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An Exclusive Gated Community Nestled in the Mountains

The custom homes of MacDonald Highlands offer some of the best views in Las Vegas

There’s plenty to choose from at MacDonald Highlands, the elite community in Henderson where developer Rich MacDonald has put his final lineup of custom home sites on the market. The 230 lots are priced at an average of around $1 million, with the most gargantuan properties exceeding $5 million.

“Rich MacDonald saved the best for last,” says sales director Kristen Routh-Silberman of Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty. “They all have the most beautiful views of the Strip, the valley and the mountains. They are panoramic, jaw-dropping.”

For Vegas, this is truly life at the top—MacDonald Highlands, known for its modern architecture, is in a stunning setting 3,300 feet above the city. “Rich really had such a big vision. Nobody ever thought he could build on the mountains like he did,” Routh-Silberman says of the “fully amenitized country-club community,” which includes its own golf course, tennis courts, restaurant and swimming and spa facilities.

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental

This new upscale housing inventory comes at a moment when Vegas real estate is hitting unseen heights. Over on the Strip, broker Kamran Zand of Luxury Estates International recently sold a 2,755- square-foot condo at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental for $3.4 million. That’s the highest price ever per square foot—$1,234—for a resale unit in the high-rise.

“The ultra-high-end market is doing great,” Zand says. “Mandarin Oriental is the most sought-after building in town. The location is excellent, in the heart of the Strip in CityCenter. You’re walking distance to the best shopping, world-class entertainment and fine dining, as well as the new Las Vegas arena—a big plus if we get NBA and hockey teams.”