He played for six different teams over a span of 22 Major League seasons, but Randy Johnson’s greatest achievements came in the Arizona desert, where he earned four consecutive
Tokens of those achievements, including the Commissioner’s Trophy from the 2001 World Series, are displayed prominently in the retired pitcher’s mansion-estate in Paradise Valley, Ariz., which will list publicly for sale at $25 million on Monday, according to the Joffe Group of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties.
The estate, built in Mediterranean style, frames views of the surrounding mountains on a five-acre parcel with a main residence, a commercial-grade fitness facility, a two-bedroom guesthouse, a pool and a tennis court. A cobbled driveway, stone accents and an ornate wooden front door lend to the Tuscan ambiance of the home, designed by Erik Peterson of PHX Architecture.
Clad in hand-scraped wood, French limestone and travertine, vaulted interiors sport a range of features including detailed pillars, coffered and groin-vaulted ceilings and delicate arches. The 25,000 square feet of living space contains a chef’s kitchen, a formal dining room with a temperature-controlled wine cellar, his and her offices, a study lounge, a pet suite with a wash station, seven bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.
An eastern wing of the property includes a game room and an adjacent billiards parlor and wet bar styled in a western motif. The western wing of the home has the master retreat, complete with a sitting area, fireplace and private patio, an office and a poker room.
A wrought iron staircase opens onto a lower level complete with a screening room with stadium seating, snack bar and ticket booth. A professional recording studio includes a performance stage, and adjacent is an instrument showroom.
Outdoors, the resort-like grounds center on a zero-entry pool with a spa, water slide and private bathhouse. A patio, designed for outdoor entertaining, has a wood-burning pizza oven, fire pit and row of flat-screen televisions.
Known as “The Big Unit” for his tall stature, Johnson, 50, retired in 2010 a 10-time All-Star and five-time Cy Young Award winner with a 303-166 career record. His 4,875 career strikeouts are second only to Nolan Ryan’s 5,714 Ks.
Public records show that the property last sold in 2003 for $2.7 million. Robert Joffe and Jonathan Friedland of Joffe Group are the listing agents.