‘Light’ House in the Desert

Spacious home is beacon to technology, with palette of 16 million colors to create the perfect ambiance

Daniel Murphy spent 10 years helping to build the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. In the years since, he created an equally inventive, light-filled experience at his own home — you could almost call it the Villa Barolo Experience.

Murphy installed more than 100 LED lights throughout his 2016 home, built by Blue Heron in the Seven Hills neighborhood. The self-described “lighting nerd” said his strategic placement allows him to select from 16 million colors to paint the perfect palette for parties, romantic evenings at home, or holiday gatherings with the kids and loved ones.

At night, he can bathe the house in all kinds of festive or seasonal palettes, play with hot pinks in the summer to complement the sunset or tweak the teal tones at twilight — just for fun. (In fact, the home has come to be known as the Aurora Estate, a reference to the mesmerizing natural light displays caused by solar winds and the earth’s magnetic fields).

“I never know what I’m coming home to,” said his wife, Tonya.

This is not the work of a weekend tinker, but a world-class technical expert. Murphy’s interest in lighting was sparked while working in a showroom at the Stratosphere. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate went on to mastermind major lighting projects including Hong Kong’s Disneyland Storybook Theater and concerts for Justin Bieber, Keith Urban and the Foo Fighters, among others.

The resort-style backyard boasts a 133-inch, custom HD/LED flat-screen digital display (which connects to the 34 indoor/outdoor surround sound speakers, naturally) and a 1,200-square-foot pool with wet-step bar area (a hot spot for parties) and multiple fireplaces. Best of all, there’s an app, too, meaning that he can control the lighting using his smartphone from anywhere.

The 5,442-square-foot home at 1325 Villa Barolo Ave. — located in the gated Marquis neighborhood — also has many perfectly practical features, including five bedrooms, six baths, a casita, office, outdoor kitchen, rooftop deck, therapy spa and wine room. And plenty of security cameras to keep track of it all, a Crestron control system for fully automated home integration (Alexa, take note) and, yes, even a panic room.

The tech lover’s dream home is expected to list for around $4 million in June. Michael Zelina, broker and owner of Red Luxury Real Estate has the listing.

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