Newton’s former home, Casa de Shenandoah, can be yours — for $70 million
Ever wanted to buy Wayne Newton’s former home, the famed Casa de Shenandoah?
You now have a chance — though it’s just a bit pricey.
The sprawling Las Vegas estate, which the famed crooner lived in for decades until this summer, was put up for sale Monday for $70 million on Redfin, an online listing service.
It is easily one of the most, if not the most, expensive homes listed for sale in the valley.
The current owners, Texas businessman Lacy Harber and his wife, Dorothy, have spent up to $20 million on upgrades in recent months. They put in new stair railing, wallpaper, flooring, bathrooms, hardware and landscaping, said listing broker Dale Thornburgh of Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty.
“It’s a total renovation,” he said.
The estate at South Pecos and East Sunset roads has eight homes on site, as well as ponds, fountains, dozens of horse stables, a private jet and plenty of open pasture, Thornburgh said.
He expects offers to come in below the listing price but said the Harbers chose Sotheby’s with hopes of luring foreign buyers.
Newton, known as “Mr. Las Vegas,” had lived at Casa de Shenandoah since the 1960s. The property, however, became entangled in legal disputes — with claims of fraud, animal abuse, sexual harassment and supposed death threats — amid efforts to turn it into a museum dedicated to Newton, similar to Elvis Presley’s “Graceland.”
The museum was supposed to open in February 2011, but the project went bankrupt last October and the museum was never built. The Harbers, who were project investors, apparently took full ownership of Casa de Shenandoah through bankruptcy proceedings.
Newton and his family moved out this summer after buying a two-story, 9,145-square-foot mansion in May at East Oquendo and South Gateway roads, about two miles away.
In June, they bought another 10 acres of real estate to add to the new compound.
Property records indicate that the Newtons bought their new mansion from Norbert Aleman, creator of the “Crazy Girls” topless show at the Riviera, and picked up the other land from Lanny D. Love, who is said to own the Vegas Adult Superstore.