Paradise Palms I Historic Neighborhood Campaign
The Nevada Preservation Foundation was hired by the Paradise Palms Neighborhood Organization to gain a local listing as a historic neighborhood with Clark County. The entire Paradise Palms residential development is made up of approximately 1,000 homes and is located both north and south of Desert Inn Road between Maryland Parkway and Eastern Ave. In order to make this project more manageable, the development was divided into different areas, determined by historic features and boundaries that provide a logical way in which to divide the subdivision. Each area represents a different phase for designation. Over the next several years, we will be moving through each phase, working with the neighborhood to give each of these areas the opportunity to be named a Historic Neighborhood.
The first area, identified as Paradise Palms Phase I, is loosely bounded by Desert Inn Road to the north, Commanche Drive to the south, Spencer Street and Seneca Drive to the east, and Oneida Way to the west. It encompasses Units 1 and 2, parts of Units 3 and 5, and Unit 9. NPF successfully worked with neighborhood residents to see this first phase through to completion. Campaign efforts included collecting 51% signed support as well as the submittal of all application materials. Additional outreach efforts included public neighborhood meetings, informational mailings, and door to door canvases to answer questions and meet face to face with many of the residents living inside the proposed boundaries.
Paradise Palms Phase I was subsequently designated as the first historic neighborhood in Clark County in February 2017! The application was approved unanimously by both the Paradise Town Board and the Clark County Commission.
For more on these designation efforts, please visit our Preservation NOW blog and search the archive.
History of Paradise Palms
Paradise Palms was the first master planned community in Southern Nevada. The vast majority of the homes in Paradise Palms were designed by California architects Palmer and Krisel, who were well known for their work in Palm Springs, California. Developed by Irwin Molasky’s Paradise Homes, it won the American Builder award for one of the best planned communities in the United States.
At the center of Paradise Palms was the Stardust Country Club. Built in 1961, many of the most sought after homes back up to this amazing open stretch of green. Of course, this prestigious neighborhood attracted many famous Las Vegans. Among these were Debbie Reynolds, Dean Martin, Howard Hughes, Dinah Shore, Juliette Prowse, Tony Spilotro, and Phyllis Diller just to name a few.