After moving to Las Vegas at the age of 15—and many years of working six shows a night, six nights a week at the lounge of the Fremont Hotel & Casino—Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, purchased the first five acres of what is now Casa de Shenandoah in 1966. It was raw land, with no well or electricity. The first house was built between 1966 and 1968, along with four stalls for a horse barn. He lived in that home with his parents and older brother. He then acquired additional acres between 1969 and 1972.
Construction of the Mansion began in 1973 and was completed in 1976. Original plans were for a garage to be built under the home. When garage construction began, workers dug down 10 feet and hit water, as the land is located on numerous artesian wells. During that time, Wayne continued to purchase contiguous land as it became available, resulting in the 52 acres the estate consists of today.
With artesian lakes and wells, eight homes, two barns, 60 stalls, three arenas, 60 purebred Arabian horses and numerous exotic animals, this property once considered to be “in the country of the Nevada desert” is now in the heart of Las Vegas and is a historic landmark that has welcomed presidents, kings and countless celebrities through its magnificent golden gates.
In 2008, CBS News named Casa de Shenandoah one of the Top Five Homes in the country (others included The White House) and one of the Top Three “Priciest Pads” by MTV Cribs. In addition, many television shows and movies have filmed on the estate, such as Vegas Vacation, The Amazing Race, The Rockford Files and Vega$ … just to name a few.
Casa de Shenandoah is a truly magical place that offers a look into the heart and soul of Wayne Newton.