Test your fear of heights
on the VooDoo ZipLine at Rio.
A new thrill ride allows superheroes in disguise to zip between the two hotel towers at the Rio Las Vegas. The VooDoo ZipLine starts atop the 50-story Masquerade Tower, at VooDoo Steak, and travels 845 feet to the neighboring Ipanema Tower, sending riders soaring at speeds of up to 33 mph. They make the return trip via a motorized pulley system, traveling backward at 20 mph to the original launch platform. The ride, which lasts one minute and 10 seconds, sends guests flying 400 feet above the ground with 360- degree views of the Strip.
Theater awaits its
The historic Huntridge Theater, which has been shuttered since 2004, could soon escape the wrecking ball. Huntridge Revival, whose partners include Michael Cornthwaite, Joey Vanas, and Rehan Choudhry, is seeking to resurrect the beloved building. The trio estimate that revamping the 87,120-square-foot structure will require an investment of $15 million, with the first one percent of that coming from the local community, through a crowd-sourced campaign this summer.
The venue opened in 1944 on two acres at 1208 East Charleston Boulevard and served as a movie house for almost five decades before being converted into a 1,000-seat performing arts center in 1992. The streamlined brick and concrete building, designed by S. Charles Lee, has a distinctive flat roof and a soaring 75- foot-tall fluted tower sign. The Huntridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
If a revitalized Huntridge does open, it will offer live performances, independent films, eateries, and classes in the arts, among other things. But this may be the last chance to save the theater, as covenants on the property expire in 2017.
The master bedroom in
one of Nobu Hotel’s Sake suites.
Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace recently unveiled 18 posh supper suites, designed by superstar architect David Rockwell, ranging from 1,000 to 4,350 square feet.
The Hakone suites draw inspiration from Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, just outside Tokyo and famous for its hot springs and views of nearby Mount Fuji. The Sake suites, meanwhile, reflect the spirit and comfortable ambience associated with Japanese rice wine. Featuring one or two bedrooms, each suite has a large living room (Sake suites also have a billiard table) and a separate media room, as well as a central bar and pantry for relaxing or entertaining. A pair of two-story, five-bedroom Nobu penthouses each has a large living room with leather sofas, a six-person dining table, and a second-story indoor terrace. There is also a billiard table and a mammoth 90-inch flat-panel television.
The Nobu Hotel is the first place in the world to offer inroom dining featuring dishes by renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and suite guests may order event platters that serve up to 25 people. Rates start at $599.
eco-cool J2 house.
The modern desert residence known as the J2 house is up for grabs. Located in The Ridges at Summerlin, it gets its name from its owners: architects John Klai II and Jon Sparer. Their 13,255- square-foot, five-bedroom, nine-bath home, at 7 Sable Ridge Court, was designed by famed eco-conscious assemblageSTUDIO architect Eric Strain.
J2 is nestled on more than half an acre against the western edge of Red Rock, overlooking the Jack Nicklaus–designed Bear’s Best golf course. The home boasts perks such as a wine cellar, theater, bar, and game room, plus a three-car garage, library, casita, and tree house. The trilevel residence is built as a series of interconnected pods around a central courtyard with a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and fire pit.
The house provides most of its own power through photovoltaic modules on a paneled canopy stretching the length of the building. It’s built using earth-rammed walls, large expanses of glass, and deep overhangs, thereby reducing heating, cooling, and electrical costs.
This level of eco-coolness comes with a price tag of $18.7 million. Prudential Americana Group’s Jill Lorenz is the listing agent.