CELEBRITIES IN PARADISE PALMS

Paradise Palms is a Mid Century Modern housing community.

 

 

The home pictured is known as the Caddy Shack.  I’ve been fortunate enough to represent buyers and sellers of this home five times over the years.  I’ve been the number one Broker/Agent of Paradise Palms homes for over ten years and happy to say I’m maintaining that status so far again this year.

In the 1960s Irwin Molasky’s company Molasky Development hired the young architectural firm of Palmer & Krisel fresh from their success building hundreds of successful tract homes for Alexander Homes and other custom projects in Palm Springs, California.

“This unique subdivision was the first planned community in Clark County. We used curvilinear street patterns instead of rectilinear. Paradise Palms won the American Builder magazine award for one of the best planned communities in the U.S. The architects were two young men by the names of Palmer and Krisel. The interior designs were by world-renowned C. Tony Pereira.” Irwin A. Molasky.

The tract is sprinkled with several Mid Century Modern home styles. The homes are standard post and beam construction on slab. Most sit on a 40-by-40-foot (12 by 12 m) imprint.

There were numerous models available, but to make the homes look custom, the footprints were rotated on their lots and flipped with a minimum of 3 different roof lines available: folded plate roof lines, butterfly roofs, ranch, and dramatic overhangs. The homes also featured unique decorative block work and stone screens and were generally finished in sanded stucco.

“Street side, facades stretched almost the full extent of the 100-foot (30 m) wide lots. Concrete block or extended stucco walls connecting house and carport were intended to add length to the front of the house for a more imposing appearance. Idiosyncratic decorative elements made use of wood, decorative concrete block, patterned brick, two-tone paint, rock, ironwork, spun fiberglass panels, and other materials.” Robert Imber, Eichler Network.

Here are some of the celebrities, politicians and other notable early owners of homes in Paradise Palms. These were culled from a variety of sources.

    • Rhoda Wolf (wife of Larry Wolf, owner of the Bonanza Hotel and Casino) –  3586 Spencer
    • Buddy Hackett (House was owned by the Sahara Hotel) – 1938 Ottawa Drive
    • Juan García Esquivel (space age band leader) – 661 Seneca Circle
    • Rip Taylor and Sam “Baby Shoes” Prezant (bookmaker associated with the mob) – 3328 Pawnee Drive
    • Bobby Darin– 1438 Cayuga Pkwy
    • Pierre Bezard (Dunes music director) – 3451 Sioux Way
    • Judy Lynn(country music singer and Miss Idaho 1955) – 1389 Pawnee Drive
    • Bruno Scarrone (choreographer for Folies Bergere) – 1688 Pawnee Circle
    • Jerry Gordon (vice president of the Flamingo) and Tim Alexander (drummer for Primus) – 1676 Pawnee Circle
    • Buddy Sarkissian (drummer/musician in Armenian cabaret music) – 3558 Spencer Street
    • Johnny Carson and Joe Louis (world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949) – 3333 Seminole Circle
    • Frank Rosenthal (the movie Casino was based on this person) – 3572 Spencer Street
    • Dick C0ntino (musician/actor) and Vido Musso (musician) – 3355 Nahatan Way
    • Mike Reaves (songwriter/ bandleader) – 3398 Nahatan Way
    • Gladys Knight (singer) (Gladys Knight & the Pips) – 1589 Golden Arrow Dr
    • Phyllis Diller– 1515 Cayuga Parkway
    • Stanley Morgan (The Ink Spots) – 1761 Ottawa Drive
    • Walter Zick(architect) – 3614 Ottawa Circle
    • Dolores Fuller(actress/song writer for Elvis) – 3628 Ottawa Circle and 1389 Commanche Drive
    • Harris Sharp(architect) – 2144 Ottawa Drive
    • Frank Masterana (black book gambler) – 2082 Ottawa Drive
    • Debbie Reynolds and Sonny Liston (world heavyweight boxing champion) – 2058 Ottawa Drive
    • Max Baer Jr. (actor – Jethro Bodine) – 3456 Pueblo Way
    • Shecky Greene (comedian) – 2201 Geronimo Way
    • Jay Sarno (Circus Circus / Caesars Palace) and Robert Bigelow (Bigelow Aerospace) – 3541 Maricopa Way
    • Fredric Apcar (Dunes show producer) – 1499 Cayuga Parkway
    • Frank Pellegrino (actor) – 3398 Seneca Drive
    • Tonni Kalash (trumpet for Herb Alpert) and Cal Kalash (violinist) – 3378 Seneca Drive
    • David Victorson (Caesars entertainment director) – 3333 Arapaho Circle
    • David Swan (comedian/actor) – 1948 Raindance Way
    • Nick Esposito (musician) – 3325 Arapaho Circle
    • Foster Brooks (actor) and Dionne Warwick (who lived there briefly, but used to rent it to the Riviera for their headlining acts such as Engelbert Humperdinck, Bob Newhart, and Burt Bacharach) – 3482 Pueblo Way
    • Red Mcilvaine (talk show host, comedian, local TV personality) – 3858 Pima Lane
    • Donald Sutherland (actor) – 3853 Pima Lane
    • Juliet Prowse (actor – engaged to Frank Sinatra, dated Elvis Presley) – 3326 Arapaho Circle
    • Frank Schivo (Sahara part owner) and Robert Maheu (F.B.I., C.I.A., and right-hand man to Howard Hughes) – 3525 Cochise
    • Michael Schivo (concert promoter) – 1618 Seneca Lane
    • Ash Resnick (Caesars vice president with ties to the mob – the film Casino was also filmed at this location) – 3515 Cochise
    • Nevada State Senator John “Jack” Vergiels – 3555 Algonquin Drive
    • Don Vincent (music director for Wayne Newton) – 3591 Algonquin Drive

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