When Carson Ranch homeowner Kelley Sauve establishes a goal, she works toward it at full-force. Her newest challenge: training for a half-marathon to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The fact that she has never run a marathon before does not faze her.
"This marathon -- the Mayor's Midnight Sun in Anchorage, Alaska -- will be the first marathon that I have ever done," she said from her William Lyon Homes' neighborhood in the northwestern valley.
Her decision to participate in the June event followed the successful completion of a few personal goals: losing 35 pounds and keeping it off.
"I like to set goals for myself. When I was considering my next goal, I thought that it should be something physical. A friend mentioned to me the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and its Team In Training program, and I decided to go for it," said Sauve, who is training with William Lyon employee Edee Gremore. "I feel like I need motivation behind me and to raise money to help this organization is very motivating for me."
Sauve strives to not only finish the 13.1-mile event with her husband, Paul, and two children cheering from the sidelines, she hopes to raise $4,500 for the nonprofit group through donations.
"One of the reasons why I chose this organization is because one of my best friends was diagnosed with leukemia. ... After treatments, she is cured. She lives in Chicago and will be going to Alaska to run with me," she said, adding that more information is available at teamintraining.org.
Traveling a long distance is not new to the Sauves. Before moving to the Las Vegas Valley about five years ago, they lived and taught in an international school in Colombia.
They moved to the Carson Ranch neighborhood in 2005 during a tour of model homes.
"For fun, we had started to go out and look at model homes. We would walk through the homes and say that 'I like this and that,' but not seeing a home that we completely liked," Sauve said. "Eventually, we came to Carson Ranch. When we walked into the Series One Plan Four model, we liked everything about it and wanted to buy it."
Their 2,610-square-foot home is designed around a great room and features four bedrooms and three baths.
"We chose it because when you walk into the home it feels like a 'grand home.' It is welcoming and a great place for entertaining. It has a 'family feel' to it," she said.
"We wanted something that was truly ours. William Lyon was able to help us personalize our home by letting us choose our flooring and countertops."
The gated neighborhood is composed of two series of single-story designs, measuring from 2,133 to 3,091 square feet and priced from the mid-$300,000s.
They offer three to five bedrooms, two to 31/2 baths and three-car garages.
The homes are highlighted by fireplaces, walk-in closets, prewiring for telephone, cable and ceiling fans and an island kitchen with a cook top, double oven and dishwasher.
To visit, take Interstate 215, the Las Vegas Beltway, to Jones Boulevard and head north. Turn left on Rome Boulevard and follow the signs.
The model homes are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Monday when they open at noon.
For more information about the builder's neighborhoods in the Las Vegas Valley and Pahrump, visit williamlyonhomes.com.