Las Vegas is popular for its big bright lights, amazing shows, casinos & night life; and is known as an adult playground of sorts. But when it comes to settling down, retiring, and building a home, all that glitters is not necessarily for the golden years. What is not commonly known is that all the grandeur of Nevada does not lie solely within the big glittery city of Las Vegas.
Some of Best Small Towns Near Las Vegas
.Many towns in Las Vegas and Nevada hold many of the best neighborhoods as well as some of the friendliest, most wonderful small town communities to live in. With plenty of activities, rich culture and history and beautiful natural surroundings these small towns are highly desirable. Yet they are still close enough to the non-stop shows, spas, shopping and fast-paced activities of Las Vegas. Some of these small towns, which are becoming more and more desirable to retirees and families looking to settle down, should definitely be considered when looking for the ideal retirement location.
Las Vegas Retirement Communities
Last Vegas has a number of 55 Plus Retirement Communities, many which have sold out of new homes but have resales. Active adults love Las Vegas. Many of the Active Adult Communities are located in Henderson NV, a suburb of Las Vegas. Sun City Anthem Community is located in Henderson NV. Sun City Aliante is located in North Las Vegas in the largest master-planned community in the North. Residents get all the amenities of Sun City and the added value of the larger community parks, trails, and public library. More Las Vegas communities are in these areas: Queensridge, Red Rock Country Club, The Ridges Las Vegas, Anthem Country Club, MacDonald Highlands, Spanish Trails, Seven Hills, Canyon Gate Country Club, Tournament Hills, Las Vegas Country Club. Las Vegas Real Estate is a good place to search individual home listings.
Blue Diamond, NV
Nestled within the amazing scenery of the Red Rock Canyon, with its breath-taking view of red mountain tops & luscious green trees, is the rural community of Blue Diamond, an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Originally established in the 1940’s and one of the smallest communities in Nevada, Blue Diamond sits on the skirt, and just southwest, of Las Vegas, and has many natural treasures amongst its beautiful homes. Although it is a small town there are many adventures in the immediate area. Places like Bonnie Springs Ranch, Red Rock Canyon, the Super Summer Theatre and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park ensure that there is no shortage of historical sites, rock climbing, delightful shows, mountain biking, gorgeous views, or rustic adventures. Residents have been quoted as saying, “this is a tight-knit community and a great place to live”.
With its attractive and moderate cost of living it is hard to believe that this small town was once a boomtown with over 20,000 residents. Due to a devastating fire in 1923 and the high cost of gold mining this town dwindled to just 275 residents by 1950, and remains a golden area near Las Vegas today, for tourists and residents alike. Full of many outstanding recreational opportunities, miles of terrain great for riding ATVs, many historical buildings (including the Goldfield Hotel which was once considered the most luxurious hotel in the US and one of the oldest saloons in Nevada, the Santa Fe Saloon), and plenty of camping locations this town’s still a gold mine to live in, and proof that retirement can be exciting.
In 1965 two pilots had a dream of building their own airport. They found a landing strip in the remnant of a closed down military base, decided it would make the perfect start, and the still small town of Cal-Nev-Ari was founded with a population of four. As far as towns near Las Vegas go this airport based town one is one of the quaintest, however, it is also amongst the most highly thriving little communities in Nevada. With a casino, airport, and nearly 520 of its 640 acres of land remaining to be developed, it may just be one of the best neighborhoods to settle down, in the state of Nevada.
Mount Charleston, NV
One of the most popular places for Las Vegans to escape the heat and fast pace is also, arguably, one of the best places to live. This small town called Mount Charleston, although only 35 miles away from Las Vegas in distance, is world away in lifestyle. Full of wild life, wild flowers, waterfalls, majestic mountain surroundings and breath-taking views Mount Charleston is home to a myriad of activities. Whether one enjoys their outdoors scenic or active there is never a shortage of activities year round. Amongst the most popular there is mountain biking, skiing, hiking, snowboarding, sledding, camping, horseback riding, golfing, sight-seeing, picnicking and various others…an outdoor activity for every season.
Summit Lake, NV
If you are in search of a slowdown for your retirement years then you should definitely consider Summit Lake Nevada as a place to live. Rich in early American heritage, Summit Lake is home to the Paiute tribe who works hard to preserve the beautiful natural surroundings and its inhabitants. A fishing trip to Summit Lake will find you an abundance of some the handsomest species of fish in America! If you enjoy hunting, hiking, fishing, camping and the simple things in life – then you would definitely love to live in Summit Lake.
Silver Peak, NV
The small town of Silver Peak in Esmeralda County was founded in 1863 because of its abundance of silver is one of the oldest mining communities in Nevada. Chemetall Foote Lithium Operations, the largest employer in the area, is the only source of lithium in the US. This small town is symbolic of the old west and rich in volcanic history. With its beautiful surroundings there is plenty of local recreation (lighted tennis courts, swimming pools, shooting range, sand dunes, petroglyphs and more) as well as nearby recreational activities (trails, fishing, hunting, ghost towns, mining camps, and more).