A two-time Cy Young award-winning pitcher, the well-known resident of the Frank Lloyd Wright house and CEO of Toys "R" Us were among the buyers and sellers of this week's priciest homes in metro Phoenix.
David Brandon, chairman and CEO of Toys "R" Us, sold a mansion in Scottsdale to Robert Lanphier IV, a partner and portfolio manager at William Blair, a global banking firm. Exquisite contemporary architecture surround the space with panoramic views. The 8,460-square-foot home features four en-suite bedrooms, 7½ bathrooms, private library and state-of-the-art theater room. Upon entering the premises guests are greeted by two water sculptures and a foyer designed like the entrance to a museum. The formal dining room seats 14 people and boasts floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the expansive patio. A custom-shaped negative-edge pool has a small stone tile patio in the middle of it. No need to worry about pool water ruining the floors, the pool patio bathroom and off-master patio bathroom are perfect for guests to refresh themselves. Imported limestone flooring, stacked stone, and separate guest room with a porch make this hillside mansion a piece of art overlooking the 18th hole.
Two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Timothy Lincecum sold his 11,000-square-foot Paradise Valley mansion to Mario Martinez II and his wife, Kelly. Mario Martinez II is the founder of #yesphx, a community committed to improving Arizona startups. He was formerly the CEO of 360 Vantage, which was acquired by IMS Health in 2013. He and his wife paid cash for the estate. The home features an indoor sports court with retractable batting cage and restaurant-style sideline booths. The modern-style house includes an indoor waterfall, great room with wet bar, home theater with a wet bar and desert springs pool. Two waterfalls, a spa, elevated sundeck and built-in grilling station create a feeling of relaxation in the backyard. Floor-to-ceiling views of Camelback Mountain can be seen from most areas of the house. The home has four bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms.
Educational trailblazers Gary and Jeanne Herberger paid cash for this Paradise Valley home. The sellers are Realtors Jeffrey Gray and Jeffrey McNabb. The Herbergers endow the ASU Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy and the Herberger Endowed Scholarship. Steps away from the Camelback Inn Resort, this home includes a cabana-style backyard, mountain views and natural desert landscape. Nestled withing a gated community, the home can be described as intimately luxurious living. There are two bedrooms and three bathrooms in the 2,824-square-foot house.
Edward and Debra Smith, owners of the Plant Stand of Arizona in Phoenix, paid cash for their Paradise Valley home located on the 11th fairway of the Paradise Valley Country Club. The 5,280-square-foot home features a split floor plan with five en-suite bedrooms and five bathrooms. A mosaic-tiled indoor pool and spa are a nice touch next to an exercise room. The home and detached guest house are surrounded by views of Camelback Mountain and mounds of golfing greens. Zachary Rawling, well known for purchasing and renovating the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Phoenix's Arcadia neighborhood, is listed as the manager of the seller — Delaware LLC 6726 North Desert Fairways Drive LLC.
Arthur and Judy Wyatt paid cash for this north Scottsdale home in the Desert Summit community. Grand wrought-iron glass doors open to stone tile foyer with a gorgeous chandelier. The interior includes stone and wood flooring, Venetian plaster and marble slab counter surfaces. Hand-carved cantera fireplaces, an open kitchen and family room flow into the outdoor living room. The home has 6,399 square feet and features five bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms, a private pool, gas fire pit and theater room. The sellers were Judy and Yale Schalk, who is editor-in-chief of Jordan's Daily, a website for everything Michael Jordan related, "from sneakers to the man himself."
Researched by Joanna Brathwaite and The Information Market.