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Ascaya has lined up artists to showcase each month. This month Niya Rivera is the Henderson luxury community’s artist in residence. Rivera’s installation kicked off this week at the development’s weekly Vino With a View event. The installation will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Jan. 12-31. Rivera’s artwork will be available for purchase with prices starting at $1,500. For more information, visit

“We are thrilled to welcome another talented and local artist to showcase their work in our beautiful sales pavilion,” said Ascaya sales manager Darin Marques. “Our first installation with sculptor Dorit Schwartz was very well-received, and we look forward to offering many more opportunities for artists to showcase their work in this unique setting.”

Rivera will donate 20 percent of sales from artwork bought at the opening to a nonprofit group.

Rivera’s installation at Ascaya will include several abstract pieces in her signature free-flow stylings.

“Each piece is a unique experience,” Rivera said. “I love to include acrylics to highlight vibrancy, color and sparkle with all of my work. Some pieces came together relatively effortlessly, and some I have been working on for more than a year.”

Rivera said her grandmother Princellar was her biggest influence in her career as an artist.

“She passed in 2014 at the age of 81 and said her only regret was that she didn’t pursue her art career,” Rivera said. “I’m happy that I’m fulfilling her legacy and doing what I was meant to be doing.”

The luxury community is 9 miles south of the Strip on the McCullough Range in Henderson.

home prices end 2016 on good note

Las Vegas’ median prices on existing single-family homes rose on an annual basis in December, while falling slightly from November’s average, data released by the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors in January showed.

The median price for existing single-family homes in Las Vegas sat at $235,000 in December — a gain of 8.3 percent over the same period last year. But the number was down from November’s average of $240,000, a drop of just more than 2 percent, which is typical during this time of year, according to a release from GLVAR.

The median home price in the condo and townhouse market decreased in December over the same period in 2015. The December median price in that market was $113,000 — a drop of 4.2 percent from December 2015.

In the single-family home market, the number of units sold in the valley increased in December — on a yearly and monthly basis — despite a tight housing supply. The valley had 4.6 percent more homes sales in December over November and 1.3 percent more sales over December 2015, according to GLVAR data.

The total number of existing homes, condos and townhouses sold in December in the Las Vegas Valley was 3,402, up from 3,290 in December 2015. On an annual basis, there were 41,720 units of the same property type sold in 2016 — up from 38,577 in 2015.

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