New Homebuyers Fall In Love With Their Desert Digs

Buying a home is probably one of the largest purchases most people ever make in their lifetime. And because purchasing a home is such a significant investment, sometimes it’s tough to make the commitment and sign on the dotted line. But the home buying experience does not have to be an intimidating one. We gathered together a few stories of new homebuyers in Southern Nevada who were happy to share their experiences buying a new home. Whether they were first-time buyers or veterans of the homebuying process, they had different reasons for falling in love with their new dwelling. Some liked the efficient use of space or stellar floor plan design, while others were smitten with certain design elements or uncommon standard and optional features. We think the stories we have compiled will convince you that buying a new home is one of the best decisions you will ever make, especially if you pick the builder that’s right for you. And with 2012 quickly coming to a close, consider finding your new home so you have a new place to hang your hat in 2013.


The Mathiesons love their new 4,658-square-foot Distinctive home at Canyons Estates so much they plan to never move again.

The Mathiesons love their new Distinctive home so much they plan to never move again. “This is our third and last house,” said Dr. Ray Mathieson of the 4,658-square-foot Mediterranean Villa floor plan they bought at Canyons Estates. “There were many selling points. Among them were the open floor plan that, for example, allows us be in the kitchen and see the kids while they’re playing in another room. We also love the large yard and the casita.”

The home’s location was also a big selling point for the couple. “This neighborhood is located perfectly. We’re close to the 15 and the 215. We’re close enough to the Strip that it’s easy to get home in a taxi if necessary and far enough away that we don’t have to contend with the tourist crowds. The view of the Strip at night was a strong selling point. Yet, with all that, the neighborhood is quiet and great for our children.”

Stephanie and Dr. Ray Mathieson also like that the builder was easy to work with. “One big factor in our choice was the availability of options and, after we chose the builder, they continued to work closely with us to ensure we were happy with our choice.

“For example, it was really important for us to have RV access for our boat. They adjusted the placement of the home and its access to accommodate the 12-foot RV. Everything that needed to be, was customized for us. We have a 20’ by 40’ pool, a 10×40 boat garage, a half-court basketball court and a 20×20 outdoor kitchen.”

Looking ahead, the Mathiesons noted the home’s energy efficient attributes. “This is an energy efficient home and that was important because if we’re going to live here for the next 30 years, we want to cut as much as possible on our energy bills.”

The Mediterranean Villa style homes at Canyons Estates range from 2,931 to 4,658 square feet and are priced from $401,990. To visit Canyon Estates from Las Vegas Blvd., go west on Sunset to Valley View, then go south to Warm Springs.

If you are coming from I-15 west take Russell Road to Valley View, then go south to Warm Springs. From I-215, go south on Decatur to Warm Springs, then east to Valley View. www.dhlv.com


Dunhill’s Roma 1810 plan, one of six single-story homes available at Tuscany Village, includes up to three bedrooms, up to two baths, a den and up to a three-car garage.

The heart of the home is what drew Alfonso and Diane Romero to their new Dunhill home at Tuscany Village. “It was the kitchen. I like the large island, the gas stove and the layout of the appliances. The dining and living rooms are also very open and flow well with the kitchen,” explained new homeowner Alfonso Romero.

The Romeros purchased the Roma 1810 plan, one of six single-story homes available at Tuscany Village. Roma 1810 is one of Tuscany’s most popular plans and includes up to three bedrooms, up to two baths, a den and up to a three-car garage. It has a standard covered patio that is flanked by the owner’s suite, Great Room and kitchen nook, giving it the feeling of an interior courtyard. A home office is in the far front of the home adjacent to the garage and front entry, making it completely separate from the main living areas. The master suite is located at the opposite end of the home with an option for its own back patio.

The Romeros, who are home buying veterans having owned five homes, also liked the plan’s design. “We liked the openness of the space, especially in the master bedroom and bath. We really like the walk-in closet and glass-enclosed shower, and had a sliding glass door put in for access to the back yard.”

The couple has big plans for their new back yard. “We want to have a back yard similar to the model home with a bit more greenery and gardening space. And having a corner lot gives us a view of the golf course,” said Alfonso.

Tuscany Village’s community amenities were another plus. “We liked the layout of the community and the La Vita Tuscana community center has a lot to offer. Both my wife and I are physical fitness nuts, so we love having the ability to ride our bikes around the neighborhood and work out in the fitness center,” said Alfonso.

“We chose Dunhill Homes because of the Tuscany community. I also liked the design and efficiency of the homes.” All of the floor plans at Tuscany Village include tankless water heaters, radiant barrier roofs and dual pane Low-E argon gas vinyl windows. All 13 new plans are certified by the ENERGY STAR® program. This certification requires specific efficiency measures, such as air duct sealing, controlling air flow in and out of the home, maximizing the efficiency of air conditioning units, and properly insulating walls. Once the home is completed, it is tested, rated and certified by a third-party for a HERS (Home Efficiency Rating System) score to ensure that the upgrades meet the certification criteria.

The Spanish Colonial style homes at Tuscany Village range from 1,438 to 2,683 square feet and are priced starting from $157,990.

To visit Tuscany Village, take Lake Mead Drive in Henderson heading east. Follow the signs to the community and turn left on Mohawk Drive to the main entrance. Tuscany’s sales office is located at 1549 Olivia Parkway and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 702-873-7287 or visit www.dunhillhomes.com


Mike and Krissy Rogers found Lennar’s 3,242 plan at the community of Andalusia to be a good use of space.

The main reason Mike and Krissy Rogers decided to move to the community of Andalusia was to find a home with no “wasted space.” They liked their previous home which they had lived in for the last 11 years, but they had a large formal room they never used. After researching online, Krissy found Lennar’s 3,242 plan and immediately took Mike over to see it.

“I wasn’t even in the market for a new home,” said Mike. “But after adding up the cost of remodeling some resale homes, it made more sense to just buy new and get everything we wanted already included.”

Krissy agrees. When they looked at other builders, they found the upgrades very pricey. “Even though they advertised a low price, at the end of the day when you add it all up you end up paying more than you would at Lennar with the features included as standard,” said Krissy.

To best utilize their new space, the Rogers chose a downstairs den instead of an extra bedroom, which also came with more storage in the downstairs bathroom rather than a shower. “This house has no wasted space,” said Krissy. “I love that we had a choice, this just works better for us.” They also opted for a lanai shower, which is an open shower with a drying area and large rain shower head, in their master bedroom.

Because they are a couple who enjoys entertaining, the Rogers love that the home’s downstairs is completely open and when they have company everyone can visit in the same room. Even in the kitchen there is a perfect view of the television, which will be convenient for hosting football games this fall.

In addition to efficient use of space, the Rogers were keen to stay in Summerlin because they liked the area and it was close to their children’s school. The home sites were also a good size and allowed for a pool, which they are planning on adding.

The added bonus for the couple was the views. The Rogers opted for a full balcony for good reason; they have a perfect unobstructed view of the city. They are also enjoying the neighbors and are excited to find families with children of similar ages.

The homes at Andalusia range in size from 3,242 to 3,864 square feet and are priced from the low $400,000s. The 3,242 plan is also available at other communities around the Las Vegas Valley, including Providence and Henderson.

To visit Andalusia, take 215 Beltway to Charleston Blvd, exiting west. Go north onto Desert Foothill, west onto Paeso Mist, when that ends take a right onto Paseo Breeze. Turn right onto Fox Hill, and the community will be on your right. Models will be on the left at 604 Green Sage Way. To make an appointment for a tour, call 877-828-1340.  www.Lennar.com/LasVegas


Courtney and Steven Moll, seated in the Residence One model home kitchen in their Solstice neighborhood, give Pardee Homes the highest rating in a customer satisfaction survey conducted by a national consumer research company.

“I grew up in a Pardee home, and then rented a home by another builder,” first-time homebuyer Courtney Moll explains of her reasoning behind selecting Pardee’s Residence One plan she and her husband, Steve, bought in Solstice at Aliante. “After living in that home and shopping for others, we believe Pardee is probably the best builder in Las Vegas.”

Courtney went on to explain the many amenities Pardee offers that appealed to them. “No space went to waste. We’ve got a huge pantry and huge closets, even in the guest rooms. My favorite room is the kitchen, where the double oven and ample counter space made me want to start baking,” said Courtney. The three-bay garage is her husband’s favorite part of their new Pardee home.

“The finishes are luxurious, like standard granite in the kitchen and bathroom counter upgrades. It looks like you paid a lot to get that look. We think we received the most value for our money,” said Courtney. “Although we were stressed out at the idea of buying a new home, the process was completely smooth, from financing to choosing design options. We are extremely happy with the quality of our home and we don’t worry at night about what is going to break next,” said Courtney.

Additionally, the Molls appreciate Pardee’s philosophy on taking care of the environment. “We are very pleased with all the energy-saving features Pardee offers as standard in their homes. Our energy costs compared to the home we were in previously are about equal however, our previous home was half the size.”

As for her new neighborhood, Courtney couldn’t be more complimentary. “Everything is right here in Aliante,” said Courtney. “We enjoy walking our three dogs in the nearby parks, going to movies, and having restaurants and shopping within minutes of our gated community.

The Mediterranean style homes at Solstice at Aliante range in size from approximately 2,337 to 3,959 feet and are priced from approximately $235,450.

To reach Solstice via the 215 Beltway, exit at Aliante Parkway and travel south. Turn left onto Nature Park Drive and follow the signs to the community. All Pardee Homes sales offices and model homes are open from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday. For more information, contact a Pardee new home specialist at 702.604.3332.  www.pardeehomes.com


George and Jennifer Brown are first-time homebuyers who were sold on Ryland’s Natalia plan because it felt like home.

George and Jennifer Brown are first-time homebuyers who were sold on Ryland’s Natalia plan because it immediately felt like home. “You could see the obvious quality walking through the models,” explained Jennifer. She cited the home’s open floor plan, kitchen, and layout of space upstairs as other key selling points.

“We love the loft upstairs, our boys have a place to play all to themselves,” noted Jennifer. “I also liked that the washer/dryer was upstairs as a standard feature.”

The Browns upgraded their carpet padding as well as opted for pony railing, a BBQ connection, and upgraded flooring.

Pleased to be living next door to a future park, Jennifer also liked that the area’s schools were nearby.

But the single biggest selling point for the couple was Ryland’s outstanding sales staff. “The experience was fantastic and we really appreciate Shelley and Jenny who made this experience so great.”

The homes at Catania range in size from 1,572 to 2,169 square feet and are priced from $179,990.  www.rylandvegas.com


Location was a key factor for first-time homebuyer Alyssa Sagart, who purchased her first home within Warmington’s Northern Terrace at Claremont.

Alyssa Sagart purchased her first home within Warmington’s Northern Terrace at Claremont because she not only loved the vaulted ceilings in the entryway of her Camden plan, but that she was also able to customize her home since it was new construction.

“I got to choose all of the finishing touches — the doors, hardware, appliances, etc. — since my home was still under construction when I bought it. I walked through other homes that were further along to understand how my home would ultimately look and feel,” Alyssa explained. “I was very impressed by the standard selections. The Camden was exactly what I was looking for in terms of size, layout, features and price.

“I chose to upgrade my cabinets to a rich, almost black, stain and I upgraded to granite countertops in the kitchen. I was very pleased with my selection of granite choices and found one that I love. I am happy that these options were available to me and that I was able to personalize my home.”

Location was also a key factor for the first-time homebuyer. “Providence is AMAZING, it is a beautiful area and an excellent planned community,” she revealed.

Alyssa was participating in the Neighborhood LIFT program and Warmington’s Northern Terrace was an approved community. “My sales rep, Raymond, was very helpful, he went above and beyond to assist me through the process and answer all of my questions. (And I had a lot as a first-time buyer.)  Also, my father is a real estate agent and he represented me in this transaction. Warmington was happy to work with him.”

Alyssa was also impressed with the amenities provided by Northern Terrace. “I get automatic membership to The Club,” explained Alyssa. “I have never lived anywhere with something as cool as this. I love the pools and will definitely be cancelling my gym membership and will be using The Club’s fitness center instead.”

The European Country style homes at Warmington’s Northern Terrace range in size from 1,529 to 3,401square feet and are priced from the low $100,000s.

To reach Warmington’s Northern Terrace from the 215 Beltway, exit Hualapai and go north for approximately 1.2 miles. Go left on Farm Road for ½ mile, past Egan Crest Way and turn right on Crescent Mountain Street, take the first left on Silver Peak Run Drive, and then the first left on Mount Victoria Lane and the sales office will be on the right. www.HomesByWarmington.com/NorthernTerrace

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