Barry Zito, the former San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics pitcher, has sold his Kentfield mansion for $8.15 million in one of a spate of high-profile Marin luxury home sales this year.
Known as Villa Della Pace, the 7,116-square-foot Mediterranean estate on 2 acres at 660 Goodhill Road has sweeping views of Mount Tamalpais and Phoenix Lake, stone terraces and gardens, a pool and spa, three bedrooms in the main house and a one-bedroom guesthouse.
The villa has a circular entrance and foyer with high ceilings and large formal living, dining and family rooms with French doors opening to the terraces.
Zito, who is on the roster of the Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate in Nashville, has quite a history with the villa. He married Amber Seyer, a former Miss Missouri, there in 2011.
The pitcher, who netted the Cy Young Award and two World Series titles during his 14-year career in the majors, originally bought the property for $8.86 million. He first put the home on the market for $11.5 million in 2012, cutting the price twice before it sold.
The sale was brokered by William Bullock, Max Applegarth and Lydia Sarkissian of Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty. The agents represented both the buyer and the seller.
“Barry was a true gentleman, his staff a true group of professionals, and the buyers could not have been better suited — avid hikers, mountain bikers and climbers — and reclusive, just like the seller,” said Bullock, the company’s president and chief executive. The sale was “a rare, perfect match,” Bullock said.
The company would not divulge the name of the buyer or buyers.
The property was transferred to Karen A. Valladao, trustee of the Serenity Trust, on Aug. 12, said Rich Benson, Marin County’s assessor-recorder. “We do not know the identity of the buyer,” Benson said. The address for Valladao was given as 660 Goodhill Road in Kentfield, the same as the property.
Marin has seen a number of luxury sales this year with record-breaking prices. Bullock and Sarkissian were the listing agents for three Belvedere properties that sold for more than $10 million in April and May.
A home at 1 Cliff Road sold for $10.5 million April 10; 125 Belvedere sold for $13 million May 19; and 255 Golden Gate closed May 19 at $10.5 million.
Locksley Hall, an 1895 Belvedere mansion, sold for $47.5 million in August, smashing price records in the county. The listing agent was Neal Ward of McGuire Real Estate in San Francisco, and San Francisco agent Malin Giddings represented the buyer. —— (c)2015 The Marin Independent Journal (Novato, Calif.) Visit The Marin Independent Journal (Novato, Calif.) at www.marinij.com
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