City Guide / Las Vegas

The 12 Best Neighborhoods in Las Vegas

By Reannon Muth | Jan 27, 2023
The golf course at the Lake Las Vegas community, one of the best neighborhoods in Las Vegas.

There’s a lot that makes Las Vegas unique, from its casinos and shows to its drive-through wedding chapels. But on a deeper level, Las Vegas has an “anything goes” attitude that you won’t find anywhere else in North America. The state’s unique laws (or lack thereof) support this ideal, with gambling, prostitution, recreational marijuana, public intoxication, public nudity, and even exotic pet ownership all legal to varying degrees in Nevada.

But if you look beyond the stereotypes and the tourism mottos, you’ll discover two distinct sides to Las Vegas: There’s the side tourists see (i.e., “The Strip”), and then there’s everywhere else.

It’s in this “everywhere else” that you’ll find a diverse network of neighborhoods where over 2 million people live, work, and lead fairly typical lives (for the most part), far removed from the glitz and slot machines of the city’s infamous tourist corridor.

The best Las Vegas neighborhoods: An overview

If you’re considering a move to Las Vegas, know that unlike older or more densely urban cities, Las Vegas neighborhoods are often referred to by the name of their master-planned community. You might live in Henderson, for example, but when people ask you where you live, you’d probably say, “Green Valley Ranch” or “Cadence.”

Las Vegas has a lot of master-planned communities, which can be great for those looking for organized housing layouts, clean parks, community clubhouses, and other recreational amenities. However, master-planned communities aren’t for everyone. If you dislike neighborhoods with homogenous-looking architecture or prefer to avoid hassling with an HOA, this type of community may not be the best fit for you.

While there are nearly 400 neighborhoods across the Las Vegas Valley (yikes!), below is a roundup of the 12 of the most popular neighborhoods in Las Vegas, including:

  1. Inspirada
  2. Summerlin
  3. Skye Canyon
  4. Lake Las Vegas
  5. The Arts District
  6. Downtown Las Vegas
  7. Scotch 80s or Paradise Palms
  8. Green Valley Ranch
  9. Water Street District
  10. Spring Valley
  11. Southern Highlands
  12. Mountains Edge

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1. Inspirada

The community of Inspirada first opened in Henderson in 2007, combining the walkability of an urban area with the communal and recreational focus of a suburban neighborhood. Although Inspirada sits on the outskirts of town, the community is built around a network of four large “central” parks, making it look and feel more urban.

Since opening, this neighborhood has expanded to include more than 5,000 homes and over 85 acres of parks, four resident-only heated pools, picnic areas, splash pads, dog parks, as well as basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts.

Inspirada resident Minnette Moore, a laboratory manager and mother of two, lived in several neighborhoods in the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area before moving to Inspirada, and considers this West Henderson community to be the best neighborhood in Las Vegas by far.

“The first thing that attracted me is that it is a brand-new community that is beautifully designed,” she said. “When you enter, it feels like you’re not even in the Las Vegas metro area anymore. I love the mountain views.”

Brian Kunec, regional president of KB Home, says one of the biggest strengths of the neighborhood is the way the community “brings neighbors together by hosting enriching family-friendly and pet-friendly activities in the parks and the Inspirada Community Calendar.”

The neighborhood has a packed calendar of community events such as two monthly farmers’ markets, yoga classes, family movie nights, pool parties, and seasonal events such as its pumpkin patch, Fall Harvest Festival, and Christmas parade.

This neighborly spirit, combined with the new and trendy restaurants and retail in the area, is what makes this community such a unique place to live. As Kunec points out, there are shops, outdoor dining, and a newly opened library all within a one-mile radius of Inspirada, which helps to enhance the quality of life for all the community’s residents.

Some popular neighborhood hangouts include:

  • WSKY Bar & Grill: Eat, catch a Golden Knights hockey game, or hit up happy hour at this popular sports bar.
  • Romano Mercato Italian: Part local neighborhood food store and part “quick bite” restaurant, this Italian-owned family business serves authentic Italian specialties.
  • Uncorked: Drink in the mountain views as you sip a craft beer or seasonally inspired wine on the patio. Uncorked also has food trucks for various themed holidays!

2. Summerlin

Ask a local about the best place to live in Las Vegas, and many will tell you “Summerlin” with zero hesitation. Covering 22,500 acres along the western edge of the Valley, Summerlin is the largest master-planned community in Las Vegas—and one of the most famous, in part due to some of its more affluent and famous residents, including Andre Agassi, Floyd Mayweather, Carlos Santana, Steve Wynn, and David Copperfield.

Summerlin may be further away from the Strip than other Las Vegas neighborhoods, but for many of its residents, that’s part of the appeal. As an older Vegas community, it has many things some newer communities lack, such as mature tree-lined streets and well-established shopping and dining plazas. This neighborhood also sits against the backdrop of stunning red and white sandstone cliffs that make up the Spring Mountains, helping to lend the area a “We’re not in Vegas anymore” vibe.

According to Danielle Bisterfeldt, senior vice president of marketing and consumer experience of Summerlin, the area is “home to more amenities than any other South Nevada community. Summerlin is in a league of its own, with more than 300 parks of all sizes, 200+ miles of trails, proximity to world-class hiking and rock climbing, 10 golf courses, and 26 schools.”

Some of the Summerlin’s top attractions include:

  • Downtown Summerlin: This massive outdoor shopping plaza is filled with stores, eateries, entertainment options, and even professional sports venues. The Las Vegas Ballpark, home of the Las Vegas Aviators, is a fun place to spend a summer evening, thanks to its air-conditioned suites and—yes, you’re reading this right—its swimming pool. Downtown Summerlin also hosts a number of free, family-friendly events, including farmers markets, craft fairs, and theatrical productions.
  • Red Rock Canyon: Seventeen miles from the Strip and literally in Summerlin’s backyard, Red Rock Canyon is a great place to go camping, hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. Or, you can just drive around! The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area has a 13-mile scenic loop road for those hot summer days when you want to get out of town but can’t stomach the thought of leaving your air-conditioned car.
  • Red Rock Casino Resort: Near Red Rock Canyon and across the street from downtown Summerlin is the Red Rock Casino Resort, one of the most highly regarded “locals casinos.” This is where Las Vegans often have a staycation or frequent for the awesome happy hour specials at the Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar or Lucky Bar. The casino also has a movie theatre and bowling alley!
  • Tivoli Village: Marketed as a “lifestyle destination,” this restaurant and shopping plaza is sophisticated and classy, with a Europe-meets-Beverly-Hills vibe. As the name suggests, this outdoor plaza was designed to resemble an old Italian village, with marble fountains, cobblestone streets, and hanging twinkle lights, making it a relaxing place to while away an afternoon at a cafe.

3. Skye Canyon

Located in Northwest Las Vegas, Skye Canyon sits in the shadows of Mt. Charleston, the tallest mountain in Clark County. It’s for this reason that Skye Canyon has become a popular community among hikers, skiers, and outdoor enthusiasts, with the community billing itself as “a base camp for the great outdoors.”

You’ll notice that as soon as you step foot into the community’s clubhouse, which has a distinct ski lodge vibe with rustic wood, plaid decor, and comfy chairs around outdoor firepits. Called the “Skye Center,” the clubhouse also has a coffee house and sports equipment rental site—just look for the wall of bicycles. Walk over to the calendar of events posted on the wall, and you’ll find activities like stargazing and a “Fit Fest” listed.

But despite first impressions, Skye Canyon isn’t just for the outdoorsy. The variety of entry-level, move-up, and luxury homes makes it appealing to a large cross-section of people, especially for those looking for a safe and quiet community away from the chaos of the Strip.

Real estate consultant Stefany Lee Sigier said she thinks Skye Canyon is a great fit for families in particular. The community has several parks equipped with splash pads, basketball courts, soccer fields, dog parks, and play structures, along with a pool, a 10,000-square-foot fitness center, and a juice bar.

Things to do in and around Skye Canyon include:

  • Mount Charleston: In addition to hiking, camping, and skiing, Mount Charleston plays host to several fun festivals, including the annual “Mountain Fest” featuring food, vendors, and live music. Plus, it’s less than a 30-minute drive away from Skye Canyon.
  • Gilcrease Orchard: This 60-acre farm allows you to hand-pick your own fruits and vegetables throughout the year and is a particularly popular destination during pumpkin season.
  • Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs: A 680-acre park with lakes, ducks, wild peacocks, and lush foliage, this is a popular spot for picnics, romantic walks, and family photoshoots.

4. Lake Las Vegas

The village and surrounding communities of Lake Las Vegas sit on a 320-acre lake called—yep, you guessed it!—Lake Las Vegas. This lake was created in the 1980s using 3 billion gallons of water from the Las Vegas Wash.

Residents of the community love Lake Las Vegas for its “resort-style living,” as many of the homes in the area are located either on the lake or on one of the golf courses within the community. It’s not uncommon to find residents cruising around on golf carts or walking to and from the pickleball court with a racket in hand.

As you enter the community, one of the first things you’ll notice is the waterfall, the rolling green hills of the golf course, and a peek-a-boo look of the Las Vegas Strip twinkling in the distance.

“As soon as you turn onto Lake Las Vegas Parkway, there’s a feeling that you almost can’t describe—a sense of community, relaxation, belonging,” said Patrick Parker, president of Raintree, the developer of Lake Las Vegas. “It feels like home. Our residents and guests are what make our small waterfront community something truly special.”

Because of the seclusion and privacy the community offers, several celebrities have called it home over the years, including Celine Dion and Britney Spears. While the community does have numerous million-dollar mansions, you can find starter homes and relatively affordable condos and apartments as well.

Top attractions at Lake Las Vegas include:

  • Free concerts on the lake: Weekends feature live music on the lake’s floating stage. Sit in the sand with a picnic blanket or glass of wine, listen to the music, and admire the colorful lights as they twinkle on the water.
  • Le Café du Vegas: Flaky, fluffy croissants, homemade baguettes, and crepes made with fresh fruit and local farmers market honey all help to make this neighborhood French cafe a popular breakfast and lunch spot.
  • Sonrisa Grill: Dine on gourmet Mexican food inside the colorful restaurant or out on the patio, where you can watch passersby and boats on the water.

5. The Arts District

As the name suggests, the Las Vegas Arts District is a great neighborhood to live in if you’re an artist or appreciate the arts. It’s a fun neighborhood for creatives of all fields, college students, and young professionals.

This downtown neighborhood is also known as “18B,” with a sign in giant neon lights visible to those driving or walking from Fremont Street. The area got its nickname to form the original 18 blocks that used to make up the 18B when it was first established in 1998.

Because the Arts District is located downtown, it’s ideal for those looking to live in a more urban setting. Whether you live in one of the modern high-rise apartments or one of the vintage single-family homes peppering the area, the Arts District is perfect for those who want to be within walking distance of trendy bars and restaurants, such as ReBAR, Velveteen Rabbit, Berlin Bar, Esther’s Kitchen, and SoulBelly BBQ.

“The Arts District has always been a place for locals and visitors to experience another side of Las Vegas,” said Danyella Griffith, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas Arts District Development. “Creative people, artists, chefs, and performers have long been gathering in the Arts District for culture, after-work drinks, and music. Now that more housing is available, it’s a wonderful, walkable neighborhood with a community feeling to it. So much development has happened in the past few years that naturally, it’s a fantastic place to enjoy some of that growth while being a part of the revitalization.”

Some of the spectacular things to see and do in the Arts District include:

  • First Friday: This monthly local festival features music, food, and art from local artists and vendors.
  • Writers Block: This is one of the city’s most popular independent bookstores and a cute place to grab a coffee and a paperback (make sure to say “hi” to the shop’s fluffy pet bunny, too).
  • The Smith Center for the Performing Arts: The Smith Center is worth a visit for the gorgeous auditorium alone, which was inspired by building designs in Paris, Milan, and Vienna and the Art Deco architecture of the Hoover Dam. As a local, you’ll definitely want to catch a show here and rub shoulders with some of the city’s cultural elite.

6. Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas (or DTLV, for short) is one of the more vibrant and hip neighborhoods in Las Vegas. Its string of trendy bars and restaurants along East Fremont Street has naturally made the area popular with college students and young professionals.

While the area has gone through a revitalization in recent years, it does retain a seedy, grimy edge from decades of neglect. But to many downtown residents, the grungy vibe is what gives downtown its character and charm, especially in a city more known for cookie-cutter houses and master-planned communities. The neighborhood now includes colorful murals, sculptures from Burning Man, and several hip hangouts, such as Fergusons Downtown, an old motel that’s been refurbished into a quirky shopping and dining plaza.

“One of the best things about living downtown is all the different and unique neighborhoods,” said Kristin Weddingfeld, a downtown resident and native Nevadan. “Since it’s one of the oldest parts of the city, nothing was really master planned, so you can stumble upon these really cool, quirky pockets of homes with unique style and totally original design.”

Weddingfeld also said she loved being so close to the Arts District and Fremont East in her younger days “for the awesome bar and restaurant scene that you really can’t find anywhere else in town. Seeing those neighborhoods really grow and transform has been interesting to watch.”

Some of the best places to check out downtown include:

  • Downtown Container Park: This shopping and dining mecca was made using 30 large shipping containers, which sounds weird but looks very cool—like a kid’s stack of colorful toy blocks but building-sized. Nearly every part of the park, including the restaurants, shops, and playground, was built using refurbished shipping containers (even the elevator!).
  • Circa: This adults-only casino and resort (sorry, kids) is a newer addition to the casino corridor downtown. In addition to the rooftop cocktail bar, stylishly vintage ’80s decor, and trendy restaurants (you have to try the brisket fried rice at 8 East!), the casino has some amazing additions that made it an immediate contender for “coolest casino” when it opened in 2020. Circa is also home to six pools that make up Stadium Swim, a concert and sports-watching amphitheater with a 40-foot-tall high-definition screen towering over the pools. Because the pools are heated year-round, Stadium Swim is hands-down the best place in the city to watch a sports game.
  • Atomic Liquors: You may recognize the exterior of Atomic Liquors from its brief cameo in the iconic Vegas film “The Hangover” (its neon sign out front is hard to miss). But Atomic Liquor’s roots in Vegas lore go far deeper than that. This bar may be a hotspot among Gen Z creatives now, but its popularity actually dates back to the early ’50s, when locals would climb onto the roof with a cocktail in hand to watch the nuclear flashes and mushroom clouds balloon on the horizon a mere 65 miles away. In its heyday, Atomic Liquors was also the place to go for a celebrity sighting—the Rat Pack, Clint Eastwood, and Barbara Streisand were all regulars there.

7. Scotch 80s or Paradise Palms

While these neighborhoods are located in different areas of the city, Scotch 80s and Paradise Palms are similar in that they both offer beautiful, mid-century modern homes and a friendly, unpretentious “vintage Vegas” vibe. If you’re a fan of the architecture of Palm Springs, you’ll feel right at home in either of these areas.

When asked which local neighborhoods were her favorite, longtime resident Devanny Haley immediately recommended both of these under-the-radar picks.

“Scotch 80s and Paradise Palms are considered some of the first master-planned communities in Vegas, which is really intriguing to me because we see master-planned communities pop up all the time now,” she said. “The builders were really visionary at the time and wanted to marry the appeal of Las Vegas with that modern style, so you see a lot of decorative breezeways, ranch-style floor plans, plenty of color, and a good amount of palm trees.”

Several celebrities live or have lived in the Scotch 80s, including Brandon Flowers, the lead singer of The Killers, who moved into the mansion formerly owned by Howard Hughes.

Some of the top attractions in Paradise Palms are:

  • Lotus of Siam: This restaurant’s Northern Thai food has won multiple awards (Gourmet Magazine, Food Network, Travel Channel, everything!) and offers over 300 selections of wine.
  • Crown & Anchor British Pub: This cozy pub features a “hole-in-the-wall” vibe and tasty fish and chips.
  • Cuba Café Restaurant: This restaurant serves authentic, delicious Cuban food and daily live entertainment in a relaxed, casual environment.

Additionally, a few of the top spots in Scotch 80s include:

  • Four Kegs Sports Pub: Restaurateur Guy Fieri, host of the Food Network’s”Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and a University of Nevada Las Vegas alum, swears by the food at Four Kings, especially the stromboli, which he says is the best he’s ever had.
  • Frankie’s Tiki Room: This cozy bar off the freeway oozes quirky ambiance, with lots of bamboo and tiki idols and lights made from pufferfish. The cocktails are both delicious and deliciously weird, and the music is bouncy. It’s a fun way to escape the Vegas hustle for an evening.
  • Springs Preserve: Part museum, part historical preserve, and part botanical garden, this expansive 180-acre attraction is a must-see for anyone looking to learn about the history of Las Vegas, its land, and its people. It’s easy to spend an entire day walking or train-ing the grounds (the park has a free train ride!) and exploring the exhibits at the preserve’s four museums.

8. Green Valley Ranch

Along with Summerlin, Green Valley Ranch in Henderson is one of the most popular master-planned communities in the Valley. It appeals to families and retirees with its carefully designed mixture of residential neighborhoods, retail, office, and medical spaces, and even gaming.

The District, for example, is a popular shopping and dining plaza that includes a decent combo of fine dining and high-end boutiques along with quick-bite restaurants and a Whole Foods. The neighborhood is conveniently located next to the 215 highway and is only an eight-minute drive to the airport and a 20-minute drive to the Strip or the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Tiffany Taylor is a speech pathologist and a mother from Seattle who now calls Green Valley home.

“My husband and I love living in Green Valley, Henderson,” she said. “We love that our community is quiet and surrounded by many parks within walking distance. The parks have splash pads that are great for the summer. We have quick access to bike paths that connect to many areas in Henderson.”

Taylor said she also enjoys the great restaurants and shops in the Green Valley Ranch Casino, along with nearby restaurants like Settebello, Ventanos, Scrambled, and The Kitchen Table.

“There are many activities for kids nearby, such as community music classes, a nice rec center, and a library with storytime,” she said.

Here’s where to go in Green Valley:

  • Green Valley Ranch Casino: Known as “GVR” for short, this casino is a beloved gathering place for locals looking to snag a drink, a bite, or a movie. Inside GVR is Pizza Rock, one of the best pizza restaurants in the U.S. according to, well, everyone. Directly outside of GVR is a slew of shops, restaurants, and bars that makes up The District, a boutique-y, tree-lined plaza that resembles a cross between a high-end shopping mall and a small-town main street.
  • Life Time Fitness: Gym culture is a real thing here, especially in the summer when temperatures can soar into the triple-digits and exercising outdoors just isn’t practical. Life Time is a 162,000-square-foot fitness mecca that includes a resort-style pool and no fewer than eight indoor tennis courts.
  • Ethel M’s Botanical Cactus Garden: Tour a local chocolate factory and explore the outdoor cactus garden that includes over 300 species of cacti. Go at night during the holiday season and see the cacti decorated in twinkly Christmas lights.

Lee Sigier recently relocated to the Green Valley area from Inspirada because she wanted to be closer to some of her favorite Vegas Valley attractions. She recommends Green Valley for Gen Z-ers or millennials like herself who are looking for a more central location.

9. Water Street District

Water Street District, also called “Downtown Henderson,” is a section of historical Henderson that has seen a lot of revitalization in recent years. With the addition of a professional hockey rink and numerous new restaurants and bars, this walkable area of an otherwise suburban city is fast catching up to Downtown Las Vegas as one of the trendiest places to eat or get your buzz on.

Longtime Downtown Henderson resident Shelby Monday-Herrin loves that despite the revitalization, Water Street hasn’t lost the area’s “mom-and-pop” friendliness.

“Downtown Henderson feels like the perfect mix between lively and quaint,” Monday-Herrin said. “There are places with live music, DJs, and great cocktails, but all with a friendly neighborhood vibe where it only takes a couple of visits for everyone to know your name.”

Her husband, Ryan Monday-Herrin, echoed her statement, saying, “It’s a little big city. We get the benefits of a 24-hour town without having to deal with city life.”

Places that should be at the top of your list to check out:

  • Chinitas Tapas & Sushi: To the uninitiated, Asian-Mexican fusion cuisine might sound a little strange (Kimi Chorizo Fried Rice? Miso Mole Chicken? General Tso’s Chicken Tacos? Whaa?), but it’s all delicious, and somehow the combo works amazingly. Just be warned—this place fills up fast on the weekends.
  • Gold Mine Tavern: Though this dive bar is a little rough around the edges (it’s definitely got a “biker bar” edge to it), the staff are friendly, the patrons are down-to-earth, and most importantly, the drinks are cheap. On the weekends, it’s fun to sit on the garden patio and catch a live rock, country, or blues band.
  • Lovelady Brewing Company: One of the first new businesses to move into Water Street in the early years of the area’s revitalization, Lovelady is a family-owned local brewery that serves a variety of beers available on draft or to go. Try “Love Juice,” the bar’s bestselling hazy IPA with a touch of orange.

Neighboring the Water Street District is Cadence, a growing master-planned community with a 50-acre Central Park that has free Wi-Fi, a pool, an amphitheater, pickleball courts, and a playground. As a newer development, Cadence is fast becoming one of the most popular places to live in the Valley (and even the U.S.). In fact, it was recently ranked among the top 10 best-selling master-planned communities in the country!

10. Spring Valley

One of the older communities in Las Vegas (“older” is relative here—the neighborhood was formed in 1981), Spring Valley is known for both its central location two miles west of the Las Vegas Strip and its diversity in demographics and housing styles.

Many people are drawn to the area because unlike many other neighborhoods in and around Las Vegas, Spring Valley is not a master-planned community. This means the houses are more eclectic and every housing development has its own distinct vibe. You’ll find everything from custom mansions housing celebrities like Nicolas Cage to apartments, condos, and single-family homes.

Spring Valley is an ideal location if you work on the Strip (or just like to visit a lot) because you can get there in as little as 10 minutes without hopping on a freeway. It’s also great if you want to live in a more 24-hour part of town than you’ll find further out into the suburbs.

Stay-at-home mom Yvonne Kai Anderson, who moved to Las Vegas from New York City, said she loves that the neighborhood looks and feels unique.

“Spring Valley was our No. 1 choice! No two houses look alike, and the streets are planned so no Main Street traffic feeds into the neighborhood roads,” she said. “Large shady trees, lots of homeowners, deep pools, no HOA, and close to all main highways. I love the walkability, too. We can get to Starbucks, Bonita, Sprouts, Dairy Queen, and CVS in a five-minute walk.”

Some of the most well-known attractions in Spring Valley are:

  1. Herbs and Rye: This neighborhood favorite serves classic American and Italian fare and is one of the best places to get a steak in all of Southern Nevada.
  2. Chinatown: The city’s Chinatown is a several-mile strip of shops, restaurants, bars, and massage parlors on and around Spring Mountain Road, about a mile west of the Las Vegas Strip. Chinatown continues to expand every year and currently has 20 strip malls with over 150 restaurants and six Asian supermarkets. If you visit, be sure to check out local favorites The Golden Tiki, Yummy Rice, and the Las Vegas Little Theatre.
  3. Kura Revloving Sushi Bar: Conveyor-belt sushi may be nothing new, but Kura offers a fun twist: Collectable toys are awarded every 15 plates, and drinks are served by a robot waiter.

11. Southern Highlands

Southern Highlands is a master-planned community in the Southern foothills of Las Vegas that sits on the private Southern Highlands Golf Club. It is one of the wealthier and more exclusive communities in Las Vegas and is home to many of the Raiders football players, including quarterback Derek Carr and Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

“Southern Highland is an up-and-coming, trendy neighborhood,” Sigier said. Indeed, Southern Highlands won the “Best Master Planned Community” designation in a survey of locals conducted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Siegier said she thinks a big selling point of Southern Highlands is its convenient location right off the I-15 freeway and its community events such as a farmers market.

The neighborhood provides a range of housing options, from standard track homes to $10 million custom estates. Many of the homes are modeled in Tuscan- and Mediterranean-style architecture and design.

Things to see and do in the area include:

  • M Resort and Spa: This elegant neighborhood casino resort has a chic basement wine bar and discounted pool entry for locals.
  • Spaghetty Western: This family-owned Italian restaurant serves from-scratch Italian food and imported deli meats and cheeses.
  • Hola Mexican Cocina + Cantina: This restaurant features delicious food and a cool, quirky ambiance. Try the Dirty Guacamole or Avocado Caesar Salad—they don’t disappoint!

12. Mountains Edge

If you’re looking for a quiet neighborhood that’s a good mixture of safe suburbia and rural west, the master-planned community of Mountain’s Edge is a good choice. It’s located in the southwest area of the city—almost the furthest west you can get, which lends the area its “desert suburbia” feel. It has 30 different villages and lots of open land, walking trails, and even several equestrian areas.

Mountain’s Edge is a newer community. Although development in this neighborhood first began in 2004, home construction nearly ground to a halt during the 2008 recession, and it took some time for it to pick up steam again.

Because Mountain’s Edge is located “far” from the Strip, airport, and freeways (“far” in Las Vegas is a 20- to 30-minute drive), this area has become popular for families with young children who are looking for somewhere to live that’s quiet and a healthy distance away from the more urban and touristy areas of Sin City (and everything that comes with that).

Top area hotspots include:

  • Cactus Joe’s Nursery: From the outside, Cactus Joe’s may look like your typical desert plant nursery, but step through the tented entrance and you’ll realize that it more closely resembles a sprawling cacti wonderland than a store. Even if you hate gardening, you’ll enjoy visiting this quirky ode to desert vegetation, which includes giant cacti the size of buildings, towering steel dinosaur art, a rock labyrinth, a wedding chapel, fountains, and pets running around.
  • Cottonwood Station in Blue Diamond: Cottonwood Station is a restaurant, coffee house, and bar in the small village of Blue Diamond, Nevada. Blue Diamond is located just outside of Las Vegas and a short bicycle ride away from Red Rock Canyon. It’s a popular pit stop for cyclists and hikers and a nice place to hang out when the weather is nice. Look for the wild burros that roam the streets and nearby park—Blue Diamond is famous for them!
  • Exploration Peak Park: Mention that you live in Mountain’s Edge and this park will likely come up in conversation—it attracts picnickers and joggers from all over the valley. The park gets its name from the “peak” (really a large hill) that is easy to scale (you can do it in flip-flops) and offers a nice view of both the Spring Mountains and the Strip.

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Reannon Muth

Reannon Muth is a Las Vegas-based travel writer and the author of the memoir "Unattached: A Year of Heartache, Hiking, and Learning How to Love." Her work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including the Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, Best of Vegas, and She enjoys writing about adventure travel and off-the-beaten-path vacation destinations—the quirkier, the better. Reannon lived in five countries and 20 U.S. cities before finally settling down in Southern Nevada, where she lives with her fiance, two-year-old daughter, and Irish Wolfhoud-mix.