Buyers paid cash for metro Phoenix’s 5 priciest home sales this week, with deals all above $5M

Glass walls, an elevator and chic urban farm decor are among the features in some of this week’s most expensive home sales in metro Phoenix. First Solar’s chief executive was one of the sellers. 

All the top five deals exceeded $5 million and were cash deals.


John and Julie Weinberger bought a home in north Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain for what appears to be the highest price recorded in the golf community. The 13,000-square-foot mansion has six bedrooms, 7½ bathrooms, a guesthouse and a 25-foot disappearing glass wall in the living room. The property also has a floating staircase and private elevator.

An Arizona LLC called Hidden Canyon Retreat sold the estate, which it bought for $9.3 million last year. Tami Henderson, Laurie Tucker and Kelly Jones of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty handled the deal for the buyer and seller.


A Wyoming LLC called 21-15-9 bought a “chic urban farmhouse” on the Scottsdale side of the posh Arcadia neighborhood. The kitchen in the 9,600-square-foot home comes with three dishwashers. The house has five bedrooms and eight bathrooms. 

64 Exeter LLC, led by John McDade II, sold the property.


A 6,300-square-foot home in north Scottsdale’s upscale Silverleaf neighborhood was bought by the Michael J. and Leanne Haddad Trust of Wisconsin. A master bedroom, theater and guest suite are on the home’s main level. Two additional suites, a game room and a second laundry room are on the lower level.

The Carey C. Ward Trust sold the house, which has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.


John McCarthy of Overland Park, Kansas, bought an 8,203-square-foot Mission Revival-style home in central Paradise Valley.

Valley real estate agent Ruth Arabia sold the house, which has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. She and John Arabia bought the property for $1.05 million in 2005.


First Solar CEO Mark Widmar and his wife, Lauri, sold their home in Silverleaf’s Horseshoe Canyon neighborhood. The 6,650-square-foot home in north Scottsdale has white oak floors, walls of stone and views of the McDowell Mountains.

The Widmars bought the home with five bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms for $4.7 million in 2006. Barbara Rossi of Cleveland paid cash for the house.

Researched by The Arizona Republic and The Information Market.

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