Saturday, May 7, 2016

Summerlin® Families Choose Life Side-By-Side At Monte Bello​

“You can live next door to your parents or you can’t,” says 30-year-old Michael Markin. Apparently, he and his wife, Dominique, CAN live next to HIS parents. The young couple and the elder Markins bought spacious single-story homes side-by-side in Monte Bello by Richmond American Homes, a popular neighborhood now selling in the master-planned community of Summerlin®. Fewer than 20 homes remain in this Mesa village neighborhood that is set against the picturesque Spring Mountains.  This includes one quick move-in and three stunningly designed models, all ready for immediate occupancy.

“We were already looking to buy our third Summerlin home,” said Randy Markin, who has lived in Summerlin with his wife, Phronsie, since 1995. “When Michael asked us for advice about purchasing a home at Monte Bello, we realized we loved this neighborhood too.” The two families picked lots side-by-side and moved into their homes just weeks apart. “We can see each other every day but we never intrude on each other’s privacy,” added Phronsie. “We really do all love each other and get along.” The close family relationship is so strong that Michael’s sister is selling her home in a nearby community so that she and her family can move to Summerlin and be closer to their parents too.

The six single-level and three two-story Monte Bello floor plans range from 2,989 to 4,214 square feet and offer three to six bedrooms, up to four-and-one-half baths and three bay-garages. Homes include front yard landscaping with paver driveways and front walks.

Monte Bello currently showcases three models that highlight some of the hundreds of design options available, including 12-foot ceiling heights, formal dining rooms, multi-slide glass-panel doors, wrought-iron accented banisters, soffit ceilings and elegant master baths. These models also feature fully equipped professional kitchens with up to four ovens, dual dish washers and granite-top islands.

The quality construction and vast design options were a pleasant surprise for the elder Markins, whose two previous Summerlin homes were custom built. “We were a little nervous about moving into a production home, but this house turned out to be better than any of the custom homes we’ve ever built. Plus, all of our utility bills are lower than ever,” said Randy.

According to the Home Energy Rating System (HERS), Monte Bello homes are significantly more energy efficient than the national new home builder average. Home buyers should see a sales agent for more information. Randy and Phronsie credit the Richmond American staff for such a great homebuilding experience.

Located directly across from the highly acclaimed Bishop Gorman High School, the gated Monte Bello neighborhood is just a short walk from the 17.5-acre Mesa Park and minutes from the 215 beltway, providing quick access to the Las Vegas Strip, McCarran International Airport and the community’s own dining, fashion and entertainment destination - Downtown Summerlin. Monte Bello has its own neighborhood park with children’s play area and picnic tables, thanks to Summerlin’s open space requirements for every neighborhood, which is perfect for Michael and Dominique’s growing family.

“My son has grandparents right next door and that’s pretty special,” said Dominique. “When we need something, they are right there. Hopefully my parents will eventually move from Denver to Monte Bello, too.”

Homes at Monte Bello start in in the $500,000s. For more information about Summerlin’s new neighborhoods and amenities, visit or download the Summerlin new home finding app by searching “Summerlin” in your app store.

PHOTO CAPTION: Summerlin’s Monte Bello neighborhood by Richmond American Homes offers stunning views of the Spring Mountains, a key factor when Randy and Phronsie Markin and their son and daughter-in-law Michael and Dominique all decided to build homes side-by-side in the new neighborhood.

About Summerlin®

Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and has ranked in the country’s top 10 best-selling master-planned communities for nearly two decades. Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with approximately 7,000 gross acres still remaining to accommodate future growth, including infrastructure, open space and common areas, all within the master plan. The community is currently home to more than 100,000 residents who enjoy an unparalleled list of amenities. These include more than 150 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of trails, 22 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, nine golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and dozens of actively selling floor plans. Homes are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes and condominiums– priced from the $200,000s to more than $2.5 million. For information on custom homesites in The Ridges® please call 702.255.2500. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $900s. Visit for more information.  

 About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 16 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.                           

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