Source: The Telegraph – By Ed Cumming
Michael Jackson once planned to buy this 10-acre estate on the outskirts of Las Vegas, which is legendary for its opulence, but sadly died before he could realise his dream.
Known as the Primm Compound, after its current owner Gary Primm (part of the Primm dynasty of hoteliers and casino owners), the property is now on sale for £9.89 million
The main house is about 15,000 sq ft, and is described by Kristen Routh Silberman, the agent selling the compound, as ‘one of the finest homes in Las Vegas’
It has a casino game rool, a movie theatre, and “his and hers” bedrooms, the first of which has a private salon and the latter a barber shop.
Downstairs there is a wine cellar, a shooting range, and a 3,000 sq ft trophy room with stuffed animals – including a giraffe.
There’s also a car showroom, and, outside, a private gas station.
The sporting facilities are excellent, including a tennis court, driving range and an equestrian centre (pictured).
As well as the pool (which has two-story slides, a grotto with a margarita bar and its own bedroom), there’s a gym with a spa area, and an aquarium is built into the walls of the main house.
The international airport is a five-minute drive away, and the Sunset Strip is in close proximity. The Primm Compound is on the market for £9.89m with Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty (001 702 360 1414; synergysir.com)
Las Vegas, city of showgirls, casinos and magicians with pet tigers, might just be the most extravagant place in the world. Michael Jackson, man of rhinestone gloves, a chimp for a friend and a fairground in his garden, was one of the most flamboyant entertainers of all time. Put the two together and what do you get?
The Primm Compound, is the answer. This 10-acre estate on the outskirts of Las Vegas is legendary for its opulence and was all set to become a home for the entertainer. Jackson planned to buy the property after his This Is It world tour, which would have included a month of gigs at London’s O2 arena. He was going to have a headline show in Vegas and the mansion would have been the ideal base.
Sadly, it was not to be: on June 25, 2009, the King of Pop was found dead, aged 50, at his mansion in Los Angeles. He never made it to the Primm Compound, and the home is on the market for £9.89 million, waiting for someone to take it over. What kind of owner?
Nobody shy and retiring, if the present owner, Gary Primm, is anything to judge by.
“I would say Gary is like Indiana Jones meets James Bond,” said Kristen Routh Silberman, the agent selling the compound. “Everything he does is big.”
The Primm family, a dynasty of hoteliers and casino owners, have so much property on the California border that the town is named after them. Primm, Nevada, is famous for institutions such as Buffalo Bill’s and Whiskey Pete’s, which are some of the first stop-offs for Californians looking for a flutter.
Primm’s house is everything you could hope for from a man who has made his name from the City of Sin. “It is one of the finest homes in Las Vegas,” she explains. “It is a beautiful contemporary property, built to hotel standards. The main house is about 15,000 sq ft, all made from top-of-the -line materials and fine finishes.
“There is a beautiful casino game room, with billiards and card tables. The kitchen is professional-calibre. An exquisite movie theatre has wood inlaid panels, with Crestron and Kaleidoscope entertainment systems. There are not so much his and hers bedrooms as his and hers wings. Hers comes with a private salon, his comes with his own barber shop. And of course there is a gym with spa area.”
Yet the main house barely scratches the surface. Take the elevator down, says Routh Silberman, and you come to a world of other excitements.
“There is a 5,000-bottle wine cellar with a tasting room. Press some buttons and walls open up to secret passages that go under the pool.”
One leads to an underground shooting range, another goes to a 3,000 sq ft trophy room, complete with what amounts to its own natural history museum. How many rooms have you seen that can house a stuffed giraffe?
Another passage leads to a car showroom. Not only that, but when the cars run out of petrol, you don’t even need to pop out to fill them up. “The compound has its own gas station, with two types of fuel and deionised water, so you can wash the vehicles without leaving marks.”
If you prefer your sports less motorised, there are plenty of other options. A driving range automatically tees up balls, so you don’t need to bend down each time. There is a tennis court, and equestrian facilities, along with plenty of space for other animals. An aquarium is built into the walls of the main house. A separate four-bedroom guesthouse stands nearby to accommodate visitors, with another annexe for staff.
Not forgetting the pool, of course. Inspired by Hawaii, it features two-storey slides, a grotto with a margarita bar and its own bedroom.
“The lawns are so big that helicopters have landed on them,” says Routh Silberman. “The international airport is only a five-minute drive away, and so is the Sunset Strip.”
It all sounds as though you would never need to leave, and indeed that is part of the idea. The Primm Compound is as near to self-sufficient as a home could be. Backup generators provide emergency electricity, while there are wells for fresh water.
These features all appealed to Jackson, who was famously defensive of his privacy.
“I showed him around myself,” adds Routh Silberman. “He was looking at several houses in the area but he liked this one the best. His home in California was called Neverland, and he was going to call this Wonderland. We had filled each room with candy for his children, so they wanted to call it Candyland. There were also donkeys, chickens and pot-bellied pigs in the gardens, which the children loved.”
Jackson liked most of the property’s features, but not the shooting range, which went against his nonviolent instincts.
“He planned to turn it into a recording studio, but the kids wanted a bowling alley instead.”
Either way, it seems that Jackson was enamoured of the Primm Compound, which combined his needs for a fantastical playground with a level of privacy appropriate for his international stardom.
A buyer today might feel inspired by more practical concerns. The Las Vegas property market took a nosedive after 2008, but has recently recovered. In part, this has been caused by the State of California, which raised state income tax to 13.2 per cent, much more than the zero per cent in Nevada. Wealthy buyers have hopped across the border, helping to boost the market.
But for Routh Silberman, the house’s appeal goes beyond dollar signs. “This house is a total blast. It has the uncanny ability to feel grand and intimate at the same time. You only have one shot at life, and hopefully you can make it as happy, fun and enjoyable as you can,” she says.
Even as Michael Jackson spiralled towards his untimely demise, he never stopped believing this simple rule. His music still gives joy to millions every day. It’s hard to see how the new owner of the Primm Compound could fail to be enthralled by this one-of-a-kind home.
*The Primm Compound is on the market for £9.89m with Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty (001 702 360 1414; synergysir.com)