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Jack LeVine Is Pleased To Get Corrected Regarding His Las Vegas Real Estate History – The Oldest Tract Homes In Las Vegas Were Not Huntridge

Railroad cottagesOur very own VVV cultural historian Brian Paco Alvarez emailed me this afternoon to correct something I wrote. I’ll let him tell you himself.



Hi Jack, I wanted to mention that I read your latest blog about the Huntridge being one of the First Track communities in the US. Actually in Las Vegas the oldest track communities were the Railroad Cottages and it was one of the first in the nation. The link below takes you to the UNLV Special Collections website regarding the cottages. When I was a student at UNLV I was one of the first people in almost 100 years to work with the original plans of the Railroad Cottages. These plans that you will view on the website link below were cornerstone to my exhibition at the POST Modern for the cities centennial. I will provide you with images from my personal collection for you to post if you would like. One of the Railroad Cottages has been moved to the Clark County Heritage Museum.

To learn more about the Railroad Cottages visit the UNLV Special Collections Website

“The employees’ cottages represented one of the first tract developments in the United States and the high standard of construction influenced further developments in the surrounding areas of “Clark’s Las Vegas Townsite.”

As always, setting the record straight is more important than my ego, thank you Paco!

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Uncle Jack Presents Two New Homes For Sale In Vintage Las Vegas

Here’s some of the  pictures of our two new listings. You’ll notice they’re considerably better than what we would find in one of my worst MLS photo posts. But they’re not perfect. There’s a lot I don’t know, but plan on learning (in my free time?) about photo editing and photography in general. I’ve always been a point and shoot type guy. Now I’m really starting to think about it at a higher level.

I think I’ve finally learned how much I don’t know about photography. Since Kay Athol, the Photographer/Realtor, (who’s one of many out of state agents who read VVV), fixes pictures for other agents. He tweeks, and pulls and does all kinds of things to make pictures look better. So, since he’s likely to read this soon, I challenge him to pick one of these and give them going over. That will give me a chance to put the picture up again.

Jesica FrontI’m real proud to have been asked to guide this seller thru the process of getting the property sold. It’s a real sweatheart of a Huntridge Cottage.

It’s hard to believe from this shot of the front that it’s almost 1800 sf, and has a two car garage in the back yard.






Jessica Kitchen

The neighbors are real happy that the home now looks so terrific. A few months ago, it was a broken, sad, bank foreclosure.

One of the biggest kicks I get is when I see one of our beat up vintage homes get transformed so well.  All of the pictures are in the gallery on the left hand column.

Do you know someone who’d be perfect for a home like this, or any of the other great home that we have for sale in Vintage Vegas?

Have them Contact Me, I answer my own phone and email


Manzanita FrontThere’s a little part of Vintage Vegas which hasn’t been “discovered” yet. It’s called Mayfair, and sits inside the triangle of Maryland Parkway, Charleston and Fremont. It’s seeing some signs of life, though.

One of the brighter (among many) spots in Mayfair is our new listing on Manzanita Ave.

The sellers loved this home the minute they saw it. They improved a lot of things in their 5 years of ownership. All the big ticket bones-of-the-home items have been addressed, and it’s clean, well painted and the wood floors are polished to a shine.



Manzanita kitchenThere’s a lot of vintage elements such as the front porch, wood floors and the 50’s bathroom to give the home a lot of character.

All of the pictures are in the gallery, which you’ll find under “featured Properties” in the left sidebar.

I’d be happy to show you (or someone you know) my listings or any other property that’s for sale in Very Vintage Vegas.

It’s the best way I know to make new friends in Vintage Vegas. There’s never any pressure, but be forewarned, I DO BELIEVE IN MY PRODUCT, and think you should, too.

P.S. My product isn’t the unique homes of Vintage Vegas. My product is my 18 years experience, reputation, enthusiam and ability to get the job done.

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Improvement Happening Every Where We Look In The Historic Neigborhoods Las Vegas

PC014290The crooked and uneven picket fence as well as the dead tree are finally gone on 8th Place just south of Oakey! Yeah! The previous owner had put up the fence, but didn’t know how to use a level. I wish I had a before picture. Now you can see the great stone work facing the home.





PB244243New driveways and landscape are being installed on 8th Place South of Park Paseo. This home is right next door to our listing at 1249 8th Place

The John S. Park Historic Neighborhood is a one of the best loved of all the great neighborhoods in Vintage Vegas.




PC024291New Paint and Windows on 17th Street, and the landscape will be done next week.







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It’s Caption Contest Day In Vintage Vegas

PA203832Since every picture tells a story, I’m curious about what the story is behind this.

Seen at 8th and Oakey since Thursday and still there this morning.

We’re giving away a $10. Gift Certificate to Rejavenate for the best story or caption for this “vacuum cleaner” on the roof scenario.

send an email, or post your best story in the comments.  

Hat tip to Pam for bringing it to my attention.

I’ve offered to loan them a ladder, but I was turned down.



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The Changing Dynamic in Vintage Vegas, Review Jounal “Downtown View” Article Nails it

Old downtown neighborhoods are the new places to be


VIEW STAFF WRITERJack in the View                   Photo by Jim Miller (View)

Jack LeVine sells houses downtown, he said, because he’s always been a downtown kind of person. He believes in downtowns as great places to live, and he is especially bullish on downtown Las Vegas and the older homes he calls “vintage.”

LeVine himself lives and works in a 1954 custom home at the end of a cul-de-sac near Oakey Boulevard, in a neighborhood he calls the epitome of the mid-century modern style.

“A lot of people in Las Vegas don’t even know the term, let alone that they live in it,” LeVine said.

He said it’s part of his mission to change that.

On a short tour he points out the sharp lines of flat roofs with overlapping eaves and exposed beams he said typify the modernist architectural style popular between the late 1940s and early 1960s.

“They were really designed for the desert,” said LeVine.

Designed for the desert and “destined to come back as fabulous housing stock,” he added.

In the John S. Park historic neighborhood where he lives, there are pre-war ranch houses, tract houses built for the first men stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. There are “Cinderella ranches” with their delicate molding and tiki houses with swooping roofs and outcroppings that look like the prows of Polynesian ships.

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