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Randy Johnson will list his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., for $25 million.
The Big Unit has a big house—and it is about to go on the market for a big asking price.
On Monday, retired Major League Baseball pitcher
will list his 25,000-square-foot Paradise Valley, Ariz., estate for $25 million.
The three-story Mediterranean-style home is on 5-acres and has seven bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. The room that currently serves as Mr. Johnson’s office has wood-paneled walls, an adjoining poker room and a window that overlooks a three-car display garage for collectible cars. (There is also a separate eight-car motor court.) Other amenities include a sports memorabilia display room, a pet suite with a washing station and a play area and a game room with a Western-themed billiards parlor and bar.
On the lower level of the home there is a 20-seat movie theater with stadium-style seating, a working ticket booth and a marquee. The home also has a recording studio, a separate stage with lighting and sound equipment and a collector’s musical instrument showroom, which currently displays guitars.
The property includes a 1,746-square-foot separate fitness facility with a locker room and showers as well as a tennis court. There is also a swimming pool with a two-story water slide.
Mr. Johnson and his wife, Lisa, spent more than three years building the home, says listing broker
of the Joffe Group at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. According to public records, the Johnsons purchased the property in 2003 for $2.7 million. Mr. Joffe says they spent more than $30 million building out the property, which also includes a large guesthouse and resort-like grounds.
“It’s truly a family home,” says Mr. Joffe, who shares the listing with
“This was truly a labor of love… it was kind of [Mrs. Johnson's] dream and her inspiration.” Mr. Joffe says the Johnsons, who couldn’t be reached for comment, are selling because two of the couple’s four children have left home, and the family is looking to downsize.
According to Trulia.com, the most expensive home sale ever publicly recorded in Paradise Valley was a 10,850-square-foot home that sold in 2006 for $10.2 million. The priciest listing on the market today is a 16,370-square-foot home asking $30 million. Mr. Joffe says there really aren’t comparable sales to this property, and that the list price was determined by taking into account what it cost to build the home and current market conditions.
Nicknamed the Big Unit, Mr. Johnson, a 6-foot-10-inch tall left-handed pitcher, played 22 seasons for teams including the New York Yankees, the San Francisco Giants, the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros. From 1999 to 2004, he played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, leading the team to its first World Series win in 2001 against the Yankees. The five-time Cy Young Award winner retired in 2010.