Best Address: The Primm Compound

December 13, 2011 | by —tony illia | Pursuits

The 10-bedroom, 21,000-square-foot residence at 7000 Tomiyasu Lane

  Storybook grounds require waterfalls
  The commercial-grade kitchen

The famed Primm Compound that was lavish enough to catch the eye of Michael Jackson is on the market. Casino mogul Gary Primm and his ex-wife, Carol, are selling their palatial 10-acre estate in southeast Las Vegas, the same place that grabbed the attention of the late King of Pop, who had planned on calling it “Wonderland.” The 10-bedroom, 21,000- square-foot residence is a wonderland, indeed.

The ranch-style complex consists of five buildings, with a total of 50 rooms and 19 bathrooms. The gated estate has a list of amenities each more luxurious than the next, including a 5,000-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar and tasting room, a 20-car show garage with wash area and gas station, and a 10-stall equestrian stable with an arena and trainer’s quarters. There is also a screening theater with club chairs and an air-purification system for smoking stogies, plus a golf driving range, personal gym, steam sauna, and casino game room. Naturally, no home would be complete without the mandatory libraryoffice, formal dining room, commercial-grade kitchen, and two-story-tall travertine marble fireplace. The Mediterranean-inspired residence at 7000 Tomiyasu Lane counts Wayne Newton, Phil Ruffin, and the Sultan of Brunei as neighbors.

“The grounds are super private and very elegant,” says mega-agent Kristen Routh-Silberman of Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty, who has the listing (702-467-7100). “You don’t feel like you’re in Vegas. It’s a magical place. While the Primms love the house, their kids have grown up. So it’s really the end of an era.”

Primm, of course, is the gaming magnate behind the Cal-Nev bordertown that carries his family’s name. His Primmadonna Resorts once consisted of a constellation of hotel casinos at Stateline, 45 miles south of Vegas, including Primm Valley, Buffalo Bill’s, and Whiskey Pete’s. Primm additionally built New York–New York with gaming giant Kirk Kerkorian. The Primm properties were sold to MGM Grand (now MGM Resorts International) in 1999 and later resold to the Herbst family. The deal provided a handsome payday for Primm, who used some of the earnings to deck out his family retreat, resort-style.

The desert compound, as a result, is chock-full of frills, including an underground shooting range, bowling alley, recording studio, and tennis court. The residence, designed by Southern California architect F.H. Laudenfrost, was completed in 1991. Hank Morgan of Newport Beach designed the earth-toned interiors, with silks and chintzes, granite, and light oak. “Everything was custom made,” Routh-Silberman says. “It’s exquisite with deep, rich gold and bronze hues, but it’s playful, too, with a cheetah rug in the bedroom.” Primm is part Indiana Jones, part James Bond, with a 3,000-square-foot trophy room stuffed with 100 exotic animals, including water buffaloes, lions, giraffes, and antelopes. The butternut-wood-paneled space has light-activated animal sounds for a private interactive safari experience. The estate, which has its own water rights, is lushly landscaped with rolling lawns and towering palms. And with no water worries, the complex boasts a colossal faux-rock pool area, complete with waterfalls, a two-story water slide, and a Playboy Mansioninspired grotto. A guest villa, maid quarters, glass-encased greenhouse, and an air-conditioned walk-in dog kennel complete the compound.

The price tag: a cool $16.5 million. Only high-rollers need apply.

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