Rancho Circle, often called the Beverly Hills of Las Vegas, is a guard-gated community located at the corner of Rancho Drive and Alta Lane. Less than one mile a from the I-15 and I-95 interchange and a hop, skip and jump away from the Strip and downtown Las Vegas, this neighborhood offers extreme privacy and seclusion from its surrounding city-centered location. First established in 1945, Rancho Circle has been home to some of the city’s most notable elite, gaming executives, entertainers and VIPs throughout the years.
Behind the guard gate of Rancho Circle there are 26 prestigious homes that lie on one to three acres of land each. The homes range in size from 2,790 square feet to 13,368 square feet and are all uniquely built, with no one style predominating over another. One of the best-known properties in the neighborhood has been nicknamed “Castle Rancho” for its striking resemblance to the estate manors of 14th century England. It was originally built as a single story farmhouse surrounded by a lush garden and wide gate. Las Vegas gaming legend, Don Petitt, purchased the property in 1969 and transformed the home into the mansion that it is today. Before the guard gates of Rancho Circle were installed, “Castle Rancho” was a popular stop on bus tours of Las Vegas for its innovative design.
Rancho Circle is nestled close to other vintage Las Vegas neighborhoods such as Rancho Bel Air and Rancho Nevada Estates. However, there are fewer homes in this luxurious enclave than in its notable surrounding communities, making it as quaint as it is grandiose. When a house does come up on the market in Rancho Circle it is purchased almost immediately. Move-in ready homes often sell for over eight figures and homes that need major renovating, while seldom, appear to sell around $750,000 and provide a rare opportunity to buy into the elite area.
While Rancho Circle’s homeowners association sets no particular restrictions or regulations, the residents are committed to maintaining the integrity of the historic community intact. The main road, one large circle for which the neighborhood is named, is lined with trees that have been standing for close to 70 years. One short drive around the circle is enough to romance anyone seeking a new home in Las Vegas.