Couple find Meritage residence

Home savvy and market-conscious, Raven and Keaton Watson were not first-time home buyers. Having come to the valley from Atlanta, Ga., the young couple said they were used to traditional floor plans and generous lot sizes.

When an extensive home search brought them to Meritage Homes' Northern Terrace at Providence, a new master-planned community in the northwestern valley, Raven Watson said she was immediately taken with the builder's approach to design and the parks and neighborhood amenities.

"This was going to be our first home in Las Vegas, but not our first home as a married couple. As we started our search, we wanted to make sure we got everything we wanted and not what we had to settle for," said Raven Watson, a branch manager for Apple One Employment Services.

The Watsons chose the Canton Plan Three in the Salem Village.

Measuring 1,992 square feet with the three bedrooms and three baths, the home opens unto a tiled foyer leading to an open great-room/family-room layout.

A kitchen with pantry overlooks the dining room and living area.

The design includes a full bath at the downstairs. The den on the main floor can be turned into a fourth bedroom.

The master suite includes both walk-in and linens closets, and features a master bath with dual-vanity and garden tub.

The upstairs laundry room shares the central hall with the home's secondary bedrooms.

The couple said the home's loft/play area and a princess-decorated bedroom will appeal to their 1-year-old daughter Kennedy.

Cultured marble countertops, dual master vanity, architecturally-rounded corners, recessed lighting in kitchen, nook and dining room, Mission-style wood stair rail and Decora rocker switches throughout are all standard.

Priced from the mid-$200,000s, the floor plan allows for covered patio, bonus room and separate loft options, as well as a fireplace option at the family/living room. A front-yard desert-landscaping package with time-controlled irrigation system is standard. Three exterior elevations are available.

In addition to the Canton, floor plans include the 1,615-square-foot Ashland, 1,815-square-foot Melrose and 2,027-square-foot Lennox.

Located in the American traditions-themed Providence, the neighborhood is located in the valley's northwest at Interstate 215, the Las Vegas Beltway, and Hualapai Way.

The sales office and models are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Monday when they open at 11 a.m.

For more information, call 648-3300 or visit