Suisun Valley’s grandest villa set for September auction
A couple walks into the Villa de Madre, a multi-million-dollar home on Suisun Valley Road that will be auctioned in September. (Steve Reczkowski/Daily Republic)
FAIRFIELD — Randy Franklin knows the story of Villa de Madre better than anyone. He’s the nephew of the owner, saw it built and may see it sold.
For millions of dollars. In September.
Franklin is the nephew of Willis Johnson, founder of auto auction company Copart and owner of Villa de Madre, the 22,882-square-foot house on Suisun Valley Road just north of Rockville Road. It’s in an 80-acre vineyard and is available for $18 million – what Franklin calls the “buy it now” price.
The problem? Villa de Madre's been on the market for more than four years, during which time few potential buyers have looked at the property. That led to a new approach: A Sept. 10 auction that could see the home change hands – and could . . . Continue Reading