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Therefore, Mr. Hughes purchased 25,000 acres of property just outside of Las Vegas for the grandiose price of $3 per acre.
Although Hughes himself did relocate to Las Vegas from 1966 to 1970, he abandoned plans to move the Hughes Tool Company to the newly purchased site, and Summerlin, Nevada lay vacant for nearly three decades.
A few years before he died, Hughes sold off the Hughes Tool Division, and the bulk of his holdings was reorganized under the name Summa.
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In 1988, Summa announced plans to build a massive, master-planned community, Summerlin, named after Hughes’ paternal grandmother, Jean Amelia Summerlin.
Also in 1988, Summa, in a master move, gave up 5,000 environmentally sensitive acres to the Bureau of Land Management, in exchange for 3,000 acres of land that was more suitable for building houses on.
So Summerlin Nevada was well on its way to becoming a reality.
Also in 1984, the Meadows preparatory college school opened in Las Vegas but had no permanent home. However, Summa donated 40 acres of land to the school, and construction was commenced in 1987, and by 1988, Meadows had become the first, permanent non-summa-owned facility in Summerlin Las Vegas.
Later of course, multiple golf courses, a shopping center, a community hospital and more all sprung up in Summerlin NV.
It took nearly two years of development, including building a park-like setting on a stip of highway dubbed by locals as the “road to nowhere,” but gradually, the first community, known as the Hills began to take shape.
The Hills was a 394-acre residential facility, which later was flanked by an elementary, a middle school and a high school.
Today, of course, Summerlin has 14 separate village communities and each with a wide range of facilities.
The very first residents. Cal and Maria Chapman and their two boys were the first to move into the Hills Village in March of 1991.
Just months before, Summa created the first park in the Hills, to emphasize that the harsh Nevada desert need not be so harsh after all.
Since those early days, the entire area of Summervill has grown to over 100,000 residents according to the 2010 census.
Toward the end of 1991, development began on the second major village, known as the Hills South.
The Hills South was much larger, encompassing 725 acres, and like its predecessor, it was a massive hit with the locals.
In 1991, a major attraction to the community as a whole became the Tournament Players Club, a course so popular that the Tournament Players Club became a major stop on the PGA tour.
From 1997 to 2003, the overall community became so attractive that it was rated first nationally, (not regionally or locally) in new home sales in the entire nation.
And the community returned to the top 10 localities nationally in 2015, and has retained that standing ever since.
In 1992, a third Village development was commenced, known as the Pueblo Village.
Pueblo Village was a 568-acre, multi-use community with single-family and mixed-use multiple-family homes.
As befitting its predecessors, whenever a new village was created in Summerlin, numerous facilities followed, such as schools, places of worship, and a shopping center.
In 1993, in addition to the shopping center, new schools, and places of worship, Pueblo Village was home to a new public library, a new medical center, and a performing arts center.
In 1993, the fourth community, known as the Trails Village began to form. The Trails Village was a 573 acre, mixed-use community, that included a park, a public pool, a local retail center, a post office, and two houses of worship.
In 1994, the fifth community, called Crossing Village was created. Crossing Village was a 530 acres Village, a mixed-use village that grew to include a fire station, a medical center, a business center, and an elementary school.
Year by year, for many years, new village development was built up, and today the city, if you can call it that, is divided up into 26 communities, including a vibrant downtown area.
In fact, as far back as 2001, the company celebrated a landmark of building 20,000 homes.
People move to Summerlin because it truly is an oasis in the desert.
There is literally every facility one could ask for, fantastic shopping, over 125 restaurants, and a boatload of recreational activities.
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