By Catherine Reagor| April 12th, 2021
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The wife of a former top executive at Marriott International purchased the priciest home to sell in metro Phoenix this week. The Paradise Valley home of an award-winning interior designer also sold. 

$7,000,000

Kenneth Keith and Juliana Marriott paid cash for a 7,739-square-foot mansion in Paradise Valley. Marriott is the widow of the late Stephen Marriott, who was a top executive in the Marriott hotel chain. The Santa Barbara-style home, with five bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms, has its own private well and generator. Every room opens to a shaded patio with fountains or fireplaces. Casa Blanca Property LLC, led by Gerald A Schwalbach, sold the home. He is manager of a SJS One LLC, a Minnesota company.

$6,400,000 

The Nylen 2007 Split Purchase Trust, led by Mark Nylen of South Dakota, paid cash for a 8,251-square-foot house in north Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain community. Nylen is president of Hepar Bioscience. The house, with five bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms, has a floating copper roof, soaring ceilings, retractable glass walls and “resort quality” patios, according to the listing. A Delaware LLC called JMB/MJB, led by James Benson, sold the property.

$5,100,000

Andrew El Daye, general manager of Desert Coach Transportation, bought an 8,162-square-foot Paradise Valley estate. The house, with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, has a chef’s kitchen, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, four wings and a master bathroom with a washer and dryer. Dentist Koorosh Iganian sold the property.

$4,900,000

A St. Louis LLC called Unstable Adventures Carefree, led by Jim Souers, paid cash for a new Desert Mountain property. He is president of Marcone Supply. The 6,100-square-foot modern house has four bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms and window walls. It was built by Tierra Custom Homes. DRJS Development, led by Joe Storey, was the seller.

$4,400,000

William Trefethen, a financial adviser, purchased a modern Paradise Valley house next to Mummy Mountain that was sold by award-winning interior designer David Michael Miller. The 4,559-square-foot house has European Oak hardwood and Portuguese limestone floors, contemporary lighting, patios with custom-steel railings, a gym, game room, guest house and an infinity edge pool.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty agents Grant Almquist, Joe Bushong, Chad Christian and Suzi Miller represented both the buyer and seller.

Reach the reporter at [email protected] or 602-444-8040. Follow her on Twitter @catherinereagor.

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