Vu at MacDonald Highlands
Entrant/Builder/Developer: Christopher Homes
Architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning
Interior Designer: Design Tec
Photographer: Eric Jamison/Studio J
Size: 114 units
Hard cost, excluding land: $175/sf
Completion: June 2020
By surveying its customer base, Christopher Homes discovered a desire for small homes with amenities and finishes befitting the affluent, luxury move-down buyer. Vu, a community of 110 single- and multistory homes ranging from 2,800 to 3,000 square feet, fills that need.
“These homes have a smaller footprint, with a high level of design; something equal to what the [target buyer] has in their current home,” says Erika Geiser, VP of sales at Christopher Homes, in Las Vegas. They also have access to a golf course and amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip. “Every single home has a view,” Geiser says. “It’s a unique attribute.”
The way the homes are designed and sited to take advantage of the view struck the judges as “a creative solution to a challenging hillside site and a good way to leverage views of the Strip.” The single-story homes are on the downslope, with the multistory homes above. Both residence types were designed to optimize the view with main living areas on the back of the home in the single-story homes and living areas a half flight up in the multistory residences.
“There is clever detailing and a touch of calm, plus a hint of Vegas glitz and flair,” the judges noted.
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