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A NEW ERA FOR HOUSE OF BIJAN
Featured Editorial by Selcen Kavruklar Editor-in-Chief
Photo by: Ethan Pines
D-ZYN CORNER By Carol Townsend
sbe and The Related Group Announce Opening of SLS LUX Brickell Hotel & Residences
Escape in Luxury with Cirrus Aviation Services Featured Editorial by Selcen Kavruklar
The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept: a 500-horsepower open-air thrill ride
10 Ways the Grand at Moon Palace Cancun Elevates All-In Vacations
The Reef 28 Unveils Beach-Chic Hospitality in Downtown Playa del Carmen
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Real Estate Market Trends By Alina Ptaszynski
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JULY/AUGUST 2018 Yo u r E x c l u s i v e G u i d e To H i g h - R i s e L i v i n g
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Dear readers, Welcome to our summer Travel Issue. Travel opens our eyes and gives us greater insight into the world, as well as into other cultures. I am so pleased and excited over our cover presenting, Nicolas Bijan as he carries on his father’s legacy bringing its luxury heritage to its new location inside the Wynn Las Vegas. The stunning new location mimics its flagship bright-yellow boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, known for its limited-edition and custom-made clothes, dressing some of the world’s most famous names like Tom Cruise, Ronald Reagan, Al Pacino, and Oscar de la Renta amongst many. In our exclusive interview, Bijan shares with us the brands vision as he expands the most exclusive and expensive men’s designer brand to the tourist capital of the world. For the ultimate luxury travel experience, we turned our attention to Greg Woods, president of Cirrus Aviation Services, one of the largest private jet charter companies in Las Vegas to share with us the many advantages to private jet travel. And, while it’s true that private jet accommodations can be luxurious, the real advantages of flying on a private plane are convenience and efficiency.
I hope you will share with me the desire to travel through our pages, especially to Mexico; an exceptionally rich travel destination with much to offer. Turn to page 34, as we explore Playa del Carmen with its luxury all-inclusive hotels and resorts attracting jet-setters worldwide to this exotic paradise. The warmth and beauty of your next destination awaits you. Have a wonderful summer. Cheers!
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HOME | INTERIOR DESIGN
D-ZYN CORNER Written by Carol Townsend, A.S.I.D. Interior Designer
June, July, August…the months for enjoying summer.
We have addressed many issues in your special place in the sky, from floors, walls, art, stone as walls, and countertops. What do you want to ask next?
achieve? The recent offerings at the spring Furniture Market were breathtaking. With the advent of digital photography, the designers can really create an artful experience.
This month let’s talk about what you have accomplished so far. Look around and see what part of your personality you have wrapped your home in. Wall coverings are another source of art for me. With the plethora of choices on the market, to catch a long- time phrase…the world is your oyster, what do you want to
These are not your mother’s wallcoverings, that is for sure. The designs run the gambit between what looks like reconstituted old wood slats, to actual, textured stone. There is one manufacturer, working in leather that has created magic. Color…no problem. Subtle but striking imagery, they are there for you to pick off the vine.
StageThis Interior Design Why is this important? Think about that grand wall in your living room, connected to the dining area that looks out over your world, in your tower. Now picture that wall bathed in color, texture and uniquely designed wallcoverings. Can you do it? If not, step into the internet and pull up wallcoverings…they will introduce you to some fabulous works of art. The introduction of wood look tiles a few years back, has grown into such a wide industry, you now see them on walls, as bases to furniture, and yes even on some ceilings. So, to see this medium represented in wall coverings is great. No more engineering fetes needed to tile that twenty-foot wall or the ceiling in the master suite. Nothing could be better for those accent walls that you just don’t know what to do with.
Treat these walls as a possible piece of art. With corks, metallics, graphics, these pieces are worth the price of admission. If you have not seen the advertisements for all the wonderful choices in these products, you owe it to yourself to go on a Mission, and see them. Let’s do something fun, it’s summer time, and summer calls for some design inspiration. Also, see my newest four book series: Triumph Through Tragedy I and II, as well as my single offering A Rare Vintage, on Kindle and in Amazon now. For design inquiries, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
sbe and The Related Group Announce Opening of SLS LUX Brickell Hotel & Residences - Now Open Featuring Designs by Yabu Pushelberg and Arquitectonica, the Development Marks Sixth SLS Hotel & Residences for sbe. sbe, The Related Group and Allen Morris Company announced the upcoming Summer 2018 opening of the sold-out SLS LUX Brickell Hotel & Residences, the third SLS-branded property in Miami. The formidable talents of sbe Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian, The Related Group Founder and Chairman Jorge Perez, Allen Morris Company Chairman and CEO Allen Morris, Arquitectonica co-founding Principal Bernardo Fort-Brescia, and design duo Yabu Pushelberg, have joined forces to deliver a property poised to become a Miami landmark, boasting sbe’s award-winning Katsuya restaurant and mixology concept S Bar. SLS LUX marks the fourth of nine jointly developed projects in the pipeline for The Related Group and sbe and closely follows the recent delivery of Hyde Midtown Suites & Residences. Sam Nazarian, Founder and CEO of sbe, said: “Residential growth remains a critical element of sbe’s strategy. To date, our residential projects have seen $2 billion in sales, and we are projecting an incremental $2.5 billion soon as our SLS, Delano and Hyde residences open doors in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, UAE, and the US.” He adds: “Building on the great success we’ve seen with SLS Brickell, we are pleased to collaborate further with our partners at The Related Group and, one of my mentors, Jorge Pérez. sbe is also proud to debut our first collaboration with the amazing design firm Yabu Pushelberg.” SLS LUX Brickell marks The Related Group’s fourth completed tower on South Miami Avenue, following the opening of 1100 Millecento, SLS Brickell Suites & Residences and the two-towered Brickell Heights. The development boasts an enviable location just steps away from Mary Brickell Village and the sprawling, two-million-square-foot Brickell City Centre, featuring luxury retail, cinemas, restaurants, further establishing the neighborhood as a 24-hour work/play environment. “We envision each of our projects to energize and enhance the surrounding community. SLS LUX does both, but more importantly, further cements Brickell as Miami’s leading lifestyle destination,” said Jorge M. Pérez, Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Related Group. “SLS LUX is an oasis of ultimate luxury and features the very best of everything
Miami has to offer – world-class art, elegant design, expertly crafted food – all set within a buzzing, culture-rich neighborhood.” The extraordinary Arquitectonica designed, 57-story tower will feature the first LED façade by prominent lighting artist Ana Isabel Martinez. The project encompasses 450 sold-out luxury condominiums featuring private elevators and 70 guest rooms and suites, all expertly designed by the incomparable Yabu Pushelberg. Just steps away from Brickell City Centre, Miami’s newest and most extravagant shopping and lifestyle destination, SLS LUX Brickell offers residents and guests the ultimate access to an oasis of exclusive privileges. The property will feature premier culinary offerings with celebrity Chef Katsuya Uechi’s second Katsuya location in Miami and fourteenth internationally. Katsuya, set to open on June 18th, brings the finest design together with the most exquisitely prepared Japanese cuisine. Interiors by Yabu Pushelberg with dramatic lighting and sculptural seating set the tone for a romantic evening, a special celebration, or an impromptu gathering. Accommodating nearly 180 diners, the 6,537-square foot expertly composed space features a private dining room for 10-12 diners that can also be divided into two separate rooms. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offer many of Katsuya’s signature favorites along with new items created especially for the location. SLS LUX Brickell will also debut S Bar, a sexy, sultry, and glamorous concept that takes lounge life to all new heights of enjoyment. Situated next door to Katsuya and opening simultaneously on June 18th, Sbar boasts a 2,535 square foot space that will seat 85, striking the perfect balance between cultured sophistication and raw elegance. The vibe will be casual and the style bohemian chic with an urban edge. Live jazz, innovative cocktails, and a tempting array of lite bites will make S Bar the perfect place to meet up with friends any day of the week for an intimate tête-à-tête or an all-night party. Together, these venues are poised to become a destination for guests and locals alike. Overlooking the Brickell skyline on the LUX Garden Level, two pools and extensive sporting and recreation amenities take relaxation and fitness out into the
Photos courtesy of SLS LUX Brickell July/August 2018
sunshine. Stylish cabanas and lounge areas invite guests and residents to sit back and enjoy poolside snack and beverage service. Courts for tennis, soccer, bocce, and basketball create many opportunities for pickup games with friends and neighbors. Additionally, Penthouse residents will enjoy exclusive access to the 57th floor rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. This private outdoor lounge space has been designed with a pool, spas, and a summer kitchen with a barbecue area ideal for entertaining.
chauffeur experience from the Lincoln Motor Company, sbe’s official automotive partner in the US. Beginning April 19, guests at 8 sbe properties nationwide will be able to choose a chauffeur experience with the all-new Lincoln Navigator, a full-size SUV that combines modern luxury with advanced technology such as wireless charging and standard Wi-Fi; or Lincoln’s flagship Continental, which embodies a timeless definition of beauty, balancing strength and elegance, power and control through its modern, distinctive grille and athletic profile.
In addition, SLS LUX Brickell hosts an unprecedented range of 24-hour lifestyle amenities available for both condominium owners and hotel guests, including concierge services through touch screen iPad’s, valet parking, in-room dining by Katsuya and exclusive access to Hyde Beach at SLS South Beach. Guests and residents will also have access to event facilities and services at its sister property, SLS Brickell, making hosting any type of event or business meeting seamless. Guests staying at SLS LUX Brickell can also enjoy luxury
In line with Related’s affinity for museum-quality art installations, SLS LUX Brickell will also feature a collection of curated art throughout common areas, including Fernando Botero’s signature “Male Torso, 1992,” a massive 40,000-square foot exterior color block mural by Fabian Burgos, and work by renowned Argentine artist, Matias Duville, sbe’s flagship SLS brand is continuing its momentum from 2017 – following the successful launch of the 299-room SLS Baha Mar in The Bahamas, and the signing of multiple development and
management deals in North America, Latin America, and The Middle East. In the next five years, the SLS brand will triple in size, opening 12 more hotels and residences in major cities including Atlanta, Cancun, Washington D.C., Puerto Madero, and Buenos Aires. For more information on SLS LUX Brickell Hotel & Residences, visit www.slslux.com. Hotel reservations are now available. SLS LUX Brickell is located at 805 S Miami Avenue.
Photos by Ella Gagiano
CIRRUS AVIATION SERVICES Written by Selcen Kavruklar Editor-in-Chief
When it comes to air travel, there is nothing more luxurious than flying private. It’s a privilege reserved for the lucky few— CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, billionaires, celebrities, and the socially elite. We turned to Greg Woods, president of Cirrus Aviation Services, one of the largest private jet charter companies based in Las Vegas, to give us insight into traveling in the lap of luxury. Cirrus Aviation Services offers luxury corporate and leisure jet charter worldwide. Strategically located in one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, Cirrus Aviation’s team of aviation professionals can custom tailor your private jet needs according to the size of your party, destination, and routing. Partnered with distinguished names in the luxury travel industry, guests can enjoy access to concierge companies and other lifestyle professionals for the ultimate travel experience not found in brochures. Here is what the travel expert had to say.
the plane and of course had champagne and chocolate on board. For another client and friend, who was flying to a Neverland themed charity event, our pilots sported Peter Pan hats and we played the movie ‘Peter Pan’ in the aircraft during the flight. Everyone had a great time and pictures from the flight are on our walls. I find the little things like that and the reactions we get from our employees, friends, clients, and partners are the most memorable part of our job.
Q: Can you tell us about Cirrus Aviation and the luxury services you provide? We are a management and charter company. For people with aircraft we take care of every detail from the difficult things like regulations, maintenance, staffing and long term planning to the simple but important things like making sure the aircraft presents well, is stocked right and that little touches are provided to the clients. We view our management clients as partners and we operate more like a fractional flight department than a traditional charter company so our partners see far superior financial results than they would under traditional charter/management models. On the charter side, we are certified to operate anywhere in the world, though most of our business is in the South West of the United States and now that we operate heavy jets, between the West Coast and Hawaii. Q: What sets Cirrus Aviation apart from other private charters? I get asked this fairly frequently and it’s not straight forward to articulate. We notice it most when our fleet is all booked or isn’t appropriate for a specific mission and we engage with other operators to provide supplemental lift for us. Getting quick, accurate responses is surprisingly difficult. I think it’s about our people, their training and their attitude. For example, the head of our sales and operations department is a licensed dispatcher and teaches at the College of Southern Nevada in the aviation program. So, all our sales and operations personnel are trained as dispatchers, which allows them to respond to clients quickly and accurately. I think it is important our team understands our client’s motivations, needs and fears. We spend time teaching and discussing client perspective so our team can hopefully anticipate concerns or at least respond in a concise reassuring manner. I’m also a huge believer in adopting other ideas. If anyone July/August 2018
on our team runs across an idea that is smart and could make us better, we will adopt it in one form or another. The culture of training, understanding perspectives and adopting ideas is encouraged throughout the company and I think that makes the difference. Q: What are some popular destinations clients are booking for this summer? Our local clients like to escape the heat so Lake Tahoe, Orange County, Napa, Cabo, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver all come up. We have several clients that enjoy fishing trips up in Alaska and the Queen Charlotte Islands. Last year we had a couple of groups visit all the major national parks in the country spending a couple of days at each one. Q: Can you cater to larger groups? Currently, our largest aircraft holds 12 people. However, we can outsource to the airlines and other air carriers with large aircraft holding up to 180 people. Those aircraft vary from all first class to all economy seating depending on the need. Q: Are you able to accommodate last minute requests? Yes. The fastest turn time is usually on our fleet out of Las Vegas where we can often be wheels up in less than an hour from receiving payment. In other locations or when we have source an aircraft we become more constrained as we are bound by what the other air carrier can do. Q: Do you have a memorable travel story you can share with us with a client? We don’t generally talk about specific stories. Client privacy is of foremost concern, but there are a couple of conservative examples I’m comfortable speaking about. For a client flying to dinner on Valentine’s Day, we built an extravagant flower display inside an aircraft, partially hide gifts around
Q: Were you always passionate about travel? What attracted you to the travel industry? Yes. I’ve always loved travel and have been to many places in the world. When I worked as a computer engineer designing internet backbone and super computers in Vancouver. I loved escaping from the rain in the winter and generally planned month-long vacations between January and May. I traveled to places in Africa, Asia, Central America, and all over the south pacific. I ended up running this company because of an odd sequence of events that saw my father pushed out of a similar company and caused me to join with him to rebuild his retirement. What seemed terrible at the time turned out to probably be the best thing that could have happened. This is our company. While we had to start again from nothing, our company is now about 10 times larger than theirs and while I am purposefully restricting our growth to a manageable level, their business is shrinking. It feels good to say they bet on the wrong horse. Q: What is one of your ultimate favorite destinations you would suggest a client to book? I think that depends entirely on the client and their current desires. There are many great places to visit depending on what the client is looking for in their next excursion. Q: Any exciting developments or news you would like to share with us? We are adding new aircraft models and are opening our first satellite base in the Los Angeles area. These are the first steps that will allow us to expand our business model. Cirrus Aviation Services operates from the Atlantic Aviation Executive Terminal, across from MGM Grand. 275 East Tropicana Ave, Suite 210 Las Vegas NV, 89169 For more information or to book a flight please visit www.cirrusav.com or call 702-448-2366
AUTOMOBILE | NEWS
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The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept:a 500-horsepower open-air thrill ride World premiere at the "70 years of Porsche Sports Cars" celebration Porsche unveiled a thrilling concept as part of the 70th anniversary of its sports cars: the 911 Speedster Concept is a drivable vision of a particularly exciting open-top sports car. It links the very first Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster, which received its operating permit on June 8, 1948, with today’s Porsche cars. The purist concept and historically accurate execution of the 911 Speedster Concept clearly reflect the essence of the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer. All elements of the car emphasize a pure driving experience. The powertrain under the two-tone painted body of the concept is derived from current GT models. It was developed at the Porsche Motorsport Center in Weissach, which is the birthplace of the 911 GT3, the 911 GT2 RS and, most recently, the 911 GT3 RS. The 911 Speedster Concept celebrated its world premiere as part of the official “70 years of Porsche Sports Cars” anniversary celebration in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The characteristics of the 911 Speedster Concept include a shorter windshield frame with a greater windscreen angle and shorter side windows. These features give the concept an even more
pronounced stance with a very low fly line, which is reminiscent of its predecessors, for example the Porsche 356 Speedster. A special rear decklid made of carbon fiber connects behind the front seats, covering supplemental safety bars and featuring two “streamliners”, a traditional element of this sports car design since the first 911 Speedster was introduced in 1988. Two contrasting black slats between the “streamliners” add an aerodynamic touch, and a transparent Plexiglas™ wind deflector features an etched ‘70 years of Porsche’ logo. Like the historic original, the 911 Speedster Concept also features a lightweight tonneau cover in place of a convertible top. This cover protects the interior from rain when parked and is attached using eight Tenax™ fasteners. The Speedster philosophy also defines the interior, where the navigation, radio and air conditioning systems have all been removed to reduce weight. The Full Bucket Seats are made of carbon fiber, and light brown natural leather in Cognac notices features from the car’s classic predecessors.
The body of the concept car was adopted from the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. The fenders, front trunk lid and the rear decklid cover of the concept are made of light-weight carbon fiber reinforced polymer composite material. Traditional GT Silver Metallic and White paintwork harks back to Porsche’s early race cars – as do many of the other carefully crafted details, such as the 50s-style central fuel tank cap positioned in the front trunk lid, the classic Talbot® shape of the exterior mirrors or the unique design of the headlights. Transparent and opaque surfaces on the headlight covers resemble the shape of an “X” and are a nod to a practice prevalent in Porsche’s early years in motorsport. At the time, the headlights were taped up before races to protect them against stone chipping and to prevent the glass from shattering. The wide B-pillars and the rear fascia are decorated with milled, gold-plated Speedster lettering. Underneath the skin, the 911 Speedster Concept features state-of-the-art components. The chassis is essentially derived from the 911 GT3. Imposing 21-inch Fuchs-design rims with contrasting high gloss polished petals details are unique to the 911 Speedster Concept. It is the first time that Fuchs-design wheels have been fitted with center locks. The GT development department also supplies the exhaust system with titanium tailpipes and the powertrain, which includes a six-speed manual transmission. The naturally aspirated flat-six engine in this minimalist concept study delivers over 500 horsepower and revs up to 9,000 rpm. THE HISTORY OF PORSCHE SPEEDSTER MODELS BEGAN IN THE UNITED STATES Speedster variants of sports car models, which combine open-top driving pleasure with incredibly distinctive driving dynamics, have been part of the Porsche company history since 1952. The forefather of Porsche Speedster models, the 356 1500 America Roadster, had an aluminum body manufactured entirely by hand. It weighed about 130 pounds (60 kilograms) less than the 356 Coupe and its top track speed of 108 miles per hour (175 km/h) with its
70-hp four-cylinder flat engine was impressive at the time. Featuring slot-in curtain windows for the doors, a folding top and lightweight bucket seats, this car developed exclusively for the US market was built just 16 times and already embodied several key elements of the Speedster design. By 2010, eight different production and special models bearing the “Speedster” name had been created. The 356 A 1500 GS Carrera GT Speedster represented a highlight in 1957, and the first 911 Speedster followed in 1988. Limited to just 356 units worldwide, the 911 Speedster of the 997-generation built in 2010 was the latest model to be fitted with the famous designation. “70 YEARS OF PORSCHE SPORTS CARS” – SPECIAL EXHIBITION AND NUMEROUS ACTIVITIES In a special exhibition at the Porsche Museum, the company is now displaying numerous stories and milestones with which Porsche has decisively influenced the development of the sports car since 1948 and continues to do so today, highlighting outstanding Porsche developments over the past seven decades. The sports car manufacturer is also celebrating this anniversary with numerous activities around the world throughout 2018. Tomorrow, June 9, Porsche will be inviting fans to its Sportscar Together Day at all its sites around the world. During the weekend of June 16–17, the sports car manufacturer will host employees, residents of the Zuffenhausen district and prospective customers at a celebration in and around the factory in Stuttgart. The Festival of Speed, held from July 12–15 at Goodwood in the U.K., will also celebrate the anniversary, as will Rennsport Reunion VI at the legendary Laguna Seca racetrack in California from September 27–30. The celebrations will conclude with the “Sound Night” event, which will be held for the first time in the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart on October 13.
ABOUT PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA, INC. | ONE PORSCHE DRIVE, ATLANTA, GA 30354 USA Established in 1984, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) is the exclusive U.S. importer of the Porsche 911, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman; Panamera; and Cayenne and Macan. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia since 1998, PCNA is also home to the first Porsche Experience Center in North America featuring a module-based 1.6-mile driver development track, business center, and fine dining restaurant, 356. The company operates a second Porsche Experience Center near Los Angeles.
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Written by Selcen Kavruklar Editor-in-Chief
If luxury could be defined by a single color, it would be yellow. For the House of Bijan it is the ultimate contemporary expression of sophistication. For over four decades House of Bijan, has been successfully creating the most exclusive and expensive menswear in the world. Wearable Art― as one would fittingly say, with its extensive collection of ultra-luxurious men’s apparel, crocodile travel accessories, diamond encrusted watches, and limited-edition car collaborations with Bugatti and Rolls Royce. Revered amongst millionaires, media moguls, presidents and royalty for its exclusivity, sophistication, and timeless elegance. House of Bijan has dressed renowned names like Tom Cruise, Ronald Reagan, Bill Gates, Oscar de la Renta, and Prince William of Whales amongst many.
bright-yellow ‘appointment only’ boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills with its grandiose 16-foot-high door at the entrance, striking chandelier made of Bijan perfume bottles, and bold colorful vignettes artfully displayed― evoking a sense of status. The Bijan and Wynn partnership owes much to Nicolas Bijan’s fresh thinking about growing the brand as it sets forth into a new era celebrating its legacy and opening its doors for the first time in forty years to the public. In our exclusive interview, Nicolas Bijan shares with us the brands vision as he expands his reach to the tourist capital of the world. Here is what he had to say.
“The world said to conform, the world said to settle for less, the world said to compromise, and no one would know— so I made my own world.”
Nicolas Bijan, the forward-thinking son of the late House of Bijan founder Bijan Pakzad, has set forth to carry on his father’s legacy bringing its luxury heritage to its new location inside the Wynn Las Vegas. The stunning new location mimics its flagship
Q: How does it feel to carry on your father’s legacy? It’s a big honor to be able to continue such a beautiful Bijan Pakzad legacy and still work with same team that has been part of the Bijan brand for the last 30 years. We have such a beautiful brand that is a result of 43 years of hard work on behalf of so many people especially my father. All of us at the House of Bijan are working very hard to take something that was already excellent and make it even better.
Photo credit Peter Christiansen Valli
Photo credit Peter Christiansen Valli Q: Your forward thinking is signaling a new era for the Bijan brand can you elaborate on that? It is definitely a new era, but we are still very careful to remain true to the philosophies upon which the brand was founded on. We continue to innovate and grow, as all companies must do but we are also sure to respect what has allowed us to be so successful for the last four decades.
I think my father wanted his name to be all over the world and would be overjoyed to know that we have opened a Bijan store in Las Vegas. Of course, he was happy with being in Beverly Hills and on Rodeo Drive but having said that, I’m sure he’s extremely happy to see the Bijan brand opening in new locations such as Las Vegas and hopefully in a few more cities in the next five years.
Q: Can you tell us about your exciting new expansion and partnership with Wynn Las Vegas? The Wynn is of course the most beautiful property in Las Vegas without a doubt and they also have a lot of similar philosophies and principles with Bijan like colors, fresh flowers, and a sense of luxury. I think the only company in the world that has more fresh flowers than Bijan is probably The Wynn. It was a natural partnership that came about in a very beautiful way. Mr. Wynn wanted Bijan in the hotel for many years and when he approached us last year to open the boutique, we couldn’t say no. We are very honored to join their family and the boutique is a perfect fit for the hotel.
Q: What is one valuable lesson you have taken under your father’s apprenticeship? My father always shared that it’s very important to never compromise the quality of our clothing and that is a statement that goes for both fashion and business. The quality of our merchandise is very important to our clients, they know what they are buying. That same concept goes for the business stand point at House of Bijan. I watched him work with a lot of passion and work very hard which left a lasting impression. My father, for the most part, was at a point in his life where he didn’t need to work so hard. He didn’t need to work every day, but he did it with such passion and dedication that it inspired me to follow in his footsteps. Seeing him work so hard was a great example for me and it is why I work hard today.
Q: Do you think your father would have envisioned bringing Bijan to Las Vegas at some point? For a branding stand point it was very much a no brainier but more than that, Mr. Wynn was for many years speaking with my late father about coming to Las Vegas and the possibility of opening a boutique.
Q: What sets the Bijan at Wynn Las Vegas apart in comparison to its famous “appointment only” Beverly Hills flagship location? For the first time in 40 years, we have a boutique that is not “by appointment”. At the boutique in Las Vegas you can walk in and interact with our merchandise, learn about Bijan, and do all of this without having an appointment. Q: On that note, what are some familiarities clients get to experience at the new location? The quality, exclusivity, and the attention to detail that we put into all our collections definitely remains the same. The Bijan store at the Wynn is just a smaller version of the Rodeo Drive location, even down to the front door, it is the same 16 ft tall mahogany door and it’s absolutely beautiful. We are working on installing a Bijan chandelier with 1,000 bottles of perfume just like the one we have on Rodeo Drive. The only thing missing is the Yellow Rolls Royce! Q: What are some of your favorite pieces from the Bijan collection ideal for the summer? We have a beautiful collection that was designed specifically for the Las Vegas Store. One of my favorite pieces are the colorful silk and linen jackets with beautiful perforated leather detailing. They are very colorful, half-lined, very high quality and of course beautiful for summer.
Q: Primarily, what attracted you to Las Vegas for new location? We wanted to reach more of our client base in the cities they frequent, and we noticed many of our clients are visiting Las Vegas as much if not more than Beverly Hills. For example, a great deal of our client base from Asia are visiting us at Beverly Hills on their way back or on their way to Las Vegas. We thought that it was a natural place for us to open because of our similar client bases but also because geographically, Las Vegas is very close to Beverly Hills. As we expand the locations and the reach of the Bijan brand we want to make sure we do it in the best possible way. Being that Las Vegas is only a 45-minute plane ride away, we figured that we would be able to make sure that it’s operating to our high standards and level of service that we are famous for the last 40 years. Q: Any interesting travel plans this summer? I am actually on my way to Italy for the fashion shows in Milan and then after that I will be taking a vacation for a few weeks. I am looking forward to spending some time in Italy where we make all of Bijan’s beautiful pieces for the last 43 years but eager to get back to the new Las Vegas boutique! For more information about the House of Bijan, please visit www.bijan.com
Photo credit Peter Christiansen Valli July/August 2018
TRAVEL | LEISURE
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10 Ways the Grand at Moon Palace Cancun Elevates All-In Vacations Written by Merilee Kern
Palace Resorts is a company well-known for elevating the all-inclusive resort experience through five-star accommodations and amenities. These are standards that have been well-set through this esteemed hospitality group’s years of experience and expertise operating ten award-winning, expansive oceanfront resorts throughout Mexico and Jamaica. But it’s one of their newer offerings—The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun located within the AAA Four Diamond Moon Palace Cancun—that’s setting benchmarks all its own. This impressive property quite expertly combines the bespoke touch of a luxe boutique destination with the magnificence of a world-class resort destination in decidedly
family-friendly form. Whether you’re vacationing with or without the kids, The Grand has absolutely everything needed to proffer a phenomenal vacation experience, and in a lavish setting that’s certainly raising the bar in the luxury all-inclusive category. During my own visit to the property, throughout the entirety of my multi-day stay there was nary a reason (or desire) to go off-site given how much The Grand has to do, both during the day and at night.
Here are 10 of my personal favorite things about the property that exemplify how this “awe-inclusive” resort destination is elevating vacations in the Cancun region. 1. With over 1,300 luxurious, well-appointed and modern guest rooms complete with sumptuous linens, large flat screen TV, glass-enclosed shower and signature in-room double whirlpool tubs, you just may want to stay in and lounge all day. But don’t, as there’s too much else to do! You can take your pick among various room types but even the midrange Grand Deluxe Resort View room, offered with either a King-size bed or two double beds, is replete with creature comforts. This includes a private furnished balcony with chaise lounge, state-of-the-art double whirlpool, robes and slippers, a Smart TV with YouTube, complimentary (property-wide) WiFi, assorted premium spirits uniquely availed through a liquor dispenser, and a mini bar that’s amply refreshed daily with sodas, bottled water, juices, domestic and imported beers. There’s also a pillow and aromatherapy menu available. 2. Speaking of eating, you can keep hunger at bay at no less than 17 food and beverage outlets throughout the expansive property. Options include various flavors, including gourmet Asian “Jade,” traditional Italian “Tavola”, mouth-watering Caribbean, decadent French “Le Chateau,” a traditional high-end steakhouse, “JC,” savory Lebanese, “Habibi,” authentic Mexican “Cielito Lindo,” and authentic Peruvian, “Cusco” among others. Plus, all restaurants have gluten free menus available. Be sure not to miss the belly dancing show on select nights at Habibi, which are a real head turner. Carnivores can rejoice in Palace Resorts partnership with the Certified Angus Beef brand, making the company the first and only luxury, all-inclusive hotel chain to offer Certified Angus Beef in all 10 of the brand’s luxury all-inclusive resorts. The property also has 24-hour gourmet room service available. Beverage-wise, The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun features top-shelf liquors at every bar throughout the entire resort, so your craft cocktails, wine and beer selections are sure to be on-point no matter where you choose to imbibe.
beach access where loungers and cabanas are available along with ocean-side food and beverage service with a smile. 5. If you’re traveling with kids, there’s an ultra-trendy “Wired” teen lounge that’s brimming with amazing technology—video game systems of multiple sorts and much more. Rest assured they’ll want to spend hours on end in there, so it’s good that it has its own all-inclusive concession stand where the kiddos can self-order and enjoy many age-appropriate food and beverage options. I have to admit I spent some time in there myself playing games and snacking on red velvet cupcakes. Younger kids ages four to 12 will enjoy The Playroom kids club that also features game rooms, an indoor jungle gym and more, but note: this area requires adult supervision always. The Grand also has a remarkable on-site kid’s waterpark under development with numerous slides and enclosed tubes, a lazy river, and recreation area sure to keep the children entertained for hours. 6. As more evidence to the brand’s intent to offer unexpected amenities and attractions, The Grand’s on-site six lane bowling alley treats guests to an upscale entertainment venue with stylish bar and lounge and ultramodern sound system. The vivid lighting and dramatic interior design reinforces that you’re not at just any old bowling alley but rather one that’s been remarkably reimagined. It’s suggested you make reservations to bowl as, given the popularity of the venue and the number of large groups that stay at the destination, it sometimes books up. 7. Those who like to amp up the party, get social, and dance the night away can do so at the “Unique” on-site nightclub. This swanky venue with vibe serves
3. For the fitness conscious exercise enthusiasts there’s a large-scale, fully-stocked gymnasium with free weights, Nautilus machines, and top-of-the-line cardio equipment. This includes smart technology treadmills, and elliptical machines. There are also spacious rooms for spinning and yoga, Pilates and other specialty fitness classes. For activity and adventure-seekers there’s also bicycles available by request. 4. To take advantage of the gorgeous weather and help you soak in the sunshine, The Grand has no less than nine sparkling outdoor swimming pools—five of them featuring swim-up bars. The “Unique Day Club” is definitely worth your time, as this chic and lively adults-only pool, deck and bar area features a live DJ spinning poolside beats as well as multiple well-appointed cabanas and loungers ensconced both in and out of the perfectly temperate water. There is also direct July/August 2018
up world-class craft cocktails amid bumping DJ beats. I also found it interesting that during the day this club facility doubles as an entertainment center with games and activities like Bingo and more keeping everyone amused. 8. Also in the realm of nightly entertainment, each evening there are a variety of free-access shows with seats available on a first come basis. Shows include top-flight variety and musical acts, funny audience participation game shows and more. The theater itself is plush, cool and comfortable, and there’s a bar where popcorn is also offered in abundance. It’s great fun as an after-dinner activity where you can enjoy something new and different each night of your stay, all without having to buy tickets or go off-property to be amused, impressed and captivated by some truly amazing talents. 9. As would be expected at a property of this grandeur, the on-site spa is grand, indeed. Its extravagant Awe-Spa features more than 60 spa suites, a hydrotherapy circuit, plunge pools, steam, and sauna rooms and more. Treatment options abound—far too many to list here, but notables includes the 80-minute 3D Collagen Shock Facial. Guests can also have a Fish Spa experience where authentic Garra Rufa Fish, also known as “Doctor Fish,” are employed in therapeutic, wellness and beauty treatments. 10. Finally, you gotta love a resort that has its own robust app. The Palace Resorts app allows guests the convenience of knowing
all information about The Grand as well as all of its other properties. It also adds extreme convenience by allowing guests to access show and entertainment schedules, make spa appointments, get directions, book tours, connect to social networks and more. It’s a handy resource you’re sure to keep on-hand to help facilitate a frustration-free stay. I like the idea that Palace Resorts invites guests to “Live the Palace Life,” which is to say to revel with abandon in all of the offerings the property proffers. This is easy to do at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, which transcends convention and defies expectations of what a family-friendly all-inclusive “is.” Here, couples seeking romance, fun-minded families, and both small and large groups, alike, can bask in sophisticated accommodations, savor a myriad of top-notch dining establishments, and enjoy frivolity and fabulosity at any number of on-site attractions. Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President of Palace Resorts, himself notes, “The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun is without a doubt our most unbelievable project yet. Palace Resorts envisioned a property that would truly take luxury, convenience, and entertainment and upscale culinary dining and combine it to surpass any traditional, luxury all-inclusive around.”
ABOUT AUTHOR As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure, and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList. com, on Twitter at www.Twitter. com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www. Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews
My own experience at The Grand confirmed this is an indulgent destination where, rest, relaxation and just the right amount of revelry is the order of the day. www.HighRiseLife.com
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The Reef 28 Unveils Beach-Chic Hospitality in Downtown Playa del Carmen Written by Merilee Kern
The Mexican state Quintana Roo is perhaps best known as the home of the venerable tourist city of Cancun, which is revered for beautiful white coral sand beaches, hot nightlife, and everything in-between. Thousands of tourists flock to this destination monthly. However, travelers would do well to take just a 45-minute ride by car from Cancun International Airport to check out what its sister city of Playa del Carmen has to offer. This Caribbean beach town, which is located on the easterly side of the Yucatan Peninsula, is growing in popularity since it boasts its own share of dreamy Riviera Maya beaches along with fabulous golf, bars and restaurants, shopping, and super-cool things to do like explore Mayan ruins or snorkel in the Cenotes caves and caverns. What’s also notable about Playa del Carmen is the emerging breed of luxury all-inclusive hotels
and resorts attracting jet-setters worldwide to this exotic paradise. Paramount among these is a sexy new adults-only beach-chic oasis called The Reef 28, which is the newest all-inclusive offering from the family-owned hospitality operation The Reef Resorts that opened in May 2018. According to Corrina Terenstra, The Reef 28’s Director of Sales and Marketing, this particular hotel is a passion project for the owner and his family—and it shows in the painstaking design and décor details, and apparent attention to quality at every guest touch point.
authenticity. I’ve stayed at some resorts in Mexico where you would never know you’re actually in the country, let alone one specific city or another. However, The Reef 28 reflects the area’s authentic culture. Terenstra points out that the privately-owned property hires indigenous talent and that every detail is thought through and created by a detail-oriented native team. This certainly extends to its food and beverage program that includes Mexican chefs and cooks who add a delicious Mexican touch to most if not all cuisine.
Another noteworthy, this destination exemplifies that a hotel need not be sitting on top of the beach to be fabulous and in high demand. “This property manages to have the Caribbean feeling and atmosphere, while still being downtown, in the heart of everything,” Terenstra notes. And she’s right, as my own visit to The Reef 28 confirmed it’s comfortable walking distance to the famous Mamita’s Beach Club as well as a wide assortment of bars, restaurants, and the kinetic Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) offering both world-class shopping and luxe boutiques in tandem with small indigenous shops replete with art and culture from the region. Guests can also shuttle to the two other nearby Reef properties in Coco Beach or Playacar to enjoy those beaches and all-inclusive amenities. Tours and excursions of every sort are also just a short drive away from the hotel. Indeed, The Reef 28’s location provides amazing access to pretty much all that Playa del Carmen has to offer—the beach plus so much more. Relative to what the hotel, itself, has available...it’s much. First, The Reef 28 is a decidedly high-end luxury offering for discerning travelers who also prefer the warmth and personalized service that a boutique property can proffer. What I also personally adore about this location is its
And speaking of cuisine, this is another feature helping this property make its mark in the region among locals and tourists, alike. The hotel has two elegant on-site restaurants featuring fresh Mexican and Asian fusion flavors, Cachito and El Asiatico, as well as the more casual Ventiocho’s that serves a wonderful breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet along with service that’s second to none. These eateries defy what’s expected of typically underwhelming all-inclusive fare. Rather, the restaurants boast inventive gourmet cuisine rivaling the world-renowned eateries peppered throughout Playa del Carmen. And no worries about those vacation calories as there’s a rooftop fitness center as well for those so inclined. Three bars are also resident—La Cantina Del Mezcal, Lounge Bar 28, and the stylish ARRIBA rooftop bar—where guests can sip and savor premium cocktails and even delight in al fresco breakfast or lunch with a view. The loungy ARRIBA rooftop is also especially noteworthy as here, the seductive infinity pool is surrounded by plush cabanas, loungers and other comfy seating while local DJs set a festive vibe while patrons socialize and soak in the sun or starlight. “We wanted to create a space that was more about connecting than escaping,” Terenstra adds.
I would also be remiss to not mention the sleek and modern guest rooms and sophisticated hotel interior in general, which all takes inspiration from the colorful Caribbean and the unique characteristics of marine life. This is an all-suites destination, so every room is either a Junior Suite or a Master Suite. Conveniences abound, from hair irons to high speed Internet to in-room Nespresso machines and daily stocked mini bars. Other luxuries also allow for moments of intimacy and relaxation, like plush bedding, towels and robes to a bedside Jacuzzi and private patios or terraces in the Master Suites. According to Mr. Montalvo, CEO of The Reef Resorts & Spa, “It was time to embrace what people really want from a vacation. Adults are
looking for their own adventures and their own way to feel a part of a genuine—even transformative—experience. At The Reef 28, they get to be a part of the party, the culture, the cuisine and fun that makes Riviera Maya Mexico’s thriving Cote d’Azur.” The property is designed to help guests move at ease from beachfront to rooftop bar lounge. It’s clear The Reef 28 has set its sights on offering a new kind of “all-in” experience in Playa Del Carmen.” So leave the kiddos at home and escape to this romantic adults-only all-inclusive retreat where your own play-date in paradise awaits.
ABOUT AUTHOR As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure, and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook. com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews
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Written by Jennifer Gonzales
Summer is here, and it’s time for a vacation. What better way to spend those hot summer days other than at the beach? It is the best place to spend time with family and friends and best recommended way of getting your vitamin-sea. This time make sure that you have a fun and memorable summer by checking out these three must see beaches.
POINT MATIRA, BORA BORA Imagine waking up in a room, where it’s nice and quiet and the feeling of peace is everywhere. You walk over to a near by window and draw back the curtain to find yourself standing in front of the most beautiful lagoon you could ever imagine. Named the best Island in the World by U.S. News & World Report, Bora Bora, is known for its beautiful waters that can go from the color Sapphire to Turquoise than back to Sapphire again. They offer water activities such as stand up and paddle, snorkeling, fine dining with waterfront views, with an option of catching your own fish and letting your chef prepare your catch. Plan on treating yourself to a nice spa day? You can find a nice over the water spa suite, where you can unwind in one of their treatment beds that are set on glass panels above the lagoon. One of Bora Bora’s famous signature spa rituals is a rebalancing ritual, which utilizes Tahitian Black pearl powder and detoxifying algae gathered right from the ocean for a skin smoothing experience.
POINT MATIRA, BORA BORA
CASTAWAY ISLAND, FIJI
MYKONOS BEACH, GREECE
CASTAWAY ISLAND, FIJI
MYKONOS BEACH, GREECE
Located in the heart of Fiji’s Mamanuca Island group, this beach is surrounded by 174 acres of tropical rainforest. This Island, although, offers you a chance to relax and enjoy your surroundings it is best known for all the water activities that they have to offer. You can explore your options of snorkeling among the coral reefs, wind surfing, kayaking, parasailing, catamaran sailing, waterskiing or diving. Want to be able to enjoy the sound of the ocean swift gently in and out, along with the feeling of the gentle breeze lightly caressing your face, all while enjoying a nice dinner with champagne? Castaway offers four main dining venues, Water’s Edge Restaurant, Nuku Marau, Sundowner Bar, and Restaurant 1808. Book your stay at this nice getaway with your family, or with that special someone for an unforgettable experience.
Ready to get your summer started the right way? Here you will find celebrities, college students and families all gather together for some fun. It doesn’t matter if you’re someone who is looking for a good time, someone who is visiting for the first time or just someone who wants to try something different, Mykonos Beach will surely exceed all expectations of what a fun and luxurious beach experience should be. You can explore the Island’s Capital Town, visit the Archaeological, Folklore and Maritime Museums to learn a little history. You can also check out their shopping centers, enjoy a traditional Greek Cypriot Flaouna at one of their waterfront cafes or wander around and enjoy the captivating colorful scenery. If you are up for a day full of fun and adventure you can go parachuting, jet skiing, or book a boat tour and explore the Aegean Sea. The list of things to do seem endless here at Mykonos Beach.
HEALTH | BEAUTY
GetYour Skin Beach Ready Written by Jennifer Gonzales
Summer should be all about buying that cute bathing suit that you have been adoring for months and heading to the beach. Even though, as easy as it sounds I know that sometimes we have minor setbacks in being able to do so. Well fear no more, get your skin beach ready with these tips. CELLULITE There are so many different products that are available to help reduce the visible appearance of cellulite, but how do we know what to look for? Cellulite is a common issue that almost 90% of woman experience. Finding the right product is simple, caffeine is proven to be the main ingredient in anti-cellulite cream. It helps tighten and smooths skin, protects cells against UV radiation, boost blood microcirculation in skin, and slows down the skin photo-aging process. You can
also search for other products that have green coffee extracts or retinol. Ex: Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Expert, Strivectin Tightening Body Cream DARK SPOTS This is another common issue that many share, whether it’s dark spots from too much sun exposure, dark spots caused by age, or you may have hyperpigmentation. Either way there’s a solution, the key ingredient in helping with this situation is Hydroquinone. This can also help with uneven skin tone, you should look for a product that can help in both cases. You can find lightening cream almost anywhere, but the ones enlisted below are the most common. Ex: Clinique Even Better, Estée Lauder Enlighten SPIDER VEINS
pair of shorts for the summer. Spider veins are just as common as cellulite, it can be brought on by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, or injuries that you may have faced in the past. There’s a solution for this as well, it may take time and some work more quickly than others. Ex: Beverly Hills Vain Vanish, Vein Eraser STRETCH MARKS Stretch marks are a beautiful sign of our bodies changing and growing. It also can cause a little insecurity when it comes to looking our best for those summer beach days. It’s important to make the best of it, but if it really is causing a set back then listed below are some recommendations for the best creams that are considered effective. Ex: Volition Beauty Eucalyptus Stretch Mark Minimizer, Mederma Stretch Mark Removal Cream
Having Spider Veins can easily impact those who want to where a nice bikini to the beach, or nice
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Wolfgang Puck Debuts Spago Overlooking Bellagio Fountains Celebrated Chef and Iconic Landmark Converge to Create an Unforgettable Lakeside Dining Destination When Wolfgang Puck's legendary Spago opened 25 years ago in Las Vegas, the level of influence he and the restaurant would have on the city was unimaginable. The revolutionary restaurant is recognized for igniting Las Vegas's dining scene into a culinary epicenter. Wolfgang's relentless drive to transform continues today as the chef debuts the new Spago Las Vegas at Bellagio Resort & Casino, bringing two internationally renowned brands together.
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"For us, it's the perfect synergy between Spago and Bellagio," said Wolfgang Puck. "The resort's clientele and my longtime guests align perfectly with Spago's exceptional offerings and elegant atmosphere. It is truly a match made in heaven."
• Bellagio Exclusives – In addition to signature Spago dishes, Wolfgang has created specific dishes just for this new destination. The Baja Kanpachi Crudo brings a burst of acidity with pickled radish, yuzu gel and hibiscus ponzu, rounded out with creamy avocado and crunchy tapioca crisps. A Saffron Risotto features Santa Barbara Spot Prawns housed in a special tank within the resort.
Bellagio President & COO Randy Morton said, "Wolfgang holds himself and his team to unrivaled high standards to create extraordinary culinary experiences around the world. We are thrilled to welcome Spago to Bellagio at its new home within our award-winning culinary portfolio."
Spago is inspired by California living with its casual elegance and farm-to-table ethos. Wolfgang hand selects seasonal ingredients to create the restaurant's market-driven menu, featuring the chef's signature fare paired with modern technique and creative elements. From popular Spago dishes to new dishes offered only at Bellagio, guests have a wealth of options to choose from for lunch or dinner.
• Lunch on the Lake – Spago's lavish lakeside lunch options include a selection of Puck's signature wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, salads, and www.HighRiseLife.com
Photos credit Vanessa Stump sandwiches as well as Wolfgang's Famous Veal "Wiener Schnitzel," served with marinated cucumbers, fingerling potato salad and mȃche salad. • From the Grill – Wolfgang brings his own signature to the Las Vegas steak dinner, allowing guests to indulge in prime meats, such as Wagyu and Japanese Ribeye carved tableside, and grilled fish such as the Turbot with charred baby leeks with gremolata. • Delightful Desserts – Spectacular seasonal desserts serve as a grand finale including the Tart Mascarpone Cheesecake and the soon-to-be-Spago-signature, The Strawberry, featuring almond-salted streusel, strawberry confit and micro basil plated with an artful and whimsical presentation. • Bar Bites – In addition to the full menu, Spago's bar serves an exclusive selection of snacks such as Lemon-Herb Blinis with Caviar and Crème Fraiche and Spicy Tuna Tartare in Sesame-Miso Cones. SENSATIONAL SIPS Innovation and familiarity may seem like contradictory notions, but that juxtaposition is what defines Spago's cocktail menu. Crafted with house-made infusions, artisanal spirits and fresh herbs, these libations are inspired by Wolfgang's culinary philosophy of embracing creativity using the world's finest ingredients. • Creative Cocktails – Spago offers modern takes on favorites such as its version of the tiki cocktail called "Trouble in Mind" using Bourbon instead of Rum, complemented by Montenegro Amaro and Allspice Dram. The "Rogue Sour,"Spago's version of the whiskey sour, adds depth of flavor with house-made cinnamon buckwheat honey and Amaro. July/August 2018
• Worldly Wine – The globally inspired collection spans many regions of the world, highlighting an impressive number of vintages from the United States and Italy. Like the menu, the wine list will be seasonally inspired, starting the summer months with a strong selection of Rosé wines. In addition, the list features nearly one dozen wines from Wolfgang Puck's private label, a collection of food-friendly wines that celebrate the spirit of food and life for which the chef is known. LAKE-INSPIRED DESIGNED The integrity of delivering a memorable experience is as rooted in the architectural design as much as the menu and service. Designer Gelila Puck collaborated with architects Massimiliano Locatelli and Annamaria Scevola of CLS Architetti to create a space that allows every seat in the house to capture its own unique perspective of the restaurant's remarkable location. Gelila Puck said, "The fountains were everything for us. We used the water as a key element in the design of the restaurant, bringing the beautiful feature to the forefront of the dining experience from the moment our guests enter the restaurant. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows highlight the grandeur of the space while distinct dining spaces meld classic architecture with modern art, all creating an atmosphere as memorable as the food." Highlights of the exquisitely designed restaurant include: • Local Artistry – Spago commissioned Las Vegas artist Katie Lewis to create a series of 20 topographical map images inspired by the Nevada desert landscape. One wall of the restaurant is dedicated to "Hugging a Black Hole, Hoping One
Day to Forget," a piece crafted by Jacob Hashimoto, known for his three-dimensional wall hangings inspired by his Japanese heritage. • Al Fresco Patio – The most coveted seats are positioned on the completely remodeled circular and covered outdoor patio giving guests unobstructed front-row views of the magnificent Fountains of Bellagio while enjoying Spago's celebrated cuisine seated under the sun or stars. • Main Dining Room – This space boasts beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows imparting picturesque views of Bellagio's famed lake from any seat in the house. Two exquisite chandeliers accent the room's modern art pieces, while rich hues of black iron, velvet walnut and polished grey accents express a contemporary aesthetic.
• Bar and Lounge – Adorned brass fixtures, rich smoked-oak wood floors, leather chairs and couches serve as the focal point of the classic bar and wine cellar. The velvet-accented bar features a modern and sleek bench designed to reflect the communal and social atmosphere. • Private Dining Rooms – Spago offers two private fountain-view dining rooms, each seating up to 20 guests. The private rooms feature translucent glass panels with elegant white sheers that act as filters, allowing guests to enjoy their privacy while being able to fully take in their surroundings. Spago is in Via Bellagio and is open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Dinner is from 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Sunday – Thursday and 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday. The bar menu is available from 2:45 p.m. until close. To make reservations, call the restaurant directly at (702) 693-8181.
BELLAGIO Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio Resort & Casino overlooks a Mediterranean-blue, 8 ½-acre lake in which fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet. Award-winning dining, a world-class art gallery, the exquisite Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the stunning performance of “O” by Cirque du Soleil, a sumptuous spa and salon and exclusive luxury shopping all work together to compose the symphony that is Bellagio. Bellagio is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit bellagio.com
WOLFGANG PUCK FINE DINING The name Wolfgang Puck is synonymous with the best of restaurant hospitality and the ultimate in all aspects of the culinary arts. The award-winning restaurants in the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group include Spago (Beverly Hills, Istanbul, Las Vegas, Maui and Singapore); CUT (Bahrain, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, London, Singapore, New York City, Doha); Chinois (Santa Monica); Cucina by Wolfgang Puck (Las Vegas); Five Sixty (Dallas); The Source by Wolfgang Puck (Washington, DC); Lupo by Wolfgang Puck (Las Vegas); Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles); re/Asian Cuisine(Bahrain); Wolfgang Puck American Grille (Atlantic City); Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill(Las Vegas, Summerlin and Los Angeles); Wolfgang Puck Steak (Detroit); and WP24(Los Angeles). For more information, please visit www.wolfgangpuck.com SOURCE MGM Resorts International
Wine Glasses a Guide for the Perplexed
Royal wine explains why different wines call for different types of glassware – and why you don’t need them all
“A good universal wine glass is perfectly suitable for anything, from your summer afternoon Roman Cardova Rosado to a vintage Bordeaux such as Baron de Rothchild Haut-Medoc.” Gabe Geller, top sommelier, and Director of PR at Royal Wine Corp.
That awkward moment when the server brings an extra-tall wine glass for you, a tulip-shaped one for your dining partner, and narrow ones to the next table. It makes you wonder if you’ve been doing it wrong all along. Why do wine glasses come in so many styles? How do you know which kind to use? Does it really make a difference? “The world of wine glasses can seem intimidating,” acknowledges Gabe Geller, a top sommelier, and Director of Public Relations for Royal Wine. “The varieties are endless. The truth is, it can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.” Royal Wine, a leading producer, importer and exporter of wines and spirits, wants to demystify the wine glass so people can spend more time enjoying their wine – and less time worrying about the vessel.
RED, WHITE, ROSÉ, SPARKLING, OR DESSERT WINE? It’s all about physics, says Geller. “The bowl of the glass is designed with surface area in mind. Red wines generally need to breathe, so a fuller, rounder bowl with wide opening suits them best. Whites stay cooler in bowls that are straighter on the sides.”
But for most people, the main difference between crystal and glass is cost. Geller assures us it’s perfectly acceptable to serve wine in a regular glass made of glass – preferably one that’s clear, un-etched, and uncut to better see what’s inside. Again, it’s easier to enjoy your wine when you’re not worried about breaking your valuable crystal.
Rosés can be served in white wine glasses because the two are produced similarly. But, says Geller, there are glasses made specifically for rosés. They have shorter bowls that are slightly tapered and sometimes have a flared rim. “The rim affects the way you sip,” he explains. “The flair helps direct the wine directly to the tip of the tongue.” Tall, narrow glasses, sometimes called flutes, capture the carbon dioxide in sparkling wines, keeping the bubbly bubblier. The smallest of them all is the dessert/fortified wine glass, designed to send the sweet sip directly to the back of the mouth.
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE JUST ONE TYPE OF GLASS
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In fact, you can get by with one set (or two if you like to serve bubbly). Geller recommends a thin glass with a large bowl that narrows at the top, ideally holding about 13 oz. of wine. “A good universal wine glass is perfectly suitable for anything, from your summer afternoon Ramon Cardova Rosado to a vintage Bordeaux such as Baron de Rothchild Haut-Medoc,” he says. Royal Wine offers libations to fill every type of wine glass, with wines and spirits from the best wine producing regions of the world, available in almost every price range. Today their Bartenura Moscato in its iconic blue bottle is a top seller among all Moscatos.
Serious oenophiles may insist on subtle variations within the basic categories above. A pinot noir, for example, would be served in a balloon-shaped glass, while its more rarified red cousin, the grand cru, is best featured when sipped over a flared rim. A wider mouth helps release the bold, acidic qualities of full-bodied whites like Herzog Lineage Chardonnay, whereas a smaller mouth holds the delicate aromas of light whites like Teal Lake Sauvignon Blanc. GLASS OR CRYSTAL? In theory, crystal is preferable to glass. Geller says the biggest advantage to crystal is its mineral content, which makes it durable enough to produce very thin stemware. This allows for a smoother flow into the mouth, not to mention a clearer view of the wine’s color and viscosity. But does it affect the taste? Some insist it does. According to the website Wine Tasting Reviews, “The best explanation offered so far is that crystal is rougher than regular glass and this roughness creates turbulence in the wine which, in turn, causes more of the aromatic compounds in the wine to be released.”
Many in the industry share a healthy skepticism when it comes to amassing a collection of “perfect” glasses for every type of wine on the market. Some even suspect it’s all a marketing ploy by upscale stemware manufacturers. Geller agrees. “There’s no reason to think you’ll ever be judged by your stemware,” he says, “and you don’t have to be a professional sommelier to choose the right glass.”
ABOUT ROYAL WINE/KEDEM Founded in 1848, Royal Wine Corp. has been owned and operated in the United States by the Herzog family, whose winemaking roots go back eight generations to its origin in Czechoslovakia. Today, Royal Wine’s portfolio of domestic and international wines range from traditional wine producing regions of France, Italy, and Spain, as well as Israel, New Zealand, and Argentina. Additionally, Royal Wine Corp.’s spirit and liqueur portfolio offer some of the most sought-after scotches, bourbons, tequilas and vodkas as well as hard to find specialty items such as flavored brandies and liqueurs.
CALENDAR July 5th - August 16th, 2018 Sizzling Summer Nights – Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA. Dance to salsa and Latin fusion bands during Sizzling Summer Nights, with drinks and tacos for sale at 5:30 p.m., music at 6:30 p.m., a free dance lesson at 7:30 p.m., and access to the museum until 8 p.m. at Autry Museum of the American West.
July 6th, 2018 Ultimate Fighter 27: Undefeated – Palms' Pearl Concert Theater, Las Vegas, NV. The Ultimate Fight: Undefeated features a cast of exceptional fighters that will showdown in Las Vegas. None of the lightweight and featherweight fighters on the show have ever lost a bout before. Be sure to watch this memorable event.
July 12th -15th, 2018 Elvis Festival – Sam's Town Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. Elvis Festival returns to Sam's Town Hotel & Casino. This year, there will be six great shows to see. Once again the weekend will kick off with a welcome reception in Roxy’s lounge and will have after hours parties each night, but instead of the daytime contest they’ll be presenting matinees. They’ll wrap it all up with a Farewell Concert on Sunday afternoon.
July 13th - 15th, 2018 USA BMX Las Vegas Nationals – South Point Arena, Las Vegas, NV. USA BMX Las Vegas Nationals will be held at the South Point Arena. BMX will give you an adrenaline rush when the gate slams down and eight racers make a full sprint towards the first obstacle. You'll see big jumps, big air, steep backsides, deep turns and downhill sections that will add up to massive speeds for these racers. This second race of the season will surely be a blast as competition heats up!
July 21st, 2018 Wine Tasting – Santa Monica, CA. Taste 200 wines and meet the makers at The Garagiste Festival (named for small winemakers using a home garage) at Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club. Enjoy summer with the best of wines.
August 1st - 5th, 2018
August 1st- 12th, 2018 Meet Beethoven – Beverly Hills, CA. Become immersed in the astounding life and genius of the famous composer when Hershey Felder brings Ludwig van Beethoven to life and performs his greatest works on the piano at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta – Santa Barbara, CA. Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebrates the Spanish history of Santa Barbara with dance performances, live music, an arts & crafts show, Mexican cuisine, courthouse tours, a historical parade Friday at noon, and a children’s parade Saturday at 10 a.m.
August 2nd, 5th, 2018 Combat Con – The Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV. Combat Con returns, to its new location: The Flamingo. Billed "Where History and Fantasy Meet", this promises to be an interesting Con. Centered around Western Martial Arts, Combat-Con combines Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Dark Fantasy, Cosplay, Comics, and Piracy. You'll interact with armed and armored martial artists, try cracking a whip, throw a dagger, or see what it feels like to wield a two-handed sword. This is going to be one multifaceted and interesting Con.
tournaments in the world. You'll find the best of the best from around the world in a dazzling exhibition of skill and fun, as players and fans gather in an open format and determine a champion.
August 5th, 2018 Wekfest Los Angeles – Downtown, Los Angeles, CA. Billed as the “dopest car show in the nation,” Wekfest Los Angeles displays pre-screened aftermarket builds and hosts aftermarket vendors at Los Angeles Convention Center. Come out to see awesome rides!
August 9th-18th, 2018 American Poolplayers Association – Westgate Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. American Poolplayers Association will hold their National Team Championships in our favorite city. The event will be held at the Westgate Hotel (formerly the LVH and Hilton) and is billed as the world's largest amateur pool tournament. There will be Open 8 & 9-Ball, Ladies 8-Ball, Jack & Jill Championship, and the master’s Championship.
August 3rd- 5th, 2018 EVO Championship Series – Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV. EVO Championship Series return in 2018 to Mandalay Bay Events Center and the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Evolution Championship Series represents the largest and longest-running fighting game
ART WALK The Art Walk at the third floor of Forum Shops was a remarkable sight. Invited guests reveled in the beautiful artwork and had the opportunity to meet the artists, while enjoying savory bites and live performances. Featured galleries included SKYE Art Gallery, Exclusive Collection Gallery, Gallery of Music & Art, and Magical Memories Gallery.
The Forum Shops, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV June 14, 2018 Photo credit Ash Photography
SOCIAL | EVENTS
WineTasting with Moscato d’Asti Industry experts and the winery principals had an informative journey to taste the characteristics of the esteemed Moscato d’Asti D.O.C.G. variety, followed by a winemaker lunch expertly prepared by the Four Seasons’ chefs. Wineries participated in the event included La Caudrina, Coppo, Marenco Vini, Michele Chiarlo & Vignaioli di Santo Stefano – Caretto.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Las Vegas, NV June 14, 2018 Photo credit Ash Photography
Antonioâ€™s 28th Birthday Mandarin Oriental resident, Antonio Glez Alvarado, enjoyed a sophisticated ambiance while celebrating his 28th birthday with friends. Guests were delighted by luxury panoramic views from penthouse, chef's special sushi & open bar while listening to live music.
Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, NV June 15, 2018 Photo credit Ash Photography
Photos courtesy of The House of Givenchy
The House of Givenchy Dresses Beyoncé and Jay-Z for Their Joint ‘On the Run II’ Tour The House of Givenchy is pleased to announce its collaboration with Beyoncé and Jay-Z for their 2018 On the Run II Tour costumes. This event comes as a follow-up collaboration with the power couple; the Parisian fashion house also designed their costumes for the first OTR Tour. The OTR II international tour launched on June 6th, 2018 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales (UK). A highlight of the tour will be the Bastille Day concert at the French national stadium, Stade de France, outside Paris on July 14th, 2018. For on the Run II, Givenchy Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller created exclusive outfits inspired largely by her Spring-Summer 2018 Haute Couture collection. Major design elements include hand-embroidered motifs crystal grids.
For Beyoncé’s finale look, Clare Waight Keller created a bodysuit with an oversized bow detail adapted from the Fall-Winter 2018 ready-to-wear collection, paired with a long, detachable skirt in bonded lace, hand-embroidered with crystals. For Jay-Z’s opening look, Clare Waight Keller created an optical white, double-breasted tuxedo worn with a matt silk t-shirt. Sharp-shouldered, this elegant jacket is adapted from the Givenchy Spring-Summer 2018 men’s Haute Couture collection. The OTR II tour is scheduled to play 48 dates in Europe and North America through October 4th, 2018. SOURCE Givenchy
Photos courtesy of Perl Mortgage
Helping Homeowners Realize Their Dreams Written by Selcen Kavruklar Editor-in-Chief
Cementing his place as a seasoned mortgage professional, Derek Parent and The Parent Team of Perl Mortgage is leaving a mark as one of the top mortgage origination teams in the country.
Over the years, Derek Parent and his team have gained the trust of the community at large with experience working with an array of clients, including first-time homebuyers, high net-worth individuals, veterans, teachers, and medical workers.
perfect loan, first time buyer home tips, purchasing and financing a home in 2018, getting approved for high-rise condominium with little as 5% down, why refinancing may be good option, and everything in between. Here is what he had to say.
One of Parent’s biggest priorities is staying on top of market trends to protect, service and educate his clients to the best of his ability. Derek Parent alongside his team of experts have set out a mission to help clients realize their dreams. In our interview, Parent discusses everything from getting the
Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself and The Parent Team of Perl Mortgage? The Parent Team is built around a couple of very basic principles, and they don’t have nearly as much to do with the actual work environment as they do the people. I truly believe that–like a home–if
you implement great habits and amazing people in your everyday life, you will build a foundation that can withstand any storm or capacity. From day one, I’ve always attempted to surround myself with people who represent those qualities. Personally, I am a strong believer in elevation, and what I embrace most about the mortgage industry is that it allows me to grow–not only in my career, but also in my personal development. It’s enabled me to do what I love; it’s given me the opportunity to be a stepping stone–and sometimes, a guide–for those looking to achieve something. When you pair that with over 20 years of industry experience, there is very little that seems daunting. I’ve seen all different types of markets and needs, and it’s allowed me to work with clients from every side of the spectrum. We work in an extremely dynamic industry, and I believe that my duty is to always keep an adaptive perspective, and it’s this same mindset that has been the foundation of how my team and I have been able to fulfill a desperate need for mortgage options in Las Vegas. Whether someone is planning to purchase a single-family home, condominium, primary residence or investment, these wins–the difficult ones–are the scores that count and setting ourselves apart in a world where most are intimidated is something in which I continue to pursue daily, understanding that it will give my clients more opportunity, less stress and most importantly, trust in their mortgage advisor to always have their backs.
Q: What are some of the types of programs you offer or specialize in? Depending on the type of property, we offer several different options, including Jumbo, Conventional, FHA and VA throughout Nevada, California, Texas, and Florida. One specialty is being able to provide traditional financing for high-rise condominium projects in Las Vegas with as little as 5% down payment. Q: As an expert high-rise lender, is it difficult to get approved for high-rise loan? Not at all. It is simple. We generally can tell very quickly whether someone can qualify or not. We analyze a few things like the applicant’s credit and income and the property’s value to determine whether the loan is possible now or in the future. Q: What are some great options available for buyers currently looking to buy a highrise condominium? We have expanded our options to provide financing on condominiums ranging from $70,000 to $3 million, and a down payment can be as little 5% down. We want to help everybody. Some of the condominiums that are listed include: Veer Towers, Turnberry Towers, Turnberry Place, One Las Vegas, Metropolis, The Ogden, Park Towers, and more. Q: What are some core values that The Parent Team carries? All our decisions and choices are based on the foundation of integrity, honesty,
compassion and always keeping the client’s best interest in mind. Our clients are far more than just clients; they are friends and taking care of them is our #1 priority. Q: What are your thoughts on housing market and recent developments in Las Vegas? Do you think it is a good time to buy? I’m a strong believer that NOW is always the best time to buy. Why wait? Tomorrow is never promised. Q: Can you give us insight into current interest rates and market projection? With being an active Sponsor of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance group, The Parent Team is always up to date with what’s going on in today’s market. As the housing market is steadily growing, so will the rates. Q: Why do you think refinancing is a good option for some clients? There are several reasons why refinancing is beneficial to clients. Some of the benefits are paying off credit cards, financing a business, covering college tuition, managing unexpected expenses, making improvements to your home or taking advantage of potential tax-deduction benefits from interest paid on the loan. Refinancing overall gives our clients an opportunity to put more cash into their pockets rather than leaving it tied to a piece of property. Q: What are some tips you recommend for new home buyers when shopping for a loan? My recommendation is to work with someone of a high-caliber professional who you trust. Becoming a homeowner is one of the biggest purchases in someone’s life, so it’s important to go through this process with someone you know has your back. Q: What makes The Parent Team different compared to other lenders? Our mission is to help our community achieve homeownership, helping the maximum number of people in our community. One of the reasons why we invested in creating opportunities for homeowners that can purchase in any price range is to be able to provide options for every type of homebuyer. This process of purchasing a home, refinancing, and dealing with money can be sensitive, so our mission is to make sure every single one of our clients experiences a smooth transaction and an uplifting process. Derek J. Parent NMLS# 182283
For more information about Derek Parent and The Parent Team of Perl Mortgage please visit, derekparentteam.com July/August 2018
REAL ESTATE | DEVELOPMENT
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South Main Street isThe New Hot Spot in Las Vegas Written by Paul Murad
All around the world the economic health and beauty of the cities is determined by their downtowns. Visitors to any metropolis usually come to its downtown and take back the impressions and experiences to their respective communities.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Martin Their stories, photographs, and social media posts from downtowns create more buzz and visitation. Therefore it is critical for everyone in Las Vegas that our Downtown development continues its recent rapid pace. If you walk or bike around on the recently implemented Regional Transportation Commission’s bike share program, you will see that there is new construction and redevelopment on many blocks. There is one particular area that is most important and representative of any downtown and that is Main Street. Every city and town in America has one for a reason. That was always the central place where government and business would have their presence and the community would have its churches and temples, markets, restaurants and stores. This was the central artery of life and commerce. In fact, most ancient cities had that central street and it was called Cardo. If you are sightseeing in Jerusalem, Athens, or Rome today, you will see that street or its remnants. South Main Street of Downtown Las Vegas is where you want to be if you are looking to open an office, retail store, or food and beverage venue. It is a combination of LA’s Melrose Place and its Arts District, San Diego’s Gaslamp District and Williamsburg in Brooklyn when they were in the very early stages of redevelopment. If you heard of or visited those areas, you know what I mean. The City of Las Vegas has been a supporter of Downtown redevelopment with their assistance, redevelopment grants and license fee
reductions, as well as the good work of the City’s Economic Development Department and Project Development Facilitators, who work with current property owners as well as prospective investors and tenants. One of the greatest things that the City is doing on Main Street and the Arts District is ironically what they are not doing! Which is installing parking meters that are so abundant in other parts of Downtown including Fremont East. These meters serve as greatest deterrents of locals coming to DTLV. As someone who had an office here since 2005, when facing a choice of where to meet local business associates during the day or friends after business hours, I always suggest the Arts District over anywhere else. I hope that the City continues that meter-free environment, which is attracting tenants and their customers to the area and which makes it the best location for a new business downtown for this very reason. Property and business owners in the Arts District along with their growing number of customers are all united in that opinion and hope that the City keeps the status quo. The area is changing quickly and those who decide to open for business there in the near future can still be viewed as geniuses who had the foresight to be in the right place at the right time when others look at the area and try to get their spot there a year or two from now. Those who have a solid brand or business elsewhere in the Las Vegas Valley, now is the best time to claim your place in the Arts District and be a part of the Main Street community. I look forward to seeing you on Main Street.
ABOUT AUTHOR Paul Murad is a world traveler, writer, and an entrepreneur based in Downtown Las Vegas. He is an author of the book “Manhattanizing Las Vegas” and a firm believer in sustainable urban living. His favorite drinks are kombucha and sauvignon blanc.
REAL ESTATE | TRENDS
Real Estate MarketTrends May Real Estate Market the Fastest on Record; Prices Up 6.3% Written by Alina Ptaszynski The typical home that sold in May went under contract in 34 days, according to Redfin, the next-generation real estate brokerage. May broke April's record of 36 days, which was the fastest month Redfin had recorded going back to 2010. Amid the speed, the national median home sale price rose to $305,600, a 6.3 percent increase from May 2017 across the 174 markets that Redfin tracks.
"Prices are still increasing, but not at the same rate we saw earlier in the spring," said Redfin senior economist Taylor Marr. "The record percentage of homes sold above list price is at odds with the higher percentage of price drops in May. This tells us that while it's still very much a seller's market, price growth and rising mortgage rates may be pushing buyers to the limit of what they're able to pay."
The number of newly listed homes for sale increased 4.3 percent compared to May of last year, driving a 3.6 percent increase in the number of homes sold. However, the overall supply of homes declined 5.4 percent during the same period. Just 2.5 months of supply remained at the end of the month, compared to the six months that generally signals a balanced market.
For the seventh month in a row, San Jose topped the nation with price growth over 25 percent. The supply of San Jose homes fell 13.8 percent compared to last year. That drop is the smallest decline in a 16-month stretch of inventory declines, an indication of the intensity of San Jose's inventory shortage. A bit of good news for San Jose buyers: the number of homes newly listed in May ticked up 11.2 percent compared to last year.
Among homes that sold in May, 27.6 percent sold above their list price, the highest percentage Redfin has recorded, indicating strong competition for the few homes available. At the same time, nearly a quarter of homes for sale had a price drop in May, the highest percentage of price drops since September of 2017.
After a prolonged period of inventory declines, some metro areas are finally seeing more homes hit the market. Washington, D.C., and Portland, OR have now had four months in a row of year-over-year increases in inventory. Seattle inventory increased for the second month in a row, up 17.4 percent in May compared to last year.
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"Two months of growing inventory is a positive sign for Seattle buyers, but the previous 43 consecutive months of inventory declines won't be reversed overnight," said Jessie Culbert, a Redfin agent in Seattle. "Even so, we can already feel a slight easing in the market. Homes are still selling quickly and often over-asking, but where last May a seller may have gotten 15 to 20 offers, this May it was two to five." OTHER MAY HIGHLIGHTS COMPETITION • Denver was the fastest market, with the typical home going under contract in just six days. Seattle and Tacoma, WA were the next fastest markets at seven median days on market, followed by Boston and Grand Rapids, MI at eight median days on market. • The most competitive market in May was San Jose where 83.8% of homes sold above list price, followed by 79.6% in San Francisco, 76.2% in Oakland, 63.1% in Tacoma, WA, and 61.9% in Seattle. PRICES • San Jose had the nation's highest price growth, rising 27.6% since last year to $1,250,000. Tacoma, WA had the second highest price growth at 19.6% year-over-year, followed by Memphis, TN (16.9%), Las Vegas, (15.9%), and Rochester, NY (15.4%).
Buffalo, NY (-32.8%), and Milwaukee (-22.9%) also saw far fewer homes available on the market than a year ago. • Portland, OR had the highest increase in the number of homes for sale, up 35.3% year over year, followed by Detroit (28.4%) and Allentown, PA (24.4%). PRICING STRATEGY • To see trends in sellers' pricing strategies, Redfin compares the list price to the Redfin Estimate, Redfin's automated home-value estimate. When sellers consistently price their homes below the Redfin Estimate in a market, this can indicate a common strategy to deliberately underprice to create a bidding war. • The median list price-to-Redfin Estimate ratio was 93.2% in San Francisco, the lowest of any market. This indicates the typical home for sale in May was listed at 94.1% of its estimated value. Only 5.9% of homes in San Francisco, CA were listed for more than their Redfin Estimate. • Conversely, the median list price-to-Redfin Estimate ratio was 102.4% in Miami and 102.1% in West Palm Beach, FL, which means sellers are listing their homes for more than the estimated value in those metro areas. In Miami, 84.7% of homes were listed above their Redfin Estimate, the highest percentage of any metro.
•No metros saw price declines in May.
Redfin (www.redfin.com) is the next-generation real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer’s favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country’s #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry’s lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 80 major metro areas across the U.S. The company has closed more than $60 billion in home sales. For more information or to contact a local Redfin real estate agent, visit www.redfin.com
• Thirteen out of 73 metros saw sales surge by double digits from last year. Warren, MI led the nation in year-over-year sales growth, up 38.5%, followed by Baltimore, up 31.8%. Camden, NJ rounded out the top three with sales up 24.7% from a year ago. • Buffalo, NY saw the largest decline in sales since last year, falling 17.2%. Home sales in Rochester, NY and Baton Rouge, LA declined by 16.6% and 12.8%, respectively. Inventory • Indianapolis had the largest decrease in overall inventory, falling 37.7% since May of last year. Rochester, NY (-37.1%),
D I R E C T O RY
ALLURE LAS VEGAS 200 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
PALMS PLACE 4381 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
SKY LAS VEGAS 2700 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
TURNBERRY PLACE 2747 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
MANDARIN ORIENTAL RESIDENCES, LAS VEGAS 3750 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89158
PANORAMA TOWERS 4525 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103
SOHO LOFTS 900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
TURNBERRY TOWERS 222 Karen Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109
METROPOLIS 360 E Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
PARK HOUSE 8925 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89147
THE MARTIN 4471 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103
VDARA 2600 W Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89158
MGM SIGNATURE 145 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109
PARK TOWERS 1 Hughes Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89169
THE OGDEN 150 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
VEER TOWERS 3722 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
NEWPORT LOFTS 200 Hoover Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
PLATINUM 211 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
ONE LAS VEGAS 8255 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89123
TRUMP LAS VEGAS 2000 Fashion Show Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
ONE QUEENSRIDGE PLACE 9103 Alta Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89145
REGENCY TOWERS 3111 Bel Air Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
JUHL LAS VEGAS 353 E Bonneville Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101
LOFT 5 2715 W Pebble Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89123
AQUA 388 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
INTERNATIONAL TOWER 700 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
QUEENS SURF 1750 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE SOVEREIGN 360 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
COOPER ARMS 455 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
LAFAYETTE BUILDING 140 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE ROYAL PALMS 100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
HARBOR PLACE TOWER 525 East Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE VERSAILLES 2601 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803
OCEAN CLUB 1310 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802
THE ROYAL PALMS 100 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
1100 WILSHIRE 1100 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017
METROPOLIS CONDOS 899 Francisco Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
THE CENTURY 1 Century Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90067
WESTVIEW TOWERS 1155 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035
BUNKER HILL TOWER 800 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
RITZ-CARLTON 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
THE MERCURY 3810 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90005
WILSHIRE REGENT 10501 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
EASTERN COLUMBIA LOFTS 849 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014
SIERRA TOWERS 9255 Doheny Road, Los Angeles, CA 90069
THE REMINGTON 10727 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
EVO CONDOS 1155 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
SKYLOFTS 801 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017
THE WILSHIRE COMSTOCK BEVERLY WEST 1200 Club View Drive, 865 Comstock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Los Angeles, CA 90024
LOS FELIZ TOWERS 4411 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Feliz, CA 90027
TEN50 CONDOS 1050 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
W HOLLYWOOD 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
CROWN TOWERS 10701 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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ACQUA VISTA CONDOS 425 West Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101
THE GRANDE 1199 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
THE MARK 800 The Mark Lane, San Diego, CA 92101
RENAISSANCE 645 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
BAYSIDE AT THE EMBARCADERO
1325 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101
HARBOR CLUB 100-200 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
MERIDIAN 700 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
TREO 1240 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
CITYFRONT TERRACE 500 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
HORIZONS 555 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
THE METROPOLITAN 165 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
DISCOVERY AT CORTEZ HILL ICON 850 Beech Street, 321 Tenth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 San Diego, CA 92101
PARK PLACE 700 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
ELECTRA 700 W E Street, San Diego, CA 92101
LA VITA 300 West Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101
PINNACLE TOWER 550 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101
829 FOLSOM 829 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
ARTERRA CONDOS 300 Berry Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
ONE MISSION BAY Channel St. & 3rd St. San Francisco, CA 94158
THE BRANNAN 219-239 Branna Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
170 OFF THIRD 170 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
BAYCREST TOWERS 201 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
ONE RINCON HILL 425 1st Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
THE HAMILTON 631 Ofarrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
333 BUSH STREET CONDOS 300 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
BLANC CONDOS 1080 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES
690 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
THE HARRISON 401 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
2006 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
BRIDGEVIEW 400 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
ROCKWELL CONDOS 1688 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
THE HAYES 55 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
69 CLEMENTINA 69 Clementina Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
LUMINA CONDOS 201 Folsom, San Francisco, CA 94105
SOMA GRAND CONDOS 1160 Mision Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
THE SUMMIT 999 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
888 SEVENTH STREET 888 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
ST. REGIS RESIDENCIES 188 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
THE WATERMARK 501 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
ARDEN CONDOS 738 Long Bridge Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
WASHINGTON TOWER 611 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
360 RESIDENCES 360 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
MONTEBELLO CONDOS 20488 Stevens Creek, Cupertino, CA 95014
PASEO PLAZA & VILLAS 130 East San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112
PLANT 51 88 Bush St. San Jose, CA 95126
AXIS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION
ONYX CONDOS 912 Campisi Way, Campbell, CA 95008
RYLAND MEWS 400 North 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112
PARK TOWNSEND 46 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA 95110
38 North Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95110