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Las Vegas 55 plus active adult communities have all the age-restricted builders you would expect, and more. They range from the full-blown golf community with clubs and activities, community centers, pools and targeted interests like an elaborately designed and stocked woodshop. Others are less endowed, with residents who want activities but on a smaller budget.
There are communities with the latest architecture and features, with grand views of a golf course, the Strip or the mountains, at a full range of prices. There also are more Spartan accommodations that cater to the 55-plus crowd but much more frugally.
Here are some of the age-restricted communities in Las Vegas:
Ardiente is a gated Shea Homes community in North Las Vegas with the 20,000-square-foot Ardiente Club that offers game rooms, pool and spa, exercise equipment, a business ceAnter, a party room and more. It has classes, an outdoor trail course with fitness stations, tennis, bocce ball and basketball.
Club at Madeira Canyon
The Club at Madeira Canyon by Del Webb in Henderson in the south part of the Las Vegas valley near the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. It's part of a larger master-planned community of about 500 homes built around The Clubhouse, which has game rooms, a fitness center that includes personal trainers and a massage therapist, classes and community events. It's guard-gated and patrolled. Other amenities include community walking trails, a pool and barbecue area, baseball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts and basketball. It's near the M Resort and Casino.
Heritage at Cadence
Heritage is within the larger new Cadence master-planned community in Henderson, southeast of the Strip. In addition to the larger community amenities, it has its own huge brand new clubhouse and rec center with pools and spa. Some homes in Heritage offer RV parking garages and the increasingly popular two generation layout. This is a new home community.
Los Prados, a guard-gated community of more than 1,300 homes and the Los Prados Golf Course, owned by the community association. It is in the northwest part of Las Vegas. In addition to the course, it has a clubhouse, tennis, pools and more.
Promenade at the Meadows
Promenade at the Meadows is an established senior community near the Meadows Mall, sort of north central Las Vegas, built in the late '80s and the '90s. It has nearly 200 homes and offers a clubhouse, pool, hobby and game rooms and shuffleboard. It's guard gated
Quail Estates West
Quail Estates West is one of Las Vegas’ smaller and central age-restricted communities of condos west of the Strip. It has a clubhouse, pool and activities and is gated and 200-plus units.
Rancho Las Brisas
Rancho Las Brisas is a smaller and relatively inexpensive enclave not far from the 215 freeway in the southwestern part of Las Vegas constructed in the '80s and '90s. That makes it accessible to Downtown Summerlin and nearby amenities and easy to get elsewhere in town. Housing is mostly two bedroom and at the lower end of 55 plus home prices. The gated community has about 180 homes with two-vehicle garages, a pool, clubhouse and more.
Regency at Summerlin
Regency at Summerlin by Toll Brothers is one of Las Vegas’ newest age-restricted communities that offers views of Spring Mountains, the Strip and valley with modern, open and varied floor plans. Its new 17,000-square-foot club has indoor and outdoor pools, exercise rooms, game and meeting spaces, pickle ball, bocce and tennis (but no golf course of its own). It’s in Summerlin and close to those golf courses and trail system, and Downtown Summerlin, with shopping, restaurants and movies. The 400-plus-home (at build-out) community is gated and features an on-site lifestyle director to coordinate events, trips, classes and social happenings
Siena in Summerlin
Siena, in Summerlin west of the 215, is a gated age-restricted community of about 2,000 homes with a public 18-hole golf course at the center. It has a health and fitness center with equipment and classes plus outdoor and indoor pools, sauna and steam rooms, bocce, tennis and pickle ball. The community center has events and is rentable. Siena is close to the freeway, shopping and some homesites have mountain vistas.
Silver Canyon is 55-plus condo complex built in the late '90s with a clubhouse, pool, spa and walking trails. The 133 units start at a little more than a 1,000 square feet. It's in the general area of Silverado Ranch, which makes it close to the airport, UNLV and not far from the Strip.
Silver Springs Sterling
Silver Springs Sterling is a small 55+ community in Las Vegas, with about 270 two- and three-bedroom residences that start at about 1,000 square feet. It has an 18-hole putting golf course and an activity center with a fitness center, a pool and spa, billards and a multi-purpose room. It's near the Desert Wetlands Park, and most of the homes are in culdesacs.
Solera at Stallion Mountain
Solera at Stallion Mountain is a guard-gated golf community of more than 800 homes east of the Strip that has a community center with recreation, including tennis and bocce courts and pools. It’s resale homes these days.
Solera at Anthem
Solara at Anthem is next to the larger Sun City Anthem and with many of the same features. It has a 24,000 sf activity center with a fitness center, craft rooms, a catering kitchen, tennis and bocce ball courts. It has no golf course of its own although the Revere Golf Course is close. The single story houses range from 1,140 to 1,771 square feet, plus duplex and triplex residences.
Sun City Aliante
Sun City Aliante in North Las Vegas is due north of the Strip with more than 2,000 houses and 3,300 residents. It has a community center with an indoor pool, plus the fitness center, game rooms and sports facilities like basketball, pickle ball and tennis. It also provides clubs and activities. It's near the Aliante Golf Course and the Aliante Casino and Hotel, which offers restaurants and a movie complex.
Sun City Anthem, Henderson
Sun City Anthem in Henderson, south and east of the Strip, has more than 7,100 homes and 12,500 residents in a club and golf community of single story homes, some with amazing views. The three centers offer indoor pools, extensive fitness equipment including an indoor track. Also offered are pickle ball, tennis, bocce and more. The chartered clubs are varied and popular (the woodworking group has amazing equipment), and the community plans social and entertainment events for residents. It even has its own TV station.
Sun City Macdonald Ranch
Sun City Macdonald Ranch has more than 2,500 residences, mostl single family homes, with amenities that include at 36,000 sf activity center and the community-owned Desert Willow Golf Course. The center offers fitness equipment, craft rooms including a ceramics studio, a computer room, billiards, tennis and bocce ball and miles of paths. It also has a pool and spa, a library and a ballroom plus meeting rooms. An activity director helps residents plan their fun, recreation and learning.
Sun City Summerlin
Sun City Summerlin has about 7,800 homes, including single family, garden villa and patio, with three golf courses, more than 80 clubs and interest groups and lots of green belt. The community boasts four social and rec centers with pools, craft rooms, tennis courts, bocce ball, spas, two restaurants and a baseball diamond. It's west of Downtown with a freeway heading right there, and is near Downtown Summerlin mall with its own shopping, restaurants, movies and more.
Triology in Summerlin
Trilogy in Summerlin
Shea Homes is building a new Trilogy branded age-restricted community within Summerlin. There will be more than 300 houses on 50-plus guard-gated acres with a dozen floor plans, from more than 1,500 to 2,800 square feet. Prices start in the mid $400,000s. Trilogy also will offer a resort club with features like a fitness center, pool and other games and gathering places.
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