Whether you want to be wowed by stunning architecture or a glimpse behind the curtain of celebrity life, Las Vegas has you covered. This city has dozens of famous homes known for their memorable and oftentimes historical qualities.

You could plan a week of daily visits and still barely scratch the surface of unique, renowned properties.

Legendary Las Vegas Estates

The Liberace Mansion

Kitty-corner from the Harry Reid International Airport, The Liberace Mansion, makes a great first stop for visitors seeking a bit of culture on their Vegas visit.
The story behind this famous 15,000-square-foot home began first as a pair of separate properties that came together. From there, Liberace built them into one large, extravagant estate.

The Liberace Mansion features historic architectural installations and an eclectic assortment of artwork. For example, eight marble pillars imported from Greece and an entry door from the New York governor’s mansion are among its features.

You can also check out a staircase that once belonged to a can-can bar in Paris. The master bedroom features a mural of the Sistine Chapel, painted by one of Michelangelo’s descendants.

Guided tours of the mansion are available at a range of prices, and proceeds go to Friends of the Liberace Mansion Foundation, which seeks to promote and protect the mansion’s cultural heritage.

Casa de Shenandoah

Wayne “Mr. Las Vegas” Newton once owned a 36-acre estate in eastern Las Vegas known as Casa de Shenandoah.

Many know it as the celebrity estate in the Vegas area. The primary structure spans 57,000 square feet and includes seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The house also once held Newton’s private office, aptly named the “Red Room” for its crimson walls, in which he kept his various awards and honors.

Construction on the bulk of the main property wrapped up in the late 1970s. Eventually, it became a spectacle, unlike any other estate in the country, hosting various big-time guests and even a few presidents.

At one point, Casa de Shenandoah included:

  • A zoo and roaming animals like swans, ducks, and wallabies
  • A private airport terminal
  • Stables for breeding Arabian horses (though, after some time, Newton transferred this venture to a different ranch)
  • Artesian lakes and wells
  • Eight different homes

And those are only a few highlights!

After serious efforts by Newton to make the property an official public attraction, he finally got his wish in 2015. However, a few short years later, the estate was closed for renovations, and it was never reopened. Newton sold Casa de Shenandoah in 2019 for around $5.5 million.

Celebrity Homes

From world-renowned performers to unforgettable sports personalities, Last Vegas is home to a long list of active and retired celebrities. A few of the area’s most popular estates include:

  • Criss Angel’s sprawling, atmospheric mansion in Henderson
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s $10 million Vegas home, nicknamed “The Big Boy Mansion”
  • Celine Dion’s modest private mansion in the Lake Las Vegas community provides her with a relaxing estate while she prepares to return to performing at Caesars Palace
  • Mike Tyson currently resides in a $2.5 million 10k square-foot home near the Strip, designed with Italian-inspired architecture and elegant ironwork

Of course, celebrity properties aren’t always open for public viewing. Be sure to check with your tour guides or travel experts for more information.

Mob Mansions

Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal’s House

Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal is best known for his mob ties and Robert De Niro’s loose portrayal of him in the 1995 movie Casino. He was a casino executive and known organized crime associate (and FBI informant) who lived at 972 Vegas Valley Drive in a stylish 3,200-square-foot home built in the ‘70s.

According to sources, Rosenthal once had designer Steven Chase overhaul the home, including the solid-pane windows, thick doors, and steel framing. Other features included a gold-leaf ceiling and soundproof insulation.

A few years ago, Rosenthal’s house went on the market and sold for over $800k. Apparently, you can still find several original items from the late owner still in the home!

The Hartland Mansion

The Hartland Mansion is massive, at 31,000 square feet. It began as two properties in the ‘40s, and by the ‘70s, it was made into one large mansion. In fact, in its time, it was the largest residence in Las Vegas’s history.

According to JohnHart Real Estate, the property includes eight bedrooms and 13 bathrooms (nine full bathrooms).

At one point, The Hartland also included a domed entryway meant to resemble the Dome of the Sea at the Dunes Hotel and a “sweeping” curved double staircase. The party room was also known for its indoor swimming pool with a unique floral design along the pool floor and gilded decor installed for a lavish atmosphere throughout the space.

Hartland has a decorated history in Las Vegas culture and American pop culture. That includes being an on-sight location for film shoots–like the aforementioned Casino starring Robert De Niro–and even the music video for “All I Need Is Love” by CeeLo Green and The Muppets.

Eventually, the property became an event space where clients could celebrate weddings and birthdays or host corporate events.

Architectural Wonders

The Simpsons House

Finding your way around Henderson, Nevada? Make a quick stop at 712 Red Bark Lane, the home designed to mimic the iconic house from the television cartoon The Simpsons. It’s said that the builders watched over 100 episodes to replicate the design specifications in preparation for construction in 1997.

Today, the house no longer bears the original cartoon-style paint it once did, and it was sold as a private residence in the early 2000s. But the spirit of the home and the nostalgia it sparks lives on in its architecture.

The Underground House

Just blocks from the Las Vegas Strip, right off Flamingo Road, you can find the Cold War-era attraction known as The Underground House.

Built in 1978, the ranch-style subterranean dwelling spans about 6,000 feet in square footage–but that’s only the home itself. The concrete shell in which it was built spans 16,000 feet in square footage.

All in all, the property cost around $1 million to build, equivalent to about $4 million in today’s U.S. dollar.

The Underground House includes around a thousand fluorescent lights to simulate a sunrise, an above-ground setting to mimic a traditional home, and artificial trees throughout the underground space. Other features include:

  • Bright murals lit during the day
  • Constellations meant to mimic a night sky
  • A swimming pool that includes two hot tubs
  • A mini golf course

Visitors must take a 23-foot stairwell or an elevator to access The Underground House, and property tours typically take about 2.5 hours. You can find various individual and group rates at relatively competitive prices.

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