Mandarin Oriental With two master bedrooms, #3308 is fully furnished and works as either a primary or a vacation residence.

Living in Las Vegas

A look inside three communities that exemplify desert nesting in all its forms

For Sale

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Kitchen of unit #4307. With Brazilian Copa Cabana granite on the steel-framed island, Poggenpohl cabinetry, Emtek hardware and a full suite of Dacor appliances, this is the perfect place to cook up a gourmet meal after a strenuous day of shopping or relaxing by the pool.

On the side of both luxury and convenience is The Residences at Mandarin Oriental. Fans of the internationally renowned hotel brand can check in for more than just a weekend stay, snapping up one of these featured units that are currently on the market.

#3308 designed by Linda Tatum, faces the Las Vegas Strip and has views of lights as far as the eye can see. The 2,910-square-foot apartment is for those who want to live turnkey. Fully furnished, it sells for $2.75 million.

#4307 designed by Pedram Rahimi, is part of the penthouse collection. Facing west for the best possible views of Red Rock Canyon, this 2,167-square-foot home is also furnished and sells for $2.35 million. –Ally Tatosian

Interested in the spaces? Contact Kamran Zand of Luxury Estates International at 702-354-2023.

For Rent

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Elysian at The District isn’t standard apartment living — it includes a multitude of opulent amenities guaranteed to spoil its occupants. Located in Henderson, across from Green Valley Ranch Hotel and Casino, the posh apartment community offers endless opportunities for local entertainment and is even within walking distance of a colossal Whole Foods. With an emphasis on community inclusion and healthy living, Elysian at The District serves as a viable living option for the dog-owning, yoga-loving health nut in all of us.

Pool Take a dip in Elysian’s resort-style pools and spas equipped with private cabanas. Additional picnic and barbecue areas and even an outdoor movie theatre give residents the perfect location to host backyard get-togethers. The property is also exceptionally pet friendly and offers a variety of related amenities, including a pet spa, washing station and dog park.

Gym Elysian at The District exemplifies healthy living. Occupants are given 24/7 access to a 2,500-square-foot fitness center equipped with cardio machines, weight training, boxing and crossfit equipment, as well as a virtual training system that serves as a personal instructor. The property also offers bicycle rentals when residents wish to exercise out in the fresh outdoors. To ensure healthy indoor conditions, the “Elysian Well” apartments feature air purification systems and vitamin C-infused showers to reduce chlorine and other chemicals that harm skin and hair.

Clubhouse With three different clubhouses totaling 8,000 square feet, residents are treated to a variety of different communal features, including a lounge and café with Wi-Fi, a game room equipped with arcade machines and pool tables, and a club room with a bar. Elysian occupants are part of an inclusive community with plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with neighbors through private clubhouse events.

Kitchen With over 30 diverse floor plans, apartments include upgraded fixtures and ultramodern kitchens featuring stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, expansive pantries and premium hardwood cabinetry.

Bedroom All units include plush wall-to-wall carpet, roller shades and spacious walk-in closets. Continuing with the theme of leisure, these apartments also feature large balconies with outstanding views of the serene mountains or rather electrifying Las Vegas Strip. –Ashley Miles

In Blueprint

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Blue Heron may be best known for massive, super-modern manses on the edge of town like Marquis Seven Hills, but the company actually got its start with infill projects on the west side of Las Vegas (Buffalo Drive and Oakey Boulevard, Sahara Avenue and Cimarron Road) and Sunset Park.

However, they have never attempted to build so close to the city’s center until now. The high-end custom home developer is taking
the wraps off its new project, a small, four-lot development called Midtown Modern.

“We probably were looking at this for 18 months before we purchased it,” says founder and owner Tyler Jones. “You have to be really surgical if you want to be in the city center. There’s not a whole lot of undeveloped land available. We’ve been looking to do something like this for a long time.”

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Midtown Modern will be built in the Scotch 80s/Rancho Circle area, located between Downtown and the Springs Preserve. It’s the kind of homegrown, organic neighborhood that is rare in the city, a historic, tree-lined ’hood filled with all sorts of styles, from mid-century modern to ranch homes to Mediterranean-style residences.

The four lots, located near Campbell Drive and Pinto Lane, each will take up an unusually spacious half-acre lot (these are rare, even on golf club communities), and the lack of restrictive covenants and design review guidelines common in master-planned developments will give Blue Heron a lot of flexibility.

“We’re really, really taking [what is appropriate] very seriously,” Jones says. “What types of homes are going to work well in this neighborhood? It’s a fun design question and challenge.”

Blue Heron plans to take its signature style, which it calls Vegas Modern—with an emphasis on connected floor plans, indoor-outdoor living and cutting-edge sustainable technology—and then, Jones says, “spin the aesthetic” with a nod toward Vegas’ heritage of mid-century modern architecture.

“There are a lot of people who are big fans of that style. There’s really a community of people who appreciate that. We want to be true to that,” Jones says. So expect details like overhanging butterfly roofs, clerestory glass that will marry up to deliberately thin roofs and dramatic massing of chunky stones and cinderblock walls.

The company is finishing up the approvals to subdivide the land. Homes should start in the $2 million range—but buyers can go much higher if they have the imagination.

“I think they’ll sell pretty quickly,” he says.

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When Jones first began Blue Heron, he had more than his share of naysayers who warned that modern design wouldn’t fly in Las Vegas. These days, even larger homebuilders are incorporating modern elements into their work.

“I think we’re just at the beginning of that trend. Many people are sick and tired of the same old Mediterranean stuff,” Jones says “It’s refreshing to see people try to do something different.”

Jones says he is  approached two or three times a week about developing smaller, more affordable Blue Heron homes. The economics are a challenge. “We’re a small company, very focused on [the] quality of the work we do, both the design and construction. [We] can’t take on too much or grow too quickly and maintain that quality,” he says.

At the same time, he knows the demand is there. “As we do steadily grow and increase our capacity here in Las Vegas, that’s probably the next thing you’ll see from Blue Heron. We’ll be working toward more affordable, smaller versions of what we’ve been doing for the last 13 years. There’s a huge demand.” –T.R. Witcher