Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky has scored big with the purchase of a $13.5-million Thousand Oaks mansion. These should be familiar grounds—he sold the home to Lenny Dykstra in 2007 for $18.5 million. Dykstra lost the home to foreclosure after declaring bankruptcy. The property fetched $760,000 at auction in 2010.
The Los Angeles-area estate stretches to more than 12,000 square feet and holds six bedrooms and eight baths. The property is set on 6.5 acres near the Santa Monica Mountains and Lake Sherwood, within the Sherwood Country Club. It shows signs of thoughtful updates and upgrades throughout.
Architect Richard Landry designed the house, and his unapologetic stamp is strongly in evidence. The exterior is wildly ornate, with brick walls supporting a variety of Georgian cues, including a heavy-handed series of eyebrow fanlight dormer windows, an extravagant portico entrance, and a shingled, hipped roof.
Within, the sense of scale is arresting. Ceilings of at least 13′ are the norm. The level of detail is also striking, with crown moldings, coffered ceilings, and Palladian French doors enhancing the take-no-prisoners approach to home design.
A screening room, gym, championship tennis court, and a large outdoor entertainment area with a wood-burning pizza oven cover diverting possibilities very well. The property exterior features formal landscaping and gardens.