NHL legend Wayne Gretzky and his wife, Janet, have a soft spot for the sparkling estate they built with the help of architect Richard Landry back in 2002.
They created it, sold it, and bought it again. Now they’re selling the home for a second time. It’s on the market for $22,900,000.
After construction on the estate in the prestigious Sherwood Country Club community was completed, the couple enjoyed the Colonial Revival–style mansion for about five years. In 2007, they sold the 6.5-acre property to former baseball star Lenny Dykstra for $18,500,000.
Dykstra wound up losing the mansion in bankruptcy proceedings in 2010. The bank let it go at auction for a mere $760,712, with the buyer agreeing to pick up the nearly $12 million still owed on the property.
The lavish estate changed hands several times after Dykstra’s folly. In 2018, the Gretzkys purchased the property once again for $13,500,000.
“The Gretzkys built the house and understood the value of the property and the quality of the views and the finishes, so when the opportunity to purchase it came around, they didn’t hesitate,” says listing agent Arvin Haddad, of The Agency.
Why were the Gretzkys so enamored with the property? The grand estate really is one of a kind, even in its extremely ritzy environs. The luxe living space measures 13,276 square feet, divided among a main residence and two guesthouses. All in all, there are six bedrooms and eight baths.
But the numbers don’t do justice to the elegant craftsmanship of the homes—from the gleaming wood floors to the marble surfaces to the elegantly coffered ceilings.
Then there are the awe-inspiring views. From almost every room in the home, you can soak in vistas of the Santa Monica Mountains and placid Lake Sherwood.
Outdoor amenities include a championship tennis court, rolling lawns, manicured hedges, and a huge pool. There’s also a kitchen with a wood-burning pizza oven and barbecue. A circular motor court with a fountain and formal gardens offers an extra touch of extravagance.
Inside, the home is filled with elegant extras, among them a master suite with a sitting room, dual baths and closets, a private screening room, a fitness facility with a gym and spa, and a billiard room,
The large kitchen features a marble-topped island, high-end appliances, and a butler’s pantry.
“The Sherwood Country Club is known for its privacy, security, and top-notch facilities,” explains Haddad, who also stars on CNBC’s “Listing Impossible.”
“The grass is from Wimbledon, the clay is from Roland-Garros, the golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus,” Haddad continues. “The public and private schools are second to none.”
Gretzky, 59, starred for 20 seasons in the National Hockey League, from 1979 through 1999, and earned his nickname of “The Great One” for his extraordinary abilities on the ice. Considered the greatest player ever in the NHL, he won four Stanley Cups and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player nine times.
Since retiring, Gretzky has been involved in hockey team ownership and management. In 2016, he became a partner in and vice chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group. He also owns restaurants, a winery, and a distillery.
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