May 2012

Found 13 blog entries for May 2012.

The Bellagio Conservatory is one of our favorite attractions on the Strip.  With a large space that is decorated to celebrate different seasons/holidays throughout the year, we try to make it by to see each of their new displays.  Each year, they tend to do a Patriotic Theme for Memorial Day and leave the display up through the July 4th holiday as well as Labor Day week-end.  

This Summer's Display titled "Sail to New England" will be up through September 9th. The flowers are grown in the Bellagio's own greenhouse.  You'll find they frequently do sculptures of animals and even people using blooms from their green house to decorate them.  

This display for Memorial Day features an old fashioned light house and small sailboat in the "lake" at the

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The Havana Grill in Henderson reminds us of one of the reasons we love our desert life.  Located next to the Regal theaters at Eastern and Pebble, this is just North of the 215 which makes it a convenient location for us to stop for lunch when heading up to Anthem or Seven Hills for showing homes.

With a large selection of Cuban sodas, and tropical fruit juices it's easy to quench your thirst on a hot day by stopping in for lunch.  And, if it isn't a work day, they have a large selection of Cuban rums to really make you feel you're in the tropics.  Starting with the hot Cuban bread they bring to your table, you will find the food served here is authentic Cuban cuisine.  Our favorites include the Masitas (fried pieces of pork served with grilled

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Boca Park at the edge of Queensridge and Summerlin offers those who live on the West side a variety of shopping and dining options.  Located at the corner of Charleston and Rampart St., the actual Boca Park Shopping Center is the section located on the Northeast corner of the intersection.  As the area has developed and more stores, restaurants have opened, most people refer to the entire intersection as Boca Park.

Locals who live nearby are able to enjoy a wide variety of stores and services without driving any further than this intersection.  On the Southwest corner, once you get past the gas station, which is one of the few in town with attendants who will actually pump gas for you, you have a few very popular businesses.  The Square Salon,

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Queensridge is known for the beautiful sculptured horses you pass as you enter the community, but the beauty extends beyond the sculptures.  It was originally designed to look like an English village with perfectly manicured pine trees, lots of green grass in the front lawns and median, beautiful pine trees and roses lining the streets.

Located on the Badlands golf course, there are two sections to Queensridge.  The South side of the community is entered off Charleston with two of the sculptured horses, one on each side of the guard-gated entrance.  In the Southern part of the community one finds a community pool, tennis courts and park like areas.  The Northern side is entered off Alta and features tennis courts and parklike areas, but does not

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Red Rock Country Club in Summerlin is one of our most popular golf course communities. Nestled up against the Red Rock Mountains, it offers beautiful golf, Mountain and even Strip views from some of the properties.  Homeowners can enjoy all the scenic beauty while being only minutes from the shopping, dining and entertainment that Summerlin has to offer.  Convenient access to the 215 Beltway also puts you at the Strip/Airport in as little as 20 minutes.

Homes in Red Rock Country Club include both production homes which were built by Sunrise Co in the earliest phase of development and Toll Brothers which built the final homes in the West Gate between 2004 and 2007.  In addition, there are custom homes behind second mechanical gates within the

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The Estates at Southern Highlands is arguably one of our most picturesque golf course communities with their beautifully manicured lawns, ponds and trees.  Located just West of the 15 Fwy at the Southern tip of our valley, it is a private enclave that is only 5-10 mins to the Strip and Airport.  For those who drive into California frequently, it's the first exit off the 15 Fwy as you're returning to town, shaving 15-30 mins. off the drive as compared to some of our other golf communities.

Southern Highlands is built around a private golf course.  The course which was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Robert Trent Jones Sr. restricts their membership to only 300 members who join by invitation only.  It is also one of the most exclusive

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Wynn Las Vegas celebrated the release of their Spring/Summer issue of their Wynn magazine by inviting guests to join them in Tableau Restaurant for wine and appetizers.  This issue of the magazine, appropriately is "The Dining Issue".  Several of the Chefs from their restaurants were circulating among the guests.  The timing for this issue coincides with one of our favorite "foodie" events.  We have Las Vegas Uncork'd this week-end.  Food writers and critics from throughout the world will be here along with local foodies, so devoting this issue of their magazine to the dining experience at Wynn was excellent timing. 

The foods served revealed the creativity you find in the Wynn and Encore restaurants.  Try medium rare steak served in a Chinese soup

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The Square Salon in Summerlin has only been open for a bit over a year, but it  has already attracted a large clientele of locals who are happy to find a great spa/salon experience without the drive to the Strip and without having to traipse through a smoke filled casino. When I moved to Vegas years ago, I started using the Spa at the Bellagio because a hairdresser I knew in San Francisco was working there.  Unfortunately, she moved back to California, leaving me to find my new salon through trial and error. 

There are great salons and spas on the Strip for those times when you want an extra bit of pampering.  I love 
sitting in the mani/pedi chair at the Encore, sipping on a mimosa and looking out at the view of the tops of the trees and the

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Selling your Las Vegas home will be easier if you understand the absorption rate for the current market and how it affects the price you will ultimately receive for your home.  In real estate, the absorption rate refers to the pace at which homes are being taken off the market in comparison to homes coming on the market.

You arrive at the absorption rate by taking the total number of homes sold over the past year and dividing by twelve months.  This gives you the average number of homes being sold each month in your area.  Then you determine how many properties are currently listed for sale without accepted offers on them.  Divide this number by the number of homes sold per month to arrive at how many months it would take to sell all the current

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Finding dim sum in Las Vegas was not that easy when I first moved here ten years ago. While living in San Francisco, I had grown spoiled by the variety of restaurants that served this traditional Chinese "snack" food.  The first time I took my boyfriend to San Francisco, he had never tried dim sum before and looked on with dismay as I ordered half a dozen dishes for us to taste (he was buying).  Should have seen his face when he got the check and it was a fraction of what we'd been spending in other restaurants.  Having discovered that he liked dim sum, I was determined to find the real deal if it existed in Las Vegas.  It wasn't long before someone turned me on to Orchids Garden on W. Sahara at Lindell.

 With so many restaurants to choose from, we

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