Just listen to them for a few seconds and it is crystal clear that Nancy and Bob Herald are excited about moving to their new home at Canyons Estates.
Now living in San Diego, the couple is about to retire — he from the local community college; she from the school system — and join most of their relatives here in Las Vegas.
“Our house now is small and since we’re retiring,” Bob explains, “we wanted a larger house. You get more for your money in Las Vegas than you do in San Diego and all of our close relatives are in Las Vegas, so we decided to move"...
The Heralds spent a great deal of time over the past several months looking for a home here and, they say, when they saw Canyons Estates Plan 3240, a four-bedroom ranch with a casita, their decision to buy was instantaneous.
He says, “I’ve been in construction all my life and I’ve built houses. This is a well-built excellent product.”
Nancy adds, “We’d been looking for an open floor plan. When we walked in and saw this we just said, ‘Yes! This is it!’
“We’ll be having a lot of family to visit but, aside from that, it will just be us living here. The wide-open plan allows us to talk to each other, to see what the other person is doing, and be involved with each other even when we’re in different places. It is ideal.”
The Heralds have already begun to decide on uses for each room. “The front bedroom,” Nancy says, “will be an office. The back bedroom facing the back yard will be a craft room for me where I can sew and do my genealogy research. The casita will be for family and guests. If necessary, a family member could live there”
They also liked the lot size. He points out, “We wanted a big lot. This was the really the only place of all we looked at that had everything we were looking for. We love to spend time outside by the pool we put in. The outdoors is important to us.”
Among the amenities that appealed to the Heralds are the energy saving features that are standard in all Distinctive Homes.
“The insulation, for example, is more than they are required to build in,” Bob observes. “I have these same Low E windows in my home now that they have here. When we first went to see the home in December, it was 34 degrees outside. The heat in the house was not on and it was a nice 71º in there.”
Distinctive Homes employs a variety of other energy-saving products. One of these is Cocoon® thermal insulation, designed to embrace the home in, literally, a “cocoon” of safety — it’s Class 1 fire rated because it increases a wall’s fire resistance up to 55 percent — and comfort. It blocks both air infiltration and convection currents to increase energy efficiency and reduces nuisance noise while it preserves natural resources, as it is made from nearly 80 percent recycled paper.
Since the Energy Star® program was launched 16 years ago, Distinctive Homes has been on board, providing compliant appliances that both protect the environment and save the homeowner money because they are so efficient to run.
As they bought a house that is still being built, the Heralds believe, “The people here at Distinctive Homes — Shasta, our salesperson, and everyone else — has been outstanding. They keep us posted and current on what’s going on and they’ve all bent over backwards to help with anything we might want.”
Even though they’re about to retire, the Heralds say they didn’t consider a retirement community. Nancy Herald says, “We never considered living only with people over 55. We’re going to miss our old neighborhood. It’s very tight-knit, even though the majority of people are in their 30s, we all socialized, had barbeques together. We’ve already met a neighbor in Canyons Estates who is so friendly. We’re looking to create a similar atmosphere when we move to Las Vegas.
“We think, with this house, we’ve found everything we’re looking for. We’re looking forward to moving into our wonderful new home in October. We cannot wait.”
Nancy and Bob Herald, Canyons Estates Homeowners