The great thing about older houses in neighborhoods without constrictive homeowners association rules is the variety of customizations you’ll find from home to home—and in the residential neighborhoods of Downtown Las Vegas, this mix tends to be the rule, not the exception. Sure, it means you come across the occasional bright purple house or stucco obscenity in the midst of mid-century sleekness, but it also means you never know what surprises you’ll find, especially once you get inside the front door.
A great example of this can be found at 1632 Bonita Avenue in the Morning View Heights tract just southeast of Marycrest. From the outside, the house is an awkward mixture of styles—half is your standard mid-1970s, garage-prominent, Southwestern stucco deal. The other half rises about two-and-a-half stories, featuring massive windows nearly the entire height of the front side, overlooking a well-groomed, but sparse, xeriscaped yard. The house is painted in yellow with green trim, which seems appropriate to its age, but doesn’t exactly scream “special” upon first glance. Hence, its $275,000 asking price might seem a bit elevated, at about 20 percent higher per square foot than the 89104 average.
But inside, this 3,124-square-foot home is a whole different story. The first thing you notice? A stunning, spiral staircase leading to the second-floor loft, accented by an ornate, iron banister. To the right, gorgeous, dark, hardwood floors adorn the front living room, which fills with light from those floor-to-vaulted-ceiling windows, topped by exposed wood beams. To the left, polished stone floors lead to the cozy family room, featuring a marble-tiled, electric fireplace. Adjacent to the family room is an open kitchen outfitted with custom, cherry wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances. A connected formal dining room completes the first-floor living area circle, all tied together by the elegant mustard walls with white moulding. Upstairs, the wood floors pick up again, with dark stone tile repeated in the bathrooms, as well as espresso wood cabinets, marble vanities and attractive light fixtures.
In addition to the five bedrooms (split between the two floors, including a double-entry master with walk-in closet), the 6,000-square foot property also includes not only a requisite backyard pool and spa (surrounded by an expansive concrete deck), but also a second-floor terrace overlooking said pool, accessible both by external stairs and one of the upstairs bedrooms. That means you get Sunrise Mountain views from the loft inside and Strip views from the balcony outside.
But is this hidden gem worth $275,000? Hard to say. Before the housing market bubble burst, it sold for $330,000 in 2005, but after the crash, went for only $111,500 in 2012. It does have amazing upgrades, appliance and amenities, but given the slightly-higher-than average per-square-foot rate, it might be snagged for a lesser offer. Then again, the median sale downtown is 101.2 percent of list price, so anything is possible.
Neighborhood Watch Update: Remember that unique rancher in Crestview with the indoor pool that was listed at $259,000 last month? Not surprisingly, the sellers have lowered their asking price to $219,000, bringing this vintage, 3,500-square-foot home well under the ZIP code median. It’s been on the market for almost two months now — who wants to place bets on someone nabbing it for less than $200K?
PHOTOS COURTESY DALE SNYDER/KELLER WILLIAMS LAS VEGAS