REACHING FOR THE SKY

With an almost 180-degree view of the valley through windows that stretch nearly 78 feet wide and 16 feet high, you may feel you are on cloud nine — but the address is 3 Cloud Chaser Boulevard in Henderson.
Nestled in the Ascaya community in the McCullough mountain range, the home has four lavish bedrooms, five spa-like baths, 8,600 square feet of generous living space and a garage large enough for four luxury vehicles. Did we mention that the garage is air conditioned?

The house — called Cloud Chaser — is 12 miles from the Strip and on the market for $6.5 million. Its sweeping views are likely to make even the most die-hard city slicker swoon. The design is an homage to the slot canyon pools found in the Mojave Desert, or a void that forms an intimate oasis.

“As we often do with many of our projects, we drew inspiration from nature — specifically from geology,” said Henry CJ Hoogland III, principal architect. “One of my favorite, most calming places to visit is a three-hour drive and another three-hour hike northeast of Vegas in Southern Utah. Along various parts of this hike are linear channels and elliptical pools of water that have been carved through thousands of feet of sandstone over millennia.

“The entry courtyard of the Cloud Chaser house is a truncated, elliptical opening in the roof. It’s a nod to those pools and the geomorphic process that created them,” he said. “The solitary, sculptural tree — placed very strategically in the space — will, over time, reach toward the sky and fill the opening as it would in nature.”

While that tree grows, there is also an infinity pool to enjoy, a guest house for your relatives or out-of-staters, vaulted ceilings, a gourmet kitchen view and Mother Nature’s own array of stars at night when it’s not too cloudy. The property is listed with the Shapiro & Sher Group.

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