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Listing of the Week: Oasis in the Las Vegas desert



The Primm Compound is described as an oasis in the Vegas desert.


 7000 Tomiyasu Lane, Las Vegas, Nevada
For sale: $16.5 million

Things aren't usually subtle in Las Vegas. Glitz, glam and over-the-top features are the day-to-day for the desert city and even more so in its real estate.

Las Vegas' Primm Compound, in particular, embodies the lifestyle of city. The estate was built by the Primm family, developers of the small resort community of Primm, which hugs the border between California and Nevada just 40 miles south of Vegas.

The Primms spent about three years constructing their family home a little over six miles from the Strip. It's an oasis. "It doesn't even feel like you're in Las Vegas," says Kristen Routh-Silberman of Synergy Sotheby's International Realty.

"It's a very intimate property. It's like your own vacation place," Routh-Silberman explained. "It has its own water rights, which in the desert are really hard to find and is why it has such lush lawns. You couldn't re-create it now."

Beyond the typical high-end amenities — 21,000 square feet, seven bedrooms, library, wine cellar and statement-making fireplace — the home has some pretty whimsical features, enough even to pique the interest of Michael Jackson at one point.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, the King of Pop was once seriously interested in purchasing the compound and renaming it "Wonderland." He told a local real estate agent that he would place a formal offer on the property once he returned from his London tour.

One thing that initially attracted Jackson was the immense security of the place: triple sets of gates, a fence surrounding the property and bullet-proof doors in some rooms.

But the other amenities that wowed Jackson are the same features that make the home so unusual today. The list of the home's offerings is quite expansive, from a martini bar inside a cave-like room "designed to be something like Fred Flintstone, chic and kitschy," says Routh-Silberman, to a hidden underground shooting range only accessible by secret passage.

Other features include:

  • An indoor pool with grotto.
  • A 3,000-square-foot voice-activated trophy room that comes complete with a soundtrack of safari noises to match the decor.
  • A 30-car garage showroom with its own gas station and car lift.
  • A conch-shell shaped shower.
  • Beauty salon (with the ability to wash pets as well).

Despite the home's grandeur, Routh-Silberman says the home is not as extreme as it may seem. It was built for a family, and now that the Primm children are grown, the family wants someone else to raise kids there.

"It's a very family — very fun, beautiful compound," she said. "As luxurious as it is, it's totally fun and liveable."

According to Zillow's mortgage calculator and current rates, a monthly payment on the home would be $58,759, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year mortgage.


A cave-like setting is the location for a martini bar and attached guest suite.


The trophy room includes a motion-activated safari soundtrack.


The shooting range is only accessible by a private tunnel and could also be turned into a bowling alley or recording studio.

7000 Tomiyasu Ln, Las Vegas NV
For sale: $16.5 million

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