Sometimes the best detail of a home is the history it holds inside its walls—and that’s certainly the case with one Lake Tahoe house currently on the market. Named Villa Harrah after its original owner, Nevada casino magnate William Harrah, the property entertained all of the biggest stars of the 1960s, including Judy Garland and “Rat Pack” members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. And you can now own the legendary estate for $25.7 million.
The design details are almost as impressive as the home’s stellar roster of guests. Though it was built decades ago, the entire dwelling has since been overhauled. The same floor plan from the home’s heyday remains, but every other detail was updated to attract a modern buyer.
Now, the 22,288-square-foot property boasts eight en suite bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, and six half baths, and a great room with a wall of glass, circular fireplace, large dining area, and custom bar. A kitchen with chef-worthy appliances, including two Sub-Zero refrigerators and a temperature-controlled wine room enclosed in glass, also add to the property’s high-end vibe.
Despite its changes, it’s pretty clear the home is still all about entertaining. About 100 people can fit in that great room (which has views of the lake), 20 cars can park in the circular driveway, and the many sliding doors in the abode allow for a party to flow from the inside to the out seamlessly. There are also other resort-like amenities, such as a full spa with a steam room and sauna, a movie theater, a billiards room, an eight-person hot tub, a pool, a hair salon, and a healing salt cave.
Sadly, one interesting element of the original structure is no longer: a series of secret tunnels which ran the length of the property. According to Tahoe Quarterly, the system of tunnels “allowed access to other houses on the street, giving famous guests and neighbors the ability to move discreetly from place to place. Recently poured concrete walls closed the tunnel off permanently, ending the opportunity for any future subgrade intrigue.”