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Vintage Vegas: Check Out Casino Boss 'Lefty' Rosenthal's Former Home

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Selling a home that was linked to a member of the mob isn't easy.

Listing agent Brian Burns of Synergy Sotheby's International Realty in Las Vegas had a first-hand taste of the challenge in the sale of Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal's former residence.

Built in the 1970s, the 5,663-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom property was the abode of Rosenthal -- a former casino owner and organized-crime figure whose life inspired the film "Casino" -- until he sold it in 1983. (Rosenthal died in 2008.) The home's had four owners since then. "Each of these buyers paid a premium and sold it for a premium," says Burns.

In late March, the property went under contract after being on the market for just over a year. It was listed for $699,000.

"It's a challenge, that's for sure. The way we have the house priced, it's with respect to its historic value," says Burns, adding that the person who snatched it up is a "unique buyer who values the history."

The next owner receives the keys to a home with custom-designed bulletproof doors and windows, plus soundproof rooms -- and a showy, only-in-Sin City design theme.

The theme is present in the mirrored ceilings in the living room, a crystal tiered chandelier above the dining room table, the funky wallpaper in each of the bathrooms, and a backyard pool with a diving board.

"It's got that 'old vintage Vegas' feel. There's very few homes in Vegas that have this, especially in this price range," says Burns. Yet there are also modern comforts, including the all-white kitchen (with stainless-steel appliances) that offers a view out onto the pool.

It's also in the Las Vegas Country Club community, which means the links are in the new owner's backyard (sweet!).

When the home was on the market, it attracted a lot of notoriety -- but not many offers. "You get a lot of people -- looky-loos -- who just want to see the house," says Burns.

Of the 70 showings, the agent estimates maybe half were legitimate potential buyers. That it's in a guard-gated community helped cut down on the number of drive-bys, he says.

"No matter how much you screen them, you know as soon as they show up that they're not there to buy the house," says Burns, "they're there to sightsee."