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 has been divided into different areas, determined by historic features and boundaries that provide a logical way in which to divide the subdivision. Over the next several years, we will be moving through each area one by one, and work with the neighborhood to give each of these areas the opportunity to be named a Historic Neighborhood.
The first area, identified as Paradise Palms 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. Over the past two years, we have worked with the neighborhood residents, primarily in collecting the 51% of signed support that is needed to submit the application to the Clark County Planning Department. These outreach efforts have 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.
The 51% of signed support goal was reached in May of 2016 and we are now working diligently on the application for creating a historic overlay for the proposed district with Clark County. The application is due to be submitted before the end of 2016, and pending the approval votes needed by two governing boards in Clark County, we are well on our way to getting Paradise Palms I listed as the first historic neighborhood in Clark County!
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.