Summerlin residents list reasons they are thankful for their community

As Thanksgiving approaches, Summerlin residents reflect on why they are thankful for the community in which they live. Today, the master-planned community is home to more than 100,000 Southern Nevadans.

Jonathan Dean, who moved 25 minutes from his South Eastern Avenue dental practice to live in Summerlin, said he was thankful for his new home because “people are friendlier here.”

“After having lived in several parts of the valley since 2004, I was drawn to Summerlin by the communal cohesiveness, beautiful parks and well-planned development,” he said.

Barbara Estes and her husband, Tad, purchased their Summerlin Center village home in 2006.

Barbara Estes said she loves being close to everything, including Lifetime Fitness, Red Rock National Conservation Area and the Las Vegas Beltway.

“I love the design of Summerlin. It’s clean and well maintained,” she said.

Jeff Celentano moved to Summerlin in 1998 and lives in The Vistas with his wife, Joanne, and their daughter, Aria.

“We frequently use the beautiful neighborhood parks and walking trails. My wife and I are very grateful that our daughter gets to attend one of the best schools in the valley, Givens Elementary. In short, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in Las Vegas. Summerlin not only has everything one could need or want in a community, it’s also aesthetically beautiful and elegant.”

“Considerable thought is put into every detail of this community,” said Julie Cleaver, vice president of planning and design for Summerlin. “We map out every detail, including lot size, road width and even drainage gutter location,” she said.

“We put a great deal of consideration into the landscaping, park locations and other amenities that make this master-planned community a place people want to call home. Even the light posts were carefully selected to add a certain aesthetic to the Summerlin community.”

Heather Bruton-Berrey said in addition to the brilliant colors in the evening sky, she and her husband, Will, are also thankful for everything the community offers them and their children, Dylan and Ivy. Along with access to top private school Bishop Gorman High School for Dylan and five-star-rated Givens Elementary for Ivy, Bruton-Berrey said she is thankful for “a safe, fun, beautiful place to live.”

Bruton-Berrey has been a Summerlin resident for nearly 15 years, living just a few minutes from her parents, who are also longtime Summerlin residents. “I tell friends they will love living here because it is so beautiful. We love seeing the mountains and feel so blessed to call Summerlin our home.”