Archive for July 8th, 2006

Las Vegas: A Key Market for Panda Express?

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Have you got a Panda Express restaurant in your neighborhood? Let me ask you this, have you got 50 in your home town? Panda Express just opened it’s 50th store in Vegas last week. No kidding. In fact, Las Vegas is one of the top three U.S. cities that Panda has slated for maximim growth potential in coming years. They are planning to open a dozen more in just the next two years! I know what you’re thinking, how many of these Panda joints are in casinos? Turns out, quite a few. In our defense, we do have these things inside malls and neighborhood shopping centers like regular America does. You can even find mini Panda places inside certain grocery stores (usually next to the Starbucks!). But yes, Panda Express has invaded the casino turf as well. If you think about it, it’s perfect for hard core gamblers, as if we had any of those. You can get a two item combo “to go” and eat while you play the slots. Who knows, your fortune cookie might bring you luck!

Classical Music and Classic Fireworks – Summerlin Style!

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

The Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra held their eighth annual Star Spangled Spectacular at the Hills Park located in the Summerlin homes community during the evening of the fourth of July. MS Las Vegas Real Estate was thrilled to be in attendance and a number of members of The Sterling Team were on hand for the festivities. This beautiful celebration of America’s Independence was aired live on cable television (Cox Channel 96) throughout Southern Nevada. Included again this year was a special salute to the US Armed Forces with a flyover consisting of A-10 fighter jets dispatched from nearby Nellis Air Force Base especially for the occasion. The show itself was an impressive concert in which the music of the Las Vegas Philharmonic was choreographed to the pyrotechnics of Zambelli Fireworks Internationale. The actual fireworks display lasted around 15 minutes and began about 8:30 in the evening. At about 4:00pm the Hills Park event-staff opened their gates to about two-thousand patrons of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. The Hills Park, located in the middle of ‘The Hills’ village in Summerlin boasts a large outdoor amphitheatre that gets plenty of use all year around. Residents of Summerlin real estate enjoy parks and recreational facilities of this caliber in every one of Summerlin’s 19 neighborhood villages. The Las Vegas Philharmonic spent the evening under the direction of Harold Welle, the philharmonic’s founding musical director. Attendees were treated to patriotic songs in classical style reflecting the various phases of our nation’s history. At dusk, a large American flag was raised by crane to create a backdrop for the spectacle that was about to begin. As the Symphony continued to play, fireworks by Zambelli Internationale began to light up the evening sky. Once the final shower of fireworks was complete and the last note was struck, the audience in the park immediately responded with great applause denoting these artists’ true talent. The “Star Spangled Spectacular” is an annual event held at the Hills Park in Summerlin on every Fourth of July. Next year, the Philharmonic will hold their ninth Star Spangled Spectacular, and with beautiful performances like this one, spectacular attendence is assured.

Condo Conversions: A New Option for Las Vegas Home Buyers

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

There is a new development in the market for Las Vegas real estate that will allow more people to be included in the satisfaction and security of home-ownership. All over the Las Vegas valley, apartment complexes are being converted into condominium communities. This is an excellent opportunity for Las Vegas home buyers that need to stay in the $100-$200,000 price range. The market for real estate in Las Vegas has surged tremendously in the past three years. The median price of a brand new Las Vegas home is now about $285,000. These new condo conversions provide a great opportunity for first time buyers, real estate investors and second home purchasers as well. Any questions? Contact MS Las Vegas Real Estate at 888-349-2595.

Summer Fire Season is a Scorcher!

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

The Southwestern United States is already having a challenging wildfire season. Blazes around Sedona, AZ have been all over the news and threaten to do serious damage to major residential areas. Here in Southern Nevada, no less than 14 wildfires were ignited by lightning last week. Luckily, no Las Vegas homes were damaged, but you can’t miss the smoke hanging in the air in the distance. Statewide, over 140,000 acres have been set ablaze by lightning over the last 10 days. Residents of Las Vegas real estate are really very lucky, even this time of year. The fires in our part of the State tend to be from 15-50 miles outside of the metropolitan area and burn in essentially uninhabited sections of the raw desert. Triple digit heat combined with gusty winds give a lightning strike all it needs to make trouble. Many people in the scientific community are attributing the increase in southwestern wildfire activity to global warming, but who knows if that’s really the cause. In any event, at The Sterling Team at Red Rock Canyon Realty, our thoughts are with the brave and exhausted men and women that fight these fires both for a living and on a volunteer basis. What would we do without them?