The Primm Estate, Las Vegas, NV

Posted 2014-04-23 in Real estate

If the $16.5 million Primm estate in Vegas seems a tad bit familiar, you might be a bit of a celebrity junkie. The 10-acre compound and its jaw-dropping amenities – subterranean indoor shooting range and doggie villa, anyone? – had pop star Michael Jackson at hello, snagging sound bites and headlines five years ago after the singer toured the property.

An arial view of the 10 acre Primm Estate at 7000 Tomiyasu Lane.

An arial view of the 10 acre Primm Estate at 7000 Tomiyasu Lane.

But alas, the media frenzy was a little too much, prompting owner and casino mogul Gary Primm to “Beat it,” taking the property, which includes a 15,000-square-foot main house, off of the market.

The thriller is back and 2009’s $22 million asking price has been reduced. The 15-year-old compound – a city unto itself with diesel and unleaded gas stations, barber shop and professional beauty salon for pets and their people – is truly a once-in-a-lifetime op for the right buyer, right now. 

“These kinds of properties trade hands once in a generation,” says Kristen Routh Silberman, a luxury property specialist with Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty. “You can’t believe you’re in Las Vegas; it’s so lush and green like Hawaii. Yet, The Strip is literally five minutes away.”

Primm designed every detail of the property, working with acclaimed architect F.H. Laudenfrost and designer Hank Morgan.

The furnishings were designed for the home and are negotiable as part of the sale, says Silberman. So, too, is Primm’s collection of animal trophies in the 3,000-square-foot butternut wood-paneled trophy room designed around its centerpiece giraffe and housing “the largest collection of exotic animals anywhere outside a museum.” Just don’t go tip-toeing through the dark: The room comes to life with automated animal roars and light activation.

Located on a Tomiyasu Lane, an exclusive Vegas enclave known for its large acreage and celebrity pedigree, the Primm property has plenty of street cred. From Hollywood’s glitterati of the Golden Age to Rat Packers and present-day moguls, a sultan and even Mike Tyson, Silberman likens the neighborhood’s rep to NYC’s Park Avenue.

“It’s a super unique part of Vegas,” she says. “There’s probably only 10 homes, each with about 10 acres. This estate is such a cool, magical spot.”

Other celebs might want to take note.

“This property would be a great for a star,” says Silberman. “Britney Spears is in Vegas; she should get it for her kids.”

With 10 acres to roam – most of them lush, green and tropical, thanks to exclusive water rights (no steep city water bills) – the compound grew with the Primm family and their children’s interests then outgrew the now adult younger Primms. It has an equestrian center with eight-stall stable, pastures and an arena; a tennis court and golf driving range; 16-chair screening room; and one bedroom built into caves behind the pool’s waterfall, slide and grotto bar that’s bound to get the kids arguing over who called dibs first.

The equestrian center

The equestrian center


The 16-chair screening room

The 16-chair screening room


The game room

The game room

The compound has five buildings boasting a combined 21,000 square feet, five fireplaces and 50 total rooms, including 19 baths and 10 bedrooms. There’s also a 3,000-square-foot guest villa, a staff house, an indoor-outdoor dog kennel and a 20-car showroom with antique gas pumps, signature checkerboard flooring, and plenty of wood-inlaid ceiling space to hang your racing pendants.

The 20 car show room

The 20 car show room


The wine cellar

The wine cellar


The shooting range

The shooting range

The shooting range can easily be converted to a bowling alley. Jackson was reportedly eyeing it as a recording studio.

“It’s a total blast of a property, a total wow,” says Silberman.

View more images of the Primm Estate on JamesEdition here.

By Nanci Theoret