Chris Stuhmer doesn’t just design homes in Las Vegas. He designs communities. “Your experience is so much more than what’s inside your house or what it looks like from the street,” says the CEO and founder of Christopher Homes. “A lot of people don’t want to live in a traditional neighborhood.”
Stuhmer’s latest project takes that philosophy and pulls it in a brand new direction. Vu by Christopher Homes is the first townhouse community in MacDonald Highlands. The homes aren’t the largest in the guard-gated master-planned development, but they’re among the most stylish — complementing each other with sleek modern exteriors, contemporary designs and inventive use of functionality. The floor plans are open and spacious, merging effortlessly with balconies, courtyards, patios and other outdoor spaces through large sliding doors and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Living up to the promise of the name, every residence takes advantage of the elevation to soak in spectacular views of not only Dragon Ridge Golf Course, but the Strip, Downtown and virtually every corner of the Las Vegas Valley.
The homes at Vu are especially attractive to empty-nesters who are downsizing to 2,800-4,600 square feet but want a luxury feel. They also appeal to small families seeking unconventional living spaces. “With millennials, it’s all about the experience,” says Stuhmer. “And simplicity in life is a much higher priority than it used to be.”
Stuhmer’s passion for excellence began at an early age. He grew up in the business doing trade work in the summer and helping his father build entry-level homes. After studying architecture, the budding entrepreneur went into business for himself in 1981 — starting big with custom homes in the Section 10 neighborhood west of the Strip.
As Christopher Homes grew as a company, it shifted focus to semi-custom communities. With all the pieces in place, Christopher Homes would go on to create timeless communities like the Palisades, Country Club Hills, and Boulder Ridge in The Ridges.
Christopher Homes is already planning an expansion of Vu in MacDonald Highlands, continuing its legacy of excellence throughout the Las Vegas landscape.