The former home of Las Vegas mobster John Spilotro is currently on the market, providing a unique opportunity for history enthusiasts to own a piece of Mob history. John Spilotro was the lesser-known brother of notorious Mafia enforcer Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, who served as the inspiration for Joe Pesci’s character in the movie Casino.
Located at 3179 Desmond Avenue, the property is a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house with a listing price of $550,000. The highlight of the property is a “massive” rear yard that features a 2,392 square-foot pool equipped with a zip line, a rock-climbing wall, and a skydeck loft net. These outdoor amenities were added later, after Spilotro owned the house with his wife Arlene from 1975 to 2002.
Like his more infamous brother, John Spilotro moved to Las Vegas from Chicago in the 1970s. His brother Tony was sent to oversee profit skimming operations at the Outfit’s four Nevada casinos, before disappearing and later being found beaten to death in an Indiana cornfield in 1986.
According to listing agent Kyle Simmons, the Spilotros bought the house at the height of their newfound wealth. Local neighbors remember stories of mobsters visiting the home and recall the significant events that occurred there, including the mourning of the Spilotro brothers’ deaths.
All of the Spilotro brothers, except one, became involved in organized crime. Dr. Pasquale “Patrick” Spilotro, the only exception, became a dentist and made it his life’s mission to find out who had murdered his brothers. In 2009, Chicago Mob boss James “Little Jimmy” Marcello was convicted of the crime.
John Spilotro may still be alive at his current age of over 80, but his whereabouts are unknown. The house provides an opportunity for buyers to own a unique piece of history and immerse themselves in the legacy of Las Vegas’ mobster past.