Own a piece of Las Vegas’ mobster history. The home of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal is up for sale at 972 Vegas Valley Dr., right on the Las Vegas Country Club golf course.
You may know Rosenthal better as Sam “Ace” Rothstein, the bookie hired to run the fictional Tangiers and portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1995 Martin Scorsese film Casino. The house used in the filming of the movie was the actual home of Rosenthal, who ran the Stardust, Fremont Casino, Hacienda Casino and Marina Casino when they were controlled by the Chicago mob during the ’70s and early ’80s.
The home, listed at $725,000, has a ’70s vibe and features artifacts from Rosenthal’s mobster days. Look for bulletproof doors and windows and a suspect bullet mark on the sliding glass door. The 3,266-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bathroom home contains Lefty’s tie rack, his secret gun compartment in a closet, gold-plated bathroom sinks, smoked-mirror ceilings, marble floors, marble shower and original custom art. Extra-thick doors in the bedroom open out instead of in to make them more difficult to kick in.
It’s one of the few homes without a second-floor balcony on the golf course, famous for the scene where FBI agents have to land their plane when they ran out of gas tailing Nicky Santoro, played by Joe Pesci. Rosenthal removed the balcony because he was afraid of being shot.
Rosenthal bought the home after it was built in 1970 and lived there until shortly after his near-death experience, the October 1982 car bombing that incinerated his Cadillac Eldorado in the parking lot at Tony Roma’s on East Sahara Avenue. He landed on the infamous Black Book in 1988, making him a persona non grata in Nevada casinos and ending his run in Vegas.
Rosenthal died Oct. 13, 2008, in Miami Beach. He was 79.
For serious inquiries, call Aaron Auxier Group at 702.898.1221.