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901 E Fremont Street

Ritzy Las Vegas “Fremont9” Apartment Complex Sells for $80 Million, to be Rebranded “Ely on Fremont”

LAS VEGAS, NV – “Fremont9,” a ritzy apartment complex located in Las Vegas’ downtown area which constriction was funded by late entrepreneur and former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, has been sold for $80 million and will soon be christened with a new name.

The Calida Group, an apartment developer based in Las Vegas, confirmed that they purchased the 232-unit Fremont9 complex – which was 90.5 percent occupied on the day the deal went down – and news of the sale already has the property “trending upwards,” according to Calida co-founder Doug Eisner.

Fremont9 – which is located at 901 Fremont Street at the corner of Fremont and Ninth – will be officially rebranded within the next few months as “Ely on Fremont,” Eisner revealed.

When it originally opened in 2018, Fremont9 was the first new, large-scale apartment complex on Fremont Street in a number of years, and is part of a development trend concentrating on Southern Nevada urban-area rental facilities to address housing demand.

The sales price of Fremont9 equates to approximately $344,828 per apartment unit; in 2021, the average per-unit sales price of apartment buildings in the region was $215,151.

Eisner noted that part of the attraction to the purchase of Fremont9 was younger tenants who are “hyper-social” and are looking for apartments close to the many entertainment and restaurants options afforded by the Las Vegas Strip.

During the worst of COVID-19, renters tended to favor suburban rental properties in order to avoid densely-populated areas, but as the pandemic wanes, more and more people are once again looking for rentals amid the hustle and bustle of the city, Eisner said.

The five-story Fremont9 offers numerous amenities for tenants, including a clubroom lounge with billiards, outdoor courtyards with bocce ball and fire pits, a yoga and spin studio, a media lounge and more; in addition, Eisner said that there is also unrented ground-floor retail space that is being converted into live-work units.

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.

Las Vegas Seniors

Development on Affordable Housing Project for Las Vegas Seniors Begins, Reports Say

LAS VEGAS, NV – Addressing concerns over cost-of-living increases in Southern Nevada in recent years, a developer has begun construction on an affordable housing project targeting Las Vegas senior citizens in the east section of the valley, a vulnerable population that is often neglected when it comes to housing options in their price range.

According to the Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada (NHSSN), ground was broken on “The Golden Rule Senior Apartments” on Eastern Avenue on Thursday of last week, which – once completed – will provide 60 rental units for very low-to-moderate-income seniors.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has stated over the course of the last several years that the Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise metropolitan area has offered the lowest amount of housing options for renters with limited means, with only 16 out of every 100 homes built catering to those in lower income brackets, reports say.

The Golden Rule apartment complex – located at 820 N. Eastern Avenue – is expected to be completed by February 2023, according to Clark County Commissioner William McCurdy, who said that Las Vegas needs to address the housing needs of its senior population.

“Too many of our seniors are struggling as rents and the cost of living in Las Vegas increase,” he said. “I’m very happy that we were able to contribute financially toward the completion of this project, which will house those with little income and provide needed social support for these residents.”

The project is being funded with $600,000 in Account for Affordable Housing Trust funds (AAHTF), $828,000 in National Housing Trust Funds from the State of Nevada (NHTF), $675,000 in the form of a permanent loan from Chase Bank, $1.9 million from the City of Las Vegas, and $12.3 million from private investor Boston Financial.

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.

Rent for One-Bedroom Apartment

Las Vegas Average Rent for One-Bedroom Apartment Hits $1,500 Per Month; Stokes Concerns Over Affordability

LAS VEGAS, NV – Due to ever-increasing demand and a lack of inventory, the cost of apartments in the Las Vegas valley continues to climb, with the median monthly price of a one-bedroom unit hitting its highest level ever, a development that is continuing to stoke concerns over affordability among residents in the region.

Reports indicate that roughly half of the valley’s residents are renters, and the rapidly-increasing costs of doing so are starting to weigh heavily upon them; the monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment currently ranges between $1,200 to $1,700, with the median price being $1,500. In stark contrast, that price just one year prior was approximately $1,100.

Experts say that month-to-month rent increases are going up at levels not seen before; part of that reason can be attributed to rising interest rates pricing some home buyers out of the market, resulting in them turning to rental units instead. This is resulting in more renters being on the market than is typical, and that demand is causing landlords to raise their asking prices to account for it.

In order to get a foot in the door amid the intense competition for apartments and rental properties, experts suggest that renters should make sure they have good credit scores – typically 650 or better is a good start – in addition to having a problem-free rental history. Salary is important as well, as landlords often look favorably upon those who are making at least three times the amount of their monthly rent in take-home pay.

In addition, conducting an apartment search throughout multiple zip codes – instead of simply sticking to one – and paying attention to large rental complexes that may offer move-in deals can often pay off. Mom-and-pop landlords can be a great way to find a rental as well, as they are often independent owners who are renting apartments in homes – or the entire home itself – and may prefer a tenant that is willing to assist in maintaining the property.

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.

Millennials

Las Vegas Condominium Market Given New Prominence Due to Millennial Home-Buying

LAS VEGAS, NV – For a great while, condominiums failed to figure into the Las Vegas real estate marketplace to the same degree as stand-alone homes did; however, that began to drastically change right before COVID-19 hit, but while the pandemic caused a brief hiccup in the ascension of condos as a viable real estate marketplace asset, the market nonetheless recovered and rose to a status of prominence that is currently showing no signs of slowing down.

Today, condos in Las Vegas are viewed as an excellent and affordable alternative to the ever-increasing expense of stand-alone homes, especially among Millennials who are approaching typical home-buying age. In fact, in December 2021, condo sales in Southern Nevada totaled over $221 million, representing a 38.5 percent increase over December 2020, with the median sales price year-over-year jumping by 30.1 percent.

Condos have become a popular means to achieve home occupancy in Las Vegas in the face of the demand for housing options that, thus far, local Southern Nevada home developers have not been able to adequately address. This comes in the face of increased migration to Vegas by residents from neighboring states – especially California – that are in search of more affordable lifestyle options or investment properties when compared to their previous homes.

The two main groups that are driving condo sales in Las Vegas as of late are – first of all – millennials, many of whom are approaching the age where they are where they are considering becoming first-time homeowners. This is being driven in-part by this tech-savvy generation’s embracement of the concept of digital home buying, which can often be done on their cell phones for an easy shopping experience.

Secondly, approximately 25 percent of Las Vegas condo buyers since 2019 have been residents from California, some of whom were making the move to Nevada permanent and were able to purchase residences with cash due to the sale of their original home; many others have been second-home buyers who have retained their California residences.

Experts see 2022 continuing this trend, especially if the state of California passes its much-talked-about “wealth tax,” in addition to other ongoing cost of living increases that residents consider excessive and, in many cases, unsustainable.

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.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Home Prices Currently Rising at Levels Outpacing U.S. Average, New Report Says

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index recently released by S&P Dow Jones Indices, home prices in the Las Vegas real estate marketplace are rising at levels that are currently outpacing the United States average, and this is not the first instance of this occurring, experts say.

The prices of homes in Southern Nevada, from November 2020 to November 2021, increased 25.7 percent, compared to a 18.8 percent year-over-year increase for the country as a whole during the same period of time, the report revealed, which examined 20 major metro areas, all of which recorded annual price increases in the double-digits.

The highest increase of the 20 metro areas looked at in the report, however, was Phoenix, Arizona, which saw home prices leap up 32.2 percent from November 2020 to November 2021.

The report also bestowed another impressive distinction upon Las Vegas – the fact that the city has had home prices rising faster than the national average for six consecutive months in a row, and that trend is expected to continue until home inventory in the region increases due to ramped-up development efforts.

The report solidifies the fact that intense demand for homes in Las Vegas – driven by an influx of new residents seeking lower taxes and cheap mortgage rates that increased buying power – has resulted in a series of record-breaking home prices, seemingly month-to-month. While the degree to which Vegas’ real estate market has recovered from the mid-2000’s recession is indeed impressive, experts say that home prices are now sparking affordability concerns, especially among first-time buyers.

The December price of previously owned single-family homes in Vegas was a record-breaking $425,000, which represents a 23.2 percent year-over-year jump.

However, the findings of report also indicate that the prices of homes across the U.S. have uniformly been increasing at a “very high” rate overall, but have shown signs of slowing in the past few months; prices are expected to slow further as interest rates for home loans continue to increase.

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.

Las Vegas

National Rankings Place Four Las Vegas Master-Planned Communities in U.S. Top Eleven

LAS VEGAS, NV – Illustrating the prominence that Southern Nevada has achieved in the national real estate scene in 2021, recent national rankings have placed four Las Vegas-based master-planned communities in the United States’ top eleven in terms of sales, and five in the country’s top 25; this trend is expected to continue – and possibly increase even further – in 2022, experts say.

National consulting firm RCLCO currently ranks Summerlin in the number three spot nationally with 1,619 sales in 2021, which represents an increase of 11% over the 1,456 sales the community reported in 2020 and 23 percent over 2019’s 1,320 sales.

The number seven spot was taken by Cadence in east Henderson – a project of the LandWell Company – with 864 sales, which was a modest jump of 1% over 2020’s 852 sales – when it ranked 10th – but a 15% increase over the 753 sales the community had in 2019.

In 8th was North Las Vegas’ Valley Vista community with 860 sales, which was actually a decrease of 15% over 2020’s numbers, when they ranked 6th with 1,017 sales.

Up next is Inspirada in West Henderson, which was ranked 11th on RCLCO’s list with 741 sales, which represents an impressive 25% jump over their 2020 numbers – when 592 homes were sold – and a 15% increase over the 645 sales they had in 2019.

Outside of the top eleven, Skye Canyon comes in tied for 22nd place with 655 sales, a huge bump of 39% higher than they were in 2020 when they sold 472 homes and placed 46th in the United States; in 2019, they reported 460 sales.

According to RCLCO Vice President Karl Pischke, Las Vegas had more high-end communities in the nation’s upper echelon of sales rankings than anywhere else in the country for 2021.

“Las Vegas had five communities in this year’s master plan list, and three in the top 10 and then Inspirada at 11 and Skye Canyon 22nd,” he said. “No other metropolitan area had more master plan communities in the top 10 than Las Vegas, which is a great distinction. When you look at the home sales within those five communities, they increased by about 8 percent between 2020 and 2021 (compared to 5 percent nationally for the top 50). That’s a positive picture. Low mortgage rates and demographics were helping drive some of that.”

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.

Brightline

Brightline Announces Las Vegas-to-Los Angeles High-Speed Railway Back on Track, Extension Possibly Included

LAS VEGAS, NV – The oft-delayed Brightline West high-speed railway system between Las Vegas and Southern Los Angeles that has been long-gestating once again is being heralded as back on-track, along with a potential extension into an additional L.A. suburb that would open up an additional region of California to Southern Nevada.

Following a series of delays that, as our last report, had construction slated to begin in 2021, the Miami-based Brightline West – the only private passenger rail company in the country – is now anticipating an early 2023 start on construction which would include an additional 49-mile extension into California’s Rancho Cucamonga suburb, pending final federal approval which is expected by November 2022.

This additional extra extension would connect into the original, previously-approved 216-mile railway from California’s Victor Valley to Las Vegas and would feature trains that travel between 180 and 200 miles-per-hour. With the Rancho Cucamonga extension – which would connect to downtown Los Angeles via an existing commuter train – the length of the electrified railway leading to Vegas would be extended to a total of 265 miles.

In a statement, Brightline noted that the high-speed railway system between Las Vegas and L.A. would generate jobs, help to reduce pollution, and deliver convenience for commuters.

“Brightline looks forward to working with the Federal Railroad Administration on finalizing the permitting process and making this America’s high-speed-rail showcase system,” they said. “Brightline West is the most shovel-ready project in the nation and provides the best opportunity for this country to have a new high-speed rail system within the next few years, achieving success for this administration’s goals related to jobs, climate and equity.”

Currently, the projected launch date of passenger rail service for this line is in 2026, with an estimated total development cost of $8 billion. The finished rail line would result in a 34-mile stretch of track in Nevada running along Interstate 15, ending at a station located on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.

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.

Henderson, Summerlin

Report Says Californian Transplants to Nevada Mainly Settling in Henderson, Summerlin Communities

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Las Vegas luxury real estate market continues to be fueled in no small part by California residents leaving their home state in droves – mainly due to excessive taxes, high cost-of-living concerns, and draconian COVID-19 restrictions – in favor of Las Vegas’ Henderson and Summerlin communities, both of which have been favored heavily by recent out-of-state transplants.

In contrast to their native California, Las Vegas offers everything individuals who are fleeing the Golden State could want, including lower taxes, secure high-end communities, breathtaking views – both scenic, and of the city of Las Vegas itself – and impressive amenities conducive to a luxurious lifestyle.

Reports say that an extremely high percentage of wealthy buyers from California are settling in Henderson and Summerlin, both of which contain affluent, gated, master-planned communities that offer high-end homes with numerous perks for residents and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

However, which of these two communities Californian buyers are gravitating towards when they arrive in Southern Nevada tends to differ on what part of their home state they are coming from, experts say. Those coming from Orange County, for example, tend to favor the offerings of Summerlin. This is due to many factors, but especially its “city-like” feel; the community is located against the Spring Mountains of Red Rock National Conservation Area, and features a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban center with a mix of world-class dining, shopping, events and entertainment options.

In contrast, those coming from areas with a slightly more rural aesthetic, such as San Diego, tend to lean more towards Henderson, which features more of a “small town” charm. The community offers lush greenery, extensive landscaping, and 1,400 acres of developed parks and trails. Located near Lake Las Vegas and Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Henderson was also highlighted as Money Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Live in America in 2018 and one of the safest cities in America by Forbes in 2017.

But regardless of where they chose to settle – Henderson, Summerlin, or elsewhere – the steady influx of wealthy out-of-state residents choosing to make Southern Nevada their new home isn’t expected to end anytime soon.

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.

Clark County

Clark County Announces Short-Term Rental Regulation Survey to Gain Residents’ Input

LAS VEGAS, NV – Currently, short-terms rentals such as Airbnb and VRBO are not legal in unincorporated Clark County, but all of that is set to change thanks to the passage of Assembly Bill 363 (AB363) by the Nevada Legislature, and county officials are seeking input from local residents on the regulation once the marketplace is allowed to open for business.

Clark County has launched a public survey regarding short-term rentals to assist officials in crafting ordinances that will serve to regulate the market, which AB363 requires be set in-place by no later than July 1, 2022.

Some of the limits to AB363 that local residents will be able to give their opinions on include minimum distance separation between short-term rentals proximity to resort hotels, limits on the number of occupants and number of permits a person may hold.

Erik Pappa, a Clark County spokesman, said that the survey should help to find compromises that will hopefully alleviate any misgivings that residents may have over short-terms rentals potentially appearing near their homes.

“We have to strike an appropriate balance and we really need the public’s input on what that balance should be,” Pappa said.

Currently, Assembly Bill 363 requires a minimum distance of 500 feet between any two short-term rentals – Las Vegas’ current ordinance requires 660 feet – and could also override a mandate that requires a rental property to be occupied by the homeowner.

“Are those standards appropriate or should we require further distance requirements? Should we limit the number of people that can stay at an Airbnb?” asked Pappa.

Clark County officials are urging residents to take part in the survey, which they say is vital in creating ordnances that can impact the quality of live in the neighborhoods that the majority of these rentals will be situated.

The survey, which takes between 10 and 15 minutes to complete, can be accessed at https://www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/survey.

The survey will ask several different questions of residents, including their opinions of having short-term rentals in their neighborhood, any experiences they have had with such services in the past, and other matters that will be taken into consideration when county officials draw up their mandated ordnances.

The survey will be made available to Clark County residents until the end of January, 2022.

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.

Horse Owner Dream Property

“Horse Owner’s Dream Property” in Northwest Las Vegas Goes on Market for Close to $8 Million

LAS VEGAS, NV – In keeping with the ongoing trend of the high-priced luxury Las Vegas real estate, “The House of Roses,” a Northwest Las Vegas ranch estate, has been listed on the market for $7.95 million.

The ranch, located at 4225 North Jensen Street and situated on 2.25 acres at the base of Lone Mountain, lives up to its name by featuring lush landscaping that is considered uncommon in Southern Nevada. The property boasts 25 species of roses and numerous varied fruit trees throughout the property, which are able to grow and thrive in the notoriously dry climate by way of a private well-water system.

The ranch’s realtor has dubbed The House of Roses as a “horse owner’s dream property,” with the estate including seven horse stables with automatic waterers, a box stall with an attached 30-foot covered run, a 14,000 square-foot riding arena with shock absorption, a riding ring encircled by steel-board fencing, a 60-foot round training area, and circular driveway for loading and transporting horses and supplies. The estate also has multiple horse corrals and is adjacent to a 2.3 mile trail that is accessed via a remote-controlled gate.

As for the home itself, it comes in at an impressive 8,199 square-feet that includes six bedrooms, eight baths, a four-car garage and a separate guest cottage. It was originally constructed in 2003, and in 2016 was purchased and renovated by Jessica and Josh Pianco; Jessica is the daughter of the late Stan Mallin, original co-owner of Caesar’s Palace.

The home also has two staircases accessing the second floor, several balconies overlooking the horse pastures and training areas, a master bedroom with a fireplace and outdoor seating area, in addition to a den and office space. Aesthetics include rustic wood accents, archways, several courtyards, and backyard views of Lone Mountain and Red Rock Canyon’s Spring Mountain ranges.

The Palms Las Vegas

The Palms Las Vegas, Closed Since 2020, Announces Reopening Under New Ownership

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Palms Casino Resort, which has sat closed and unused near the Las Vegas Strip since closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, has announced that it will now be reopening in 2022 under new ownership.

The Palms, which originally opened for business in November 2001, catered to local residents and tourists, in addition to becoming popular among celebrities and young adults. It opened with a casino, restaurants and nightclubs, and a 42-story hotel. Over the years numerous additions were added, including a second tower, a recording studio, a movie theater, a music venue, and a high-rise condo hotel.

Nevada state government ordered casinos to close in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but while casinos were allowed to begin reopening a few months later, the Palms remained closed while then-owner Red Rock Resorts waited for the local economy to improve.

In May 2021, Red Rock announced that it would be selling The Palms to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians – a federally recognized tribe of Serrano people in California – for $650 million in cash. The deal is still pending due to regulatory approval, but is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians anticipates reopening the resort in 2022, with a greater emphasis being placed upon gambling as opposed to nightlife, with the core demographic still being local residents.

The resort – which had a $600 million renovation in 2019 – located just west of I-15 near the Las Vegas Strip and features a casino, approximately 700 hotel rooms, and suites, a variety of restaurants, meeting and convention spaces, a 2,500-seat theater, a pool, and spa, other numerous other amenities.

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.

Vegas Condominiums

Prices of Vegas Condominiums Increase 26% Year-Over-Year, Breaking Record; Slight Increases Still Expected

LAS VEGAS, NV – A report released recently by Las Vegas Realtors (LVR) indicates that the cost of condominiums and townhomes in Southern Nevada have broken an all-time record, showing a whopping increase of 26 percent year-over-year.

According to the report, as of October 2021 the median price of Las Vegas condos and townhomes was approximately $236,000, which represents a 26.5 percent increase over October 2020, when that number was at $186,500.

LVR President Aldo Martinez noted that, as home prices continue to climb in Las Vegas – the median price of existing single-family homes sold in Southern Nevada during October 2021 was $410,000 – people looking for affordable lodging alternatives have been turning to condos and townhomes, which despite their own prices increases still remain cost-efficient overall.

“Our home prices are still increasing, but they’re going up more gradually. Even though we’re slowing down a bit, home prices are still rising,” Martinez said. “Buyers looking for more affordable options have been turning to condominiums and townhomes, as witnessed by the median condo price of $236,000. As we’ve been saying for some time, the rate of appreciation we’ve seen this year is great for homeowners, and the low interest rates have been great for home buyers.”

The LVR report noted that the total value of all real estate transactions conducted in Southern Nevada during October 2021 was over $1.5 billion for homes and $204 million for condos, high-rise condos and townhomes. This represents an overall increase of 13.5 percent year-over-year increase for homes of 13.5 percent, and a very impressive increase of 37 percent for condos and townhomes.

Overall, however, supply of both homes and condos remains tight, and given the overall demand – while currently beginning to show signs of cooling slightly – are nonetheless expected to continue an upward trajectory.

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.