Vegas Vic waving and winking at passersby; the Rat Pack hosting their own private party on the showroom stage; Elvis, before he left the building — these classic old Vegas images may now exist only in days gone by, but some neighborhoods still retain the look and feel of a previous era.
John S. Park Neighborhood
Old Vegas resonates clearly here within zip code 89104. The John S. Park neighborhood contains properties of various sizes. One-story homes with low-pitched roofs and horizontally oriented facades represent the ranch style that evolved out of minimal traditional, Spanish, and prairie-style architectures. The community association and residents of this unique neighborhood remain dedicated to retaining its original character, even as it sits in the shadow of the Stratosphere Tower with the new SoHo Lofts high-rise in view.
Located just one and a half miles from the Strip on the East side of town, Paradise Palms has a serious old Vegas vibe. Just east of the Boulevard Mall (Las Vegas’ original shopping mall), the neighborhood stretches across Desert Inn Road, with homes to the south of Desert Inn surrounding the National Golf Club and some properties backing right up to the course. The wide, lush fairways and mature landscaping of the golf course once known as the Sahara Country Club clearly evoke vintage Vegas days. Homes here range from 1,156 to 5,316 square feet.
Over on the west side of town, McNeil Estates also showcases mid-century modern in an area spanning out from approximately two miles west of Las Vegas Boulevard at Charleston. The neighborhood offers custom homes from 1,248 to 6,507 square feet plus the opportunity for large green lots and expansive streets without the commuting hassle of more suburban communities that often don’t have such large lots or mature landscaping.
One of the city’s first master-planned communities, Scotch 80′s still has many old Vegas-style homes from its original construction period in the 1950s. Some newer construction also found its way onto the large (average size half an acre) lots in this exclusive neighborhood, home to past and present celebrities. Bordered by Charleston, Oakey, Rancho and Shadow Lane and just minutes from the Strip, downtown, and freeways, this community’s location can’t be beat!
This guard-gated community off of West Sahara and East Valley View has amenities, including pools, tennis courts and clubhouse. With home construction starting in the 1970s, Spanish Oaks offers properties with the hallmarks of that classic era in Vegas history. Such a secluded enclave within minutes of the Strip makes for a very special residence.
Las Vegas Country Club
This original Vegas neighborhood is “thisclose” to the Strip. The 1960′s heyday for development gives many Las Vegas Country Club properties plenty of old Vegas charm. In addition to the detached homes ranging from moderate to mansion, condos, town homes, and even a high rise tower all make up the options for living in this one-of-a-kind community.
And just so you know: Vegas Vic still hangs out downtown under the Fremont St. Experience canopy; you can catch the hit Strip show, “The Rat Pack,” which pays tribute to the trio’s glory days here in Vegas; and the King may be gone but he’s not forgotten. Elvis impersonators appear in the showrooms and on the streets of Las Vegas regularly.