Baseball Great Randy Johnson, aka “The Big Unit,” has listed his 25,000-square-foot Paradise Valley, Ariz., estate for $25 million. The Joffe Group, Arizona’s top luxury real estate team and part of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties, was selected to sell the home.
This custom-built, Mediterranean estate is located on a tiered, five-acre parcel, perfectly situated to capture city light and mountain views. The property features seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a commercial-grade fitness facility and detached two-bedroom guesthouse.
“This is a very thoughtfully designed estate,” says Robert Joffe. “The layout works and feels comfortable, without being overwhelming. The craftsmanship is impeccable and the finish materials are some of the finest I’ve ever seen.”
Tumbled travertine, hand-scraped wood and French limestone flooring are used throughout. Cantera stone window-surrounds, rustic Hickory cabinetry, hand-carved pediments and moldings, coffered ceilings, custom-designed ironwork, motorized window coverings and multiple stone fireplaces complement the architecture and enrich the living spaces within.
Johnson, a five-time Cy Young Award winner, wanted the estate to be elegant, yet functional, according to Joffe. The main level includes a formal living room with a massive Cantera stone fireplace and soaring 24-foot ceilings, a tasteful 12-seat dining room with adjacent temperature-controlled wine cellar and a scenic, art-lined hallway with groin-vaulted ceilings. A custom stone archway leads through a generous butler’s pantry to the gourmet chef’s kitchen, replete with granite countertops, handcrafted Hickory cabinetry, stainless steel Viking professional-grade appliances and an oversized island. The kitchen and breakfast area overlook the home’s Great Room with wood-beamed ceiling and impressive gas fireplace.
The west wing is a true master retreat, complete with a secluded conversation area, fireplace, private patio and direct access to the rear grounds. The master bath is a serene, spa-like environment, featuring his and hers oversized vanities, a jetted soaking tub, multi-nozzle steam shower and gas fireplace. Nearby the master suite is a large personal office with herringbone wood flooring, adjoining poker room and impressive three-car display garage. This showroom is a car lover’s fantasy with full mechanic’s amenities, including pneumatic air hoses, epoxy flooring and tool storage visible from the massive picture window in the study.
The lower level is an entertainment lover’s dream. There’s the 20-seat private screening room with plush, overstuffed chairs and state-of-the-art surround sound acoustics. The theatre entry boasts a custom marquee, working ticket booth and fully stocked snack bar. Just outside the screening room are a professional recording studio and adjacent performance stage with a custom lighting package and commercial sound equipment. Next door, there’s a collector’s music instrument showroom that’s not to be missed.
The resort-style rear grounds are perfect for parties and family gatherings. Multiple seating areas invite conversation and relaxation in style. A covered patio with wood-burning pizza oven is ideal for outdoor dining, and entertainment takes center stage with numerous outdoor flat-screen TVs and an inviting fire pit. All overlook a zero-entry pool that includes a spa and two-story waterslide atop the private bathhouse.
Mature, sustainable landscaping and meandering walkways lead to a private, two-bedroom guesthouse, which includes an open Great Room, deluxe kitchen with Viking professional appliances and a secluded outdoor patio. Also detached from the main residence is a 1,746-square-foot workout facility custom-designed for one of the most celebrated Major League Baseball pitchers in history. The full-sized gym, complete with locker room and showers, provides ample room for commercial-grade fitness equipment and direct access to the adjacent tennis and sport court.
Fully automated through a state-of-the-art CRESTRON system, the entire property is managed with the touch of a button via smartphone, in-wall iPad or wireless remote. Adding to the ease of moving from one level to the next is an Abbey home elevator that serves all three floors of the estate.
For more information about this estate, contact Robert Joffe or Jonathan Friedland of the Joffe Group at 602-989-8300, or visit www.thejoffegroup.com.