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 Cy Young Awards and won a championship in eight seasons with the Diamondbacks.
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.