The tagline “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” has become recognizable worldwide since it was introduced nearly two decades ago by the convention and visitors bureau.
But it fails to acknowledge that not everyone who comes to Vegas, stays in Vegas itself. When Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons was shopping for a second home in the Las Vegas area last year he found what he was looking for in neighboring Henderson.
The well-heeled suburb offers panoramic views of the Las Vegas strip – some 12 miles away as the crow flies – and of the 320-acre Lake Las Vegas. Notable residents have included NBA players, pro boxers and U.S. Senators, among others.
Now the Kiss frontman has a world tour to attend to and is moving on. The nearly one-acre property he is selling is in the gated Ascaya community, complete with a clubhouse, groomed community walking trails, a family park and a fitness center.
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Expansive gardens made up of some 130 trees, paths and artificial turf accompany his nearly 11,000-square-foot mansion.
The modern home is entered through a courtyard by way of a pathway that appears to float over a koi pond. Floor-to-ceiling sidelights flank the massive wooden front door.
The center of the great room has a voluminous double-height ceiling and a two-story wall of glass that overlooks the Las Vegas Valley. Natural stone, wood ceiling accents and unfinished concrete are among the details.
Concrete brick and glass walls line the central staircase. An elevator also serves all three levels of the home.
Corner pocket doors open the dining room to the entry courtyard for an indoor-outdoor feeling. The kitchen features a double-sink center island, dual dishwashers, a breakfast bar, stainless appliances and wine storage.
The disappearing glass walls blend the indoor space with outdoor entertainment areas including patios, a hot tub, a fire pit, a swimming pool and an outdoor kitchen.
Living spaces include a home theater, a bar/lounge area, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. There’s also an 11-car garage. A misting system runs the entire perimeter of the house.
In addition to interior improvements, Simmons created what amounts to a private park on one side of the mansion. He paid a combined $10.8 million for the home and for the adjacent parcel in May.
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