Boulder City is an anomaly in many ways when compared to the rest of the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The population is only 16,000 people. Sandwiched between Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area, it's one of only two cities in Nevada that prohibits gambling.
The city restricts growth by issuing a small number of building permits each year. Therefore, unlike the rest of the region, Boulder City has been slow-growing.
Las Vegas builder Wayne Laska is changing that script. His company, StoryBook Homes, will be developing a 30-acre parcel, placing 127 homes into a community that will be called Boulder Hill Estate. This will be the first large scale housing community in the city since the 1990s.
The project will be completed in three phases of roughly 10 acres each. StoryBook Homes bought the first parcel from the city for about $3 million. Construction began in September of 2018 and is expected to continue for several years.
Homes in Boulder Hills Estates are expected to start around $410,000 with some models going to $520,000. At 30 miles from Las Vegas, these homes will be an ideal bedroom community for people who work in the city but want to live in a small town atmosphere.
Boulder City has worked hard to maintain its small town feel, growing only 6.7 percent since 2000. By contrast, Clark County as whole has grown 60 percent in population in that same time.
Because Boulder City issues very few new home permits each year, it's one of the few places in the Las Vegas area that has mostly older homes as opposed the massive "new" construction that has occurred in the city since the turn of the century.
Anyone hoping for the small town feel of Boulder City with new construction, Boulder Hill Estates will meet that need.