The Madison: A Move-Up Home Model

American West Homes’ newest model, The Madison, showcases a unique contemporary home design with distinct and luxurious amenities, including an unimpeded view of the Las Vegas strip

By Sergio Flores

The southwest part of Las Vegas is an ideal production market for area and the ideal setting for American West Homes’ newest home model, The Madison.

With 4,939 square feet of living space, five bedrooms, up to 4.5 bathrooms, a 3-car garage, front and rear balconies, and an optional, secluded roof-top deck, The Madison is priced from $518,500 in a market where homes with very similar features and a mere couple miles away begin in the millions.

At almost 5,000 square feet on a 6,000 square foot lot, the home also includes a backyard with 34 feet of depth, a rare feature seeing as how a myriad of builders are opting to sacrifice backyard space for more indoor square footage. However, American West sought to preserve this space because it’s a feature very important to the American family and home.

“At American West we have been dedicated to being the family builder—that’s what we’ve become known for,” explained Larry Canarelli, owner and CEO of the privately-owned American West Homes, a prominent Las Vegas builder. “We believe in backyards—it’s almost like a precious commodity today, especially in the Southwest.”

The Madison model is exclusively available at their Fox Hill Estates neighborhood in Highlands Ranch, a master-planned community with several American West Homes developed and more developments in the pipeline. Highland Ranch has all the amenities of a master-plan community without any extra fees, avoiding SIDs and LIDs that are often accompanied with residing in exclusive master planned communities. “Often times, what we’re all looking for in a home is more than comfort, it’s community, it’s security, it’s proximity to the services we need and all the people we love,” said Canarelli.

The Madison’s unique architectural style draws inspiration from traditional, Mediterranean, and contemporary home design. This is reflective of where American West is heading in their architectural endeavors for upcoming developments.  Contemporary design, noted Canarelli, is a dominant style buyers are looking for.

Malcolm Compton, the model’s architect, has worked with Canarelli for over 40 years and has been with American West since its inception in 1984. Both Canarelli and Compton cut their teeth in the California and Arizona market, a market whose home style would serve as a big influence in their developments.  Part of the design process includes examining what other builders in the market are doing — after studying notable trends amongst communities, American West hosts a focus group with current homeowners to explore what buyers really want to see in a home. Concept drawings help Compton work closely with the builder to achieve the architectural style. The multiple decks, for example, one in the front and one in the rear, gives the buyer more outdoor access for a multi-story home, but also adds to the architectural impact.

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