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Tuscan Highlands

Las Vegas Developer Stuffing Apartment Complex with Amenities to Attract Wealthy Tenants

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to recent reports, a Las Vegas developer is attempting to woo wealthy potential tenants to his new apartment complex by making sure it features numerous amenities catering to a particular crowd; this runs in contrast with how the majority of Nevada developers are handling new projects due to the difficulties posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

With unemployment still an issue, many people are in need of affordable living space but are facing significant financial hurdles. But while many are racing to construct low-cost housing options aimed at the masses, long-time developer Bob Schulman, 83, is instead going in the opposite direction and aiming his apartments at affluent individuals.

Schulman’s 220-unit South Beach complex, which he sold for $62 million in 2018, boasted a slew of fancy options for tenants, including indoor and outdoor gyms, steam and sauna rooms, poolside cabanas, sand volleyball, a basketball court and a soccer field. Now the developer has opened a new apartment complex that once again caters to high-end clientele, taking a risk due to the fact that COVID-19 has had a definite negative impact upon the rental scene in Southern Nevada.

The 304-unit Tuscan Highlands is Schulman’s new establishment, located in the south end of the Las Vegas valley, and includes numerous luxury amenities aimed at a well-to-do younger set, including an esports lounge, sport court, restaurant, wine garden, rock climbing tower, gym and spa, soundproof studio, and even special tenant lockers for grocery delivery that are temperature-controlled. It also includes a fitness director on-staff and charges tenants a $125 monthly “resort fee” to assist with the costs of extras.

Architect Magazine, Schulman Properties.
Dubbed the poshest playground in town, the property offers residents a variety of notable amenities and services, including lifestyle, health and well-being programs, onsite concierge, e-sport/gaming lounges, an indoor/outdoor restaurant, resort-style saltwater pool and spa, outdoor athletic courts and much more. Photo: Architect Magazine, Schulman Properties.

The developer originally broke ground on the complex in early 2019, before the local economy was ravaged by the pandemic; however, despite initial fears over how COVID-19 would affect rentals, Schulman reports that multiple apartments at Tuscan Highlands – where rent ranges from $1,275 to $3,800 per month – have been leased, with 78 of the 304 units currently occupied and climbing.

Clearly, despite the economic uncertainty out there these days, there are still people that can afford the finer things in life.

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tunnle

The Boring Company’s Las Vegas-Based “People Mover” Making Rapid Progress, Nearly Complete

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to news reports, business magnate, industrial designer, engineer, and philanthropist Elon Musk’s The Boring Company has been making rapid progress as of late on its Las Vegas “people mover” system, with the tunnel-based self-driving car transport system nearly complete.

After a year of construction, Musk confirmed this week via Twitter that the ambitious project will be finished shortly.

“Tunnels under cities with self-driving electric cars will feel like warp drive,” he tweeted. “First operational tunnel under Vegas almost done.”

A people mover is a type of small scale automated guide-way transit – utilizing self-driving, all-electric Tesla vehicles – that will service the Las Vegas Convention Center via twin tunnels, and was originally slated to be completed in time for the January 2021 Consumer Electronics Show; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has since been changed to online-only this year.

The Tesla vehicles that the people mover will utilize have a capacity of 16 passengers and there will be 62 vehicles in use at the time it opens to the public.

However, that isn’t the end of The Boring Company’s ambitions in Las Vegas; Musk has stated that he is envisioning on extending the tunnel to the north end of the Las Vegas Strip to also serve Wynn Resorts’ Encore and Resorts World; the so-called “Vegas Loop” was confirmed by Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom via Twitter.

The people mover, in its current form, encompasses two miles from end to end, and is expected to make negotiating the vast Las Vegas Convention Center complex far more manageable for the estimated one million people who visit the site on an annual basis. Upon completion of the $52.5 million project, each tunnel will be one-way and will whisk up to 4,400 attendees per hour from Convention Center’s South Hall across the 200-acre campus, free of charge.

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Desert Wind Ranch

American Homes 4 Rent Announces New 28-Home Desert Wind Ranch Community in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – American Homes 4 Rent (AH4R) has announced that they are opening a community of 28 brand-new single-family homes in Las Vegas, dubbed Desert Wind Ranch; the development marks AH4R’s third such community in the Las Vegas marketplace, with the first two located in the neighboring Big Buffalo and Cactus Cliff communities.

The residences in Desert Wind Ranch range from three-to-four bedroom homes, varying in size from 1,600 square-feet to 2,200 square feet, with leasing starting at approximately $1,600 per month. Included in the rent payments are scheduled front and back yard maintenance, which AH4R states will allow residents to “enjoy their weekends” without having to worry about time-consuming yard work.

Design concepts for all Desert Wind Ranch homes across the board, AH4R notes, include granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, luxury vinyl plank flooring, elegant bathrooms, quality fixtures, central heating and air conditioning, and two-car garages. All homes in the community utilize upscale finishes and popular floor plans and incorporate pet-friendly yards and desert landscaping.

Desert Wind Ranch is also located conveniently nearby local job centers, dining, shopping and entertainment, making it an ideal place for new families to live, AH4R said.

AH4R is also touting the company’s virtual tour technology – called “Let Yourself In” – for prospective tenants to remotely view the interior and exterior of homes they are interested in, providing a safe environment for homebuyers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Multiple homes are currently available for lease, AH4R said, with more on the way soon, eventually resulting in a full community of 28 homes upon completion of construction.

As of June 30, 2020, AH4R owns 53,000 single-family properties in 22 states. In addition to Desert Wind Ranch, American Homes 4 Rent owns more than 1,000 homes in the Las Vegas area, including those communities of Big Buffalo and Cactus Cliff.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Resorts World Las Vegas

Despite COVID-19 Pandemic, Officials Report Resorts World Las Vegas Still to be Completed in Time for 2021 Opening

LAS VEGAS, NV – Resorts World Las Vegas, a hotel and casino currently under construction by the Malaysia-based Genting Group on the Las Vegas Strip, is still on-track to meet its original projected summer 2021 opening date, despite the trials and tribulations presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports.

The previous site of the Stardust Resort and Casino until 2007, groundbreaking for Resorts World took place in May 2015, and construction began in late 2017. At a cost of $4.3 billion, Resorts World is potentially the most expensive resort property ever developed in Las Vegas.

Even with the limitations and delays presented due to COVID-19, not only is the project proceeding on-schedule for its opening date, but the property’s management announced in July the addition of a 5,000-seat theater in partnership with AEG.

Genting Group credits their ability to remain on-track throughout the course of the project with numerous cutting-edge safety protocols that they have introduced to keep workers safe and healthy while abiding by all guidelines imposed by local and state government in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Resorts World Las Vegas will offer a whopping 3,500 rooms for guests upon its 2021 opening, as well as a 75,000 square-foot nightclub, convention space, a 220,000 square-foot pool complex, an LED video globe, and a 100,000 square-foot LED screen, measuring 294 feet in height and 340 feet in width.

Portions of the property will be branded as Hilton, while other portions will be marketed under two of Hilton’s other brands, LXR Hotels and Conrad Hotels.

In addition, Resorts World has also commissioned The Boring Company, owned by Tesla’s Elon Musk, to construct an underground people mover system, similar to the one that the company is currently constructing for the Las Vegas Convention Center. The system would function as an extension of the one for the Convention Center, and would ferry people back and forth between the two locations upon completion.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Rental Complex

Las Vegas Apartment Rents Back Up After Pandemic; Expected to Further Increase, Reports Say

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, after an initial drop in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Las Vegas apartment rents have remained strong in the second quarter of 2020 while vacancy rates were stabilized due mainly to Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s moratorium against residential evictions.

While Vegas rents showed definite signs of rebounding after the initial outbreak, they nonetheless have grown at a slower rate than before COVID-19 hit; local rents increased 2.2 percent during the second quarter, which while positive, nonetheless pales to the 7 percent rent growth year over year, reports say.

The average vacancy rate for local apartments was 6.8 percent during this period, representing a .4 percent increase from 2019 but a decrease of approximately 11 percent during the midst of the mid-2000’s recession.

Las Vegas rents in the second quarter of 2020 have averaged $1,105 per month, which represents a $25 increase from the same period of time in 2019 but only a 5 percent increase from the region’s peak levels before the recession; from 2015 through 2019, rents in Vegas grew at a steady and regular rate.

Governor Sisolak’s moratorium against residential evictions, combined with numerous forms of governmental assistance on the federal, state, and local level, have enabled approximately 90 percent of renters in Nevada to make their monthly rent; however, with the cessation of federal enhanced unemployment benefits at the end of July, along with the end of the moratorium come September, experts expect rental numbers to take a potentially drastic turn in the third and fourth quarters of 2020.

Another factor contributing to vacancy rates is the increased development of apartment complexes prior to the pandemic in order to satisfy the growing demand for housing options in light of Las Vegas’ blooming economy and job market. Currently, Las Vegas has 3,117 apartment units under construction as of the second quarter of 2020, and upon completion, this will also drive up vacancy rates correspondingly.

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Dragon Ridge Drive

Henderson Records Las Vegas’ Largest Home Sale in Over a Year at $11.25 Million

LAS VEGAS, NY – Gaming industry legend and philanthropist Diana Bennett set a record recently when she was responsible for the highest-priced home sale in Las Vegas in over a year, letting go of her Henderson mansion at 770 Dragon Ridge Drive, Henderson, NV 89012 – for a cool $11.25 million, according to reports.

Bennett, a Northern California businesswoman, co-founder of Paragon Gaming, and inductee into the American Gaming Association’s Hall of Fame, closed on her 17,562 square-foot desert-contemporary-style home last week. The residence features five bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a gymnasium with a steam shower, a 12-seat movie theater, infinity-edge pool, a pool, a fountain, a massage room, wine cellar, and game room.

Events at the home can accommodate as many as 400 guests, and to that end there are living room-based bars and even paintings that hide televisions behind their facades. The dining room features a design that sees the table surrounded by man-made ponds of water and the room itself is topped off by a large skylight.

The mansion, located in the MacDonald Highlands in Henderson, is also a “green” property, with solar panels on the roof. The buyer has not yet been disclosed. The sale of the Bennett mansion is the largest one on record since July 2019, when Jim Rhodes – well-known Las Vegas developer – sold his home in Spanish Hills for $16 million.

The sale is yet another example of how the COVID-19 pandemic has not had a major negative impact upon the sales of luxury homes in Las Vegas. Real estate in general, while down a bit at first, suffered no major long-term ill effects and has continued to bounce back faster than many experts expected. However, luxury homes in particular have had record sales as of late, with July 2020 seeing the largest amount of them changing hands in the last ten years or more, experts say.

In fact, many are of the opinion that based on current sales figures, 2020 may be on the path to be one of the busiest and most lucrative years on record in terms of luxury home sales.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Elysian at Hughes Center

Upscale Rental Complex in Works at Hughes Center; Developer Plans Fall 2020 Opening

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Calida Group – one of the largest developers in Southern Nevada – is planning to open a new apartment complex in the Hughes Center office park in fall of 2020, one that promises a plethora of upscale amenities for tenants, according to reports. Dubbed the Elysian at Hughes Center, the complex – which will begin pre-leasing later this month – is a 368-unit facility with apartments that range in size from 619 square feet to 2,477 square feet. Rent varies from $1,285 to $4,400 per month, according to Calida Group reps.

The complex takes the form of two five-story buildings, each constructed around a six-level parking garage.

Elysian at Hughes Center features a slew of high-class perks for tenants, ranging from a 5,065 square-foot indoor and outdoor “sky lounge” providing panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip, a clubhouse that contains exercise facilities, tanning rooms, a golf simulator, and a wine-tasking lounge, as well as landscaped resort-style pool, spa, and recreation decks.

The apartment complex is located on a 6-acre site one mile east of the Las Vegas Strip, at the northern edge of the 68-acre Hughes Center. Calida purchased the property for $15.9 million in 2017 from The Blackstone Group, which also serves as the Hughes Center landlord. Ground was broken on construction for Elysian at Hughes Center on January of 2019.

Calida owner Eric Cohen has expressed great excitement about the Elysian project, noting that its home at Hughes Center – an office park with thousands of workers and situated within walking distance of dozens of restaurants – makes it an “amazing location” and a great alternative to the high-rises that are on the nearby Strip.

The projected cost for the project is over $100 million, reports say.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Bellagio

MGM Resorts Launches New “Work from Las Vegas” Travel Package Aimed at Professionals, Dubbed “Viva Las Office”

LAS VEGAS, NV – With the COVID-19 pandemic remaking the concept of work as we know it, scores of people are finding themselves transplanted from their familiar office settings and telecommuting from their own homes thanks to social distancing guidelines designed to curb the spread of the disease. And while there are advantages to working from home, there are also stresses that naturally come with the idea of taking your own personal abode and making it your place of business. If home is work and work is home, what’s a person to do to?

Well, go to Las Vegas, it seems.

MGM Resorts has launched a new “Work from  Las Vegas” travel package, aimed at professionals in the business world who are tired of working while stuck in their homes. The package includes discounts on airfare, lodging, and even includes a dedicated concierge – dubbed an “executive assistant” by MGM – to help them with their workload, including handling reservations and scheduling.

The program – dubbed “Viva Las Office” and heralded by MGM Resorts as “the ultimate home-away-from-the-home office experience” – is yet another innovation that Las Vegas is breaking out in an attempt to make up for the losses in revenue due to the drop in tourism brought about by the pandemic. The program offers stays ranging from 3-to-5 nights at costs ranging from $100 to $350 per night, not including any additional resort fees that may be incurred.

MGM Resorts also offers semiprivate jet service with discounts of $75, $100 or $125 off round-trip tickets. Packages include varying tiers of prices and service – including “The Associate,” “The Manager,” and “The Executive” –  with the overall goal being a productive and focused work experience, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Vegas during the off-hours.

The “Viva Las Office” program is currently limited to Bellagio and ARIA.

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Allegiant Stadium

Las Vegas Raiders Announce Allegiant Stadium to be Ready On-Time, but 2020 Season to be Played Without Fans

LAS VEGAS, NV – It was recently announced that construction of the long-awaited Allegiant Stadium, new home of the NFL Las Vegas Raiders, will be ready for start of the team’s 2020 season on September 21, despite numerous hurdles and challenges thrown in its path thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, that good news comes with one caveat- according to the team’s management; all of the Raiders’ games played for their inaugural season at Allegiant will be done so without the benefit of fans, who have been banned from the venue due to health concerns.

The Raiders announced that fans would not be allowed in the stadium for the 2020 season in a statement released this week to season ticket holders, following suit with many other professional sporting teams that are taking similar precautions to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that has claimed over 160,000 lives in the U.S. to date.

“There is nothing more important to the Raider Organization than the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, stadium workers and fans,” the statement said. “After intensive consultation with healthcare officials and state and community leaders, we have made the difficult decision to play the Las Vegas Raiders 2020 inaugural season at Allegiant Stadium without fans in attendance. This decision is based on our commitment to protect the health of our fans and the entire community in response to the coronavirus pandemic affecting us all.”

Reduced seating was considered but ultimately ruled out by the team; season ticket holders have the option of either receiving full refunds or applying their payments to the 2021 season instead.

NFL Las Vegas Raiders training facility and headquarters in Henderson, Nevada
New NFL Las Vegas Raiders training facility and headquarters in Henderson, Nevada. Editorial credit: Kyle Oster / Shutterstock.com. Featured photo top: Editorial credit: Kit Leong / Shutterstock.com

Allegiant Stadium, a $2 billion, 65,000-seat complex built on a 63-acre plot of land located just west of Interstate 15, officially broke ground in November of 2017 and faced several hurdles in its development – thanks in no small part to the pandemic – while making headway towards its 2020 goal of completion.

The Raiders will play their first game at Allegiant on September 21 when they host the New Orleans Saints. A planned Garth Brooks concert for August 22 – the first-ever event planned for the stadium – was recently re-scheduled to February 27.

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Eviction Notice

Clark County Attempts to Set Up Eviction Protections, But Are They Reasonable to Landlords?

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to recent reports, Clark County officials are attempting to set up an ordinance that will offer a degree of protection to those facing losing their home or apartment in September, when a mandate by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak to prevent evictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is set to expire Sept. 1.

However, critics are arguing that these proposed protections introduced last week may lean too far in favor of tenants, leaving landlords, who have also been suffering financially – as hundreds of thousands in the state have from the widespread economic damage caused by the pandemic – out in the cold.

The proposed ordinance, in part, would charge landlords with a misdemeanor if they discriminated against an individual by refusing to rent, negotiate, or make a property available to them on the basis of their source of income, or if they had a previous eviction on their record that was related to the pandemic.

Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones noted that the proposed ordinance was created in response to the financial hardship suffered by Las Vegas residents, many of whom have lost their jobs in light of mandatory stay-at-home orders issued by Governor Sisolak in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“Clark County is doing everything in its power to keep people in their homes,” he said. “We know that this is a difficult time so we want to take every action that we can.”

Part of this ordinance stems from a rental assistance program that Clark County is planning on rolling out; officials have said that some landlords may be reluctant to rent to potential tenants receiving assistance from the program, fearing the sigma that Section 8 housing programs often bring with them.

Shanta Patton, a regional vice president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, noted that she does not support any ordinance that does not allow a landlord their right to make a decision on who to rent to based on a background check that would include a tenant’s income source and eviction history.

The ordinance is expected to be publicly heard Aug. 4.

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Clark County

$50 Million in Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to be Made Available to Las Vegas Renters Facing Eviction

LAS VEGAS, NV – For renters in the Las Vegas area that are behind on their rent thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and a looming eviction date threatening to see them put out on the street, good news is potentially coming in the form of relief funds from Nevada state.

According to reports, $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funds via the Nevada State Treasurer’s office are to be made available to renters facing eviction on September 1 when Governor Steve Sisolak’s extended moratorium on residential evictions and foreclosures is due to end.

Previously, Sisolak’s moratorium, enacted on March 29 as a response to widespread unemployment and economic hardship brought about by the pandemic, was due to come to an end on June 30. However, as that end date approached, Sisolak made an amendment- instead of ending at the end of June, the moratorium will be lifted in phases over the course of the summer, with residential evictions finally allowed to fully resume on September 1.

With numerous landlords already preparing paperwork for the mass evictions expected to begin at the start of September, the Nevada State Treasurer’s office announced this week the availability of federal relief funds to help qualified individuals to remain in their homes. The $50 million will be divided into two categories – residential tenants will have access to a $30 million pool, and commercial tenants, $20 million.

Applicants would have to meet income qualifications and would have to have lost their employment due to COVID-related issues. In addition, applicants cannot receive Federal Housing Vouchers and the liquid resources of the entire household must not exceed $3,000.

According to reports, residents of Clark County will be able to apply for the federal coronavirus relief funds within the next week; in addition, tenants who are behind on their rent are encouraged to work with their landlords on a method and timetable of repayment of back monies owed. Landlords seeking back rent, on the other hand, would do well to inform their tenants of the federal relief program if they are unaware of it.

Editors Note: The photo used in this article, the Clark County Regional Government Center building in Laughlin, Nevada., is for editorial use only. It is credited to Felipe Sanchez and licensed through Shutterstock.com.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

AirBnB

Las Vegas AirBnB Bookings Restricted for Some Local Residents Under Age 25, Based on Review History

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to reports, AirBnB has recently instituted a new policy in Las Vegas – as well as nationwide for that matter – which imposes restrictions on renting homes through their service for some local residents under the age of 25.

Individuals under the age of 25 will not be able to rent an entire home – as opposed to just a single room – through the AirBnB unless they have a previous, proven record of consisting of positive reviews from previous home rentals. A minimum of three positive reviews are required, and the reviews can be compiled from anywhere in the country; they do not have to be specifically situated in Las Vegas, AirBnB said.

If someone under the minimum age of 25 and without the required review credentials attempts to rent a home, they would automatically be blocked from doing so by the website; the rental will not be processed. A recent example AirBnB supplied was an 18 year-old Las Vegas resident who was unable to utilize the service.

The reasoning for the move on the part of AirBnB , according to a release they put out, is to help curb the spread of the conronavirus pandemic, citing public health mandates in place throughout the country. In addition, they noted that they typically have more issues with younger renters in general.

“We’re taking actions to support safe and responsible travel in the United States,” Airbnb said. “[Young people] wanting to get out of their situation get into an Airbnb with a pool, bigger backyard, bring their friends in and then obviously we know what happens when people have been locked up for the last three months.”

Henderson has reported several complaints from AirBnB rental houses, which may have contributed in-part to this new program.

This policy pertains to all United States residents under the age of 25, and only affects AirBnB listings near the area in which the under 25 year-old resident resides; these residents are able, however, to rent entire homes outside of the area where they live. Private rooms and hotel rooms are exempt from this clause, AirBnB says.

Editors Note: The photo used in this article, a woman installing AirBnB on a Lenovo tablet, is for editorial use only. It is credited to Daniel Krason and licensed through Shutterstock.com.

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