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Short-Term Rental

Clark County to Ramp Up Enforcement of Unpermitted Short-Term Rentals This Memorial Day Weekend

LAS VEGAS, NV – In anticipation of increased tourism during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, Clark County officials have begun to ramp up their enforcement of short-term rentals operating within their borders that are doing so without a license.

Clark County will have their STR enforcement team out combing the streets in response to community complaints; as of May 21, 2024, the team has already issued close to the same number of citations – 289 – for unpermitted short-term rentals than they did for the entirety of 2023, when that number was 348.

In addition, Airbnb have stated that they are also cracking down on rentals in the area this weekend that are potentially being booked to host large and unruly parties. Currently, the online short-term rental platform is running reservation requests through an automated process that examines all information available – the prior history of both the host and the guest, the timing of the reservation, and numerous other factors – in order to approve or deny the customer’s stay in Clark County.

A similar process that Airbnb had in place in Las Vegas for Memorial Day weekend in 2023 resulted in over 1,000 applicants being turned away from renting properties through their platform.

The intense crackdown on unpermitted short-term rentals in Clark County is occurring while homeowners wishing to rent out their abodes through services such as Airbnb and Vrbo continue to wait for the ongoing application process for a license, which so far has taken nearly two years.

The delays on the part of Clark County are causing intense frustration for many, said Greater Las Vegas Short-Term Rental Association founder Jacqueline Flores, who noted many homeowners are missing out on vital income that they could otherwise be getting.

It’s very frustrating. I mean, the homeowners are outraged,” she said. “Who knows how long that’s going to take the county because we don’t know if they’re going to do these hearings daily or just on certain days of the week. Are they just going to be monthly hearings? So, we don’t know how long that process is going to take.”

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Lennar Corporation

Lennar Corporation, One of the Largest U.S. Homebuilders, Purchases 37 Acres in Henderson for $45 Million

LAS VEGAS, NV – According to Clark County property records, Lennar Corporation, one of the largest home construction companies in the United States, has bought 37 acres of land in Henderson for $45 million from California-based Trilogy Land Holdings LLC.

It is expected that Lenar will develop the vacant land – the sale of which closed on March 1 – into a single-family residential community. The property is located in west Henderson, just south of the Henderson Executive Airport and the master-planned community of Inspirada, close to the McCullough Range and Black Mountain.

Based out of Miami-Dade County in Florida, Lennar Corporation is the second-largest homebuilder in the nation based on the number of homes sold as of 2023, with 68,817 recorded closings; in that same year, the company was ranked 119th on the Fortune 500. Lennar Corporation’s share price has soared 235 percent in the last half decade, with a 17 percent gain in just the last three months alone.

Henderson, Nevada is heralded as one of the fastest-growing municipalities in the nation, seeing a large explosion recently in both the residential and commercial real estate industries; in January, the city approved plans submitted by Woodside Homes of Nevada for the development of two residential subdivision projects – dubbed Cadence Acacia and Cadence Meridian – on nearly 17 acres of land, for a total of 160 lots.

Development in Henderson has also commenced on The Canyon at Ascaya, which upon completion will offer 51 multimillion-dollar residences designed and built by Las Vegas luxury developer Blue Heron, and will feature impressive views of the Las Vegas Valley, including the famed Las Vegas Strip. The homes in The Canyon at Ascaya will be comprised of single-floor, three-to-four-bedroom residences ranging in size from 3,391 square-feet to 4,407 square-feet, and owners will be able to enjoy a wide range of high-end amenities.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Tropicana Resort

Tropicana Closes After 67 Years, Historic Hotel-Casino to be Imploded for A’s Upcoming Stadium

LAS VEGAS, NV – On Tuesday, the end of an era was marked as the Tropicana Las Vegas – one of the oldest remaining vanguards of the iconic Sin City hotel-casinos of the Rat Pack era – closed its doors for business two days prior to its 67th anniversary, with the structure slated to be imploded later this year to make way for a new stadium for the newly-arriving Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball (MLB) team.

Originally, casino operator Bally’s Corp. had announced that play in the casino would cease at 3 a.m. Tuesday, but in reality, workers had begun breaking down many of the table games at around midnight; the slot machines had already been decommissioned several days prior, and most of the food outlets and restrooms were already closed.

One of the few remaining bars open in the Tropicana, Chill’m, was inundated with customers that evening – including bloggers, YouTubers and influencers – where they celebrated the closing of the iconic hotel-casino with a champagne toast at approximately 1:30 a.m.

In April of 1957, the Tropicana opened with 300 rooms, and had ties to organized crime; today, in its current form, the resort features 1,470-rooms, 50,000 square-feet of gaming floor space, and 72,000 square-feet of convention and exhibit space.

In April 2021, Bally’s entered a deal to acquire the Tropicana from Gaming and Leisure Properties in a deal valued at $308 million. Later, the Athletics’ ownership reached an agreement with Bally’s Corp. and the owner of the resort casino’s underlying land, Vici Properties, to purchase the property for the MLB team’s proposed new $1.5 billion ballpark on the Las Vegas Strip.

The A’s new home is slated to take the form of a 33,000-seat retractable roof stadium, with the team expected to play their first season in 2028.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

New Frontier Hotel

Former Site of Imploded New Frontier Hotel Continues to Sit Unused Nearly 17 Years Later

LAS VEGAS, NV – The New Frontier Hotel and Casino was an iconic sight on the Las Vegas Strip since it originally opened for business in 1931; over the years it changed hands several times until it’s eventual final sale and closure in May 2007. The structure was finally imploded in November of that same year following a fireworks celebration and countdown chanted by onlookers who gathered to see a remnant of Vegas’ colorful past finally crumble to dust.

Nearly 17 years later, the property continues to sit unused; casino operator Wynn Resorts, which bought the land and four adjacent acres in early 2018, has not announced any plans yet, merely stating in a February securities filing that it “may be used for future development” without any further details being provided.

As a result of the inactivity, a 38-acre tract of land is currently sitting unused between Fashion Show Mall and Resorts World Las Vegas. Over the years, the property was bought and sold following New Frontier’s closure by numerous entities before it was purchased by Wynn Resorts, each of which brought different plans to the table that ultimately never came to fruition.

New Frontier sold the 16-story, 984-room hotel-casino in 2007 for $1.24 billion to Israeli investors who subsequently imploded the tower for a multibillion-dollar project that would have seen the construction of a massive resort with 4,100 hotel rooms, 2,600 resort-condo units, and over one million square feet of casino, restaurant, convention, and retail space. However, the project was never realized, due in part to the mid-2000s recession.

From there, the property was acquired in 2014 by Australian billionaire James Packer in hopes of building a 1,100-room hotel-casino; however, funding issues resulted in the project never getting off the ground, leading to Wynn Resorts purchasing the property – in addition to some adjacent plots – for $336 million in 2007.

But while Wynn Resorts founder Steve Wynn had announced at the time that he wanted to quickly develop the land, he would soon resign as chairman and CEO following a series of sexual misconduct allegations.

Since then, the site of the New Frontier Hotel and Casino has sat vacant and unused.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Western Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas’ Iconic Western Hotel & Casino Now Up for Sale for Undisclosed Price

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Western Hotel & Casino, an iconic part of the Las Vegas downtown scene steeped in the rich history of the city, is reportedly up for sale for an undisclosed price.

Originally closing down in 2012, the hotel is one of the many properties in Vegas previously owned by the late Tony Hsieh, who passed away in November 2020 at the age of 46 due to injuries suffered in a Connecticut house fire.

Hsieh – who was worth hundreds of millions of dollars at the time of his death – headed up retail shoe selling giant Zappos before selling it to Amazon in 2009 for over $1 billion; he later retired as CEO in August 2020. He is also credited for having pledged $350 million to the renovation and revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas.

A real estate brokerage firm, Logic Commercial Real Estate, was selected by Hsieh’s estate in May 2023 to sell five of his downtown Las Vegas properties, the Western Hotel & Casino being among them.

Boston Omaha Asset Management – an investment firm owned by Logic’s chairman and co-founder Brendan Keating, who was named its co-managing partner four months before the Hsieh listings were announced – recently purchased several downtown properties from Hsieh’s estate for approximately $24.7 million.

The Western Hotel & Casino, as described by the sales pitch, is a “rare, full city block redevelopment opportunity in Downtown Las Vegas.” The establishment, which is two stories tall and has approximately 49 hotel rooms, charged about $37 a night at the time of its closing. Originally built in 1970, the four-parcel property – which sits upon a 1.3-acre plot of land with 300 feet of frontage on Fremont Street – was mainly known for its cheap slot machines, bingo, and table games.

Hsieh’s Downtown Project had previously purchased the property for $14 million in 2013.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Homebuilders

For Second Year in a Row, Nevada Shows Decrease in Number of Housing Permits

LAS VEGAS, NV – As per a new study from online real estate search portal Point2, Nevada has experienced a decrease in the number of housing permits being applied for by developers for the second year in a row.

In 2023, Nevada issued 18,473 new housing permits, made up of single-family homes and apartment units; according to the report, which noted that it acquired its data from the U.S. Census Bureau, this represents an 8 percent decrease year-over-year.

However, once you pick apart the data, some interesting notes surface. While the overall number of housing permits issued last year decreased, the number of single-family home permits increased, whereas permits for apartment complexes and other associated projects took a whopping 32 percent dive.

According to the report, the decrease in apartment project permits in 2023 indicates less emphasis being placed on the multifamily housing market by Nevada developers, which could have the effect of “limiting options for residents seeking affordable housing.”

When specifically looking at development activity in the Las Vegas Valley, the Point2 report stated that 13,073 new permits were issued in 2023, a number that remains approximately on par with the year before. But once again, the particulars in the Valley mirrored those of the state as a whole, with permits for single-family homes increasing but those for apartment projects dropping by 23 percent.

The Point2 study said that this is “suggesting a shift in the region’s housing stock, with implications for the variety of housing in the area.”

While there had been an increase in multifamily units entering the market in the Valley recently – which has served to help stabilize rents – the Point2 report indicates that fewer apartment projects are currently in development than in recent years, with the surge in building brought about by the pandemic now finally slowing down.

Earlier in March, Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo sent a request to President Joe Biden to allow the Bureau of Land Management to release more of the land that it owns in Nevada for housing; currently, the agency owns 48 million acres in Nevada, or approximately 67 percent of the state.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Jose Canseco

MLB Legend Jose Canseco’s Las Vegas Home on Market for $1.6 Million, Listed Six Months with No Takers

LAS VEGAS, NV – Major League Baseball (MLB) legend Jose Canseco has listed his lavish Las Vegas, Nevada home for sale on the open market for the reported amount of $1.6 million.

Canseco, 59, originally purchased the 5,100-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath residence – located in an affluent, guard-gated master-planned community located a short drive from downtown Las Vegas – in 2021 for $1.1 million, after which he carried out more than $200,000 in renovations and upgrades.

He originally listed the home for sale in September 2023 for $1.7 million; one month later he cut the price by $100,000, and that amount is still what he’s asking despite the property still remaining on the market six months later without any takers.

The home is located in a private cul-de-sac and it’s front and back yards are surrounded by electric fences, something that’s sure to appeal to the security-conscious. It features a Spanish-tile roof, a living room with a marble fireplace and large arched window, a huge kitchen boasting top-of-the-line Wolf appliances, and a formal dining room with a glossy tile floor.

3340 MONTECITO DRIVE, LAS VEGAS – $1,600,000.00

The large bedrooms are luxurious, with the primary suite offering a sitting area and a bathroom with a wraparound marble vanity and glass-enclosed shower.

The house also offers many amenities, including a fitness studio and a backyard with an in-ground pool, a koi pond, a barbecue, and low-maintenance artificial grass. There’s also an attached two-bedroom casita with a full kitchen, living and dining area.

This isn’t the first real estate sale the former pro baseballer has attempted to make in Southern Nevada; in August 2023 he put a car wash he had been running in Vegas up for sale – Jose Canseco’s Showtime Car Wash – although it is currently uncertain if he still remains the owner as of press time.

Canseco played 17 seasons in MLB and is best known for his time with the Oakland Athletics. During his career, he won Rookie of the Year (1986) and the Most Valuable Player award (1988), in addition to being a six-time All-Star. He is a two-time World Series champion with the Oakland Athletics (1989) and the New York Yankees (2000), and in 1988 became the first player in MLB history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single season.

See full listing details for 3340 Montecito Drive, Las Vegas

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Hollywood 2.0

$1.8 Billion Movie Studio Backed by Big-Name Hollywood Players Approved by Clark County

LAS VEGAS, NV – Multiple variances for a $1.8 billion movie studio and mixed-use project backed by Howard Hughes Holdings, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Hollywood A-list actor Mark Wahlberg were officially approved by the Clark County Zoning Commission on Wednesday, with the next step of the process involving sending the plans to the Nevada legislature and Governor Joe Lombardo for their approval as well.

Wahlberg – acting as a consultant on the project – is a proponent of expanding Nevada’s film tax credit program and bringing major film production to Las Vegas, saying he wants to transform the city into “Hollywood 2.0.”

The proposed movie studio and mixed-use project – if fully approved by the Governor and legislature – will be developed on what is currently a dirt lot located near Flamingo Road and Town Center Drive in Summerlin, and will be dubbed “Summerlin Production Studios.”

The facility is slated to be comprised of ten buildings, including a 500,000 square-foot studio and production facility; 100,000 square-feet of retail, restaurant and office space; an emergency medical facility; and a Clark County government satellite office. A fire station that already exists at the property will remain and will be included in the project as well.

Once completed, Summerlin Production Studios is expected to create as many as 10,000 jobs according to David O’Reilly – CEO of Howard Hughes, the developer of Summerlin as well as the proposed studio – and Sony Pictures CEO Tony Vinciquerra, who gave a presentation to Clark County commissioners prior to Wednesday’s vote.

Most high-paying union wages that will be working every day inside and out of these movie productions,” O’Reilly said. “Summerlin has been ranked one of the best master-planned communities for decades. That’s not going to change with the building of a movie studio. It’s only going to make it better.”

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Mosaic Commerce Center

Mosaic Commerce Center, 34-Acre Industrial Park in North Las Vegas, Purchased for $115 Million

LAS VEGAS, NY – A Delaware-based investment group has reportedly purchased a 34-acre industrial park located in North Las Vegas for $115 million.

The Mosaic Commerce Center – a Class A, mid-bay industrial project comprised of nine buildings totaling 582,510 square-feet – has been sold by Las Vegas-based real commercial real estate firm The Mosaic Companies to KW FUND VII- NORTH BELT ROAD, LP, a subsidiary of Beverly Hills-based real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson.

Construction on the Mosaic Commerce Center – facing Interstate 15 and located about six miles south of Apex Industrial Park – was completed in July 2023 in order to meet the growing demand in North Las Vegas for mid-bay projects for office space and warehouse use. At the time of its sale, the complex was fully-leased with a total of 21 tenant companies, most of whom had moved into the facility in July and August of last year.

The Mosaic Companies issued a statement announcing the sale, with the company’s Founder, Vincent Schettler, saying that KW FUND VII- NORTH BELT ROAD, LP is a strong player in the real estate marketplace and should experience great success with their newest acquisition.

Today, we are delighted to announce the successful sale of Mosaic Commerce Center. This project exemplifies our teams’ dedication to excellence and innovation in the world of industrial real estate,” Schettler said. “We are thrilled that our buyer recognized the value in this project, and we look forward to seeing their continued success of this remarkable industrial complex.”

The sale did not encompass all of the Mosaic Commerce Center’s property; Mosaic Companies still owns approximately four acres, upon which they are planning to develop two service hotels and retail centers. The groundbreaking on the first hotel is scheduled to take place by the end of 2024.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

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National Association of Realtors Agrees to Settlement in Antitrust Lawsuits Eliminating Commission Rules

CHICAGO, IL – In a historic settlement that will completely change the current homebuying and selling business model, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) on Friday entered into a settlement in a series of antitrust lawsuits brought against the organization by groups of home sellers by agreeing to pay $418 million in damages and eliminating commission rules, effectively doing away with the 6 percent industry standard.

The agreement to abolish the 6 percent commission standard on the part of NAR – which represents over 1 million Realtors – is expected to significantly reduce the costs associated with buying and selling homes, with experts predicting that commissions are expected to fall anywhere from 25 percent to 50 percent.

Up until Friday’s agreement, sellers paid both their broker and their buyer’s broker during a home sale, which some critics have said has artificially driven housing prices higher. Previously, sellers could pay more than $25,000 in brokerage fees upon the sale of the average-priced U.S. home, which is currently $417,000; those costs are then passed on to the buyer, which in turn leads to higher home prices.

A new set of rules will also be put into place, including prohibiting the amount of compensation an agent will receive from being included on listings posted on multiple listing services (MLS), which some have claimed leads to brokers pushing pricier homes on their customers; previously, NAR had required agents to post their fees on MLS listings.

In addition, brokers are no longer required to subscribe to MLS where properties are given a wide viewing in a local markets, and buyer’s brokers will now be required to enter into written agreements with their buyers.

The home sellers who had sued NAR argued that the cost of the buyer’s agent’s commission should be paid by the buyer who received the service, not by the seller, and that buyers should be able to negotiate the fee with their agent and that sellers should not be responsible for paying it.

In November, a Missouri federal jury ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and against NAR and two other brokerages for a total of $1.8 billion in damages for conspiring to keep agent commissions artificially high; because the lawsuit was an antitrust case, NAR would potentially have had to pay triple damages in the amount of $5.4 billion.

While the other two brokerage is settled, NAR initially vowed to appeal the judgment before finally agreeing to the settlement on Friday, which was announced by NAR interim CEO Nykia Wright in a statement.

NAR has worked hard for years to resolve this litigation in a manner that benefits our members and American consumers,” she said. “It has always been our goal to preserve consumer choice and protect our members to the greatest extent possible. This settlement achieves both of those goals.”

News of the settlement caused shares of real estate firms Zillow and Compass to plummet over 13 percent; Zillow issued a statement saying any significant change to the fee structure could have an industry-wide negative impact, including less business for real estate platforms.

If agent commissions are meaningfully impacted, it could reduce the marketing budgets of real estate partners or reduce the number of real estate partners participating in the industry, which could adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations,” the firm said.

However, Robert Braun – a partner in Cohen Milstein’s antitrust practice that represented the homesellers in the lawsuit – claimed that Friday’s settlement will lead to a more competitive and fair real estate market.

For far too long, home sellers have faced a system recognized by many as blatantly unfair,” he said. “This class action and settlement provides justice for our clients and will require important changes that help future home sellers.”

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

AI Avatar

Luxury Real Estate Brokerage Begins Beta-Testing First-Ever “Conversational” AI Avatar on Las Vegas Website

LAS VEGAS, NV – A national luxury real estate broker has taken the industry one step closer to the future – for better or for worse, depending on how you feel about the implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) – by announcing that it will be beta testing a website across its brokerage operations in Las Vegas featuring a first-of-its-kind fully conversational” AI avatar that will be able to hold discussions and answer questions of prospective buyers.

Luxury Realty Group LLC, a subsidiary of Luxury Realty Group Holdings Inc, has begun testing the vuHome.ai website, claiming that their new AI avatar was created because text, images, and videos aren’t always sufficient to convey the experience of the luxury properties they are trying to sell. Instead, having an AI avatar who can actually converse with the seller and answer specific questions provides a more efficient, time saving approach to selling homes in the Las Vegas region, or at least, they say.

Pulling on up-to-the-minute MLS data, the AI avatar can be verbally asked to search for exact home criteria, including square footage, the number of stories, bedrooms, and baths, and specific amenities such as kitchen islands, pools, mountain views, guard gated communities, and what size garage they need. Within seconds, listings matching their search criteria are offered, and buyers can continue to converse with the AI to have questions pertaining to the properties they were interested in answered, including ones not readily available on traditional websites and portals.

The point, according to Luxury Realty Group, is to provide a more immersive experience for sellers and to allow them to be able to visualize living in the home more effectively. However, it remains to be seen if speaking to an eerily realistic virtual woman staring back at you from a computer screen is the best means of doing so, or if it simply conjures up the “uncanny valley,” a term that describes the sense of discomfort or unease people experience when they encounter a robot with certain human-like characteristics.

The website is currently password-protected and not for public use during its beta testing phase, but a demo video is available upon request by interested sellers, media, and prospective experienced luxury real estate agents in the Las Vegas area.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.

Historic Diamond Inn Motel

Las Vegas Strip’s Historic Diamond Inn Motel – Along with Iconic Pink Elephant – Set to be Auctioned Off, Demolished

LAS VEGAS, NV – One of the Las Vegas Strip’s most historic properties, the Diamond Inn Motel, closed down last year and has sat vacant and unused ever since. However, new reports indicate that it is set to be auctioned off and most likely demolished along with its iconic mascot – a large sculpture of a pink elephant that greeted visitors to the establishment for many years – signifying an erasure of yet another piece of the Strip’s rich history.

Whereas the Strip had previously featured a number of small motels and resorts, these icons of yesteryear have been giving way to massive megaresorts in the here and now, with the Diamond Inn Motel proving to be one of the last holdouts.

The motel – which is set on 1.36 acres of land and boasts 48 rooms – has called the Strip home for decades, and has witnessed the rise of its massive casino and resort industry from the very beginning, according to the business’ website.

“Built in 1940 the Diamond Inn Motel (then it was called the Desert Isle Motel), is one of the oldest buildings still standing on the Strip, which several decades ago the strip was called Arrowhead Highway/Highway 91,” the website reads. “The first hotel/casino built on the strip was called the El Rancho Vegas Hotel & Casino built in 1941. Later in the ’40’s and 50’s, dozens of motels were built next door, the Mirage, Lone Palm, Desert Rose and many others that were the high points of Old Vegas with their glittering neon signs. The Diamond Inn is still standing proud and operating with a profit after all these years, along with its colorful history (especially the landmark, iconic Pink Elephant)!”

One of the most distinctive features of the Diamond Inn Motel was the pink elephant standing at the front of the property next to the establishment’s sign, inviting weary tourists and locals to come in and rest in one of their rooms after a night of gambling and partying.

The pink elephant came from Disney World, probably in the 50’s,” the website says. “He used to trumpet loudly, but the noise caused some accidents. Because of that, the county made the owner take the sound mechanism out. The pink elephant is like the Diamond Inn’s mascot; thousands of tourists have stopped just to take pictures next to it, just like they do in front of the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign.”

However, it has been pointed out that the website claim may have been in error and that the elephant most likely came from Disneyland, which opened in 1955, as opposed to Disney World, which opened in 1971.

J.P. King, a company that specializes in real estate auctions, is handling the Diamond Inn auction. The auction began on March 7 and a minimum bid of $12.5 million has been set for the property.

And yes, the pink elephant is indeed included in the sale.

Shelter Realty is a Real Estate and Property Management Company specializing in the areas of HendersonLas Vegas and North Las Vegas, NV. Feel free to give us a call at 702.376.7379 so we can answer any questions you may have.