3 Must-See Houses in Henderson
Although Las Vegas gets most of the attention from tourists, Henderson is a beautiful suburb that has plenty to offer. One of the interesting things about this Nevada town is its showcase of an eclectic mix of residential architecture. With homes from different eras, Henderson boasts a residential scene unlike anywhere else in the country. Here’s a look at some of the must-see houses in Henderson.
If you’re a fan of The Simpsons, you have to make the trek to Henderson to see The Simpsons House. Constructed as a promotional giveaway in 1997, the home was entirely designed to replicate the cartoon domicile in real life. After watching over 100 episodes, construction crews built the home down to a tee, complete with the irregularly shaped front door, oversized garage, and even a chimney with bricks jutting out. Inside, the home is just as realistic, boasting the same layout as the cartoon house.
Originally painted pink, the home lost some of its luster. Instead of opting for the home during the promotion, the winner chose to get a lump sum of $75,000 instead. The home stood vacant for a few years until it was painted to match the other buildings in the subdivision and covered with beige stucco. If you aren’t sure where it is, you drive right by it, but when you see it, you’ll have visions of Homer and Bart’s shenanigans. Don’t forget that it’s a private residence, so try not to stir up too much commotion.
Built in 1912, the Beckley House was the dwelling of Will Beckley and his wife, former residents of Illinois. Upon moving to Las Vegas, Beckley lived in a tent on the same spot where the home now sits until he had enough money to build it. The building is an excellent example of California bungalow architecture, which was popular because it was easy to build and to expand.
Between 1923 and 1925, the home received numerous additions, including a new kitchen, porch, and fireplace. The home stood in its original state until 1978 when Ms. Beckley became too ill to stay in the home on her own. At the time, it was the last pioneer-style home left in Las Vegas. Due to pressure from developers, the county moved the entire home to Heritage Street in Henderson where it stands today.
Constructed in Goldfield, Nevada, in 1924, the Giles/Barcus House was home to mine surveyor Edwin Giles and his family and was one of the first homes to have indoor plumbing in the state. Built in a western-cottage style, the home moved to Las Vegas with the Giles’ daughter, where she opened it as an “Odd Shop.” The home stayed in Vegas until her death when it was donated to the Clark County Museum and moved to its current location.
Although some other places might boast more iconic or famous homes, Henderson has many houses that are worth the trek. Who knows, maybe they’ll even inspire you to build a dream home of your own.