Archive for August, 2006

Ice Hockey in Las Vegas? You Bet! Meet the Las Vegas Wranglers!

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Did you ever imagine buying a Las Vegas home in the desert southwest and having the opportunity to cheer for a home-team that skates on ice? The Las Vegas Wranglers, a semi-professional hockey team in the National Conference West Division, play right here in Las Vegas in the Orleans Arena. Originally operated as an ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) expansion team, the Wranglers ended up moving to Las Vegas for the 2003 season. Their NHL affiliation is with the Calgary Flames.

Now ready for their fourth year in Vegas, the Wranglers will skate their season opener on October 20, 2006 against the Fresno Falcons. Here’s more good news for this year, The Las Vegas Wranglers announced in July that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Marc Magliarditi for the 2006-07 season. How good is this guy? Magliarditi finished second in the league MVP voting for the 2005-06 season. Magliarditi also earned All-ECHL Second Team honors in 2005-06 after finishing second in the league in wins and fifth in goals-against average.

The Las Vegas Wranglers have been absolutely great for the Las Vegas community as well. The Wranglers announced last May that the team helped raise over $50,000 for local and national charities during the 2005-2006 season, as well as donating numerous non-perishable items. Tickets are reasonable and begin at $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for kids! MS Las Vegas Real Estate invites you to enjoy a night-on-the-ice with the Wranglers. The action is fast paced, the fans are enthusiastic and the team is exciting to watch. The Orleans Arena is a great sports venue, one of many in the Las Vegas Valley!

The Centennial Hills Community and the Great Mall of Las Vegas

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Centennial Hills real estate can be found in the northwestern section of the Las Vegas valley. It’s an expansive and inviting community with great recreation and lots of continuing growth. As you might expect however, not all of this growth is purely residential.

The Centennial Hills community was recently chosen as the location for the new “Great Mall of Las Vegas” that is just now beginning development. At 1.6 million square feet, this is going to be one of the largest and most elaborate malls in the entire country. How typical is that for Las Vegas? The design is slated to be a combination of indoor and outdoor features that you can easily incorporate considering the weather we enjoy all year. The indoor section will be three stories high with major department stores providing the bulk of the floor space. The outdoor component of the Great Mall of Las Vegas is a very interesting mix of restaurant, retail, office and Las Vegas real estate. Intentionally designed in a similar fashion to The District at Green Valley Ranch, this portion of the development will actually include two mid-rise Las Vegas condo towers and 900 loft-style Centennial Hills homes. The project is being developed by Triple Five Nevada, the builder of Boca Park at Charleston and Rampart boulevards and the developer of Peccole Ranch.

Stay tuned to the MS Las Vegas Real Estate Blog for continuing updates as this exciting project continues to move forward.

Las Vegas and Diamonds? Baseball? Introducing the Las Vegas 51's!

Monday, August 7th, 2006

When most people think of Las Vegas and sports, they think about the sports books in most of the major casinos in Las Vegas. What many people don’t realize is that a total of three semi-pro sports teams call Las Vegas home. We have a great minor league baseball team, a cool (get it?) hockey team and a bang-up arena football team. Let’s start with the baseball story, but stay tuned for more information about hockey and football in the coming weeks.

The Las Vegas 51’s (formerly the Las Vegas Stars), an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, play their AAA minor league season right here in Las Vegas. Currently in their 23rd season, the 51’s play ball at Cashman Field, located in downtown Las Vegas. The original Las Vegas Stars opened up Cashman Field in 1983 as a AAA team for the San Diego Padres. The LV Stars played Vegas for 18 years (longer than Elvis!), until the affiliation with the Padres came to an end in 2000. The Los Angeles Dodgers stepped up to the plate (what a pun!) for the 2001 season, and a new name was given to the ball club, the Las Vegas 51’s.

The logo is the number ’51’ with an alien’s head in the lower half of the ‘5’. The alien logo bears a striking (not another pun!) resemblance to the same green guys that are most commonly associated with Area 51, where the government secretly keeps all the aliens!

For the 2006 season the 51’s have a new manager, Jerry Royster. He managed the Vegas minor league team once before. He was originally with the Las Vegas Stars from 1996-1998. At MS Las Vegas Real Estate, we’re counting on Jerry to manage a successful and entertaining baseball team. The 51’s need solid local support to hoist themselves up to the top of their division! Tickets are available on-line and start at seven dollars for General Admission on up to twelve dollars for Field Level seats. Come spend an afternoon or evening at the park!

Eagle Crest Golf Course: Par 60 – Executive Layout

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

One of the very best executive golf courses in Las Vegas is about to get even better. Eagle Crest can be found right in the heart of the Sun City Summerlin homes community in the northwest section of the Las Vegas Valley. Designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash, you couldn’t ask for a better place to get in a quick 18 holes and still be appropriately challenged.

Consisting of six par 4’s and twelve par 3’s, Eagle Crest demands that you place the ball where it needs to be and that you read the greens with skill and care. The view of the entire Las Vegas Valley from the tee box on the eighteenth hole is truly breathtaking and your second shot to the green on 18 will surprise you as well.

What did we mean by saying that Eagle Crest is about to get even better? The course was closed on June 18th (2006) for major reconditioning and will re-open this September. All 18 greens are being completely re-done with Bermuda dwarf grass and every bunker is being re-designed and rebuilt as well. The course is now 12 years old and the improvements came at just the right time. At completion, you can expect Eagle Crest to be the premier executive-style golf course in Las Vegas.

If you have an interest in Las Vegas golf homes within the context of an age-restricted community, Sun City Summerlin real estate has plenty of inviting choices to offer.