A Look at Special Properties in Las Vegas

Equestrian properties, oversized custom home lots, and penthouse style living are some of the different types of special properties available in Las Vegas. Where would you like to find your dream home?

Ask a local about special properties in Las Vegas, and you will likely learn about “Casa de Shenandoah,” the landmark estate at the intersection of Pecos and Sunset that until fairly recently belonged to Las Vegas legend Wayne Newton. One of the most notable special properties in town, Newton’s complex consisted of 36 acres, which held a main house plus seven additional homes, some stables, a zoo, and a jumbo jet terminal, among other features.

Go two for two and inquire about “The Slammer,” home of Penn Jillette, one half of the perennially popular illusionist duo Penn and Teller. The term “special” may not do justice to Jillette’s fanciful prison-themed paradise housing an eye-popping assortment of candy-colored rooms with accoutrements such as carny games, a large theater, and fire poles for sliding down. The entertainer penned a tongue-in-cheek Wall Street Journal piece on his adventures in childproofing this not-so-humble abode. Moving away from these extreme examples of celebrity excess, buyers in the market for something above the ordinary still have plenty of options in and around the Valley.

Equestrian Living

Not far from Casa de Shenandoah and only three miles from McCarran Airport and Center Strip, the unique Sierra Vista Ranchos contains 107 custom homes built between 1962 and 2006 on 1/3- to one-acre lots. A large common area features the neighborhood’s private horse arena and stables, making it the only guard-gated equestrian community of its kind in Las Vegas. Other more rural horse property zones exist to the northwest, north of Cheyenne; to the Southwest, south of Warm Springs and West of I-15; and in Henderson, south of I-515 and East of College Road. The majority of residents in these neighborhoods do not actually own horses or maintain regular equestrian activities. Most simply enjoy the peaceful environment and larger lot sizes.

Penthouse Properties

For a polar opposite in special properties, Las Vegas offers many luxurious penthouse suites in high-rise condos on and around The Strip. Turnberry Towers, Park Towers, The Martin, and Sky are just a few of the luxury buildings offering amenities such as swimming pools, gyms, valet services, 24/7 security, private movie theaters, and more. Some hotel casinos such as The Cosmopolitan have condominium penthouse units. There is also Palms Place, adjacent to The Palms Hotel, and the residence condos at the Mandarin Oriental in the City Center complex.

Custom Homes

Another option for someone searching for those special properties are the many subdivisions with parcels still available for custom builds, or a resale home from these oversize custom lots. McDonald Highlands in Henderson is a master plan surrounding the exclusive Dragonridge Country Club and Golf Course. Semi-custom homes make up a portion of the subdivision. Custom lots ranging from half an acre to six acres are built into the sloping foothills of Sloan Canyon. The Ridges in Summerlin is another master plan designed around a Golf Course. Amenities here include the Club Ridges Community Center with pool, fitness center, tennis, and more. The Azure neighborhood at The Ridges offers custom lots from 1/4 acre to over an acre in size.

If you are still drawn to celebrity residences, travel back to southernmost Henderson and the Lake Las Vegas community. Celine Dion calls this place home, and you can too. Custom homes and home sites here enjoy golf courses, the South Shore Country Club with its own Yacht and Beach Club, Monte Lago Shopping and Entertainment Village, and even their own heliport. As Celine might say, “C’est magnifique!”

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