Couple pick Monterey for location, amenities

Melina Burnett and her husband of 40 years, Stephen Burnett Sr., have lived all over the Las Vegas Valley, from the southern portion of Green Valley to the hills of Hollywood Boulevard. But after 16 years of owning a successful tax and immigration business on the east side of downtown, the Burnetts said they wanted to put an end to a commute that seemed to get longer each year as traffic conditions worsened.

The couple decided to move into the heart of the action, and purchased a condominium within Monterey at the Las Vegas Country Club.

"I don't have to contend with the traffic. I'm five minutes away from my offices, and the additional time that I now have allows me to pop in for a quick lunch, or go relax by the pool with my husband, before I go back to work. I'm just a stone's throw away," Melina Burnett said.

Located a couple blocks from the Las Vegas Strip, behind the guarded gates of the Las Vegas Country Club, the complex offers five pools, hydro massage spa and fitness center. The many shade trees and lush greenery throughout the community are prized by residents as much as the golf course. Other amenities include picnic areas with gas barbecues and 24-hour gated access with a uniformed patrol.

Many of Monterey's one- and two-bedroom condominiums -- including the Burnetts' one-bedroom residence -- are situated along the lush green fairways, many of which sport water features.

"It's like living in a park," said Stephen Burnett, "and is reminiscent of the scenic views surrounding our home overlooking the sea in southern Mexico."

The couple's son, Stephen Burnett Jr., returned to the Las Vegas Valley from the Pacific Northwest. His parents purchased a second home at Monterey and gave their son the opportunity to reside in the family's original unit.

"This is a good transition for me," Stephen Burnett Jr. said. "I'm a chef, so coming back here to Las Vegas and to this community is instinctive to me. I would love to understudy with one of the better chefs in town. But my dream commute would be to walk right across the fairways to work with Chef Paul Johnson at the country club."

The young man has earned a following as a fine dining chef and kitchen manager in Seattle.

"It's perfect that he's living here at Monterey," Melina Burnett said. "Now he is so close to the best hotels and restaurants in all of Las Vegas."

The complex's one-bedroom floor plans offer up to 900 square feet. Architectural highlights may include a private patio or balcony, formal entry, walk-in closet, multiple secondary storage spaces or built-in bookshelves, based on floor plan.

Slab granite countertops and upgraded cabinetry are standard features. Other interior highlights include oversized baseboards, high-grade flooring, deep-well stainless steel sinks, ceiling fans and custom window treatments. Units include an upgraded appliance package with a full-size washer and dryer.

Prices start in the $190,000s. Home buyers may also opt for a $10,000 flexible incentive, or a designer furniture package, on select condominiums, according to the developer.

To visit, take Interstate 15 and exit Sahara Avenue east, turn right on Paradise Road and left on Karen Avenue. Enter the community through the Las Vegas Country Club gate on Karen Avenue, located between Paradise Road and Maryland Parkway.

The sales center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 796-9700 or visit