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Hi CasaLLV, thanks for your input. There is way too much invested in LLV by investors and/or the city to let it languish. I agree with you that in time, things will get back on track and LLV will prosper. Julie Barbagallo of the Montelago Village Association is putting in countless hours to make sure that the village continues to hum along and keep the restaurants and casino busy as well as providing all of us wonderful entertainment. If you see her, please thank her.
The trial is to begin on Monday on the water rights issues. My hope is that everyone will reach an agreement and get this settled once and for all. The golf courses are really the last major hurdle. New homes are being built everyday and I have no doubt that within a few years, there will be plenty of rooftops in LLV to make the village thrive, just with our own residents.
I haven't been in LLV since Memorial day weekend. How is the front entrance? It was looking great when I left. Is Reflection Bay still being watered? I heard the coffee shop opened. Make sure we all support them and the other businesses in the village.
I'm currently in LLV, and while Reflection Bay is somewhat green, or at least more than it has been, the condition of the overall course is still pretty bad. There are now weeds growing up from the putting greens on the holes I can see! Of course, it doesn't look as bad as The Falls, which is closer to to bulldozing than actual play.
Here at Southshore, the main entrance gate is slated to close on Monday for the next 30 days, leaving residents and all other traffic to enter through the Lake Mead gate. The reason? Waterfalls! They seem to be working under the guise of improved security, but there are at least two waterfall feaures being installed as well. I'm not sure why this is happening; two main waterfalls along the paved bridges in our neighborhood haven't been turned on in over a year!
Work continues on the parkway. One lane leading out of the development has been closed since I got here a few days ago to accommodate the installation of new landscaping. My wife noticed new light posts near The Falls on a road just off the parkway. Perhaps this is a good sign!
The parkway median landscaping looks like it is complete from LM Pkwy to at least the Falls clubhouse (Via Vin Santo). I've been busy With moving and work and haven't been down into the Village yet so not sure about the other work. Barricades are still up so I assume it is still ongoing further north. I like the landscaping and it will definitely cut down on the car wash effect from the sprinklers!!
Work is progressing on the River Mtns bike trail connector from about WalMart to LLV Pkwy. A nice addition for cyclists.
What's the story on the construction west of the fire station? I have a friend in the Henderson Parks Dept and he once told me about a future park in that area. Is that what this is? Or maybe it's another extension of the bike trail from LM Pkwy to the bridge over the wash and a trailhead area. Now let's hope they build the Galleria Pkwy soon so we can eliminate LM Pkwy and the east Hendo blight durIng the drive.
Really hope the water issues get worked out. Would love to see the course green again. I don't think the Falls GC was in as bad a shape as RB GC was so it should come around sooner and better once watered.
I was in town for the weekend, but we stayed at the Four Seasons due to the kids wanting to use the pools at the Mandalay.
However I did drive to the house in LLV and can make a few comments.
First the xeriscape doesn't look too bad. In my opinion it doesn't detract from the overall feel of the LLV atmosphere. There are still plenty of greens to give it a lush effect.
The main portions of the Falls does look like it's in need of the water rights decision to be remedied quickly. But otherwise I can definitely sense a degree of progress since I was last here in Feb. Certain portions of the course, as little as it may be (bordering LLV Blvd.), are green and can serve to remind just how great this place can be once the course is up to par again.
Interestingly they removed the Ravello and the old Loews (or did they ever have one to begin with?) name plates from the entrance. In fact there is nothing at the entrance off Lake Mead that indicates that these two great hotels are located within.
I did also notice more activity on the new (residential?) plots to the right just after the waterfall at the entrance.
That's about all I was able to observe during my short stop to check on our place. Sadly I wasn't able to stop by the village or even take a drive around LLV.
I started reading this thread yesterday and finished it today. Some great information and thank you all for that.
We are in the discussion phase of buying a property there. My wife and I are both retired Navy, still doing some 2nd career work, and she has enjoyed the European look since she lived in Italy. So we are probably looking at a CONDO or Townhome.
While I understand the SID and that is should eventually be paid off, what about the places that have the 2nd Association Fee? With the 115 per month for the Master Planned Fee and about the two Association fees. Depending on what property I look at, it makes no sense to me that some have the 1st fee low and the 2nd fee high on some places and just the opposite for others. In order to plan, would expect both of these fees to remain or as more people move in and this place gets busy, would you expect one to eventually go away. I know there are no exacts, but best guess would be great.
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I believe the sign issue at the entrance is another example of horrible cooperation between the Master Association and others. I was told at one time that the Association, or whoever is in charge of the entrance, wanted to charge the Ravella $20,000 to put up a nameplate on the entrance sign. They balked at this for good reason. I would guess Westin is doing the same. It's a complete embarrasment....
I've made a point to go to the Westin whenever I'm in town (not living in LLV full-time anymore). I know some of the staff over there, and from what I can gather, the occupancy rates have been pretty solid. Some weeks are slow and some weeks are packed, but I guess that's to be expected....
CMHBuckeye yea I heard that as well. The fee for signage is ridiculous. I for one believe the survival of the hotels are just as important for the survival of LLV. It was a hit to the community when the Ritz went BK leaving behind a stark air of recession for LLV.
My point being that LLV should help the hotels as much as the hotels also help contribute to the overall success of LLV. Not having the names of the two major hotels anchoring the property at the front signage is just plain stupid and childish of the management of LLV. The mere fact that they want $20K is insulting and the hotels obviously are not having any of it.
And now what? We have two large open spots that look spartan on the entrance signage. Had those two hotels names been up there to fill the space, it would have added to the grandois of LLV.
I believe Jim Coyne and the master assoc want the hotels to pay $20k and $2k a month for a sign out front. This is outrageous. However, I don't think the success of a hotel in LLV will be based on a sign on the marqee. Much of their business already knows they are in LLV and have their reservation. I do agree that the marqee looks bare. I'm not clear if this is decision by the LLV Master HOA or if this is LLV Joint Venture/Atalon. Atalon was appointed by Credit Suisse who technically foreclosed/owns the undeveloped areas of LLV. (Rainbow Canyon/phase 3) I wonder when their contract is up if CS will continue to use them? When Phase 3 is sold, will Atalon be needed? A possible change in the ranks could bring fresh ideas to the table and that 20k fee removed.
I heard that both the Ravella and the Westin are doing well. Ravella has booked nearly 60 weddings this year already.
I too thought the front entrance is looking great. Someone in LLV sent me a photo of Reflection Bay yesterday and it's looking pretty green. Surprising how resilient that grass is.
@ Gulfer, once your SID/LIDS are paid, that fee is done. Your HOA's will be there forever and subject to change. Usually higher than lower. The difference in fees depends on whether it's home or condo. My condo fees pays most of my utilities. South Shore has a 24 hour manned security. The LLV Master is $115 per month for each homeowner. Some residents, such as myself, have 3 HOAs. The LLV Master, my condo assoc and the Village association. (What I don't get is why just the Viera and Luna condos in the village have to pay the Montelago Village fees and not the rest of the LLV community? Much of these monies pays for the entertainment enjoyed by all residents, not just Viera and Luna.
On a different note, does anyone have a good tree trimmer? I need to get 3 bids to have some trees in our Courtyard pruned back this winter. I already have one from Valley Crest. Any other referrals? Thanks!
Went by there this morning. Coffee shop is open, As to the courses, reports are accurate. Falls is as white as an ear of white corn while RB was being watered and is much greener compared to 2 weeks ago. Looks very encouraging for RB to be open next spring.
What are the plans for the Casino? Do the residents there (or have you been told) that it will eventually be just like every other casino in regards to deals, floor people, etc...?
Also, I have been reading what I can on this place. It seems there is plenty of room to build out there. Are they going to build more CONDO's out there as well?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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