Tomo Yebisu epitomizes the trend that has bolstered the luxury home market in Las Vegas since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – of wealthy Californians moving to Nevada – except most of them don’t move alongside their bosses .
Yebisu, executive vice president of production at LoanDepot, stalled on a home purchase in August when he paid $ 12.5 million for a 9,500 square foot, five bedroom, eight home. bathrooms located on 0.86 acre lot in MacDonald. Highlands. Luxury real estate agent Kristen Routh-Silberman of Corcoran Global Living represented the buyer and seller.
It was one of 122 sales of luxury homes and high-rise condos in the Las Vegas area in August, bringing the nine-month annual total to a record 1,146, according to broker Forrest Barbee. business at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. 122 sales are the lowest monthly total since 109 in February, but are expected to pick up due to pending sales. There are 216 pending sales, higher than the 183 pending in July, where there were 167 sales.
The two-story home on Dragon Peak Drive in MacDonald Highlands is adjacent to the property with the highest price ever paid for a $ 25 million Las Vegas home – the 15,000 square foot Blue Heron show home purchased by billionaire Anthony Hsieh, founder of LoanDepot.
“I can look across the bridge and see it at night, and it’s hilarious,” Yebisu said. “We have worked together for 30 years and I owe him everything he has provided for me and my family. He outdid himself for three decades by being the best man of my life besides my father. “
Yebisu, 58, who lived in Newport Beach before moving to Las Vegas, even resided near Hsieh in Newport. He was raised in the Central Valley of California, the son of US-born parents of Japanese descent who were held in internment camps during World War II.
Yebisu said he was influenced by Hsieh, whom he called an amazing man, to move to Las Vegas and in particular the MacDonald Highlands.
“I have lived in Orange County for 35 years and the last 20 years in Newport Beach – one of the most beautiful places in the world – but felt it was time for a change,” Yebisu said . “I thought of Austin and Nashville, then Anthony was looking at the Blue Heron house. As much as I had been in Vegas, I had never left the Strip before. Last November I hopped on a plane and came to see this Blue Heron house, and there was another property listed on Scenic Rim Drive. As soon as I entered the community, I was devastated. I envisioned Las Vegas as this flat, hot grid and very similar to what I grew up on in the Central Valley. One Saturday I saw MacDonald Highlands, Sunday I made an offer for the house on Scenic Rim Drive (which has since been listed) and Monday it was accepted.
Yebisu said he closed a new 8,600 square foot home in December for $ 6 million. He said he moved into the house in February with only a backpack and fell in love with the view. He only had two beds and a rental office for six months and was working with an interior designer on $ 3 million improvements when he saw the house he now lives in on Dragon Peak Drive for sale. His old home on Scenic Rim Drive is now listed at $ 8.75 million, which would earn him a nice profit.
“I’ve been following Tyler (Jones, founder of Blue Heron) and his work since I saw the Trophy House in November,” Yebisu said. “He is the most progressive architect in the country. The house reflects this. As much as I was going to put in the old house compared to what it was. I felt like it was four to five notches up – the concrete, the architecture and the exterior and interior transition and the functionality of the house. The house next door is a work of art with water flowing throughout the house. The transition from this blue heron to this blue heron – every room in the house is functional, from the games room, bar and master bedroom to the four bedrooms and the beautiful great room and kitchen, to the pantry and to the the training room. There is nothing in this room that I would change. I still can’t believe this little town kid lives in there.
Yebisu said the views he had at home on Scenic Rim Drive were magnificent, but the views on Dragon Peak Drive are “more spectacular to watch from Red Rock to the Strip to the Black Rock Mountains and hills. Not a day goes by that I don’t walk through this garden and say “Thank God”. “
It’s not just the house that impresses him, Yebisu said. He loves the restaurants and shops of the Strip and the attitude of the people he meets in Henderson and elsewhere.
“I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Yebisu said. “There is that small town atmosphere where everyone is smiling and the service is genuine. I feel like I’m back home.
Her current home was previously owned by contractors Ian and Dee Kessler, who worked with Blue Heron on the design. The property is part of the Two-Door Dragon Reservation, an exclusive section of the MacDonald Highlands.
House highlights include a private upper-level main wing and lower-level junior suite, a temperature-controlled glass-enclosed wine cellar with a wine tasting lounge, chef and catering kitchen, elevator, a executive office, fitness room, games and multimedia room, voluminous ceilings, solar technology and SavantSmart Home technology.
The house has two saltwater infinity pools, an outdoor spa, barbecue and bar, kitchen and bar with barbecue with sliding door and a covered outdoor lounge between the two swimming pools.
“The house has 9,500 square feet of interior and 4,000 (square feet) of exterior (space), but Tyler’s exterior looks a lot like the interior,” Yebisu said. “When I open my doors, my indoor and outdoor flooring is exactly the same. It is transitory. When the weather is nice like now, my two doors are wide open. “
Yebisu said his favorite part is his office which overlooks the mountains with its “great view”, but he also likes it a lot more about it.
“I like the transition from the great hall to the two pools. It has an indoor pool and an outdoor pool, ”Yebisu said. “I have already organized three evenings which were just fantastic. It’s better than any day box you can imagine. More than anything, I love the architecture itself. It has cement walls. I’m not an architecture guy, but what I notice are the angles. … If you look down the hill and look up, you can see all the beautiful modern houses in the MacDonald Highlands. When you see the angle on my house, you can tell it’s a blue heron.
A sloping wall in natural stone borders the gourmet kitchen. The highly functional hub features two-tone counters and cabinets. It offers a center island with a white countertop and sink bordered by a distinctive raised bar with casual seating. The bar’s black and white granite features a cascading edge. The unlimited floor plan extends from the kitchen to the dining room, formal living room and outdoor living areas. A semi-formal dining area sits between the kitchen and the formal living room.
Gray marble floors imported from the tundra adorn the entire house, except for the carpeting in the two upstairs bedrooms. The home’s color scheme is predominantly gray, black, and white, augmented with distinct colors in each room.
Voluminous 24-foot ceilings in the formal living room offer second-level views like the central Dekton slanted fireplace mantel and surround the room with a focal point.
The L-shaped main level design captures indoor / outdoor living with retractable doors opening to comfortable outdoor living space. Outside, seating surrounds a fireplace and borders an outdoor bar with a hibachi grill. The outdoor area is between two infinity pools. A kitchen and swim-up bar, spa, and multiple entertainment areas complete the space.
On the other side of the entrance to the estate is a separate wing with a junior suite and guest rooms. The junior suite has a kitchenette and a private entrance into the house.
A floating staircase leads from the entrance to the upper level. Upstairs features a game room, a full bar set in imported granite with turquoise accents, pocket doors opening to showcase the framed views, a balcony, and a fireplace. A linear walkway connects the games room to the bar, offering a view of the main level.
The color scheme of the top bar area reflects the neon colors of the Strip. Green sofas and neon green chairs complete the base of the turquoise bar.
An architectural design element is the separate upper-level linear main wing, used to frame views from multiple vantage points.
The master offers stunning views of the Strip through pocket doors and a private balcony. Unhindered line of sight is achieved with a media cabinet at the end of the bed. The cabinet houses a motorized television.
“My master bedroom is connected to the bar,” Yebisu said. “The bar opens onto a fireplace, which opens onto my master bedroom. It’s almost like a separate wing.
Real Estate Millions freelance writer Valerie Putnam contributed to this article.