The Wright stuff: Lakefront home was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s design tenets

Offering 300-degree lake views, Water’s Edge is truly a desert oasis. Founded on the design aesthetic of iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the two-story contemporary home is situated in Lake Las Vegas’ exclusive Estates at Reflection Bay.
The showcase residence, which is listed for $7.5 million, was designed by Vernon Swaback — the last living apprentice to train under Wright — and Mike D. Wetzel of Arizona-based Swaback Architects + Planners.
“Vern has been involved through(out) the entire design and construction process,” said Wetzel, partner and architect in charge. “All our principles are founded on the beliefs of
Frank Lloyd Wright.”
Swaback also worked on the 1,040 acre Arizona Biltmore Estates, and devoted 20 years to planning and architecture for the historic 5,000-acre Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, which was developed by the Frederick Law Olmstead firm.
“Vern would often quote Frank Lloyd Wright,” saying, ‘If you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life,’ ” Wetzel said.
Reflecting the diversity of its surroundings — from unspoiled mountains to lake to hillside homes — was an important aspect of the overall design. That’s evidenced by the
10-foot glass front door through which amazing mountain and water vistas can be seen straight back through the residence’s rear glass door.
“The home has a strong visual and physical connection to the lake,” Wetzel said.
“We wanted to build this home to showcase unique architecture and design opportunities for luxury, waterfront living,” said Patrick Parker, president
of Raintree Investment Corp., which manages
Lake Las Vegas.
The interior’s soft color palette blends warm grays
and whites. It has 20-foot ceilings, clerestory windows and stunning lake views from almost every room.
A dramatic 20-foot Coronado stone fireplace, accented with back-lit wood panels, serves as a powerful focal point for the main living area. A 10-foot-tall, black-metal chandelier hangs in the center of the expansive room, providing a sophisticated touch. The open floor plan’s pocket doors placed in key areas throughout maximize indoor-outdoor living.
The gourmet kitchen has a double island, professional-grade appliances and a millwork wood ceiling suspended above the islands. Pale oak flooring and dove-gray painted cabinetry contrast with stark-white quartz counters.
The master suite has a separate seating area by an additional stone fireplace. Expansive windows and pocket doors open to a private patio and the pool deck, where an infinity pool with a waterfall edge bordered
by a 30-foot-long fire feature, complement lake vistas.
The 8,800-square-foot home has four bedrooms, including a master suite, five baths, custom LED, a full bar with three temperature-controlled wine refrigerators, a theater and a private office.
The residence, which is being sold fully furnished, also has
its own boat dock, and is wired for a Crestron home-automation system. Etta Cowdrey, CEO of Studio V Interior Architecture & Design, was project manager and Merlin Contracting provided general contractor services. It is the
first of nine proposed 1-acre, water-front properties. Water’s Edge is listed through Gene Northup, owner of Synergy/Sotheby’s International Realty.


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