Luxury homes sold in November 2015



Neal M. and Christine Douglas paid cash for a 8,274-square-footnew house in DC Ranch in Scottsdale. Neal Douglas served as a venture partner at Telecom Development Fund and has been involved in financing many communications companies. The five-bedroom Mediterranean-style house features a resort-like pool with a cabana and private guest accommodations. The home was sold by Kreative Development LLC, a Delaware company.


Allasdair S. Cain paid cash for this 6,573-square-foot Spanish-style house with ramada and swim-up bar near Mummy Mountain Park. This house, built in 2013, features views of Talking Stick Casino, limestone fireplaces and a large bar with built-in wine cooler. This Paradise Valley property was sold by luxury homebuilder Jonathan M. Wall of J.M. Wall Development Inc. and his wife, Melissa.


Luis C. Benavides, co-founder of Southwest Foodservice Excellence, a food-service provider for schools,and his wife, Sheryl, purchased an 8,070-square-foot house built in 2007 in Troon North in Scottsdale. This house on a 2.45-acre lot is in the golf community of Talus alongside the Monument Golf Course. A gourmet kitchen features appliances from Viking, Meile and Dacor and two islands, one a breakfast bar. The house was sold by Arlene and Fred Gosielewski, who owned several Valley jewelry and watch-repair shops, through a family trust.


Carl and Marilynn Thoma paid cash for a 5,435-square foot house at Scottsdale’s Silverleaf at DC Ranch. The Thomas are longtime fine art collectors who founded the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation in 1986 in Chicago. The foundation provides grants to individual artists, lends artwork from their collection and funds art initiatives. The house at Silverleaf, built in 2009, has a temperature-controlled walk-in wine cellar and a custom limestone fireplace. The house was sold by the Chadwick Family Revocable Trust.


Former Major League Baseball infielder Eric C. Chavez bought a 6,403-square-foot house in Paradise County Estates. Chavez, a third baseman, played several years for the Oakland A’s, then the New York Yankees, then played parts of two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks before retiring in 2014. The five-bedroom house with a heated pool has a large game or media room, a wine cellar and chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances. It was built in 2014. The house was sold by ACV Two LLC, which is managed, in part, by Derek Jarr, founder of Green Street Communities Inc. in Phoenix, which specializes in development and building.


Richard A. Penington and Julie Ann Higgins paid cash for a 3,744-square-foot condominium in north Scottsdale. Penington serves as chairman of the board at Penington Paint Co., a Chandler-based business that paints luxury high rises and counts Chase Field as a client. He founded Summit Health in 2004, a private company headquartered in Michigan but with an office in Scottsdale that provided wellness programs for employers. The penthouse condominium, built in 2004, includes an oversized patio with a fireplace that overlooks the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The house was sold by Casa Verde AZ LLC, managed by Ronnie Green and Leslie Cunha of Tucson.


Thomas A. Robertson, a veterinarian at VetMed in Cave Creek, bought a 4,838-square-foot house with views of Pinnacle Peak. The newly constructed house is located in the golf community of Talus at Troon North and is situated on more than one acre.This Scottsdale house, featuring a walk-in brick wine room, was sold through McLean Capital LLC., a Delaware real estate company with a Phoenix address managed by Paul McLean.


Stephen A. Martori III paid cash for a 5,304-square-foot Paradise Valley house. Martori’s family founded Martori Farms, a produce business headquartered in Scottsdale. The four-bedroom house built in 2001 is in the La Place Du Sommet neighborhood.with panoramic views of the Valley below. The house was sold by the N F Realty Growth Fund, 2 LP, registered in Delaware.


John M. and Jennifer M. Dempsey paid cash for a 6,286-square-foot house at Firerock Country Club in Fountain Hills. They bought the 2009 house through their trust. The 4-bedroom property includes an elevator, theater room and game room and a kitchen with a four-inch granite slab and a matching bar with custom woodwork. The house was sold by Robert and Beverly Kump. Robert Kump has served as director of Maine-based Iberdrola USA, which operates several power companies.


Stephen C. Hayden, chairman and CEO of Hayden Capital Corp. and member of the board of directors at Palliser Oil & Gas Corp., a Calgary-based company, bought a 4,985-square-foot Scottsdale house in Desert Mountain’s Apache Peak. The house was built in 2003 and features a negative-edge pool, outdoor kitchen and putting green. The property was sold by Marvalyn J. and Alex C. Solomon, president of Solomon Technology Solutions Inc., based in Scottsdale.