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Here’s 3 Move-In Ready “Green” Homes Priced Under $200,000 in Beautiful Las Vegas

Many tourists are attracted to the lights and excitement of the Las Vegas Strip with the shows, casinos, and buffets. Let’s not forget about Mother Nature. She isn’t being left in the dark with some of her natural wonders that just happen to be within driving distance from the Las Vegas Strip.

For more information about the natural beauty Las Vegas offers, please visit “Mother Nature is Fascinatingly Close to the Las Vegas Strip.”

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So now are you considering about moving to Las Vegas? When compared to nearby markets, Las Vegas is still drawing long distance movers to it’s vibrant valley with relatively inexpensive housing. There is a very large supply of homes available for sale and with the economy the way it is, prices have dropped below historic market value.

“There’s a pretty active housing market, it’s simply at a lower-priced inventory,” says Michael Feder, chief executive of Radar Logic, Inc. “And there are now bidding wars taking place over homes in foreclosure.”

Pardee Homes believes “green homes are better built homes.” The LivingSmart® homes offer four components; EnergySmartTM, EarthSmartTM, WaterSmartTM and HealthSmartTM, to add Earth friendly features in every Pardee home.

You’ll find every LivingSmart® home to meet and exceed local energy codes. All leftover construction materials are recycled, conservation of natural resources is taken to heart when Pardee Homes starts building. Conservation of water consumption is another key step to reduce your impact on the planet and save money.


Sustainable Building Materials


  • low-E Windows
  • fluorescent lighting
  • iLevel Beams
  • carpeting made form recycled bottles
  • dual-flush toilets
  • WaterSense faucets
  • low-formaldehyde insulation

​Green Extras and Customization

  • Roof-Integrated Solar Panels
  • programmable thermostats
  • radiant barrier roof
  • water friendly landscaping
  • Lyptus Cabinets (short for “eucalyptus”)
  • bamboo flooring
  • whole house water filtration
  • tankless water heater
  • low VOC paint
  • central vacuum

Conclusion: Ready to Move In?

Here are three homes that have already been finished by Pardee Homes in Las Vegas, Nevada with “green” in mind. It’s easier than ever to call Las Vegas home and with a listing price under $200,000 you won’t have too spend much to still live an Earth friendly lifestyle.



Arrowhead – Plan 1C, priced at $169,750 (as of June 29, 2009)
Located in the community of Sunrise Highlands in Las Vegas, Nevada

Square Feet: 1,340
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2

This house is a singly story on an standard lot size of 4,000 square feet. In the kitchen you’ll have Ceasarstone® kitchen countertops and Oak Light Wood kitchen cabinets. In the rest of the house you’ll have wood and carpet flooring. You’ll also have a 2-bay garage. The neighborhood is a Master-Planned Community with a children’s playground and tot lot. There’s also a park and a golf course nearby for the golfing enthusiast.



Arrowhead – Plan 2B, priced at $194,750 (as of June 29, 2009)
Located in the community of Sunrise Highlands in Las Vegas, Nevada

Square Feet: 1,680
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5

This luxury residence has two stories on an average lot size of 4,000 square feet. In the kitchen you’ll have Granite tile kitchen countertops, Maple kitchen cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. In the rest of the house you’ll have ceramic tile and carpet flooring. You’ll also find a fireplace and a 2-bay garage. The neighborhood is a Master-Planned Community with a children’s playground and tot lot. There’s also a park and a golf course nearby for the golfing enthusiast.



Rosetta – Plan 1A, priced at $195,400 (as of June 29, 2009)
Located in the community of Mountain’s Edge in Las Vegas, Nevada

Square Feet: 1,599
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5

This house has two stories on an average lot size of 4,000 square feet. In the kitchen you’ll have Granite kitchen countertops, Maple kitchen cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. In the rest of the house you’ll have ceramic tile and carpet flooring. You’ll also find a 2-bay garage. The Mountain’s Edge community offers its residents several parks and a nature discovery trail at the base of the Spring Mountain Range. It’s located only 10 miles from Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

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Modern Sustainable Sophistication and Elegant Environmental Touches Abound in the All-Suite Boutique Hotel Vdara in Las Vegas

Vdara Hotel & Spa at CityCenter™ brings an international flair to Las Vegas' strip with the ideal location between Bellagio and ARIA Resort & Casino. Expansive views can be seen from the Deluxe Suites to the Panoramic Suites to the Two-Story Two Bedroom Penthouse. Whether it's a view of the surrounding mountains, CityCenter™ or The Strip you'll enjoy relaxing to your personal view from the expansive picture windows. A blend of modern sophistication and elegant styling awaits all visitors to the all-suite boutique hotel Vdara in Las Vegas. An exclusive non-gaming, smoke-free environment the Vdara Hotel & Spa is located in the LEED Gold Certified CityCenter™. More than 60 LEED-Accredited Professionals from across the United States contributed their expertise to CityCenter™ over the project's five-year design and construction process.

Part luxury, part comfort and all indulgent.

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The Deluxe Suites offer plenty of luxury in plush linens, robes and slippers as well as a large spa-style soaking tub. It wouldn't be complete without a 42" Digital LCD flat-screen television, high speed wired and wireless Internet access, and a media hub for Mp3 players, cameras, DVD players and game consoles.

Part luxury, part comfort and all indulgent. The Two-Story Two Bedroom Penthouse

Located on the top floor location, floors 56 and 57, the Two-Bedroom Dual Level Penthouse Suite features private key elevator access. Other home amenities include a washer and dryer, stainless steel refrigerator in addition the the fully stocked mini-bar, a four-burner electric cook top, and a convection microwave.

CityCenter, an extraordinary urban resort destination.From the inception of CityCenter™, throughout design, development and construction, there was one goal in mind: create a destination that is not only build in an environmentaly sustainable manner but opreates every day with the same commitment to conserving natural resources. CityCenter™ is a sustainable urban community located in Las Vegas which includes hotels, residences, restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues all within a  walkable distance. All guests driving alternative fuel or low-emittin vehicles  like hybrids and electric cars have preferred parking available. From the energy efficient appliances in the residential units and the low-wattage lights in the parking garages to the non-toxic cleaning supplies, CityCenter™ represents a more responsible approach to the industry, offering sustainable solutions for visitors and residents alike. CityCenter™ is the world's largest environmentally sustainable, mixed-use new construction development to achieve LEED certification.
For more information on the many different aspects of sustainable measures in place at CityCenter™ and Vdara Hotel & Spa, please visit their website or read their Environmental Commitment brochure (CityCenter_Environmental_Commitment_Brochure.pdf).

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Mother Nature is Close to Las Vegas Strip

Mother Nature is Fascinatingly Close to the Las Vegas Strip

Rugged mountains, red rock canyons and cavernous desert valleys offer the locals of Las Vegas dramatic scenery and dozens of outdoor recreational opportunities. The typical weather temperature makes outdoor activity enormously attractive to all outdoor types all year.

Mother Nature can’t be outdone by the lights of the Las Vegas strip, so whether you’re a local Las Vegas resident or tourist trying to win big, take the time to head outside the city limits and see the amazing landscapes bursting with color.

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It’s effortless to kick back and simply enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty.

Located within 25 miles of Las Vegas:

Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon (15 miles) – Red Rock Canyon State Park features scenic desert cliffs, buttes and brilliant rock formations. Each tributary canyon is distinctive, with dramatic shapes and vivid colors. The park’s wildflower displays are stunning after wet winters.

Red Rock Canyon offers a panoramic backdrop for any adventure near Las Vegas.

Even after a dry winter, the loveliness of the desert still makes this park a camper’s favorite destination. Miles of trails wander through the dramatic landscape of the park, and hiking is an intimate way to experience the desert.

One of the most popular hiking trails is into Pine Creek Canyon. This is a 2-mile round trip hike near a running creek and surrounded by large ponderosa pine. Or if you prefer to sight see in the comfort of your car, the 13-Mile Loop Drive offers sightseeing, vistas and overlooks. There are several short hikes accessible from the loop drive.

Ansel Adams Photograph of the Boulder Dam from across the Colorado River.

Ansel Adams Photograph taken 1941

Lake Mead Recreational Area

Aerial view of the Hoover Dam

Lake Mead Recreational Area (25 miles) – Lake Mead Recreational Area offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round. Shaped by the Hoover Dam and filled by the Colorado River, Lake Mead is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.

It caters to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers. It is also home to thousands of desert plants and animals, adapted to survive in an extreme place where rain is scarce and temperatures soar.

The warm-water recreation isn’t the only thing drawing visitors every year. Adventurers can explore the rugged and isolated backcountry. And for those looking for rest and relaxation, why not rent a houseboat and cruise the waters?

Spring Mountain State Park.

Spring Mountain State Park

Spring Mountain State Park (30 miles) – Located within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, beneath the multihued cliffs of the magnificent Wilson Range. The 520 acre retreat was developed into a combination working ranch and luxurious retreat.

If the spring brings ample rainfall the landscape will explode with wildflowers. Most of the wildlife is nocturnal and will go unseen during the daylight. Typical desert animals include a variety of lizards and snakes, antelope ground squirrels, jackrabbits, cotton tails, kit fox, coyote and wild burros.

Cultural events are put on by Super Summer Theater every May through September.

Located within 50 miles of Las Vegas:

Mary Jane Falls from the trail, Kyle Canyon in southern Nevada

Image courtesy of Stan Shebs.

Kyle Canyon in the Spring Mountains

Mt. Charleston (35 miles) – An assortment of trails and mountaineering routes to numerous peaks await any adventurer at Mount Charleston. The cool mountain breezes, fresh air and all-around scenic beauty of Mount Charleston can entice any Las Vegas tourist away for the day.

Located only 35 miles from the Las Vegas strip, you’ll feel in a world where you’re the only inhabitant. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced hiker, you’ll find a hiking trail in the Mount Charleston area. Located in Kyle Canyon, the Mary Jane Falls trail is perfect for families. A seasonal waterfall and cave await the kids on this hour long 2-mile trail. And the 10-mile Bonanza Peak trail might allow you to watch the wild horses roaming.

Located within 100 miles of Las Vegas:

Valley of Fire State Park around sunset.

Image courtesy of John Fowler.

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park (55 miles) – The oldest and largest state park in Nevada, the Valley of Fire State Park is only six miles from Lake Mead. Full of red sandstone formations and the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert, when the sun hit’s the eroded sandstone the park appears to be on fire. Driving along park roads, you’re sure to see blossoming desert marigold, indigo bush, and desert mallow in the springtime.

Sunrise at Hidden Valley campground, Joshua Tree National Park

Image courtesy of Jarek Tuszynski.

Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve (60 miles) – Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. A stopover to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts.

Visitors will find the serenity and solitude a nice change of pace in comparison to the big city. Hikers can choose between two developed trails, or find an old mining road, canyon or wash. The backcountry is accessible for camping to all backpackers and hunting is permitted in designated areas.

And then there’s the 1,200 miles of road to keep any offroader busy – just make sure the vehicle is street legal before you go.

Located over 100 miles away from Las Vegas:

Death Valley, California

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Death Valley

Death Valley (135 miles) – A unbeatable desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and 3 million acres of wilderness. Home to the Timbisha Shoshone and to plants and animals exclusive to the harshest desert.

Death Valley landscape

Located on the border between California and Nevada, Death Valley is considered by most as strictly a winter park, it is possible to visit year-round.

When visiting Death Valley, make sure to drink at least one gallon of water every day and carry plenty of extra water in your car just in case. Remember, this is one of the hottest places in the world and it’s easy to underestimate the effects heat will have on you.

Other dangers to be aware of include flash floods during rain storms and the dangerous animals that might be hiding. Rattlesnakes, scorpions, and black widow spiders are not uncommon and you don’t want to go poking into their shelters. And with more abandoned mines than any other national park, adventurers need to be careful as they are innately dangerous.

Zion National Park landscape during sunset.

Zion Canyon

Zion Canyon (158 miles) – Utah’s oldest and most visited national park, Zion Canyon attracts around 3 million visitors each year. Zion means “a place of peace and refuge” in ancient Hebrew. You’ll agree when you see the immense sandstone canyons, beautifully sculptured rock formations, soaring cliffs and breathtaking landscapes.

Zion Canyon in Utah

The cliff-and-canyon backdrop is full of unexpected beauty. Here, the Virgin River has carved a spectacular forge into the red and white sandstone. The floor of the canyon is covered with trees, grasses and the river. The canyon walls loom high above; in most places they are 2,000 to 3,000 feet high.

And don’t be surprised when you happen upon an abandoned cliff house or rock art. These are gifts left behind by the original inhabitants, the Anasazi.

Thor's Hammer at sunrise in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon (210 miles) – The unique outdoor exhibition consists of thousands of red rock spires and horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters. Wind, water and general geologic mayhem shaped the pink cliffs at Bryce Canyon. Technically it’s not really a canyon, but the eastern slope of the Paunsaguant Plateau.

Famous for its night sky, you can be introduced to the many wonders of the night through one of Bryce Canyon’s Astronomy programs. Full Moon Hikes are available, at no cost, but the hikes are limited to 30 people – so get there early, sign-up begins at 8:00 a.m.

The mixture of shadows and moonlight is said to create a “spooky” personality. It is so dark at night; you’ll be able to see 7500 stars on a moonless night! Every June you’re welcome to attend the Astronomy Festival.

Grand Canyon landscape

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon (300 miles) – One of the largest ravines in the world, it’s no surprise that the Grand Canyon is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. The Colorado River slices through the Granite Gorge and allows visitors to see some of the oldest rocks. Hikers, mule riders, or river runners see the Inner Canyon.

No matter what your interest, there are various activities available and depending on the time you plan to visit you can personalize your Grand Canyon experience. The South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and is open all year. This area will attract nearly 5 million people every year. The North Rim is less accessible, especially when the heavy snows cause the road to be closed from late October to mid May.

Conclusion: Head Out of Vegas for Nature

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada signThere are so many beautiful national parks and scenic drives just outside of Las Vegas, that any tourist is capable of finding something. Whether it’s a cavernous ravine or the colors of the desert, the next time you head to the Las Vegas strip remember the beauty surrounding you.

You might also be interested in the Seven Natural Wonders of the World to Start Your List of Places to Travel.

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