A few days before I left for Las Vegas to attend the Photoshop World Conference, I received a fall issue of Atomic Ranch. Inside there was an article about the mid-century modern neighborhood called Paradise Palms in Las Vegas – what a perfect timing! My schedule was already tight, but I added it to my itinerary along with some other places recommended by kind Facebook friends of my blog. I only had less than 30 minutes to spare, but I was able to catch a glimpse of Las Vegas’s fabulous mid-century modern neighborhood.
Paradise Palms neighborhood is located about a mile from the Las Vegas Strip (east of S. Maryland Pkwy, west of S. Eastern Ave., south of Golden Arrow Dr., north of E. Viking Rd.) surrounding Las Vegas National Golf Course (what used to be known as the Stardust Golf Course). The neighborhood was developed by Irwin Molasky’s firm, Molasky Development in the early 1960s.
Irwin Molasky commissioned the architectural firm Palmer and Krisel which had just completed numerous mid-century tract homes in Palm Spring. Paradise Palms homes featured standard post and beam construction on slab. Many houses shared the same floor plan on a 40×40 lot, but they were rotated and/or flipped and given different roof styles for more custom look.
There are about 600 mid-century homes in the Paradise Palms neighborhood. Although my visit was brief, I could tell that many efforts were put in by residents to restore and preserve the integrity of the neighborhood. Many homes are lovingly restored to its original glory, but at the same time I noticed some homes that were neglected. Hopefully, these neglected homes will end up with new owners who will restore and cherish these hidden gems.
Be sure to visit the neighboorhood’s blog, too!