A World-Class Resort Community Like No Other
-By Don Logay
There are a number of exclusive and upscale gated communities that surround the greater Las Vegas Metropolitan area and the city’s world-famous hotels, resorts and spas that line the glittering Strip.
To the Northwest, it is “The Ridges” in Summerlin. Southwest, it is the upscale “Southern Highlands” and Southeast, both “MacDonald Highlands” and “Ascaya” in Henderson offer up-to-the-minute contemporary architecture and spectacular city views.
None however, rival the sheer beauty and luxurious resort lifestyle of the communities and world-class vacation destinations that line the shores of Lake Las Vegas.
A Dream Becomes Reality
What began as a simple flyover and vision by J. Carlton Adair in 1967, later became an amazing reality as a result of concerted efforts begun by developer Ronald Boeddeker in 1987 and initially completed by others that followed.
With phase one finished in the early 1990s, the captivating man-made waters of Lake Las Vegas had 320 acres of shimmering surface area – with three billion gallons of water below – and over 10 miles of stunning shoreline.
Soon, surrounding rugged terrain gave way to the posh South Shore community nestled on the northeast corner and the cobblestone streets of a quaint Italian coastal-style village, filled with shops and restaurants, and a replica of the famed Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence, Italy on the Southern-most shore.
As the Lake Las Vegas dream continued to transform from vision to reality, first time visitors were struck by the awe-inspiring beauty of such an unlikely serene oasis located in the middle of the desert and were even more surprised that it was only minutes from Las Vegas and the Strip.
From day one, Lake Las Vegas was a world-class destination for travelers and a stunning attraction for locals right in their own backyard. But those looking to “live the dream” created even greater interest and set in motion today’s diversity of sophisticated and beautifully designed new home communities.
This is history, and it was just the beginning, as there was much, much more to come.
A Continuing Masterpiece
Overall, Las Vegas and the surrounding area is consistently identified as one of the United States’ “Ten Best Real Estate Markets” determined by analyzing new home construction, local economies, median incomes and various other factors.
One of the leading companies representing sales in the fast-growing Las Vegas Valley market is Windermere Prestige Properties, owned and operated by broker Robyn Yates.
“We have two locations,” she states, “one office is in the heart of Green Valley and the other is the only exclusive onsite-brokerage located in the Lake Las Vegas Village.”
“While Windermere serves buyers seeking luxury homes and commercial properties all throughout the Las Vegas Valley,” notes Robyn Yates, “we are also considered the Lake Las Vegas experts for both existing homes and all of the emerging new home communities.”
Windermere’s team at Lake Las Vegas is headed up by Realtor and Sales Manager, Sharla Scharpnick, an 18-year local resident that has been there since the early beginnings.
“Lake Las Vegas is exploding with incredible new home communities,” notes Scharpnick, “designed by award-winning builders… offering today’s latest exciting new styles and must-have amenities… with a wide range of pricing for every budget.”
“In addition to amazing single-family homes, condos and townhouses, from mid-range to the ultra-luxurious,” she adds, “there are choice custom lots and lake front properties with a view to build your own dream home.”
To underscore her point, she notes there are seven award-winning home builders with new home communities that are now underway or planned.
The New Communities of Lake Las Vegas
Lennar has “Regattta Pointe” (one- and two-story 2,153 to 2,856 sq. ft homes, mid- $300,000’s), “Regatta Heights” (2,642 to 3,100 sq. ft. single story homes, mid- $400,000’s) and “The Outlook” (2,320 to 2,588 sq. ft. single story homes, mid-$500,000’s).
Pulte Homes “Varenna” (1,959 to 2,455 sq. ft. single story models, low $400,000’s).
Century Communities “Monte Lucca” (2,537 to 4,187 sq. ft. single- and two-story homes, some with Strip and mountain views, high $500,000’s).
William Lyon Homes “The Peaks” (2,977 to 3,399 sq. ft. two-story models, in the $500,000’s) and “Lago Vista” (one- and two-story 3,733 to 5,032 sq. ft. homes on the lake, from $800,000). Both feature contemporary architecture.
Woodside Homes just began building models for the new “Alta Fiore” community (with two-story 1,902 to 2,564 sq. ft. homes, pricing TBD), Edward Homes is completing “Vita Bella” (with 1,700 to 2,100 sq. ft. townhomes in the high $300,000’s) and Blue Heron will soon begin building “Vantage” contemporary homes on view lots on the North Shore in mid-2019.
Legendary Lake Las Vegas
Sharla Scharpnick notes how the serene demeanor of Lake Las Vegas continues to attract buyers from all over the world.
In addition to the beautiful new communities all around the Lake, the inviting Italian coastal-style Mediterranean Village offers an array of tantalizing restaurants, boutique shops and exciting live entertainment.
Lake Las Vegas also hosts a number of special events, from concerts and festivals in the Village to a wide range of year-round attractions on its serene and expansive waters. Also offshore, the 82-foot luxury yacht “la Contessa” cruises the Lake while residents and visitors alike enjoy a wide variety of watersports.
A new state-of-the-art sports club and fitness center and two signature Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses are also hallmarks of the Lake Las Vegas lifestyle.
Beyond the two world-class resort hotels on site, there are numerous options for both long and short-term rentals. “Windermere is the only licensed brokerage available to manage short term rentals in Lake Las Vegas,” Scharpnick adds, “offering accommodations and reservations via its website, www.lakelasvegasvacation.com.”
Today, the picturesque beauty of this serene desert oasis, located just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip, continues to be an ever changing, new and exciting discovery for visitors, locals and home buyers alike – even more so than ever before – and for many, it is considered paradise found.
The early visionaries said, “Build it… and they will come.” Today, the new home builders of Lake Las Vegas and the real estate professionals – like those of Windermere – continue to fulfill the promise and further the dream.
For more information contact www.widermerelakelasvegas.com.
Don Logay is an award-winning journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of three national magazines. In addition to articles for numerous publications, he also writes tips for homeowners heard daily on hundreds of radio stations nationwide. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org