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On the western edge of the Las Vegas Valley, where homeowners watch the sun set nightly below the Spring Mountains, Summerlin is growing again.
“It’s a really nice, natural setting and the mountains are striking,” Jason Demuth says, describing one view from a future backyard in this burgeoning development known as Reverence.
Demuth, the director of marketing for longtime Las Vegas builder PulteGroup, is fixated on the western view of the mountains. If he looks east from the recreation center, he’ll have a view one rarely gets without standing in the window of a hotel tower.
At 3,200 feet above sea level, you can see almost the whole valley from here.
A Community Begins to Grow
Development of Reverence started last fall. The site occupies 300 acres west of the 215 Beltway and is bordered by Cheyenne Avenue to the north and Lake Mead Boulevard to the south. The first phase includes a 16,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor elevated recreation center, which will serve as the “hub” for the gated community.
Model parks will open in June, Demuth says, and construction has already started on the rec center, which will be completed by spring 2018.
Pulte Homes, which has built more than 30 neighborhoods in Summerlin and serves as the exclusive builder for Reverence, has planned for about 900 residences, and prospective buyers can choose from more than 20 different styles.
It is a project long in the making, conceived a decade ago and put on hold when the recession slowed Las Vegas’ housing and construction industries to a crawl.
Now, another sign that Southern Nevada is back in business, crews are working again.
“It’s great for jobs and great for the economy,” Demuth says. “People may not realize how much Las Vegas still grows—20,000 households a year—and that’s good for everyone.”
Building a Smarter Home
Although the wait for Reverence has been long, that may turn out to be a blessing for future homeowners.
“[Pulte Homes] is well-known for consumer-inspired plans. We do research and focus groups with homeowners,” Demuth says. “They walk through prototype homes and give us feedback. Floor plans are designed to maximize what homebuyers are looking for.”
And what they look for has changed in the last 10 years. Building standards have evolved, and technology has improved.
Demuth points to examples such as low-e glass, a new window standard that reduces ultraviolet rays while retaining natural light. Air-conditioning and insulation standards have also evolved, reducing hot and cold imbalances in homes and providing more affordable comfort during Las Vegas summers.
“It’s like anything else— a car, a phone,” he says. “A new home has the latest and greatest technology built into it—you’re getting a smarter home.”
Living on the Edge
Demuth adds that while Summerlin’s population has boomed to more than 100,000 people over the past two decades, Reverence can still offer future homeowners something that’s one of a kind.
“Because it borders Red Rock, it means there won’t be any building to the west beyond [Reverence],” Demuth says. “It’s nestled into the foothills and protected by the national conservation area.” liveinreverence.com
By the Numbers
→Reverence is a new Summerlin village developed exclusively by Pulte Homes
→ Located on 300 elevated acres west of the 215 Beltway north of Lake Mead
→ Nestled along the base of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
→ Two collections of gated homes ranging from approximately 1,550 to 2,775 square feet
→ Four collections of luxury homes behind a guarded gate, ranging from approximately 2,150 to 4,850 square feet
→Homes will embody a range of transitional and contemporary designs in 20-plus floorplans
→16,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor signature recreation center inside guard gate
→ Miles of walking trails and an eight-acre park with volleyball, basketball and tennis courts
→ Grand opening in June 2017