The Great One has done it again — this time, on the real estate front. Out in Thousand Oaks, the 6.7-acre estate of ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and his longtime wife Janet has sold for a whopping $17.6 million, well below the $22.9 million Gretzky initially asked for the place last year, but still a hefty $4.1 million profit over what he paid in 2013.
This particular property appears to hold sentimental value for the Gretzkys; it’s actually their second time selling. The couple built the house in 2002, commissioning mega-mansion specialist Richard Landry to design the contemporary take on an antebellum Colonial estate. In 2007, they sold it for $18.5 million to Lenny Dykstra, the famously troubled former MLB baller, who lost the property to foreclosure several years later. In 2012, the giant compound was sold at auction to a non-famous couple; they flipped it less than a year later back to Gretzky, who paid a discounted $13.5 million.
At least the buyers this time around — Eric and Joanna Miller — seem more financially solid than Dykstra. Joanna Miller, née Sterling, is the daughter of multibillionaire real estate magnate Donald Sterling, owner of the L.A. Clippers for more than three decades. In 2014, amid public outcry over racist recordings, Sterling sold the team for a then-record $2 billion to Steve Ballmer.
Set behind guarded gates within the prestigious Sherwood Country Club community, the ex-Gretzky estate contains all the lavish amenities one would expect to find at the home of a famous athlete. There’s an enormous kitchen awash in marble, with top-notch SubZero and Wolf appliances, plus a bedroom-sized butler’s pantry, a billiards room, state-of-the-art fitness facility (not pictured in the listing), and a master suite with its own sitting room and dual baths. Out front, a Vegas-sized porte-cochère sets the grand stage for what lies within the home.
The estate also boasts upwards of 13,000 square feet of living space scattered around a bonafide compound — there’s a massive main house, plus two standalone guesthouses and a garage/staff building. Outside, the place is ideal for large-scale entertaining, with parking for dozens of cars, an outdoor pizza oven, BBQ center, and a championship tennis court with viewing pavilion. For cooling off, follow the brick terrace down to an oversized pool and spa. Acres of manicured gardens and a cabana complete the lavish premises, as do 360-degree views of the Santa Monica Mountains and tranquil Lake Sherwood.
No word yet on where the Gretzkys plan to move, but records reveal they still own two far more modest homes in Missouri and in Florida’s Palm Harbor community.