350 W. Wilson Rd., Pahrump, Nevada 89048
About an Hour Outside of Las Vegas, Desert Greens is a Quiet, Gated 55+ Community with Manufactured Homes, a Clubhouse, a Golf Course and an Active Social Calendar
About an hour west of Las Vegas in southern Nevada, Pahrump is the setting for Desert Greens, a gated 55+ community nearly 300 new and resale manufactured homes. Desert Greens Properties began construction in 1997, and lots and new properties are still for sale today.
Desert Greens offers two models that have between 1,041 to 1,222 feet of living space. Most dwellings have two bedrooms, two baths, a carport, a pitched roof and a porch. Cathedral ceilings and maple-finished kitchen cabinets, wood or laminate floors, awnings, and central HVAC units are common. Exteriors are mostly tan and white. Trees are few and far between - landscaping consists primarily of decorative rocks and small bushes.
Prices start in the low-$100,000s. HOA fees help pay for water, sewer, trash pick up, common area maintenance, and shared amenities.
The 6,000 square foot clubhouse has a billiards room, a communal kitchen, a lounge, a library, computer work stations, a big screen TV, an art studio, and an exercise room. Outside, neighbors enjoy a covered patio, a barbecue, a swimming pool, a heated spa, a bocce ball court, and a horseshoe pit. The community's nine-hole golf course includes a putting green. The social calendar is filled with cookouts, pub nights, exercise classes, craft fairs, athletic tournaments, and pancake breakfasts.
Pahrump has its own cluster of casinos. Its arts council supports a community chorale and children's theater. The local campus of the Great basin College provides life-long learners with a list of community and continuing ed classes. Nearby Red Rock Canyon National Park has a 13-mile scenic drive, hiking trails, arts education, and camp sites. The clear waters of Lake Mohave are a paradise to boaters, fishermen, and swimmers.
Pahrump has a critical care hosptial, but the nearest full-service, accredited medical facility is outside of Las Vegas and about 40 miles away.
The climate is hot and dry. Summers are long with temperatures in the 90s and low-100s. Winters are dry and mild, with temperatures in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives five inches of rain per year.
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Nevada was explored by Europeans in the 1820s and in the 1840s by Kit Carson and John C. Fremont. The U.S. obtained the region in 1848 after the Mexican War and a Mormon trading post near Genoa was the first permanent settlement. Much of Nevada is still uninhabited by humans; desert animals and sagebrush plants, however, thrive.
The Comstock Lode made Nevada famous. The biggest silver deposit in the U.S. was found here in 1859. Oil was found in 1954.
Gambling and divorce as industries came about in the early 1930s. Las Vegas really began to boom in the 1950s and today attracts thousands of vacationers, tourists, business people and gamblers each year. In fact, gambling produces over a third of the state's revenue. Stunning Lake Tahoe is also a major tourist draw.
The state raises cattle, hay, barley, wheat, alfalfa, and potatoes. Manufacturers produce lawn and garden irrigation devices, gaming equipment, machinery and seismic monitoring devices.
Nevada is the driest state in the country with just seven inches of rain falling each year on average.
Population - 2,940,058
Persons 65 years old and over - 15%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 23%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 28%
White persons, not Hispanic - 50%
Median household income - $51,825
Median home value - $173,700
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Why Would Someone Age 55+ Retire in an All Ages Development?
While communities designed for people age 55 or better have a lot of benefits, not everyone wants to retire in a development where most of the residents are the same age and often of the same socioeconomic background. All ages community by law cannot discriminate based on age so they nearly always have a wide range of residents, from families and single professionals to empty nesters and often retirees. Many older all ages neighborhoods are organic, that is having grown over time and never having been "master planned." These usually do not have amenities such as a pool, tennis courts, etc. But more and more new all ages communities are master planned, gated, with covenants and HOA fees. Retirees often prefer these to 55+ communities because they allow more interaction with people from more cross sections of the country.
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