Archive for October, 2007

The Springs Preserve

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

A Long Time Ago, before the Las Vegas valley landscape was a sea of homes, there were springs. The spring fed the meadows. For many years the springs were a thriving place where the Paiute Indians would collect water, later Spanish explorers came upon our desert valley near the Spring Mountains and gave our city its name. Las Vegas means “The Meadows” in Spanish. In 1905 a land auction was the start of that city, and at the heart of it all were the springs. Over 100 years after the City of Las Vegas was founded around that very spring, the Las Vegas Valley Water District completed their 180-acre, $250 Million Dollar project; The Springs Preserve.

It boasts botanical gardens with over 30,000 plants; there are museums, educational galleries and the piece du resistance: the flash flood simulation that recycles 5,000 gallons of water as it rushes beneath your feet while you are standing atop a platform. Don’t worry! They recycle the water. There are only 2 ½ miles of trails, but more are planned. In 2009 a 79,000-square-foot Nevada State Museum will also open at the Preserve. Presently there are concerts being held at the 1,800 seat outdoor ampitheater with artists like Jewel and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Director Francis N. Béland plans to have about 750,000 visitors each year. He bases that on the 40 million annual visitors to Las Vegas and the 6% of those visitors that venture off the strip to see other sights. The Springs Preserve should prove to be another wonderful addition to the Las Vegas valley!

Facts and figures provided by Steve Freiss, LA Times.

Denise Willer is an outdoor enthusiast and a member of the Michelle Sterling Team at Prudential Americana Group, REALTORS®. In her free time she enjoys her family. If you are interested in more information about this article in particular, or Las Vegas real estate in general, please call Denise at (702)810-0082.

Life Beyond the Neon Strip in Fabulous Las Vegas!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

What do Locals do in Las Vegas for Entertainment?

Las Vegas IS the strip – 100 out of 100 people would say that if they don’t live here…but what do locals do for entertainment?

I am a 15-year resident of this fantastic, diverse city but I personally only go to the strip if I am showing a client property or if I have family in town…I know…hard to believe, right? There is so much to do here; most of which does not include Las Vegas Boulevard….really…

I live in South Summerlin and am less than 1 hour to skiing in the winter at Lee Canyon which is located on Mount Charleston. I also live less than 15 minutes from the best hiking in the west next to the Grand Canyon at the Red Rock Conservation Area and less than 45 minutes from the most amazing architectural wonder of the world at Hoover Dam. Would you believe that it’s only a four hour drive to the Pacific Ocean in California? I’m also fortunate to live just five minutes from one of the best restaurants in the world with world-class-chefs Michael and Wendy Jordan at Rosemary’s. No…not THAT Michael Jordan but this Michael Jordan is gaining nearly just about as much respect in the restaurant world as the other MJ gained in basketball!

Here’s a snapshot of this restaurant’s 2007 awards and accolades:

“Restauranteur of the Year” awarded to Chefs Michael & Wendy Jordan by the Nevada Restaurant Association.

“Best Gourmet Restaurant.” Awarded by the Las Vegas Review-Journal 2007 Best of Las Vegas Awards; Eight Years Running!

ZAGAT 2007 – Rosemary’s Restaurant keeps #1 spot in the Top Food, Las Vegas category.

Las Vegas Restaurants – Rosemary’s Restaurant

This fantastic restaurant is not on the famous Las Vegas Strip – not even close – it’s located about 8 miles west on Sahara Avenue; 1 mile from the best-selling master-planned community in the country from 2000 to present; Summerlin.

There’s also the amazing $1 Billion Dollar brand new Red Rock Casino, Resort, Spa that has 10 restaurants, a 62 lane bowling center, 10 movie theatres and all of the casino games one would expect on the strip.

www.redrocklasvegas.com

Over in Henderson (15 minutes south east of The Strip) there are many first-class restaurants and entertainment venues as well. Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa is home to the famous American Casino series which aired on the Travel Channel for 2 years. This luxurious hotel boasts 9 fantastic restaurants, Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford’s “The Whiskey” bar and is connected to a cobble-brick, street of shops (over 60 boutiques) and 6 additional restaurants at “The District”.

www.greenvalleyranchresort.com
The District at Green Valley Ranch

With all the fantastic things to do on and off The Strip it is clear that Las Vegas has much, much more to offer for its locals and for people that want a second home in the most amazing, diverse city in the world!

Mike Antos is a member of The Michelle Sterling Internet Real Estate Team at Prudential Americana Group, REALTORS. If you are interested in more information about this article in particular, or Las Vegas real estate in general, please call Mike at 702-373-3240.

Las Vegas Academy of International Studies Performing and Visual Arts

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

When my new clients with high school-aged children are inquiring about Las Vegas Real Estate, one of their primary concerns is our schools. I love it when people ask me about the Clark County School District as it gives me the opportunity to share with them the many wonderful programs our School District offers in general; but more specifically, I get to tell them about the school I am most fond of: Las Vegas Academy of International Studies Performing and Visual Arts.

Housed in the oldest high school building in the City of Las Vegas, “LVA”, as it is known is an amazing place. It is the best combination of old and new Las Vegas you will find both architecturally as well as geographically. The campus is located in the Las Vegas High School Historical District in downtown Las Vegas. The campus takes up nearly 3 city blocks in an area that is quickly being revitalized. Just one block away from the Academy a new downtown is emerging. Streamline Towers, Soho Lofts and Juhl are all new Las Vegas Condos that have been recently constructed nearby.

The Las Vegas Academy provides students the opportunity to major in the specific fields of International Studies, Theatre, Technical Theatre, Dance, Choir, Orchestra, Band, Broadcast Journalism, Photography, Spanish, Japanese, French, and soon to come Russia and Mandarin Chinese. The academic program at The Las Vegas Academy is one of the best in town with very impressive test scores, graduation rates and a very high rate of students who go on to college.

The Academy is one out of only 17 schools in the country to have received both the New American High School and U.S. Blue Ribbon School awards from the U.S. Department of Education. As you might expect, there are tremendous scholarship opportunities for the hard working students at LVA as well.

The Administration and Faculty at the Academy are among the most caring, most professional and relentlessly dedicated to their students that you will find anywhere. The number of after school hours that these amazing individuals donate is an absolute testimony as to how deeply their passion for their students and their art extends. I can personally speak as to the caliber of these outstanding educators, as my own son has been fortunate to be one of the benefactors of their hard work and sacrifice. He will forever be a better person and better citizen due to their efforts and care. (Now you know why I like the place so much!)

The Clark County School District provides many innovative and challenging programs for our students. The Administration is constantly striving to provide a wide variety of programs for high school students in order to meet the needs of our diverse student population here in Clark County.

Whether you already live in Las Vegas or you are considering relocating to Las Vegas, please feel free to call me regarding Las Vegas Real Estate, Las Vegas Condos and Las Vegas Schools. I will be happy to answer your questions. I can be reached at 702-349-3009 or 888-349-2595.

Las Vegas and the Great Outdoors: Spectacular and Challenging Hiking!

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

There are many locations to go hiking just outside of Las Vegas, like Red Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston and the Valley of Fire. If you are interested in venturing out in the desert, remember to bring some basic gear.

The Southern Nevada Group of the Sierra Club lists these items as The Ten Essentials:

1. Map of the area
2. Compass
3. Flashlight w/ spare battery and bulb
4. Sunglasses, sunscreen
5. Extra food and water
6. Extra clothing, raingear, hat, mittens, sweater, etc.
7. Waterproof packed matches
8. Candle for fire starting
9. Pocket knife
10. First Aid Kit

If you are new to the area and would like to venture out into new and exciting “outdoor destinations”, always be safe and never forget the cardinal rule for any wildlife area: “Pack it In and Pack it Out”. If you bring something with you into the desert, be sure and bring it back out again. Minimize your imprint on the environment you are enjoying by using the No Trace Principles:

1. Plan ahead and prepare
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
3. Dispose of waste properly
4. Leave what you find
5. Minimize campfire impact
6. Respect wildlife
7. Be considerate of other visitors

Related websites:
http://www.nevadawilderness.org
http://www.desertbighorn.com

Remember to use marked trails and have fun! If you are looking for a Las Vegas home that will enable you to get to your favorite destinations with ease, feel free to give me a call!

Denise Willer is an outdoor enthusiast and a member of the Michelle Sterling Team at Prudential Americana Group, REALTORS®. In her free time she enjoys her family. If you are interested in more information about this article in particular, or Las Vegas real estate in general, please call Denise at (702) 810-0082.

Liberace, Halloween and Las Vegas! What a Combination!

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Did you know that Liberace is rumored to haunt his restaurant, Tivoli Gardens? Did you know Liberace had a restaurant AND a museum here in town? That’s a story unto itself!

Take an evening to learn all about the spooky side of Las Vegas with Haunted Vegas Tours, voted “America’s Best Ghost Tour”. They can show you all of the scary spots nestled into the hot spots in Las Vegas! If you’re lucky, your tour guide will be Robert Allen, producer, director and 30-year show business veteran.

Make the most of your Halloween and get GHOSTLY!

Denise Willer is an outdoor enthusiast and a member of the Michelle Sterling Team at Prudential Americana Group, REALTORS®. In her free time she enjoys her family. If you are interested in more information about this article in particular, or Las Vegas real estate in general, please call Denise at (702) 810-0082.

SWPPP? SNWA? Information about our Water in Las Vegas, Nevada

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Las Vegas has been my home for over 10 years now and one thing remains constant: CHANGE. With this wonderful population growth and strong economy comes one major byproduct: CONSTRUCTION. Construction of new casinos and Las Vegas homes are the lifeblood of our community. If you have ever driven in a Las Vegas new home development while they are building, you may have noticed these funny-looking log-like items near the street. Maybe you spotted some sandbags or a seemingly useless short black fabric fence amongst the bulldozers and freshly-paved streets.

All of those items are part of the SWPPP or Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program. It is enforced by the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and is actually a program in many states implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency. Construction companies are given a 46 page manual on how to implement the SWPPP at their sites. Components that assist in this process include fiber rolls (those log-like mesh tubes filled with hay), silt fences (the black fabric fence about two feet high) and many other important elements.

It is imperative that the SWPPP is in place because construction sites erode 7 to 9 times more tons of sediment per acre than row farming, which is second in line for erosion rates. The EPA has implemented this system as a part of the Clean Water Act.

Las Vegas is part of the Mojave Desert and we rely upon our water source out at Lake Mead for much of our drinking water. Many conservation efforts have been put into place to retain our beautiful Lake Mead. Unfortunately, there are droughts that affect all of the Colorado River Valleys and we are a part of it. Lake Mead’s water levels have dropped about 100 feet since January of 2000. By implementing the SWPPP, we reduce the amount of sediment that is dumped into our lake, which helps to protect our local wildlife and especially our native fish species like the endangered Moapa dace.

If Las Vegas is to continue to thrive in the middle of the desert, it will take every citizen’s effort to reduce our consumption of water and eliminate toxins and waste going into our storm water drains. Next time you see a hay log near the gutter, make sure you don’t disturb its important job. By all means, feel free to check out these websites for more information about what days you can water your lawn, when it’s ok to wash your car and best of all: INCENTIVE AND REBATE PROGRAMS from the Las Vegas Valley Water District for changing your landscaping to a more desert-friendly environment.

Southern Nevada Water Authority
Las Vegas Valley Water District
Environmental Protection Agency

Denise Willer is a member of The Michelle Sterling Internet Real Estate Team at Prudential Americana Group, REALTORS. If you are interested in more information about this article in particular, or Las Vegas real estate in general, please call Denise at 702-810-0082.