Life at 3,000 feet above Las Vegas
By Robert Kachelriess
Las Vegas was built on equal parts style and sizzle – a dazzling desert oasis of lavish casino resorts, celebrity chefs and world class entertainment. Yet the biggest showstoppers aren’t always on the world-famous Strip. They’re also in the extravagant residential communities that set new standards for luxury living in the surrounding landscapes.
It’s hard to find a better example than Ascaya, a dramatic mountainside enclave that’s been a favorite of celebrities and power brokers since construction wrapped on the first homes in 2016. The community is a hallmark of exclusivity, stretching more than 3,000 feet into the sky. It almost floats above Las Vegas, soaking in expansive views of the Strip, Downtown and Harry Reid International Airport. Watching planes land from such a unique perspective is an experience all by itself.
The price of a homesite alone can exceed $2 million – and is worth every penny. More than 300 lots were carved into Henderon’s McCullough Range, staggered like “stadium seating” to maximize privacy in a low-density environment while minimizing obstructions that might interfere with those sky-high views. The stone retaining walls that frame the elevated lots are just one of the community’s signature touches.
No two homes are the same. Each residence is an engineering masterpiece, custom-built from the ground up with varying combinations of wood, steel, glass and concrete that favor bold Desert Contemporary aesthetics and design elements. Homes span at least 4,500 square feet with space to host the finest art, appliances and smart-home technology. It’s not uncommon to see towering sliding-door windows retract into the walls, revealing beautifully crafted backyard decks that overlook the Las Vegas Valley.
Residents also have access to a spectacular $25 million clubhouse with a pool, fitness center and sports facilities that compete with the best resorts on the Strip. A two-acre family park with playfields, water features and brightly curated landscaping was recently completed and is already earning rave reviews by homeowners.
Ascaya was privately developed by Henry Cheng of NWS Holdings Limited, who carefully planned and executed the project over three decades like a fine work of art. The Hong Kong billionaire began buying the land in the early 1990s, setting the stage for a community that’s attracted the likes of Raiders owner Mark Davis and KISS founder Gene Simmons over the years.
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