Behind the Design with Kris Templeton
The Estates at Lone Mountain is redefining luxury living in Las Vegas. The 60-acre custom home development is taking shape near the base of Lone Mountain — an enticing alternative for homeowners who crave a quiet, peaceful environment while still being close to everything the west valley has to offer.
The man behind the project, Kris Templeton, says it’s more than just a place to live. It’s a childhood dream come true, dating back years ago when he told his father he would one day build a house in the shadow of the imposing desert landmark.
“I used to ride my dirt bike to Lone Mountain,” he remembers. “I first learned to shoot guns behind Lone Mountain. It was our destination for fun on the weekends.”
Instead of merely building a house, Templeton is developing a full-scale luxury community, divided into eight areas. The Estates at Lone Mountain are the crown jewel, featuring individually gated homes on spacious one-acre lots, offering more land and value for every dollar spent. No SIDS, no LIDS and minimal HOA restrictions. It’s all about bespoke estate-style living with privacy and comfortable room between neighbors.
“This is how I like to live,” says Templeton. “I don’t like to have small lots with people crammed around me. I want more room and fewer restrictions.”
The second-generation developer learned the business under the guidance of his father, Ken Templeton. “I’ve worked with my dad my whole life,” he says. “So to come full circle now… building again, father and son playing with dirt, we’re having a blast. We really love it.”
The family legacy is reflected in their work. Years ago, the elder Templeton named a street inside Tuscan Ridge after his son (Christopher Lee Circle). Now, the tradition continues with Kris Templeton naming a street at the Estates at Lone Mountain after his own son (Brooks Cameron Court).
“To me, it’s about family, the opportunities my father’s given me and how I live them out following in his footsteps,” he says.
It’s been a long journey to reach this point. Templeton, who started his very own tree trimming business in high school, joined his father’s company in 2006, managing and selling a portfolio in excess of $400 million of land, hotels and office buildings in 10 states before working his way up to executive vice president.
It took more than three years of transactions with private owners and the Bureau of Land Management to acquire the land for the Estates at Lone Mountain. About 30 acres is actively in development, including all-new infrastructure, with the remaining property reserved for two additional phases.
The first homes at The Estates are now complete and showcase bold and inventive designs by top Las Vegas architects. Owners are also welcome to buy lots and commission their own custom homes. Any style is fair game. It’s all about flexibility with room for pools, tennis courts, casitas and lavish backyards.
“We wanted to flip the script and do something unique out here,” says Templeton.
The Estates at Lone Mountain doesn’t interfere or impose itself on its natural surroundings. Instead, the community respects and complements the land, which includes the hiking and horseback-riding trails of Lone Mountain Equestrian Regional Park. Reach the summit of Lone Mountain itself and be rewarded with a remarkable 360-degree view of Las Vegas.
With the scope and beauty of Southern Nevada in perspective, it’s easy to see why Kris Templeton hopes The Estates will be a community where homeowners can raise families of their own for generations to come.
The homes have the added convenience of being just minutes away from Downtown Summerlin, the Las Vegas Ballpark and Red Rock Resort. They’re also a short drive to the Strip, Downtown or Harry Reid Airport.
Interested in this community? Find out more about The Estates at Lone Mountain.