If the Mediterranean-style estate at 34 Grand Corniche in Lake Las Vegas could show its personality, an authentic warm and inviting grandeur would shine through. Situated on the 320-acre lake in SouthShore Country Club, the home is outfitted with custom craftsmanship and thoughtful details that were inspired by a trip to Italy.
“We wanted to build a lakefront Italianate-style home so our design team traveled to Italy to gather insight,” said the home’s builder Thomas Heath, owner of Santa Barbara, California-based Thomas Heath Construction. The company specializes in custom new construction, residential remodeling, insurance restoration and commercial repair and maintenance.
“At the time of construction in 2007, this home was the highest dollar-per-square-foot house built in Southern Nevada. Its cost was $850 a square foot, not including land or soft costs, just construction.”
The 9,781-square-foot, three-story home is listed for sale at $5,950,000 through Darin Marques of Huntington & Ellis. It is also available for rent at $50,000 per month. The home has its own dock, which can accommodate three boats, and a spacious backyard with views of Lake Las Vegas and beyond.
Heath said his goal when building the home was to incorporate all of the majestic lake and mountain views and drape it with high-end amenities. In order to maximize the lake as a backdrop, Heath said they excavated one floor down to below lake level to build a pool and an entertainment floor.
“The way we did this was with quite a bit of specialty engineering and waterproofing,” he said. “We built a seawall, which is like a dam along the water’s edge. But we disguised it so it looks like the rest of the lake’s embankment and with just a small retaining wall exposed above the pool deck.”
At the main pool, there’s a swim-up bar along with a waterfall that cascades down from the second floor. The waterfall releases an even sheet of water so movies can be shown on it, Heath said. Guests can access the pool from the entertainment floor or from the outside. Because the pool sits at lake level, it offers privacy from any passersby on the lake.
On the main ground level, just outside the living area, a reflection pool with 1-inch-thick clear glass on all four sides offers a unique view of the lake.
“The glass walls create a see-through effect, so when you are sitting in your living room, it looks like the water is coming right up against the window,” Heath said.
For homeowner, Julia Salomon, the living room, which boasts custom floor-to-ceiling pocket doors and cherry wood ceiling beams, is where she spends most of her time, and what she’ll miss most.
“I like to make coffee and relax in the living room and watch the water,” Salomon said. “It’s the place where we have our memories. We celebrate birthdays there, open presents and spend family time together, all in that room.”
Julia, her husband, Tzahi, and their children have spent the last five years enjoying the home, which includes five bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.
“The house spoils me because it has so many features and so many things that we’ve grown accustomed to that will make it hard to leave,” said Salomon, who met her husband when she worked in finance at Ernst & Young in Israel. The couple moved from Israel to Las Vegas in 2010 and soon after discovered Lake Las Vegas.
“Lake Las Vegas is a place to recharge. It provides a feeling of calm and a sense of magnificence. This allows us to be more productive in our business, personal life and just be the best we can be in every aspect in life.”
With light neutral colors and elegant textures set against dark wood finishes, the home lends itself to a Santa Barbara-style motif, according to Marques.
“The combination of light walls and dark wood beams across the ceiling adds a lot of warmth to the home,” Marques said. “One of the biggest things that distinguishes this home from other luxury homes is the quality of the custom finishes. You don’t often see this level of craftsmanship.”
While custom-made wrought iron light fixtures and chandeliers illuminate the home, custom floor-to-ceiling exterior pocketing doors in almost every room of the home face the lake and allow for a tremendous amount of natural light.
The living room opens into the main gourmet kitchen, one of three kitchens in the home. The main kitchen, stacked with Viking appliances, features a double sink, double oven, double microwave, warming drawer, heating drawer for plates and a built-in Miele coffee machine.
A butler’s kitchen, equipped with commercial grade appliances and a dumbwaiter, resides next to the formal dining room. The dumbwaiter, a small elevator shaft that provides food service to the upstairs master bedroom and lower entertainment level, alleviates the task of carrying food up and down the stairs or through the home’s main elevator. Another full kitchen is in the entertainment level downstairs.
“The location of the butler’s kitchen right next to the formal dining room makes entertaining so easy,” Salomon said. “Everything was so well thought out in this house. You can have an event or dinner party with everything you need at your fingertips.”
According to Heath, finding the balance between a comfortable and formal home was a key factor in the design.
“While each room throughout the home boasts its own unique and individual design element, all rooms are harmonious with the overall design theme,” Heath said. “The Turkish travertine floor tile was cut to configuration with hand-chiseled edges then it was tumbled to create a worn look before it was honed. We wanted to create a slightly worn but rich look. The goal was to make this home appear timeless, like it had been there for many years.”
The baseboards consist of five individual pieces of molding put together to reach a height of 11 inches, which give an added level of quality to the home, Heath added.
The library features custom floor-to-ceiling cherry wood bookcases and a paneled ceiling. One of the bookcases doubles as a door that leads to a secret room behind it. The secret room has a door that leads to the outside of the home.
All the doors are extra thick and made of cherry wood, while the hinges and door hardware are custom cast bronze.
Three of the bathroom sinks in the home are made of cast bronze and were artist commissioned pieces. Both the master his and her bathrooms, the guest master bathroom and the spa on the entertainment level have heated floors to accommodate chilly feet. Plus, the master baths and the spa bath feature mirrors with built-in televisions. All of the faucets and plumbing fixtures throughout the home are high-quality European polished nickel design.
Additional highlights on the entertainment level include an expansive, climate-controlled wine storage room, a wine dining room and a professional-quality movie screening theatre room equipped with an acoustical treatment on the walls to limit sound from escaping to other rooms, Heath said.
The home features the latest home automation and entertainment systems, including high-end stereo speakers in each room and throughout the exterior of the home. There are full surround systems in the master bedroom, guest master bedroom and family room. It also features a Lutron lighting control system, Crestron smart home technology and a state-of-the-art alarm system.
Whether inside or outside, Salomon says the home allows their family to always have something to do or see.
“From where our home is positioned, we can enjoy fireworks from The Village at Lake Las Vegas and Reflection Bay Golf Club,” she said. “On Saturdays, we can also hear bands playing at The Village, so it’s great entertainment without having to leave home.”
When she does step outside her sanctuary, she said she takes advantage of the surroundings in Lake Las Vegas.
“I enjoy jogging inside SouthShore,” she said. “The air smells like flowers, the views of the lake and mature forest-like landscaping are breathtaking. There’s so much greenery and nature around that I can’t help myself but stop to take pictures of bunnies, rams, foxes, exotic birds, swimming water turtles, and once I even saw a beaver. There are also beautiful one-of-a-kind houses that are meticulously maintained that I’m never tired of admiring.”
Lake Las Vegas Resort surrounds its own 320-acre lake and is a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip and downtown. Residents and guests enjoy the award-winning Reflection Bay Golf Club, Lake Las Vegas Sports Club, Seasons Grocery & Deli, restaurants, the Westin Resort & Spa, the Hilton Resort & Spa and year-round community events.
For more information about this home, contact Darin Marques (BS.0145227) with the Darin Marques Group / Huntington & Ellis, a real estate agency at (702) 485-7755.
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