A decadent new development pops the champagne (and signs up new owners) and a rare penthouse comes on the market. Plus, the west side makes a play for meaty dominance.
A model of Ascaya.
LET THE PARTY BEGIN (SELLING). After a sky-high grand-opening party reminiscent of blowout bashes during the last real estate boom, Henderson’s Ascaya development is officially on the market. “We had almost 400 people,” says listing agent Ivan Sher (702-978-5800) of the October event, where guests visited a multimillion-dollar sales center before taking limos to an upper lot to see the sunset and enjoy a live jazz band on an enclosed gazebo created just for the bash, a celebration that featured Saks Fifth Avenue models in the latest fashions and a red carpet lined with cars from Towbin Bentley. Also making an appearance (in the background) were some friendly rams who wandered over to check out the action. The animals were a reminder that Ascaya’s 313 estate plots, nearly 1,000 feet above the valley, are all about being close to nature. Soirées like this work in high-end real estate, where transactions are often powered by fantasies of a lifestyle to come. Spend $1 million on a custom home site and you can have Strip views and “the energy of the towering hills and mountains” around you as part of your daily pick-me-up. “We had buyers commit that night,” says Sher, who adds that representatives of both American and foreign customers were at the event.
The dining room of the Sky-Estate Penthouse at the Martin.
MEET THE NEW MEATERY. Restaurant moguls Elizabeth Blau and chef Kim Canteenwalla, the husband-and-wife team behind Honey Salt and Made LV, have their knives out as they’re getting ready to solidify their west side dominance with Andiron Steak & Sea. The fine-dining restaurant will open in the spring at the new Downtown Summerlin complex. As at José Andrés’s Bazaar Meat in the new SLS Las Vegas, the idea is to greatly expand on the concept of a steakhouse. Andiron, designed by Thomas Schlesser’s Design Bureaux (responsible for New York City restaurants like Daniel Boulud’s DBGB and David Chang’s Má Pêche), will feature a dramatic wood-fired grill but also more feminine touches like light woods and floral patterns. The 106-acre, 1.6 millionsquare-foot Downtown Summerlin welcomed its first visitors in October. When complete, it will feature more than 125 retail and restaurant tenants in a pedestrian-friendly setting.
Downtown Summerlin, where Andiron will be located.
SKY-HIGH SUPREMACY. Having strollable access to the center of the Strip without actually being on Las Vegas Boulevard is luxury in and of itself. Add a sprawling 43rd-floor residence with panoramic views and the most extravagant finishes and you’ve got the newly listed Sky-Estate Penthouse at the Martin, a $3.988 million gem with 3,616 square feet indoors plus 687 square feet of terrace space. The five-bedroom, four-bathroom condo, listed by Kristen Routh-Silberman of Synergy Sotheby’s International (702-467-7100), comes with three parking spaces, spalike baths, backlit walls, and a kitchen with Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Asko appliances to fulfill every Iron Chef fantasy. But Vegas decadence—and this apartment is billed as a place that “plays host to your most decadent desires”—means options, so you can walk over to CityCenter for dinner, too.