Zoom scavenger hunts, Getty Museum art creation social media contests and virtual cross-fit workouts aren’t the usual activities associated with high-end luxury condominium communities, but for now they’re the new norm as residents “step up to social distancing” at Juhl and One Las Vegas.
The 344-residence Juhl in downtown Las Vegas and the two-tower One Las Vegas on South Las Vegas Blvd. are home to young couples, single people and retirees, and the communities’ lifestyle director is working overtime to come up with creative and fun ways to help residents stay connected, entertained and fit while they’re hunkered down at home.
Evelyn Connors, lifestyle director with DK Las Vegas, which owns the two luxury condominium properties, said the communities are known for experiential activities built around personalized service, high-quality offerings and social interaction. “During these unprecedented times when our usual routines have been upended, it definitely helps to keep a sense of humor and positive attitude.” said Connors. Juhl and One Las Vegas condo-home-owners are eager to jump in and try out new virtual activities that help maintain a sense of community and neighborliness.”
“The most important thing is communication,” said Connors. DK has implemented a plan for twice-a-month wellness check-in phone calls to all residents. “The personalized attention that has always been a hallmark of living at Juhl or One Las Vegas is simply taking on a different face at this time,” Connors added. In addition, the communities’ monthly newsletter is now weekly and contains important resources for local businesses that are still operating, as well as light-hearted entertainment content.
Residents at both communities are turning their living rooms and spare bedrooms into home gyms, tuning into complimentary weekly fitness classes via links offered by CrossFit Las Vegas for Juhl residents and by Ben Franco Fitness for One Las Vegas residents. Resident participants of the CrossFit Las Vegas virtual class are eligible for a chance to win a free month of membership at CrossFit, located on Juhl’s ground floor, once the social distancing era has ended. To help residents stay motivated, the communities also are providing a series of weekly web links to articles, videos and informative talks on the physical and psychological benefits of exercise.
Residents are also participating in weekly challenges to stay connected with each other for prizes. The friendly competitions include a ‘step up to social distancing” challenge with steps registered by FitBit or similar devices and Words with Friends (Neighbors) games with a prize doled out for the highest score. Residents also get the chance to tap into their creative side with content creation contests like a Getty Museum Art Recreation photo submission challenge on social media.
In-Home scavenger hunts via Zoom and on-line game nights have taken place within the past few weeks. And for those looking for something a little more laid-back, craft-in-a-box events, featuring art kits prepared by local artists and small business owners, have been a popular diversion. Residents receive a complete kit to do in the comfort of their own home and get together via Zoom for a ‘craft along’ led by the artist. Prizes are awarded at-random to residents who post their handy-work!
As our state works to reopen, there will be new opportunities to support our local institutions in a safe way. The Neon Museum is planning to reopen soon with social distancing guidelines in place for visitors. Residents will have a chance to win a prize by posting a selfie in front of one of the museum’s iconic signs.
But for now, by day’s end it’s time for neighbors to gather remotely and yell ‘hello!’ during daily balcony socials while enjoying the shared experience of sweeping spectacular views from their private terraces.