Take a piece out of The Strip

Banff cou­ple buy into Turn­berry Tow­ers project in Las Ve­gas

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TLAS VE­GAS, NEV. hink Ve­gas and it’s easy to en­vi­sion glitz, glam­our and style. And that’s be­fore you even step on The Strip.

With Las Ve­gas’ real es­tate mar­ket just be­gin­ning a slow re­cov­ery, the city is at­tract­ing Cana­di­ans in­ter­ested in all that Ve­gas has to of­fer — en­ter­tain­ment, good weather, and good value for their Cana­dian dol­lars but wrapped up in a con­tem­po­rary and lux­u­ri­ous res­i­den­tial pack­age.

Louis Brio is one of many Al­ber­tans who has bought a home south of the bor­der, in this case choos­ing to pur­chase a sec­ond home in Ve­gas.

Three years ago, the Banff res­i­dent and his wife So­phie bought a pent­house level unit in Turn­berry Tow­ers, a condo com­plex that pro­vides the quiet am­bi­ence of be­ing away from the Ve­gas strip, but is still a quick trip to big name en­ter­tain­ment acts the fam­ily of four likes to see.

“We’ve seen Madonna, El­ton John … they all come to Ve­gas,” says Louis.

And the cou­ple did its home­work be­fore buy­ing.

While also con­sid­er­ing other U.S. lo­ca­tions like Ari­zona, Louis Brio said they de­cided on Ve­gas as a good cen­tral lo­ca­tion to other desti­na­tions, as well as of­fer­ing strong value and a low main­te­nance hous­ing op­tion.

“We go down on short no­tice and we did not want the main­te­nance of a home in a gated com­mu­nity.

“And while Ve­gas may not be the warm­est of some of the lo­ca­tions we con­sid­ered, it has the en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­ity op­tions we wanted,” he says.

The Brios looked at 24 to 30 prop­er­ties in Ve­gas over a one year pe­riod and then chose the Turn­berry.

“It is far enough off the strip so that we are not caught up in the crowd that tears it up ev­ery week­end, yet we can get there in three min­utes by mono­rail.

“We wanted privacy, not noise,” says the 49-year-old Louis.

They also got great value. As some­one who has been in the lodg­ing in­dus­try, Louis says con­struc­tion qual­ity and fin­ish­ings were im­por­tant to him and “Turn­berry went the ex­tra mile.”

The Brios’ unit has two pri­vate mas­ter be­d­room suites that pro­vide room for their large ex­tended fam­ily.

“The value you get down there, you can’t build for up here. The U.S. dol­lar is so low — but it isn’t al­ways go­ing to stay that way.”

Prices for some units are as much as 55 per cent lower than when orig­i­nally launched.

There are four floor plans with prices start­ing at $218,000 US for a one-be­d­room, 1.5-bath condo at 814 square feet to twobed­rooms, two-baths start­ing at $361,000 at 1,405 square feet; two bed­rooms, two baths plus den start­ing at $377,000 for 1,660 square feet and three bed­rooms and 2.5 baths start­ing at $690.000.

Out­door liv­ing space on unit ter­races can add as much as 324 square feet, de­pend­ing on the unit.

A liv­ing room in one of the show suites.

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