Ascaya Offers a Modern Desert Escape in Las Vegas

Featured in Forbes’ “8 Homes Designed for 8 Lifestyles,” Ascaya, a luxury residential development in the foothills of the McCullough Range outside of Las Vegas, is celebrating the completion of its first inspiration home. The 6,641-square-foot estate, designed by San Francisco-based SB Architects, includes four bedrooms, six and a half baths, an office and entertainment room.

The $7.95 million home sits on a 0.5-acre site with sweeping views of the city and the surrounding mountain ranges. The architects, who have extensive experience in the hospitality industry, approached its design as a smaller-scale resort. “We see a lot of crossover with private estates wanting more resort amenities, and hotels yearning to feel more residential and intimate,” says Matt Page, Associate Principal at SB Architects. “We brought the resort lifestyle experience to the residence, incorporating an open layout with substantial gathering places, fluid connectivity from indoor-outdoor spaces, and amenities that overlook the Las Vegas Strip.”

Fitted within its unique triangular lot, the house is comprised of three distinct destinations, linked together by numerous outdoor rooms. The home is entirely private from the street. A driveway tucked into the slope leads to a low-walled entry court, and a garden entry walk lined with trees creates a carefully choreographed arrival experience. A large pivot door marks a dramatic transition from the shaded entry to the drama of the expansive view.

The expansive living/dining/kitchen area is the centerpiece of the experience, with walls that open up almost entirely to the infinity pool and valley view. On the opposite side, a spacious ground-floor master suite, set at a right angle to rest of the house, opens up to the pool and yoga lawn. Three additional bedrooms and an office occupy the second story above. However, this level can be entirely shut off, allowing the home’s floor to be entirely self-sufficient. The second level acts as a privacy screen, blocking views to the pool and yard. Taken together, the horizontal roofs atop the three structures form a stepped roof-line that echoes the stepped terrain.

The home also features a covered outdoor dining room, a sunken fire pit, outdoor spa, an indoor multi-functional room with a roof deck. “One of the remarkable aspects of this home is how seamless the transition is from indoor to outdoor space,” notes Page. “With clean lines and expanses of glass, our home embraces the surrounding desert landscape.”

Six of the country’s leading architects were commissioned to design one-of-a-kind homes to showcase to prospective buyers the 313 unique sites available at Ascaya and each home introduces a different interpretation of contemporary design. Four additional inspiration homes are currently under construction, with the final home scheduled to start construction later this year.

“The opening of this inspiration home is a milestone at Ascaya, and one of several we are celebrating this year,” said Darin Marques, sales manager. “Our first three private residences were completed in December 2016 and January 2017, and our $25 million clubhouse opens this summer. Our vision for the community is becoming a reality, and we look forward to continued growth this year.”

Photography by Ciro Coelho