About Peccole Nevada
Who is Peccole Nevada Corp?
A multi-generational company dedicated to the development of our properties by working with our tenants to be successful in their businesses, while judiciously controlling costs and enhancing our investments and profitability.
In 1993, the Peccole Nevada Corporation was established by William “Bill” and Wanda Lamb Peccole to bring to reality their dreams and carry on their legacy. Along with their daughters, Laurie Bayne, Lisa Miller, and Leann Goorjian, and their sons-in-law, Bruce Bayne and Larry Miller, they set out to establish a master planned community on 3,000 acres located on the west side of the Las Vegas Valley.
Beginning with the construction of Canyon Gate, a residential golf and tennis Country Club development, followed by Peccole Ranch, a planned community of over 2,000 homes with an elementary school and many community parks and walking trails, the community grew. As advocates of education, community safety, and the arts, Bill and Wanda donated the land for the Sahara West Library in Peccole Ranch, the Durango Fire Station # , and later established the Wanda Lamb Peccole Center of the Arts at the Meadows School. A state of the art medical and surgery center, the Thomas & Mack Medical Plaza also brings medical convenience and services to the community. Queensridge was the next project that evolved in 1995, where 1,000 acres of desert was transformed into a private, guard gated enclave which surrounds a 27-hole Johnny Miller/ChiChi Rodriguez designed golf course. This unique golf course was built on arroyos and foothills, utilizing the land and its resources in a way that was ahead of its time. With large custom and semi-custom homes, this community enjoys lush landscaping, rose gardens, lakes and breathtaking views of the Spring Mountains, Red Rock Canyon State Park and downtown Las Vegas.
Several suburban “lifestyle” commercial shopping centers anchor the Peccole Nevada community. Home to the first Whole Foods Market in Nevada, these centers feature premier national retailers including Home Depot, Smiths Food King, PetSmart, Aaron Brothers, Sports Chalet, Pier 1, and Barnes and Noble. Many regional and local shops and restaurants round out the well diversified shopping and dining opportunities. Within the boundaries of this well planned community, many people find comfortable access to shopping, dining, and the many conveniences that make the Peccole Nevada developed properties some of the most sought after areas in Las Vegas.
William “Bill” Peccole
In December 1913, William “Bill” Peccole was born in Stockton, California, the son of Italian emigrants. When Bill was very young, his mother died and he, his brother, Bob, and sister, Mildred, were raised by a neighbor and their aunt and uncle while his Father, Pete, sought employment to keep the family going.
After graduation from Stockton High School, Bill moved to Las Vegas with his father and brother, seeking work at the Boulder (Hoover) Dam, which was under construction. Las Vegas was just a small town then, with a population of 3,500. Bill helped his father operate a furniture and secondhand store, a wine/liquor distributorship and the Boulder Inn, which served the needs of the workers from the Dam site.
Wanting to further his education, Bill left Las Vegas and moved to Reno, Nevada, where he attended the University of Nevada, Reno. Working his way through college at various jobs including living above and cleaning a mortuary, he successfully graduated in 1940. Always a baseball player and fan at heart, Bill played on and coached many Nevada American Legion teams. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and earned the rank of Lieutenant.
After the war, Bill returned to Las Vegas and opened Peccole Insurance Agency, and bought and sold real estate as a sideline. In 1948, Bill was elected to the Las Vegas City Council. It was during his term as Councilman that he met his wife, Wanda Lamb, who was part of a pioneering Nevada family. Three daughters, Laurie, Lisa, and Leann joined the family and grew up loving Las Vegas and Nevada.
Wanda shared Bill’s vision for Southern Nevada and played an important role in helping him realize his dream. In 1952, through a series of land exchanges with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Bill put together a parcel of land of over 3,000 acres on the west side of the Las Vegas Valley. On land seemingly miles from nowhere at the time, a vision of what the future could hold became a driving force.
Soon, Bill began to develop properties throughout the Las Vegas Valley. The first shopping mall in Las Vegas, Charleston Plaza, was one of his early successes. Followed by the development and construction of Westland Mall, Bill followed the growth of the city to the west until it reached the land that he had held for almost 40 years. Canyon Gate, a residential Country Club development was his next project, along with Peccole Ranch in the 1990’s where more than 10,000 Southern Nevadans reside and enjoy landscaped parks, walking trails, and diversified land use.
Forming Peccole Nevada Corporation in 1993, Bill’s largest project, Queensridge, an 1100 acre desert was transformed into beautiful homes, parks, shopping centers, and golf course. Their love of Nevada and Las Vegas translated into a desire to enhance the opportunities here. Bill served on the Nevada State Museum Board, and was Nevada State President of the Nevada Municipal League, Insurance Association, Board of Realtors, and International Council of Shopping Centers. He was named “Distinguished Nevadan” by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Man of the Year by the Italian-American Club.
Always advocates of education and the arts, Bill and Wanda donated the land for the Sahara West Library in Peccole Ranch, the Durango Fire Station, William Peccole Baseball Field at UNR, and sponsored many Little League and American Legion baseball teams. William Peccole Biography Bill lived to see the development of most of his beloved property and passed away in 1999, three days shy of his 86th birthday. His vision and legacy has blessed the lives of his three daughters, two sons-in-law and his seventeen grandchildren, who strive to honor the heritage their Papa left.
Wanda Lamb Peccole
Wanda Lamb was born on November 6, 1928 in Alamo, Nevada, a small farming community about 90 miles north of Las Vegas. Her grandparents and parents were pioneers in the Lincoln County area where she grew up with 7 brothers and 3 sisters and graduated from Pahranagat Valley High School.
She moved to Las Vegas in 1945 and lived with her mother and younger brothers in Henderson, and went to work for the City of Las Vegas and later the City Fire Department. It was during this time that she met her husband, William “Bill” Peccole, who was a City of Las Vegas Councilman. They were married in 1953, and were the parents of three daughters, Laurie, Lisa, and Leann.
With three of her cowboy brothers active in Nevada political offices, Wanda was always a political activist and community supporter of the growth of our city. Hostessing parties attended by well known Nevada politicians and professional people, those who contributed to the early growth of Las Vegas, Wanda was one of the many people who shaped the city and state that she called home.
She was a devoted student of life and the arts. Her support ranged from the UNLV Library, The UNLV Center for Performing Arts, and the Wanda Lamb Peccole Center for the Arts at the Meadows School in Las Vegas, as she always gave back to the community she loved. Much of Bill’s dream to develop a Master planned community in Las Vegas was driven by Wanda’s vision of the aesthetics that would be behind the design and construction of some of Las Vegas’s most beautiful family oriented communities. Together, Bill and Wanda developed a Real Estate dynasty that spanned over 40 years. Many generations of Nevadans have benefitted from the foresight, dedication, and vision that that they brought to our Valley.
Wanda was a wonderful mother and “Nona” to 17 grandchildren who were blessed by her life. She passed away in 2011 at the age of 83, leaving behind a family that is determined to carry on an unforgettable legacy and example. Always, to her, “Home Means Nevada.”