Archive for January, 2008

To continue in my coverage of City Center, this post is about THE HARMON Hotel, Spa, and Residences. I have to say that I’m a bit biased about City Center because it is SO beautiful. I drove home last night from seeing KA at the MGM, and everytime I pass it I’m awe struck. The construction on this project is moving incredibly fast and it’s really starting to take shape. I’m going to try and take pictures from Panorama Towers to give everyone a perspective of this cool project.

The Harmon Condo Hotel in City CenterThe Harmon Hotel, Spa, and Residences are one of three condo hotel projects in City Center. The Light Group, a team of highly successful hospitality, real estate and design industry professionals are setting a new standard of luxury and service in an ultra-chic hotel living experience. London Based architecture firm Foster + Partners designed this specialty boutique hotel with residences occupying the top 21 floors of the 47 story building. There are 400 Hotel Rooms, and 207 striking residences. There are One, two, and three bedroom options ranging from 1,000-1,730 sq ft. Penthouses range from 1,940 -3,700 sq ft. Some amenities include:

  • High Tech Fitness Center
  • Owner’s Lounge/Media Room
  • Hair stylist and Salon
  • Strip View Spa
  • Pool with Cabanas & daybeds
  • Private Valet Parking and much more

The Residential Units include many upgraded features such:

  • Modern Recessed lighting
  • Energy Efficient, luxury appliances
  • Name brand stackable front load washer and dryers
  • Three different designer schemes to choose from
  • and a fantastic view of the strip just to name a few

The Projected completion of this project is November 2009, but don’t wait too long before these residences are gone. If you’d like more information regarding City Center or any of the condo projects, please contact Felipe Crook at 702-683-2169 or email me at Felipe@felipecrook.com. I look forward to helping you own a piece of Vegas.

Felpe Crook Las Vegas Highrise Specialist Felipe Crook

Prudential Americana Group Realtors

7475 W. Sahara Ave Ste 100

Las Vegas, NV 89117

702-683-2169 Felipe@felipecrook.com


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As I continue to write about the High Rise Condo market in Las Vegas, VDARA condo/hotel in City Center is my next post. I’m enjoying providing this information to clients interested in owning a piece of Las Vegas. If you haven’t heard about City Center, take a look at my CITY CENTER POST. It’s a quick way to get caught up with the huge MGM MIRAGE project in the center of the Strip in Las Vegas.
Vdara Condo Hotel City Center Las VegasVDARA CONDOS in City Center Las Vegas, is a gorgeous project slated to be completed in November 2009. If you drive down to the strip you can already see how impressive VDARA is going to look with all of the beautiful shimmering glass. This tower will feature, 1,543 Condo Hotel Residences located just south of the Bellagio in a 57 story tower. This will dwarf many buildings on the strip and change the Las Vegas Skyline, not to mention provide the city with valuable jobs. Here are some of the amenities:

  • Pool, Cabanas, whirpool atop the porte cochere with VIEWS
  • Appointed “Retreat Cabanas”
  • Day-to-Night pool bar and lounge
  • Fully equipped Fitness Center
  • Wellness Spa
  • Full Service Salon
  • Intimate gourmet grocery featuring a coffee bar
  • High Tech conference facilities
  • Owner’s Mail Room and Laundry facilities
  • Connected to Bellagio via pedestrian walkway
  • Nightly Rentals Permitted
  • Green Building Registered to pursue LEED Certification

These Condos are fully furnished turn key hotel residences with all the amenities you would find in a high end hotel on the strip. When you have the MGM MIRAGE developing a project, you know that customer service is of the highest quality. There are many types of floor plans available from Studios, one and two bedrooms. Penthouse units are available also in studios, single story one and two bedrooms, and two story one and two bedrooms. All residences are equipped with energy efficient appliances, front load stackable name brand washer and dryer. The style is modern with gorgeous dark woods, huge windows, and a flat panel television.

These condos are a good option for people who are interested in renting out their unit when they’re not in town. Most of the condo/hotels in Las Vegas don’t cover your entire mortgage, but it will cover some. If you’d like a free brochure about this project, or if you’d like to see the sales center, please give me a call at 702-683-2169 and I can make an appointment for you. You can also email me with any questions you migh have at Felipe@felipecrook.com

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This is my second post in my Las Vegas Highrise series focusing on Veer Towers in the City Center Project. Click on this link for more information on City Center

Veer Towers in City Center Las VEgasVeer Towers was designed by architect Helmut Jahn and is a spectacular example of our modern age. These two towers rise 37 stories with approximately 335 condo residences in each tower. They are both inclined at 5 degree angles which gives them the illusion of dancing. Fransisco Gonzalez-Pulido designed the lobbies and public spaces with impressive works of glass and metal with tons of natural light. The residences were designed by Dianna Wong Architecture and Interior Design, INC. which incorporates a modern style with a sleek openness, floor to ceiling windows for great light, and spa-styled bathrooms.

Veer Towers is also very conscious of people on the go with such feature as a private valet, a fully staffed lobby, a business center, recreation room, an upper floor media room for films, and a fitness center. The thing I found so amazing was the roof top infinity pools surrounded by decking for sun bathing and relaxing. Can you imagine getting a tan on top of your building over looking the hustle and bustle of the city?

The residences are available in studios, one and two bedrooms, and penthouses. Square footage ranges from nearly 500 sq feet to 3,300 sq feet. Prices start at $500,000 up to $4,505,000. For Felipe Crook Fine Home Specialistmore detailed information or floor plans, please contact Felipe Crook at Felipe@felipecrook.com or call him directly at 702-683-2169. I look forward to helping you own a piece of Las Vegas.

Felipe Crook

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City Center Las Vegas
City Centers Las Vegas:
I went down to the City Center Sales Pavilion recently and all I have to say is WOW. What an impressive project for our city! There are many different projects within City Center, but I am going to post about each project separately so I can outline the benefits the amenities of each tower.
But first, I’d like to talk about City Center. The MGM MIRAGE is the developer behind this massive, $7.8 Billion project on the 76 acres in between the Bellagio and the Monte Carlo. It’s a collection of top architects and designers in the world. I would say the common theme in City Center is diversity. MGM MIRAGE is known for being an extremely diverse employer and they remained true to their ideals in this project. From floor plans and sightlines to colors and materials, the residences were created as “…unique work of art, with the appeal of a collectible as well as its own sense of comfort.” In fact, it will house the first major permanent collection of art in Las Vegas integrated into public spaces, a new Cirque du Soleil show, and the most sought after retail brands.
Above City Center’s towers, soars the 4,000 room resort casino with facades of glass which engages the lights of our city. The overall design is quite fascinating. There are curves, angles, and atypical shapes that catch your eye and make you want to see itCity Center is Leed Certified completed faster so you can experience it. As I am trying to be more “Green” this year, I was pleasantly surprised to see the City Center is LEED(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. They have consciously developed a design with water savings, energy efficiency, material selection, and indoor environmental air quality as a primary objective without sacrificing style and aesthetics.
This project is going to change the Las Vegas Skyline, bring more international visitors, and employ over 13,000 people. We are very lucky such a project is being created in our city. If you would like a brochure about City Center, please contact me by email at
Luxury Highrise Las VegasFelipe@felipecrook.com or call me directly at 702-683-2169. This is a project of the future, get your piece of Las Vegas now.
Prudential Americana Group Realtor
7475 W. Sahara Ave Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV 89117

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I went to the Crystal Ball Seminar today at the Texas Station. This is a seminar lead by Larry Murphy who is one of the leading local real estate experts. He created and maintains all the new home inventory and is a statistic guru for Las Vegas. I, along with hundreds of other Realtors from around the city, came to hear about what is going to happen in 2008. Before he spoke about this year, he went in depth about what happened in 2007. Some of the numbers surprised me, and others were pretty evident. So here’s what I learned:

2008 Real Estate Forecast

Las Vegas Luxury Homes.I have read so many articles saying how the market has depreciated 30%-40%. Well according to these numbers, the actual depreciation in Las Vegas was only 4%. That number was calculated by taking an average sale prices of all of the closings in 2007 compared to the average sales prices of 2006 and the number was down by 4%. This was one of those surprising facts until he told us that statistic was only for Single Family Residences. When you started to add condos, condo conversions, and townhouses the number went to 9%. I think the statistic that everyone is thinking about is Volume of sales. Now that number in certain price ranges was down as much as 50%! This is no surprise to anyone who’s been alive in the last year.

Las Vegas Luxury Market in Las Vegas

The only housing segment that was not affected by our slump in the market has been the properties over $1,000,000. This graph shows the total volume by price. As you can see every other price range has seen a huge decrease in sales which means there are a lot more homes to sell and not as many buyers. An increase in inventory and a decrease in buyers has forced some sellers to come back to real estate reality and lower their prices. Now if someone bought their home in 2005-2006 and you’re trying to sell it right now, you’re probably not going to be able to sell it for what you paid for it. So many sellers are opting to rent out their properties until the market turns around. Being a landlord can be trying at times, but the alternative of letting your home go into foreclosure is not fun! I work with a good Property Management Company if you need a referral.

Now to the good part. We’ve almost hit the bottom of the market. Larry Murphy has predicted that the first and second quarters will see a slight decline and then it will plateau. 2009 should be a much healthier year for real estate, especially with all of the projects opening up on the strip: Wynn Encore(2008) and City Center to name a few. The overwhelming message is :

“It has NEVER been a better time to buy in Las Vegas.”

We haven’t seen prices like these since 2003 or 2002! Interest rates are at historic lows, and the selection is bountiful. If you would like a market analysis, or you would like to see what’s currently on the market, please give me a call at 702-683-2169 or email me at Felipe@felipecrook.com. I look forward to helping you with all your real estate needs.

Felipe Crook

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At Tuesday’s Sales Meeting at Prudential, I was introduced to a new project here in Las Vegas. I thought it was interesting enough to post about it. The project is called CL3 Lofts.

CL3 Lofts in Las Vegas

The concept behind this project is an entrepreneur who wants the convenience of living very, VERY close to work….in fact live right above your work. We don’t really have projects like this in the Las Vegas Valley. Here’s some statistics:

The Office:

  • Your Office is down one flight of stairs, but please be dressed and ready for business before heading down. 🙂
  • It’s designed with 238 sq ft Main Office Area
  • Coffee Bar
  • Half Bathroom
  • 209 sq ft of Meeting/Display Area
  • Low-E dual pane windows
  • 3 Assigned parking stalls per unit.

Or if your business requires more than an office space, try the warehouse option:

The Warehouse or Workspace:

  • 616 sq ft of unobstructed space
  • 12′-14′ roll-up warehouse door
  • State-of-the-art Structural wiring
  • Two Skylights
  • Insulated stell exterior panels providing thermal resistance
  • Low-E Dual Pane Windows
  • A Climate Controlled environment

The builder has expressed how flexible they are with tenant improvements. They have professional installers, and you can design the space to suit your needs. I like the idea of this project because you’ll be surrounded by follow small business owners and the synergy that can be build from this environment could be quite contagious.

CL3 Lofts in Las Vegas

Now, in terms of the living space. If you have a family, this is not the property for you. The total sq footage of your residence is 727. Your living space is a modern open-plan condo style space above your warehouse/office. Some of the features include:

  • Top-of-the-line fixtures and stainless steel gas applianes
  • Individual Air Conditioning systems
  • Private Balcony
  • Low-E Dual Pane Windows
  • 1 Covered Carport
  • Many upgrades are Included.

This project is not for a lot of people, but for those small business owners who want to ease of walking down the stairs to get to work it’s perfect. Pricing starts from $699,000 up to the High $700,000’s. Financing is based on a SBA Loan through US Bank. Requirements are 10% down payment amortized over a 25 year period.

Take a look at this video of the community. Interesting huh?

If you would like to get a free brochure about this community please email me at Felipe@felipecrook.com.

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Las Vegas Luxury HomesCanyon Gate is a beautiful community located on the west side of Las Vegas near the intersection of Durango and Sahara. This neighborhood is a 24 hour Guard Gated golf community that boasts beautiful views of the mountains and of the strip depending on your location within the community. The architectural style ranges from Tuscan/Mediterranean to modern and contemporary. As of January, 22 2008 there are currently 6 properties for sale ranging from a recently foreclosed home listed at $689,900 (which is quite a steal in this neighborhood) up to $4,200,000. The neighborhood broke ground in the late 1980’s. The properties that have not been remodeled reflect that in the listing price.

Canyon Gate Country Club is a very elegant, family friendly club. There are many levels of membership depending on your lifestyle and needs.

  • The Golf Membership: offers unlimited use of the golf course, the tennis courts, swimming pools, fitness center and all clubhouse dinning facilities. The golf course is a full 18 hole championship caliber course designed Ted Robinson. Players will have to negotiate 70 sand traps and 12 lakes.
  • Tennis/Athletic Membership: includes full use of the tennis, swim, fitness, and clubhouse dinning facilities.
  • Dinning Membership: offers unlimited use of the clubhouse Dinning Rooms and is the perfect way for the first time Private Club Member to experience gracious Country Club living . To continue the tradition of membership by invitation, The Board of Governors invites every member to exercise this privilege and responsibility.

Luxury Homes Las VegasCanyon Gate has also established a reciprocal relationship with over 230 clubs world-wide which include prestigious City Clubs, Country Clubs and Athletic Clubs, with the exception of Resort Clubs, where there is a nominal fee.

The social activities are plenty in this neighborhood too. One thing I noticed is Canyon Gate is very Family Friendly, so if you got kids and you want them to feel as welcomed as the adults this is definitely the place for you! Some of the activities include:

  • Jan 8th: Seniors Day
  • Jan 10th- Kids Night: Movie Night
  • Jan 16th: Wine Tasting Club
  • Thursdays: Family Value at the Grill.
  • Fridays: Martini with the Manager
  • Men’s Clubs
  • Women’s Clubs.
  • and much more……

If you’re interested in looking at properties in this neighborhood, please contact Felipe Crook directly at 702-683-2169 or email me for available appointments at felipe@felipecrook.com.Felipe Crook Luxury Homes Las Vegas

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