As if the nearly 6 acres of hilltop offering 360-degree views of Camelback Mountain, the Praying Monk rock formation, the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and South Mountain weren’t enough to make this Arizona estate a standout, there’s much more.
Then there are the owners of note who have continued to show up on title including fitness-chain owner Gordon Hall and then Geordie Hormel, the late Hormel Foods heir.
But it’s the size that is perhaps most awe-inspiring. The multistory monolith has 52,000 square feet of living space – once earning it a ranking as the 13th largest home in the U.S.
Not one to skimp, McCune envisioned a contemporary residence featuring exterior stonework, patterned concrete, marble and tile interiors and an amethyst-clad fireplace. An ice rink indulged his wife’s passion for ice skating. Other features over the years have included a 150-seat theater and a ballroom.
In addition to grand entertaining spaces, there are 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms as well as a detached 2,900-square-foot guest house for a total of 14 bedrooms and 23 bathrooms on site. That includes a guard house, a gatehouse, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, his and hers locker rooms.
Mature trees and a massive stone wall encircle the mansion. Raised walkways add to the fortress-like ambience.
The immediate grounds encompass 3.77 acres with two adjoining parcels of land bringing the overall site size to close to 6 acres.
The property is about a 15-minute drive to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, about 22 minutes to downtown Phoenix and less than 10 to the heart of the wealthy Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley.
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