining and shopping. Residents can enjoy a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities at the Anthem community center.
  2. Sun City Summerlin - another Del Webb community located in the gorgeous master planned community of Summerlin developed by the Howard Hughes Corporation. This was the Del Webb's first senior living community in the Las Vegas valley. The village was completed in 1998 and residents enjoy a wide range of golfing choices (three semi private courses). The community has been meticulously maintained. Aside from a great game of golf, there are also tennis and raquetball facilities, fantastic local shops and dining options and access to all of Summerlin's amenities.
  3. Ardiente - originally developed by Centex homes, new homes are still available from Shea Homes. Currently it is the only planned senior community in North Las Vegas. Potential home owners have multiple "green" options available on all new Shea homes at Ardiente including 3kW rooftop solar systems. The community is guard gated, with two swimming pools, bocce ball court, tennis, walking trails, fitness center and a beautiful clubhouse.
  4. Solera at Anthem - this is a smaller Del Webb community inside Anthem Country Club. Solera features villa style homes built with the latest energy saving features like Low E windows and concoon insulation. Residents have access to all of the amenities that Anthem Country Club has to offer.
  5. Lake Mountain Estates - located in Boulder City, this community of manufactured homes is unique because the owner also owns the land the home resides on. The community offers views of Lake Mead and has very low home association fees. Amenities include a community center and swimming pool.

There are several more retirement communities in Las Vegas and Henderson to choose from. If you are thinking about buying a retirement property, feel free to contact me with your requirements and I would be happy to send you current listings. Thanks for reading our Las Vegas real estate news blog and please stop by again. 

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Yet another year has come and gone. 2008 was a year for firsts, some good, others not so good. This has been a rough year for Las Vegas. People are still vacationing here, although the number of tourists is down from prior years. The construction industry was also hit, with several projects closing down due to lack of funding. Some of those bankrupted projects have been brought back on line, like the Cosmopolitan. Vegas also had the unlucky distinction of being the foreclosure capital of the United States (at least in some news reports). But even that black cloud had a silver lining. Home sales in recent months have exceeded those from the same months in the "boom years". The huge wave of inventory also helped to reduce home prices to a more affordable level.

If you haven't been a regular reader, I've put together a list of the popular posts as determined by reader traffic for the last year:

Top Five Real Estate Bargains

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With so many properties falling into foreclosure, real estate prices have dropped significantly in the Las Vegas real estate market. Homes that sold for $600,000 just a couple of years ago are now selling for $250,000. Not every home listed is a bargain, though. Many homes that have been foreclosed on have been damaged by the former owner or have been neglected. With so many properties flooding the market, normal resales are having to compete for buyers against short sales and foreclosures, causing home prices to fall. Bad news for home sellers but great news if you are buying a home.

Below I've put together my picks for the absolute best places to buy property in the Las Vegas valley. The criteria is based on past price, location, community amenities and of course, the actual homes themselves. Here are the top five:

  • Palm Gardens - this little secluded community is located on E Tropicana Avenue, just minutes from Henderson. The community has been meticulously maintained, has its own park with tennis courts, a roving security patrol and a guard gate entrance. The HOA fees are only $75 a month. Home lots are large enough to put in a pool with room to spare and the average home size is about 2,000 square feet.
  • Encore - this is an older neighborhood located just off of E Tropicana and Sandhill. The community features single and two story homes on large lots.
  • Aliante - if you want a home on the golf course at rock bottom prices, this is the community for you. Great amenities and some of the best deals available in the Las Vegas valley. There are brand new homes still available.
  • Seven Hills - probably the most gorgeous community in Green Valley. There are gated and non-gated communities to choose from, many with views of the beautiful Rio Secco golf course. Prices are nowhere near what they were just two years ago.
  • Madeira Canyon - this community got caught in the housing bubble. There are several homes that have fallen out of escrow and Pulte is motivated to sell them. The community has great amenities and views of the valley.

If you are looking to buy a home in Las Vegas or would like to receive listings from any of these communities, call me at 702-493-8033. Thanks for stopping by.

Top Five Las Vegas High Rise Condos

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The Las Vegas valley has been going vertical for the last several years. Las Vegas high rise condos aren't just confined to the strip area or downtown, although most of the projects are located in the city core. I've put together my top five picks for the high rise condo market listing only completed communities (at least one tower fully built). My choices were based on location, community amenities, and price plus consumer feedback. If you are a high rise resident, I'd love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to comment even if your building isn't on the list. Here are the top five:

  • Sky Las Vegas - This was the first (and only so far) fully residential high rise located on the famed Las Vegas strip. Sky Las Vegas offers breath taking views of the strip and the surrounding mountains. The community offers a wide range of luxury amenities and is pet friendly.
  • One Queensridge Place - Located in the master planned community of Peccole Ranch next Summerlin, this community redefines luxury condo living. The community overlooks the Badlands golf course and is minutes away from two other courses. Penthouses start in the millions.
  • Palms Place - This is quite possibly the hippest address in Las Vegas. Palms Place offers more than just a place to live, it offers a lifestyle. Home to several celebrities and located on the Palms property, life at Palms Place is never dull. This is not just another high rise!
  • Park Towers - This community was built during the early stages of the high rise boom and sold out very quickly. Built in the Hughes center, the community is close to the strip and the airport but far enough away to escape the hustle and bustle of both. The community offers high end amenities, great security and privacy for its residents.
  • Trump Towers - Rounding out the list is the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Originally slated for a single tower, the Don added plans for a second tower to be built. Like other Trump luxury projects, no expense was spared. Italian marble flooring, Sub-Zero, Wolfe and Bosch appliances, plasma flat panel TVs and more in each fully furnished room. This is only condo hotel to make the list.

There are several other great projects around the valley that I didn't get list. If you have questions about the high rise market or are thinking about purchasing a condo in Las Vegas, feel free to contact me at 702-493-8033 or by email. I'd be happy to answer your questions or send you listings of current condos for sale. Here is a location map, listing the different communities. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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Top Five Las Vegas Golf Course communities

With tourism increasing every year, Las Vegas has become a mecca for golfers. Las Vegas boasts some of the most gorgeous and rewarding courses in the world, designed by some of the top legends of the game. Las Vegas saw a boom in golf course communities, starting off with the Las Vegas country club. Here are my choices for the best country club communities in Las Vegas:

  1. Spanish Trail - an older community in Las Vegas, Spanish Trail set the standard for country club living in Las Vegas. The community is guard gated with a gorgeous golf course, clubhouse and other amenities. There are several neighborhoods of custom and semi-custom homes along with four neighborhoods of townhomes.
  2. Southern Highlands - this new community revolves around the award-winning, members-only golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The community has all of the amenities you would expect and housing choices include custom and semi-custom homes from 2,100 to more than 3,300 square feet.
  3. Queensridge - this European styled community is home to the Badland golf course designed by 1973 U.S. Open Champion Johnny Miller. The community is unique because it offers luxury homes, luxury condos in the Village and high rise condos at One Queensridge Place.
  4. Los Prados - another older community with a unique twist. Approximately half of the neighborhoods in Los Prados are age restricted. Those neighborhoods also have their own amenities like an adult only swimming pool. The community is located just 12 miles from the center strip and is guard gated.
  5. Rhodes Ranch - This is probably the most family oriented country club community in the valley. The community boasts a huge water park for residents plus a 35,000 square foot recreation center, tennis courts, basketball courts and a championship links-style golf course.

There are several more gorgeous golf course communities in Las Vegas to choose from. If you are thinking about moving to a country club community in the Las Vegas, there are several communities to choose from all over the valley. Feel free to contact me with your thoughts of what a top community entails and I'll send you listings of the current homes for sale that match your criteria.

Top Five Henderson Condo communities

With so much focus on Las Vegas, the city of Henderson some times gets overlooked. Henderson is still one of the fastest growing cities in southern Nevada and for good reason. It has a lot to offer. Henderson has more parks per capita than Las Vegas, the first master planned community (green valley), good schools and infra-structure. A lot of people that work in Las Vegas end up living in Henderson and home prices have gone up, so I put together my picks for the top five condo communities in Henderson.

  1. Bella Vista condos are my overall first pick. They are brand new condos, located in Green Valley Ranch. Community amenities are good, and some condos come with a garage. They are also just across from the District, so there are plenty of entertainment, shopping and dining choices within a few minutes of the community.
  2. Big Horn condos have a great location backed up to the mountain range. The community has fantastic views of the mountains and the Las Vegas valley. They are conversions done right. Great interiors, floor plans and amenties including free wireless internet.
  3. Terra Bella condos are the only age restricted condominiums available in Henderson (Green Valley). Built by Westmark, they are more of a luxury condominium community that just happens to be age qualified. They also have huge floor plans available, up to 2,200 sf.
  4. Prima condos at Lake Las Vegas are some of the most luxurious condos available. The community is surrounded on three sides by the Reflection Bay golf course. In addition to the Lake Las Vegas amenities, the community also has its own including a guard gated entry.
  5. Avalon condos in Seven Hills are one of two condominium communities located in Seven Hills. They are a conversion like Big Horn and have been fully remodeled. The community is gated with two pools, covered parking and other amenities you would expect in this type of community.

These are my personal picks, based on location, community amenities, floor plans and price. There are hundreds of Henderson condos for sale, in another several dozen communities. If you are thinking about buying a condo in Henderson, call me at 702-493-8033 with your criteria and I'll send listings that match what you're looking for. Thanks for stopping by.

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