Sun City Summerlin vs. Sun City Anthem

If you want to retire near Las Vegas, check out Sun City Summerlin and Sun City Anthem.

With a beautiful climate and world-class entertainment, the Las Vegas area offers a popular retreat for active adult retirees. The area is known for its sunny days, retirement-friendly taxes, reasonable cost of living, and, of course, the spectacular Las Vegas Strip. It’s also home to two popular active adult communities: Sun City Summerlin and Sun City Anthem.

Both of these impressive communities were built by Del Webb with amenities and homes specifically designed for active adult residents. They’re similar in size, with each boasting between 7,000 and 8,000 homes, many of which are available to purchase on a resale basis. Sun City Summerlin was developed first, between 1989 and 1999, while Sun City Anthem was built between 1998 and 2008.

Vegas Area Sights

A panoramic aerial view of the Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas is located within a basin on the floor of the Mojave Desert. (Image credited to randy andy /

Las Vegas is located within a basin on the floor of the Mojave Desert. The mountains provide a scenic backdrop, while skies are typically sunny more than 300 days a year. This beautiful weather is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who will find plenty of recreational opportunities at nearby destinations such as Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, Valley of Fire State Park, and Lake Mead.

Las Vegas Attractions

A gondola in the Venice canals in Las Vegas, Nevada
Both communities are less than 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. (Image credited to f11photo /

Those who prefer indoor activities are sure to be impressed by Las Vegas’ world-famous shops, restaurants, casinos, live performance venues, and cultural attractions. Beyond the Las Vegas Strip, visitors can explore the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, attend a show at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and much more.


Mountains behind a community building at Sun City Anthem in Henderson, Nevada
These two communities are built about 40 minutes apart.

These two communities are built about 40 minutes apart. Del Webb Summerlin is located in Las Vegas, while Sun City Anthem is situated farther south in Henderson. Both communities are less than 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, and they each are set at higher elevations that offer cooler temperatures than on the valley floor.


The golf course at Sun City Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada
At Sun City Summerlin, golfers can enjoy two championship courses and one executive course.

Golf is a popular amenity in each of these communities. The Revere Golf Club at Sun City Anthem features two 18-hole courses that travel through desert canyons and valleys of the foothills. At Sun City Summerlin, golfers can enjoy two 18-hole championship courses and one 18-hole executive course. Practice facilities, pro-shops, and on-site restaurants are available in both locations.


Residents on the tennis courts at Sun City Anthem in Henderson, Nevada
Both communities feature impressive clubhouses with many of the same resort-style amenities.

While both communities feature impressive clubhouses with many of the same resort-style amenities, there are a few differences. Sun City Anthem features the full-service Serenity at Anthem Day Spa. Sun City Summerlin offers a few more recreational games, such as miniature golf and racquetball.

Whether you choose a home in Sun City Summerlin or Sun City Anthem, each community offers the indoor and outdoor amenities ideal for resort-style living in the beautiful Las Vegas area.

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