With his lavish estate in Los Angeles on the market with a sky-high price of $87.5 million, rapper and underwear model turned two-time Oscar-nominated actor and producer Mark Walhberg has turned his deep-pocketed residential real estate attentions to Las Vegas, where he’s shoveled out $15.6 million for about 2.5-acres of bare land inside the guarded gates of the ultra-exclusive Summit Club in the upscale master-planned community of Summerlin.
As noted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, tax records show the two vacant parcels that comprise the big buy were both sold by retired motorcycle racer Ben Bostrom, who turned a hefty profit on the two properties that he and his missus purchased in two separate transactions, the first in 2020 and the second in 2021, for a total outlay of $9 million.
What Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham have planned for the plum parcels is unknown. But if their current house in L.A. is any indication, they’ll likely end up with something decidedly palatial. A showy chateau-inspired structure of more than 30,000 square feet, their current home sits on more than six acres, in the storied Beverly Park enclave, with 12 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms, more than half a dozen fireplaces, a 15-plus-seat movie theater, a glass-walled gym, a grotto-style pool, a full-sized outdoor basketball court, and several putting greens.
And, just as they live surrounded by showbiz heavy hitters in Beverly Hills, Denzel Washington, Sofia Vergara, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Adele among them, the Wahlberg’s new neighbors at the Summit Club include a who’s who of Sin City high rollers, including Canadian pop chanteuse Céline Dion, Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley, Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis, and Timothy Herbst, scion and executive of the Terrible Herbst gas station company. (One of Terrible’s many filling stations across several western states includes one in Jean, Nev., that just might be the largest Chevron station in the world, with 96 gas pumps and 60 restroom stalls!)
Developed by Howard Hughes Corporation and Discovery Land Company, the 555-acre Summit Club winds itself around an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed golf course. The course’s elevated position allows for sweeping views of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area as well as glittery views of The Strip.
Designed to be an all-inclusive resort and recreation community, The Summit Club’s clubhouse offers a state-of-the-art gaming room, several dining options, and view terraces with reflecting pools and fire pits. And, though the Wahlberg’s new estate will no doubt have many of the amenities on offer, residents are also provided a swimming pool, a bowling alley, a movie theater, an indoor basketball court, and an art and crafts room. There’s also a state-of-the-art fitness center with personal training rooms, yoga studios and a juice bar, a tennis court complex with viewing pavilions, and a spa that offers private treatment rooms and a full-service salon.
As much as Wahlberg spent on his two parcels, which will require many millions more to build a mansion sufficient to its surroundings, he’s hardly the Summit Club’s biggest to-date spender. That crown goes to billionaire venture capitalist Marc Andreessen who earlier in the year plunked down $36 million for four contiguous vacant parcels that together span almost 4.5 acres.