There are other ways to celebrate Thanksgiving Day than to slave in the kitchen all day. Whether you live in Vegas or you’re visiting this holiday season, we can point you to some of the best places to celebrate your Thanksgiving. This way, you won’t have to wake up at dawn just to put turkey in the oven.
Thanksgiving is a celebration, a time to enjoy great food and good company. Let others do the work for you and get ready to enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving meal without breaking a sweat.
Chef Paul Bartolotta brings your taste buds to the heart of Italy in a romantic setting. Enjoy a wide range of Italian dishes showcasing fresh seafood, salads, meat dishes, pasta and fine wine. This place is guaranteed to give you a “magical experience.”
Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay brings the art of grilling to the Strip. If your mouth is already watering from the dishes he cooks and grills on television, visit Mesa Grill to taste the actual thing. Treat yourself to a feast this Thanksgiving by starting off with roasted pumpkin soup, freshly chopped salads, Tequila smoked salmon, crusted swordfish steak and rib eye steaks.
Savor a scrumptious four-course Thanksgiving meal 800 ft above the Strip, at the Stratosphere. Now that would really make a memorable Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy gulf prawns etouffee, pumpkin ravioli, salad, squash soup, roasted free-range turkey, corn bread, andouille sausage stuffing and don’t forget to leave room for their to-die-for desserts! You’ll be revolving 360 degrees every 80 minutes so enjoy the view and enjoy the meal.
Want a taste of something different this Thanksgiving? Try T&T at Luxor and taste their amazing turkey torta, turkey breast with mole poblano, grilled veggies, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin flan. You still get your turkey but with a Mexican spin. You may never go traditional again once you taste their ultra decadent flan, which is a blend of dark caramel, egg custard, and cinnamon treated with a splash of cajeta juice.
If you’re dining with your entire family and you’re searching for a place that will serve you a great Thanksgiving spread, go to Carmine’s at the Forums Shops at Caesar’s. Their traditional Thanksgiving meal includes all the trimmings: Mashed potatoes with gravy, sausage and sausage stuffing, applewood smoked bacon, baby carrots, sweet potatoes dipped in marshmallow and maple syrup, sauteed green beans, brussel sprouts with caramelized onions, choice of apple pie, pecan pie or pumpkin pie and, of course the star of the Thanksgiving table, an 18-pound roasted turkey for the whole family. This Thanksgiving meal will feed 6-8 people.
Where will you be this Thanksgiving? Do you know of other good places to dine this Thanksgiving? Share your thoughts in the comment field below. Happy Turkey Day!]]>
Your garage is often the last area sellers will consider jazzing up before selling, but don’t overlook this space; it may be the goldmine in your home. Your garage can substantially add value to your home or make your home stand out from the rest of the crowd. Take care though: This is one strategy that should be approached with extreme caution.
Before you start making renovation plans, talk to your real estate professional. There are some communities where they will not permit a new garage to be constructed on the property. Your real estate agent will be able to gauge if your garage is a turn-on or a turn-off to your targeted homebuyers.
Talk to your local real estate expert about your targeted buyers. Your realtor will know what kind of homes and amenities the buyers in your area are looking for. If your realtor believes that your garage can fetch more value for your home, then this is the only time to consider what kind of renovation should go into your garage.
Some municipalities allow garage occupancy. In cases where it’s allowed, some homeowners will turn the extra space into a studio, workshop, or even a spot for their home-based businesses.
Once you’ve set up your garage to be more than just a place to park your car, it’s time to show it off to your targeted buyers. If you know somebody who can do a trompe d’oeil or some murals on the walls, go for it. Some color can turn your garage into something more magical and it will definitely catch your buyers’ attention.
Again, before you make your move, have a chat with your local expert and request samples of homes who did the same thing with their garage space. You want to earn money from your garage, not burn money on it.
Are you considering selling your home? Want to know the value of your garage or your home? Reach out to us. Our real estate driven experts understand what sells and what doesn’t. Contact us today!]]>
The kitchen is undeniably the heart of the home. Nowadays, even if homebuyers will seldom use this space, they still want it to be fully packed for major cooking. Luxury homebuyers will want a kitchen stocked with a sub-zero fridge, double dishwashers, an ice maker, a butler’s pantry or second kitchen, six burner range, and a barbecue that vents outside.
If you’re after luxury homebuyers’ hearts, charm them with a fully loaded kitchen space. The kitchen is a strong selling point even for buyers who rarely cook. It is the new trend when it comes to home entertainment space.
A butler’s pantry is also rising in popularity. It is often used for catering events and extra prep stage for large parties. But on a normal set up, the small kitchen is what’s often used to avoid messing up the large kitchen.
Nowadays, it’s not only about having the shiniest appliances in the kitchen but also having the smartest devices, which means gadget-controlled appliances. Homebuyers simply fall in love with kitchens that can be remotely controlled by their phones or IPads. Double-duty looks are also attention-grabbers, refrigerator drawers or warming bins that look like wooden cabinets is a big hit.
Built in cappuccino-makers or wine-dispensing devices will definitely receive some oohhhs and aaahhhs and may make your homebuyers want to move in tomorrow. If people see how well stocked-up the kitchen is with the best products, they can easily picture the whole house being treated the same way too.
White is still a running favorite for kitchen spaces but buyers with more exotic tastes will look for darker tones like chocolate, charcoal, indigo, etc. Bottomline, the consumers are evolving. They want more and they want it now, especially when it comes to their kitchen areas.
What luxury kitchen appliance would you like to find in your next home? What’s the first thing you look at when you look at a luxury kitchen? Share your thoughts with us. We’d love to hear from you.]]>
Downtown Summerlin, a project of the Howard Hughes Corporation is almost a perfect blend of everything. It has Red Rock, a high-end resort, nearby. It has upscale office spaces, a gigantic mall and to complete the picture, soon it will have 124 units of luxury apartments.
The Howard Hughes Corp. is partnering with The Calida group to work on the luxury apartment neighborhood, which will be set east of the shops at Griffith Peak Drive and Town Center Drive.
Eric Cohen, managing director for the Calida Group, said, “It’s going to feel like a luxury boutique resort.” The project’s name is The Constellation. It will have its own on-call aesthetician and masseuse, a luxurious pool complete with cabanas, a state-of-the-art fitness center, attached garages and a spa.
It’s scheduled to be finished and move-in ready by the fourth quarter of 2015, but no rates have been released. Aspiring residents can already expect that rates will also follow its features “at the top of the market,” which could mean lease rates that can get more pricey than some mortgage rate payments.
The Constellation will be unlike any other apartment building; the units will have spaces ranging from 1,000 to 2,040 square feet in one of the best locations in the Valley.
The Constellation is just a small portion of Downtown Summerlin’s housing projects. It still has many residential projects planned in the coming decade with 4,000 houses in mind. It will be nearly every type of housing imaginable, including high-rises, mid-rises, ground-floor retail, and brownstones.
Kevin Orrock, President of Summerlin, said, “We’re creating a project that’s pretty unique in the marketplace. It will be a boutique luxury product that really hasn’t been done.”
The Howard Hughes Corp. is still developing around 200 acres of land in Downtown Summerlin, and it has plans of building more office spaces and possibly a state-of-the-art baseball stadium that will complete the “live, work, and play” mantra for the master-planned community of Summerlin.
Are you looking at opportunities to live close to Downtown Summerlin? Want to be comfortably settled in an urban core? Reach out to us. We can help you with that. Our team driven real estate experts know every sweet spot in the Valley and we can help you find the home that will fit your lifestyle. Contact us today!]]>
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Welcome to the gated community of Chelsea Gardens – Summerlin. With more upgrades than room to list, this single story home will leave you in awe. Designer accents including brick accent wall, custom paint and light fixtures highlight this amazing floor plan. Front court yard with additional access from den as well as dual covered patios that overlook the lush backyard with mature landscaping are just icing on the cake.
Charm and Space – the Winning Combo!! This open floor plan boasts formal living and dining areas as well as a family room and beautiful kitchen with corian countertops and white appliances. Spacious Master Suite with walk in closet. All this topped off with fabulous backyard with mature desert landscaping.]]>
The Holidays are just around the corner and there’s no stopping it. Pretty soon it will be hosting season. Avoid last-minute scrambling by planning ahead to make sure that your holiday hosting doesn’t stress your holidays.
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s, it’s best to put your house in order little by little so you don’t get overwhelmed by this undertaking. Start now while you still have plenty of time in your hands to make your space nice and cozy.
The first thing your overnight guests are going to notice when you show them their room is the bed. Having a well-dressed, well-made bed for your guests will make them feel welcome in your home. If your bed sheet is starting to look a little shabby, it’s time to get new ones. You can find many cozy and inexpensive selections in stores like Target and Ikea.
Put together a selection of soap, candles, body wash, and lotion in a basket and place them in the guest baths. This will definitely put a smile on their faces and they’ll appreciate the gesture.
What’s a family gathering without some fun and games? Bring out board game for the kids to distract them from their gadgets and buy some cards for the adults or even classic party games like Charades. Or buy lots of large paper and some pens for a round of Win, Lose or Draw that would include all the members of the group.
This is perhaps the busiest day for your kitchen and for you too. But you don’t need to spend the whole day cooking. You can prepare your food in advance and lessen the work. Prepare plenty of snacks for the kids, and adults too. Choose your dishes well. Simple, quick and easy but delicious. Desserts you can do ahead of time. And if you don’t have time to do desserts, buy some ice cream and cupcakes or store-bought pies.
You won’t like your home being messy and filthy, so get your home in order before your guests start pouring in. Hang your holiday decor in and around the house to get everybody into the holiday spirit. Hang lights, stockings, and of course set up and decorate your tree.
Have you made your holiday preparations? What’s keeping you? Make your list today and share your holiday tips with us. We’d love to hear from you.]]>
Strategically located 1,000 ft. above the Valley floor, south of Horizon Ridge Parkway in McCullough Range, it’s now getting a lot of activity after being idle for years.
The Ascaya Mountain-mansion project is really creating a big buzz. Fifty more individuals are on the waiting list, with more flying in from California. Although the higher portion of the mountain is not yet ready for purchasing, a long line has already formed, awaiting its arrival on the market.
The first batch of sales came in just after two months when Ascaya reopened the project. Work crews have once again become visible and busy grading lots, building roads and installing utilities. But the mountain-mansion project doesn’t have any houses to showcase yet, all it has are empty, layered pads etched into the mountain.
The marketing arm of the Ascaya mountain-mansion project intends to sell the 313 units in stages while developers aim to finish the project in a decade or less.
The Ascaya mountain is as lavish as they come and when it comes to excess luxury, they plan on everything, including strict restrictions on the theme of the homes. As much as possible, they want to avoid the cookie-cutter look from covering the mountain. Each home design should be unique and follows the contemporary desert-themed look to complement the environment.
Every home in Ascaya will be at least 4,500 sq. ft without maximum, according to Darin Marques, sales manager of Ascaya.
Henry Cheng, Hong Kong tycoon, and his family have been buying land in the Henderson mountains since 1990, with a vision of building mansions overlooking the Valley. They only stopped when the economy took a downturn in 2009. Cheng and his family reportedly spent about $200 million just drilling, blasting dirt and moving rocks.
Are you interested in the Ascaya Mountain Mansion project? Interested in making it onto their waiting list? Talk to us! Our team of driven real estate experts have a solid network in the Las Vegas real estate business and we can help get the property you want. Contact us today!]]>
Today, the community has 1,350 homes with plans for an additional 8,500 homes in the next few years.
The Inspirada community showcases the timeline of the Las Vegas real estate boom, bust, and healing. The plan went into motion in 2007 with hundreds of homes perfectly packaged in subdivisions. But when the economy took a dive, the developers stopped selling and the lenders drove the project to bankruptcy, claiming that they are owed some $330 million.
After years of squabble, developers against fellow developers and developers against lenders, things are again going into motion for Inspirada.
Dennis Smith, President and CEO of Home Builders Research says, “There’s all this pent-up demand for new building. There’s been so much inactivity, with a lack of confidence in the economy and so many people trapped in their houses with negative equity. Things are getting better, and people are thinking, ‘Maybe it’s time to look at something new. We can make our move and interest rates are going up.’”
The Inspirada community can help boost the “permit activity” from 10% to 20% more in the coming months. And it’s just in time for buyers who are able to purchase homes again. With new programs to help the fresh batch of consumers and boomerang buyers who are getting back into the market, it will just be a matter of time before these new homes get snatched.
John Restrepo, principal with Las Vegas analysis firm RCG Economics says, “We’re definitely on the mend. The builders see that fact and are moving forward with Inspirada.”
Are you in the market for a home? Interested about the Inspirada project in Henderson? Talk to us! Our team driven real estate professionals are experts in the Las Vegas area and can help you find the home and the community you want. Contact us today!]]>
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Beautiful Vista home in Summerlin West boasts open floor plan with cathedral ceilings. Stunning stairway graces your entrance, gorgeous granite highlights open kitchen, terrific breakfast nook, as well as separate family room continue to add to this home’s charm. Magnificent master bath features double sinks and huge walk-in closet. This one is a must see!!!!
After Halloween, you’ll immediately feel the ambiance of Thanksgiving and the Holidays filling the air. But before you really get caught up with all the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s best to get ahead of things. Get into the Holiday spirit minus the stress by going through this November checklist. You can save time and make your home cozier before Christmas.
Your kitchen will be the busiest place in the house once the holidays hit and you won’t have the time to really deep clean it then. So why not do it now before things get really crazy and family and guests start knocking on your door? While you’re cleaning, you’ll probably discover some things that need repair and you’ll be thankful that you discovered them earlier rather than later.
Check your pantry and make a list of what you need to stock up on for your major holiday cooking. This way you’ll avoid those last minute run to the store just to get a single item.
You don’t need to spend big time to decorate for the holidays: A wreath, some Christmas throw pillows, a centerpiece (you can even make it edible), some stockings on the mantel, or some candles are enough to spread some holiday cheer.
Set aside an hour to update your contact list and then order your holiday cards, whether online or from a printer. It will be one less thing you’ll need to worry about later.
The holidays are all about giving, so give a little something to your local food pantry. This year, make an impact in your community. Get into the spirit of giving this season, you won’t regret it.
Enjoy a stress-free holiday by starting on your November checklist today.
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