A philanthropist, the founder of niche online dating sites and president of a fitness franchise company are among the top five buyers and sellers in this week’s luxury home sales.
Delbert R. Jr. Lewis and Heather Lewis paid cash through their trust for a 7,826-square-foot home in Tempe. The 2001 home near Knox and Rural roads has temperature-controlled garages, a secret office with thumbprint access, a theater, fitness facility, elevator and built-in, 4-foot-deep saltwater fish tank. The backyard features a lazy river, splash pads, outdoor amphitheater and air-conditioned workshop. Harry Tahiliani, who emigrated to the Valley in the ’90s and started several successful businesses, sold the house. In 2001, Tahiliani settled a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit, agreeing to pay $5 million to dissastified customers through the business BigSmart.com, accused of being a pyramid scheme. In 2002, Tahiliani founded Zencon Technologies, later to become peoplemedia.com, a collection of niche dating websites, such as BlackPeopleMeet.com and SingleParentMeet.com, according to his Web page. In 2009, Match.com bought People Media for $80 million.
Adam R. and Cynthia G. Bronfman bought a 2007 home at Cheney Heights in Paradise Valley. Adam Bronfman is a philanthropist and managing director of the Samuel Bronfman Foundation, which seeks to inspire a renaissance of Jewish life. Bronfman is the heir to the Seagram liquor business based in New York. The 8,574-square-foot gated house includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a game room, eight fireplaces and a two-bedroom guest house. The backyard features a negative-edge pool, spa and built-in barbecue with bar seating. Discover Enterprises LLC, organized by Curtis A. Dickman, a neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, sold the house.
Jody R. Marano paid cash for a 2013 home in Troon Canyon Estates in Scottsdale through his trust. Marano’s father, Anthony Marano, founded Marano Tomato Co., the largest tomato distributor in the Chicago area. The 7,884-square-foot house includes five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and sits on more than three acres with mountain views, a six-car garage, detached guest house, game room and theater. Outside, the home includes a saltwater pool, fireplace, gazebo and outdoor kitchen. The David L. Siddall Trust sold the house. David Siddall is a founding partner at McQueen & Siddall, a firm specializing in estate planning and asset protection.
Peter J. Taunton bought a three-bedroom condo at Plaza Lofts at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale. Taunton is president and CEO of Snapfitness.com, a fitness franchise. The 2008 penthouse includes 3,657 square feet, floor-to-ceiling glass with a private wing with secondary bedrooms for guests. The property was sold by Gregory T. Petriekis, a member with Caerus Financial LLC, a small investment company in Scottsdale.
Montana and Rebecca Stewart bought an 8,432-square-foot house near 114th Street and Shea Boulevard. Montana Stewart is listed as the president of Wisconsin-based Big Sky Cattle LLC. The 2002 home includes five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a two-island kitchen and a movie/gaming space. An open-air patio with bar, misters and TV can be found in the backyard with a pool and spa, outdoor kitchen and sport court. The Ippolito Trust, belonging to Vincent and Karen Ann Ippolito, sold the house. Vincent Ippolito serves as executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Anacor Pharmaceuticals based in Palo Alto, Calif.
Researched by Sonja Haller and The Information Market.