A Palm Springs home designed to recall the original Caesars Palace at the behest of the man who once ran it is on the market for $ 11.8 million.
Completed in 1972, it sits on an acre and a third of land in the upscale enclave of Rose Hill in Las Palmas Heights. Five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 8,000 square feet make up the desert resort designed by architectural firm Buff and Hensman based on the Caesars Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Jerome Zarowitz built the house as his primary residence. He was “the de facto boss of Caesars Casino,” video game expert David G. Schwartz, author of the book “Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas,” said in a 2015 blog post on the website. from the Mob Museum.
Schwartz said the casino manager’s safe at Caesars “brought in $ 1.5 million in undeclared cash” in an FBI raid in 1969. The profit skimming likely funded the interests of the crowd.
Zarowitz was allegedly suspected of having ties to organized crime figures, but he managed to beat the rap. He left Caesars Palace in the early 1970s and retired to Palm Springs.
In 2016, real estate records show Zarowitz’s old house changed hands for $ 2.8 million.
The current owners have since renovated the house to reflect its ties to the famous casino, from the Roman-inspired gold inlaid floors to the replica railings of the casino’s original design. They installed a guest house and updated the original structure without altering the original structure.
âThe owners were absolutely keen on respecting the history of the house when they chose rooms for the redesign,â said Louise Hampton of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, the listing agent. âA lot of the original furniture that could be restored was kept in the house and refurbished, while other pieces that were brought into the house also date from the 1970s.â
Great room features include a full bar, custom poker table, vintage grand piano, large stone fireplace, and oversized crystal chandelier suspended from the vaulted white wood-beamed ceiling with a hexagonal skylight.
The open-plan kitchen has terrazzo flooring, a cascading breakfast bar and Cambria countertops. A temperature-controlled floating glass wine cellar on three sides separates the kitchen from the dining room.
An entire wing of the house now accommodates the master suite. It contains a central living room, a three-sided fireplace, a large spa bathroom with double showers and two oversized closets. A utility room with a steamer and a dry cleaning cabinet are also part of the suite.
Much of the house faces the backyard, with a pool, separate spa area, and an elongated fireplace in front of built-in banquettes.
The guest house opens onto a putting green with golf flags emblazoned with the Caesars Palace logo.
A garage for three cars with a chef’s kitchen to accommodate catering. Alexa, Amazon’s interactive voice assistant, uses the technological features of the house.