It’s been said that, no matter where you go, you’re never far from home. This is especially true for the lucky few Las Vegans who’ve had the pleasure of maintaining a residence in the exclusive Scotch 80s neighborhood. Bordered by Shadow Lane and South Rancho Drive just off West Charleston Boulevard, the community is home to some of the city’s best examples of mid-mod architecture—and many longtime residents. In fact, this area is so coveted that when its dwellers do decide to relocate, it’s often only a block or two away.
Matt Howard and Aaron Hinterleitner know this all too well. Back in 2003, the couple purchased a four-bedroom ranch-style abode in the Scotch 80s, committing to the residence after only peering in the windows. Howard (the director of catering for Wynn and Encore) and Hinterleitner (a Cirque du Soleil account sales manager) welcomed Vegas Seven into their space, which we revealed to readers in our second issue back on February 11, 2010.
Now—more than four years and 230 issues of this magazine later—we reconnect with Howard and Hinterleitner as the paint dries on their new residence, located just minutes from their old one. Once again, their remodeling journey was one to behold, as they took a sprawling 4,000-square-foot one-story from drab to fab.
“If I had to use one word to describe the home when we bought it? Dated. Completely habitable, but very dated—circa 1974,” Howard says. “But we looked in [vintage Vegas neighborhoods] Rancho Nevada Estates, Rancho Circle, Rancho Bel Air and Pinto/Palomino. And there wasn’t anything listed with the potential that compared to this home. Being in the Scotch 80s for over 10 years, we knew we would be happy here.”
Adds Hinterleitner, “If you’re not Downtown-adjacent, why live in Las Vegas?”
Photographs by Anthony Mair
The guys sold all their belongings with their old house except for artwork and mattresses. This neon sign was a focal point and lives on at the new address. So, who’s Max? “Max’s Bar came to us from Texas,” says Howard (above right). “A neon repairman was in need of some money for medical expenses. We browsed through a catalog of old signs and Max’s Bar stood out as unique, and Max is my father’s name so it seemed to be destiny. It worked perfectly in our dining room at our last home, and it was even a more perfect fit for the new house behind the bar. The back of the bar was covered in mirror, and when it was removed we had the electrical added. So now we have red neon at the flip of a switch.”