Henderson became a city in 1953. They have their own Police, Fire and Emergency Services. In 2008 MONEY Magazine listed it as one of the “Top 20 Best Places to live”. With over a quarter of a million in population, most people who are new to the Valley are surprised at how many great neighborhoods are located inside the borders of this town.
For a look at the older part of the City, take a walk down Water Street. This is where you find the City offices. The age of the buildings is very similar to what you see on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, CA. Downtown Henderson is another historic desert town. This one just happens to be a short drive to some of the world’s best entertainment on the Strip. This area is also convenient to McCarran Airport and UNLV’s main campus.
Schools – While Henderson is a City, it is still in Clark County which means the schools are also in the Clark County School District. There are 40 public schools and 13 private schools available, many of them are highly rated.
Parks & Recreation – Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the many walking trails and bike paths which meander throughout Henderson. At last count, they boast 57 community and neighborhood parks. Residents enjoy well lit sports fields, walking paths, dog parks, playgrounds, biking paths and more. In addition, Lake Mead and the Sloan Conservation area are nearby. Next to the District at Green Valley is the Henderson Pavillion where you find concerts that range from jazz to rock to classical. It’s also used for political rallies. The parking lot near the Pavillion hosts a Farmer’s Market every Friday.
For avid boaters, the close proximity to Lake Mead is a plus. Nature lovers will enjoy checking out the Bird Preserve at Galleria & Boulder Pkwy where thousands of migratory waterfowl and native birds can be observed. The Sloan Canyon Conservation area borders Anthem Highlands and is known for their petroglyphs. This is a National Conservation area and unfortunately, they no longer publicize the location of the petroglyphs to protect them from vandalism. Still, one can access the park for hiking, biking and horseback riding but no motor vehicles, camping or ATVs are allowed.
Shopping & Entertainment – there is an expanding variety of restaurants and stores. The District at Green Valley is the area’s newest outdoor style shopping mall. It features restaurants like the Elephant Bar, Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs and Rachel’s Kitchen. Stores include Chico’s, Charming Charlie, Brighton and many well known boutiques. For a more traditional mall, the Galleria at Sunset has major department stores, from Abercrombie & Fitch to Dillards and Macy’s. Smaller Strip malls line Horizon Ridge and Eastern Avenue with more stores and restaurants.
Casinos – Residents who enjoy spending time at Casinos don’t have to trek all the way to the Strip. The newest in the area is the M Resort which offers restaurants and live music along with gaming. The Green Valley Station Casino is also well known with restaurants, movies and live music in the lounges. Old school options include the Sunset Station and Fiesta. The Casino Montelago in Lake Las Vegas re-opened in 2012.
Golfers can choose from at least a dozen courses. Public courses include Desert Willows, the Revere and Rio Secco. Private courses include Dragon Ridge at MacDonald Highlands and Anthem Country Club. Lake Las Vegas had three courses at one time. More recently, the two public courses at Lake Las Vegas closed and the private Southshore course is now public. For a treat, golfers can book a tee time at Cascata, one of the most beautiful courses in the area.
Medical Care – St. Rose Dominican is the primary hospital. There are two locations. The main one at St. Rose Pkwy and Eastern specializes in cardiology, pediatrics and general surgery/medicine. The Joint Commission recently awarded St. Rose the “Gold Seal of Approval” for their headache and stroke program. Another campus, the Rose de Lima is on Lake Mead Pkwy, closer for residents of Tuscany and Lake Las Vegas. In July, it was announced that St. Rose and Stanford will be expanding their cardiovascular clinics.
Homes range from entry level condos and townhomes to multi-million dollar estates scattered through out Lake Las Vegas, Tuscany, MacDonald Ranch and MacDonald Highlands, Green Valley, Anthem, Seven Hills and the newest master planned community called Inspirada. One of the most surprising things for many newcomers is when they say they want to live in Henderson, they don’t realize there are so many communities within the community.
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