Metreon Las Vegas


Lots of lofts

Metreon Las Vegas offers a taste of new urbanization
By Jeannette Green Davies

Loft living is nothing new in Chicago, Boston or New York, but it is a relatively new trend in Las Vegas whose attractiveness is gaining momentum for urban professionals. Tired of daily commutes, they seek a taste of new urbanization and Metreon Las Vegas addresses that sought-after craving.Breslin Builders contributed to the trend by building the 15-story Sohol  and 20-story Newport Lofts in downtown Las Vegas and now joined forces with Kennedy Commercial to provide more lofty living on the northeast corner of West Flamingo and I-215.  Along with lofts, the project includes an enclave of shops, restaurants and retail stores.  Together, Breslin Builders and Kennedy Commercial broke ground on Metreon Las Vegas, a $33-million project that includes twin, five-story residential towers with 14 lofts in each tower. The project offers three types of living space: penthouse, star and live/work lofts.  The New  York City- and San Franciscostyled penthouses have 2,528 square feet of interior space, 16-foot ceilings throughout the living area, 417 square feet of terrace, a private Jacuzzi and fireplace

with a panoramic view. Star lofts are 1,778 square feet with 1,673 square feet of flexible open space and 105 square feet of terrace with 10- to 20-foot ceilings and wood flooring. Live/work lofts have polished, concrete floors, honed block walls and 14-foot ceilings in 1,780 square feet. Live/work lofts allow residents to live above their business or workshop but be connected  to their work area via a spiral staircase. Penthouses and loft amenities include two-car garages, storage areas and secured elevator access along with exposed ductwork and high-efficiency oversized windows. They also come with phone and Internet pre-wiring and access as well as programmable thermostats. Kitchens have stainless steel sinks, glass backsplashes, under-cabinet lighting, CaesarStone countertops, designer cabinets and specialty islands. Contemporary lighting fixtures, Viking appliances and Bosch washers and dryers are all standard. 

Bathrooms have Kohler fixtures, mosaic glass tiles and deluxe showerheads, along with optional sliding panels and walk-in closets in the bedrooms.  Project developer Kennedy Commercial’s att Brimhall suggests Metreon Las Vegas is a perfect address for young, urban professionals who do not have the time to fuss with such things as lawn care and are self-employed or work at home. “Metreon addresses the fact that people want to live and work in the same place,” said Brimhall. “We have found an excellent location that will offer many built-in amenities and accommodate onestop shopping and, in a sense, one-stop living and working.” 

The live/work loft is specifically designed for urban professionals or small-business owners who work from home. The spiral staircase in these units separates the living space from the workspace, which allows a distinct location change between the two since many people who work from home complain about the lack of separation. The mixed-use project also features 110,000 square feet of boutique retail shopping and professional offices with national retailers that include Einstein Bagels, FedEx Kinkos and Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. Metreon Las Vegas will be completed by mid-2008, with retailers opening in early fall. “Metreon Las Vegas integrates brand-name tenants with distinctive living opportunities for buyers who are looking for modern-living experiences,” says Mike Kennedy, managing partner at Kennedy Commercial. A Las Vegas Athletic Club is just around the corner and a membership comes with each purchase. Ground level, on-site amenities will include such services as dry cleaning and a beauty salon. Opportunities to customize lofts are also available to buyers who may want a contemporary modular-art wall treatment, a Murphy bed, a state-of-theart security system or window coverings, according to Brimhall. “Views of the Las Vegas Strip and Red Rock … can be seen from all units,” Brimhall said. “The location cannot be beat. A Metreon address puts residents just minutes away from Summerlin and there is easy access to I-215.” Both Kennedy Commercial and Breslin Builders are betting that buyers will jump at the chance to live in Metreon Las Vegas once they feast their eyes on the property’s