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AZ Central – The valley’s priciest home sales

A former star guard with the Phoenix Suns, an orthopedic spine surgeon, the owner of the Greer Lodge Resort and an adult-entertainment entrepreneur are among the buyers and sellers in this week’s priciest home sales.


Jason Kidd, Lester Knispel and Jennifer Cerreto, as trustees of the Paradise Valley 2009 Trust, purchased a six-bedroom, 14-bath, 11,585-square-foot home north of the Phoenician Golf Club in Paradise Valley. This gated estate is approached through a tree-lined driveway that leads to a courtyard with a statuary fountain. The study/library is wood-paneled from ceiling to floor. Floors are alderwood and travertine. The ceilings include frescoes and crystal chandeliers. The basement recreation room features a wet bar and home theater. The home also has a heated pool, spa and eight-car garage. Kidd, who played for the Suns from 1996 to 2001, is a point guard for the Dallas Mavericks. Lester Knispel is president of wealth-management company Boulevard Management in Woodland Hills, Calif. The home was sold by William and Barbara Ebbert.


Christopher and Helen Yeung purchased a new five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath, 10,634-square-foot home on 1.3 acres southwest of McCormick Park in Paradise Valley. It includes a one-bedroom, one-bath guest house, and large detached studio with a full bath. The kitchen has Wolf, ASKO and Sub-Zero appliances, warming drawer, two pantries, breakfast bar and French doors leading into patio. The home has a media room/theater, billiards hall, tech center, fitness center, wet bar and climate-controlled wine cellar. The outside features a heated pool and spa, barbecue, fireplace, guest and entertaining courtyards and a covered walkway to the studio. Christopher Yeung is an orthopedic spine surgeon. The home was sold by Douglas C. Sandahl, as sole member of Paradise Found Investments LLC, an Arizona limited-liability company. Sandahl, the owner of the Greer Lodge Resort, has sold a number of luxury homes in the Valley in recent years.


Steven Craig Cooper paid cash for a five-bedroom, four-and-a half-bath, 9,064-square-foot home originally built in 2007 adjacent to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, which includes a 1,102-square-foot guest house with one bedroom and one bath. The home also features a pool, two waterfalls and three-car garage. Cooper is an entrepreneur who built a network of successful adult-entertainment clubs. The home was sold by Mike Rieger, Colonial Capital Fund II LLC (Members are Ellen and Robert F. Leonard), Accretion Capital Fund LLC and Accretion Capital LLC.


Dean Graziosi bought a 7,486-square-foot home with a pool. The home was originally built in 2006 at Casa Blanca Estates in Paradise Valley. Graziosi is an author on cars and real estate, a professional motivator and real-estate investment expert. He created “Motor Millions” and “Think A Little Different,” guides that teach people how to make money with cars and real estate. His infomercials have appeared on TV since 1999. The home was sold by Walter Brown Jr. Brown is founder, CEO and designated broker of Diversified Partners, a commercial real-estate company in Scottsdale. Last year Brown bought a 7,445-square-foot home north of the Phoenician Golf Club for $4.7 million.


Rosanne Appel of Cherry Hills Village, Colo., paid cash for four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath, 4,904-square-foot home with a pool. The home was originally built in 1983 on the northern side of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley. It features a gated courtyard entry and an infinity-edge pool. The home’s great room features a wall of glass doors, ensuite bedrooms, one with built-in playhouse, a veranda and rear patio. The home was sold by Gary and Gail Hawkins of Idaho.

It helps not to be in a rush in the current housing market.

Dudebout said he and his family were prepared to stay in their old home until they found the right new house at the right price.

Another Ahwatukee real estate saleswoman, Christine Marek, said she has looked for houses for about a year with an executive who also is in no hurry to buy until she finds the perfect place.

“She is tickled every time we go out because the prices are all $200,000 lower than last year,” Marek said.

Eagan said she tells buyers “this is the time to buy the best, most expensive house you are ever going to live in.

“You can get a great deal. The challenge is you are really going to have to look.”

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