Given the times, residents of the master-planned community of Summerlin are more mindful than ever this year of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, according to Kevin Orrock, top division executive for The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of Summerlin.
"In Summerlin, we have much to be thankful for," Orrock said of the community's social infrastructure; amenities like parks, trails and schools and residents.
"We are grateful to the nearly 100,000 residents who chose to live in Summerlin," he said. "The community is a success because of its residents who have embraced the community, put down roots here, and brought a level of vitality to Summerlin."
Dave Stein, a baseball coach for his 7-year-old son's Summerlin North Little League team, said he appreciates that baseball is a year-round sport in Summerlin.
"We can play outside all year," he said. "It's wonderful." Stein lives in The Crossing village with his wife and their two sons. "We're very blessed. I have a job doing something I love, my wife is able to stay home with our two boys, we're all healthy and happy and we have wonderful friends and family," he said. "What more could you ask for?"
Barbara Nelson and her husband moved to Summerlin from Chicago eight years ago when they were seeking a "nice, sunny place to retire," she said. They purchased a home in Summerlin Centre to be near the parks and walking trails.
In 2002, Nelson joined the Women's Club of Summerlin, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 to serve women and children throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
"I'm particularly grateful to live in a community with such generous, philanthropically-minded residents," she said. "Life is just better when you're serving others."
Mother of four, Melanie Ewell, is grateful for Summerlin's family-friendly orientation that includes recreational amenities and a full calendar of events.
"We're an active, growing family who greatly values Summerlin's lifestyle," she said. "Parks, schools, retail centers and our church are all located within close proximity to our home, which makes life a lot more convenient." Ewell lives in The Paseos village.
Running enthusiast Charles Clawson appreciates Summerlin's beautiful trails, well-manicured parks, scenic views and clean streets. He plans to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family and friends this year at his home in The Arbors village.
"I am especially thankful for my wife and children who love me unconditionally," he said. "I'm also grateful for awesome friends who make this life so fun and exciting. We laugh, work and play together."
Newlyweds Salvatore and Tiffany Buscemi appreciate Summerlin's curb appeal.
"There isn't another community in Southern Nevada that looks as good as Summerlin," said Tiffany Buscemi. "We really appreciate the landscaping and absence of billboards." The Buscemis live in The Vistas village.
Native Las Vegan, Jennifer Wagner, moved to Summerlin Centre seven years ago to be closer to what she considers the city's best entertainment options.
"Summerlin is home to dozens of fabulous restaurants, a movie theatre and other great social venues," she said. "I'm thankful there's always something fun to do in Summerlin."
"We always enjoy hearing what our residents appreciate about life in Summerlin," Orrock said. "It proves our belief that Summerlin is not just an address; it's a place to live."
Developed by The Howard Hughes Corp., Summerlin is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a year-long celebration that commenced in May 2010.
Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with 7,500 acres still remaining to accommodate future growth within the master plan.
The community is home to nearly 100,000 residents with amenities including more than 150 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of the Summerlin Trail System, nine golf courses, a dozen houses of worship, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks, 25 public and private schools and 75 selling floor plans.
Homes are available in a variety of styles -- from single-family homes to townhomes, condominiums and lofts -- priced from the mid-$100,000s to more than $2 million. Custom-home sites in The Ridges are priced from the $500,000s. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $800s.
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