SkySide: Where the Desert Mountains and Sky Intersect
A drive up the hillside of the crown jewel of Summerlin – The Pointe at The Ridges – leads to a private gated entrance that melds custom artwork with a modern flair and natural elements at 9 Echo Peak. Those who peer above its gated entrance, past the trees and to the desert mountainside, will find their eyes naturally moving up toward the sky as they become fixated upon a luxe residence tiered against the mountainside.
When the gates open, the gaze turns to the elegantly laid stone driveway that travels around a sunken pond filled by a waterfall trickling down the desert mountain. The curved driveway leads to the grand porte-cochere entrance of 9 Echo Peak – better known as SkySide – a one-of-a-kind residence designed by its world-renowned architect owner and constructed by internationally known, award-winning Sunwest Custom Homes.
SkySide merges elements of nature – the neighboring Red Rock Conservation Area mountains, stone, wood, water, fire and sky – with the artistic flair of fine architecture and five-star-hotel-quality luxurious interior design to create a one-of-a-kind, Zen-filled masterpiece that is sure to impress.
Teak stairs lead from the porte-cochere to SkySide’s grandiose entrance: A custom floor-to-ceiling glass door. This door leads to an artistically designed six-level, 23,748-square-foot custom residence made of steel and concrete.
First-floor Filled with Elegance
SkySide’s grand entryway exudes modernity, luxury and elegant sophistication with its clean lines, heather gray limestone floors and natural-hue walls. Off to the side is a grand piano basking in sunlit windows. An oversized, two-sided gas fireplace traverses the length of the great room, creating a functional piece of art accentuated by metal and artistically-laid stonework to the ceiling.
The great room and the rest of the house is designed around an outdoor swimming pool. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the crystal-clear pool, some of which can slide open to seamlessly create an inviting indoor-outdoor living space with breezes of fresh desert air.
The great room’s vastness creates an ideal space for entertaining. Overlooking it is a luxury magazine-quality presentation kitchen filled with stainless-steel high-end appliances, custom birch cabinets from Artesia Las Vegas, modern-luxury Lumix Stone quartzite counter tops, and a custom piece of wall art made of intricately laid wood. A secondary kitchen is ideal for caterers with its high-end restaurant-quality appliances and plentiful space for food preparation.
Dining can be enjoyed while seated along the presentation kitchen’s large island, in the nearby oversized formal dining room, or in a dining nook that overlooks the sparkling swimming pool.
The entertaining space extends beyond the great room and kitchen and into an immense living room and game room that features a posh sunken bar and lounge. The contemporary chic bar features slab glass and tile mosaic by Ann Sacks, a white Thassos marble bar top, plus dabs of color and floral scents from an indoor orchid container garden. A window as wide as the bar looks out to the swimming pool, and when open transforms into swim-up bar service due to the sunken bar’s clever design.
It does not end there, nearby behind piano-finish doors is a state-of-the-art home theater that comfortably sits 10 oversized lounging recliners, plus a wet bar and bar seating.
Two oversized bedroom suites with private baths provide convenient access to the first floor, and an additional bedroom suite is located on the home’s second floor.
Three elevators provide easy access to SkySide’s five additional levels as do staircases made of White Thassos marble – the whitest natural stone available.
Second-Floor Lends to Sophisticated Living
While the first level combines elegant sophistication with entertaining, the second level brings a sense of tranquil living.
An amazing 4,888-square-foot rooftop patio with uninterrupted views of the famous Strip and city skyline, the picturesque Red Rock Country Club golf course, and the tranquil desert mountains.
Reminiscent of a private rooftop park with its lush landscaping and its emerald green artificial grass, this rooftop oasis features an outdoor kitchen outfitted with multiple stainless-steel grills, deep-fryer, dishwasher, and refrigerator. The well-equipped outdoor kitchen and dining space is protected by a state-of-the-art patio cover with overhead air-conditioning and heating vents to ensure the climate is to your liking.
Also featured on the teak-covered rooftop are a Jacuzzi hot tub; fire pits and torches that add light after dusk and warmth; a movie viewing area featuring a pop-up movie screen, projector and full sound system; and ample room for socializing, sunbathing and stargazing.
The second floor provides access to another one-of-a-kind gem: A three-story master suite designed to meet one’s every need. This modern glam master suite exudes privacy.
Featuring white and silver tones and custom light fixtures, sconces and chandeliers, the suite’s first level is highlighted by a living room with a wall-size flat-screen television, a kitchenette, a sitting patio and a wraparound patio.
The suite’s second level features an oversized bedroom fit for a king and queen, with floor-to-ceiling windows with uninterrupted views. The chic master bath features an oversized shower with multiple sprayers and rain showerhead, separate spa tub, artistic tiled walls, and walk-in closets filled with custom cabinetry.
The suite’s top floor is nestled near where the mountain top meets the sky with 360-degree views through its floor-to-ceiling windows. SkySide’s crown affords flexible use and is currently designed as a tranquil office and a sitting area with a private bar and leads to an outdoor patio with views galore.
The outdoor living space found on the terraces and patios off the master suite and the rooftop patio reflect the home’s name “SkySide” with its massive 10,474 square feet of outdoor living space that leads to the peaceful feeling of the surrounding desert, the sky and the solitude away from the neon city that appears off in the distant cityscape.
Active Lifestyle in Two-Level Basement
SkySide also features two levels where the sun does not shine. Its two-level basement is a rarity in Las Vegas and accessible by stairs or elevator.
The first level includes a massive 2,400-square-foot eight-car garage, a maid’s quarters with private bath, oversized laundry room, an equipped salon, and a massage room.
The 7,015-square-foot, bottom level brings yet another dimension to the luxurious SkySide: An active lifestyle. Designed with few interior walls, its centerpiece is a half basketball court. Adjacent is a fitness area with plenty of room for myriad exercise machines and weights as well as separate men’s and women’s bathrooms. A bar and a wine cellar lend to prime opportunities for entertaining, and a separate sound-proof room makes an ideal music studio. Other features include a walkout outdoor meditation patio/Zen garden with a custom artwork, and an air-conditioned dog run.
Combining Luxurious Finishes with High-Tech
A paramount theme throughout SkySide – quality and luxury – is evident in both the innovative architecture and aesthetically pleasing interior design. Among its many designer touches are grandiose doors with piano lacquer finish, chrome hardware to mimic jewelry from Urban Ranch, curved ceiling accents, silk and textured wallpapers, and cement stone wall textures.
Lighting fixtures and furniture represent myriad upscale brands such as Christopher Guy, Holly Hunt, Magni Modernism, Vaughan Bens, Berman Rosetti, Rubin’s Furniture, Jonathan Adler, and chandeliers by Ochre Lighting.
Privacy and security are of upmost importance and evident when traveling through the lushly landscaped guard-gated entrance of The Ridges village and two additional gated entrances just to reach SkySide’s private gated entry. Furthermore, SkySide features state-of-the-art technology with more than 25 security cameras with motion detectors and technology that enables the entire home to be controlled by an iPad.
If one takes a look at SkySide in pieces and each room individually, it is an amazing home with unique, purposefully designed living spaces.
However, when viewing SkySide as a whole, one discovers a glamorous yet functional residence that combines high-class sophistication with the elements of nature, tranquility and luxury to create a masterpiece filled with peacefulness, art and style at 9 Echo Peak.