Developers of Ascaya, the long-delayed mountain-mansion project in Henderson, are promising to build one of the most luxurious communities in Southern Nevada.
To help lure people in, they’re planning a clubhouse with more than the usual pool and treadmills. The developers unveiled plans today for the $25 million, 22,000-square-foot facility.
Construction is expected to being by the end of the year.
Designed by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Swaback Partners, the clubhouse will feature swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, poolside cabanas, a concierge desk and a main room with a bar, fireplace and seating areas.
It will also have a fitness room, an outdoor children’s play area, a yoga lawn, an outdoor basketball court, locker rooms with lounge area and showers, massage rooms and two tennis courts with a shaded viewing pavilion.
“In most luxury communities, the clubhouse is not a focal point because it serves very basic functions,” sales manager Darin Marques said in a news release. “At Ascaya, the clubhouse is elevated to a true resort-style environment.”
Ascaya, located south of Horizon Ridge Parkway off Roma Hills Drive and almost 1,000 feet above the valley floor in the McCullough Range, is being developed by Hong Kong tycoon Henry Cheng.
Cheng blasted away the mountainside during the boom years last decade — with plans for mansions overlooking the valley on streets with names such as Heavens Edge, Stonecutter and Epic View — but tabled the project in 2009 after the economy collapsed.
His group spent at least $200 million on the site. It reportedly drilled, blasted and moved 15 million cubic yards of solid rock, cutting at least 140 feet deep.
Neighbors complained the blasting shook their homes and cracked windows and foundations.
No homes were built by the time Cheng pulled the plug. With dozens of empty, cake-layered pads carved into the mountain, the project symbolized the excesses and failures of the boom years.
Last August, however, the developers re-opened the 313-lot project site. Management plans to sell the parcels in phases and have the project fully developed in about a decade. Buyers must build their own homes following Ascaya’s strict design guidelines.
The home-sites were listed last year for about $1 million each.
According to today’s announcement, the first planned homes are in the community’s architectural review process. Construction is expected to start early this summer.