Monterey features colors

When designer Danielle Hawthorne was asked to step out of breezy San Diego, where her employer, Parker Rose Design, is based, and fly out to Southern Nevada to design and furnish a collection of condominium homes for sale at Monterey at the Las Vegas Country Club, she avoided preconceived notions of Sin City glam -- past or present.

"I had only been to Vegas once before," said the native Texan and graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Diego. "So, I wasn't sure what I was getting into."

The historic Las Vegas community features one-level condominium and two-story townhome residences that come with a complete design package. Hawthorne adds her signature to the fully furnished and decorated homes with an upscale grouping of Ultrasuede, microfiber, solid wood and glass.

"Most of the pieces I use don't come from the same vendors. I like to mix different styles and textures. When someone walks into a house that I have designed, I want them to feel like they are at home. I enjoy designing at Monterey because people are purchasing the convenience of a fully appointed residence right then and there."

For Hawthorne, color is the cornerstone to designing livable space. In making selections for an available Saint Andrews model, Hawthorne brought in the airy greens and natural woods of the community's surrounding grounds.

"Because many of the homes are on the golf course, I wanted to bring some of that in," Hawthorne said. "I also wanted the designs to be very warm and inviting. On at least one wall in every design I place a deep color. I've even done a wall in gold."

Monterey at the Las Vegas Country Club provides views of nearby Strip hotels and is in proximity to nightlife, dining and entertainment venues.

Private patios and balconies, some situated poolside and others along the shaded fairways, incorporate outdoor leisure with indoor living areas. Lush mature landscaping, picnic areas with gas barbecue stations, five pools and a hydro massage spa are exterior amenities, while contemporary features such as granite countertops in kitchens and baths, maple cabinetry and upgraded flooring provide a foundation for a designer's touch.

"It's a lot easier to move into a residence that's completely done," said Hawthorne, who has designed home interiors throughout Southern California.

Monterey floor plans measure up to 900 square feet in one-bedroom layouts, with two-bedroom layouts measuring up to 1,700 square feet. Architectural highlights may include a private patio or balcony, oversized walk-in closet, formal entry, built-in bookshelves or floor-to-ceiling fireplace. Prices start in the $190,000s. Some condominiums, including the few remaining Parker Rose-designed and -furnished units, are available for immediate move-ins.

To visit, enter through the Las Vegas Country Club Estates gate on Karen Avenue between Paradise Road and Maryland Parkway. The gate attendant directs visitors to the sales center, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 796-9700 or visit