A look inside The Rexford — a quintessential midcentury modern Las Vegas apartment complex

midcentury-las-vegas-1 npf-2016Okay, I’ll just spit it out: This was MY #1 FAVORITE spot on Nevada Preservation Foundation‘s 2016 Vintage Las Vegas Home & History Tour. The Rexford, a 22-unit cooperative apartment complex built in 1958. Built like a big oval — with a swimming pool in the middle — this is my retirement dream. As in, Beverly Hills 90210 meets The Golden Girls — that’s where I’m headed! On this tour, we got a peek into a one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit, with original features, currently for sale. It was an absolutely sweetheart of a space. 


Nevada Preservation Foundation explained the historical significance of The Rexford:

This condo-like apartment complex was the first, and one of only three co-op ownership buildings in the state of Nevada. Built in 1958, privately owned aprtments were a new concept in home ownership and advertised a “a truly luxurious home of your own without the cost or responsibility.” Liberace’s mother resided in the Rexford as did several other prominent Las Vegans. When originally built, two-bedroom, two-bath apartments started as low as $15,000.

midcentury-las-vegas-4Oh, how I love details like original (I presume) screen doors.

midcentury-las-vegas-6The unit we saw was a ground-floor unit, and the living room looked out on to the pool. In my decorating daydream, all the window treatments get switched out for Beauti-Vues woven wood and yarn shades. I’d keep these chairs and lamps, though, and go Polynesian Pop! Oh — and notice, lots of mirrored wall tile in lots of the houses we saw on the tour.

midcentury-las-vegas-7The kitchen was original, except for the refrigerator. That’s Pam — she was a tour guide for this space. She also has an apartment in the complex. Hi, Pam! It was So Great to meet you! You rock!

midcentury-las-vegas-8Lovely GE appliances! Now we’d just need a yellow vintage GE fridge – this one would do just nicely!

midcentury-las-vegas-10midcentury-las-vegas-9The cabinets could use some freshening. But get this: Pam has the same cabinets in her apartment — and they cleaned up beautifully (see photo below). Those knobs and escutcheons too!

This is a cabinet in Pam’s apartment. See how beautifully it cleaned up!

midcentury-las-vegas-11Vintage Nutone exhaust fan, but of course!

midcentury-las-vegas-13midcentury-las-vegas-12rexford-1Pink bathrooms galore in Las Vegas, too!

pink-bathroom-tileAbove: The pink tile that was in Pam’s bathroom. 

midcentury-las-vegas-5Ahhh, climbing bougainvillea — sweeeeeet memories of my Southern California childhood.

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