By Andy Wang | June 3, 2016 | Home & Real Estate
Competing with all the services and amenities on the Strip is tough for residential communities. Their answer: Game rooms... spas... social nights... and even a "cruise director."
The Ogden’s rooftop is a serene getaway from all the Downtown hipness below.
Life can feel like a luxurious getaway every day if you move into the right Las Vegas building. Residential communities all over the city are ready to compete with Strip resorts and even cruise ships as they raise the stakes for amenities and service. For two of its perk-packed condo buildings, developer DK Las Vegas has enlisted lifestyle director Evelyn Connors to create events like the monthly wine tastings at One Las Vegas. “I have seen many new connections made and friendships forged at these events,” says Connors, who welcomes it when she’s compared to Julie McCoy, the cruise director from TV’s The Love Boat. “At our last Wine Night, an owner who just moved in mentioned she had some trepidation about attending because she didn’t know anyone. She was pleasantly surprised and relieved to find that everyone was nice and approachable.” It also helps social interactions when you’re in a building like One Las Vegas (located on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard) with poolside cabanas, a movie theater, a two-story fitness center and a sports lounge with billiards, table tennis and video games. At the Ogden, Connors also takes advantage of neighborhood hot spots during her Bite Out gatherings when residents visit a Downtown restaurant together.
On-site amenities and easy access to bars and restaurants is also a big part of the allure of Downtown Summerlin, where The Calida Group is developing the Constellation rental complex.
“We really wanted to make it like a boutique hotel,” says Eric Cohen, managing director of The Calida Group. “Of course, there’s a really nice gym, game room, treatment room and tanning room, but the demographic of the residents will also require certain services.” Through an on-site concierge and an app, renters can arrange restaurant reservations, show tickets or a car and driver.
“We can get their dry cleaning, car washing done, grocery delivery,” Cohen says. “Anything you want to have done, we’re going to do for you.”
At Elysian West, The Calida Group’s new rental community on Jerry Tarkanian Way, there will be a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse with a 4,000-square-foot-gym offering rock climbing and boxing, Cohen says. Other amenities include bocce ball, 4½ acres of green space, a children’s playroom, a guest suite for overnight visitors and a 24-hour self-check-out “micro market” where residents can grab healthy sandwiches and shakes. “We say it’s ‘on campus,’” Cohen says. “You never have to leave campus if you don’t want to.” So why not stay for an on-site screening instead of going out to the movies?
PhotograPhy by bryan hainer