Before NBA guard Vinny Del Negro hung up his sneakers and went on to coach the Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls, he finished his playing days with the Phoenix Suns.
He then followed the path of fellow pros—including Shaquille O’Neal, Randy Johnson, and Eric Chavez—and decided to settle in the affluent area of Paradise Valley, AZ.
Now Del Negro’s Arizona home in the gated community of Cheney Place is on the market for $2.9 million. The home includes a 1,000-square-foot ramada, spa, pool and cabana, small river, and meandering waterway. Other outdoor amenities include a fire pit, bocce court, and putting green.
“This home was built in the late ’90s, and the craftsmanship is just heads and tails above what’s being built today,” says Brian Kusmer of The Kusmer Group. Kusmer, and his wife, Amber, are the listing agents for the property. “The drywall work and just the attention to detail that was done at that time. It’s a Santa Barbara style style, which is classic.”
The style refers to homes typical of Santa Barbara, CA, built with Spanish-inspired architectural elements, including red-tile roofs, white stucco walls, and wood beam ceilings.
In the game room, Del Negro has a framed jersey from every college and NBA team he’s played on, going back to his days with North Carolina State, as well as a few team photos.
The home also has a wet bar and a great room. The home’s beige walls blend nicely with the desert surroundings.
Speaking of surroundings, Del Negro and his wife were very particular about the landscaping on their property. Kusmer says it’s one of the home’s most breathtaking qualities.
“All of the landscape, the front and back, is how they put their signature on the property,” Kusmer says. “It’s close to a million-dollar landscaping project if you try and duplicate it.”
Del Negro hasn’t won a ring with any of the teams he’s played on or coached, but if this sale goes without a hitch, he’ll earn a championship-size payday. According to Kusmer, the next owner will get a slam-dunk of a home.
“It’s in the best lot in the subdivision,” Kusmer says. “A lot of the subdivision backs into roads, and this street doesn’t back into any roads. There is no better house.”
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